Robertson, Jake
Title:
Lecturer - English & Literature
Office:
CB 408
Phone:
(801) 863-8997
Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Utah Valley University—Orem, Utah

Lecturer. Fall 2015 - present.

Adjunct Instructor. Fall 2012-Spring 2015

Courses: English 1010: Introduction to Writing (first semester of college composition); English 2010: Intermediate Writing (second semester of college composition).

Face-to-face, hybrid, and online instruction

 

University of Houston—Houston, Texas

Teaching Fellow, Fall 2009-Spring 2012.

Courses: English 1303: Composition I; English 1304: Composition II.

 

Lone Star Community College—Kingwood, Texas

Adjunct Instructor, Fall 2011 - Spring 2012.

Courses: EDUC 1300: On Course (Intro to College Experience); ENGL 1301: Composition and Rhetoric I (Freshman Composition); ENGL 1302: Composition and Rhetoric II (Writing about Literature).

 

Utah Valley University—Orem, Utah

Adjunct Instructor, Fall 2008 - Spring 2009.

Courses: English 2010: Intermediate Composition.

 

Brigham Young University--Provo, Utah

Program Administration Assistant, Freshman Composition Program, Fall 2007 - Winter 2008.

Graduate Instructor, Fall 2006 - Winter 2009.

Courses: English 150: Writing and Rhetoric (introduction to rhetoric and college composition).

 

Pioneer High School, Whittier Union High School District, Whittier, California

Teacher; tenth and eleventh grades, Fall 2004 - Spring 2006.

Courses: World Literature (tenth); American Literature (eleventh); Composition.

 

Burbank High School, Burbank Unified School District, Burbank, California

Teacher; tenth and eleventh grades, Fall 2003 - Spring 2004.

Courses: World Literature (tenth); American Literature (eleventh); Composition.

 

Franklin High School, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, California

Student teacher, Summer 2003.

Courses: ninth grade English (introduction to literature).

 

John Burroughs High School, Burbank, California

Student teacher, Spring 2003.

Courses: honors ninth grade English (introduction to literature); honors twelfth grade English (British Literature).

 

Long Beach Unified School District

Elementary teacher’s assistant & in-class tutor, 1996 - 1997.

Courses: special education/learning disabilities.

 

Steenhoek Learning Center

Teacher’s assistant & after-school tutor. 1990 - 1991; 1995 - 1996.


EDUCATION

PhD English Language and Literatures; Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy emphasis

The University of Houston—Houston, Texas

PhD completed May 2016; James Kastely, dissertation director

Dissertation: Towards a Pedagogy of Role: Self-Fashioning as Invention Strategy in the Rhetoric and Composition Classroom. (defended April 2016)

 

MA English; emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition. Completed April 2009.

Brigham Young University—Provo, Utah

Thesis: Theatrical Ideology: Towards a Rhetoric of Theatricality; Gary Hatch, thesis advisor

 

BA English, Single Subject Teaching Credential Option. Completed June 2002.

California State University, Los Angeles—Los Angeles, California


OTHER LICENSES, TRAINING, and PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Participant in Utah Valley University’s Teaching Excellence Program (TEP) pursuing Associate Fellowship in the Higher Education Academy (HEA) — Summer and Fall, 2018

Seminary Preservice Training. Fall, 2016. Brigham Young University Department of Religious Education.

Composition Strategies, South Basin Writing Project Open Program, Summer 2005.

California State University, Long Beach

Teacher Credential, Single-Subject English with CLAD certification. Professional Clear, December 2003. Charter College of Education, California State University, Los Angeles—Los Angeles, California


HONORS, AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS

Rhetoric Society of America Research Network, May 2012

Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Houston, 2009-2012

Emerging Scholars Grant, University of Houston, 2009

Theatre Director Award, Mask Club, Brigham Young University, 2008

Graduate Instructorship, English 150, Brigham Young University, Aug 2006 to 2009

Tuition Remission Grant, Brigham Young University, Summer 2008.

English Graduate Scholarship, Brigham Young University, Fall 2006-Spring 2008


RESEARCH and TEACHING INTERESTS

Primary:

Rhetorical theory, history, & pedagogy; Composition studies and the history of writing instruction; Stylistic studies; Online pedagogy and curriculum design; Pop Culture studies; Comic Book Studies; Fan Discourse; Kenneth Burke studies.

Secondary:

Cinema studies and cinematic rhetorics; public sphere theory & public rhetorics; dramatic literature; performance studies; the drama-in-education movement; English Renaissance literature & culture; Renaissance Humanism and Humanistic pedagogy; Irish drama; religious rhetoric and the rhetoric of prayer; Mormon studies.


PUBLICATIONS

“The Catcher in the Rye.” The Encyclopedia of Jewish-American Literature. Gloria L. Cronin and Alan Berger, eds. New York: Facts on File, 2009.

