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
  • L373 Interdisciplinary Approaches to English and American Literature
  • L366 Modern Drama
  • L363 American Drama
  • L301 English Literature Survey I
  • L220 Introduction to Shakespeare
  • L207 Women and Literature
  • L204 Introduction to Fiction
  • L203 Introduction to Drama
  • L202 Literary Interpretation
  • L115 Literature for Today
  • W231 Professional Writing Skills
  • W206 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • W204 Introduction to Fiction 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

  • Sponsor, Talking Leaves
  • Advisor, English Club
  • Coordinator, ARC Writing Center
  • Chair, Bachelor of General Studies Faculty Advisory Council
  • ARC Advisory Committee
  • Mentor in IUPUI Mentoring Academy grant for 2015-2016 pilot program: “Career Self-Efficacy Mentoring for Pre-Promotion, Under-Represented Faculty at IUPUC.”
  • Director, 2014 Literature and Theatre in England Study Abroad Program; students traveled to London, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Oxford, and Bath
  • IUPUC Study Abroad Committee

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

  • Best of Section: British Literature 16th and 17th Century, for “Rediscovering Hamlet: Enlivening the Gateway to the English Major with Matt Haig Dead Center” by College English Association, at annual conference in Denver, Colorado, 2016.
  • IUPUC Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Teaching Award 2014-15
  • IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) 2013


  • “Hustling Masculinity: Teaching Henry IV, Part I with My Own Private Idaho,” Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s English History PlaysMLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series. Ed. Laurie Ellinghausen. Forthcoming.
  •  “Introducing Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard with Method-Style Acting and Facebook-Style Reacting,” Approaches to Teaching ChekhovMLA 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.

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