Hamblin, Dr.Laura
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Curriculum Vita
Department of English/Literature, Utah Valley State College
800 W. University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058
(801) 863-8774 (work), (801) 491-0472 (home)

•    Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing Poetry, University of Denver, August 1994.  Dissertation:     Departure
•    M.A. in English, Brigham Young University, April 1989.  Thesis: Images of Meaning in the Poetry and Prose of Sylvia Plath.
•    B.A. in English (minor in philosophy), Brigham Young University, April 1985.
•    A.D. in Nursing (RN), Brigham Young University, August 1979.

Teaching: Responsibilities include planning syllabi, choosing texts, lecturing, leading discussion groups and writing workshops, holding individual conferences, directing computer labs, and grading.

•    Utah Valley State College (fall 1996 to present, full time)
    English 1010: College Writing I (personal essay)
    English 1010: College Writing I (nature writing)
    English 2010: College Writing II (argumentative research writing)
    English 2010: (Honors): College Writing II,  theme: The Costs of War
    English 2140: World Literature from 1650 to the Present
    English 2250: (Honors): Introduction to Creative Writing
    English 2340: Critical Introduction to Poetry    
    English 2440: Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry
    English 2500: Introduction to Literature
    English 2510: Critical Introduction to Literature
    English 2520 American Lit from 1865
    English 2620: British Literature from 1800
    English 3440: Intermediate Poetry Writing
    English 3710: Philosophy and Literature by Women
    English 3740: Literature of the Sacred (William Blake Seminar)
    English 3760:  World Literature
    English 412R: Studies in Literary Genres: Poetry
    English 4440: Advanced Poetry Writing
    English 4540: American Literature 1920 to Present
    English 4700: Advanced College Writing
    English 471R: Eminent Authors (Martin Buber)

•    University of Nevada, Las Vegas (fall 1995 to spring 1996, as one-year appointee)
    English 231: Western World Literature I (Ancient through the Renaissance)
    English 232: Western World Literature II (Enlightenment through the Present)
    English 261: Introduction to Poetry
    English 405/605: Advanced and Graduate Creative Writing: Poetry

Peace and Justice Studies Program Committee  (2005-present)
College-wide Service Learning Committee (2003-present)
Coordinator for UVSC’s  Interdisciplinary Faculty Book Group (Fall 2002-2005)
College-wide “Introducing Ethics into the Curriculum” Committee (Spring 2004-06)
College-wide Diversity Committee (2001-2004)
Chair of Faculty Excellence Award Committee (2002-2003)
Faculty Development Committee (2003-2005)
Faculty Excellence Award Committee (2003-2004)
Honors Faculty (English 2010 and English 2250)
Supervisor of Creative Writing Committee (1997-2000 and 2003-2005)
Curriculum Development Committee (1999-2001)
Advisor for UVSC English Club (1997-98)
Advisor for Touchstone: UVSC Literary Magazine (Fall ’97, ’99, ’01, ’03, Sp. ‘06)
Advisor for "My Word!" (night of readings by UVSC students; Fall ’97, ’99, ’01,’03, Sp. ‘O6)   

