Professor of African American Studies and English
James Dolliver NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor
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Dissertation: “British Romantic Verse Satire”
DAI 44, no. 01A (1982): 0177. Examination-areas:
18th century British literature; 19th century British
literature; modern British and American poetry.
M.A. in English,
B.A. in English,
2008-2011: James Dolliver NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor, English Department
lecturer; director of the
Lecturer in American Studies.
Unless otherwise indicated, the courses have been
taught at the
African-American Literature (senior-level seminar)
American and Japanese Cultural Identity (emphasis on literature and cinema), core-
curriculum, senior-level course
Literature: 19th century (graduate seminar,
Literature and Culture (undergraduate survey course,
Asian-American Literature (senior-level seminar)
British Literature: Survey, 1800-1950 (sophomore-level survey-course)
Composition (first-year college writing-and-rhetoric)—U.C. Davis, Johannes
Creative Writing: Introductory and Advanced, Poetry and Short Fiction (sophomore-
and senior-level courses)
Critical Reading of Poetry (U.C. Davis) (sophomore-level course for non-majors)
Detective Fiction (junior-level course, primarily for majors)
First Year Seminar in Writing and Rhetoric (core-curriculum)
Genre: Poetry (junior-level course—an overview of Anglo-American lyric poetry and a study of prosody)
Harlem Renaissance, The (core-curriculum, senior-level course)
History of Rhetoric (senior-level seminar)
Introduction to English Studies (sophomore-level course)
Twentieth-Century American Literature (senior-level seminar)
William Wordsworth (junior-level seminar)
Writing and Gender (senior-level seminar blending rhetorical theory,
feminist theory, and literature)
James Dolliver NEH Chair in Distinguished Teaching, English Department University of Puget Sound, 2008-2011.
Dirk Andrew Phibbs Memorial
Award, presented by the University Enrichment Committee,
President’s Award for
Distinguished Professor, University of Puget Sound, 2000-present.
Sound, Summer 1999.
John Lantz Fellowship, University of Puget Sound, 1996-97.
William Fulbright Fellowship for Senior Lecturers,
1986 and 1989.
Association's Citation for Excellence,
Participant, Matsushita Seminar in Modern American and Japanese Literature and
Martin Nelson Sabbatical Fellowship, 1987.
Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate Students, U.C. Davis, 1982.
Conference on College Composition and Communication
--Lifetime Member, Alumni Association,
--Listed in the Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers and Contemporary
Authors, volume 43, new series.
--Listed in the Poets & Writers directory (online).
Langston Hughes Society
National Book Critics Circle
National Council of Teachers of English
Honoring Juanita (novel). Congruent Angle Press, 2010.
The Coast Starlight: Collected Poems 1976-2006 (
The Subject Is Story: Essays
for Writers and Readers. Edited with Wendy Bishop.
A Langston Hughes
Press, 2002. 495pp. Sole author, except for 8 entries.
Metro: Journeys in Creative Writing. (Lead Author.) Written with Wendy Bishop
and Katharine Haake.
textbook for use in college creative-writing and advanced-composition courses.
Subjects Apprehended: Poems.
Genre and Writing: Issues, Arguments, and Alternatives. Edited with Wendy Bishop.
essays on genre-theory and on connections between writing-pedagogy and definitions
of genre. I contributed a chapter in addition to co-editing the book.
Colors of a
Different Horse. Edited with Wendy Bishop.
National Council of Teachers of English, 1994. The book is composed of essays
about the influence of rhetorical and literary theory on the teaching of
creative writing, especially in American colleges.
Langston Hughes: A Study of
the Short Fiction.
Water's Night: Poems. With Wendy Bishop.
Lives and Moments: An
Introduction to Short Fiction.
Winston, 1991. The book includes eighty stories, with critical overviews,
writing-assignments, and bibliographies.
Three to Get Ready.
Spectrum: A Reader, co-edited.
Leigh Hunt: A Reference
Guide. Written with Timothy J. Lulofs.
