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About Me

I am a true devotee of the liberal arts. I believe that the proper aim of higher education is to ensure that students who will go on to serve as parents, community leaders, professionals, citizens, and lifelong learners are equipped with historical, ethical, and social understanding that can inform their decisions and empower them to build communities enriched with learning and culture. The reading, rhetoric, and research practices I teach my students are all directed to these ends. Citing sources without plagiarism is an exercise in ethical reasoning; so is classroom courtesy. Training students as discriminating readers helps them resist the blandishments of mere consumer culture, including its repackaging of “high culture” as a commodity for consumption. From the smallest question of paragraph structure to the profoundest meditation on “this quintessence of dust” who dwells “on this isthmus of a middle state,” I teach English in order to guide, guard, and goad my willing students into habits that make for virtue.

Specialties: Religion and Literature Studies, 19th C British Poetry, Romanticism, Rhetoric and Composition instruction, sonnets, hermeneutics.

-- et cognoscetis veritatem, et veritas liberabit vos --

My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…

Education

  • Baylor University

    • 2009 PhD, English, Religion & literature studies
  • Baylor University

    • 2002 MA, English, Religion & literature studies
  • The Master's College

    • 1999 BA, English
  • Bob Jones University

    • 1994 --, Creative Writing, English, Computer Science
  • Faith Baptist Christian School (K-12)

    • 1992 HS diploma, General / college prep

Experience

  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

    • 6/2015 - Present Coordinator, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
  • Oklahoma State University

    • 8/2012 - Present Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Oklahoma State University

    • 8/2011 - 8/2012 Lecturer
  • CBS-Houston

    • 5/2010 - 8/2011 Assistant Professor of English
  • Belhaven College (Houston)

    • 6/2009 - 6/2010 Assistant Professor of English

Publications