College Professor with in-depth knowledge of Composition and Rhetoric, Creative Writing (Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, including Screenwriting), with certified knowledge and ability to teach Nineteenth Century Literature, as well as Film Studies/Theory courses.
Awarded the John Woods Scholarship in 2009 for the Prague Summer Program.
Author of "Showing 'Us' as 'Them': James Morier as a Catalyst for Persia's English Embodiment" under review for the book Global Literatures and Islam: Representations of Islam and Muslims being published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2014.
Participated and contributed to panels at the 2010 and 2013 Midwest Modern Language Association conferences.
Multiple creative writing publications in various journals, both domestic and international.
Helped organize and participated in a worldwide remembrance of the March 5,2007 car bombing on the street of the booksellers, Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad, Iraq.
Curated, organized, and hosted the No Name Reading Series, a graduate creative writing reading series at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, held every other Friday and published in an online podcast.
Headed collections on 30 plus clients where persuasive and consistent phone conversations secured in excess of $175,000.00 in outstanding invoices within a 3-month period.
Challenged and motivated students through in-depth lectures and discussions that utilized their perspectives and introduced fresh ways at engaging with subjects, both literary and social, economic, and political.
Maintained a teaching load of either one upper division undergraduate course or other undergraduate course each semester along with 10 hours of work in Digital Research at the Walt Whitman Archive and the Civil War Washington project.
Held additional office hours to make myself available to my students while encouraging them to contact me via email.
Held individual conferences with my students multiple times throughout each semester.
Lectured and communicated effectively with students from diverse backgrounds, utilizing my own diverse background as a basis for engagement.
Initiated thought-provoking classroom discussions to help students develop their critical thinking abilities by encouraging them to view everything, including their own identities, through rhetorical lenses.
Digital transcriber and project coordinator at the Walt Whitman Archive
Transcribe letters from the Attorney General's office for which Walt Whitman was scribe.
Digitally encode said letters into XML form.
Helped transcribed, edit, and publish over three thousand scribal documents.
Transcribe and encode Walt Whitman's correspondences (letters)
Research and draft annotations to said correspondences.
Transcribe and encode Emancipation Petitions for the Civil War Washington project.
Image processing for Emancipation Petitions as well as Walt Whitman correspondences.
Helped transcribe, edit, and publish over two thousand emancipation petitions at the Civil War Washington project.
Right hand to the Vice-Provost for Global Engagement of the Nebraska University system.
Conducted extensive research on the University of Nebraska's globalization initiatives by locating ways in which the University may enhance its reputation through collaborative partnerships with international institutions from around the world.
Prepared extensive informational research-based books for three delegation-led missions: World Water Week (WWW) in Stockholm, a delegation to India, and a delegation to Vietnam.
Assisted in the preparation of the University of Nebraska's presence at the 2010 National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA) Conference and Expo.
Participated in university-wide conference meetings in order to provide necessary background information on key topics and concerns.
Drafted a national research project that investigated university travel abroad policies (under university auspices) to countries with State Department and Center for Disease Control (CDC) travel warnings.
Specialization in Poetry and Poetics
Certification in Nineteenth Century Studies
Collateral Field in Film Studies/Theory Member and Events Coordinator of the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) Curator, Organizer, and Host of the No Name Reading Series Teach upper division Film Studies/Theory courses Teach creative writing courses, with emphasis on the craft and analysis of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction, including screenwriting Teach writing, argument, and rhetoric courses Attended the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference in 2010 and 2013 Advanced coursework in Nineteenth Century Studies Advanced coursework in Film Studies/Theory Advanced coursework in Poetry and Poetics
Member and Events Coordinator of the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA)
Curator, Organizer, and Host of the No Name Reading Series
Teach upper division Film Studies/Theory courses
Teach creative writing courses, with emphasis on the craft and analysis of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction, including screenwriting
Teach writing, argument, and rhetoric courses
Attended the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference in 2010 and 2013
Advanced coursework in Nineteenth Century Studies
Advanced coursework in Film Studies/Theory
Advanced coursework in Poetry and Poetics
Studied the craft and history of poetry under the tutelage of poets Brenda Hillman, Graham Foust, Jane Miller, Rusty Morrison, Christopher Sindt
Studied the craft of creative nonfiction under the tutelage of writer Rosemary Graham.
Taught a course in the craft and form of poetry to inmates at the San Francisco County Jails.
Taught a course in writing, rhetoric as argument, to students at Saint Mary's College of California.
Selected to judge the 2008 Walnut Creek Poetry Contest.
Special emphasis in short fiction under the tutelage of writer David Wong Louie.
Special focus on the theater and literature of the absurd.
Graduated Cum Laude.
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