- Master of Fine Arts. Texas State University, San Marcos. Creative Writing 2010.
- Thesis: My Family Never Churched Much: A History.
- Bachelor of Science. University of Central Missouri. History 2006; Cum Laude.
University of Mississippi:
- 2019-Date Lecturer. Department of Writing and Rhetoric.
- 2013-2018 Instructor. Department of Writing and Rhetoric.
- 2011-2012 Adjunct Instructor. Center for Writing and Rhetoric.
Texas State University, San Marcos:
- 2010-2011 Adjunct Lecturer. Department of English.
- 2008-2010 Teaching Assistant (Teacher of Record). Department of English.
- 2012-2015 New Stories from the Midwest. Nonfiction Editor. Illinois University Press.
- 2011 Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. Fiction Editor. Pushcart Press. W.W. Norton Co.
- 2010-Date Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. Contributing Editor. Pushcart Press. W.W. Norton Co.
- 2010-2020 Boulevard. Contributing Editor. St. Louis University.
- 2008-2010 Texas Review. Books Editor. Sam Houston State University.
- 2008-2010 Front Porch Journal. Books Editor. Texas State University.
- 2007-2010 Wordswork; a Texas State Literacy Journal. Founding Editor; Fiction Editor.
- ISOM Fellowship 2023-2025–$4500 per year from the University of Mississippi’s Sarah ISOM Center to explore and develop resources to mitigate bias found in large language model training.
- WOW! Fellowship 2022–$6000 from the University of Mississippi’s office of Academic Outreach to hold workshops and faculty learning communities on topics of AI in education, Open Pedagogy, and digital community building
- Lumen Circles Fellowship 2021–$2000 Inclusive Teaching Circle. Summer long teaching circle to explore pedagogical issues related to equity and inclusivity in teaching.
- W. Morgan & Lou Claire Rose Fellowship 2007-2010–$45,000 from Texas State University to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
- Course Enhancement Grant 2022–$500 from the Department of Writing and Rhetoric to hold a workshop of using alternative grading strategies in hybrid and fully online classes.
- Open Pedagogy Grant 2021-2022–$4000 from the Office of Academic Innovation/ Hewlett Foundation to cocreate open assignments, activities, and assessments with students in Writ 102 hybrid.
- Course Enhancement Grant 2020–$1000 from the Department of Writing and Rhetoric to revamp OER resources used in Writ 102 online courses.
- Critical Thinking Course Redesign Grant 2020– $500 from the University of Mississippi’s Center for Excellence and Teaching and Learning to redesign critically thinking curriculum in Writ 101 online courses.
- Faculty Travel Grant 2019 –$1500 from the University of Mississippi’s Office of Academic Outreach to present at Blackboard World 2019.
- WOW! Grant 2018– $4385 grant from the University of Mississippi’s Office of Academic Outreach to modify Writ 102 online with innovative technology and OER
- Faculty Travel Grant 2018 –$1500 from the University of Mississippi’s Office of Academic Outreach to attend Blackboard World 2018.
- Z-Degree Mississippi Hewlett OER Grant 2016 – $4000 grant to replace textbooks in Writing 102 Literature with a combination of low-cost and Open Education Resources.
- Technology Integration Grant 2016- $500 from the ODeL to integrate a digital highlighting tool in online classes.
- DS4OER Course 2016- $500 mini-grant from CETL to take online class about the development of digital skills necessary to integrate OER into college curriculum.
- UM College of Liberal Arts OER Grant 2014 – $2250 grant to replace textbooks in Writ 100/101 with Open Education Resources.
- MOOC Participation 2014- $500 mini-grant from CETL to evaluate the potential for the using MOOCs in the composition classroom.
- Literacy Journal 2007- $7500 grant for a literacy journal, WordsWork. Funds allowed for a 5,000 copy print run, a website, and three awards.
- “The Importance of AI Literacy” 2023 Academic Outreach WOW! Fellowship Learning Community
- “ChatGPT’s Impact on Higher Education” 2023 Academic Outreach WOW! Fellowship Learning Community
- “ChatGPT is raging: Recent Developments in AI, and How They May Impact Your Teaching” 2023 Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning & Academic Innovations Group
- “Is Turing Taking Your Tests? Recent Developments in AI, and How They May Impact Your Teaching” 2022 Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning & Academic Innovations Group
- “Open Pedagogy in the Digital Classroom” 2022 Academic Outreach WOW! Fellowship Workshop
- “Planning for Future Disruptions: Resilient Teaching in the Age of AI Writing” 2022 Academic Outreach WOW! Fellowship Faculty Learning Community
- “Increasing Instructor Presence and Student Engagement” 2021 Academic Outreach Online Learning Community Webinar
- “Open Pedagogy and the First-Year Writing Hybrid Course” 2021 ASCUE Conference
- “Using Eduflow to Facilitate Peer Feedback in First-Year Composition Courses” 2020 University of Mississippi Transitioning to College Writing Symposium
- “A Community of Stories: Using Sutori for Research and Writing” 2019 University of Mississippi Transitioning to College Writing Symposium
- “Where Students Teach: Unlocking Open-Pedagogy in the Digital Composition Classroom” 2019 ADEIL Conference
- “Using Peergrade to Increase Student Learning Effectiveness in the Digital Composition Classroom” 2019 Blackboard World Conference
- “Real Time Assessment in Writing Intensive Courses” 2019 University of Mississippi Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Poster Session
- “Using Flipgrid to Visualize and Create Dynamic Discussions in Online Courses” 2019 Academic Outreach Toolbox Talk Symposium
- Blackboard World & Developer Conference 2018
- “Using PeerGrade.io to Help Digitally Assess Student Writing” 2018 University of Mississippi Transitioning to College Writing Symposium
- “Using OER and Technology in Writ 102” 2018 University of Mississippi Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Poster Session
- “Virtual ChatGPT Panel” 2023 Webinar hosted by Georgia College.
- “Brown Bag Book Club: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, & John Higgins’ Watchmen” (2019). Comicana: Comics and Graphic Novels Across the Humanities. 4.
- “Panel 4: Comics and the South” (2019). Comicana: Comics and Graphic Novels Across the Humanities. 22.
AWARDS & HONORS
- 2018 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching & Learning.
- 2017 Finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award. Black Lawrence Press.
- 2015 Finalist for the Franz Kafka Award in Magical Realism.
- 2015 “Handsome Pair of Sunday Walkers” cited as one of “Thirty Distinguished Stories” in New Stories from the Midwest 2015.
- 2013 “Handsome Pair of Sunday Walkers” cited as a “Special Mention” in Pushcart Prize XXXVII
- 2012 Fiction Editor for Pushcart Prize XXXVI.
- 2012 “The Lesson” cited as one of “Thirty Distinguished Stories” in New Stories from the Midwest 2012.
- 2011 Distinguished Scholarship. English Department Annual Review. Texas State University.
- 2011 “Two Midnights in a Jug” awarded Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses.
- 2011 “Two Midnights in a Jug” cited as one of “Thirty Distinguished Stories” in New Stories from the Midwest 2011.
- 2011 Finalist for The John Steinbeck Fellowship.
- 2008 Winner, Boulevard Magazine’s “Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers.” $1500.
- 2006 David Baker Short Fiction Award. $500.
COLLEGE COURSES TAUGHT
Instructor, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS 2011 -2022
- Writing 101 Online/Web
- Writing 102 Hybrid Pilot
- Writing 101 Hybrid Pilot
- Writing 102 OER Online
- Writing 102 OER Pilot
- Liba 102: Writing About Comics and Graphic Novels
- Writing 102 “Pop Culture” Theme
- Writing 102 “Literature” Theme
- Writing 101 FASTtrack
- Writing 100 Introductory Writing Seminar
- Writing 250 Applied Writing Online Writing 102 “Food” Theme
- EDHE 105
- Adjunct Lecturer, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
- English 1320 (four sections) Spring 2011
- English 1320 (one section) Spring 2010
- Emerging Stars (one section) Summer 2010
- English 1320 (one section) Spring 2009
- English 1310 (four sections) Fall 2010
Teaching Assistant (Teacher of Record), Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
- English 1310 (two sections) Fall 2009
- English 1310 (two sections) Fall 2008
- Creative Writing, Hays County Juvenile Correction Center (one section) Summer 2008
- Website Migration Manager 2022—served as project manager for DWR’s website migration.
- IT Security Department Audit 2021—served as project coordinator for DWR’s response to IT audit.
- Remote Teaching Task Force 2020-2022 – served on a taskforce to transition all departmental courses to online/ hybrid offerings during Covid-19 pandemic.
