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Lisa Siefker Bailey, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, English
Liberal Arts
CC Room 153

PHONE: 812.348.7297
FAX: 812.348.7370
Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Statement

With a background in advertising and theatre, I am interested in interdisciplinary approaches to writing and literature. By focusing on the process of art and literature, I bring fresh approaches to creative writing and textual analysis.


  • Ph.D., English, Vanderbilt University,1996
  • M.A., English, Vanderbilt University, 1992
  • M.A., English, Oakland University, 1991
  • B.A., magna cum laude, English, Albion College, 1986

Professional Activities

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Franklin College (2001–2007)
  • Executive Director, Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, Seymour, Indiana (2005–2006)
  • Visiting Lecturer and Coordinator of Adjunct Faculty, IUPUC (1999–2001)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, IUPUC (1997–1999)
  • Assistant Professor, Middle Tennessee State University (1996–1997)
  • Teaching Assistant, Vanderbilt University (1992–1993)
  • Graduate Assistant, Oakland University (1989–1991)
  • Grader, Vanderbilt University (1991)
  • Technical Writer, Schenck Turner, Inc., Rochester, Michigan (1991)
  • Advertising Executive, D’Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (1986–1989)
  • Teaching Assistant, Albion College (1986)
  • Substitute Teacher, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, K-12 and German (1985–1986)
  • Assistant Story Editor of Cinematography, Dan Wigutow, Inc., New York, New York (1985)
  • Costumer, Interlochen National Music Camp, Interlochen, Michigan (1984)

Courses Taught

  • L433 Conversations with Shakespeare
  • L390 Children’s Literature
  • L378 Studies in Women and Literature: The Sacred
  • L376 Literature for Adolescents
  • L366 Modern Drama
  • L363 American Drama
  • L220 Introduction to Shakespeare
  • L207 Women and Literature
  • L203 Introduction to Drama
  • L115 Literature for Today
  • W231 Professional Writing Skills
  • W206 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • W132 Elementary Composition II
  • W131 Elementary Composition I
  • W130 Principles of Composition
  • X204 Business Communications
  • 216 American Heroic Masculinity
  • 228 Advanced Composition
  • 224 Professional Writing
  • 223 Children’s Literature
  • 118 World Literature II
  • 101 Basic Writing II
  • 080 Basic Writing I
  • 307 Religion, Values, and the Self
  • 102 Reading and Composition II
  • 101 Reading and Composition I
  • Core 001 New Student Transition Program (New STeP)
  • 221 Major Themes in American Literature
  • 211 The Experience of Literature
  • 112 Composition
  • 104W Fiction
  • 369 The English Novel
  • 241 Introduction to British Literature
  • 114 Introduction to Shakespeare
  • 100 Masterpieces of World Literature
  • 201 American Studies
  • 101 Basic Ideas

Administrative & Service Responsibilities

  • Advisor, Talking Leaves
  • Advisor, English Club
  • Supervisor, ARC Writing Center
  • Chair, Bachelor of General Studies Faculty Advisory Council
  • Director and Rater, Writing Placement Exams
  • Member, Constitution and Bylaws Committee
  • Member, ARC Advisory Committee
  • Member, Sociology Search and Screen Committee (2012)
  • Finance Committee, Conference on Christianity and Literature (2011–2012)
  • Treasurer, Conference on Christianity and Literature (2010–2012)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Committee, Conference on Christianity and Literature (2010–2011)
  • Executive Committee, Conference on Christianity and Literature (2009–2012)

Research Activities

  • “Memory has its own story to tell”: Truth and Narrativity in Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life
  • Study Abroad RISE English course to London, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Bath,  Spring 2014

Awards & Activities

  • IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) 2013
  • Nominated by DLA FAR Review Committee for 2012 Outstanding Full-time Faculty Teaching Award
  • Nominated by DLA FAR Review Committee for 2011 IUPUC Outstanding Full-time Faculty Service Award
  • Nominated by DLA FAR Review Committee for 2010 IUPUC Outstanding Full-time Faculty Teaching Award
  • Outstanding Pastel Merit Award, Hoosier Salon, 2007
  • Top-Five Finalist, John T. Lupton “New Voices in Literature” Awards, 2003
  • Two Rinker Grants for Faculty Excellence, May 2002 and November 2004, Franklin College
  • Franklin Fellow, Franklin College, 2001
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Teaching. Awarded by Gamma Beta Phi Society, Middle Tennessee State University, 1997
  • NEH Grant Nominee, Vanderbilt University 1994 (competitive)
  • Vanderbilt University Graduate Fellow Award, 1992–1993
  • Vanderbilt University Maymester Graduate Award, 1992
  • Phi Beta Kappa, National Honor Society, 1986
  • Mortar Board, National Honor Society, 1986
  • Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honor Society, 1985
  • Theta Alpha Phi, National Theatre Honor Society, 1983


  • “Introducing Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard with Method-Style Acting and Facebook-Style Reacting,” MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature series. J. Michael Holquist and Michael C. Finke, editors, forthcoming.
  • “Hogtied Emotions:  Teaching Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club in First-Year Composition,” 2012 ICEA Conference Proceedings: Civil Strife: From the Classroom to the Global Village, forthcoming.
  • “Best Practices in Providing Writing Assistance.” Improving College Student Success First Annual Columbus Center for Teaching and Learning Regional Summit. Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, Selected Summit Proceedings and Highlights. Columbus, Indiana: Center for Teaching and Learning, 29 Jan 2010. 28-39.
  • "Fraught with Fire: Race and Theology in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead." Christianity and Literature. Vol. 59, No. 2 (Winter 2010) 67-82.

Civic Engagement

  • Member, Southern Indiana Center for the Arts
  • Member, Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir
  • Member, Rett Syndrome Association
  • Participant, Tri-State Chamber Trip to China, Citslinc (2012)
  • Judge, IUPUC/Ivy Tech High School Speech Meet (2013)
  • Judge, Columbus Human Rights Commission, Essay Contest (2010, 2012, 2013)
  • Judge, Indiana High School Forensic Association State Speech Contest (2011)
  • Judge, Greensburg High School Invitational Speech Meet (2012)
  • Judge, Columbus East High School Invitational Speech Meet (2011)
  • Judge, Business Professionals of America, Seymour, Indiana (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Member, Governor’s Arts Awards Committee, Indiana Arts Commission, Indianapolis, Indiana (2006)
  • Judge, Johnson County Public Libraries Poetry Contest, Franklin, Indiana (2005)
  • Acting Judge, Garfield Park, Indianapolis, Indiana (2005)
  • Judge, Holiday Decoration, North Vernon, Indiana (2004)
  • Judge, Wise Awards, Franklin College Theatre (2001-2007)
  • Judge, Jackson County Community Theatre, Brownstown, Indiana (1999, 2000)

Additional Content

Professional Interests

Drama, Film, Masculinity, Theatre, Performance Pedagogy, Interdisciplinary Arts, Shakespeare’s Influences, Christianity and Literature, Cultural Studies, American Studies, Contemporary Literature, Young Adult Literature, Modernism, Twentieth-Century American Literature, Creative Writing

Personal Interests

International Travel, Pastel Painting en plein air, Cooking, Singing, Sewing, Tatting, Weimaraners, family and German traditions