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Ph.D., University of Louisville, Louisville, KY                                                                      Expected: May 2015
Degree Program: Rhetoric and Composition, English Department
Working Dissertation Title: “A Polished, Practical, or Profound Education: The Negotiation of (Gendered) Literacies and Higher Learning in Louisville’s First Free Public High Schools, 1856-1896”
Dissertation Directors: Karen Kopelson and Susan Ryan
Committee: Bruce Horner, Mary P. Sheridan, and Jessica Enoch

M.A., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA                                                                                     2010
Degree Program: Literature, English Department
Certificate: Composition, Rhetoric, Literacy and Pedagogy
Advisor: Jean Ferguson Carr

MAT courses in K-8 EducationUniversity of Memphis, Memphis, TN                                    2006-2007
12 hours coursework in Education

B.A., Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL                                                                                       2006
Magna cum laude, University and Departmental honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Major: English with a Concentration in Creative Writing
Minors: Journalism and Women’s Studies
Study Abroad: University College Cork, Cork, Ireland (Spring 2004)


Refereed Journal Articles

“‘A Maturity of Thought Very Rare in Young Girls’: Women’s Public Engagement in Nineteenth-Century High School Commencement Essays.” 25 Ms pps. Rhetoric Review. Forthcoming.

“The Historical In/As Responsive” (Response). JAC 34.1-2 (2014). Print.

“Writing a Translingual Script: Closed Captions in the English Multilingual Hearing Classroom.” Kairos 17.3 (2013). Web design by Shyam Sharma. Web.

“Writing Without Sound: Language Politics in Closed Captioning.” Currents in Electronic Literacy (Spring 2011). Web.

“Disciplinary Resistance: Promoting Possibility for the Writing Program” (Response). JAC 32.3-4 (2012): 751-58. Print.

Book Chapters

With Megan J. Bardolph. “Informal Writing and the Design of Academic Conferences.” Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition. Eds. Bruce Horner, Susan Ryan and Brice Nordquist. Forthcoming. Print.

“‘Several Sigourneys’: Circulation, Reprint Culture, and Lydia Sigourney’s Prose.” Reconsidering Sigourney: Essays on Lydia Sigourney. Eds. Elizabeth Petrino and Mary Lou Kete. Forthcoming. Print.

With Beth Boehm. “Graduate Student Peer Mentoring Programs: Benefitting Students, Faculty and Academic Programs.” The Mentoring Continuum: From Graduate School Through Tenure. Ed. Glenn Wright. Syracuse: Graduate School Press [Syracuse University Press]. Forthcoming. Print.

Other Publications

“Available Technologies for Changing Student Needs: Using Technology to Reach Graduate Students on our Campuses.” Technology in Student Affairs, Summer 2013. Web.

“Something Seems Terribly Wrong with my 20s.” In “Classroom Confidential.” John Branston. Memphis Flyer 14 Dec. 2006, Vol. 1, No.929 [Creative Non-Fiction Teaching Narrative- cover feature]. Print.

Works in Progress

“‘The Difference’ in Graduate Mentorship: Groups, Diversity and Interdisciplinarity.” With Beth Boehm.

“The Dunning-Kruger Effect in Graduate Education: Imposter Syndrome as Professional Development Paradox.” With Megan Bardolph.

Conference Presentations

“‘A Prominent Factor in the Life of the Community’: The Public Work of High Schools in the Nineteenth Century.” Thomas R. Watson Conference. Louisville, Kentucky. October 16-18, 2014.

“‘The Difference’ in Graduate Mentorship: Groups, Diversity and Interdisciplinarity.” UNM Mentoring Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico. October 21-24, 2014.

“A Master’s Degree from High School?: Revisiting the Institutional Identities of High Schools, Colleges, and Universities in the Nineteenth Century.” Rhetoric Society of America. San Antonio, Texas. May 22-26, 2014.

“The Mind and Body of Higher Learning: Tracing the Institutional Location of (Gendered) Manual Training in Nineteenth-Century High Schools.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, Indiana. March 19-22, 2014.

