I am a specialist in drama, American literature, and cultural studies. I use new historicist methods to examine literature in its own time, and interdisciplinary approaches inform my work. I’m particularly interested in adaptations and appropriations of Shakespeare’s plays and other intertextual adventures. Scroll down to peruse some features from my academic career.
- 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
- American Drama
- American Heroic Masculinity
- American Studies
- Children’s Literature
- Conversations with Shakespeare
- Critical and Historical Survey of English Literature I
- English Capstone Seminar: Intertextuality and Gender Politics
- The English Novel
- The Experience of Literature
- Interdisciplinary Approaches to English and American Literature I: American Popular Culture and the British Literary Landscape
- Introduction to British Literature
- Introduction to Drama
- Introduction to Fiction
- Introduction to Shakespeare
- Literary Interpretation
- Literature for Adolescents
- Literature for Today
- Major Themes in American Literature
- Masterpieces of World Literature
- Modern Drama
- Special Topic: Tennessee Williams and Film
- Studies in Women and Literature: The Sacred
- Women and Literature
- World Literature II
- Advanced Composition
- Basic Writing I
- Basic Writing II
- Business Communications
- Elementary Composition I
- Elementary Composition II
- Introduction to Creative Writing
- Introduction to Fiction Writing
- Principles of Composition
- Professional Writing
- Professional Writing Skills
- Reading and Composition I
- Reading and Composition II
- Reading, Writing, and Inquiry
- Basic Ideas
- New Student Transition Program (New STeP)
- Religion, Values, and the Self
- Introduction to Drama: Women in Drama
- Literary Interpretation
Administrative & Service Responsibilities
- Senator, Faculty Senate, 2018-2020
- Secretary, Faculty Senate, 2018-2019
- Sponsor, Talking Leaves, since 2008
- Supervisor, ARC Writing Center, since 1999
- Chair, Bachelor of General Studies Faculty Advisory Council, since 2011
- ARC Advisory Committee, since 2009
- Mentor in 2015-2020 Mentoring Grant Program and Bureau
- Manuscript reviewer for the following
- Humanities, Religion
- Religion and Literature
- Christianity and Literature
- Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
- Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology
- Director, 2014 Literature and Theatre in England Study Abroad Program; students traveled to London, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Oxford, and Bath
- Treasurer, Conference on Christianity and Literature, 2010-2012
Awards & Activities
- Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Teaching Award 2019
- Trustees Teaching Award 2017
- Best of Section: British Literature 16th and 17th Century, College English Association Conference, 2016.
- IUPUC Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Teaching Award 2015
- IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) 2013
- “Using Podcasts to Teach Short Stories.” Quick Hits for Teaching Digital Humanities: Successful Strategies from Award-Winning Teachers. Eds. Michael Morrone, Christopher Young, Emma Wilson and Tom Wilson, Indiana University Press, October 2020.
- “‘Trans’ Generations in Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine.” “Experienc’d Age knows what for Youth is fit”? Generational and Familial Conflict in British and Irish Drama and Theatre. Ed. Katarzyna Bronk-Bacon. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019. 275-291.
- “Hustling Masculinity: Teaching Henry IV, Part I with My Own Private Idaho,” Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s English History Plays. MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series. Ed. Laurie Ellinghausen. New York: MLA, 2017. 161-165.
- “Introducing Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard with Method-Style Acting and Facebook-Style Reacting,” Approaches to Teaching Chekhov. MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series. Ed. Michael C. Finke and Michael Holquist. New York: MLA, 2016. 91-7.
- “Hogtied Emotions: Teaching Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club in First-Year Composition,” Civil Strife in a Complex and Changing World: Perspectives Far and Near. Ed. Nancy Riecken, Linda Urschel, and Gena Howard. Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing, 2013.
- “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 59:2 (Winter 2010) 67-82.
- “Absurdly American: Rediscovering the Representation of Violence in The Zoo Story.” Edward Albee: A Casebook. Ed. Bruce J. Mann. New York: Routledge, 2003. 33-46.
- Received One State/One Story The Year We Left Home IUPUC Campus Read Grant from Indiana Humanities for “Understanding Contemporary Midwestern Identity in the Reading, Writing, and Inquiry Classroom,” 2020-2021.
- Obtained support from the Center for Teaching and Learning to take two IUPUC Writing Tutors, an Ivy Tech Writing Tutor, and the ARC Facilitator, to the Eastern Central Writing Center Association Conference, March 30-31, 2012 at IUPUI.
- Obtained the following grants for the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts:
- For Summer Art Camps 2006 from Schwarz Pharma, U.S.A.
- For Summer Art Camps 2006 from Duke Energy.
- For Girls, Inc., Pottery Sessions Summer 2007, from the Jackson County Community Foundation.
- Reader, The Vagina Monologues, IUPUC Office for Women, 2019
- Director, Tennessee Williams Film Series, Yes! Cinema, Columbus, Indiana, 2018
- Member, Southern Indiana Center for the Arts
- 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, Jackson County Community Theatre, Brownstown, Indiana, 1999, 2000