Curriculum Vitae

Jeff Birkenstein, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of English
Saint Martin’s University

5000 Abbey Way, SE
Lacey, WA  98503-1297

Academic Employment:

Saint Martin’s University, Lacey, Washington

  • Professor (2015-
  • Associate professor, tenured (2010-2015)
  • Assistant professor (2004-2010)

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Part-time Instructor (2001-2003)
  • Teaching Assistant (1996-2001)
  • Assistant Editor, American Notes & Queries (ANQ) (2001-2002)
  • On-line Writing Instructor, Kentucky Virtual University (2001-2002)
  • Writing Center Tutor (1997-2003)

Teaching & Research Interests:

American Literature, post-1865; World and American Short Story and Short Sequence/Cycle; (Post-)9/11 Studies; The American Dream; Significant Food and Fiction; Argument and Writing; Pedagogy.

Fulbright Scholar (Fall, 2013):

Petrozavodsk State University, Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia

Concentration:  80% Teaching/20% Scholarship award, specializing in the American Short Story and its Russian influences

Fulbright Scholar Liaison, Saint Martin’s University, Spring 2015-

Scholar Rescue Committee, Fall 2015-

 

Education:

Ph.D., English (2003)

University of Kentucky

Concentrations: American Literature post-1865, American short story, world short story and short story sequence, American Studies

Dissertation:  “Community in the Short Story Sequence:  The Continuing Development of a Contemporary Genre”

Advisor:  Dr. Jerome Meckier

M.A., Teaching English as a Second/Other Language (2002)

University of Kentucky

Concentration:  Composition

Advisor:  Dr. Thomas Clayton

M.A., English (1996)

California State University, Long Beach

Thesis:  The Essentialist Stories of Raymond Carver

Advisor:  Dr. Charles E. May

B.A., English (1993)

University of California, Los Angeles

A.A. (1990)

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

 

Works Published and In Preparation:

Books:

  • European Writers in Exile. Co-edited with Robert Hauhart (Saint Martin’s University).  Lexington Books, forthcoming.
  • Critical Insights: Social Justice and American Literature. Co-edited with Robert Hauhart (Saint Martin’s University).  EBSCO/Salem Press, December 2017.
  • Critical Insights: American Writers in Exile. Co-edited with Robert Hauhart (Saint Martin’s University).  EBSCO/Salem Press, February 2016.
  • The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World. Co-edited with Anna Froula, East Carolina University, and Karen Randell, University of Bedfordshire (UK).  Columbia University Press/Wallflower Press, April 2013.
  • Reframing 9/11: Film, Popular Culture and the “War on Terror.”  Co-edited with Anna Froula, East Carolina University, and Karen Randell, University of Bedfordshire (UK).  Continuum, May 2010.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Post-Apocalyptic Outlaws: Food and Community in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games”. In Food and Feast in Modern Outlaw Tales.  Alexander L. Kaufman and Penny Vlagopoulos.  Routledge, forthcoming.
  • “Imagine(d) Places: Faculty-Led Travel, Food, and Digital Landscapes.” Co-authored with Irina Gendelman (Saint Martin’s University).  In Foodscapes: Food, Space, and Place in a Global Society.  Carlnita P. Greene.  Peter Lang Publishing.  Forthcoming.
  • “Paris Between the Wars: Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Hunger, and Language.” In Critical Insights: American Writers in Exile.  Co-edited with Robert Hauhart (Saint Martin’s University).  EBSCO/Salem Press.  February, 2016.
  • “On Exile.” Co-authored with Robert C. Hauhart.  In Critical Insights: American Writers in Exile.  Co-edited with Robert Hauhart (Saint Martin’s University).  EBSCO/Salem Press.  February, 2016.
  • “How Significant Food Can Make a Short Story into a Meal: The Hyphenated Immigrant Experience in Contemporary American Short Fiction.” In Liminality and the Short Story: Boundary Crossings in American, Canadian, and British Writing (in the series Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature).  Jochen Achilles and Ina Bergmann.  Routledge, January 2015.
  • The Ugly American and the Legacy of Exceptionalism in American Politics and Literature.” The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies3-4 (2015): 1-10.  Co-authored with Robert C. Hauhart, Saint Martin’s University.
  • “Divorced from Reality: Time Bandits in Search of Fulfillment.” In The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World. Jeff Birkenstein, Anna Froula, and Karen Randell. Columbia UP, April, 2013.
  • “Fear and Loathing in Hollywood: Looking at Terry Gilliam through a Wide-Angle Lens.” Co-written with Anna Froula, East Carolina University, and Karen Randell, University of Bedfordshire (UK).  Introduction in The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World.  Co-edited with Anna Froula, East Carolina University, and Karen Randell, University of Bedfordshire (UK).  Columbia University Press/Wallflower Press, April, 2013.
  • “The Houses that Alice Munro Built:  Community in The Love of a Good Woman.”  In Critical Insights:  Alice Munro.  Charles E. May.  Salem Press/EBSCO, October 2012.
  • “‘Globals’ and the American Dream: A Survey of Student Aspirations in an American Studies Course.” Co-written with Robert Hauhart, Saint Martin’s University.  Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 1-2 (2013): 357-376.  Special Issue: Dystopia and Global Rebellion.  Guest Editor: Jerry Harris.
  • “Teaching Significant Food in Carver’s Fiction.” In Carver Across the Curriculum.    Katherine Ashley and Paul Grant.  Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011.
  • “An Early Broadside: The Far Right Raids Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.” In Reframing 9/11:  Film, Popular Culture and the “War on Terror.”  Co-edited with Anna Froula, East Carolina University, and Karen Randell, University of Bedfordshire (England).  Continuum, 2010.
  • “Introduction.” Co-written with Anna Froula and Karen Randell.  In Reframing 9/11:  Film, Popular Culture and the “War on Terror.”  Co-edited with Anna Froula, East Carolina University, and Karen Randell, University of Bedfordshire (England).  Continuum, 2010.
  • “‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ American Restlessness and the Short Story Cycle.” In A Companion to the American Short Story.  Alfred Bendixen and James Nagel.  Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • “Mom Isn’t So Old-Fashioned After All: On E-mails and Letter Writing.”  Lore: An E-Journal for Teachers of Writing, Summer 2004.  <http://www.bedford  com/lore/index.htm.>
  • “An International Conversation Hour in the Writing Center:  The Why and the How of It.”  Kentucky Writing Centers Association Newsletter, 2.1, March 2000.

Book Reviews:

  • The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin, Food, Culture, & Society (forthcoming).
  • James Joyce and the Exilic Imagination by Michael Patrick Gillespie, Studies in the Novel4 (Winter 2015).
  • A New Book of the Grotesques: Contemporary Approaches to Sherwood Anderson’s Early Fiction by Robert Dunne, ANQ1, Winter 2007.
  • Double Review of The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story by Blanche Gelfant, ed. and The Contemporary American Short-Story Cycle: The Ethnic Resonance of Genre by James Nagel, ANQ1, Winter 2003.
  • Out of the Woods by Chris Offutt. Limestone, 1999.

 

Commentary/Creative-Nonfiction:

  • “On Being the Winningest: Historical Markers and Memorializing Adolph Rupp.” North of Center (Lexington, KY).  13 Feb. 2010.
  • “Zoo is Life.” In One Rule, Many Men:  Benedictine Monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey.  Katie Hawkins and Stacey Larson.  Gorham Press, 2009.
  • “History Revised: McCain’s Disdain for Spain.”  org.  22 Oct. 2008.
  • “Disaster Redux: Some Early Thoughts on the Earthquake in Sichuan, China.”  org.  22 May 2008.
  • “Playing the Opposite Game: Why Can’t I Have the Opportunity to Sell Out?”  org.  22 Apr. 2008.
  • “We Are Responsible for the Food Choices We Make.” The Olympian, March 6, 2008.
  • “Old Times There Are Not Forgotten: Smearing Harold Ford in Blackface.”  org.  2 Nov. 2006.
  • “Black is White, White is Black: Bush and Freedom of Speech.”  org.  13 April 2006.
  • “A Thoreau for Our Time: Why Cindy Sheehan Matters.”  org.  13 Oct. 2005.
  • “Bush’s ‘We’ Doesn’t Include Me.” Lexington Herald-Leader, March 10, 2003.
  • “The Changing Face of Lexington: What is ‘Other’ Now?”  Cover Story, AceWeekly, September 20, 2001.

Encyclopedia Entries:

  • “Kentucky Hot Brown” and “Geoduck”. In We Eat What?  A Cultural Encyclopedia of Bizarre and Strange Foods in the United States.  Jonathan Deutsch and Ben Fulton.  ABC-CLIO, forthcoming Summer 2018.

Fiction:

  • “Reminisces of Flora: A Short Story.” RipRap, 17, 1995.

Formal Presentations:

  • Invited Lecture. “A Misunderstood People: An American Meets Russians.” World Affairs Council Tacoma. Annie Wright Schools, Tacoma, WA. October 2017.
  • “Teaching and Learning English Across Borders and Around Walls.” Invited Key Plenary Lecture.  International Conference on the Empowering the English Language Learner—Materials, Methods, and Testing.  Anna University.  Chennai, India.  March 2017.
  • “Reading a Short Story: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, & Argument.” Invited Lecture.  Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies University.  Mumbai, India.  January 2017.
  • “Food as Cultural Intermediary in Chinese-American Immigrant Short Stories.” International Conference on the Short Story in English.  East China Normal University.  Shanghai, China.  July 2016.
  • Panel Moderator. East/West Mashup.  International Conference on the Short Story in English.  East China Normal University.  Shanghai, China.  July 2016.
  • “Innocents Abroad: Backpacking with Students, Tourism, and Popular Culture.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference.  Co-presented with Irina Gendelman (Saint Martin’s University).  Seattle, WA.  March 2016.
  • “Imagine(d) Places:  On Wandering and Digital Spaces.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference.  Co-presented with Irina Gendelman (Saint Martin’s University).  New Orleans, LA.  April 2015.
  • “Weaponizing Food and Hunger in The Hunger Games.” Louisville Conference on Language & Culture Since 1900.  Louisville, KY.  2015.
  • “Hunger as Palimpsest in American Immigrant Short Stories.” The International Conference on the Short Story in English.  Vienna, Austria.  July 2014
  • Invited Lecture. “On Teaching Outside Classroom Walls.”  Inner Mongolia University of Science & Technology.  Baotou, China.  May 2014.
  • Invited Lecture. PLATO Lecture Series.  “Imagined Places: On Wandering and Digital Landscapes.”  Co-presented with Irina Gendelman (Saint Martin’s University).  The Evergreen State College.  Olympia, WA.  April 2014.
  • Panel Moderator. Social Justice and Society.  Spokane Intercollegiate Regional Conference.  Gonzaga University.  Spokane, WA.  April 2014.
  • Invited Presenter. Panel:  Theorizing the American Dream.  Pacific Sociological Association.  Portland, OR.  March 2014.
  • “The Films of Terry Gilliam.” Co-presented with Karen Randell (University of Bedfordshire, UK).  Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series.  Saint Martin’s University.  March 2014.
  • Public Lecture. “Re-writing History: Slavery and Historical Markers in Kentucky’s Bluegrass.”  Petrozavodsk State University, Karelia, Russia.  November 2013.
  • Invited Presider. “Adapting Various US Classroom Writing Strategies to ELL Students in Russia and China.”  Education(al) Technologies in Teaching English to University Students.  Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Karelia, Petrozavodsk, Russia.  October 2013.
  • Invited Presenter. “How ‘Significant Food’ Makes a Short Story into a Meal.”  Liminality and the Short Story.  University of Wurzburg, Germany.  March 2013.
  • “Liminality, Food, and the Short Story.” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900.  Louisville, KY.  2013.
  • “Global Dystopia and the American Dream: A Survey of Student Aspirations in an American Studies Course.” Co-presented with Robert Hauhart (Saint Martin’s University).  Global Studies Conference.  Victoria, BC, Canada.  May 2012.
  • Chair, Organizer (“Significant Food in American Fiction”), and Presenter (“Old Food as the New Foundation to Community in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road”). 7th Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Conference on Food Representation in the Humanities, Film and the Arts.  San Antonio, TX.  2012
  • Radio Interviewee/Discussion: “Politics and Emotion.” Co-interviewees David Altheide and Roger Petersen.  “The Insighters,” hosted by Maria Armoudian 90.7FM KPFK.  Los Angeles, CA.  28 August 2011.
  • “‘Beloved’ Signposts of History in Lexington, Kentucky.” Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting.  Seattle, WA.  2011.
  • “Lady GaGa, Food, and the American Dream?” Teaching and Learning: An Experience of Meaning and Transformation.  Lacey, WA.  Oct 2010.
  • Chair (“Feeding the Music: Food and Dining as a Significant Signifier”) and Presenter (“Significant Food, the Immigrant Experience, and the Short Story”). The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900.  Louisville, KY.  2010.
  • Invited Keynote Speaker to two conferences. “Teaching and Learning Across the Pacific:  Some Thoughts on Student Participation in Class.”  International Conference on Cross-Cultural Language Teaching (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) &  International Conference on English and Japanese Language Teaching and Culture (Taichung, Taiwan).  May 2009.
  • “Carving Up ‘Significant Food’: Eating Raymond Carver.”  The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900.  Louisville, KY.  2009.
  • Invited Scholar. “The Houses that Alice Munro Built: Community in The Love of a Good Woman.”  10th International Conference on the Short Story in English.   Cork, Ireland.  2008.
  • Moderator and Co-Organizer, 2 panels (with Robert M. Luscher, University of Nebraska at Kearney): The Short Story Sequence.
  1. Theoretical Approaches to the Short Story Sequence. Panelists:  Robert M. Luscher (Moderator); Sylvia Martinez Falquina; Patrick Cullen;
  2. Story, Community, and the Short Story Cycle. Panelists:  Jeff Birkenstein (Moderator), Su Mee Lee; Salome Osorio

10th International Conference on the Short Story in English.  Cork, Ireland.  Jun. 2008.

  • Public Lecture. “Continuing the Conversation: Soldier and Civilian After 9/11”.  International Relations Forum.  Lewis, WA.  Feb. 2008.
  • Co-Presenter (with Melanie Richardson and John Hopkins, both of Saint Martin’s University): “Building and Maintaining a Summer Bridge to Success Program.” GEAR UP Northwest.  Spokane, WA.  2007.
  • Co-Organizer (with Anna Froula, University of Kentucky, and Jonathan Vincent, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) and Panelist: “Popular Culture and the Global War on Terror: Configuring the GWOT for Consumption.”  Paper: “The First Broadside: The Op/Ed Fight Over Master and Commander and the War on Terror.”  American Studies Association.  Oakland, CA.  2006.
  • Invited Scholar. “Suburban Transience in Kelly Cherry’s The Society of Friends.”  9th International Conference on the Short Story in English.  Lisbon, Portugal.  2006.
  • Moderator and co-Organizer, 2 panels (with Robert M. Luscher, University of Nebraska at Kearney): Cultural Representation in the Short Story Sequence.
  1. Short Story Sequences I. Panelists: Vana Avergino, Mark Whalan, Jeff Birkenstein.
  2. Short Story Sequences II. Panelists: W. Todd Martin, Victoria Kuttainen, Robert Luscher.

