Doctor of Philosophy in English, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 2015.
Dissertation: The Chronicles of Professionalization: the Expert, the Child, and the Making of American Children’s Literature
Chair: Dr. Kenneth Kidd
Master of Arts in English, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL: May 2010
Assistant Director, Writing and Communication Program, School of Literature, Media and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology. 2018-Present.
Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow, Writing and Communication Program, School of Literature, Media and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-Present
Full Time Lecturer, Writing and Communication Program, School of Literature, Media and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-2016
Graduate Assistant in the English Department and University Writing Program, University of Florida, 2008-2014
Please see the Publications section of this website for a complete listing.
DIGITAL HUMANITIES PROJECTS
Hewins “Books for the Young”: Corpora currently undergoing analysis: includes readable text and metadata for 1005 texts from the canon-forming list of books recommended for children, written by Caroline Hewins in 1882.
Client/Mentor for Computer Science – Technical Communications Junior Design Teams
Family Friendly Brewery Tracker – an app designed to categorize and sort local breweries based on family-friendly criteria such as play areas, availability of changing tables, available seating, noise level, smoking, and ADA accessibility.
(3 semesters of development, available on GitHub)
Twitter Grader – an open-source browser plug-in designed to aid faculty members who use Twitter in their classrooms in harvesting student user data, measuring student participation based on pre-determined criteria, and producing PDF reports that can be distributed to individual students (2 semesters – in development)
Bestseller List Archive – A database project designed to gather records of bestseller lists into one place, to make researching patterns or scraping data for quantitative analysis easier. (2 semesters – available on GitHub).
Curriculum Designer, Strategic Plan Advisory Group (SPAG), Effective Team Dynamics Initiative, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-Present.
Digital Humanities Summer Institute Training, University of Victoria, June 2018.
Course: Stylometry with R
Digital Pedagogy Certificate, Writing and Communication Program, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. 2017.
Project Title: Twitter As a Brainstorming Tool in the Composition Classroom
DIGITAL HUMANITIES AND DIGITAL PEDAGOGY
“The Possibly Impossible Research Project’: Using Digital Research and Social Media to Teach Archival Research Methods.” Code4Lib Southeast 2018 Conference. Atlanta, GA. 27 July 2018.
Invited Panelist: Syllabus Swap: Multimodal Assignments. Children’s Literature Association’s 45th Annual Conference. Refreshing Waters/Turbulent Waters. San Antonio, TX. 28-30 June 2018.
“Better Learning Through Hashtags: Building Community and Improving Discussion with Twitter.” Proposed Panel: Blended Learning: Balancing Social Media and Face-to-Face Pedagogies. MLA 2018. New York, NY. 4-7 January 2018.
Invited Panelist: “Student as Producer: Leveraging Video Based Assignments for your Courses.: Georgia Tech Library. 14 Nov 2017.
“Quantifying Bias: Tracing Children’s Literature’s Canonization Through Data Mining of Historical Book Lists.” Proposed Panel: Digital Futures of Analog Histories: Data Mining, Digitization, and Digital Pedagogy in the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. Children’s Literature Association 44th Annual Conference: “Imagined Futures.” Tampa, FL. 22-24 June 2017.
“Designing and Teaching Hybrid Courses.” Writing and Communication Program Research and Development Laboratory (DevLab) Presentation. 16 April 2017. Georgia Institute of Technology.
“Twitter in the Composition Classroom and Professional Academic Circles.” Writing and Communication Program Research and Development Laboratory (DevLab) Presentation. February 25, 2016. Georgia Institute of Technology.
“Publishing Challenges for Graduate Students.” Publishing Workshop. English Graduate Organization. Gainesville, FL. March 29, 2012. University of Florida
“Visual Analysis: Integrating Visual Presentations into the Writing Classroom.” 2009 University Writing Program Symposium on Rhetoric and Pedagogy. Gainesville, FL. November 5, 2009. University of Florida. (no online program available)
YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE AND CULTURE
“The Handbook for Mortals and the Muddy Waters of YA Best Seller Status.” Children’s Literature Association 45th Annual Conference. Refreshing Waters/Turbulent Waters. San Antonio, TX. 28-30 June 2018.
