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.
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
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|
Review of Mari Lee Mifsud, Rhetoric and the Gift. Forthcoming in Present Tense.
“George Herbert’s The Country Parson as a Resource for Christian Rhetorical Theory.” Journal of Communication and Religion 42.3 (2019).
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).
Review of Meghan O’Gieblyn, Interior States. Forthcoming in The Cresset.
Review of Mark Shephard, Restoration Agriculture. Forthcoming in The Cleveland Review of Books.
“Crossing Flatwater.” Forthcoming in Big Muddy.
“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).
Seminar in Rhetoric: Rural Writing, College of the Ozarks, fall 2020.
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. Also taught spring 2020 as an independent study.
Agricultural Engineering Fundamentals: Technical Writing Lab, College of the Ozarks, spring 2020.
Readings in Western Civilization, College of the Ozarks, six sections, fall 2018-fall 2020.
College Composition, College of the Ozarks, twelve sections, fall 2018-fall 2020.
Business and Professional Writing, Saint Louis University, spring 2018.
Introduction to Literary Studies, Saint Louis University, spring 2014.
Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research, Saint Louis University, six sections, fall 2011-fall 2013.
Appeared on nationally syndicated program “Constant Wonder” discussing the ethics of planting trees.
Quoted by Mic.com as an expert source on food marketing.
Accepted co-leader of discussion circle on “Rural / Remote / Isolated Writers” at the Festival of Faith and Writing, Calvin College, April 2020. Conference postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus.
Participant, “Front Porch Republic: the Legacy of Wendell Berry,” University of Louisville, 2019.
“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.
“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
- 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.
- 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.