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EDUCATION

Ph.D. Candidate, ABD. University of Texas at Arlington, Department of English (Projected Summer 2018).

M.Ed. in Teaching. University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Education, 2008.

B.A. University of Texas at Austin, Department of English, 2003.

EMPLOYMENT

Lecturer, Department of English, Fall 2013-Present.

Assistant Director of First Year Writing. University of Texas at Arlington, Department of English, Fall 2014-Spring 2016.

PUBLICATIONS

“‘As Their Waistlines Recede’: Tracing and Challenging the Fat Quest in Young Adult Literature.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society 5:2 (2016). Edited by Natalie Boero. [Article]

“Dumplin’: Go Big or Go Home by Julie Murphy”, Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society 6:2 (2017). [Book Review].

“The Unlikely Undead: The Carnivalesque Nature and the Grotesque Body of the Fat Vampire.” Chapter for Laugh Until You Bleed: Vampires and Humor, edited by Vicky Gilpin, Jefferson: McFarland, forthcoming.

INVITED TALK

“The Agential Classroom: Tuning to a Posthuman Pedagogy.” The Center for Theory, UTA, October 18, 2017.

AWARDS & HONORS

O’Neill Academic Excellence Award, University of Texas at Arlington English Department, May 14, 2016.

Philip Cohen and Elaina McMillan Graduate Fellowship Award, University of Texas at Arlington English Department, November 12, 2015.

$500 Graduate Travel Award from UTA College of Liberal Arts, for travel to Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM, February 2014.

Distinguished Educator Award. Academic Recognition Banquet, Mansfield ISD Education Foundation, May 6, 2013.

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

“Agential Composition: Intra-Active Pedagogy and Writing as an Onto-Epistemological Act.” SCMLA, October5, 2017.

“English Remix: Curating and Enacting a Posthuman Classroom.” Teaching as Theoretical Practice Panel, MLA, January 6, 2017.

“These Aren’t the Robots You’re Hoping For: Imagining and Implementing the Posthuman English Classroom.” UTA English Graduate Conference, April 8, 2016.

“Reengineering Writing: How Classroom Materiality Determines Rhetorical Reality.” CCTE, March 5, 2016.

“Exodic Impulse and Edenic Nostalgia: The Fantasy of Immunitary Logic and the Reality of the Anthropocene in YA Dystopian Series.” SLSA, November 12-15, 2015.

“Shake the Bones.” SCMLA, November 1, 2015.

“Enduring Silence: The Impossible Sound of Stolen and Sacred Names in Fantasy Fiction.” SCMLA, November 3, 2015.

“Erased and Replaced: The Absence of Fat Bodies on the Covers of Young Adult Novels.” Cultural Constructions 2015:  Image/Text/Meaning, April 23, 2015.

“No Still Blues, Only Dust Lands: Environmental Fantasies versus Anthropocene Realities in YA Dystopian Series.” UTA English Graduate Conference, April 3, 2015.

“Realizing Space and Reconstituting Silence: Rozema’s Mansfield Park as a Postcolonial Text.” Popular/American Culture Association National Conference, April 16-19, 2014.

“In the Flesh: Theory Through Fiction in Miéville’s The Scar.” UTA English Graduate Conference, April 5, 2014.

“Three Covers, One Message: Fat Bias and the Repackaging of Young Adult Literature.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, February 19-22, 2014.

“Between the Mirror and Society’s Gaze: The Fat Teen Protagonist’s Struggle to Break Free.” UTA English Graduate Conference, April 13, 2013.

Panel Chair. “From Fat Princess to Savior Queen: The Quest for Worth in Rae Carson’s The Girl of Fire and Thorns.” Southwest/Texas Popular/American Culture Association Conference, February 13-16, 2013.

CAMPUS TALKS

“C is the New A: Grade Consistency and Transparency.” Presented and led grade norming workshop at the FYW Fall Faculty Orientation. August 19, 2014.

UNIVERSITY & DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE

University of Texas at Arlington, Department of English

  • Chair, Duncan Robinson Essay Contest Committee, 2015
  • Summer Curriculum Committee, 2014
  • Duncan Robinson Essay Contest Committee, 2014

University of Texas at Arlington

  • Assistant Leader for Scoring Day for the Communication Core Objective with Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting. May 20, 2015.
  • ACES Judge for Undergraduate Posters. March 25, 2015.
  • Pilot Scoring Day with Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting. July 23, 2014.

EXTRACURRICULAR UNIVERSITY SERVICE

University of Texas at Arlington, English Graduate Student Association

  • Professional Development Chair, 2015-2016
  • Abstract Committee, English Graduate Student Conference, 2015
  • Treasurer, 2013-2014, 2014-2015
  • Editorial Committee, {stet} literary magazine, 2013-2014

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS

  • Society for Literature, Science, and The Arts
  • Modern Language Association
  • South Central Modern Language Association
  • Popular/American Culture Association
  • Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Writers’ League of Texas