Professor of English
Years at Knox: 2013 to present
- Ph.D., English and American Literature, The Claremont Graduate School.
- M.A., English, The Claremont Graduate School.
- M.S., Journalism: Program for Reporting on Science and Medicine, Boston University.
- B.A., English, Kalamazoo College.
- Institute for Educational Management (IEM), Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 2011.
- U.S. literature and culture
- Modernism (1900-1940)
- Literature and medicine
- Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative work, particularly in the Humanites
- Faculty development
- Curriculum renewal and pedagogy development
Selected Higher Education Accomplishments
- Fulbright Specialist, 2017-2020
- Co-leader, Center for Engaged Learning, Elon University, 2014-2016, Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Seminar
- Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Residency, Red Wing, Minnesota, October 2005
- Fulbright Scholar, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 2003.
- NEH Summer Institute: "Literature, Medicine, and Culture," Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University, 2002.
- "7 Key Ways to Make Student Mentoring Matter." InsideHigherEd.com.
October 27, 2017. Co-authors: W. Brad Johnson, U.S. Naval Academy, and Paul Miller and Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler, both of Elon University.
- Edited and Introduction. Reading, Writing, and Research: Undergraduate Students as Scholars in Literary Studies. CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research), 2010.
- Gross Anatomies: Fictions of the Physical in American Literature. Susquehanna University Press/Associated University Presses, 2008.
- Edited and "Introduction." Hospital Transports: A Memoir of the Embarkation of the Sick and Wounded from the Peninsula of Virginia in the Summer of 1862. The State University of New York Press, 2005. Paperback, 2006.
- The Masculine Woman in America, 1890-1935. The University of Illinois Press, 2001.
- Edited, The Resource Handbook for Academic Deans, American Conference for Academic Deans (ACAD); Jossey-Bass Publishing, 2014.
- "What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Faculty-Student Collaborative Research in Literary and Cultural Studies" Reading, Writing, and Research: Undergraduate Students as Scholars in Literary Studies. Ed. Laura L. Behling. CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research), 2010:128-142.
- "Politics and the Pandemic: HIV/AIDS, Africa, and the Discourse of Disability." Review of Disability Studies, Special Issue on Parting the Waters: Disability and Deliverance in the Wake of Disaster 2.3 (2006): 97-107.
- "The Necessity of Disability in Flannery O'Connor's ‘Good Country People' and ‘The Lame Shall Enter First.'" Flannery O'Connor Review, 4 (Spring 2006): 88-98.
- "The Laboratory: A Model for Teaching the Elements of Literary Studies." Radical Pedagogy 8.1 (Summer 2006).
- "Replacing the Patient: The Fiction of Prosthetics in Medical Practice." Journal of Medical Humanities 26.1 (March 2005): 53-66.
- "'Generic' Multiculturalism: Hybrid Texts, Cultural Contexts." College English 64.4 (March 2003): 411-426.
- "Come On!: American Posters of World War I." Curator, with Chelsea Kramer '10. November 24, 2008-January 30, 2009. Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.
Professional Service and Leadership
- American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD), Chair, 2018-2020; Vice chair, 2016-2018.
- Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Councilor, Humanities and Arts Division, 2012-2014.
- Consultant-Evaluator, Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association, 2010-present.
- Executive Committee, Modern Language Association, Division on Teaching as a Profession, 2006-2010
- Delegate, Modern Language Association, Disability Issues in the Profession, 2006-2008
- American Association for University Women Educational Foundation: Chair, American Fellowships Awards Panel, 2008-2009; Appointed member, American Fellowships Awards Review Panel, 2006-2008, 2018.