The Eyes of a Flounder (book of original poetry) Signature Books, 2005.
 “Dancing with Shiva and Other Ideas on Sustainability Imported from India” Sustainability in Theory and Practice.  eds. David R. Keller and Alexander Simon.  Orem, UT: Utah Valley State College, 2003.  p. 3-13.
“Postmodernism, Las Vegas, and Me or What I, as a Pomo Learned from My Sojourn in the Desert” What Is Postmodernism. eds. David R. Keller and Brian Birch.  Orem, UT: Utah Valley State College, 2003.  p. 127-133.
“The Bad Mother” River Styx.  no. 63/64, 2002-2003 p. 80.
“The Nest Weird Sister Loses Light” River Styx. no. 62, 2002 p.78.
Review of Birthing a Nation: Gender, Creativity, and the West in American Literature by Susan J. Rosowski. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.) In The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature.  vol.55, no.1, 2001 p. 123-25.
“On the Virtues of Stout Halfboots, Speculation, and a Little Fresh Hair Powder: A Political, yet Jovial, Reading of Jane Austen’s The Watsons.  in A Companion to Jane Austen Studies.)  Eds. Robert T. and Laura C. Lambdin.  Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press, 2000. 225-240.
“Cabeza de Vaca in K-mart: Adventures in the Interior of America” Petroglyph.  2000. vol.13. 18-19.
“Bulbs in November” Sequel.  Winter 1999, vol. 9. back cover.
“Fire and Water: The Making of the Grand Canyon” (written w/ W. Kenneth Hamblin) Geology 1999/2000.  Ed. Douglas B. Sherman.  Guiltford, CT:McGraw Hill, 1999.124-128.
"Fire and Water: The Making of the Grand Canyon" (written w/ W. Kenneth Hamblin). Natural History.  Sept. 1997.  vol.106, no.8. 34-41.
"Fragment" Red Rocks Review. Spring 1997. 77.
"Toward Parachute" Green Fuse.  Fall 1997, no.24. 30.
"The Next Weird Sister Contemplates Silicone Implants" Liberty Hill Poetry Review. Sp. 1996, no.4. 25.
"For Those Who Refuse to Take Names" Pegasus.  Spring 1996, vol.11 no. 1.
"Dog Star" Poetry Motel. Spring 1996, no 24.
"Mormon Conversions" Dialogue. Summer 1994, vol. 27 no. 2. 71.
"The Power of Negative Thinking or The Function of Doubt in Learning" (essay) Exponent II.   Summer 1993, vol. 27 no. 3.
"A Night in Snow Canyon" Sunstone. Sept. 1992, vol. 16.3, issue 89.
"Lament for Leah" Sunstone. August 1992, vol. 16.2, issue 88.
"How Could We Have Known" Dialogue. Fall 1991, vol. 24 no. 3.
"The Next Weird Sister Builds a Dog Run" Dialogue. Spring 1991, vol. 24 no. 1.
Review of Things Happen: Poems of Survival. by  Emma Lou Thayne.(Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 1991.) Association of Mormon Letters. Sept. 1991, vol. 15 no. 3.
"From the Next Weird Sister" Wisconsin Review. 1990, vol. 24 nos. 2, 3.
"This Then November" Dialogue. Winter 1990, vol. 23 no. 4.
"To Baptize" Midland Review. 1989, no. 5.
"Palenque" Sunstone. April 1989, vol. 13:2, issue 70.
"Lindon Cannery," and "Divorce" Dialogue. Fall 1989, vol. 22 no. 3.
"Divorce," "In Celebration of a Daughter," "From the Next Weird Sister," "The Next Weird Sister Attempts Repentance," and "The Next Weird Sister Bathes in the River Jordan" Harvest:  Contemporary Mormon Poems. Eds. Eugene England and Dennis Clark. (Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 1989).
"AM Revelation" BYU Studies. Spring 1988, vol. 28 no. 2.
"The Next Weird Sister Attempts Repentance" Sunstone. Mar. 1988, vol. 12:2 no. 64.