1985. The book is an annotated bibliography of secondary sources, including contemporary reviews of Hunt’s work. 264pp.
The Living Language: A Reader. Co-edited with Linda Morris and Linda Young.
Articles and Chapters (Selected)
“Hidden Purposes of Creative Writing: Self, Power, and Knowledge,” in Teaching Creative Writing in Higher Education: Anglo-American Perspectives, edited by
“The Audiences of Wendy Bishop’s Writing,” in Composing Ourselves As Writer-Teacher-Writers: Starting With Wendy Bishop, edited by Patrick Bizzaro and Alys Culhane (New Jersey: Hampton Press, 2011).
Fisher,” in Scribners’ Contemporary
Authors Supplement XIX edited by
Jay Parini (
“Tutoring Creative Writers: Working One-to-One on Prose and Poetry,” in Creative Approaches to Writing Center Work, edited by Kevin Dvorak and Shanti Bruce. New
Ways of White Folks,” in Teaching the
Hughes,” in An Encyclopedia of Literature
and Politics, edited by M. Keith Booker (
Moxon" and "Frank O’Connor [Michael Francis O’Connor O’Donovan]"
in the New Dictionary of National
Biography, ed. H.C.G. Matthew.
Flies, and Other Creatures of Reading’s Brave New World," in The Subject is Reading, ed. Wendy Bishop.
Bishop’s ‘The Fish,’" in a Reference
Guide to American Literature, ed. Thomas Riggs.
Writing in the Midst of Many Cultures," in The Subject Is Writing: Essays By Teachers and Students, 2nd edition, ed. Wendy Bishop.
Hughes’s ‘The Blues I’m Playing,’" in a Reference Guide to Short Fiction, ed. Thomas Riggs.
Shots’: Re-conceptualizing Imitation and Its Uses in Creative Writing
Courses," in Teaching Writing
Creatively, ed. David Starkey.
"Countee Cullen: How Teaching Rewrites the Genre of `Writer,'" in Genre and Writing (cited above under Books).
‘J’ as in Jazzing Around: The Role Play Plays in Style," in Elements of Alternate Style, ed. Wendy Bishop.
the Boundaries Draw Themselves: What Theory and Practice Have Been Trying to
Tell Us," co-written with Wendy Bishop, Cream City Review (volume 19, no. 2), Spring 1996. (Journal
published at the
"William Everson's `Earth Poetry' and the Progess Toward Feminism," Essays In Honor of William Everson, ed. Bill Hotchkiss. (Corvalis, Oregon: Castle Peak Editions, 1993.)
"Mary Morris: Riding the Iron Rooster" (profile of American travel writer Mary Morris and discussion of her book, Wall to Wall), San Francisco Review of Books 16.3 (Fall 1991), p.3.
"Edward Moxon," Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Publishers I (DLB, volume 106) (Detroit and London: Gale Research Series, 1991).
A Program for College Freshmen In Writing and Thinking,"
"The Blue Review," in British Literary Magazines: The Victorian
and Edwardian Age, 1837-1913. Ed.
"Samhain," in British Literary Magazines: The Victorian and Edwardian Age, 1837-1913.
Ed. Alvin Sullivan.
"The Mint," in British Literary Magazines: The Modern Age, 1914-1984. Ed. Alvin
"New Poetry," in British Literary Magazines: The Modern Age,
1914-1984. Ed. Alvin Sullivan.
"The Disappearance of Tragedy in Meredith's "Modern Love." Victorian Newsletter 63 (Spring 1983): 26-30.
“Blake’s Tiriel and the Dramatization of Collapsed Language.” Papers On Language and Literature Vol. 19, no. 2 (Spring 1983), 167-182.
"Pope's Epilogue to the Satires, 'Dialogue I'." Explicator, 36:4 (1978), pp. 11-14.
Articles in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature (5 volumes), edited by Hans Ostrom and J. David Macey (see under Books above), listed by volume number and page numbers.
