Professor of English
Centenary College of Louisiana
Associate Dean of the College, Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA, July 1, 2019-present.
Centenary College of Louisiana is a selective, residential, national liberal arts college with a celebrated regional reputation for its pre-medical school program. The Associate Dean of the College reports to the Provost and provides cross-college support for faculty, staff, and students. Areas falling within my purview include:
- Faculty Development and New Faculty Orientation/Mentoring
- Program Review and Assessment
- Library and Learning Commons
- Center for Teaching and Learning
- Experiential Learning
- Global Engagement, including Centenary in Paris program
- Career Services, Internships, and Professional Development
- Community and Civic Engagement
- Academic Resources and Disability Services Academic Advising, including First-Year Advising
- Integrated Advising (QEP and First-Year Student Success Initiative)
- Student Academic Conduct
- Directed the renovation of library 2nd level to add a Learning Commons and Center for Teaching and Learning. Reconfigured spaces and restructured personnel to co-locate student and faculty services, including Academic and Disability Services, First-Year Student Success, Testing Center, Peer Consulting, Career Services, Global Engagement, Community Engagement, and the newly created Center for Teaching and Learning.
- Guided the Library Strategic Planning Process and Personnel restructure to respond to changing information needs of the college, including OER and accessibility as instrumental in supporting diversity and inclusion. While remaining under budget, the library improved remote access through integration of single-sign-on, chat features, LibGuides, a discovery layer, and expanded database offering; overhauled collection development processes to incorporate DEI best practices.
- Led Integration of Dropout Detective, a retention and student success solution, into the college’s Learning Management System (Canvas); coordination of training for faculty, advisors, support personnel, and coaches.
- Coordinated visual rebrand of the college’s Experiential Learning Curriculum.
- Produced an advising handbook and ongoing development for advisors, including Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) supported efforts to integrate vocational discernment into academic advising.
Director, First-Year Program, July 1, 2016-present.
In this role, I have implemented much-needed curricular changes. I also collaborate with the Offices of Academic Affairs and Student Development on academic advising to support first-year students. Responsibilities include:
- curricular development and assessment
- budget management
- event programming
- branding and external relations
- faculty development
- Redesigned and rebranded the college’s first-year program.
- Integrated the first-year program into the college’s extant experiential learning curriculum, Trek, which includes the college’s first-year study-abroad experience (Centenary in Paris), intercultural engagement, community service, and career exploration.
- Increased attendance at campus cultural events like our semester-opening President’s convocation by 90%.
- Created an All-Campus Research Conference. Sourced funding for the event from multiple agencies, and increased non-first-year student participation by 172% in year one. First-year student participation was 100% in the first year.
Chair of English, August, 2012-June, 2016.
Managed course scheduling and budget; enhanced academic and instructional technologies; coordinated departmental events; conducted performance evaluations of full time and adjunct instructors; guided faculty development; grew advancement and alumni relations; advised students and mentored writing tutors; revised criteria for departmental honors.
- guided the department through major curricular reform, including transition from credit-based to course-based model, the development of concentrations within major, and re-alignment with program goals and best practices in the discipline.
- Developed and implemented assessment rubrics and methods for new major, core requirements, and operational outcomes.
- Overhauled the senior seminar to include a robust portfolio, a comprehensive reading list exam, “Career Explorations,” and the major field test in English.
Director, GreenHouse Living Learning Community, 2011-2015.
Developed curriculum and residential programming; managed budget; coordinated interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and student leaders; increased community outreach and engaged in external relations (including newspaper, television, and radio interviews, and a positive report in the Chronicle of Higher Education), collaborated with Development to secure $250,000 in donor funding.
Professor, English, Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA, 2017-present
Associate Professor, English (tenured), Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA, 2008-2017
Assistant Professor, English Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA, 2003-2008
(SELECTED) PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICE
Fellow, American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD), 2021-2022.
Provost’s Representative, Enrollment Policy Committee, 2020-2022. Make recommendations and provide feedback on plans for increasing student enrollment and retaining students.
Humanities Representative, Economic Policy Committee, 2016-2018; Faculty chair 2017-2018. Review institutional budgeting process; make recommendations on economic policies; evaluate and make recommendations regarding financial sustainability of academic programs; steer Faculty and Staff Compensation Structure Action Plan.
Member, Convocations Committee, 2015-present. Evaluate, approve, and implement curricular and co-curricular events; assess convocation programming and marketing, collaborate with departments and programs (Museum, First-Year Program, Student Development) to co-sponsor and cross promote programming.
Institutional Effectiveness Committee. Chair 2013-2014. Implemented assessment rubrics for core requirements; evaluated assessment reports for core curriculum as well as academic, program, and administrative reviews; drafted recommendations; worked with administrators to develop SACS-COC reporting documentation; facilitated assessment-driven reflection with faculty and program directors.
Humanities Representative, Academic Policy Council, 2010-2013. College-wide curricular reform; coordinated transition from credit to course model; integrated “21st century challenges” based core requirements; Integrated Living Learning Communities into Curriculum and Vision of the College; developed assessment rubrics for core requirements.
Director, Environmental Studies Post-doctoral fellowship program, Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) 2009-2011. Wrote and received Andrew Mellon Foundation grant ($120,000) to hire two-year post-doctoral fellow. Ran search committee; Directed post-doctoral program (including mentoring, scheduling, and evaluation)
Faculty Fellow, Environmental Programs, Associated Colleges of the South (ACS). 2005-2013.
Mayoral appointee and core team member, Shreveport Energy Efficiency and Conservation (SEEC) citizen council. 2009-2011. Led to creation of Shreveport Energy Efficiency Division (SEED). $1,977,900 in funding. Shreveport, LA.
Educational Advisory Board. 2008-2016. Chimp Haven National Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Shreveport, LA.
