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EDUCATION
DISSERTATION
THESIS
HONORS
TEACHING INTERESTS
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
PUBLICATIONS
SERVICE/ACTIVITIES
LANGUAGES
MEMBERSHIPS

EDUCATION

University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma Ph.D., 19C. British Literature, September, 2000

University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma M.A., Creative Writing, May, 1992

Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma B.A., English/Language Arts, December, 1987

DISSERTATION

Dissertation topic: Holy Terror: The Vampire as Numinous Experience in British and American Literature. Defining the concept of the numinous as it was developed by Rudolf Otto in The Idea of the Holy, in this dissertation I examine the negative side of the concept in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and argue that through the experience of the numinous in the form of the vampire, the main characters are propelled on spiritual journeys through which they begin to understand the value of their existence in both the empirical and spiritual worlds. Dissertation director: Dr. Stephen Tabachnick. (Accepted for publication by McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers under the title The Vampire as Numinous Experience: Spiritual Journeys with the Undead in British and American Literature. Publication date Fall/Winter 2004)

THESIS

Thesis topic: Meta/mOrphic Stone. This creative thesis is a poetic tale of a woman whose personal life has fallen apart. When her relationships with her children and husband seem beyond repair, she ventures out into the world where her journey becomes a struggle to find balance between the spiritual, natural, and personal aspects of her life. In effect, she seeks to re-mythologize herself, to make herself a part of the cosmos by recreating within herself the mythic powers of the universe. The introduction to this thesis deals with the four functions of mythology -- cosmological, mystical-metaphysical, sociological, and psychological -- and places the poet's work within a context of other writers and poets who have incorporated mythological qualities into their work. Thesis director: Dr. George Economou.

HONORS

1993: Awarded the Dr. Edward Clark Memorial Scholarship for outstanding teaching, writing, and research during the 1993 academic year. $1500.

1992: Outstanding Member Award from Student Association of Graduates in English Studies (SAGES) for volunteer work on the 1992 Medieval Fair Committee.

1991: Awarded the Roy and Florena Hadsell Scholarship for writing the paper "Vampire as Trickster." $750.

1990-1992: Awarded Fee Waiver Scholarship by the English Department for publication, grade point, and teaching ability.

TEACHING INTERESTS

Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Gothic Literature, Creative Writing (fiction & poetry), Composition (computer-aided and traditional), World Literature, Native American Literature, Film, the American West and western fiction.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

FALL 2001-PRESENT. (Part-time Lecturer)

University of Nevada Las Vegas, English Department, Las Vegas, Nevada

Traditional English Composition II. Syllabus consisted of various types of argument essays, including: extended definition, cause and effect, evaluation, and moral and ethical arguments.

Intermediate Composition. Syllabus consisted of lessons in grammar and sentence structure combined with short writing assignments both creative and argument based.

World Literature I. Syllabus consisted of readings in various texts (from the known beginnings of literature to 1650), class discussions and written responses to those texts, midterm and final essay exams, and a final paper.

FALL 1989-SPRING 2001. (Six years as GTA and six years as Adjunct.)

University of Oklahoma, English Department, Norman, Oklahoma

Traditional English Composition I and II; Computer-Aided English Composition I and II. Syllabi consisted of various types of essays, including: extended definition, reporting information, several types of argument, literary analysis, creative writing (short story), personal experience, literacy autobiography, summary, critique, and essay exam.

Introduction to Literature. Class consisted of analysis of poetry, drama, and fiction from various periods of British and American Literature.

1993-94, 3 semesters. Instructor. Taught Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Preparation Course, Verbal Ability section, using the Fairfax Lectern series materials.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

2003-Ongoing. Web Projects. Copy editor, quality assurance.

Projects: Manhattan Kayak Company Edited and checked for consistency and links on 100+ web pages. Defiant Sport Fishing Edited and checked for consistency and links. Friends of Hudson River Park Edited and checked for consistency and links. (2002)

Fall 1993. Grader. Evaluating English Composition CLEP tests. Consisted of reading and grading Freshman essays.

June 1988-May 1989. Assistant Editor for Field Artillery. Responsible for 40% of the magazine's articles. Produced 6 issues.

PUBLICATIONS

PUBLISHED CRITICAL PAPERS

"The Day That Maked Was Oure Mariage." Critical Limits, University of Oklahoma, 1994: 4-8.

"The Vampire as Trickster Figure in Bram Stoker's Dracula." Extrapolation, Summer 1992, Vol.33, No. 2. 128-144.

"Druid Imagery in William Blake's Jerusalem." Cameron Forum, Cameron University, 1987: 38-42.

PAPERS PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

"Eros and the Thanatotic Hero: The Character of Lestat in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles" Paper presented at the Far West Popular Culture Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 1, 2003.

Reader in the Creative Writing (Poetry) Session at the Far West Popular Culture Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 1, 2003.

Reader in the Creative Writing Poetry Seminar at the Sigma Tau Delta (Beta Omicron Chapter), Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, Spring 1993.

"The Sacred and Profane in Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat." Paper presented at the Popular Culture Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, April 6, 1989.

BOOKS

The Vampire as Numinous Experience: Spiritual Journeys with the Undead in British and American Literature. A revised version of the dissertation listed above. McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers. October 2004

POETRY

"'…that way madness lies ….'" Windmill, University of Oklahoma, 1998. p.45.

"that old black magic." Windmill, University of Oklahoma, 1998. p. 46.

"Manannàn's Daughters." Windmill, University of Oklahoma, 1998. p. 47.

"Your red hills have stolen my soul." Women and Words: A Women's Studies Journal, University of Oklahoma, 1997-98. p.5.

"Mother I have made you." Women and Words: A Women's Studies Journal, University of Oklahoma, 1997-98. p. 6.

"Stranded at Sea." Windmill, University of Oklahoma, 1997. p.20.

"it doesn't matter now." Windmill, University of Oklahoma, 1997. p.20.

"He wishes he could forget." Windmill, University of Oklahoma, 1997. p.21.

"To know it in your bones." Windmill, University of Oklahoma, 1996. p.40.

"The Wake." Windmill, University of Oklahoma, Spring 1993. p.41.

"I Dream of Power." Windmill, University of Oklahoma, Spring 1993. p.57.

"Cinema Verite." Texture, December 1992. p.15.

"The Deer Come Down." Rose Review, Sigma Tau Delta (Beta Omicron Chapter) publication, Fall/Winter 1990. p.13.

"Silencing the Stories." Rose Review, Sigma Tau Delta (Beta Omicron Chapter) publication, Fall/Winter 1990. p.16.

"The Visitors." Rose Review, Sigma Tau Delta (Beta Omicron Chapter) publication, Fall/Winter 1990. p.11-12.

"Dragonseed." Rose Review, Sigma Tau Delta (Beta Omicron Chapter) publication, Fall/Winter 1990. p.15.

"Gila Wilderness." Rose Review, Sigma Tau Delta (Beta Omicron Chapter) publication, Fall/Winter 1990. p.14.

"Incarnate Grace." Windmill, U of Oklahoma, Spring 1990. p.40.

"Passin' Through." Rose Review, Sigma Tau Delta (Beta Omicron Chapter) publication, December 1988. p.16.

"My Grandmother." (reprint) The Ludington Daily News, Ludington, Michigan, July 1988. p.4.

"Autumn Tanka." Alura, Winter 1988-1989. p.36.

"Changes." Alura, Winter 1988-1989. p.36.

"Winter Sonnet." Alura, Winter 1988-1989. p.36.

"Butterfly." Alura, Summer 1988. p.47.

"At 28." Parent to Parent, Spring 1988. p.5.

"Sestina for a Small Son." Parent to Parent, Spring 1988. p.4.

"The Ruby Yacht of Beta Omicron." Rose Review, Sigma Tau Delta (Beta Omicron Chapter) publication, May 1988.

"A Father's Legacy." Rose Review, Sigma Tau Delta (Beta Omicron Chapter) publication, May 1988.

"My Grandmother." Omega Forum, Lawton Oklahoma Arts Council, Spring 1988. p.2.

"The Garden." Cameron Forum, Cameron U, 1987. p.36.

SERVICE/ACTIVITIES

Member of Part-time Instructors Award Committee at University of Nevada Las Vegas (2001-Present). Evaluated applicants for campus-wide teaching awards.

President of Student Association of graduates in English Studies at the University of Oklahoma (1993-1994). Planned, coordinated, and hosted yearly graduate student conference, Voices, a multi-cultural exploration of voice(s) in literature.

Editor of Windmill, an annual literary publication of the English Department at the University of Oklahoma. Coordinated and hosted poetry/writing contests and readings at the University of Oklahoma (1990-1992).

Editor/layout of Omega Forum, the Omega Workshop Newspaper sponsored by the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council, Lawton, Oklahoma (1989).

Editor and Historian for the Beta Omicron Chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. Created their first edition of a new bi-annual literary publication, The Rose Review. Served as Editor/layout for the first 3 issues. Coordinated and hosted poetry/writing contests and readings at Cameron University (1987-1989).

Student Editor for Cameron Forum, an annual publication of the English department at Cameron University (1987).

LANGUAGES

Latin: reading knowledge

Spanish: reading knowledge

MEMBERSHIPS

Academy of American Poets

Modern Language Association

Popular Culture Association

Far West Popular Culture Association

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