“The Heidi Chronicles.” The Encyclopedia of Jewish-American Literature. Gloria L. Cronin and Alan Berger, eds. New York: Facts on File, 2009.

“Wendy Wasserstein.” The Encyclopedia of Jewish-American Literature. Gloria L. Cronin and Alan Berger, eds. New York: Facts on File, 2009.


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Redefining ‘Politics’ for the 21st Century: Identification Politics and a Pedagogy of Preparatory Withdrawal.” 71st Annual RMMLA Convention, October 12-14, 2017. Spokane, Washington.

“Entitlement and En-Role-ment: Identity, Politics, and Identity Politics as a Rotten Perfecting of Burkean Identification.” Conflicts & Communities: Burke Studies in a World Divided. The Tenth Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society.  Saturday, June 10, 2017. East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

“Overcooking the Comedic Corrective: Conservatisms, Entelechy, and the Tragic Perfection of Donald Trump.” 70th Annual RMMLA Convention, Oct. 2016. Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Kenneth Burke’s Rhetoric of Role.” “Burke-Shop” Mini-Conference at the Conference on College Communication and Composition. April 2016. Houston, Texas.

Panel Director, “Framing Social Change.” Writing for Social Change: Utah Valley University Undergraduate Conference. November 2013. Orem, Utah.

“Framing Social Change: Burkean Frames and the Discourse of Social Change.” Writing for Social Change: Utah Valley University Undergraduate Conference. November 2013. Orem, Utah.

“The Role of a Lifetime: Role as a Critical Concept in the Works of Kenneth Burke, or, Towards a Rhetoric of Role.” Rhetoric as Equipment for Living: Kenneth Burke, Culture, and Education. May 22-25, 2013. Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.

Rhetoric Society of America Research Network: Sharing Work in Progress, May 2012. “Towards a Performance Pedagogy: An Historical Perspective on Some Challenges and Possibilities for Performance Studies in Rhetoric and Composition.” Workshopped Saturday, May 26, 2012. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“The Dramatistic Classroom: Burkean Grammatics as Critical Pedagogy.” Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric, and Social Change: The Eighth Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society. Friday, May 27, 2011. Clemson, South Carolina.

“Habermas’s Blind Spot: Performativity and Style in the Bourgeois Public Sphere.” Going Public: the 31st Mid-America Theatre Conference. Thursday, March 4, 2010.

“A Bridge Over Troubled Water: Providing a Firm Footing in the Writing Classroom Through Imitation.” Brigham Young University Graduate Student Symposium in English Studies. March 2007. Provo, Utah.


RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

“The Rhetoric of Role in Composition Studies: Some Considerations for a Pedagogy of Role in the Composition Classroom.”

“A Note on Burkean Entitlement: Overcooking the Comedic Corrective and the Tragic Perfection of Donald Trump.” Submitted to KB Journal: The Journal of the Kenneth Burke Society (invited to resubmit)

“Fan Discourse in Introductory Composition Courses: Fan Discourse as a Model for Academic Discourse, and as a Template for Academic Initiation.”


OTHER PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS, APPEARANCES, and INTERVIEWS

Peeknic Teleconference and Video Interview. Invited Speaker. Video Interview. Sandy, UT (telecast to offices in San Francisco, CA and New York, NY). July 2018.    

In Defense of Rhetoric: No Longer Just for Liars. Video Interview. Clemson University. May 2011.

“The Value of a University Education.” Invited speaker at fireside presented by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to help first generation Latino students prepare for college. October 2004.


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Fundraising Coordinator, Graduate Presenter Fundraiser for the “Friends of the Kenneth Burke Society,” for The Tenth Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society (Saturday, June 10, 2017). Spring 2017.


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS and AFFILIATIONS

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Kenneth Burke Society (KBS)

Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)


CREATIVE WORK (selections)

Three Top Hats. Translation of Tres Sombreros de Copa by Miguel Mihura. (In progress)

Julia Cesar (based on Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare). (writer; in progress).

Incompleat Works. (Performer) Echo Theatre. Provo, UT. Stage.

Theatrum Mundi (playwright/actor/director). Nelke Experimental Theatre. Provo, UT. Experimental Multimedia.

Becket, Becket, Becket. “Quad” (performer). “Come and Go” (director). Nelke Experimental Theatre. Provo, UT. Stage.

The Comp Office. (writer/director/performer). Provo, UT. Video.

Where’s Zoe? (writer/director/performer). Provo, UT. Video.

Macbeth (performer—“Macbeth”). Burnight Theatre. Norwalk, CA. Stage.

The Foreigner (performer—“Ellard”). Huntington Beach, CA and Long Beach, CA. Stage 1776. (performer—“Courier”). Newport Beach, CA. Stage.