“Participatory Engagement and the Production of Knowledge at Academic Conferences.” Writing Research Across Borders II. Paris, France. February 18-22, 2014.

“Faculty of the Future: Voices from the Next Generation.” American Association of Colleges and Universities. Washington, D.C. January 22-25, 2014.

“Increasing Disciplinary Connections, Decreasing Time to Degree: A Consideration of Time to Degree in Relation to Interdisciplinary Research.” Modern Language Association. Chicago, Illinois. January 9-12, 2014.

“Writing a Translingual Script: Closed Captions in the English Monolingual Hearing Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, Nevada. March 14-16, 2013.

“The Rhetorical Function (and Limitations) of Efficiency in our Disciplinary Discourse and Practice.” Thomas R. Watson Conference. Louisville, Kentucky. October 18-20, 2012.

“Re/framing Gender through American School Books.” Rhetoric Society of America. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. May 26-28, 2012.

“Technology FOR Effective Teaching: Application of the TPACK Model in the Composition Classroom.” Digital Pedagogy Poster presentation with Shyam Sharma. Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, Missouri. March 22-24, 2012.

“Graduate Student Mentoring: Practices and Possibilities.” American College Personnel Association. Louisville, Kentucky. March 25-27, 2012.

“Rethinking Expediency in FYC: Using Closed Captioning to Interrogate Language Politics.” Penn State Rhetoric Conference. University Park, Pennsylvania. July 9-11, 2011.

“Keeping the Gently Used Copy: What is Lost in Archives of American Schoolbooks.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. San Antonio, Texas. April 21-23, 2011.

“Closed Captioning as Translation: Beyond English Only.” Indiana University Graduate Conference. Bloomington, Indiana. March 22-24, 2011.


University of Louisville 2011-present

ENGL101: Introduction to College Writing

ENGL102: Intermediate College Writing (Two sections)

ENGL105: Advanced College Writing for Freshmen

ENGL306: Business Writing (Honors)

ENGL311: American Literature I: Beginnings to 1865

Other Teaching/Tutoring Experience

Technology Resource Instructor                                                                                                                        2012
2012 Celebration of Teaching and Learning
University of Louisville

Writing Center Tutor                                                                                                                                            2008- 2010
Student Athlete Advising and Academic Services
University of Pittsburgh

SAT Verbal and Writing Tutor                                                                                                                          2008-2010
Kaplan Test Preparation
Pittsburgh, PA

Writing Teacher                                                                                                                                                    2009
Young Writers’ Institute
University of Pittsburgh

Fourth Grade Teacher                                                                                                                                         2006-2008
Teach For America*Memphis
Peabody Elementary School
Memphis, TN

English Language Tutor for Adult Learners                                                                                                2004-2006
Loyola Community Literacy Center
Loyola University Chicago

Research and Administrative Experience

Research Assistant for PLAN Professional Development program                                  2011-2014
Beth Boehm, Dean, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
University of Louisville

  • Assisted in the research and implementation of professional development programming for graduate students
  • Created content and design for UofL’s MentorCenter website dedicated to resources to support peer and faculty mentoring
  • Established and maintained cross-disciplinary connections with multiple university and community stakeholders

Assistant Director                                                                                                                                        2012-2013
2012 Thomas R. Watson Conference
University of Louisville

  • Managed submissions process and proposal review, conference planning and logistics

Archival Research Assistant                                                                                                                  2010-11, 2013-14
Susan M. Ryan, The Moral Economies of American Authorship: 1830-1870
University of Louisville


K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award                                                                                        2014
American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Carolyn Krause Maddox Prize for best graduate paper ($400)                                         2014
Paper title: “‘The Flower of Democracy’: Women’s Rhetorical and Professional Opportunities at Louisville Female High School”
Women’s and Gender Studies Department
University of Louisville

