Associate Professor of English
Chair of the English Department
Ph.D. in English Literature, University of New Mexico (1999).
Dissertation: “’I would not be a woman like the rest’: Aurora Leigh and British Women’s Domestic-Professional Fiction of the 1890s.”
Fields of concentration: British Romantic literature; Victorian literature; the novel.
M.A. in English Literature, University of New Mexico (1993).
Fields of concentration: Nineteenth-century British literature; Nineteenth-century American literature; British Renaissance literature; criticism and theory.
B.A. in English, University of Delaware (1985).
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Lock Haven, PA (2001-present)
- Courses taught:
- Major British Writers: The Brontës
- Major British Writers: Shakespeare (London program)
- Major British Writers: Jane Austen
- Advanced Topics in British Literature: Class, Gender & Race in the Victorian Novel
- Advanced Topics in British Literature: Victorian Women Writers
- Advanced Topics in British Literature: Radical Love in the 19th Century--The Novels of Austen, the Brontës, and Eliot
- Romantic Movement
- Humanities Seminar: Nineteenth-Century British Feminist Literature
- Humanities Seminar: Contemporary Native American Fiction
- Humanities Seminar: British Romanticism
- English Novel (team-taught)
- British Literature After 1800
- Business Writing
- Introduction to Women's Studies
- Introduction to Literature
- Honors Composition & Literature I
- Individualized Instructions: British Literature Before 1800; Modern Drama
Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA
Adjunct Instructor, Humanities Division (2000)
- Courses taught:
- Composition and Literature
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Visiting Lecturer, Department of English (1999-2000)
Teaching Assistant, Department of English (1992-1999)
- Courses taught:
- Special Topic: Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood
- Survey of Later British Literature (1790-Present)
- Analysis of Literature
- Advanced Expository Writing
- Technical Writing
- Introduction to Literature for Non-Majors
- Composition: Analysis and Argument
- Composition: Exposition
[Note: Service on committees was interrupted by sabbatical (Fall 2009) and medical leave (Spring 2010).]
- Coordinator, Women’s Studies minor (2006-9)
- Women’s Studies Minor faculty (2001-present)
- Webmaster (2001-6)
- Advisory board member, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies (2005-present)
English Department committees:
- Promotion and Tenure (2006-present; chair 2007-9, 2010-present; chair 2010-11)
- Assessment (2010-present)
- Evaluation (2003-8; chair 2003-6)
- Introduction to Literature Activities (2009-present)
- Search (2003-6; chair)
- Scholarships (2005-9)
- Web (2003-8)
- Social (2003-9)
- Alumni Survey (2001-4)
- University Curriculum Committee (2011-14)Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee (2011-14)
- Curriculum Integration Subcommittee (2011-12)
- Arts & Sciences Council of Chairs (2011-14)
- Provost's Task Force on General Education (co-chair) (2012-13)
- Sabbatical Leave Committee (2011-13)
- Arts & Sciences Honor Awards Committee (2012)
- Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee (2008-10)
- President’s Commission on the Status of Women (2006-10)
- Campus Beautification (2007-present)
- Nominations and Elections (2005-7)
- Gender and Social Equity Issues (2003-9; secretary 2003-4)
- Local Negotiations (2005-7)
- Academic Awards--Gerald R. Robinson Distinguished (2005-7)
- APSCUF Scholarships (2003-5)
- Honorary Degrees and Commencement Speaker (2003-5)
- Presidential Evaluation (2002-3)
- Teaching Learning Center Program (2001-4)
- Team leader (2003-4)
- Presidential Inauguration (APSCUF representative) (2004-5)
- Faculty-Staff Participation sub-committee
- Transfer & Articulation Steering (SSHE committee; LHUP representative) (2003-4)
- “Angels and Authors: The Ideal Victorian Woman and the Woman Writer”; Invited keynote speaker, “Women’s Voices/Women’s Vision” conference; LHU (Mar. 2011).
- “Who the Heck is Annie E. Holdsworth? A Discussion about Rediscovering British ‘New Woman’ Writers”; Invited guest speaker, American Association of University Women, Annie Halenbake Ross Library, Lock Haven, PA (Mar. 2011).
- Invited guest speaker, opening night of art exhibit “Women Artists: Feminist Concerns” (January 2008)
- Invited guest member of roundtable discussion for S.O.U.L. Sistahood’s First Annual Women’s Conference (March 2007)
- Curtain talk moderator for Machinal (Nov. 2006)
- Master's thesis committees (3; chaired 1)
- Capstone Honors thesis (directed 1)
- Women’s Studies Capstone (directed 2)
- New Faculty Mentor (2004-6)
- Summer Orientation (2004)
- APSCUF Student Welcome (2001-8)
- Student Holiday Dinner (2004)
At the University of New Mexico:
- Reviewer for Bedford/St. Martin’s Literature and Its Writers
- Reviewer for Addison Wesley Longman’s Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Drama
- New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities Scholar: Led reading discussion groups on various books, including Angela’s Ashes, Fire on the Mountain and The House at Otowi Bridge
- Planning committee, Eighth Annual Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference
- Proposal reviewer for Broadview Press
- Reader for Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies
- Freshman composition portfolio review committee
- Ed. with introduction. The Years That the Locust Hath Eaten (1895) and Joanna Traill (1893) by Annie E. Holdsworth, Vol. 5 New Woman Fiction 1881-99 series (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2011).