UVSC Faculty Ethics Fellow $(7,000 award),  Academic Year 007-2008.
UVSC Service Fellow ($500 award), Spring 2007
School of HASS Dean’s Faculty Creative Award ($1,000), 2006.
UVSC Board of Trustees’ Award of Excellence, 2003-04
First Place for poetry for manuscript “Stick of Lime” from the Utah Arts Council, 2003.
Council of International Educator’s Exchange grant for study in Hyderabad, India, 2003.
Faculty Excellence Award (formerly Teacher of the Year), School of HASS 2001-2002.
Nominee for Teacher of the Year, UVSC 200-2001, 1999-2000, 1998-99, and 1997-98.
Outstanding Service-Learning Award, UVSC, 2000-2001 and 1999-2000.
Listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2000, and 2004, 2007.
Utah Humanities Council Grant ($600) for UVSC’s hosting performance poet, Alex Caldiero
Utah Humanities Council Grant ($5,000) for the 1998 conference Women in a World of Change: Gender Issues and Public Policy at Utah Valley State College (w/ Drs. Lyn Bennett and David Keller).
Eisteddfod Crown, Poetry, Brigham Young University, 1997.
Honorable Mention, poetry, Utah Original Writing Competition, Utah Arts Council, 1995.
Faculty Appreciation for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Students of Utah Valley State College, granted by the Associated Students UVSC, 1993-94.
Honorable Mention, poetry, Academy of American Poets, Univ. of Denver, 1992.
Dialogue Poetry Award, 1991.
Eisteddfod Chair Poetry, Brigham Young University, 1990.

Academy of American Poets
American Federation of Teachers/Utah College Council
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
Modern Language Association and Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
Associated Writers Program

“The Drowned Son” poetry reading at the 37th annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Boston, MA April 4-7, 2007
Program Committee for the 2nd Annual Peace and Justice Studies Program’s Dialogue “The Costs of War” Utah Valley State College, Orem, UT, Feb. 82-March 2.
Master of Ceremonies for the Vagina Monologue, UVSC, Wed.,  Feb. 21, 2007.
“Poems of Resistance, Rebellion and Rights” reading for the 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Conference at UVSC, Orem, UT, Wed. Jan. 17th
“Forever Dead in Eurydices: Thoughts on Language, Loss, and Teaching.”  Faculty Address at the 2006-07 Convocation, Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah Aug. 16, 2006.
Poetry reading at Utah Arts Festival 30th year celebration, June 22-25, 2006.
“Eating Lies and Other Poems” at the 60th annual Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, Coeur d’Alene, ID Oct.20-23, 2005.
Chair of session, “Women in/and Literature” at the 60th annual RMMLA conference, Coeur d’Alene, ID Oct. 20-23, 2005.
“Child of Rain” poetry reading at the PCA/ACA, Atlanta, GA, April 12-15.
“Write Now!” writing workshop, UVSC, March 4th, 2006.
“Frankenstein Meets Lacan: Desire and Discourse in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” at Smithsonian Traveling Seminar “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” at Utah Valley State College, Orem, UT April 5, 2004.
“The Rains of Secunderabad” poetry reading at the 25th Annual Southwest/Texas PCA/ACA Conference at San Antonio, TX.  April 7-10, 2004.
Reader for The Vagina Monologues for V-Day, Orem, UT March 15, 2004.
“Technology, Freedom and Community: A Postmodern Application of Martin Buber’s I and Thou” for UVSC”s  “Great Thinkers Lecture Series” Orem, UT Jan 7, 2004.
“The House of History and the History of House: An Analysis of Place and Space of Abode in Arunhati Roy’s The God of Small Things” at the 57th annual RMMLA conference, Missoula, MT, Oct. 9-11th, 2003.
“Dancing with Shiva: Ideas on Sustainability Imported from India” at the 5th Annual UVSC Faculty Conference (this year’s topic “Sustainability”) Orem, UT Sept, 18, 2003.
“Postmodernism, Las Vegas, and Me” at the 4th annual UVSC Faculty Conference (this year’s topic, “What Is Postmodernism?”) Orem, UT Sept. 26, 2002
“Indian Mountain Monologues” (poetry reading) at the 2002 SW Texas/Popular Culture/American Culture Assoc. Conference, Albuquerque, NM, Feb. 13-17, 2002.

