Curriculum Vitae

Education

 

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

Departmental Honors

 

Professional Development

 

Adjunct Faculty Development Institute (Richmond, IN)                                           2016-2017

Ivy Tech Community College

 

Indiana Writing Project, Ball State University (Muncie, IN)                                   2015

 

Teaching Experience

 

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.

 

Guest Lecturer

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.

 

Teaching Assistant

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.

 

Peer Tutor

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.

 

Professional Membership

 

American Academy of Religion                                                                     2017-Present

 

Conference on College Composition & Communication                          2011-Present

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Administrative Experience

 

Archives Assistant

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.

 

Program Assistant

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.

 

Committee Experience

 

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.

 

Other Education

 

Undergraduate coursework, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) 1999-2000

Political Science and Communications

 

Undergraduate coursework, Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA) 1998

General Studies

 

Undergraduate coursework, Johnson & Wales University (Providence, RI) 1997-1998

Culinary Arts

 

Areas of Focus

 

Writing Workshop, Expository Writing, William Stafford, Theopoetics, Religion and Literature

 

Writing Internship

 

Writer-in-Residence

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.

 

Performances

 

Poetry Reading

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

William Stafford

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

 

Publication

Poems

 

Essays

 

“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.