CV

EDUCATION

Ph.D., English

University of Texas at Arlington, August 2018

Dissertation: “Teaching Elsewhere: Curating↔Calibrating Posthumanist Possibilities”

Committee: Dr. Penelope Ingram (Chair), Dr. Stacy Alaimo, Dr. Estee Beck

M.Ed., Teaching

University of Texas at Arlington, December 2008

Student Teaching: Mansfield Timberview High School, Mansfield, TX

Emphasis in Literacy Studies: Teaching the Writing Process, Language Arts in Secondary Schools, Multicultural Literature, Language Learning, Literacy Instruction in the ESL/Bilingual Setting

B.A., English with a minor in Rhetoric and Composition

University of Texas at Austin, May 2003

Research Interests: posthumanist pedagogy, posthumanist theory, critical theory, composition studies, rhetorical theory, feminism, fat studies, disability theory, contemporary literature, young adult literature, agential realism, post-qualitative inquiry, feminist poststructuralist inquiry

EMPLOYMENT

  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate/Fellow, University of Texas at Arlington, August 2018-Present
  • Lecturer, University of Texas at Arlington, August 2017-May 2018
  • Grader (Engineering Problem Solving/Writing), University of Texas at Arlington, January 2017-May 2017
  • Enhanced Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Arlington, August 2014-December 2016
  • Assistant Director or First Year Writing, University of Texas at Arlington, July 2014-June 2016
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Arlington, August 2013-May 2014
  • Secondary English Teacher, Mansfield Independent School District, Mansfield, TX: Timberview High School (THS) August 2008-May 2012 and Lake Ridge High School (LRHS) August 2012-May 2013

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.

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

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

“The Embodied Graduate Student in Relation,” Panelist, MLA January 4, 2019.

“Fan- & Meta- Fiction: Using YA Literature to Recalibrate Student Relations to Reading and Writing,” SCMLA, October 12, 2018.

“Pedagogies of the Waterless Flood: Atwood’s MaddAddam as Education’s Disaster,” UTA English Graduate Conference, April 13, 2018.

“Curation↔Calibration: Tuning to the Posthuman Possibility in the English Classroom.” UTA COLA Spotlight Student Research Forum, March 21, 2018.

“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.

SERVICE

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.

Department of English, University of Texas at Arlington

  • ENGL 1301 Reading Cluster Committee, 2016
  • Chair, Duncan Robinson Essay Contest Committee, 2016
  • Associate Professor of Digital Humanities Search Committee, 2016
  • Director of First Year Writing Search Committee, 2016
  • Chair, Duncan Robinson Essay Contest Committee, 2015
  • Summer Curriculum Committee, 2014
  • Duncan Robinson Essay Contest Committee, 2014

English Graduate Student Association, University of Texas at Arlington

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

South Central Modern Language Association

  • Session Chair, Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2017
  • Session Chair, Creative Nonfiction, 2017
  • Session Secretary, Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2016
  • Session Secretary, Creative Non-Fiction, 2016

Mansfield Independent School District

  • UIL Academic Coordinator and Ready Writing Coach (LRHS), 2012-2013
  • Founder/Editor of the Aeire LRHS literary magazine, 2012-2013
  • Sponsor and Editor of the Wolfmoon THS literary magazine, 2011-2012
  • District Curriculum Writing Committee (THS & LRHS), 2010-2013
  • AVID Site Team, (THS) 2010-2012, (LRHS) 2012-2013
  • TELPAS Supplemental Trainer (THS), 2010-2012
  • Ready Writing UIL Coach, (THS) 2010-2012
  • Sponsor of N.E.R.D. (sci-fi/fantasy club), (THS) 2010-2012
  • Sponsor of National Novel Writing Month each November, 2009-2013
  • Founder/Sponsor of nov·el·T (a student creative writing club), (THS) 2009-2012
  • District Textbook Adoption Committee, (THS) 2009-2010

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

COURSES TAUGHT

University of Texas at Arlington

  • ENG 1301: Rhetoric and Composition I (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
  • ENG 1302: Rhetoric and Composition II (Online/Summer 2015, Spring 2019)
  • ENGR 1300: Engineering Problem Solving (Writing Component/Lab) (Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2017 Grader, Fall 2017, Spring 2018)
  • ENGL 2303: Special Topics (Fall 2016: “Reuse. Remix. Rewrite.”)
  • ENGL 2329: American Literature (Spring 2018, Spring 2019)

Mansfield Independent School District

  • AP English Language and Composition (AY 2011-2012, 2012-2013)
  • English Language Arts IV/British (AY 2010-2011)
  • English Language Arts III/American (AY 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013)
  • English Language Arts II/World (AY 2009-2010)
  • Language Lab: combined electives Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction, Multicultural Literature and Poetry, Literary Magazine, and Creative Writing (AY 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013)