Department of English
    Hillyer College
    University of Hartford
    200 Bloomfield Avenue
    West Hartford, Connecticut 06117
    Phone:  (860) 768-4935
    Email: major@mail.hartford.edu

Ph.D. English, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, with concentration in nineteenth-century American literature and nineteenth- and twentieth-century autobiography, especially the illness narrative; minor in American studies; December 1997

M.A. English, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey, May 1990

B.A. English with distinction, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, May 1988

Contingent Selves:  The Illness Narrative in American Autobiography
Director:  Paul John Eakin
Readers:  Ray Hedin, Cary Wolfe, John Woodcock

2000-2002 Assistant Professor of English, Hillyer College, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut
    First-Year Composition
    First-Year Composition and Introduction to American Literature
    Advanced Composition

2002          College of Arts and Sciences, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut
    Nineteenth-Century American Literature (American Renaissance)

1998-2000 Assistant Professor of English, Louisiana State University at Eunice, Eunice, Louisiana
    African American Literature
    Introduction to Fiction
    American Literature II:  1865 to Present
    American Literature I:  Colonial to 1865
    First-Year Composition
    Composition and Literature
    Developmental English
    Coordinator of Humanities Writing Lab
    Student Advising

1997-1998  Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Prince George’s Community College, Largo, Maryland
    Introduction to Literature
    First-Year Composition
    Computer-Assisted Composition

1997  Lecturer, Department of English, Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland
    First-Year Composition

1991-1995 Associate Instructor, Department of English, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    Nineteenth-Century American Literature (American Renaissance)
    Recent Writing
    Science and Literature
    Business/Technical Writing

1992-1993 American Top Universities Program, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    Malaysian ESL students

1989-1990 Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey
    Intellectual Heritage: 1750-1950


    "Aesthetics and Social Critique in Anatole Broyard’s Intoxicated by My Illness." JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory. 32.1 (2002): 97-121.

    "Audre Lorde’s Cancer Journals: Autopathography as Resistance." Mosaic:  A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. 35.2 (2002): 39-56.

    "Civil War Memoirs in the Age of Confession: Washington Augustus Roebling’s Operations of the 5th Corps in 1864." Mickle Street Review: A Journal of Whitman and American Studies. 14 (2001):  http://micklestreet.rutgers.edu/

    '"This Is . . . Not My Autobiography': The Paralyzed Body and Cultural Critique in Robert Murphy’s The Body Silent." a/b:  Auto/Biography Studies. 14.2 (1999): 241-253. [published winter 2001]

    '"some vital unseen presence':  The Practice of Nature in Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days." ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 7.1 (2000): 79-96.

    "Oliver Sacks, The Embodied Mind, and the Value of Desire."  Arizona Quarterly 55 (1999): 83-106.

    Louisiana Review, Summer 2000.
    Louisiana Review, Summer 1999.
    Modern Language Association Newsletter, Fall 1998.

    “Demystifying Medical Rhetoric:  Audre Lorde’s Cancer Journals,” South Central Modern Language Association, San Antonio, Texas, November 9-11, 2000.

    “Tim O’Brien’s and Robert Olen Butler’s Ghostly Narratives,” American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 19-22, 2000.

    “Romanticism, Poststructuralism, and the Illness Narrative,” South Central Modern Language Association, Memphis, Tennessee, October 28-30, 1999.

    “Oliver Sacks, The Embodied Mind, and the Value of Desire,” Society for Literature and Science, Gainesville, Florida, November 5-8, 1998.

    “Nineteenth-Century Therapeutics and the Practice of Nature:  Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days,” American Conference on Romanticism, Athens, Georgia, January 22-25, 1998.

    “The Technology of Disability and the Promise of Resistance:  Robert Murphy’s The Body Silent,” Society for Literature and Science, Atlanta, Georgia, October 10-13, 1996.

    “Challenging the Discourse of Biomedicine:  Anatole Broyard and Audre Lorde,” Society for Literature and Science, Los Angeles, California, November 2-5, 1995.

    “Absence Writing Presence:  Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Dallas, Texas, October 5-8, 1995.

    “Romancing Pathology:  Anatole Broyard’s Intoxicated By My Illness,” American Conference on
Romanticism, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 21-24, 1995.

    “Diagnosing the Subject:  Narrative and Pathology,” Engendering Conversations:  An
Interdisciplinary Forum, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, April 1, 1995.

    “Of Beaches, Death, and Sex,” Poetry Reading, Louisiana State University at Eunice, Eunice, Louisiana, October 16, 1998.

    “‘I’ in the Nineties:  The Subject Re-Examined,” A Colloquium on Life-Writing, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, February 18, 1995.

    “Biomedicine and Autobiography:  Two Cancer Narratives,” Continuing Education Program, Aspen Systems Corporation/National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, November 1, 1995.

    American literature and culture
    African American literature
    Literature of the Vietnam War

Hillyer College, University of Hartford
    2001-2002 Promotion and Tenure Committee
    2001-2002 Academic Standing Committee
    2000-2001 Faculty Search Committee, Department of English
    2000-2001 Composition Textbook Committee, Department of English

Louisiana State University at Eunice, Eunice, Louisiana
    1999-2000 Chair, Task Force on Developmental Studies
    1999-2000 Search Committee, Division Head of Liberal Arts
    1999-2000 Workload and Compensation Ad hoc Committee
    1999-2000 Academic Advising Training Program
    1999-2000 Facilities Planning Committee
    1999-2000 Initiated recycling program in Liberal Arts Department to benefit Eunice Elementary School
    1999 Career Day, Notre Dame High School, Crowley, Louisiana.
    1999 LSUE English Teachers’ Workshop

Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, New Jersey
    1990     Whitman Studies Conference Organizing Effort: “Walt Whitman’s Camden”
    1989      Whitman Studies Conference Organizing Effort: “Whitman and the Visual Arts”

    1989-1990 Walt Whitman Fellowship, Walt Whitman Association, Camden,
                        New Jersey.
    1988-1990 Campbell Scholarship, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.

    1999-present     American Culture Association
    1998-present     South Central Modern Language Association
    1998-present     Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
    1995-present     The Autobiography Society
    1995-1999           Society for Literature and Science
    1991-present     Modern Language Association