Chair of session “Teaching Feminist Perspectives in the Classroom” at the 55th annual RMMLA conference Vancouver, B.C. , Oct. 11-13, 2001.
Western Regional Honors Council.  Faculty Mentor for UVSC student poet, Michael Hansen,  outstanding poet award from WRHC Scribindi 2000.  Portland, OR.  April 20-22, 2001.
“A Celebration of Poets” sponsored by Ethics Across the Curriculum, UVSC, Jan 31, 2001.
“The Nature of House and the House of Nature: Dialectics of Inside and Outside in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping” presented at the American Women Nature Writers Conference.  Castleton College, VT.  June 8-11, 2000.
“Metaphor as Keel: Bringing Poetry to Life” presented at the Consortium for Utah Women in Higher Education, Spring 2000.  Antimony, UT.  May 18-20, 2000.
“A Dream Deferred: Poems of Resistance, Rebellion, and Rights” presented at the Sixth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration. UVCS, Orem, UT. Jan 24, 2000.
Chair of Session “English Seventeenth-Century Literature” at the 53rd annual RMMLA.  Santa Fe, NM.  Oct. 14-16, 1999.
“To Subdue or Transform the World and the Self: Literary Representations of Male and Female Heroic Journeys” presented at the 2nd Annual UVSC Gender Conference, Orem, UT.  Sept 23-24, 1999.
“Dasein, Death and the Poetry of Sharon Olds: An Enlarged Reading of Diminished Things”presented at the 3rd Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.  Kalamazoo, MI (Western Michigan University) June 2-5, 1999.
“Women in a World of Change: Gender Issues and Public Policy” (co-organizer of conference w/ Drs. Lyn Bennett and David Keller) UVSC.  Orem, UT.  Sept. 23-25, 1998. 
“Writing and the Spirit of Place” workshop on Monhegan Island, Maine.  June 21-23, 1998, sponsored by the Maine Audubon Society.
“The Voice to Which Hymns Defer: Dryden’s ‘A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day’ as Anti-Ode.” presented at the 51st RMMLA Convention.  Denver, CO, Oct. 1997.
“Cyber Vison and Revision: Peer Editing and the Computer” (presented w/ Laurie Wood) at TYCA West Conference.  Tucson, AZ Oct. 23-25, 1997.
"Yeat's Defamation of the Classical Notions of Poetry in Four Crazy Jane Poems or What Jane Said" at the 50th annual RMMLA meeting, Albuquerque, NM. Oct. 24-26, 1996.
Poetry Reading at the eighth annual meeting of the Far West Popular Culture and Far West American Culture Associations, Las Vegas, NV. Feb. 2-4, 1996.
"The Structural and Political Implications of Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching" presented at the Sunstone Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT. Aug 3-5, 1995.
"Williams and Heidegger on Dasein, Death, and the Province of the Poem" presented at the
International Association for Philosophy and Literature conference: "Thinking between Poetry and Philosophy," University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, May 4-7, 1994.
"To Lose-ed Something: Verna as Unmasker in Judith Freeman's The Chinchilla Farm" presented at the Wyoming Conference of English: "Coming of Age," U of W, Laramie,  WY.  June 22-26, 1993.
"Vision of Earth: Feminine Aesthetics in Louise Bogan's Three Songs'" presented at the National
Poetry Foundation conference on "The American Poets of the 1930's Generation,"Univ. of Maine, Orono, ME. June 17-20, 1993.

Dr. Robert Cousins, Chair                                            Dr. Scott Abbott
Dept. of English/Literature                                            Director of Integrated Studies and
Utah Valley State College                                            Utah Valley State College
800 West University Parkway                                      800 West University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058  (801) 863-8790                              Orem, UT 84058  (801) 863-8537)
Dr. Michael Minch                                                          Professor Lee Mortensen
(Director of Peace & Justice Studies Program)        (personal reference and faculty peer)
Utah Valley State College                                            Dept. of English/Literature
800 West University Parkway                                      Utah Valley State College
Orem, UT 84058  (801) 863-8340                              800 W. University Parkway       
                                                                                          Orem, UT 84058  (801)863-8785   
Dr. Deb Thornton                   
(personal reference and faculty peer)           
Dept. of English/Literature                   
Utah Valley State College               
800 W. University Parkway               
Orem, UT 84058  (801) 863-8573               

                                            —June, 2007