“YA Shaming; or, The Generation Who Wouldn’t Grow Up” Proposed Panel: Panic! at the Bookstore: Deconstructions of the American Dream In Young Adult Literature and Culture. Children’s Literature Association 42nd Annual Conference: “Give me liberty, or give me death!”: The High Stakes and Dark Sides of Children’s Literature. Richmond, VA. 18-20 June 2015.
“Writing Reality (Television): The Role of Technology in Identity Formation in The Hunger Games.” Children’s Literature Association’s 37th Annual Conference: Children’s Literature and Media. Ann Arbor, MI. 11 June 2010. Eastern Michigan University.
“Competing Identities: Representations of Self and Historical Memory in The Hunger Games.” English Graduate Organization Conference: Home/sickness: Desire, Decay, and the Seduction of Nostalgia. Gainesville, FL. 13-14 November 2009. University of Florida.
EXPERTISE AND PROFESSIONALIZATION IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Invited Talk: “A Golden Opportunity: The Making and Marketing of the Little Golden Books.” Gallery Talk: Children’s Literature, Illustration, and Collecting Books. Golden Legacy: Original Art from 75 Years of Golden Books. Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking. Atlanta, GA. 11 July 2018.
“Professional Disputes and Early Reader Picture Books.” The 15th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group: Rethinking Work. Gainesville, FL. March 21-23, 2013. University of Florida
Panel Moderator: Panel 1: “CLASS.” The 15th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group: Rethinking Work. Gainesville, FL. March 21-23, 2013. University of Florida
“Experts on Children’s Literature: Communities without Children.” English Graduate Organization: Borders and Beyond: Considering Communities. Gainesville, FL. October 12, 2012. University of Florida.
“Testing the Tastemakers: Children’s Literature, Bestseller Lists and the “Harry Potter Effect” 2010 English Graduate Organization Conference: Allusion, Adaptation, and Appropriation. Gainesville, FL. October 22, 2010. University of Florida.
Co-written with Casey Wilson. “Genre Conventions of YA Dystopian Trilogies.” Proposed Panel: Beyond the Blockbusters: Themes and Trends in Contemporary Young Adult Literature. South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA). Atlanta, GA. November 3-5, 2017.
Co-written with Casey Wilson. “Overcoming Dystopia: The Genre Conventions and Pedagogical Potential of YA Dystopian Trilogies.” 36th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts: The Scientific Imagination. March 18-22, 2015. Orlando, FL.
“Utopian Pedagogy: Using YA Dystopian Fiction to teach Utopian Studies” Proposed Panel: “Diverse Approaches to Archives in the Classroom.” Children’s Literature Association 41st Annual Conference: Diverging Diversities: Plurality in Children’s & Young Adult Literature Then and Now. Columbia, SC. June 18-21, 2014. University of South Carolina.
Co-written with Casey Wilson. “Overcoming Dystopia: The Utopian Pedagogy of YA Dystopian Trilogies.” The 16th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group: Art in Interesting Times. Gainesville, FL. March 27-29, 2014. University of Florida.
Invited Talk: “The Hunger Games and the Dystopian Tradition.” The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Roundtable. Gainesville, FL. April 10, 2013. Sponsored by the Center for Women Studies and Gender Research, University of Florida.
“Dialectical ‘Complexifications’: The Centrality of Mary Malone, Dust, and the Mulefa in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.” Children’s Literature Association’s 38th Annual Conference: Revolt, Rebellion, Protest: Change and Insurrection in Children’s Literature. Roanoke, Virginia. June 23-25, 2011. Hollins University.
VISUAL CULTURE AND PICTURE BOOKS
“Now I Had a Secret Life’: Decoding Remy’s Coming Out Narrative in Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille.” Children’s Literature Association 43rd Annual International Conference. Columbus, Ohio. June 9-11, 2016.
“Introducing Early Reader Picture Books.” Children’s Literature Association’s 40th Annual Conference: Play and Risk in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Biloxi, MI. June 13-15, 2013. Hosted by University of Southern Mississippi (IP Resort Biloxi).