- Ed. with Carolyn Oulton. Mary Cholmondeley Reconsidered (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2010).
- “How to be a Feminist Without Saying So: The New Woman and the New Man in Red Pottage.” Mary Cholmondeley Reconsidered.
- “Touring the Birth of Shakespeare” and “Celebrating Shakespeare at the Globe” (sidebars to “London Calling: Program Brings History and Theater to Life for LHU Students”). Lock Haven University Perspective (Fall 2009): 7-8.
- Rev. of Margaret Fuller: Transatlantic Crossings in a Revolutionary Age. Charles Capper and Cristina Giorcelli, eds. (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007). Journal of British Studies 48.1 (January 2009): 243-4.
- “Charlotte Brontë.” Companion to the British Short Story. Ed. Andrew Maunder. New York: Facts on File (2007).
- “Rhoda Broughton.” Companion to the British Short Story. Ed. Andrew Maunder. New York: Facts on File (2007).
- “Aurora Leigh as Paradigm of Domestic-Professional Fiction.” Philological Quarterly 79.1 (Winter 2000): 91-117. Rpt. in Poetry Criticism. Ed. Larry Trudeau. Vol. 62. Detroit: Gale (May 2005).
- Rev. of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, by Simon Avery and Rebecca Stott (Longman/Pearson Education, 2003). Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 37.2 (Fall 2004).
- “Class Counts: The Domestic-Professional Writer, the Working Poor and Middle-Class Values in The Years That the Locust Hath Eaten and The Story of a Modern Woman.” Silent Voices: Forgotten Novels of Victorian Women Writers. Ed. Brenda Ayres. Westport, CT: Praeger (2003).
- “Aurora Leigh as Paradigm of Domestic-Professional Fiction.” Philological Quarterly 79.1 (Winter 2000): 91-117.
- “Charlotte Brontë.” Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences: The Nineteenth Century, 1800-1914. Ed. John Powell. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000.
- “Mary Shelley.” Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences: The Nineteenth Century, 1800-1914. Ed. John Powell. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000.
- Rev. of Romantic Ideology Unmasked by Marjean D. Purinton (University of Delaware Press, 1994). Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature 49.2 (1995): 203-5.
- “’Then they are always speaking against Yorkshire ways and Yorkshire folk’: The Use of Dialect in Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley and Charles Dickens’s Hard Times.” TAG: Journal of the Southwest Symposium (April 1994): 192-96.
- “’Your Girls That You All Love Are Mine Already’: Sexual Imagery and Politics in Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” collaborative essay with Penny Allison, Susan J. Levasseur, Mitzi K. McGuire, Lori Kula Mehl and Sara Spurgeon. La Ventana: Journal of the Southwest Symposium (June 1993): 115-54.
- Panel chair, “River as Character.” EAPSU Conference, Lock Haven, PA (2010).
- “How to be a Feminist Without Saying So: The New Woman and the New Man in Mary Cholomondeley's Red Pottage.” Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, Baltimore, MD (2008).
- “Mary Cholmondeley and Aesthetic Democracy.” Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States, Albuquerque, NM (2005).
- Women's Consortium of SSHE's Second Leadership Institute for Faculty Women (nominated to attend by Provost). State College, PA (2004).
- “’The Most Perfect Education’: Teaching Feminist Literature in a ‘Non-feminist’ Classroom.” Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago (2003).
- “Class Counts: Middle-Class Values and the Working Poor in Annie E. Holdsworth’s The Years That the Locust Hath Eaten.” Eighth Annual Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (1999).
- “Vampires at the Fin de Siècle: Bram Stoker’s Dracula and A. A. Carr’s Eye Killers.” Twentieth Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Regional Meeting, Albuquerque, NM (1999).
- “’With Every Womanly Grace and Charm’: Feminism and the Angel in the House.” A Celebration of Victorian Culture, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (1998).
- “Women Writing Women: The Image of the Professional Woman Writer in British Women’s Fiction of the 1890s.” Sixth Annual Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference, University of California, Davis, CA (1997).
- “The Woman in The Last Man: Mary Shelley, Gender and the Sibyl’s Cave.” Aphra Behn Society Conference, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (1994).
- “’Then they are always speaking against Yorkshire ways and Yorkshire folk’: The Use of Dialect in Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley and Charles Dickens’s Hard Times.” Fifth Annual Southwest Symposium, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (1994).
- “’His education properly finishes by a little practical experience with forbidden things’: Education and Moral Development in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.” Western Conference for British Studies, Albuquerque, NM (1993).
- “In Vitro Frankenstein: Mary Shelley’s Novel and Artificial Reproduction.” Twenty-third Annual National Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Providence, RI (1993).
- “The Emergence Continues: Lucy, Sexuality and Punishment.” Part of a collaborative panel, “’Your Girls That You All Love Are Mine Already’: Sexual Imagery and Politics in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Fourth Annual Southwest Symposium, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (1993).
Editorial Resources, Pasadena, TX
Associate Editor (2003-present)
Awards and Research Grants
Lock Haven University Faculty Professional Development Grant (2003, 2005, 2008)
University of New Mexico Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (1996-97)
University of New Mexico Graduate Achievement Award (1995-96)
Buchanan-Arms Award for outstanding academic achievement in English (1994-95)
University of New Mexico Research, Projects and Travel Grants (1994, 1996, 1997)
Clinton County CleanScapes volunteer steward (2005-present); Advisory Board Vice President (2011-present)
Lock Haven Community Orchestra (2008-present)