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Curriculum Vita

Assistant Professor of English Education

Director of Undergraduate Advising

Southeast Missouri State University

318N Grauel Hall, Department of English, Southeast Missouri State University,

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

(573) 979-0071, 651-2936,
Education, Certifications & Licenses
1988: B.A., English, University of Wyoming
1993: Secondary Education Certification, 7-12,

University of Wyoming.

2001: M.A., Southeast Missouri State University,

Rhetoric & Composition, Creative writing as support studies.

2006: Ed.D. University of Missouri- Columbia, Educational
Leadership & Policy Analysis Doctoral Program. (May, 2006)
Dissertation: Pencil or pen? The permanence of the writing center on the accountability watermark. An organizational theory discussion and qualitative utilization-focused evaluation methodology exploring technocratic versus holistic conflict management within the university writing center structure. Available through DAI.
Thesis: SCRAWL: Journal of the Rural American Male. A creative thesis (collection) forwarded by an academic analysis of rural American masculine attitudes in the backlash of social agency. Directed by Dr. Susan Swartwout, Southeast Missouri State University, this work has been modified for public market. Market title, Cat House Red.

License/Certification for Dispute Management, Civil Component, State of Missouri, The Center for Dispute Management, Awarded from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, June, 2004.

Department of Education PC Level I, 7-12 endorsement, teacher certification. August, 1997 – current, State of Missouri.
Certificate of Completion of Class 8 Diesel warranty training: Freightliner, Cummins, Detroit, and

Caterpillar corporations. October 1996. Certification awarded from Volvo Corporation, 2000.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Composition, Creative, and Technical writing learning strategies.

  • Americana, (20th century), French (18th century) and Russian literature, 16--19th century.

  • Educational technique with a focus on psycho-social learning.

  • Hypertextuality, web language and computerized learning environments.

  • Organizational theory, Utilization-Focused Evaluation procedures.

  • Memory, MBD, Alzheimer’s and language maintenance techniques.

Teaching Experience
English Education: 2005-2006, Southeast Missouri State University

  • Children’s Literature, online and traditional (LI 234)

  • Language Acquisition, online web course, (EN 380)

  • Teaching Writing Skills in the Elementary, hybrid - web/traditional, (EN381)

  • Young Adult Literature, web – hybrid, (LI 542)

  • Foundations of Grammar – ITV – (EN 378)


  • Survey of World Literature, Southeast Missouri State University

  • Fiction and Human Experience, Southeast Missouri State University

  • Variety of Literature, Southeast Missouri State University

  • The Plow and the Pony: The Western Relationship, Southeast Missouri State University

  • American Literature to 1870, Three Rivers Community College

  • Introductory literature, 9-12, Scott County Central and Bernie HS (3 years)

  • Reading for Context, summer tutoring program, St. Joseph's Children's Home, Wyoming (1993 - 1995).


  • EN-275, Introduction to Creative Writing, Southeast Missouri State University

  • EN-140, Rhetoric & Critical Thinking, Southeast Missouri State University

  • EN-100, Composition, Southeast Missouri State University

  • EN-099, Developmental Composition, Southeast Missouri State University

  • EN– 04, Developmental Composition, Three Rivers Community College

  • EN-011, Composition, Three Rivers Community College

  • EN-012, Advanced Composition, Three Rivers Community College

  • BE-03, Business English, Three Rivers Community College

  • Southeast P.M., Creative Writing, Southeast Missouri State University (community)

  • Language Arts, 9-12, Scott County Central and Bernie HS (3 years)


Teaching Assistantship, Southeast Missouri State University. (One year).

Wyoming Center for Excellence in Teaching (WYCET) (11 weeks).

Student teaching, Torrington High School, Wyoming (18 weeks).

Administrative Engagement, Product Enhancement, and Team Development:
Created and developed a feedback methodology for providing students with vocal feedback on work through a vocal-audio download system within existing web-based technology, Southeast Missouri State University, 2004. Total web developments includes 13 full web and blended-web developments throughout career. (2001-2007)
Development of a web-based 16 week training program in rhetoric and critical thinking with composition emphasis. Southeast Missouri State University. 2004-2005.
Development of a web-assist program for Survey of World Literature, Southeast Missouri State University, 2005).
Authored proposal requesting funding for additional overhead media room for English department

Southeast Missouri State University. Request ($3600.00) granted through internal funding, 2004.