“Ralph Abernathy,” I, 1-2; “Lewis Alexander,” I, 20-21; “Jeffrey Richard Allen,” I, 23; “Regina M. Andrews,” I, 34-35; “William Andrews,” I, 35-36; “Allen B. Ballard,” I, 78-79; “Melba Patillo Beals,” I, 100-101;”Barry Beckham,” I, 106-107; “Charlene A. Berry,” I, 116; “Michele Andrea Bowen,” I, 171-172; “Jill Witherspoon Boyer,” I, 174; “Sharon Bridgforth,” I, 178-179; “Theodore Browne,” I, 208-209; “Louré Bussey,” I, 221-222; “Ben Caldwell,” I, 230; “Civil War, The [American] [and African American literature],” I, 235-237; “Frank B. Coffin,” I, 298; “Maud Cuney-Hare,” I, 382; “Julie Dash,” II, 390-391; “Bridgett M. Davis,” II, 396; “David Drake,” II, 448; “Drama” [African American], II, 448-453; “Erotica,” II, 505; “Federal Writers’ Project,” II, 531-532; “Patrice Gaines,” II, 605; “Hattie Gossett,” II, 646-647; “Bill Gunn,” II, 683; “Abram Hill,” II, 767-768; “Laurence Holder,” II, 783; “Elaine Jackson,” III, 829; “Mat Johnson,” III, 885; “Edward P. Jones,” III, 890-891; “Alain Locke,” III, 988-989; “Monifa Love,” III, “Memphis, Tennessee [and African American Literature],” III, 1077-1078; “Gertrude Bustill Mossell,” III, 1130-1131; “Heather Neff,” III, 1190-1191; “Rob[ert] Lee Penny,” IV, 1272-1273; “Charles Perry,” IV, 1279-1280; “Willis Richardson,” IV, 1399-1400; “Kimberla Lawson Roby,” IV, 1409; “Signifying,” IV, 1477-1479; “John Steptoe,” IV, 1540-1541; “Natasha Tarpley,” IV, 1563-1564; “Eisa Nefertari Ulen,” V, 1635-1636; “Olympia Vernon,” V, 1659-1660; “Persia Walker,” V, 1682; “Michele Faith Wallace,” V, 1683-1684; “Afaa Michael Weaver,” V, 1703-1704; “Cheryl I. West,” V, 1714; “Edgar Nkosi White,” V, 1726-1727; “Roy Wilkins,” V, 1737-1738; “John A. Williams,” V, 1746-1747; “World War I [and African American literature],” V, 1775-1778; “World War II [and African American literature],” V, 1778-1781; “Charles H. Wright,” V, 1782; “Charles S. Wright,” V, 1782-1783; “Andrew Young,” V, 1801-1802; “Shay Youngblood,” V, 1803-1804
(Listed alphabetically by title of magazine, journal, or book.)
Abbey, no. 99, “Stephen Spender,” “Story Problems”; no. 100, “Grief for the Number 10,” p. 80.
Acorn, The #41 [
Arches (Alumni Magazine,
Art of Music: A
Collection of Writings, Volume II, The,
ed. Liz Axford (
Art Times (forthcoming 2005-2006), “Tour of a Painting.”
Aurorean, The (Winter 2003-2004), “Request” and “Can’t Complain,” p. 20.
Blind Man’s Rainbow (Spring 2004), “Fingernails.”
Blue Collar Review (Winter 2003-2004), “Hands of the Wind,” and “Cheap Labor.”
Blueline Volume XXV (2004), “Heat Stroke” and “The Son She Never Had,” pp. 148-149.
34 (Anglo Welsh Poetry Society, Powys,
Christianity and Literature Vol. 53, no. 1 (Fall 2003), “Instrument of Good Works #59” and “First Scrutiny.”
Cider Press Review Volume 4/5 (2004), “Jack Benny and T.S. Eliot In Heaven,” p. 38.
