Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

PhD

The Center for Writers, University of Southern Mississippi (August 2014)

Dissertation: “Country of the Beautiful and Useful” (poetry manuscript)

Committee: Angela Ball (chair), Rebecca Morgan Frank, Monika Gehlawat, Nicolle Jordan, and Ellen Weinauer

Exam Areas: Early American Literature, Feminist Poetry and Poetics, Contemporary Poetry

MFA

West Virginia University, Creative Writing, Poetry, 2011

Thesis: “Girls in Art” (poetry manuscript)

Committee:  Mary Ann Samyn (chair), James Harms, and Jay Dolmage

BA

Montclair State University, English with Creative Writing Concentration, 2006

magna cum laude, 2006 English Department Poetry Award

PUBLICATIONS

CHAPBOOKS

Erasing Innocence, forthcoming 2014, Dancing Girl Press

Girls in Art, 2012, Dancing Girl Press

POETRY

“Oneirology” and “It is in the hope of being useful that the following instructions are offered,” Reunion: The Dallas Review, forthcoming 2014

“The Whore’s Daughter,” Paterson Literary Review, 2004

OTHER

“Line from Theodore Roethke’s ‘The Waking’,” essay excerpt, The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide. Harper Perennial, 2010.

FELLOWSHIPS AND HONORS

“Ode to Potato Soup” chosen by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers for submission to the 2014 AWP Intro Awards, Fall 2013

Poetry Award, Montclair State University, Spring 2006

Honorable Mention, Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, NJ, 2004

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Graduate Instructor, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2011-present

ENG 099-Expanded Composition Studio: A workshop course for basic writers, taught in conjunction with ENG 100, Fall 2012

ENG 100-Expanded:  A year-long basic composition course. Blackboard technology component, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013

ENG 101 Argument and Analysis: Composition I. Blackboard technology component, Fall 2011 and Fall 2013

ENG 102 Composition and Research: Composition II. Incorporates online and library research. Blackboard technology component, Spring 2012

ENG 203 World Literature: World Literature survey course. Blackboard technology component. Spring 2013

Graduate Instructor, West Virginia University, 2008-2011

ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric I. Blackboard technology component Spring 2009, Fall 2008. Technology-based classroom component, Spring 2010, Fall 2009

ENG 102: Composition and Rhetoric II. Blackboard technology component Fall  2010. Technology-based classroom component Summer 2010, Summer 2009

ENG 418, Graduate Mentor: Capstone course in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, team-taught by creative writing faculty and graduate mentors. Spring 2011, Fall 2009, Spring 2009

Bolton Creative Writing Workshop, Workshop Leader, Fieldcrest Hall dorm,Fall 2009

COMMUNITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE

National Writing Project, West Virginia University

Young Writer’s Holiday, Instructor. Middle-school poetry instructor for week-long,full-day summer program. Summer 2011

Paterson YMCA, NJAfter3

Poetry Instructor: Taught creative writing workshops as part of an after-school  program for at-risk urban middle school children in Paterson, NJ. 2005-2006

Lower Shore Family YMCA

Tutor: Tutored at-risk rural middle school children in Pocomoke and Princess Anne, MD. Instituted recreational reading program and solicited book donations from Penguin Publishing. 1999-2000

Poetry Instructor: Taught a poetry workshop for teens and adults

Americorps, Partners for Adolescents of the Lower Eastern Shore (PALS)

Creative Writing Instructor: Taught creative writing for grades 2-8 through the Salvation Army’s summer enrichment program. Summer 1999

Tutor: Working through the Salvation Army & YMCA programs, tutored at-risk middle-school children in Pocomoke and Salisbury, MD. 1998-1999

ADMININSTRATIVE & WRITING CENTER EXPERIENCE

University of Southern Mississippi Composition Program, 2013-present

Assistant to Director of Composition: I lead lectures during summer practicum and act in a mentor capacity during both summer and academic teaching practicum, including performing classroom observations of all first year instructors. I also organize programmatic assessment, serve on textbook selection committees, and assist with curriculum development.

Writing Studio Coordinator: I maintain schedules and equipment for the   English Department’s computer lab classroom.

Pearson, Smarthinking.com, 2012-present

E-structor: I serve as an online tutor in Pearson’s Smarthinking Online Writing Lab. In asynchronous tutoring sessions, I comment on essays in ways tailored to students’ specific revision needs that encourage global revision and consideration of audience and rhetorical situation.

ACADEMIC SERVICE

Textbook Selection Committee, Composition Program, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2013

Programmatic Assessment Committee, Composition Program, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2012, 2013

Publications Coordinator, Council of Writers , West Virginia University, 2010-2011

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS & PROFESSIONAL READINGS

Poetry Reading and Q&A session, Warren Hills Regional High School, Washington, NJ, December 2012

“Commonplaces: Pinter, Power, and Cliché.” Faculty/Graduate Research Colloquium, The University of Southern Mississippi, September 2012

Graduate Reading Series, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2011, 2012, 2013

Poetry reading, ArtWalk, Mobile, AL, November 2011

MFA Showcase, West Virginia University, 2011

“You Are Here: Poetry of Place,” panel presentation with Lisa Beans, Charity Gingerich, and Danielle Ryle, West Virginia University Graduate Research Colloquium, 2011

“Practical Magic: Old English Metrical Charms in Translation.” West Virginia University Graduate Student Colloquium, May 2010

Council of Writers Reading Series, West Virginia University, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

SPECIALIZED TECHNOLOGY TRAINING

Blackboard (supplemental and fully online courses)

Promethean Board & SMART Sympodium (SMART classrooms)

LANGUAGUES

German (speaking & reading)

French (reading)

Old English (reading)

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