As I reread one of my favorite books, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time, Eleanor Roosevelt’s statements always make me stop and think: "‘We do not have to become heroes overnight . . . Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, . . . discovering that we have the strength to stare it down. . . .The thing always to remember,’ she said, is that ‘you must do the thing you think you cannot do’" (95). Upon being honored by The Nation for fulfilling this very duty, Eleanor Roosevelt advised her listeners that "‘We should constantly be reminded of what we owe in return for what we have’" (19). I think about how these statements, made some 60 years ago, apply perfectly to our world today. These are the messages, I believe, that we communicate with our students. They have chosen Loyola for its academic excellence, but they have also chosen our Jesuit, liberal arts college in order to educate themselves about their duty to those less fortunate. Thus, I ask my students to think of themselves not as student writers only, but as writers with passionate and important ideas to put into a wider conversation. With this in mind, I try to make writing practical for my students.
My lessons and examples, writing assignments, workshop opportunities, written comments, and one-on-one conferences all aim to give my students concrete methods to better their writing. By emphasizing writing, revising, and critical thinking in all of my courses, I hope to convey the power and advantage my students will possess as good writers.
- Ph. D. English and American Literature, University of Delaware (1999).
- Dissertation: "‘To point to a solution’: A Collection of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Lectures"
- M. A. English and American Literature, University of Delaware (1994).
- B. A. English, College of the Holy Cross (1989).
- Affiliate Instructor, Baltimore, MD (1994-present)
Core, Loyola College in Maryland, Baltimore, MD (1994-present)
- Effective Writing, The Creative Eye, Art of the Argument, Audience and the Writer’s Voices, The Art of the Essay: Women Writers
- Associate Faculty, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD (1994-1998)
Writing for Business
- Adjunct Instructor, , Northeast, MD (summer 1994)
Cecil Community College, Northeast, MD (summer 1994)
- Instructor, Newark, DE (1989-1994)
University of Delaware, Newark, DE (1989-1994)
- Advanced Composition, Short Story, Critical Reading and Writing, Introduction to American Studies (Teaching Assistant), Short Story (Teaching Assistant)
- "The Potential This Day May Hold: Helen Whall," Holy Cross Magazine Summer 2005: 23-24.
- "Charlotte Perkins Gilman as a Master of Audience: Newspaper Reviewers Expose a Radical Lecturer," Resources for American Literary Studies 30 (2006). Forthcoming.
Conference Papers and Presentations
- "A Master of Audience: Newspaper Reviewers Expose a Radical Lecturer in Charlotte Perkins Gilman," American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA (May 2003).
- "‘Narrative with a Vengeance’: Elizabeth RobinsÕ Literary Activism," South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Baltimore, MD (November 1994).
- "Common Classroom Problems" and "Assigning and Evaluating Writing," Annual Conference for Graduate Teaching Assistants, University of Delaware (August 1994).
- "A Narrative with a Vengeance": Ellen Glasgow’s Barren Ground," Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville (February 1994).
- "Creating Writing Assignments and Assessing the Result," Annual Conference for Graduate Teaching Assistants, University of Delaware (August 1993).
Here is a PDF version of my curriculum vitae.