Collaborative development of an on-line developmental composition course with a conference emphasis through technology, 2004-2005, Southeast Missouri State University.
Administrative Liaison: Three Rivers Community College at Southeast Missouri State University campus. Served on A+ scholarship articulation and policy agreement committee. Spring, 2002

Development of composition handbook, Blank Page, for Stephen Reid text, (CSU), in collaboration with Dr. Michael Hogan, Dept. of English, Southeast Missouri State University. 2003.

Proposal for developing a CD-ROM micro-lecture assistant for web-base courses which provides

10 minute lectures on chapters cut from ITV video, transferred to CD-ROM as a take-home

learning assistance for web-based students. Currently under funding consideration. (resubmitted), 2007
Development of instructional on-line graduate handbook in collaboration with Dr. Phil Parette,

Southeast Missouri State University. 2001.

Writing tutor, Southeast Missouri State University Writing Center (2000).
Session leader, Annual Creative Writing Day, Southeast Missouri State University. 1997-2000.
Upward Bound tutor, collaboration between Southeast Missouri State and area high schools.


Developed and approved to incorporate an anger management course integrated within the

English curriculum for a 50/50 bi-racial public school, Scott County Central High School, Missouri, 1998-2000

Service and team participation regarding the Missouri Achievement Program (MAP) test, serving

in cultural bias analysis and general review of language Arts MAP questions, 1999.

Corporate Training/Development and Grants Acquisition: Private Sector

Developed and supervised in-house curriculum for mechanics report development, training mechanics to write detailed reports of repairs, engaging academic dual crediting concepts in line with CTE practices through combining writing skills with mechanical skill for the purpose of maximizing warranty recovery expenses. Duckett Truck Centers: (Freightliner) Sikeston, MO. 1995-1997.

Created and developed grant request for $31,000 from the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for

funding toward the restoration of the Glenn House, a Victorian-designed historical landmark

home under the direction of the Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau, Grant awarded, September, 2004, full value received.
Computer Language Proficiency
Word Processing: WordPerfect Family, Word Family, Claris Apple.
Data Base: Microsoft Works: Excel Spreadsheet & D-base, SPSS V10.
Publishing: Aldus Photostyler, Microsoft Publisher, Frontpage, Canvas & Photoshop, ColorLab OPR/OCR, Sony Sound Studio 7, PERL web and Camtasia.
Library search systems: BRODART, CARL, & SADIE, associated hosts: OVID, Wilson, Lexus/Nexus, WorldCat, Project Muse.
Presentation: Harvard Graphics family, PowerPoint, HyperStudio, Camtasia and PERL web.
Web bases: OIS ™, Blackboard tm ,Web CT tm
Short Stories
Antelope: Nationwide 2001 William Faulkner Short Fiction Competition Winner.
The Zippo Man: The American West Ezine, 2001
Irish Crème: Journey Magazine, (2000), Trumpets: Journey Magazine (1999)
Little Grey Houses: Outer Darkness Magazine (1998), and Scavenger's Newsletter (1999).

A Night at Baby’s: Journey Magazine, Literary Award winner, 1st place (2000).

"The Spinning" Journey Magazine, 2000, Daily Statesman Newspaper, Dexter, Mo. 2002.
"Bourbon on Quiet" Journey Magazine.
“The Day the Last Child Left Home” Journey

Magazine, literary Award,1st place, 2001.

"North of Arizona" Journey's Magazine, 2000, "Laura's Diner" Journey magazine, 1999,

"Touchroads" Journey magazine, 1998.

"Fencelines" Westering Literary Magazine, 1984.

Book Reviews
Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, Volume 2, Issue 2. Postmodernist fiction: Curtis White’s Requiem, Fall, 2002. Ehrlich’s Dry Clouds: Wyoming Stories, Book review, 2006)
Denver Post, Sunday A&E, Book reviews: "Grand Street" and "Tony Hillerman’s Anthology," November & December, 1994.
Professional Journals/Conferences
2007 NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Conference, New York: Mapping Diverse Literacies for the 21st Century. Presented Online Literacy Map prototype, state of Missouri. Received training in updated NCATE assessment expectations for SPA accreditation. Pursuing volunteer national reviewer position with CCE for NCATE accreditation submissions, November, 2007.