CSGS/ETS Grant Recipient ($2500)                                                                                                    2014
Award for Innovations in Graduate Education from Admissions to Completion
Proposal title: “Alternative Academics and Scholars in the Workplace: Preparing Graduate Students for Diverse Career Options at the University of Louisville”
Council of Southern Graduate Schools/Educational Testing Services

Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education by a Graduate Student award  2014
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
University of Louisville

M. Celeste Nichols Professional Development Award ($500)                                               2013
Women’s Center
University of Louisville

Mary Craik Scholarship for Women Students ($4400)                                                            2013-2014
Competitive Essay-Based Award
University of Louisville

First Place ($250) in national graduate student manuscript competition                    2013
Paper title: “Available Technologies for Changing Student Needs: Using Technology to Reach Graduate Students on our Campuses”
Technology in Student Affairs

Grant Recipient for Peabody Press Student Newspaper Club ($300)                                2007
Junior League of Memphis

Gerrietts Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing                                                                         2006
Loyola University Chicago


Service to the Profession

Executive Committee                                                                                                                                    2014-Present
Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)

Co-Founder and Member (Chair 2012-2013)                                                                                       2011-Present
Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Student Chapter
University of Louisville

Service to the University

Student Ambassador                                                                                                                                   2014-2015
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
University of Louisville

Presidential Appointment to the Commission on the Status of Women                                       2012-2015
University of Louisville

Integration of Work and Family Committee                                                                                         2012-2015
University of Louisville

2014 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Steering Committee                                                  2013-2014
University of Louisville

21st Century Initiative Student Standing Committee                                                                          2013-2014
University of Louisville

21st Century Initiative Core Committee on Academic and Research Priorities                           2012-2014
University of Louisville

Vice President                                                                                                                                                2012-2013
Graduate Student Council
University of Louisville

Academic Policy Board                                                                                                                               2012-2013
University of Louisville

Ad Hoc Faculty/Student Workgroup on Online Evaluations                                                          2012-2013
University of Louisville

Senator                                                                                                                                                            2011-2013
Student Government Association
University of Louisville

Information/Technology Chair                                                                                                               2011-2012
Graduate Student Council
University of Louisville

Service to the Department

Invited presenter: Networking workshop                                                                                             2014
English Graduate Organization
University of Louisville

Treasurer                                                                                                                                                       2013-2014
English Graduate Organization
University of Louisville

Peer Mentoring Coordinator                                                                                                                    2013-2014
Founder of Mentoring Program for Master’s students
English Department
University of Louisville

Peer Mentor                                                                                                                                                  2011-2014
English Department
University of Louisville

Graduate Student Representative                                                                                                           2011-2012
English Department Faculty Senate
University of Louisville

Graduate Student Representative                                                                                                           2010-2011
Faculty Graduate Committee
University of Louisville

Host/Coordinator                                                                                                                                      2009-2010
Pitt MFA Reading Series
University of Pittsburgh

Executive Board Member                                                                                                                         2008-2009
Graduate Student Organization
University of Pittsburgh

Community-based and Other Service

Volunteer History Instructor                                                                                                                  Summer 2013
Louisville Gentleman’s Academy for At-Risk Youth

Co-founder and Non-Fiction Editor                                                                                                     2010-2014
Flywheel Magazine

Founder and Sponsor Teacher                                                                                                              2007-2008
Peabody Press, Student Newspaper
Peabody Elementary School

Intensive Writing Workshop Instructor for 5th Grade Students                                                  2007-2008
Peabody Elementary School

Contributing Writer/Community Relations for Peabody Elementary                                        2006-2008
Cooper-Young Lamplighter and MCS Insider publications

Editor-In-Chief                                                                                                                                          2005-2006
Diminuendo Magazine– Quarterly Literary Magazine
Loyola University Chicago

Workshops Designed and Conducted

Be Searchable: Online Professional Portfolios: Practical tips for cultivating your online presence and building a portfolio online

Peer mentoring workshop series: Series of workshops for students interested in supporting peer mentoring programs in their departments and making the most of their own peer mentoring relationships

Women in Academe panel (for faculty and graduate students): Four women faculty from across disciplines shared their experiences and insights

Graduate Student Leadership panel: Discussion of leadership opportunities and the benefits of these experiences

Teaching with Technology: Introduction to how to utilize technology to support learning goals in the classroom

Technology for Professional Development: Discussion of online tools to support professional development and networking goals

International Student Academic Orientation: Introduction to the academic culture and expectations of US institutions for international students

Mentoring Workshops (for faculty and graduate students): Topics included using peer mentoring for program recruitment, multiple mentoring, peer mentoring, etc.