Crazyquilt (Vol. 3, no. 3), September 1988, “Reconnaissance Pilot.”
Creosote (forthcoming 2004 or 2005), “Statement of Policies and Procedures.”
Cutbank (Fall 1985), "Tornado in the Pennsylvania Hills."
Dominion Review (Spring 1989, No. 7),
"Freudian Cowboys of the Purple Sage," "Once I Saw A Sad Old
God," and "
From These Hills: An
The Galley Sail Review, Series 2, #39 (Vol. XII, No. 1), Spring-Summer 1991, “Victory.”
Hadrosaur Tales (#19, 2004), “Suburban Xanadu.”
Harvest (Spring 1978), "Spider Killing" and "The Exiled Dead."
Hidden Oak (Summer/Fall 2003), “Little Lyric” and “Listless.”
In Tahoma’s Shadow: Poems From the City of Destiny,
ed. William Kupinse and Tammy Robacker (
Inside Poetry Out: An Introduction to Poetry, by John Hayden (Chicago: Nelson/Hall, 1983), "Calm and Fear" and "Spider Killing."
Intro 10 (1979), "Sestina: Ellis Island/Amelia Earhart."
Iris (Fall 1987), "Alicia's
Affidavit" and "Funeral in
Journal of the American Medical Association [JAMA], January 2004, “Morphine.”
Kersh (College of the Redwoods,
Off: Poems to Set You Free, ed. Mary D. Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Velez (
Laurel Review (Summer 1985), "In The Sierra."
Leading Edge: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy # 47 (April 2004), “The Trafficiad,” p. 69.
Love's Chance Magazine (Summer 2004), "Just Between You and Me."
Lullwater Review: A Journal for the Literary Arts Volume XIV, no. 1 (Winter 2003-2004), “Mum Is The Word,” p.13.
Medicinal Purposes Vol. II, no. X (Midyear 2004), “
Möbius (forthcoming November 2003), "Interim Report" and "The Last Place."
Nexus Volume 39, Issue 1 (Fall/Winter 2004), “Environmental Policy,” p. 53.
New Delta Review (Spring 1985), "The Collector."
Northern Review (Vol. 1, no. 2, Fall 1987), "Kiruna: New Year's Day."
Offerings (fourth quarter, 2003), “Cup,” p. 25.
Old Red Kimono, The, Volume XXIII, (Spring 2004), “Her Confession,” p. 47.
#672 [Spring 2003] (
Pablo Lennis (Spring 2000), "Whether Report."
(Fall 1986), “Night Bus In
Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought [published at Hope College, Michigan] (January 2004), “To War Again,” “Eligible,” p. 20; (February 2004), “Skylights,” p. 18.
Plains Poetry Journal (July 1986), "
Ploughshares (Spring 1992), "
Poetalk (Summer 2003) [Bay Area
Poets’s Coalition], “Childhood:
Poetry Motel (2005), “Earth™.”
Poetry Northwest (Spring 1987), "From
Another Part of the
Pulsar (Ligden Poetry Society,
Rearview Quarterly, Volume 2, issue 4 (Winter 2003-2004), “Fable: Noah and Raven,” p. 17.
Red Owl (Spring 2004--#18), “Zen Ambulance”
Red Rock Review (Spring 2001), "On Finally Understanding the Notion of a Happy Hunting Ground" and "Panic Attack."
Samsara, no. 11 (2004), “The Tasks of Grief” and “Grief and Kindness.”
Sierra Journal (Spring 1978),
"Climbing" (Spring 1990), "Three Poems," (Spring 1996),
"Child of the
Something Understood (BBC 4 radio program), August 17, 2008, “For Librarians,” read by an actor.
Sow’s Ear Poetry Journal Volume XII, no. 4(Winter 2004), “Nose,” p. 22.
Spoon River Quarterly, Vol. XVI, no. 1-2 [single issue], “Balloonist’s Log, Final Entry” and “She’ll Be Driving Six White Horses.”
