The distinctive character of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is defined by the faculty's demonstrated capability to fulfill the values of the Teacher Scholar Philosophy; a philosophy guided by a serious and continuing commitment to teaching, scholarship and service in the belief that scholarship complements and enriches excellence in teaching and service.
Adapted from the Teacher Scholar Philosophy of SIUE, Teacher Scholar Philosophy Working Group, 6/2/08
Associate Professor of English
| Recent Honors / Awards / Recognition: |
• Esquire has accepted a story for publication. It will appear Sping/Summer 2008.
• Sabbatical awarded, Spring 2008.
• SRF awarded, Summer 2005
• Visiting Writer, Summer Writer’s Institute, Summer 2004
Primary Courses Taught:
Creative Writing, Fiction (ENG592, ENG492, ENG392)
American Literature (ENG441B, ENG430)
Popular Literature (ENG309: Graphic Novels)
M.F.A., University of Alabama
How does SIUE support your professional growth or activity as a Teacher-Scholar?
What is a unique aspect of your professional life that enhances your service to the academic or greater community?
"For a while, I floundered in my graduate classes, writing a kind of safe, “realist” fiction. Then I had a workshop with Professor Sandy Huss, who challenged me to take chances, to take huge risks. I did, and unlocked something inside of myself that leaped onto the page and into the writing life. And I realized then that I wanted to be that person who challenged students to unlock that leaping spirit inside themselves."