PhD, English Rhetoric and Composition, Purdue University, Indiana, December 2013
Dissertation: Inexorable Burden: Rhetoric and Togetherness
Committee: Thomas Rickert (chair), Jennifer Bay, Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Patricia Sullivan
MA, English Rhetoric, Brigham Young University, Utah, 2008
Thesis: Dialectic, Perspective, and Drama
Committee: Gary Hatch (chair), Grant Boswell, Gregory Clark
MA, Science Fiction Studies (Literature/Philosophy), University of Liverpool, England, 2003
Dissertation: Reclaiming Literary Experience: The Aesthetics of Fantasy
Chair: Andy Sawyer
BA, Philosophy, Utah Valley University, Utah, 2005
BA, English, Brigham Young University, Utah, 2002
Assistant Professor, Department of English and Literature, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, August 2013-Present
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of English, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, August 2008-August 2013
Part-time Faculty Instructor, University Writing (Honors Program), Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, September 2004-August 2008
Adjunct Faculty Instructor, Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, September 2003-August 2008
Fulltime Faculty of the Year Award (Finalist), Wolverine Achievement Awards, UVUSA, Utah Valley University, Spring 2015
Quintilian Award for Instructional Excellence (top ten percent of instructor evaluations), Introductory Composition, Purdue University, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012
Honorable Mention, Instructor of Best Visual Display Award for Student Project, Introductory Composition Showcase, Purdue University, April 2012
Dean’s Award, Best Instructor Project (“Engaging in Public Discourse”), Introductory Composition Showcase, Purdue University, April 2011
Dean’s Award, Instructor of Winner of Dean’s Award for Best Student Project, Introductory Composition Showcase, Purdue University, April 2011
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Faculty Excellence Award (nominated), Utah Valley University, 2006, 2008
Rhetoric, Writing Studies, and Technical Communication (Upper Division)
Technical Communication Theory and Practice, ENGL 5340 (401R-X01), UVU
Senior Seminar, ENGL 4950, UVU
Directed Readings, ENGL 490R, UVU
Contemporary Political Rhetoric, ENGL 401R, UVU
Editing, Writing Studies, or Technical Communication Internship, ENGL 481R, UVU
Technical Writing for Technology Students, ENGL 3300, UVU
Grant and Proposal Writing, ENGL 3320, UVU
Academic Writing for English Majors, ENGL 3090, UVU
Advanced Editing and Design for Print Media, ENGL 3050, UVU
Rhetorical Theory, ENGL 3010, UVU
Technical Communication, ENGL 2310, UVU
Worksite Internship Practicum: Professional Writing, English 490, Purdue
Business Writing for Entrepreneurs, English 420E, Purdue
Business Writing: Service Learning, English 420, Purdue
Honors Modern Legacies, HONR 2100, UVU
Honors Intermediate Writing, ENGL 201H, UVU
Intermediate Writing, ENGL 2010, UVU
Introduction to Writing, ENGL 1010, UVU
Accelerated First-Year Composition: Engaging in Public Discourse, English 108, Purdue
First-Year Composition: Business Leaders Learning Community, English 106, Purdue
First Year Composition: EPICS Learning Community, English 106, Purdue
First-Year Composition: Rhetorical Situations/Real Texts, English 106, Purdue
First-Year Composition: Writing Your Way at Purdue, English 106, Purdue
Intensive Writing (Research and Service Learning), Honors 150, BYU
Science Fiction, ENGL 2130, UVU
Ethics and Philosophy
Ethics & Values: Global Ethics Learning Community, PHIL 205G, UVU
Ethics & Values: Sociopolitical Ethics, PHIL 2050, UVU
Ethics & Values: Science Fiction & Ethics, PHIL 2050, UVU
Introduction to Logic and Philosophical Writing, PHIL 1250, UVU
Introduction to Philosophy, PHIL 1000, UVU
Publications In Print
“Skins as Garments in the Book of Mormon: A Textual Exegesis.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 24 (2015): 138-65. Print.
“‘To See Our Two Ways at Once’: The Correspondence of Kenneth Burke and Paul de Man.” Rhetoric: Concord and Controversy. Eds. Antonio de Velasco and Melody Lehn. Long Grove: Waveland, 2011. 329-39. Print.
Works In Progress
“The Kenneth Burke Digital Archive.’” Online Archival Repository. Currently under construction for the KB Journal.
“The End of Conflict: Telos and the Rhetoric of ‘War.’” Journal Article. Submitted to Advances in the History of Rhetoric.
“The Post-Apocalyptic Rhetoric of Purification.” Syers Annual Literature Lecture. Department of English and Global Languages, Schreiner University. Kerrville, Texas, November 2015.
