Master of Arts, Bethany Theological Seminary (Richmond, IN) 2009-2011
Theological Studies: Liturgical Studies
Thesis title: Poetic Worship: The Renewal of Liturgical Language
Master of Divinity, Bethany Theological Seminary 2007-2010
18 credit hours in Ministry of Writing at Earlham School of Religion
Bachelor of Science, Manchester University (North Manchester, IN) 2004-2006
Religion major, English Writing minor
Adjunct Faculty Development Institute (Richmond, IN) 2016-2017
Ivy Tech Community College
Indiana Writing Project, Ball State University (Muncie, IN) 2015
English Instructor, Adjunct
Ivy Tech Community College (Richmond, IN), August 2011-Present
- Taught online and face-to-face sections of English Composition, Exposition and Persuasion, Introduction to College Writing, and Reading Strategies for College.
- Explored elements of the writing process, research skills, and rhetorical modes, to prepare students for writing in future college courses.
- Implemented research-based teaching methodologies of the writing workshop with mini lessons, peer review, conferencing, and portfolio grading.
- Applied various writing and learning technologies in wired classrooms, including Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Blackboard, and Canvas.
- Provided feedback on student essays in various disciplines as staff at regional campus Writing Center.
English Instructor, Adjunct
Indiana University East (Richmond, IN), August 2011- May 2015
- Taught Principles of English Composition and English Composition I.
- Assessed student writing following guidelines set by writing program chair.
- Focused on beginning stages of writing process through in-class discussion and freewriting exercises.
Bethany Theological Seminary, October 2011
- Presented lecture and led discussion about poetics in the composition of Christian liturgy for the course “Patterns of Worship” taught by Dawn Ottoni Wilhelm, Professor of Preaching and Worship.
Teaching Assistant & Student Chapel Coordinator
Bethany Theological Seminary, August 2009-May 2010
- Provided administrative support for course “Ministry of Worship,” which focused on the writing and performance of public worship services.
- Led workshops and class discussion on the creative writing process.
- Utilized texts on creative writing by William Stafford, Julia Cameron, and Pat Schneider.
- Organized student participation in weekly chapel services.
- Managed online documents in Moodle wikis.
Bethany Theological Seminary, January 2009
- Provided administrative support for course “Ritual and Reflection in the Life of Faith.”
- Taught a classroom session on writing texts for ritual and worship.
- Took comprehensive notes on lectures to aid professor.
- Kept track of students’ class participation.
- Led study sessions for students.
Manchester University, August 2004-June 2006
- Assisted students with learning disabilities in comprehension of course content.
- Proofread assignments for speaker of English as a second language.
American Academy of Religion 2017-Present
Conference on College Composition & Communication 2011-Present
National Council of Teachers of English
Manchester University, April 2005-April 2006
- Cataloged and organized archival materials.
- Researched queries for information and documents.
- Digitized 38 issues of college academic journal for online publication.
Center on Conscience & War (Washington, DC), November 2002-February 2003
- Composed and proofread newsletter articles, fundraising letters, and website copy.
- Researched queries for information on organizational history.
Presidential Forum Planning Committee
Bethany Theological Seminary, July 2007-March 2009
- Planned and implemented two annual academic conferences focusing on the arts and theology.
Faculty Search Committee
Bethany Theological Seminary, July 2007-May 2008
- Read and analyzed application materials.
- Interviewed and recommended candidates to join graduate teaching faculty.
- Protected confidential information related to the interview process.
Undergraduate coursework, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) 1999-2000
Political Science and Communications
Undergraduate coursework, Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA) 1998
Undergraduate coursework, Johnson & Wales University (Providence, RI) 1997-1998
Areas of Focus
Writing Workshop, Expository Writing, William Stafford, Theopoetics, Religion and Literature
On Earth Peace (New Windsor, MD), August 2006-May 2007
- Composed organizational newsletter articles from interviews and research for Church of the Brethren affiliated peace education nonprofit.
- Organized creative writing workshop around themes of faith and activism for justice and peace.
- Served internship through Bethany Theological Seminary, and worked at a distance from Richmond, IN.
Collaboration with Craig Goodworth, Bethany Theological Seminary, January 2017
Vcela: A Theopoetic of Honeybees
Collaboration with Craig Goodworth, CIVA JUSTart Conference, Wheaton College, 2014
Ritual in the Dark: A Liturgy of Image & Text
Collaboration with Craig Goodworth, Bethany Theological Seminary & Earlham School
of Religion Joint Chapel, October 2012
Theopoetics Working Group, American Academy of Religion, November 2012
Dream Horse Press First Book Tour
Featured poet with Kyle McCord and Keith Montesano, Clear Creek Food Co-Op, Richmond, July 2010
Workshops and Public Lectures
Beyond What Columbus Discovered: Language and the Land in the Poetry of
Arden Hearth (Richmond, IN), October 2012
Lectio Poetica: Prayer through Poetry
Sabbath Space Gathering, Bethany Theological Seminary, April 2011
William Stafford Symposium
Bethany Theological Seminary, March 2010
- Created and hosted event featuring guest lecturer and documentary film about Stafford’s poetry and thought.
The Grace of Goodly Speech: A Theopoetics of Pilgrimage and Encounter
in Celtic Wisdom Psalms
Presidential Forum, Bethany Theological Seminary, March 2009
Traveler, Robber, Priest, Samaritan: A Workshop on Creative Writing and Activism
Bethany Theological Seminary, April 2008
- Planned and implemented writing workshop for seminary community.
- Based on Amherst Writers & Artists teaching methodology.
Ambiguity and Ambivalence in the Poetry of William Stafford
Peace Forum, Bethany Theological Seminary and Earlham School of Religion, March 2007
The Call to Critique: William Stafford as Anabaptist Poet
Manchester University, Dean’s Student Scholarship Symposium, March 2006
“Ritual in the Dark: A Liturgy of Image and Text” Collaboration with Craig Goodworth,
Theopoetics, 1.2, 2015
“Salmoneus and the Poets: Poetry in a World of Violence” CrossCurrents, 60.1, 2010
Book review of Walker in the Fog: On Mennonite Writing by Jeff Gundy, Brethren Life
& Thought, 51.3, 2006.