Post-Death Dislocation in Moral Discourse: Faulkner, Twain & Zola in Conference Reports from the 2007 Faulkner & Twain Conference, Southeast Missouri State University. Slated for publication in spring, 2008.

Panelist, Civility in the Classroom, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Southeast Missouri State University, 2007-
Panel Presenter, 21st Century Learners Conference, Using Scenario-Based Platform in Online Teaching: The character-driven website in Children’s Literature. Southeast Missouri State University, 2007
Lead instructor: Presidents & Precedence: Development grant, 2005-2006: Teaching American History, State of Missouri – The role of Literature in Colonial America. Position by recommendation of Dr. Frank Nickel, Dept. of History, Southeast Missouri State University
Keynote speaker, Chieftains, Charlatans & Champions: Writing the American Family. Heartland Writer’s Guild, Cape Girardeau, Mo. June 4, 2005
Panel Presenter, Missouri Writer’s Guild Convention, 2004, The Black Sheep Monographs: Writing the Family History.
Submission by Personal request, Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi-Oxford, Furry Lewis and John Lee Hooker, Mississippi Bluesmen – (Encyclopedia entry and biography).
Journal of Secondary Education Technology, Guest Reviewer recognition, Volume 15(4) 2001.
By invitation: the Lost Horse Creative Writing Conference, Idaho, 2001. Studied under William Kittredge.
Missouri Philanthropy Association Literary Conference (Westminster University, Fulton, Mo.,) "Zippo Man: A Return to the Western Mythical Justice," creative presentation. March, 2001.

BRICHA Literary Conference, (Appalachian University, North Carolina) call for papers acceptance, "Emotive Verb Use and Duality in Thomas Wolfe's The Web and the Rock," 2001.

SEMO-Mineral Area-Three Rivers Call For Papers, Southeast Missouri State. Best Paper Award, "Singleness & Oneness in Whitman, Thoreau, and Poe," April 2000
Lusk Herald/Wyoming Newspapers Inc., Managing Editor, Legend of Rawhide promotional magazine, Lusk, Wyoming, 1994.
Monthly Magazine, Wyoming & Buffalo Chip Gazette, South Dakota, 52nd Annual Black Hills Motorcycle Classic: New Changes Bring New Highways, September, 1992
Wyoming Department of Agriculture Marketing Newsletter, Atlantic Pacific Seed Takes Root, May, 1991,
Tri State Cattle News, Sturgis, South Dakota, Wyoming Heritage Foundation Multiple Land Use Seminar, November, 1991.
Tri-State High Plains Journal, (Front page story,) Wyoming Wheatgrowers Reject IGLU Tenants. Kansas Press, November, 1990.
Plowshares, agriculture magazine, Wyoming Newspapers Inc., Migrant Labor: How Far Will OSHA Go? 1990.
A.P. Newswire Selection, (nationwide teletype) Wyoming Budget Faces Drought - Lawmakers to Consider Shortfall Measures, Nov., 1989


Elected Professor of the Month, Tri-Delta Sorority, November 2005.

Honorable Mention, (4th of 7)National William Faulkner Short Story Competition, August 2001, for short story: Antelope.

Honors graduate, MA in English, Southeast Missouri State University, May 2001.

Acceptance in the Southeast Missouri Teachers as Writers Council, 1997.

Nomination and appointment to the Eastern Wyoming College Fine Arts Board, August 1994.

Honorary Membership to the Torrington Trailblazer FFA Charter for public service, May 1993.

Nomination and appointment to the Wyoming Writer's Project, January 1993.

Honorary Membership to the Southeast Wyoming Chapter and National FFA Charter for public

service, PR, May 1991.

Appointment to the Wyoming MythBusters Beef Enhancement Program, August 1991, PR and

education development.

Eastern Wyoming College, Full Scholarship, Drama department, August, 1983, Speech & Debate

Team, 1982-1984.

Honorable Discharge, U.S. Marine Corps, October 1981.
Committees, Organizations and Appointments:
Chairman, Technology Development Committee, Department of English, Southeast Missouri State university, Oct, 2007.

Appointment: NCTE Digital Literacy Map Project Director, State of Missouri, Presenting Missouri writers online-map digital project at NCTE National Convention, New York, 2007.

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English, Southeast Missouri State University, 2006

Funding For Results (grant selection committee) Southeast Missouri State University, 2006

Commencement committee member, Southeast Missouri State University, appointed 2006

NCATE Accredidation Team Director, Department of English, Southeast Missouri State University,2006

Co-Director,Visiting Writers: Multicultural Diversity Project, (Grant funded), Southeast Missouri State University, 2006 – 2009 (implementation grant – internal funding).

President, Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau Inc. , 2004

Vice President, Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau Inc., 2003

Vacancy Search Committee Member, Department of English, Southeast Missouri State

University, 2002, 2004.

EGTA Liaison, Freshmen Committee, Southeast Missouri State, 2001

Benevolent Order of Elks. Dexter, Missouri, 2000.

Sigma Tau Delta English Honors, Southeast Missouri State University, 2000 - current.

Sigma Tau Delta chapter secretary: Spring 2001, Southeast Missouri State University.

Coordinator, First Annual Sigma Tau Delta Call for Papers, Southeast Missouri State University, 2001.

Southeast Missouri Teachers as Writers, 1997-current.

Missouri State Teachers Association, 1997-1999.

Eastern Wyoming College Fine Arts Board, 1994-1995.

Wyoming Writers Council, 1991-1995.

State Secretary for ABATE of Wyoming, motorcyclist-rights lobby, 1992-1993.

Wyoming Beef Enhancement Council, 1991.

Works in Progress or Circulation
Why I Can’t Work at Kellerman’s – Stories of Men, Marriage and Mirages” (in circulation)

CatHouse Red” (short story collection) in circulation: Talobasha Award, Mississippi, 2007.

“The Last Quiet Day in Mission County” (novel)

“The Mission County Asphalt Company” (novel) - both novels in revision, (Formerly represented by Jody Rein Literary Agency, Aurora, Colorado.)

“The Mission County Yarn Society” (novel) - drafted, under revision.

Why I Never wanted to Meet You” (poetry chapbook) In circulation,

The Joy of Mosquitoes,” (short story collection) - in revision, 14 of 14 stories completed).

Of Mouse and Men: Perceiving-Acting Systems - Web Course Feedback Adopting

Socio-Linguistic and System-Thinking Technology. – A study of feedback representation in writing between teacher and students and the adaptation of technology to provide more natural interaction of criticism and intended improvement through vocal download formats in natural student environments. Abstract submitted to CCCC Convention, April, 2008, New Orleans.

I Gotta Write What? Early Pre-Write in Motion (Handbook, 30 pages, estimated.) Termed as the EPIM, this pre-write strategy concept map and associated “paper blueprint” that I created allows students to pre-determine several aspects of college assignments prior to writing the overall paper through a series of elimination and identification procedures. Beta-tested within a developmental composition and an advanced argument course, the EPIM assists students in identifying particular approaches to defined topical styles regardless of academic field designation. Positive responses were indicated within the original beta-test as a pre-write form of organization. The EPIM will be marketed as a supplement to existing general composition texts. The EPIM may serve as an initial guidance system to student writing productivity by categorizing topics within three primary writing-structural types and outlining the necessary techniques to each category. Proposal and chapter outlines submitted to McGraw-Hill, 2007.

Fetching the Pail of Politics: Jack and Jill and 16th Century Russian Muscovite Religious Disputes.” This work offers the contention that the nursery rhyme of “Jack and Jill” may have had its origins in 16th century Russian muscovite religious wars through Avvakum’s statement of “The Jack priests with their Jills following after” – submitted to The Lion and the Unicorn – (children’s literature academic journal), slated for submission, March, 2008.
General Employment History (prior to tenure appointment)
Instructor/Professor, Southeast Missouri State University, (2001-2006)

Instructor/adjunct, Three Rivers Community College, Missouri, (2002-2004)

Language Arts Teacher, Bernie, Missouri (1999-2000)

Language Arts Teacher, Scott County Central High, Missouri, (1997-1999)

Warranty Administrator, Duckett Truck Centers, Missouri, 1995-1997

Ranch Manager, Eaton Farms & Land Mgmt. Co, Wyoming, supervised seasonal staff (3) (1988-1995)

Substitute teacher, Goshen County School District, Wyoming, (1991-1995)

Special Sections Editor, Wyoming Newspapers Inc, Supervised editorial staffs, (3-5), (1989-1994)

Library Clerk, level II and 1, University of Wyoming, (1985-1988)

References, Teaching Portfolio and Writing Portfolio available

upon request. Electronic versions available.

Personal website –

Web course access for review available through “visitors” portal on website.

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