Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION August 2004 – August 2009 • Baylor University • Waco, TX
Doctor of Philosophy, English (Religion and Literature concentration)

  • Specialties:  Medieval British literature and theology and the Oxford Inklings
  • Dissertation:  Poetics of Holiness:  Bernard of Clairvaux and the Pearl Poet (director:  D. Thomas Hanks, Jr.)
  • GPA:  3.82

January – May 2004 • Baylor University • Waco, TX
Post-Baccalaureate Studies, English and Religion

  • GPA:  4.00

August 1999 – December 2003 • Baylor University • Waco, TX
Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry and German

  • GPA:  3.89 (Magna Cum Laude)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

August 2014 – Present • Baptist College of Florida • Graceville, FL / Llano, TX
Adjunct Professor of English

  • Taught literature surveys and general humanities courses online

August 2009 – Present • Waco, TX / Llano, TX
Freelance Editor, Indexer, and Translator

  • Copy-edited manuscripts, indexed books, and translated German texts into English; clients include Baylor University Press, TCU Press, ISO Translations, LivingWord Translations, and FCI Corporation

September 2011 – January 2013 • Smarthinking • Washington, DC / Llano, TX
Essay Center E-structor, Smarthinking Online Writing Lab

  • Provided feedback on completed essays to help students revise drafts

June 2007 – August 2009 • Baylor University Press • Waco, TX
Assistant Editor

  • Prepared manuscripts for production—compiling and formatting Word documents, compiling bibliographies, inventorying art/text permissions and other problem areas, etc.—and fielded editorial queries from authors
  • Assisted with acquisitions, titling, and cover design and performed annual acquisitions inventory
  • Performed pre-production editing on manuscripts and copy-edited, proofread, and indexed books
  • Oversaw editorial “confab” meetings to discuss acquisitions, “launch” meetings to release books to production, and “book projects” meetings to track progress of books in production
  • Managed permissions and editorial data, on network drive and in hard files, and prepared proposal reports for quarterly meetings of the University Press Committee

January – May 2007 • Baylor University • Waco, TX
Graduate Assistant to Dr. Mary Lynn Klingman, Baylor Writing Center, Department of English

  • Tutored students in all aspects of the writing process

August – December 2006 • Baylor University • Waco, TX
Instructor of Record for Freshman Composition, Department of English

  • Taught two sections of English 1302 (Thinking and Writing)

August 2004 – May 2006 • Baylor University • Waco, TX
Graduate Assistant to Dr. Mary Lynn Klingman, Baylor Writing Center, Department of English

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Translator, The Apostolic Fathers:  An Introduction.  Edited by Wilhelm Pratscher.  Waco:  Baylor University Press, 2010.  English translation of Die Apostolischen Väter:  Eine Einleitung.  Göttingen:  Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2009.

Articles

  • “The Greatest of These: The Theological Virtues and the Problem of an Absent God in Supernatural.” Supernatural, Humanity and the Soul: On the Highway to Hell and Back. Edited by Susan A. George and Regina Hansen. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014.
  • “Þaʒ Hit Displese Oft: Monastic Obedience in Patience.” Christianity and Literature 62 (2013): 493-510.
  • “Bernard of Clairvaux” and “Frances Jane Crosby.” The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. Edited by George Kurian.  Oxford:  Blackwell, 2011.
  • “‘My Precious’:  Gollum vs. the Pearl Jeweler.”  In Pursuit of the Truth August 2007:  4 pp.  (http://www.cslewis.org/journal/?p=11).

Works in Progress
Books

  • Transformative Works:  Wrestling with Theology in Fanfiction
  • A Glimpse of the Old Hope:  Christian Typology in the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien

Articles

  • “Seeking Out Other Worlds:  C. S. Lewis and Imagination”
  • “‘Fragments of Old Monkish Legends’:  Twain’s Reimagining of Church History in Connecticut Yankee
  • “Carry On, Team Free Will:  Wrestling with Theology in Supernatural Fanfiction”

PUBLICATIONS REFEREED

“Haunting Words:  The Sounds of Elvish as Sung in Two Parts.”  Blind review for VII:  An Anglo-American Literary Review.  April 2011.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Novellas

  • Loyal Valley: Captives (Smashwords/CreateSpace/KindleDirect, 2015)
  • Loyal Valley: Bystanders (Smashwords/CreateSpace/KindleDirect, 2014)
  • Look Behind You (Smashwords/CreateSpace/KindleDirect, 2014)
  • Loyal Valley: Assassination (Smashwords/CreateSpace/KindleDirect, 2013)

Other Books

  • Editor, The Best of The Rope. By the Noble NoZe Brotherhood. Waco: Big Bear Books, 2011.

