Post-Graduate Study, English Literature and Language, University of South Carolina
Post-Graduate Study, English, University of Southern Mississippi
MLIS, University of Southern Mississippi
B.A., English, University of Southern Mississippi
Areas of Interest
Rhetoric of Comedy/Humor Studies
Participatory Action Research
“Powerful Partnerships: The Worth of Embedding Masters Level Library Science Students in Undergraduate Classes.” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, vol. 57, no. 1, 2016, pp. 31-42. With Kim Becnel and Robin Moeller.
“Stories of a Storm: A Content Analysis of Mainstream, Small-Press and Self-Published Picture Books about Hurricane Katrina.” New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship, vol. 21, no. 2, 2015, pp. 161 – 177. With Kim Becnel.
“Writing for the Right Audience: Using Multimodal Projects in Composition to Enhance Action and Expression.” University of North Carolina System: College STAR Project. 2015. https://www.collegestar.org/modules/writing-for-the-right-audience. With Kathleen T. Brinko.
“Transmedia Demystified: (Re)introducing Your Students to the Power of Story.” Library Media Connection 33.6 (2015): 16-17. With Kim Becnel.
“The Children’s Anarchist: How William Godwin Reinvented Children’s Literature.” Fine Books & Collections Sept./Oct. 2005: 36-39. With Kim Becnel.
“The Printing of ‘this written book’: G.T. and H.W.’s Editorial Disputes in The Adventures of Master F.J.” Renaissance Papers 2003, Boydell & Brewer, 2004, pp. 45-54.
“Who’s Evaluating the Evaluators? Cognitive Biases, Fake News, and Information Literacy.” With Kim Becnel. Presented at the 2018 Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy. Savannah, GA. September 27-29, 2018.
“Looking in and Owning Up: Identifying and Countering Cognitive Bias in the Classroom.” With Kim Becnel. Presented at the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Blacksburg, VA. February 14-16, 2018.
“REAL Writing, REAL Learning: Information Literacy and Situated Writing Projects.” With Kim Becnel. Poster presentation at the 8th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Blacksburg, VA. February 10-12, 2016.
“ePortfolios with Purpose: Situated Learning, Rhetorical Awareness, and Authentic Texts.” Presented at the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning Southeast Regional Conference 2015. Athens, GA. November 9-10, 2015.
“Making It REAL: Teaching Information Literacy Skills through Situated Learning.” With Kim Becnel. Presented at the 2015 Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy. Savannah, GA. September 25-26, 2015.
“Situated Learning with ePortfolios: A Conceptual Model for Pedagogical Practice.” With Elaine Gray. Presented at the AppState Summer Free-Learning Conference 2015. Boone, NC. July 24, 2015.
“Scholarly Teaching Academy: A Community Approach to Cultivating Teaching Excellence.” With Tracy W. Smith, Pia A. Albinsson, Jamie A. Anderson, Kim E. Becnel, and John A. Henson. Presented at the 7th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Blacksburg VA. February 4-6, 2014.
“Teaching and Learning Information Literacy: Embedded Library Science Students in Undergraduate English Courses.” With Kim E. Becnel and Robin A. Moeller. Presented at the 2014 Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy. Savannah, GA. October 10-11, 2014.
“Shelter from the Storm: Picture Books in Times of Crisis.” With Kim Becnel. Presented at the 2014 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. Hattiesburg, MS. April 9-11, 2014.
“‘Quoyle left the women’s territory’: Gender Perfomativity, Gendered Spaces, and Gender Freedom in The Shipping News.” Presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Philological Association of the Carolinas. Myrtle Beach, SC. March 27-29, 2014.
“Service Learning across Courses: Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Optimum Student Outcomes.” With Kim Becnel. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Blacksburg, VA. February 5-7, 2014.
“Books and Bonuses: The Power of Transmedia to Attract Young Readers.” With Kim Becnel. Presented at the 60th Biennial Conference of the North Carolina Library Association. Winston-Salem, NC. October 15-18, 2013.
“Interpreting Risk, Reward, and Recovery in Children’s Literature about Hurricane Katrina.” With Kim Becnel. Presented at the 2013 Children’s Literature Association Conference. Biloxi, MS. June 13-15, 2013.
“Tweens, Teens, and Transmedia: Reaching Young Readers through Multiplatform Storytelling.” With Kim Becnel. Presented at the 2013 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. Hattiesburg, MS. April 10-12, 2013.
“No Place Like Home: Building a Better Collection for Homeless and Impoverished Children.” With Kim Becnel. Presented at the 2012 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. Hattiesburg, MS. April 11-13, 2012.
“Reclaiming the Self: Faulkner and Identity in Paper Towns and 33 Snowfish.” Presented at the 36th Annual Philological Association of the Carolinas Conference. Myrtle Beach, SC. March 22-24, 2012.
“Race, Sex, and the Self: Identity Politics in Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings.” With Kim Becnel. Presented at the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association of the South Conference. New Orleans, LA. October 6-8, 2011.
Awards, Fellowships, and Honors
Course Redesign Award, “Publicizing Poverty: Using Community Writing and Experiential Learning to Explore Writing as Social Action,” University Writing Program, University of North Carolina Charlotte, 2019 – 2020.
Faculty Fellow for Assessment, Office of Assessment and Accreditation, University of North Carolina Charlotte, 2018.
Scholarly Teacher Honoree, Scholarly Teaching Academy, Appalachian State University, 2013-2015.
A Portfolio Award for Excellence in Teaching, Appalachian State University, 2015.
Innovative Classroom Instruction Honoree, College STAR, University of North Carolina College STAR Program, 2015.
Ezra Jack Keats / Janina Domanska Research Fellow, de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, University of Southern Mississippi, 2013.
Cile Moise Teaching Award for First-Year English, U. of South Carolina, 2004
Environmental Curriculum Enhancement Award, U. of South Carolina (School of the Environment), 2004
Environmental Service Award, Archaeological Society of South Carolina, 2004
Irene D. Elliott Award for Outstanding Teaching, U. of South Carolina, 2003
Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts; Critical Thinking and Communication (The Rhetoric of Comedy); Expository Writing; Introduction to Writing across the Curriculum; Writing Foundations; Improved College Reading; Composition and Literature; Business Writing; Introduction to American Literature