Academic Appointments

College of the Ozarks

Assistant Professor of English, 2018-present.

Saint Louis University

  • Adjunct Instructor in Professional Writing, 2018.
  • Graduate Instructor in English, 2010-2014.


Ph.D. English

Saint Louis University, December 2017, with distinction

Primary Area: Rhetoric and Composition

Secondary Areas: Medieval Studies, Speculative Realism

Dissertation: Why Rhetoricians Don’t Get Religion: a Counter-history of Sacred Rhetoric.

Committee: Paul Lynch, chair; Nathaniel Rivers; Ruth Evans.

M.A. (Research) English

Saint Louis University, May 2012, with distinction

Thesis: Gift Exchange in Early English Drama: Rhetoric and Sacrament.

B.A. English and Religion

Oklahoma Christian University, December 2009, summa cum laude

A.A. English

York College, Nebraska, May 2007, with highest honors

Other Relevant Experience

Content Marketing and Research Consultant, 2010-present.

Research Strategist + Technical Writer, MarketPlace, the Food Marketing Agency, 2014-2018.

Areas of Interest

History and Theory of Rhetoric Creative Nonfiction and the Essay Technical Writing Environmental Humanities Sacred Rhetoric Composition Pedagogy

Academic Writing

“George Herbert’s The Country Parson as a Resource for Christian Rhetorical Theory.” Journal of Communication and Religion 42.3 (2019) (forthcoming.)

With Paul Lynch. “Twenty-five Years of Faith and Writing: Religion and Composition, 1992-2017.” Present Tense 2.6 (2017).


“Learning to Die in the Garden,” Front Porch Republic, 15 July 2019.

“Moral Reasoning in an Acceptable Time,” The University Bookman, 8 April 2019.

“Reading Seed Catalogs for Pleasure and Profit,” Front Porch Republic, 27 March 2019.

“On the Costs and Rewards of Planting Fruit Trees,” Front Porch Republic, 2 January 2019.

“Holy Clutter,” Comment, 1 November 2018.

“Singing as Part of Family Worship,” Mere Orthodoxy, 25 April 2017.

“Downton Abbey as a Jane Austen Style Tragedy,” Mere Orthodoxy, 12 February 2013.

“Capitalism Won’t Save the Arts—Vocation Will,” Mere Orthodoxy, 22 October 2012.

With Stephen Carradini, “Is Ethical Advocacy Enough? A Dialogue on Digital Rights and Art,” Mere Orthodoxy, 1 October 2012.

“Advocacy and Ending Copyright Infringement,” Mere Orthodoxy, 1 October 2012.

“Ray Bradbury, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Benefits of Nostalgia,” Mere Orthodoxy, 6 July 2012.

“#NewNebraskaSlogan and a New Rhetoric for the Midwest,” Curator, 21 October 2011.

“A Passion for the Possible.” Curator, 15 July 2011.

Book Reviews

Review of Mari Lee Mifsud, Rhetoric and the Gift. Forthcoming in Present Tense.

“A Kind of Giant and Intricate Poetry.” Review of David Lyle Jeffrey and Gregory Maillet, Christianity and Literature: Philosophical Foundations and Critical Practice. In Intégrité 16.1 (2017).

Review of Roger Grainger, Suspending Disbelief: Theatre as Context for Sharing. In Ecumenica Journal of Theatre and Performance 6.1 (2013).

Review of Sarah Beckwith, Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness. In Ecumenica Journal of Theatre and Performance 4.2 (2011).

Teaching Experience

Survey of American Literature II, College of the Ozarks, fall 2019.

Creative Writing: Nonfiction, College of the Ozarks, spring 2019.

Technical Writing, College of the Ozarks, fall 2018.

Readings in Western Civilization, College of the Ozarks, four sections, fall 2018-fall 2019.

College Composition, College of the Ozarks, six sections, fall 2018-fall 2019.

Business and Professional Writing, Saint Louis University, spring 2018.

Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research, Saint Louis University, six sections, fall 2011-fall 2013.

Introduction to Literary Studies, Saint Louis University, spring 2014.


Appeared on nationally syndicated program “Constant Wonder” discussing the ethics of planting trees.

Quoted by as an expert source on food marketing.

Conference Presentations

“Against Belief, or, the Liturgies of the Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) 2017.

“Attitudes toward Religion: (Theological) Gnosis / (Liturgical) Incarnation.” The Kenneth Burke Society Conference 2014.

“The Material Rhetoric of George Herbert’s The Country Parson.” Saint Louis University Graduate Research Symposium 2014.

“How to Teach an Ars: Bodily Pedagogy in Fighting and Rhetoric.” St. Louis Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies 2013.

“Educating the Dwelling Sophist.” Saint Louis University Graduate Research Symposium 2013.

Invited participant, THATCamp Southeast Missouri, digital humanities unconference with a special focus on rural issues, Arcadia, Missouri, 2013.

“The Dangerous Gift of Speech: Fraudulent Rhetoric in Troilus and Criseyde.” New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress 2012.

“Charity and Gift Exchange in the York Doomsday.” International Congress on Medieval Studies 2012.

“Richard Miller’s Secular Eschatology.” CCCC 2011.

“Working and Playing at Mass: the Eucharist as Gift in the York Corpus Christ Play.” Midwest Modern Language Association Conference 2011.

“Bad Weather: Kathleen Norris’s Critical Perspective on the Midwestern Pastoral.” Saint Louis University Graduate Research Symposium 2011.

“The Sublime and the Beautiful in The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien’s Theological Aesthetic as a Continuing Spiritual Resource.” Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature 2010.

“The Death of Chivalry: Hotspur and Machiavelli.” Sigma Tau Delta International Conference 2009.

“‘To Hell with Truth!’: Faith, Nihilism, and Death in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh.” Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature 2008.

Local Presentations

“Psychoanalytic Criticism and the Elegy.” Invited Guest Lecture for Dr. Matthew Bardowell’s English 202, Introduction to Poetry, Saint Louis University, 2013.

“Mapping Your Way through Prezi.” Saint Louis University Writing Program Workshop Series 2011.

“Using the Computer-Aided Instruction Lab.” Saint Louis University Writing Program Orientation 2011.


Christianity and Communication Studies Network

Emerging Scholars Network


French Koine Greek Latin

Academic Service

  • Member, English Department Curriculum Committee, College of the Ozarks, 2018-19.
  • Member, Organizing Committee, the Kenneth Burke Society Conference, Saint Louis University, 2014.
  • Member, Organizing Committee, There and Back Again: a Symposium on Seventy-Five Years of The Hobbit, Saint Louis University, 2012.
  • Elected Undergraduate Committee Representative, English Graduate Organization, Saint Louis University, 2011-2012.
  • Member, Local Arrangements Committee, CCCC 2011.
  • Session organizer, “Gateways through the Apocalypse: a Panel Response to Richard Miller’s Writing at the End of the World,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2011.

Honors and Awards

  • Winner, Seerveld Prize for New Writers, Comment. $1,500 CAD.
  • First place, Humanities Paper Competition, Saint Louis University Graduate Research Symposium, 2014. $250.
  • First runner-up, Humanities Paper Competition, Saint Louis University Graduate Research Symposium, 2013. $125.
  • Passed MA exams with distinction, 2010.
  • First runner-up, Humanities Paper Competition, Saint Louis University Graduate Research Symposium, 2011. $125.
  • Clarence H. Miller Award for outstanding incoming MA student, Saint Louis University Department of English, 2010. $1,000 award.