Articles

  • “Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey Stuff; Or:  Trust Me, I’m a Doctor” and “The Inconsolable Secret.”  Two-part series.  Chaplain’s Corner.  The Blues June-July 2012.
  • “These Colors Don’t Run.”  Chaplain’s Corner.  The Blues July 2005.
  • “A General-ly Wonderful Life.”  Trinity Trumpet August 2004.
  • “My Father, the Deputy.”  Chaplain’s Corner.  The Blues June 2004.

Poems

  • “Sirens.”  The Blues May 2007; Gulf Coast Police News May 2007.
  • “Hail the Victorious Dead.”  Included in Bill Wolfe, “From Those You Serve.”  Chaplain’s Corner.  The Blues May 2007.

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

(For non-academic presentations, see the Events tag)

The Filmmakers Workshop, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, August 17-19, 2012, sponsored by Taliesin Nexus.

Christian Literary Values and the Changing Print Culture:  Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond, OK, September 30-October 2, 2010, sponsored by the Conference on Christianity and Literature.  Presented “Carry On, Team Free Will:  Wrestling with Theology in Supernatural Fanfiction” on October 1.

From Lesser Lights to Greater:  Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX, October 1-3, 2009, sponsored by the Conference on Christianity and Literature.  Presented “Saf by Ryʒt?  Merit and Grace in Pearl and Bernard of Clairvaux” on October 2.

Secondary Worlds:  Exploring the Fantastic in Literature, Baylor University, Waco, TX, March 31-April 1, 2006, sponsored by the English Graduate Student Association.  Presented “Stealing Past Watchful Dragons:  Mythopoeia in the Service of Truth” on March 31.

Past Watchful Dragons:  Fantasy and Faith in the World of C. S. Lewis, Belmont University, Nashville, TN, November 3-5, 2005.  Presented “‘A Pattern of the One to Come’:  Gandalf as a Type of Christ in Tolkien’s Arda” on November 4.

Oxbridge 2005:  The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the 21st Century, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, July 24-30, 2005, sponsored by the C. S. Lewis Foundation.  Presented “‘My Precious’:  Gollum vs. the Pearl Jeweler” on July 26.

OTHER SELECTED WORK EXPERIENCE

Student Assistant to Linda Hogan, Interlibrary Services • Baylor University, Waco, TX • May – August 2006

Biographer to Brig. Gen. Richard E. Fisher, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Ret.) • Marble Falls, TX • June 2004 – January 2007

Administrative Support to Dr. Janya Martin, Department of Modern Foreign Languages (Division of German, Russian, and Japanese) • Baylor University, Waco, TX • October 2003 – May 2004, September 2005 – August 2006

Private German Tutor to Jenny Livingston • Waco, TX • February – May 2004

LANGUAGES

Native English speaker

Second language:  German

Reading knowledge of Latin, Old English, and Middle English; some exposure to American Sign Language, Russian, French, and Spanish

SELECTED RELIGIOUS, UNIVERSITY, AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Volunteer historical re-enactor, demonstrating calligraphy and Spencerian handwriting at Western heritage events on the Texas Forts Trail (West Texas Heritage Days, Fort McKavett, TX; Fort Croghan Day, Burnet, TX; Llano Heritage Days, Llano, TX)

Volunteer at Kingsland Public Library, Kingsland, TX

Volunteer assistant for Llano County Emergency Services Chaplains

Participated in Soldiers’ Angels outreach programs, such as making bed quilts for National Guard families affected by Hurricane Katrina and making lap blankets for wounded military personnel being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany

Organized a shoe drive at Baylor University to benefit Soldiers’ Angels Germany, April 23-27, 2007

Assisted with music for 2007 Llano Community Easter Sunrise Service, Llano, TX

Former co-leader of Baylor English Department graduate student Bible study

MEMBERSHIPS

Phi Beta Kappa

Delta Phi Alpha

Golden Key International Honour Society

AWARDS AND HONORS

Presidential Doctoral Scholarship (Baylor University)

Wendlandt German Scholarship (Baylor University)

Pearl Kirk Memorial Scholarship for Chemistry (Baylor University)

Butler Scholarship for Chemistry (Baylor University)

Baylor University Dean’s List (8 semesters)

National Dean’s List (3 years)

Baylor Regent’s Scholarship

National Merit Scholar

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