“The Kenneth Burke Digital Archive Initiative.” Three-day Seminar. Kenneth Burke Society 2014 Conference: Attitudes Toward Technology/Technology’s Attitudes. St. Louis University, St. Louis, July 2014.
“Magic Systems and the Discourse of Obedience.” Lecture. Sunstone Symposium: Bridges and Byways. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, July 2014.
With Joel Overall. “The 25th Anniversary Edition of Conversations with Kenneth Burke.” Featured Session. Kenneth Burke Society 2011 Conference: Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric, and Social Change. Clemson, May 2011.
“BurkeShop.” Kenneth Burke Society at CCCC Special Interest Group. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Houston, March 2016.
“Love Your Enemies and Be Complete: Telos and the Primitive Christian Value of Conflict.” National Communication Association. NCA 101st Annual Convention. Las Vegas, November 2015.
“Burke’s Materialist Sub-Stance.” New Materialist Rhetorics Workshop. Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute. Madison, June 2015.
“Burke’s Telos and War.” The War of Words, A Rhetoric of Motives, and Contemporary Rhetorical Theory Seminar. Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute. Madison, June 2015.
“Micro-Burkes Mini-Conference.” Kenneth Burke Society at CCCC Special Interest Group. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, March 2015.
“Open(ing), Source(ing), Access(ing) Burke.” Kenneth Burke Society at CCCC Special Interest Group. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, March 2014.
“What Happens in Kenneth Burke Scholarship Stays in Kenneth Burke Scholarship.” Kenneth Burke Society at CCCC Special Interest Group. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, March 2013.
“A Dialogical Approach to Service-Learning Writing.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, March 2013.
“Kenneth Burke and the Western Round Table on Modern Art.” Rhetoric Society of America. Philadelphia, May 2012.
“Secondary Orality and the Birther Conspiracy.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, March 2012.
“Kenneth Burke in St. Louis.” Kenneth Burke Society at CCCC Special Interest Group. Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, March 2012.
“Digitizing Burke.” Kenneth Burke Special Interest Group. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, April 2011.
“The Ethic of ‘Bearing Together:’ Sympheron and the Expediency of Democratic Inefficiency.” Kenneth Burke Society 2011 Conference: Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric, and Social Change. Clemson, May 2011.
“To See Our Two Ways at Once: The Correspondence of Kenneth Burke and Paul de Man.” Rhetoric Society of America. Minneapolis, May 2010.
“Of Tweets and Twutterances (or Twittering the Incommensurable to Extremes).” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville, March 2010.
“Resituating Representative Anecdote (in General): The Exigency for a Motivational Calculus.” Rhetoric Society of America. Seattle, May 2008.
“Irony and Ideation: Rethinking Critical Thinking Dramatistically.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. New Orleans, April 2008.
“Fantastic, Fantasy, and Inner-contextual Verisimilitude in Philip K. Dick's Ubik.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Ft. Lauderdale, March 2006.
Regional Conference Presentations
“War and Its Purification.” 10th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Purdue University, April 2009.
“The Dramatistic in Friedrich Nietzsche’s ‘On Truth and Lying in an Extra Moral Sense.’” New Directions in Critical Theory Conference. University of Arizona, March 2007.
“Conventional Fiction.” Annual Conference of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Snow College. Utah, April 2006.
“Literary Experience Vis-à-vis the Aesthetics of Fantasy: A Comparative Study of Walter Benjamin and J.R.R. Tolkien.” Annual Conference of the Utah Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters. Southern Utah University, April 2004.
“The Mythic Quest: Post-Campbell American Science Fiction's Pursuit for Validation.” Life, the Universe & Everything: The Marion K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy. Brigham Young University, February 2002.
As Regional Conference Organizer/Facilitator
Coordinating Faculty Advisor. The Forum of Horror 2. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kyle Bishop, Southern Utah University. Full-day of panels and sessions. Utah Valley University, October 2015.
Coordinating Faculty Advisor. The Forum of Horror 1. Keynote Speaker: Dan Wells. Three other panels or sessions. Utah Valley University, October 2014.
UVU Faculty Liaison. Life, the Universe & Everything: The Marion K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy. Provo, 2013-Present.
ENGL 401R: Political Rhetoric, English and Literature Department, UVU, 2013 (I was the principal developer of this course with the plan that it be offered every other year during the Fall semester of an election year.)
ENGL 5340: Technical Communication Theory and Practice, English and Literature Department, UVU, 2013 (I was the principal developer of this course along with Mark Pepper and Scott Hatch. This is the first graduate-level course ever offered by the English and Literature Department at UVU.)