“Monstrous Myths: Manipulation of Text and the Suspension of Disbelief in Octavian Nothing and The Knife of Never Letting Go.” The 33rd International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts: The Monstrous Fantastic. Orlando, FL. March 23, 2012.
“Intimate Text: Novelty Through Typeface in Octavian Nothing and The Knife of Never Letting Go” 2011 English Graduate Organization Conference: Nothing New Under the Sun?: Novelty, Game-Changing, and Genre-Breaking. Gainesville, FL. October 29, 2011. University of Florida.
“New Baby: Picture Book Depictions of Becoming an Older Sibling.” Children’s Literature Association 34th Annual Conference: The Best of 3. Charlotte, NC. June 11-14, 2009. University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Panel Moderator: PANEL 3: “Media Revolutions” The 17th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group: Enthusiasm for Revolution. Gainesville, FL. March 26-28, 2015. University of Florida.
Panel Moderator: PANEL 14: “Cinema and Temporality” The 16th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group: Art in Interesting Times. Gainesville, FL. March 27-29, 2013. University of Florida.
Panel Moderator: Children’s Fantasy in Its Historical Context. The 33rd International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts: The Monstrous Fantastic. Orlando, Florida. March 24, 2012.
Panel Moderator: “Institutions.” The 14th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group: Toward a Democracy with Rights. Gainesville, FL. March 16, 2012. University of Florida.
“Improving Research Methodologies by Exploring Science Writing for Children.” Celebrate Teaching Day. Center for Teaching and Learning, Georgia Institute of Technology. March 8, 2018.
“Twitter in the Composition Classroom.” Celebrate Teaching Day 2017: Center for Teaching and Learning, Georgia Institute of Technology. March 14, 2017.
Please see the Teaching Portfolio page for course syllabi, assignment sheets, and links to online course materials.
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE COURSES
Golden Age of Children’s Literature: LIT 4334. (Spring 2013)
AMERICAN LITERATURE COURSES
Survey of American Literature: 1865- Present: AML 2070. (Spring 2011)
English Composition II: “The History and Rhetoric of Science Writing for Children.” (Spring 2017, 3 sections; Fall 2018, 2 sections).
English Composition I: “Making the List: Best Sellers, Best of and Banned Books” (Fall 2017, 3 sections).
Hybrid Course: English Composition I: “Adulting: Coming of Age in 21st Century America.” (Fall 2016, 3 sections).
English Composition II: “Rhetoric, Propaganda and the High Stakes of Dystopian Fiction.” (Spring 2017, 3 sections).
Introduction to College Writing: ENC 1101. (Fall 2014, Fall 2011, Fall 2009, 2 sections, Fall 2008, co- taught).
Introduction to Argument and Persuasion: ENC 1102. (Spring 2015, 1 section as mentor & 1 section individually; Spring 2014, as mentor, Spring 2012, as mentor, 2009, co-taught)
TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION COURSES
Technical Communication: LMC 3403. (Fall 2015, 3 Sections)
Online Course: Technical Communication for Engineers: ENC 3254. (Summer 2013.)
Professional Communication: ENC 3254. (Summer 2014.)
Technical Writing: ENC 2210. (Summer 2010, Summer 2009, Spring 2009, Fall 2008)
Strategy Tutor, University Athletic Association, University of Florida, 2010-2015.
- Tutored student-athletes in remedial English and reading courses and tutored student- athletes as a strategy tutor, focused on improving student time management and study skills, planning major projects, refining research skills, and maintaining records. Worked with multiple students for 2+ years.
- Supervised “homework room” or structured study hall for 10-15 students per semester, focused on improving study skills, time management, prioritizing tasks, and maintaining active participation in online classes.
- Designed, composed, edited and distributed detailed tutoring guides for remedial English and Reading courses, focused on grammar, sentence construction, parts of speech and study tips; aimed at facilitating improved tutoring and supporting new tutors in the program.
