Ph.D. in English, December 2011. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana.
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, May 2006. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.
B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication, May 2002. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.
Teaching and Research Interests
- Annie Dillard
- Environmental Writing
- Lyric Essays
- Meta-nonfiction & The Nonfiction Experience
- Print and Online Publishing
As Book CoEditor
“Dog Psychology,” Kept Secret: The Half-Truth in Nonfiction. June 2017.
“Good to Go: Swilling Jack in the Cajun South,” Middle Shelf. May 30, 2016.
“‘Oklahoma’ Is More Than O.K.,” The Outlook. July 26, 2001.
Personally Conducted Interviews
Cofounder and Editor, The Turnip Truck(s). February 2015- Present
Cofounder and Managing Editor, im-possible . 2014- Present.
Cofounder and Nonfiction Editor, Rougarou. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of English, 2006-2009 and 2011.
Assistant Fiction Editor, Fugue. University of Idaho, Department of English, 2002.
Intern, The Outlook. La Cañada, California, 2001.
Awards and Honors
Best American Essays Notable Special Issue for The Turnip Truck(s) “The Road” issue, 2017.
Academic Excellence, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2006-2011.
Pushcart Prize Nomination for “Vivisection,” 2008.
Hogue Family Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism, University of Idaho, 2001.
California Community College Forensics Association State Champion in Policy Debate, 1999.
California Community College Forensics Associations State Champion in Lincoln- Douglas Debate, 1999.
“From Dragons to Deity: The Mythological Evolution of the Giant Squid,” University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2009.
“Kathy Acker,” University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2007.
“A Brief History of Creative Nonfiction” University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2007.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
ENGL 101: Introduction to Academic Writing (fall 2006, fall 2008, summer 2011, fall 2011, and fall 2012)
ENGL 102: Writing and Research About Culture (spring 2007, fall 2008, spring 2009, fall 2010, spring 2011, spring 2012, spring 2013, spring 2015, fall 2016, spring 2016).
ENGL 115: Honors Academic Writing. Special Topic: Consciousness Studies (fall 2012)
ENGL 115: Honors Academic Writing. Special Topic: Literary Nonfiction (fall 2013, fall 2015)
ENGL 115: Honors Academic Writing. Special Topic: Environmental Writing (fall 2014)
ENGL 205: American Literature I (spring 2010, spring 2012)
ENGL 206: American Literature II (fall 2013)
ENGL 223: Introduction to Creative Writing (spring 2007)
ENGL 360: Advanced Composition (fall 2007, spring 2008, fall 2009, spring 2010, spring 2011)
CMCN 302: Competitive Forensics (fall 2012)
Southwest Louisiana Community College
ENGL 1010: Rhetoric and Composition (spring 2015)
University of Idaho
CORE 117: (Honors) The Movies, World, and You (fall 2005 and spring 2006)
CORE 104: Contemporary American Experience (fall 2005, spring 2006)
CORE 116: The Sacred Journey (fall 2005, spring 2006)
Pasadena City College
SPEECH 5A: Competitive Speech (fall 1999)
SPEECH 5B: Forensics (spring 2000)
Director of Forensics, fall 2012. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana.
Taught students various forms of competitive speech and Parliamentary and Policy Debate in preparation for intercollegiate tournaments to which I traveled to coach and judge rounds. During my time as director and coach, several students earned bids to the American Forensics Association National Tournament and UL earned two Sweepstakes trophies, an award given to the school with the strongest competitors. Other duties included recruiting new competitors, supervising three graduate assistants, managing the budget, and inviting event specialists to be guest lecturers and coaches.