Education

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

            Ph.D. in English Literature, projected August 2021

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

            Master of Arts in English Literature, April 2016

Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida

Juris Doctor, cum laude, April 2007

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

            Bachelor of Arts, English, with honors, May 2004

            Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, with honors, May 2004

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record

Sole instructor with authority over all aspects of course design and implementation, subject to program requirements, including the syllabus, readings, grading procedures, unit designs, and lesson planning.

  • English 1050: Thought and Writing, Western Michigan University
    • Composition course providing undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop their sense of language as a means of shaping and ordering their experience and ideas.
    • Six sections: Fall 2014, Spring 2015 (two sections), Fall 2015 (two sections), and Spring 2016.
  • English 1100: Literary Interpretation, Western Michigan University
    • Introduction to the study of literature aimed at developing abilities to read literature and write about it with skill, sensitivity, and care.
    • Four sections: Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, and Fall 2018.
  • English 2220: Literature and Cultures of the United States, Western Michigan University
    • A course considering the perspectives and sustaining values of the cultural groups comprising the United States.
    • Three sections: Spring 2018, Spring 2019, and Spring 2020.
  • English 3210: American Literature II, Western Michigan University
    • A survey course of American Literature since 1880, with attention to the diversity of American cultures.
    • One section: Fall 2019.

Practicum

Collaborative teaching with an experienced faculty member. Observed instruction and periodically acted as the primary instructor for particular class periods or topics. Received feedback and engaged in continual discussion regarding pedagogy best practices.

  • English 3200: American Literature I, Western Michigan University
    • Survey course of American Literature up to 1880, with attention to the diversity of American cultures.
    • One section: Fall 2019.
  • English 3210: American Literature II, Western Michigan University
    • A survey course of American Literature since 1880, with attention to the diversity of American cultures.
    • One section: Spring 2019.
  • English 3310: British Literature II, Western Michigan University
    • A survey course of British literature from the Romantics to the present.
    • One section: Fall 2018.
  • English 5970: CAS Graduate Teaching Practicum, Western Michigan University
    • A practicum on the principles of “blended learning,” which combines both in-class and online work environments in order to improve and retain student engagement in a course.
    • One section: Fall 2018.

Additional Teaching Experience

Guest Lecturer
  • Academically Talented Youth Program, Western Michigan University
    • Program for accelerated middle school and high school students taught for intellectual challenge and high school credit.
    • One session: Spring 2017.
  • English 6410: Studies in Modern Poetry, Western Michigan University
    • A graduate-level intensive study of the work of several modern poets.
    • One session: Fall 2020.
Additional Training   
  • English 6690: Methods of Teaching College Writing, Western Michigan University
    • A graduate course on the structure and methodology of teaching composition in which participants simultaneously teach a first-year composition course.
  • English 6780: English Education Seminar, Western Michigan University
    • A graduate course on pedagogy with consideration of improving class content, in-class and online discussions, class activities, unit design, lesson planning, and student inquiry and engagement with their world.
  • Graduate Student Teaching Intensive, Summer 2016, Western Michigan University
    • A five-day professional development program that helps graduate student assess their teaching practices, refine teaching and learning approaches, and improve communication for diverse learners.
  • Graduate Student Teaching Mentor Program, Fall 2016 to Spring 2017, Western Michigan University
    • A year-long mentorship program in which I met regularly with one of the instructors from the university’s summer teaching intensive program in order to continue my pedagogical development.
  • Professional Development, Western Michigan University
    • Numerous workshops focused on teaching composition, teaching introductory literature courses, and inclusive teaching with sensitivity to issues of race, privilege, economic disparity, and differences in student learning styles.
    • Numerous faculty members have visited my classrooms to observe my teaching and provide feedback.

Academic Service

Teaching Assistants Union, Western Michigan University. English Department Steward, 2018 to 2020. Constitution Committee Member, 2015.

Lee Honors College, Undergraduate Thesis Committee Member, Western Michigan University, Fall 2019.

Association of Graduate English Students, Western Michigan University. Treasurer, November 2014 to 2016.

The Hilltop Review, Western Michigan University. Reviewer. Spring 2015 to Present.

Publications

A Shared Performance: The Age of Innocence and The Shaughraun’s Ribbon-Kissing Scene. Edith Wharton Review, Vol 34, No. 2, 2018.

  • Considers how the conventions of The Shaughraun’s ribbon-kissing scene frame an emotional experience of angst keyed to the 1870s New York elite, as reflected in Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.

Between the Sublime and the Traumatic: Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Papers on Language and Literature, Forthcoming.

  • Considers the relationship of trauma and the sublime to the slave narrative genre.

Presentations

2019 NeMLA Convention, March 2019. “Confined to a Sublime Object: Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.”

2018 NCTE Convention, November 2018. “Teaching Critical Thinking: Examining Climate Science and Denial.”

52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2017. “From Dante’s Inferno to Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath: Usury, the Law, and Loopholes.”

National Association of Legal Professionals, NALS of Michigan, Civil Rights Seminar, October 2013. “Gun Control and the Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms.”

Dissertation

American Eidolon: Pragmatic Formalism and the Problem of Unmeaning

  • An in-progress dissertation focused on Walt Whitman and modernist American poetry, especially the work of William Carlos Williams and H.D., with an expected defense in the summer of 2021.

Academic Awards and Grants

Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Western Michigan University, Summer 2020 to Summer 2021.

Graduate Student Travel Grant, Western Michigan University Department of English, 2019.

Edward Galligan Memorial Award in American Literary Scholarship, Western Michigan University Department of English, 2018.

Graduate Assistantship, Western Michigan University Department of English, Fall 2014 to Spring 2020.

Editing Experience

Comparative Drama. Production Editor, September 2017 to present; Editorial Assistant, September 2016 to September 2017.

Florida State University Law Review. Executive Editor, May 2006 to August 2007; Articles Editor, December 2005 to May 2006; Subciter, September 2005 to December 2005. Meritorious Service Award.

Florida State University Journal of Transnational Law and Policy. Subciter, August 2006 to January 2007.

Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, Michigan State University. Editorial Assistant, September 2002 to December 2002.

Legal Experience

Hartwell Failey & McCarthy PLC, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Partner, September 2011 to August 2014.

Lisznyai & Associates, Jonesville, Michigan. Associate Attorney, December 2008 to September 2011.

Office of the Public Defender, Tallahassee, Florida. Extern, May 2006 to August 2006.

Professor Markel, Florida State University College of Law. Legal ResearchAssistant, January to May 2006.

Office of Michigan State Representative Marc Shulman, Appropriations Committee Chair.Legislative Intern, May 2004 to August 2004.

Community Service

Pro Bono Legal Representation, 2011 to 2017. Periodic legal representation of indigent individuals in trial and appellant cases.

Humane Society of West Michigan. Volunteer, March 2012 to August 2014; Committee Member, Paws Claws, & Corks (Fundraising Event), 2012-2014.

Domestic Harmony, Hillsdale County, Michigan (women’s shelter). Chair, October 2010 to September 2011; Board Member June 2009 to September 2011.

Hospice of Hillsdale County. Board of Directors, January 2011 to September 2011.

Jonesville Rotary. President, June 2011 to September 2011; Member from 2009 to September 2011.

Boy Scouts of America. Eagle Scout (1995). Advancement Chair, Jonesville Troop 4238, 2009 to September 2011.

Professional Licenses and Memberships

Admitted:       State Bar of Michigan

U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Member:        Modern Language Association