About

EDUCATION

Ph.D., English, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, August 1996.
  • Dissertation: "'Hope, Light, Persistence': Matthew Arnold's Early Poetry and the
  • Question, 'How to Live.'"
  • Dissertation Advisor: Clinton J. Machann.
  • (Course work included nine hours of Rhetoric and Composition, including Technical Writing).
M.A., English, University of Texas at San Antonio, May 1991.
  • (Course work included nine hours of Rhetoric and Composition).
M.A., Liberal Arts, Saint John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1982.
  • ("Great Books" curriculum in political theory, philosophy, theology, literature, and natural science).
Secondary Teaching Certificate, English and History. University of Texas at Austin, 1982.
Course work in English and American Literature, University of Houston, 1979-80. (18 hours of American and British Literature, 6 hours of Creative Writing).

B.A., History, University of Texas at Austin, 1979.

PUBLICATIONS

"'The Burning Shame Broadside.'" Mark Twain Journal 29.2 (1991): 33-36 (Noted in the 1992 edition of American Literary Scholarship). Note: The journal is behind in dating and this was actually published in 1993.
Review of Jan-Melissa Schramm’s, Testimony and Advocacy in Victorian Law, Literature, and Theology. Cambridge, Cambridge, England. Cambridge University Press, 2000. (Forthcoming in Winter 2003 Edition of Studies in the Novel).
"'The Burning Shame Broadside.'" CD-ROM Project, University of Buffalo, State University of New York. (Produced, 2003)
“‘Dover Beach’” and ‘Midnight-Moodkee’: A New Source for Arnold’s ‘Night-Battle’ Imagery.” Victorian Poetry, Summer 2005. Named
“A Woman Returning from Farther Away.” By Ku Hyo-so, translated by Walter Kokernot and Cheae-Pyong Song). Metaamorphoses, Winter 2005.

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

“Resistance to Online Learning: One Traditionalist’s Attempt to Get Other Traditionalists to At Least Glance Out a New Window,” Midwest Modern Language Association, Panelist, November 14, 2015
“Resistance to Online Learning: One Traditionalist’s Attempt to Get Other Traditionalists to At Least Glance Out a New Window,” College English Association of Ohio,” Toledo State University” April 18, 2015.
“Midwesterners and Mexican-Americans Moodling Through the Odyssey and Paradise Lost,” College English Association of Ohio, Ohio Dominican University, April 20, 2007 (an extensive expansion of the paper with the same title presented October 20, 2007 at the Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing—see below).
“Midwesterners and Mexican-Americans Moodling Through the Odyssey and Paradise Lost,” Great Plans Alliance for Computers and Writing, Minnesota State University, October 20, 2007.
“The Tiber to the Rio Grande: Cross-Cultural Writing Communities,” College English Association Conence, San Antonio, Texas, April 2006.
Chaired panel discussion, College English Association of Ohio Conference, April 2005
“Style and the Composition Classroom,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (National Meeting), San Antonio, Texas, March, 2004.
“Classical Rhetoric and the ‘No Style Style’: How an Ancient Method Can Help Us Deal with a New Problem in the Classroom.” College English Association (National Meeting), Xavier University, Cincinnatti, Ohio, April 6, 2002.
“‘The Buried Self’ in George MacDonald’s Fairy Land and Matthew Arnold’s Poetry.” Popular Culture Association Conference. Toronto, March 15, 2002.
Chair Session at the Popular Culture Association Conference. Toronto, March 15, 2002.
“The Wireless Classroom.” College English Association of Ohio, Spring Conference, Ohio State University, 2001.
Presenter for Panel Discussion on “How Well Are We Teaching Literature.” College English Association of Ohio, Fall Conference, Ohio Dominican University, October 27, 2001.
"'Why do I have to write this, and who are you to tell me I have to?': Thoughts on How to Help Students who Do Not Use Standard Written English." College English Association of Ohio, Spring Conference, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, April 28, 2000.
Panelist, "Introduction to the Writing Programs of Texas A&M." Symposium for Visiting High School Students and Teachers, Texas A&M University, April, 1996.
"Preparing High School Students for Freshman and Sophomore English Classes at Texas A&M University." Lewisville High School, Dallas, Texas, September, 1996 (teacher-in-service lecturer).
Panelist, "Issues and Problems in Teaching Freshman Composition." Symposium for Teaching Assistants, Texas A&M University, September, 1995.
"Tom More's Celebration in Walker Percy’s Love in the Ruins." Southwest Christianity and Literature Conference, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, October 1995.
"Promises and Challenges: Using Hypertext in the Literature Classroom." Co-authored with Sarah Moreman. Computers and Composition Conference, University of Missouri, Columbia, June 1994.

ACADEMIC HONORS

  • Summer Dissertation Fellowship, Texas A&M, 1996.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Texas A&M Chapter, 1995.
  • University Dissertation Fellowship, Texas A&M, 1995.
  • Texas A&M L. T. Jordan Fellowship for Overseas Research, 1994.
  • Conducted manuscript studies at the British Museum on George MacDonald's 1895 novel, Lilith.
  • Forrest Burt Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of English, Texas A&M, 1994.
  • Recognized for teaching and scholarship. Phi Beta Delta Honor Society, Texas A&M Chapter, 1994.
  • Graduate Student Fellow, the Interdisciplinary Group for Historical Literary Study, Texas A&M University, 1992-1995.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Associate Professor, Ohio Dominican College, August 1998-December 2016
Undergraduate
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Advanced Composition
  • Professional Writing
  • Major British Writers
  • Victorian Literature
  • Novels of the Nineteenth Century
  • Romantic Literature
  • Humanities
  • Core Curriculum
  • Biographic Arts
  • Studies in Poetry
  • Studies in the Novel
  • Humor in Literature
  • Humanities
Graduate
  • Literature of Religious Doubt
  • Studies in the Novel
  • British Literature to 1800
  • British Literature from 1800 to Present=
Instructor, Louisiana State University, August 1997-July 1998
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Introduction to Prose Fiction
  • Business Writing
Postdoctoral Lecturer, Texas A&M University, September 1996-June 1997.
  • Scientific and Business Writing
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Survey of British Literature from Beowulf through the eighteenth century
  • Shakespearean Drama
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M University, 1991-95.
  • Scientific and Business Writing
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
Staff Member, Writing Center, Texas A&M University, 1994.
High School English Teacher, Bishop Amat Memorial High School, La Puente, California, 1985-86.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Chair, English Division, Ohio Dominican University, August 2003-2008
  • Acting Chair, English Division, Ohio Dominican University, Spring Semester, 2001.
  • Writing Center Co-Director, Texas A&M University, August 1995-June 1996.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Walker Percy Society
  • The Mark Twain Circle
  • College English Association of Ohio
  • College English Association (national group)