My research involves the intersection of literary and educational theory with the actual clinical practice of teaching and of teaching teachers. It centers on constructivist, student-centered, reader response approaches to educational reform. Current work completed related to this project is a prospectus for a textbook on literary analysis based on these principals and a related book on the teaching of Moby-Dick and Gravity's Rainbow as a case study.
American Romanticism, 19th century American Romanticism, 19th century American Poetry, 20th century American Poetry, practical and theoretical pedagogy, history and philosophy of American education, history and philosophy of service learning
ENGL 1420 - Poetry
Introduces students to how to read a poem by examining the great variety of poems written and composed in English from the very beginning of the English language until recently.
ENGL 2115 - American Frontiers
Considers the backdrop of the American West in literature, film, photography and computer gaming. Focuses on a range of narratives and images depicting this wide swathe of American geography while simultaneously cultivating close reading skills, digital media analysis and film analysis that will aid in deeper insights at the textual level.
ENGL 3940 - Service Learning Practicum
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
Under faculty supervision, students participate in a service project in conjunction with an academic course. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
ENGL 4039 - Critical Thinking in English Studies
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
Concerned with developments in the study of literature that have significantly influenced our conception of the theoretical bases for study and expanded our understanding of appropriate subject matter. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.