Department of English
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, Alabama 35115
Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 1996.
Dissertation: Discourse in the Judicial Opinion: A Rhetorical Approach to Voice and Ideology in U.S. Supreme Court Opinions. Director: Debra Journet.
M.A., English, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1979.
B.A., English, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1975.
University of Montevallo, Department of English, Montevallo, Alabama, Associate Professor, August 2000-present; Assistant Professor, July 1996-July 2000; Instructor, August 1995-June 1996. Graduate and undergraduate faculty status.
Kentucky State University, Whitney Young College of Leadership Studies, Frankfort, Kentucky, Instructor, 1994-1995.
University of Louisville, Department of English, Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1990-1994.
Kentucky State University, Division of Literature, Languages, and Philosophy, Frankfort,
Kentucky, Adjunct Faculty, 1986-1993.
Lexington Community College, Division of Humanities, Lexington, Kentucky, Instructor,
University of Kentucky, Department of English, Instructor, 1985-1990, 1979-1981; Teaching
Writing: Introductory, Intermediate, Basic, Honors, and Advanced Composition; Advanced English Grammar; Business Writing; Technical Writing; Independent Undergraduate Research on Practices in Eight Writing Centers in the Southeastern United States.
Composition Studies: Studies in the Composing Process; Studies in Composition and Rhetoric; Theory and Practice of Writing Center Tutoring; Independent Undergraduate Research in Writing Processes.
Rhetoric: Studies in Rhetoric; The Uses of Language; Graduate Seminar in Rhetoric; Rhetorical Analysis of Texts; Rhetoric of Science; Rhetoric of Law; Discourse in Ancient Athens.
Literature: Introduction to Literature; World Literature I; British Literature I; Modernist American Fiction; American Literature II; African American Literature; Adolescent Literature; Children’s Literature; Liberal Studies Seminar I and II; Senior Seminar for English majors; Independent Undergraduate Research on Sherman Alexie; British Novel: 1850-1940.
“Inevitable Reconstructions: Voice and Ideology in Two Landmark U. S. Supreme Court Opinions.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 6:3 (Fall 2003) 487-508.
“Robert Coover’s ‘Cartoon’: A Fiction About the Postmodern Problem of Authenticity.” Short Story Journal 10:2 (Fall 2002): 47-54.
“A Case for Judicial Opinions as Primary Texts in Composition Courses.” Composition Forum, 11.1 (Summer 2000): 43-53.
“Liberatory Tutoring in the Writing Center: It’s Not Just for Radicals.” Southern Discourse 2:3 (Spring 1999). 6-7, 10.
“Judging the Voice of the Law.” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 4:1, 1999. 159-
“Reporting Writing Center Sessions to Faculty: Pedagogical and Ethical Considerations.” Writing Lab Newsletter. 22:8, April 1998.
“Judicial Constructions of Difference: The Supreme Court’s Majority Opinions in Scott v. Sandford and Bowers v. Hardwick.” Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, and Literacy: Selected Papers from the 1994 Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America. Ed. John Frederick Reynolds. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1995. 89-95.
“‘What Are We Doing Today? Basic Writers Collaborating in a Computer Lab.” Computers
and Composition 12 (1995): 79-95.
“Cloaked in Science and Sympathy: Jane Goodall’s Narratives of the Gombe Chimpanzees.” Kentucky Philological Review 8 (1994): 7-11.
“Portfolio Cover Letters, Students’ Self-Presentation, and Teachers’ Ethics.” New Directions in Portfolio Assessment. Ed. Laurel Black, Donald Daiker, Jeffrey Sommers, and Gail Stygall. Portsmouth, NY: Heinemann/Boynton-Cook, 1994. 83-92.
“The Presence of the Skull in Tourneur’s The Revenger's Tragedv.” Kentuckv Philological Review 7 (1993): 8-11.
Research/writing in process (working titles):
“Writing Across the Curriculum at a Public Liberal Arts University” (a longitudinal study of 42 entering freshmen through graduation).
“Narrative Ways of Knowing and Judging: The U. S. Supreme Court’s Opinion in Chambers v. Florida” (multilayered consideration of the function of narrative in not only the opinion text itself, but also in its historical, biographical, and research contexts).
“’So rudely forced…’: Student Writers, Course Requirements, and the Writing Center” (revision of presentation made to the International Writing Centers Association in April 2002).
“Composing Aloud, Composing Visibility: The Processes and Products of a Quadriplegic Student Writer” (update of 1999 presentation to the Conference on College Composition and Communication).
Double Vision (2004), by George Garrett. First Draft 12:1 (Fall 2005): 36.
Fairytale (2003), by Valerie Gribben. First Draft 10:2 (Spring 2004): 23-24.
The Alphabet Parade, A Fury of Motion: Poems for Boys, Halloween Night: Twenty-One Spooktacular Poems, One Hundred Shoes: A Math Reader (2002, 2003), by Charles Ghigna. First Draft 10:1 (Fall 2003): 33-35.
Walking on Water (1996), edited by Allen Wier. First Draft (publication of the Alabama Writers’ Forum), Fall 1996.
Interviews with authors:
“Michael Knight: Staggering Good Luck.” First Draft 9:1 (Summer 2002): 8, 11.
“An Interview with Bobbie Ann Mason.” Writing! (April 1988): 13-15.
“An Interview with Jeff Marx.” Writing! (December 1987): 10-13.
“Bobbie Ann Mason: Chronicling the Heart of Western Kentucky.” Bluegrass (May/June 1986): 64-65, 70.
Writing Center Practice and Theory:
“Contending with Student Disengagement in the Writing Center.” Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference. Nashville, TN, February 2007.
“From the Canon to the Writing Center: Lessons from Literary Authors” (with tutors Rachel Beverly, Amber Collins, and Treasure Ingels). Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference. Charleston, SC, February 2005.
“When Writing Center Practice Is Informed by a Liberatory Pedagogy.” Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, Kentucky, October 2004.
“Embracing Contraries in the Writing Center.” Southeastern Writing Centers Association Conference. Kennesaw, Georgia, February 2004.
“’So Rudely Forced’: Student Writers, Course Requirements, and the Writing Center.” Southeastern Writing Centers Association Conference. Charlotte, February 2003.
“A Case for Liberatory Minimalism.” International Writing Centers Association Conference. Savannah, Georgia, April 2002.
“Liberatory Tutoring in the Writing Center: For Whom? From What?” National Writing Centers Association Conference. Baltimore, Maryland, November 2000.
“The Peer-Tutored Writing Center as a Site for Professional Development.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 2000 (Preconvention Workshop Session).
“Patron, Tutee, Student, Client: On the Ethics of Naming Users of Writing Center Services.” (With tutors Connie Morris and Jeremy Lespi) National Writing Center Association Conference. Bloomington, Indiana, April 1999.
“Liberatory Tutoring.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, Georgia, March 1999 (Preconvention Workshop Session).
“’What’s in a Name’: Connotations of the Titles We Give Ourselves and the People We Help.” (With tutors Connie Morris, Jeremy Lespi, Cindy Riegle, and Trina Sularin) Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference. Charleston, South Carolina, February 1999.
“so much depends/upon...”: On the Contextual Relativity of the Tutoring Relationship.” (With Connie Morris) Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference. Macon, Georgia, April 1998.
“Tutor-Student Relationships: Ethics, Practice, and Possibilities.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago, Illinois, April 1998.
“Students’ Metaphors for the Writing Center Process.” Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference. Augusta, Georgia, April 1997.
“Reporting Writing Center Sessions to Faculty: Pedagogical and Ethical Considerations.” Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, February 1996.
Composition Teaching and Research:
“Conscripted to Write: The Undergraduate Experience at a Public Liberal Arts University.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Research Roundtable Presentation. New York City, March 2007.
“Making Composition Matter to Students.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Antonio, Texas, March 2004.
“A Review of Longitudinal Research on Student Writers.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. New York City, March 2003.
“As a Matter of Fact, There Are Many Texts in This Class: A Case for the Internet as Composition Textbook.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 2000.
“Composing Aloud, Composing Visibility: Portrait of a Quadriplegic Student Writer.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, Georgia, March 1999.
“Composing With a Voice-Activated Computer: One Quadriplegic Writer’s Processes.” Faculty Development Consortium Instructional Technology Conference. Tuskeegee, Alabama, March 1998.
“Writing Across the Curriculum: How Does It Work? What Happens When It Doesn’t?” Association of College English Teachers of Alabama Annual Meeting. Mobile, Alabama, February 1997.
“The Idea of Graduate Student Professionalism.” Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, Kentucky, October 1996.
“Writing About Diversity Across the Curriculum.” Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Point Clear, Alabama, August 1996.
“Overcoming Technological Limitations: When Students Are Part of the Experience.” Faculty Development Consortium Instructional Technology Conference. Birmingham, Alabama, March 1996.
“‘What Are We Doing Today?’ Basic Writers Collaborating in a Computer Lab.” Ninth Conference on Computers and Writing. Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 1993.
“The Portfolio-Based Honors Composition Course: A Safe Context for Critical Thinking and Rethinking.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Honors Council. Nashville, Tennessee, March 1993.
“’What I Feel, What It Does, and What You Said’: Explicit and Embedded Claims in Students’ Portfolio Cover Letters.” Fourth Miami Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Oxford, Ohio, October 1992.
“Coding in Ethnographically-Oriented Studies of Teachers in the Classroom.” The Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. State College, Pennsylvania, July 1991.
Rhetoric of Law:
“A Genealogy of Judicial Voice: Origins of Discourse in a Landmark U. S. Supreme Court Opinion.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2002.
“Framed and Fractured: Narratives of Judgment from U.S. Supreme Court Opinions.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 1996.
“Separate, (Un)equal, and Rehumanized: Voice and Ideology in Landmark Court Opinions.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Washington, D.C., March 1995.
“Judicial Constructions of Difference: The Supreme Court’s Majority Opinions in Scott v. Sandford and Bowers v. Hardwick.” Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference. Norfolk, Va., May 1994.
“Authority Meets Resistance: The U.S. Supreme Court Opinion in the Composition Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Nashville, Tennessee, March 1994.
“Guaranteed Authority and Contrived Dialogism: The Supreme Court’s Majority Opinion in Bowers v. Hardwick.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Cincinnati, Ohio, March 1992. (ERIC Document ED 351685).
“Cloaked in Science and Sympathy: Jane Goodall’s Narratives of the Gombe Chimpanzees.” Kentucky Philological Association Annual Conference. Frankfort, Kentucky, March 1994. Selected Best of Session.
“Kindergarten Cop: Policing the Abject Foundations of Disorder.” Twentieth Century Literature Conference. Louisville, Kentucky, February 1993.
“A ‘Court of Humanity’: Cicero’s Construction of Audience in the Against Verres.” Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 1992.
“The Nurturing, Nourishing Game: Basketball as Life-Giver in Bobble Ann Mason’s ‘State Champions.”’ Sport Literature Association Annual Conference XV. Montevallo, Alabama, July 1998.
“The Presence of the Skull in Tourneur’s The Revenger’s Tragedy.” Kentucky Philological Association Annual Conference. Georgetown, Kentucky, March 1992. Selected Best of Session.
Workshop and Presentations:
Chambers: Justice Hugo Black’s First Headline Making Opinion (through the 2007-2008 Alabama Humanities Foundation Roads Scholars program)
La Lumiere Literary Club, October 2007
Constitution Day, Jefferson State Community College, September 2007
Journaling to Learn. Camp Create (summer program for adolescents), Homewood Public Library,
Journaling to Learn (through the 2003-2004 Alabama Humanities Foundation Speakers Bureau)
Enterprise Public Library, May 2004
North Shelby Public Library, August 2003
Guntersville Public Library, May 2003
Writing to Learn Across the High School Curriculum (through the School and University Partners for Educational Renewal, sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation)
Pickens County High School, September 2004
Haynesville High School, August 2004
Brewer High School, February 2004
Teaching, Assigning, and Responding to Student Writing (workshop required of all teachers of University of Montevallo Writing Reinforcement courses)
Conducted each August during the week before Fall semester begins and during Januaries as necessary.
Journaling and Poetry Writing for Homeschooled Students (sponsored by the Columbiana Public Library), January-March 2004.
Write Connection (coordination of one day workshop on the UM campus for high school writers from Shelby County)
Held during February each year. 2000-
Scoring of Advanced Placement English Essays (workshop for teachers sponsored by the Shelby County Board of Education), 2000.
Awards and Recognition:
National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar: Narrative Theory: Rhetoric and Ethics in
Fiction and Autobiography, led by Jim Phelan, Ohio State University, June-July 2006.
James Woodall Award for Best Pedagogical Paper, Association of College English Teachers
of Alabama, 2005
Golden Key Honor Society, Honorary Membership, 2004
Sabbatical Leave, Spring 2002.
Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, 1999.
University of Montevallo Research and Special Projects Grant, 1996-1997, 1997-
Graduate Dean’s Citation, University of Louisville, 1997.
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 1997.
Kentucky State University Instructional Enhancement Mini-Grant, 1994.
Society for Technical Communication Della A. Whitaker Scholarship, 1993-1994.
President’s Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, University of Louisville, 1991.
National Council of Teachers of English
Committee on College Composition and Communication
NCTE Public Doublespeak Committee
National Writing Center Association
Southeastern Writing Center Association
Annual conference co-organizer, 2001
Wcenter Electronic Discussion Group
Council of Writing Program Administrators
Association of Teachers of Advanced Composition
Association of College English Teachers of Alabama
Alabama Faculty Development Consortium Task ForceAlabama Council of Teachers of English
Administrative and Academic Service:
University of Montevallo:
Coordinator, Harbert Writing Center
Chair, English Department Composition Committee
Chair, University Writing Committee
Academic Advisor, English and General Studies
M.A. Exam Chair, Carolyn Fortner Goh (1996), Lea Davis (1997), Donna Roose (2003);
Mary Jo Buff (2003); Elizabeth Gassel (2005); Meredith Hubbard (2005).
