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Person Writing

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor (2002-2007, promoted and tenured)

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

        Department of English and Theatre


Community Education Adjunct (2001-2002)

Portland Community College, Portland, OR


Full-time and Part-time Adjunct (1996-2001)

Clark College, Vancouver, WA


Part-time Adjunct (1996-1997)

Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR


Part-time Adjunct (1995)

Northwestern Colorado Community College, Craig, CO


Graduate Teaching Assistant (1991-1995)

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 


Graduate Teaching Assistant (1989-1991)

Marshall University, Huntington, WV


Graduate Teaching Assistant (1984-1985)

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS


Miscellaneous Teaching Experience:


    ESL Teacher

    Classic Exhibits, Inc.

    Milwaukie, OR




    Pratum and Butte Creek

    Silverton, OR area



I have also taught arts and crafts (children), mixed media altered books (adults), pre-K, and Spanish as a substitute in a high school.

Classes Taught


Creative Writing Classes

Introduction to Creative Writing  

Introduction to Poetry    

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction        

Poetry Workshop (undergraduate and graduate)                     

The Business of Creative Writing (split course)      

Advanced Creative Writing (split)

Advanced Poetry Workshop (graduate and undergraduate)        

Summer Creative Writing Conference

Independent Study (undergraduate and graduate)

M.A. Poetry Theses


World Literature II (undergraduate)

Genre: Poetry

20th Century American Gothic: The Haunted House (split)

Banned, Challenged, Censored: Books Someone Didn’t Want

   You to Read (Honors)

20th Century American Novel

Senior Thesis

Women's Studies

Introduction to Women's Studies

Second Wave Feminism (split)

Feminist Theory and Activision (split)

He Said/She Said: Composition 102 with Gender Studies

Independent Studies


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Academic Presentations
and Publications



"How to Teach Poetry So that Students Will Love It" (2 sessions; invited speaker) OCTE Fall Language Arts and Reading Conference, October, 2008

“A Century of Fun, Firsts, and Frustrations: Women in the 20th Century,” (Invited Speaker) Berea Professional Women’s Organization, Berea, KY, April 2006


“Up All Night! Twenty-four Hours of Poetry,” Panel with Dr. Susan Kroeg and student Beth Howard, Sigma Tau Delta Convention, Kansas City, MO, March 2005

“Vampires: Bad Boys and Demon Lovers in Myth and the Media,” Women’s Center, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 1994

“Lucy Stone in the 1990s, Or When Is a Last Name Just a Last Name?” Women’s Center, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND,     1993


“Serial Killers: Myth and Reality,” Women’s Center, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 1993

"Surviving Graduate School," University of North Dakota Orientation, 1992



Presented Papers:


“A poem begins with a lump in the throat”: The Importance of First Lines in Poetry, and How to Teach that Importance. KPA Conference, Western Kentucky UniversityMarch 2006.


“The Heart asks Pleasure—first—“: Fun and Humor in Teaching Poetry.” Innovations in Higher Education Conference. Berea, KY. 2003.

(also presented at the EKU Teaching and Learning Center, 2003)


“Whodunit? The Use of Unsolved Mysteries in Composition 102.” Annual Rhetoric and Composition Conference. Bend, OR,.1999.


“What Your Bathroom Is Trying to Tell You: Popular Language, Popular Attitudes, and Indoor Plumbing.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture AssociationConvention. Orlando, FL, 1998. (also panel chair)


“Cats and Dogs as Gender Metaphor.” PCA/ACA Convention. San Antonio, TX, 1997. ( also panel chair)


“Friends Forever: Movies and Television Construct Female Friendship.” PCA/ACA Convention. Las Vegas, NV, 1996. (also panel chair)


“I Want Your Money: Women and the Language of Money.” PCA/ACA Convention. Philadelphia, PA, 1995 . (also panel chair)


Panel Member, Special Session: The Constructions of Gender. PCA/ACA Convention. Philadelphia, PA, 1995.


“The Use of Poetry to Teach Gender Issues.” PCA/ACA Convention Chicago, IL, 1994. (also panel chair)


“He Said/She Said: Team Teaching Gender in the Composition Classroom.” PCA/ACA Convention. New Orleans, LA, 1993.


“Making Poetry From Pop Culture: Robert Hayden’s Aunt Jemima and Rita Dove’s Quaker Oats Man.” The Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota Annual Conference. Grand Forks, ND, 1993.


“Shirley Jackson: The Virginia Werewolf of Séance Fiction.” LCMND, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1992.

Manuscript Reviews

The Truth of the Matter: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Outstanding Creative Nonfiction


Winding Roads: Exercises in Writing Creative Nonfiction by Diane Thiel 


Volunteer Work




For Goodness Cakes, PDX Chapter

Cat Transporter for Shelters

Angel Bakers

Girl Scouts of the USA

American Red Cross

Animal Shelter General Worker

Domestic Violence Shelter Counselor

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Poetry Work

Guest Speaker, Poetry Club at Hillsboro High School, OR

Workshop Leader, Oregon Poetry Association

Poet in the Schools, Pratum and Butte Creek, OR

Conference Organizer, Oregon Poetry Association

Guest Speaker on Teaching Poetry, EKU MA Education Students, KY

Guest Speaker, Creative Writing Club Richmond High School, KY

Poetry Co-Editor, Chaffin Journal

Poetry Contest Judge, various contests

Conference Co-Organizer, Clark Community College, Vancouver, WA

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