(SELECTED) GRANTS AND AWARDS
Support for Institution and Community
Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (CIC NetVUE) Professional Development Award. “Fostering Vocational Discernment in the Advisee-Advisor Relationship.” Project Leader.
Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) “Developing campus leadership through responsive approaches to faculty evaluation and promotion.” Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. 2019-2022. (Bias in “Student Evaluation” Team Leader; “Bias in Peer Evaluations of Teaching” Team Leader).
Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Faculty Enhancement Grant. Open Access Resources (OAR) Hybrid Learning Grant. Teagle Foundation, Mellon Foundation. 2017.
Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Blended Learning Grant for collaborative project, “Complexity Across the Disciplines” 2014-2016. 8,000.00
Associated Colleges of the South/Andrew Mellon Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship grant to hire two–year post–doctoral fellow in Sustainability Studies. Fall, 2009 $120,000.00
Louisiana Board of Regents Grant for Undergraduate Enhancement. “Enhancing Humanities Computing at Centenary College of Louisiana.” Fall, 2005. $10,000.00
Teaching and Student Engagement
Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Curriculum and Faculty Development Alliance award for “Developing Interdisciplinary Pedagogy using Alternative Energy.” $3,000.00 Spring, 2008.
Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Curriculum and Faculty Development Alliance award for “Ecology, Technology, Culture: an Environmental Humanities Course.” 2004- 2005. $4,550.00
Pacesetter Award. Centenary College of Louisiana. 2007-2008.
Honorary Maroon Jacket for dedication and service. Centenary College of Louisiana Division of Student Life. Spring, 2005.
Willie Cavett and Paul Marvin Brown, Jr. Endowed Professorship in English. Centenary College of Louisiana, 2012-present.
Charlton H. Lyons Faculty Summer Research Award. Highways of the Mind (iBook) Centenary College of Louisiana, Summer, 2010. $3,500.00
Centenary College Endowed Professorship in the Humanities, 2007-2009. Faculty Summer Research Award, Centenary College of Louisiana. Futurama,
Autogeddon (Digital Media Project) Summer, 2005. $2,500.00
Digital Media Projects
Highways of the Mind. Apple Book. co-author with Helen Burgess. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. (Rereleased as OER project, Futurama, Autogeddon in partnership with NC State University Libraries and UNC Press’ Office of Scholarly Publishing Services. 2021.) https://autogeddon.pubpub.org/
Red Planet: Scientific and Cultural Encounters with Mars. Interactive DVD-ROM. co- author with Robert Markley, et al. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.
“Nationalism, Masculinity and the Politics of Climate Change in the
Novels of Kim Stanley Robinson and Michael Crichton.” Extrapolation 54.1 (2013). 21- 44.
“New Media in the Academy: Labor and the Production of Knowledge in Scholarly Multimedia.” co-author with Helen Burgess. Digital Humanities Quarterly. 5.3 (Summer, 2011). http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/5/3/000102/000102.html
“Wallowing in the ‘Great Dark Lake of Male Rage’: The Masculine Ecology of Don DeLillo’s White Noise.” Journal of Ecocriticism. 1.1 (January, 2009). 26-42. http://ojs.unbc.ca/index.php/joe/issue/view/6
“The Feminine Nature of Masculine Desire in the Age of Cinematic Techno- transcendence.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 35.4 (Winter, 2008). 146-153.
“‘New City’ as New World: SimCity 2000 and the Ecology of Late-Capitalism.” SimCity: Mapping the Virtual City. Ed. Matteo Bittanti. (2004).
“The Dialogics of New Media: Video, Visualization, and Narrative in Red Planet: Scientific and Cultural Encounters with Mars” co-author with Helen Burgess and Robert Markley. Eloquent Images: Writing Visually in New Media, eds. Michelle Kendrick and Mary Hocks. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003. 61-85.
“Whatever Turns You On: Becoming–Lesbian and the Production of Desire in the Xenaverse.” Genders. 34. 2001. https://www.colorado.edu/gendersarchive1998- 2013/2001/10/01/whatever-turns-you-becoming-lesbian-and-production-desire- xenaverse
“From Cynicism to Alternative Hedonism: Sustainability Education for the Millennial Generation.” Pedagogy for Planet Earth: Educating Moral Leaders for Ecological Responsibility. Santa Fe, NM, June, 2011.
“When Science and Politics Collide: Understanding Global Climate Change.” Centenary College of Louisiana. Shreveport, LA, 2006.
“The Dialectics of New Media: Multimedia Scholarship and the Academy.” University of Texas, Arlington Department of English. April, 2006. Arlington, Texas.
Technology, Nature, and the Future of Nostalgia.” West Virginia Humanities Council and Smithsonian Institution Exhibition, Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future. West Virginia, 2002-2003.
(Selected) Conference Presentations
“Spermatic Citizenship and Metabolic Masculinity in the Fiction of Kurt Vonnegut and Ursula K. Le Guin.” Science Fiction Research Association. Milwaukee, WI, 2018
“Procedural Pedagogy and Learning into Action in the Liberal Arts.” Society for Literature, Science, and Art. Milwaukee, WI, 2012.
“Engendering Global Climate Change: Masculinity and the Politics of Nature in the Novels of Kim Stanley Robinson and Michael Crichton.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Victoria, BC, 2009.
“A Manifesto for Cyborg Scholars; Or, the Institutional Emergence of Scholarly Multimedia.” Society for Literature, Science, and Art. Portland, ME, 2007.
“Ecology, Technology, and Culture: Theorizing Nature in the Age of the New Media.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Spartanburg, SC, 2007.
CERTIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education, Office of Counseling & Disability Services of Centenary College in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (8-hour training).
Campus Security Authority (CSA) Training
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD)
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)
Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA)