Ph.D. Language, Literacy and Culture, Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 2014
Dissertation: If I’m So Smart…: Memories of Assessment and the Role of Standardized Testing in Forming an Intellectual Identity
M.F.A. Nonfiction Writing, Department of English, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 2007
B.A. Department of Art and Art History, Department of Political Science, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, 1995
University of Iowa, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2016-Current
Rhetoric Speaking and Reading, University of Iowa (five sections)
University of Iowa, Lecturer, 2014-2015
Academic Seminar I&II (College Writing and Research), IowaLink Program, University of Iowa (six sections)
2013 A Dangerous Man: George Stoddard, Lewis Terman, the Debates over Hereditarian Views on Intelligence and the Legacy of the Iowa Child Welfare Research Station. Annals of Iowa, State Historical Society of Iowa, 72/1: 1-30.
2012 SUV vs. Bike, SUV Wins. Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review, 56-66.
SELECTED OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Nonfiction and Fiction
2016 Letter from 16.8000° N, 87.7833° W. Atticus Review (personal essay).
2016 Amnesia. Knee-Jerk, (novel excerpt).
2016 The Agony and the Ecstasy, but mostly the Agony, of Door-to-Door Activism. The Millions (personal essay).
2015 The Swap. The Burnside Review, 11/1: 52-62 (short story).
2015 The Messenger. The Morning News (essay/journalism).
2010 SUV vs. Bike, SUV Wins. Iowa Review, 40/1: 206-216 (personal essay).
2009 Belize: Lost in the Mangroves. Perceptive Travel (essay).
2008 Literature: When a Writer Dies, So Does the Pseudonym. Lost (essay).
2008 Frothing at the Latte. The Morning News (satire/essay).
2006 Tourists in Times of Trouble. Des Moines Register, pp. 1C, 3C (journalism).
2006 Jungle Love. The Daily Item, A12 (journalism).
2005 The Princess with Rage Issues. WSUI Weekend America, Iowa Edition (personal essay).
Current Book Project
2017 The Prosthetist (novel).
FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
2016 Finalist, William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (novel).
2011 Notable Essay. Best American Essays.
2011 Research Grant for Authors. State Historical Society of Iowa.
2007 Post-Graduate Provost Fellowship. International Writing Program, University of Iowa.
2006 T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship. Graduate College, University of Iowa.
2004-2006 Iowa Arts Fellowship. Graduate College, University of Iowa.
2017 Artists, Athletes, Immigrants and Teachers Revise Formulaic Templates for Voice and Originality. Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Washington, DC, February 8-11.
2011 Constructing Genius, Experts and Myths: Writing Intelligently about Intelligence Testing. The American Folklore Society Conference, Bloomington, IN, October 12-15.
2011 Speak Business!, Midwest Writing Centers Association Conference, Madison, WI, October 20-22.
2011 Narrating a Writing Self. Midwest Writing Centers Association Conference, Madison, WI, October 20-22.
2014 Truth and the Personal Essay, Interpretation of Literature, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
2011, 2012 The Fiction in Nonfiction, Kirkwood Community College.
2012 SUV vs. Bike, Bike Wins. National Day of Writing, Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City, IA.
2010 SUV vs. Bike, Bike Wins. Annual Iowa Review Reading, Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, IA.
2009 The Messenger. International Writing Program Reading Series, Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, IA.
2007 SUV vs. Bike, Bike Wins. James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference, University of Iowa.
2007 The Cul de Sac Diaries. Mission Creek Arts Festival Reading, The Mill, Iowa City, IA.
UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE
University of Iowa, Sole Instructor, 2004-2014
Academic Seminar I&II (College Writing and Research), Department of Rhetoric/IowaLink Program (eight sections) (2012-2014)
Rhetoric Speaking and Reading (eight sections)
Rhetoric Writing and Reading (six sections)
Co-organizer/Mentor, Department of Rhetoric Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program Seminar, University of Iowa (one section)
University of Iowa Rhetoric Department Writing Center (2009-2012)
Creative Nonfiction Workshop (four sections)
Designer, Language, Literacy and Culture Program, Department of Teaching and Learning newsletter, University of Iowa (2013)
Judge, Undergraduate Speech Contest, Department of Rhetoric, University of Iowa (2012)
Judge, Norman Mailer Writing Awards, Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Iowa, Sponsored by the National Council for Teachers of English (2009)
Co-organizer, Writers Gone Public Reading, Department of English, University of Iowa (2009)
Mock Interviewer for student teachers, Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Iowa (2008)
Designer, Of the Folk: Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Portraits, 2013
Tutor, Johnson County Social Services Afterschool Program, Iowa City, IA, 2012-2013
First-Year Academic Writing Seminar
Rhetorical Analysis and Research
Creative Writing Workshop (Nonfiction)
COURSES PREPARED TO TEACH
Nonfiction Forms: Essay, Memoir, Journalism
Creative Writing Workshop (Fiction)History of Standardized Testing
Qualitative Research Methods
College Writing Pedagogy and Assessment
Historical/Modern Constructions of Intelligence