9th International Conference on the Short Story in English.  Lisbon, Portugal.  June 2006.

  • Radio Interviewee/Discussion: “Thoreau, the New Civil Disobedience, and Cindy Sheehan.” “Parallel University,” hosted by Kim Dobson, 89.3 KAOS FM.  Olympia, WA.  2006.
  • Organizer and Moderator. “The Short-Story Cycle:  New Considerations.”   Panelists:  Robert Luscher, Karen Weekes, James Nagel.  American Literature Association.  San Francisco, CA.  May 2004.
  • Public Lecture. “Literature as History in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.”  Minds on the Millennium Lecture Series.  Panorama City.  Olympia, WA.  2005.
  • Organizer and Moderator. Panel: “Short Story Sequences:  The Continuing Development of a Contemporary Genre.”  Panelists:  Charles E. May, J. Gerald Kennedy, Robert Luscher.  Modern Language Association.  San Diego, CA.  2003.
  • “The Urban Dispossessed in James Joyce’s Dubliners.” The City & Literature.  Oxford, England.  2003.
  • “Selected TESOL Bibliography.” Prepared for Teaching English as a Foreign Language Conference.  Presented by Dr. Gail Summerskill, Keynote Speaker.  Quito, Ecuador.  May 2002.
  • “What We Teach: The Details of Preparing a Course.” A Literature Pedagogy Colloquium.  Lexington, KY.  2002.
  • “Beyond the Short Story: Short Story Sequences and the Place They Inhabit (Part II in a Series).”  Twentieth-Century Literature Conference.  Louisville, KY.   2001.
  • “Beyond the Short Story: Geographical and Psychological Community in Short Story Sequences (Part I in a Series).”  International Conference on the Short Story in English.  Iowa City, IA.  2000.
  • “Building Momentum in Short Story Sequences: The (In)Adequacy of Anthologies in the Short Story Classroom.”  South Central Modern Language Association.  San Antonio, TX.  2000.
  • “Language Learning at the International Conversation Hour.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Minneapolis, MN.  2000.
  • “The Communication Center: The Place, Purpose, and Procedures of International Conversation in the New Writing Center.” National Writing Centers Association Conference.  Bloomington, IN.  1999.
  • “The Changing Writing Center: Conversation in English.”  Southeast TESOL Conference.  Louisville, KY.  1998.
  • “International Conversation Hour: Part I: Understanding Out-of-Classroom ESL Goals; Part II:  Demonstrations and Suggestions.”  Regions IV & V Adult Education and Statewide ESL Conference.  Lexington, KY.  1998.
  • “International Conversation Hour: What It Is and How to Implement It.” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing.  Lexington, KY.  1997.

Miscellaneous:

  • Executive Support. Blood, Sweat, and Berries (non-profit), Lakewood, Washington.  2011-
  • Photo Editor. National Association of Call Centers, University of Southern Mississippi. 2009-.

Grants & Fellowships:         

  • $150,000. From College Spark Community Grants for the introduction of a Fall Bridge Writing Program.  Multiple co-grantees.  Fall 2016.
  • $4,000.   Upton Foundation Fellowships on American History.  Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive, University of Michigan Libraries.  Ann Arbor, MI.  2014.
  • Fulbright Scholar.   Petrozavodsk State University, Russia.  2013.
  • $30,900.   From College Spark Washington for the continuation of Summer Bridge to Success! Program.  Co-grantees: Dr. Barbara Gayle, then-VPAA, and Melanie Richardson, Dean of Students, St. Martin’s University, 2006.
  • $2,200.   “Improving Writing Instruction in Technology-Rich Classrooms,” Title III Grant, Activity II and the Boeing Technology Initiative.  Co-grantee: Dr. Olivia Archibald, St. Martin’s University, Spring 2005.