M.A. Thesis Committee Member, Connie Morris (1999), Jerri Hardesty (1996)
Editor, SACS Self-Study Report (1997-2000)
Member, University Honors Board (August 1997-present)
Faculty Advisor, Montevallo Cultural Review, Spring 2001 issue
Member, Student Publications Committee, 2005-present
University Liaison, Write Connection Committee (2000-present)
Arts & Sciences Senator, Faculty Senate (2000-2002)
Member, Hallie Farmer Lectures Committee (1996-1999)
Member, University Concert and Lectures Committee (1998-2006)
Member, English Department Scholarships and Awards Committee (1996-1999; 2004-); Chair
Lecturer, “The Miracle Worker: The Alabama Connection,” Theater in the Mind series (February
Adjudicator, UM Theater 1998-1999 season
Moderator, High School Scholars Bowl District Tournament (February 1999)
Moderator, Writing in the Middle (Middle School Writing Conference), University of
Montevallo, (March 1999)
Judge, Flowerhill Forensics Tournament (Fall 1996)
Judge, Tower literary awards competition (Spring 1996)
Judge, Carmichael Library Book Review Competition (Spring 1996)
Respondent, Workshop on African American Folk Elements in Their Eves Were Watching God
Office of Support Personnel Workshop Leader, “Qualities of Professional Letters.”
Manuscript Reviewer, Pedagogy
Manuscript Reviewer, Harcourt Brace Publishing
Manuscript Reviewer, Prentice Hall
Referee Reader, JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory
Speakers Bureau, Alabama Humanities Foundation
Manuscript Reviewer, NWCA (National Writing Centers Association) Press
Faculty Consultant, Educational Testing Service Advanced Placement Exam, Language and Composition, 1996-2004.
Program Associate, Southeast Women’s Employment Coalition, Lexington, Kentucky, 1981-1984. Coordinated Leadership Development Program for women workers seeking employment reforms in their communities
Additional Publication Experience:
Faculty Advisor, Montevallo Cultural Review, Spring 2001.
Columnist, Viewpoints (Publication of the North Shelby Chamber of Commerce), 1998.
Editorial Committee Member, Kentucky PhiIoIogical Review, 1994, 1996.
Theater Critic and Contributing Writer, The State Journal, Frankfort, Kentucky, 1986-1995.
Assistant Editor and Contributing Writer, Bluegrass, Lexington, Kentucky, 1985-1986.
Editorial Assistant, CaIlaIoo: A Black South Journal of Arts and Letters, 1982.
Staff Editor, Rational Behavior Therapy Center, University of Kentucky Medical Center,
Newsletter Editor and Contributing Writer for three Lexington, Kentucky nonprofit organizations (Southeast Women’s Employment Coalition; Operation Read; Rational Behavior Therapy Center), 1979-1985.
Free-lance author of articles and creative pieces in Southern Exposure, Writing!, Creative Voices, Bluegrass Woman, Buyers’ Guide, and Kentucky Beverage Journal.
Leader, Poetry-Writing Workshop for Second Graders, Montevallo Elementary School, Spring 2006.
Montevallo High School reading tutor, Spring 2002.
Montevallo Middle School Reading Buddy Program University Liaison, 1999-2001.
Volunteer Reader Buddy, Montevallo Middle School, 1999-2000.
Leader, Weekly Poetry-Writing Workshops for Special Education Students, Montevallo
Elementary School, 1998-1999; 1999-2000.
Project Director, “Journeys of Discovery: Poetry-Writing Workshops for Fifth Graders,” Montevallo Elementary School, January-March 1998.
Volunteer Reading Tutor, Montevallo Elementary and Middle Schools, 1997-2001.
Judge, District I 4-H Roundup, 2002.
Judge, Alabama Writers’ Conclave Literary Competition, 1996, 1998.
Judge, Alabama Spelling Bee, 1996-1999.
Pronouncer, Alabama Spelling Bee, 2001.
Pronouncer, Montevallo Middle School Spelling Bee, 2001.
Session Leader, Young Authors’ Conference, University of Montevallo, 1996.
Weekly Poetry Workshop for Fifth Graders, Montevallo Elementary School, 1995-1996.
Judge, Frankfort Arts Foundation poetry competition, 1995.
Writing Competition Scorer, Academic Team Tournament, Frankfort, Kentucky, 1995.
Weekly Writing Workshop Leader, Second Street Elementary School, Frankfort, Kentucky, 1993-1995.
Poetry for Middle Schoolers Workshop Leader, Paul Sawyier Public Library, Frankfort, Kentucky, 1993.
Weekday Community School, Instructional Assistant, Frankfort, Kentucky, 1991-1992.
Operation Read literacy program, Tutor and Board Member, Lexington, Kentucky, 1982-1985. Received Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Performance from the Kentucky Department of Education, 1985.