University Teaching Experience
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- English 121, Humanities Literature - Fall 2019
- English 101, Composition I - Spring 2020
Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American, The Civil War, Westward Expansion, Women's studies, African-American studies, Native American studies.
Historical Fiction, Narrative/Literary Nonfiction, Film: historical fiction, biopics, westerns. New Historicism, Narrative, Digital Humanities, Reader Response theories.
Graduate Assistant at IUP
Research Assistant to Dr. Veronica Watson, Fall 2017-Spring 2019
- Transcriptionist: The Short Stories of Frank Yerby, Spring-Fall 2018. Edited by Dr. Veronica Watson, University of Mississippi Press, 2020.
- Authored cover letters for the Literature and Criticism department newsletter distributions, 2017 and 2018 editions.
- Co-editor (2017) and contributing writer (2018), Literature and Criticism department newsletter.
- Collected, organized, and tallied department book orders.
- Alumni Database: managed entries for communications, data collection and analysis.
Research Assistant to Dr. Gail Berlin, Fall 2017
- “‘A Ditch Wondrously Deep’: The Ditch as Technology and Symbol in Layamon's Brut.” Delivered at the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10-13, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
- Literary Metaphor for an in-progress work.
- Cinematic Women, From Objecthood to Heroism: Essays on Female Gender Representation on Western Screens and in TV Productions. Ed. Lisa V. Mazey. Vernon Press, 2020.
- “Questions of Freedom and Power in Hitchcock’s Vertigo.” Cinematic Women, From Objecthood to Heroism: Essays on Female Gender Representation on Western Screens and in TV Productions. Ed. Lisa V. Mazey. Vernon Press, 2020.
- “A Teenage Holocaust Diary: Writing Historical Fiction” Inspiring Pedagogical Connections, May 2020.
- History on Screen: American Historical Fiction Films and TV Shows session chair, NeMLA Virtual Conference, March 14, 2021.
- “Student Choice: Multiple Literacies Promote Engagement and Skill Acquisition” The Scholarship of Teaching, Learning and Assessment at West Chester University, West Chester PA, January 9, 2020.
- “Serious Mark Twain: A Contextual Historical Analysis of ‘Mark Twain on the Indians’” Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, Pittsburgh, PA. November 7, 2019.
- “Windows on the World: The use of the close-up in The Photographer" EGO and CTA Spring Academic Conference, Indiana, PA. April 6, 2019.
- “Short Story Writing Project: Using a Blog to develop, revise, and complete a story” IUP Scholars Forum, Indiana, PA. April 3, 2019.
- Evolving Women in Film session chair, NeMLA, Washington, D. C. “Questions of Freedom and Power in Hitchcock’s Vertigo.” March 22, 2019.
- “Short Story Writing Project: Using a Blog to develop, revise, and complete a story” Eastern Association of Pennsylvania State Universities, Shippensburg, PA. October 6, 2018.
- “Alternative Literacies: How Student Choice Effectively Promotes Skill acquisition in an Inclusive Classroom” The 2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference on College Composition & Communication, Richmond, Virginia. May 25, 2018.
- “A Tide in Pedagogy – Non-Fiction Texts Add Value to the Literature Classroom” College English Association, Hilton Head, SC, March 26-28, 2020. Conference canceled.
- Center for Teaching Excellence Workshop Coordinator, “Promote Student Engagement and Transform Teacher Effectiveness in Online and Traditional Classrooms.” March 2021.
- Historian, English Graduate Organization, IUP, Indiana, PA. Banned Books Week at Stapleton Library. 2018-2019.
- Graduate Student Fellowship. School of Graduate Studies and Research. IUP, Indiana, PA. Fall 2018.
- Outstanding Scholarship Award for a Doctoral Student. IUP, Indiana, PA. 2019-2020.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PhD in Literature and Criticism, expected graduation 2022
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, M Ed in Literacy - Reading Specialist certification, 2007
Pennsylvania State University, BS in Secondary Education - English, 2001
Public School Teaching Experience
Marion Center Area School District
- Reading Specialist, grades K-6
Forest Hills School District
- Reading Specialist, grades 10-12
- Reading Specialist, grades K-6
- ELA grade 7
Conemaugh Valley Jr./Sr. High
- Secondary English, grades 7-12; Journalism and Yearbook Co-Advisor