Sucarnochee Review (Fall 1989), "Elvis Presley and Emily Dickinson in Heaven."
Tacenda (Fall/Winter 2003/2004), “Environmental Policy” and “Annual Report.”
13 Ways of Looking at a Poem, ed. Wendy Bishop (
Thorny Locust 10, #4 (2002), “Morphine.”
Timber Creek Review (Winter/Spring 2003), “Fox and You.”
Transcendent Visions (Fall 2003), 'The Quiet Child."
Tulane Review (Spring 2004), “Bobby’s Crop,” p. 71.
Wavelength #9 (Spring 2004), “Ludwig’s Dinosaur” and “The Cherubs, The Harbors,” pp. 19-20.
Vortex of the Macabre (Fall 2004), “Wickedness Tours,” and “Official Correspondence.”
Xavier Review 23, no. 2 (Fall 2003), “Jean Toomer,” p. 46.
Zillah (Volume 3, Issue 2), Summer 2003, “Career.”
Red: A Book: open-ended online collection of short nonfiction, flash fiction, prose poems: http://redtalesbook.blogspot.com/
"Seven Fables For Teaching and Learning," in In Praise of Pedagogy: Poems and Stories, ed. Wendy Bishop and David Starkey, with an introduction by Ken Autrey Portsmouth, Maine: Calendar Island Books, 2000, 134-137.
"I Guard The White Rhino," Webster Review (Fall 1987).
"The Green Bird," Ploughshares (Fall 1986). Special issue edited by Madeline DeFrees and Tess Gallagher.
"Bluestone," Willow Springs 24 (Spring 1989).
"The Wife of the Ambassador," Whetstone 6 (1989). Reprinted in WIND/Literary Journal, 1991.
First prize, Warren Eyster Competition, New Delta Review, 1985. "The Collector." (Poem).
Second Prize, Redbook magazine's annual fiction contest, 1985 (announced in March 1986 issue). "Hostage in Residence" (Short story).
prize, Ina Coolbrith Memorial Awards (
prize, Harvest Awards (
Prize, Third Annual Art of Music Writing-Contest, Sponsored by Piano Press (
Susan Koppelman, ed. Women's Friendships: A Collection of Short Stories. Studies in Short Fiction 28, no. 2 (Spring 1991), 231-233.
Carol Bly, The Passionate, Accurate Story. Choice: Current Reviews for College Libraries, March 1991.
William Pritchard, Randall Jarrell: A Literary Life, Choice: Current Reviews for College Libraries, January 1991.
Susan Lohafer and Jo Ellyn Clarey, eds., Short Story Theory At A Crossroads. Choice: Current Reviews for College Libraries, June 1990.
Vision of Text and Textuality" (review of Reader by Robert Gluck), San Francisco
"Bones, Triggers, Continuous Dreams: Books on Creative Writing" (review-article on 12 books), Associated Writing Programs Chronicle, 22, no. 6 (May 1990), p. 1 and ff.
George Lakoff and Mark Turner. More Than Cool Reason: A Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor. Choice: Current Reviews for College Libraries, February 1990.
R.S. Hughes, John Steinbeck: A Study of the Short Fiction, Studies in Short Fiction, Volume 26, no. 1 (Winter 1989).
Doubts in the Vietnam Era," review of
O. Hayden, ed. William Wordsworth:
Philip F. Deaver, Silent Retreats. Winner of the 1987 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Choice: Current Reviews for College Libraries (November 1988).
Price of Sibling Rivalry," review of Born
Brothers by Larry Woiwode, San
Francisco Chronicle Review,
But Powerful Stories," review of Indecent
Dreams, by Arnost Lustig, "Books," San Francisco Chronicle,
Fraying at the Core," review of Valentino
and Sagittarius, by Natalia Ginzburg, San
Francisco Chronicle Review,
Mad Poet Who’s Not Going To Take It Anymore," review of Easter Sunday, by Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle Review,
Francis Blessington, Lantskip: Poems, Choice: Current Reviews for College Libraries (January 1988).
