I am a teacher. I have taught college English at two SLACs (small liberal arts college), one of the Big Ten, three community colleges of very different populations, and one small public university.
In 2010-11 I was a full-time instructor for Houston Community College. Last year I returned to Abilene Christian University in a tenure-track position.
I worked as an adjunct (part-time instructor) at Lone Star College for nine years. I also taught for two years as an adjunct at Houston Baptist University. I taught previously at Abilene Christian University as an instructor for four years.
In addition to that, I have taught a remarkable variety of subjects in some wildly different settings. I was the main teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. I have taught elementary students poetry, history, and science. I have taught middle school classes on history, apologetics, and creative writing. I have taught high school history, biology, and English. I have homeschooled two sons to college.
Aside from teaching I have worked at McDonald’s and as a waitress, a bookstore clerk, a tutor, and a secretary for the Spanish-speaking church in French-speaking Geneva, Switzerland. I have copy edited three technical manuals for computer software, created a brochure for a non-profit, and translated articles for publication in an international Christian magazine. In addition, I was the director of business writing at Purdue University.
My master’s emphasis was on Modern American and Old and Middle English literature.
My undergrad was a dual major in history and English with a minor in biology from Abilene Christian University.
I am very involved in conferences. In 2009 I presented at four national and seven regional conferences. In 2010 I presented at four national/international conferences and four regional conferences. In 2011 I presented twice at MLA and also presented at the national PCA, where I won an award, and the International Medieval Congress. In 2012, I presented at MLA and CCCC so far. This fall I also will present at SCMLA.
was published in 2010. In addition, I have several articles which have been published on pedagogy (teaching) including:
Mobile Learning in the Classroom: Phoning in to Literature
Incorporating Digital Literacy into the Composition Classroom
Teaching the Taboo: Reading Mental Health and Mental Illness
The Use of the Familiar to Introduce Literature
Early Medieval Revenants in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Writing in the Social Sciences: An Old Concept, A New Course