 

Awards and Honors:

Saint Martin’s University:

  • Outstanding Faculty Member of 2013-2014 (Nominee)
  • Outstanding Faculty Member of 2011-2012 (Nominee)
  • Outstanding Faculty Member of 2010-2011 (Nominee)
  • “Top Professor,” Associated Students of SMU 2010-2011 (Nominee)
  • “Top Professor,” Associated Students of SMU 2008-2009 (Nominee)
  • Outstanding Faculty Member of 2008-2009 (Nominee)
  • Outstanding Faculty Member of 2007-2008 (Nominee)
  • “Top Professor,” Associated Students of SMU 2006-2007
  • Outstanding Faculty Member of 2006-2007 (Nominee)
  • Faculty Fellow, Saint Martin’s Society of Fellows (Inducted 2007)
  • Outstanding Faculty Member of 2005-2006 (Nominee)
  • Inaugural Doug Ford Award, Associated Students of Saint Martin’s College (2005)
  • Outstanding Faculty Member of 2004-2005 (Nominee)

University of Kentucky:

  • $1500, Distinguished Visiting Faculty Award for Dissertation Defense, Graduate School (2003)
  • $100, Best Literature Survey Teaching Assistant, English Department (2002)
  • $500, Viji Jeganathan Cross-Cultural Award for initiating the International Conversation Hour, Office of the President and Office of International Affairs (2001)
  • $100, Best Writing Center Consultant, English Department (2001)
  • $2500, Dissertation Enhancement Award for research trip to the Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University and the National Library and James Joyce Centre, Dublin, Ireland, Graduate School (2001)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, California State University, Long Beach, 1996

 

Teaching Experience:

  • The Culture and Economy of Food (team taught with Economics professor, Heather Grob, general education and upper division class examining the ever-evolving relationship between food production and consumption in both economic and fiction texts)
  • Mining 9/11: Narratives from the Aftermath (team taught with Anthropology professor, David Price, upper division class examining the many and contradicting stories that our society tells itself concerning 9/11 and beyond)
  • Chasing the American Dream (team taught with Criminal Justice professor, Robert Hauhart, combined upper division and lower division general education course examining the literature and sociology of this uniquely American idea)
  • The Short Story (individualized literature section, sophomore- to senior-level, broad survey of American, Canadian, Russian, and Irish short story)
  • The American Short Story (individualized literature section, sophomore- to senior-level, broad survey of American short story)
  • Survey of American Literature, post-1865 (individualized cultural studies/literature section, survey of nineteenth and twentieth century American literature)
  • African American Literature (individualized cross-disciplinary cultural studies/literature section, survey of African American literature)
  • Introduction to Literature/Fiction (individualized literature section which assumes students are new to the skill of reading, writing, and thinking critically about literature)
  • Food and Fiction (individualized literature section which assumes students are new to the skill of reading, writing, and thinking critically about literature)
  • Creative Writing (Readings and writing assignments address the fundamentals of the narrative art, such as plot, setting, dialogue, character, voice, and style. Assignments are designed to foster habits and practices common to experienced writers)
  • Argumentative Writing for First-year Composition (emphasized definition, causal, analogy, prediction, evaluation, and proposal argumentation)
  • Basic Writing for First-year Composition (introduced academic writing using personal narrative and modes)
  • English as Second Language Writing (bridge course between ESL-only curriculum and standard undergraduate classes)
  • Business Writing (sophomore- to senior-level, emphasized form and strategies for various business documents and written projects)
  • First-Year Seminar (Freshman-level entry course designed to enhance the skills and abilities needed to be a successful student)

Other:

  • Writing Center Consultant (one-on-one tutor for all members of the campus community)
  • English as a Second Language Coordinator, Writing Center (directed in-service sessions for all consultants regarding specialized needs of ESL students)
  • International Conversation Hour, Director and Co-Founder (voluntary, campus-wide weekly conversation section for all members of the campus community, focusing on everyday, conversational American English)
  • On-line Writing E-structor, The Write Place, Kentucky Virtual University (assisted on-line students with all facets of the writing process from a variety of classes)

Academic Service:

Saint Martin’s University:

University Committees:

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Service to the English Department:

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Service to Students:

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Campus presentations and Local Workshops/Events:

  • Chair, Department of English, Saint Martin’s University, Fall 2010-2016
  • Co-Organizer. 6th Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning: The Global Community.  Saint Martin’s University.  October 30, 2015
  • Committees & Academic Service:
    • Faculty President, 2015-2016
    • Faculty President-Elect, 2014-2015
    • Belltower Board of Advisors, 2013-
    • Faculty Liaison, Finance Committee, Board of Trustees
    • Undergraduate Admissions Council, 2014-
    • Faculty Advancement, 2013-2015; Spring 2017-
    • Study Abroad Advisory Committee, 2013-
    • University Council, 2009-. Helped develop new university strategic plan, “Journey to Distinction”, 2013-2015
    • Faculty Library, Division Rep., 2004-14
    • Student Services, 2006-2008
    • Diversity & Equity Team, 2005-2009
    • Faculty Senate, At Large, 2005-2011; President-Elect, 2014-2015
    • Retention Committee, 2005-2006
    • General Education Committee, 2008-2011
  • SMU-related Travel
    • Spain & Morocco. June 2015.  Student trip.  Food & Culture.  Faculty Advisor (with Dr. Irina Gendelman)
    • Inner Mongolia University of Science & Technology. May 2014.  Inner Mongolia, China.  Student Teaching.  Faculty Advisor.
    • Petrozavodsk, Russia. Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, Sep-December 2013
    • June 2013.  Student trip.  Food & Culture.  Faculty Advisor (with Dr. Irina Gendelman).
    • Inner Mongolia University of Science & Technology. May 2012.  Creating a university exchange program.
    • Petrozavodsk, Russia. June-July 2010. Student trip.  Russian Language courses.  Faculty Advisor (with Dr. Jamie Olson).
    • Shanghai, China, May-June 2008; May-June 2010. Shanghai Maritime University.  Taught ENG 201.
    • Japan, May 2006. University Liaison trip.  Faculty Advisor.
    • Tijuana, Mexico, May 2005. Service Learning Trip.  Co-Faculty Advisor.
    • Washington, DC, Jan. 2004. Presidential Inauguration.  Social Action Club, Faculty Advisor
  • Other:
    • Director, First Year Seminar Program, 2008-2011
    • Program Director, Summer Bridge to Success, 2006-
    • Interdisciplinary Studies Board of Study, 2008-
    • Senior Fellow, Society of Fellows, 2008-2010
    • Faculty in Residence, 2007-2009
    • Member, Group Study Exchange trip to Brazil, Rotary International, 2007
    • Member, Board of Study, Interdisciplinary Studies, 2007-

University of Kentucky

  • Member, English Graduate Student Organization, University of Kentucky (1996-2003)
  • Proctor, Incoming Freshman Placement Exams (2000)
  • Fiction Editor, Limestone, A Literary Journal, English Department (1998-1999)
  • Proctor, International ESL/TOEFL Writing Placement Exam (1998-1999)
  • Co-editor, disClosure, a Journal of Social Theory (1997)

Professional Memberships:

European Network for Short Fiction Research (ENSFR)

Food, Culture, and Society

Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS)

International Raymond Carver Society (IRCS)

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Society for the Study of the Short Story (SSSS)

Society for the Study of the American Short Story (SSASS)

Fulbright Scholar Alumni Association

Other:

Big Brother/Little Brothers, active Big Brother, since 1997.

Last Updated:  April 9, 2017