- Graduate Assistant Mentor 2020-2021—provided guided assistance and mentorship to a graduate teaching assistance.
- Leader-Community of Practice “Rethinking the Syllabus” 2019 – Leader for teacher development series on reexamining how students and faculty engage and design syllabi with access and equity in mind
- Writ 102 Hybrid 2020— Designed and developed then piloted four hybrid online courses for Writ 102
- Writ 101 Hybrid 2019— Designed and developed then piloted three hybrid online courses for Writ 101
- Teacher Peer Observations 2019 – Conducted six peer observations of graduate students who are teaching first year writing, drafted reports of observations and conducted meetings with each observed teacher afterward
- Leader-Community of Practice “Integrating Technology and Innovative Pedagogy” 2019 – Led a teacher development series on engaging new technology and pedagogy in first year writing courses
- Flipgrid Workshops 2019 –Conducted two workshops with Academic Outreach to help train online/hybrid faculty to use the Flipgrid video discussion tool in their courses
- Community Engagement Committee 2019 – Served on ad hoc committee and helped draft charge for how community engagement will be defined in the DWR
- Alternate Faculty Senator 2019 – Filled in for an absentee faculty senator and represented the DWR in a meeting of the faculty senate
- WOW! Grant Selection Committee 2018 – Present – Served on selection committee, judging proposals to modify existing online courses with new technology.
- Teaching Circle Leader 2018- Present – Held regular faculty meetings to discuss teaching successes, challenges, and other departmental concerns.
- CompQuest Pilot 2018 – Participated in pilot to use gamifacation to help students engage in the writing process.
- DWR Orientation Workshop 2018 – Conducted two workshops for faculty about teaching with Blackboard.
- PLATO Personalized Learning Fellow 2017 – $500 stipend to pilot Adaptive Courseware Modules in Writing 100
- DWR Oreniation Workshop 2016 – Conducted two workshops for developing OER.
- Assessment Writ 102 2016 – Completed distributed assessment of Writ 102 Research essays using department learning outcomes.
- Writing 100 Committee 2012- present- Reviewed curriculum for Writing 100/101. Selected new textbooks/ Developed OER material for instruction.
- OER Workshop 2016 – Learned how to use Lumen Learning and OER material in first-year writing courses.
- Assessment Writ 102 2015 – Completed distributed assessment of Writ 102 Research essays using department learning outcomes.
- Certification for online teaching from the Office of eLearning 2014.
- QEP Assessment Writ 102 2014- Completed distributed assessment of Writ 102 Analysis, Synthesis, and Research essays using department learning outcomes.
- Teaching Development Group 2011-2017- Participated in biweekly discussions with fellow instructors within the Center for Writing in Rhetoric, improving teaching pedagogy.
- Writing Center Director 2008-2009- Directed Texas States’ Writing Center during the summer. Trained tutors and served the needs of the English Department and WAC for a campus of over 30,000 students. Offered tutoring and writing consultation to all university students.
- Grant Writing 2007- Submitted grant proposal and received a $7500 grant for a literacy journal, WordsWork. Funds allowed for a 5,000 copy print run, a website, and three awards.
- Visiting Writer Search 2007-2010- Nominated and voted on visiting writers for the Katherine Anne Porter Reading Series.
- Creative Writing Job Search 2008-2009- Evaluated potential incoming professors by participating in guest workshops for: John McManus (Fall 2008) & Holly Goddard Jones (Spring 2009).
- Mentor to First Year Teaching Assistants 2009-2010– Helped mold and shape syllabi for incoming TAs. Observed TAs in the classroom and offered structured criticism.
- 2008-2009- Conducted four ESL workshops in the Writing Center. Helped meet the university’s goal of expanding Writing Across the Curriculum.
- 2007- Conducted three advanced writing composition workshops as a tutor in the Writing Center.
- 2007- Conducted two workshops on thesis statements as a tutor in the Writing Center.
- 2007- Conducted two workshops on advanced paragraph structure as a tutor in the Writing Center.
- Ruffin, Paul. Jésus dans le Brouillard. Ed. Marc Watkins. Trans. Jeannine Hayat. Paris: 13e Note Editions, 2012. Print.
- Henderson, Bill. Pushcart Prize XXXVI: Best of the Small Presses. Ed. Marc Watkins. New York: W. W. Norton Co., 2011. Print.