- Prepared logistical aspects of visits for incoming delegations, high profile guests, and potential donors, as well as for large public events, including but not limited to: international travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, catering, audiovisual needs, publicity
- Facilitated scheduling, messaging and events between the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and various Deans and Directors and managed internal calendars and records for Vice Provost of International Affairs
- Planned logistical details for events and conferences outside of Atlanta, (the United Nations, Germany, India, Belgium) often working with the Halle Foundation, various Consul Generals in Atlanta, and staff at foreign universities while maintaining databases with contact information for 300+ faculty, staff, and other mailing list participants
- Designed publicly distributed schedule documents, event programs, and electronic invitations
Conference Coordinator, Office of University Conferences, Division of Campus Life, Emory University. Summer 2005
- Coordinated preparation of twenty residence halls for 66 conference groups and over 8,000 guests for three months
- Acted as a liaison between multiple professional staffs, including custodial, maintenance, central laundry, and conferences staff as well as student conference managers
- Utilized customer service and problem solving skills as well as creativity and organization
Conference Manager, Office of University Conferences, Division of Campus Life, Emory University. Summer 2005
- Worked as a liaison for three conference groups, responsible for arranging all necessary elements of their stay at Emory University’s summer facilities. Compiled three separate group bills totaling over $100,000.
- Assisted in daily conference operations including building preparations, administrative work, and team building.
- Assisted curator with planning and execution of special programs
- Maintained communication between curator and council on a quarterly basis
Council Member 2014-Present
- Advised Baldwin curator on potential programs to increase scholarly use of special collections
- Brainstormed potential collaborations for Baldwin library
- Consulted on grant application for Baldwin digital program
Journals: Jeunesse, Lion and the Unicorn
Curricular Innovation Committee
- Coordinate, plan, and execute institute-wide programs focused on curricular innovations
- Generate departmental reports on service, membership, and programming
- Identify, develop and disseminate curricular/pedagogical innovations to Georgia Tech faculty
- Organize programmatic curricular innovations such as Celebrating Teaching Day, GTRI projects, Direct to Discovery and National Day for Writing
- Solicit, edit, and compile new material and update existing material in WCP custom textbook
- Coordinate with editors at Bedford/St. Martin on content, distribution, and digital access
- Solicit and review applications for 2019-2020 Brittain Fellowship
- Interview and assess candidates to make hiring recommendations to WCP director
- Support Brittain Fellows in developing innovative digital pedagogies, digitally-based research and other special projects
- Maintain DevLab work space and recording studio
Professional Development Committee
- Support Brittain Fellows in developing professional materials for academic/alt-ac job searches
- Organize seminars, presentations and panels on continuing professionalization
- Best Practices for Designing and Teaching a Hybrid Course, April 6, 2017
- Participate in department-wide assessment to help develop methods and materials for assessing the learning and teaching of WOVEN communication
- Meet once a month with small groups to assess composition course final portfolios; submit data to chair of Assessment committee to measure departmental-wide metrics
University Writing Program Mentor:
AY 2014-2015 Mentor (Also AY 2011-2012, Spring 2014)
- Awarded $1000 fellowship to act as mentor
- Coached 2-3 first year graduate students per semester to develop pedagogical strategies, classroom management techniques and teaching philosophies
- Supervised co-instructors grading, teaching and planning and filed formal evaluations
English Graduate Organization:
Presidential Advisory Board: 2012-2013
- Organized 2011 EGO Conference ““Nothing New Under the Sun?: Novelty, Game-Changing, and Genre-Breaking” with members of the EGO board. Secured keynote speaker, Dr. Richard Flynn of Georgia Southern University
- Developed the EGO Board Handbook to secure institutional memory of EGO officers
Chair, New Student Welcome Committee: 2009-2011
Administrative Work for the University Writing Program:
Instructor Evaluator AY 2011-2012
- Observed 3-4 graduate student instructors each semester
- Documented and filed formal evaluation reports with the department
- Coordinated summer reading group of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students interested in children’s and young adult literature across 3 institutions (6-10 members)
- Standardized book nomination and scheduling process, as well as group social media presence and advertising
Children’s Literature Association: Member, 2009-Present
International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts: Member, 2012-Present
Modern Language Association: Member, 2013-Present
SAMLA: Member, 2017-Present