Mentoring Learning Community (for faculty and graduate students): Faculty and graduate students read and discussed literature on best practices in graduate mentoring

Women in Leadership panel (for faculty and graduate students): Four female administrators from across the university shared their experiences and answered questions about the challenges and benefits of leadership positions for women

Teaching/Research Areas

            Histories of Rhetoric and Writing Instruction
            Graduate Student Education/Mentorship
            Translinguality and Theories of Language Difference
            Nineteenth-Century Literature
            Women’s Literature
            Archival Methods
            Composition Theory

Technology Experience

            Designed and maintained the UofL School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies’ PLAN and MentorCenter websites
            Created multiple educational and scholarly videos, including a video for UofL graduate admissions and a series on mentoring
            Proficient in teaching with technology and facilitating student multimodal projects
            Experience with web page development (Plone, Dreamweaver, HTML)

Graduate Coursework

Composition Pedagogy
            Teaching College Composition. Joanna Wolfe. University of Louisville.
            New Media and Composition Pedagogy. Bronwyn Williams. University of Louisville.
            Outside Composition. Bruce Horner. University of Louisville.
            Work in English. Bruce Horner. University of Louisville.
            Multimodal Composition and Pedagogy. Jamie Bianco. University of Pittsburgh.
Rhetoric and Literacy
            History of Rhetoric II. Carol Mattingly. University of Louisville.
            Scenes of Reading. Susan Griffin. University of Louisville.
            Narratives of Teaching. Nicholas Cole. University of Pittsburgh.
            Culture of American Literacy. Jean Ferguson Carr. University of Pittsburgh.
            Institutions of Literature. Stephen Carr. University of Pittsburgh.
            Scribbling Women. Jean Ferguson Carr. University of Pittsburgh.
Methods and Methodology
            Archival Research Methods. Susan Ryan. University of Louisville.
            Research in Composition. Deborah Journet. University of Louisville.
            Composition Theory and Practice. Karen Kopelson. University of Louisville.
            Contemporary Theories of Interpretation. Karen Kopelson. University of Louisville.
            Revision: Theory and Practice. Min Zhan Lu. University of Louisville.
            History of Criticism. Don Bialostosky. University of Pittsburgh.
Literature and Creative Writing
            African American Literature. David Anderson. University of Louisville.
            Global Fiction in the Victorian Ages. Troy Boone. University of Pittsburgh.
            Poetry Workshop. Jean Marie Laskas and Toi Derricotte. University of Pittsburgh.

Professional Memberships

            Rhetoric Society of America- University of Louisville Student Chapter (Founding Member)
            National Council of Teachers of English
            College Composition and Communication Connected Community
            Modern Language Association
            Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition


Karen Kopelson
            Associate Professor, former Director of Graduate Studies
            Department of English
            University of Louisville
            315 Bingham Humanities
            Louisville, KY 40292
Beth Boehm
            Professor, Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs
            University of Louisville
            Houchens Building, Room 105
            Louisville, KY 40292
Susan Ryan
            Associate Professor, Vice Chair
            Department of English
            University of Louisville
            315 Bingham Humanities
            Louisville, KY 40292
Bruce Horner
            Professor, Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition
            Department of English
            University of Louisville
            315 Bingham Humanities
            Louisville, KY 40292
Jessica Enoch
            Associate Professor, Director of Academic Writing
            Department of English
            University of Maryland
            1116 Tawes Hall
            College Park, MD 20742