Community Resource Coordination, Worksite Internship Practicum: Professional Writing, Department of English, Purdue, 2011-2012 (Work entailed assisting Professor Jennifer Bay in further designing the Worksite Internship Practicum. I also coordinated with local businesses, organizations, and Purdue’s research park in order to better inform local interns about receiving University credit for their internships.)
Accelerated First-Year Composition: Engaging in Public Discourse, Pedagogical Initiatives Committee, Department of English, Purdue, 2010-2011 (I was part of the original committee of faculty and PhD students who redesigned Purdue’s Accelerated First-Year Composition course to incorporate service learning.)
Philosophy 2050: Ethics and Values, Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Utah Valley University, 2008 (By request of the department chair, I composed the initial draft of the rewritten departmental course guidelines for Philosophy 2050, an inter-disciplinary general education ethics course.)
Steve Harrison, ABD, Lecturer, English and Literature Department, UVU. Committee Chair: Dr. Brian Whaley. Committee Members: Dr. Mark Pepper, Dr. Todd Goddard, and Dr. Ethan Sproat.
Dr. Nathan Gale, Assistant Professor, English and Literature Department, UVU. Committee Chair: Dr. Mark Pepper. Committee Members: Dr. Brian Whaley, Dr. Wioleta Fedeczko, and Dr. Ethan Sproat.
Dr. Haven McCall, Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Regulatory Affairs in the College of Science and Health, UVU. Committee Chair: Tamara Goetz, Assistant Dean of College of Science and Health. Committee Members: Dr. Daniel Fairbanks (Dean of College of Science and Health), Dr. Virginia Bayer (Chair of Biology Department), and Dr. Ethan Sproat (Assistant Professor of English)
Departmental Committees (UVU)
Chair, Rhetoric and Writing Studies Group, 2014-Present
Member, Chair Advisory Group, 2014-Present
Member, Technical Communication Group, 2013-Present
Member, ENGL 4950 Group, 2013-Present
Member, ENGL 3090 Group, 2013-Present
University Committees (UVU)
Member, Global and Intercultural Committee, 2015-Present
Member, Religious Studies, 2014-Present
Member, Writing for Social Change, 2014-Present
Member, Learning Communities, 2013-2014
As Principal Investigator
$70,000.00 (thus far) for Utah SF Fellowship, UVU Foundation. Co-investigator: Dan Wells. Purpose: endowment fund for undergraduate SF magazines Warp & Weave (at UVU) and Leading Edge (at BYU) and eventual SF talent grants for fulltime students of UVU and BYU. Sources: Private Donors. Status: in process.
As Direct Advisor
$2,500.00 for the Behavioral Science Department, UVU. Primary Grant Writer: Brittany Bugg (my student). Principal Investigator: Dr. Kristine Doty, Chair, Behavioral Science, UVU. Purpose: funding undergraduate student researchers to travel to and present at the Society for the Study of Religion Conference in Newport Beach, California, October 23-25, 2015. Source: UVU GEL Grant. Status: Awarded, August 2015.
$75,000.00 for United Way of Utah County. Primary Grant Writer: Abigail Greer-Wilson (my student). Principal Investigator: Bill Hulterstrom, President, United Way of Utah County. Purpose: renovation funds for Community Action Partnership and Food Bank building. Source: Community Development Block Grant, Provo City. Status: Awarded, April 2014.
$8,000.00 for the Outdoor Recreation Department, UVU. Principal Investigator: Dante Broadbent (my student). Purpose: funding multi-day, experiential learning workshops for 16 elementary educators from schools in Utah Valley at the UVU Field Station in Capitol Reef National Park. Source: Anonymous donor. Status: Awarded, December 2013.
$81,000.00 for Alpine School District, Utah County. Primary Grant Writer: Shawn Jolley (my student). Principal Investigator: Dr. Elaine Tuft, School of Education, UVU. Purpose: STEM and Lego Mindstorm Robotics program funds for various elementary schools. Sources: UVU GEL Grant ($16,000.00), Anonymous Japanese donor ($40,000.00), Alpine School District matching funds ($25,000.00). Status: Awarded, November 2013.
$1,000.00 for Literature of the Sacred (ENGL 374G), English and Literature Department, UVU. Primary Grant Writer: Merrily Cannon (my student). Principal Investigator: Dr. Debra Thornton, English and Literature Department, UVU. Purpose: funding undergraduate student travel to Native American sacred sites in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Source: UVU GEL Grant. Status: Awarded, October 2013.