- “Even a Bird Remains Chained to the Sky.” Rock and a Hard Place. New York City, New York. Print. Summer 2022.
- “For the Love of Broken Things.” LitMag. New York City, New York. Print. Spring 2017.
- “Between Apocalypses.” The Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review. Johns Hopkins University. Online. Spring 2015.
- “Briefly Noted: Ice Age Erotica.” TheNewerYork. Brooklyn, New York. Online. Spring 2014.
- “Calamityville.” The Fog Horn Magazine. Los Angles, California. Online. Spring 2014.
- “Shivaree.” Printer’s Devil Review. Boston, Massachusetts. Fall 2013.
- “Knockturne.” Boulevard. St. Louis University. Spring 2013.
- “Glossolalia.” Slice Magazine. Brooklyn, New York. Spring 2013.
- “Handsome Pair of Sunday Walkers.” Third Coast. Western Michigan University. Spring 2012. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
- “The Wife or The Dog.” Indiana Crime. Brookville, Indiana. Spring 2012.
- “A Life Too Vivid for Thought.” Mary: A Journal of New Writing. St. Mary’s College California. Spring 2011.
- “The Gelding.” Midwestern Gothic. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Spring 2011.
- “The Lesson.” Boulevard. St. Louis University. Spring 2011.
- “A Wooden Nickel Life.” StoryQuarterly. Rutgers University. Winter 2010.
- -Reprinted in StoryQuarterly Online. Spring 2012.
- “A Cheap Kind of Famous.” Dark Sky Magazine. Online. Fall 2010.
- “Distant Relations.” Rio Grande Review. University of Texas El Paso. Spring 2010.
- “The Well.” The Texas Review. Sam Houston State University. Spring 2010.
- “Two Midnights in a Jug.” Boulevard. St. Louis University. Spring 2009.
- – Reprinted in Pushcart Prize XXXV.
- “My Family Never Churched Much.” Boulevard. St. Louis University. Fall 2008.
- “Mule.” Arkansas Review. Arkansas State University. Spring 2007. Winner of the “David Baker Short Fiction Award.”
- “My Family Never Churched Much.” The Best of Boulevard Fiction, Volume 1. Boulevard. St. Louis University. April 2015.
- “Two Midnights in a Jug.” The Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses. Pushcart Press. Fall 2010.
- “Entre Femme Et Chienne.” Included in the French Anthology, Le Livre Des
- Felures, 31 Histories Cousues De Fil Noir. 13e Note Editions. Fall 2010.
- “AI will augment the writing process, not replace it.” Inside Higher Education. Winter 2022. Online.
- “Silence in The Show Me State.” Boulevard. St. Louis University. Fall 2015. Print.
- “The Return of White Trash Literature.” Transfuge. Paris, France. Damien Aubel, ed. (January 5 2012)
- “The Year of Cults: Our Pain Set to Music.” Criminal Element. Macmillan. Online (October 20 2011)
- “Psychological Noir: Richard Burgin’s Shadow Traffic.” Criminal Element. Macmillan. Online (October 9 2011)
- “Rural Noir: Frank Bill’s Crimes in Southern Indiana.” Criminal Element. Macmillan. Online (September 8 2011)
- “Online Literary Journals Come of Age: 15 Top Online Journal Editors Speak.” Anis Shivani, ed. The Huffington Post. Online (November 21 2010)
- Review of Chris Offutt’s My Father the Pornographer. American Micro Reviews and Interviews. Summer 2017.
- Review of Richard Burgin’s Don’t Think. American Micro Reviews and Interviews. Spring 2017.
- Review of Glenn Blake’s Return Fire. Precipitate. Fall 2010.
- Review of Richard Burgin’s Rivers Last Longer. Front Porch Journal. Fall 2010.
- Review of Best of the West 2009: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, edited by
- James Thomas and D. Seth Horton. Southwestern American Literature. Vol. 35. Num. 2. Spring 2010.
- Review of M. Glenn Taylor’s The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart. Front Porch Journal. Issue 12. April 2009.
- Review of Eric Miles Williamson’s Welcome to Oakland. Front Porch Journal. Issue 11. July 2009.
- Review of Roma Tearne’s Mosquito. Front Porch Journal. Issue 10. April 2009.
- Texas State University. Spring 2010.
- University of Texas, Pan-American. Summer 2008.
- University of Central Missouri. Spring 2006.