$525.00 for Women in Public Services Job Shadow Project, Department of Emergency Services, UVU. Primary Grant Writer: Debra Cloward (my student). Principal Investigator: Dr. Roger Broomé, Department of Emergency Services, UVU. Purpose: funding local travel for undergraduate female Emergency Services students to job shadow local emergency services professionals. Source: UVU GEL Quick Grant. Status: Awarded, October 2013.
Personal Research Grants
$2,625.00. Source: Purdue Research Foundation Summer Research Grant, Purdue University. Status: Awarded, April 2012.
$2,625.00. Source: Purdue Research Foundation Summer Research Grant, Purdue University. Status: Awarded, April 2011.
TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION PROFESSIONAL WORK
Enos, Richard. Greek Rhetoric Before Aristotle. Rev. ed. Clemson: Parlor. 2011.
Miller, Bernard Allan. Rhetoric’s Earthly Realm: Heidegger, Sophistry, and the Gorgian Kairos. Clemson: Parlor. 2011.
Smudde, Peter M., ed. Humanistic Critique of Education: Teaching and Learning as Symbolic Action. West Lafayette: Parlor. 2010.
Ramage, John, et al. Argument in Composition. West Lafayette: Parlor. 2009.
Tardy, Christine M. Building Genre Knowledge. West Lafayette: Parlor. 2009.
Other Professional Work
Principal Content Developer, “The Rhetorical Situation.” Purdue Online Writing Lab
. April 2012. Web. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/625/01/
(This is the current Online Writing Lab resource that explains rhetorical situations. As of September 25, 2015, this resource is the top hit in Google searches for “rhetorical situation
Publisher Representative, Parlor Press, Conference on College Composition and Communication; San Francisco, 2009; Louisville, 2010; Atlanta, 2011; St. Louis, 2012 (Work entailed representing Parlor Press to convention attendees and other publishers, setting up and taking down Parlor Press display booth, and processing book orders.)
Digital Editor and DVD Production Manager. KB: A Conversation with Kenneth Burke. Dir. Harry Chapin. Kenneth Burke Society, 2011. DVD. (This short documentary was originally filmed by folk-rock musician and Academy Award-winning documentarian, Harry Chapin, who was also Kenneth Burke’s grandson. I headed the project to transfer this documentary from VHS to digital, add optional subtitles, repackage it as a DVD, and arrange for the Kenneth Burke Society to sell and distribute those DVDs.)
Designer. “MLA 7th Edition Formatting and Style Guide.” Purdue Online Writing Lab
. April 2010. PowerPoint. Web. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/15/
(This PowerPoint presentation compiles and condenses material from the main Online Writing Lab MLA formatting resource.)
Instructor. Missionary Training Center. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Provo, Utah. 1999. (Instructed LDS men and women ages 19-25 from various cultural and national backgrounds in communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills.)
Work in Progress
Digital Editor and DVD Production Manager. Conversations with Kenneth Burke: The 1986 Iowa Interviews (30th Anniversary Edition). Dir. Clarke Rountree. DVD. (This eight-hour collection of interviews with Kenneth Burke is an entirely different video project from the similarly named documentary directed by Harry Chapin above. But like the Chapin project, this project will transfer footage from analog to digital, add optional subtitles, repackage it as a multi-DVD set, and arrange for the Kenneth Burke Society to distribute those DVD sets.)
Editor and CD Production Manager. Kenneth Burke at Washington University in St. Louis. CD. (This project collects previously archived audio material of a 1970 reading and a 1971 discussion with Kenneth Burke while he was the Visiting Hurst Professor at Washington University in St. Louis [WUSTL]. I am securing permission from the Kenneth Burke Foundation to repackage these recordings as a CD and arrange for the Kenneth Burke Society to distribute those CDs.)
High Pass Preliminary Doctoral Examination, Purdue University, 2010
MA Graduate with Distinction, University of Liverpool, 2003
Eagle Scout, 1995
Happenings Editor, KB Journal, 2014-present
Review Board Member, Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, 2012-present
Proposal Reviewer, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Conference 2012
Kenneth Burke Student Association, 2011-2013 (Cofounder, 2011)
Planning Committee, Computers and Writing 2010, 2008-2010)
Fundraising Committee, Computers and Writing 2010, 2009-2010
AP Reader, English Language Exam, Educational Testing Service, 2009-present
Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2007-present
Rhetoric Society of America, 2007-present
Rhetoric Society of America at Purdue, 2009-2013 (Cofounder & Vice President, 2009-2010; President, 2010-2011)
Modern Language Association, 2012-2013
Kenneth Burke Society, 2007-present