Orel, Victorian Short Fiction, Newsletter of the Victorian Studies
Hillocks, Jr., Research on Written
Composition: New Directions for Teaching,
Blainey, Immortal Boy: A Portrait of
Leigh Hunt, Victorian Studies
Association Newsletter 37 (
Beach and Lillian Bridwell, New
Directions in Composition Research,
Suzanne Ferguson, Critical Essays on Randall Jarrell, American Poetry 2, no. 1 (Fall 1985), pp. 90-92.
Lehman and Berger, eds. James Merrill: Essays in Criticism, American Poetry 1, no. 3 (Spring 1984), pp. 92-93.
Michael Allen, We Are Called Human: The Poetry of Richard Hugo, American Poetry 1, no. 1 (Fall 1983), pp. 91-93.
William Everson, Earth Poetry: Selected Essays and Interviews, Small Press Review (September 1980), p. 11.
column on the literary arts, Morning News
Conference-Presentations and Invited Lectures, Etc. (Selected)
“Revisiting Orwell’s ‘Politics and the English Language.’” With Professor William Haltom. Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Conference, Spokane, Washington, Fall 2010.
“Teaching George Orwell in Karl Rove’s World: ‘Politics and the English Language’ in the 21st Century Classroom,” written and presented with Professor William Haltom, Western Political Science Association Conference, Vancouver B.C., March 21, 2008.
Hughes and the Poetry of a Dream Legally Deferred,” Law and Society Association
Langston Hughes’s The Ways of White Folks,”
brief presentation for a Roundtable Discussion on “White Scholars, Black
Texts,” National Conference on Race and Pedagogy,
Hughes and the Politics of Rhetorical Accessibility,” Conference on College
Composition and Communication,
Moderator, panel on “Langston Hughes and the Critics,” Let
America Be America Again: An International Symposium on the Art, Life, &
Legacy of Langston Hughes,
and Writing in the Disciplines," paper given at Conference on College
Composition and Communication,
the Personal Ghost in the Machine of Academic Writing," paper for panel on
"Voices in Scholarly Writing: Reflections and Complications,"
Conference on College Composition and Communication,
Literature Of The Region, For The
Region, and By The Region," lecture for seminar in American Studies,
United States Embassy,
Literature from Douglass to Morrison: Some Key Challenges and
Achievements," lecture at
Up The Usual Suspects: American Crime Fiction," presentation to the English
Hughes's Short Fiction: Against the Modernist Grain," guest lecture in
Professor Rolf Lundén's graduate seminar in American literature,
"Reconsidering Genre-Boundaries," paper given
Modern Language Association Convention,
and co-presenter, post-convention workshop on the teaching of creative writing
theory and practice, Conference on College Composition and Communication,
to Write and Writing to Survive: The Complex Case of Langston Hughes,"
paper given at Conference on College Composition and Communication,
"Designing a Writing Course,” paper for panel on "A Case Study of a Successful Student Writer," National Council of Teachers of English 81st annual convention, Seattle, November 1991.
Criticism as Autobiography: James Baldwin's The
Devil Finds Work," paper given at Conference on College Composition
panel on "American Literary Journalism," Conference on College
Composition and Communication,
in the Pacific Northwest," colloquium and reading (with Madeline De Frees
and Joan Swift), St. Martin's College, Lacey,
Berkeley, California (KPFA Radio); Davis, California (KDVS); Ragdale Artists Colony (Lake Forest, Illinois); "Across the River" Reading Program (Oregon and Washington State Arts Commissions); Tacoma Art Museum; "Distinguished Poets Series," directed by Laura Jensen, funded by a Lila Wallace Foundation/Reader’s Digest grant, Tacoma, 1997; University of Puget Sound Faculty Club, 1998; Art Gallery, Pacific Lutheran University, at the opening of “Apertures,” an exhibit featuring the photo-collages of Betty Ragan and poems by Hans Ostrom, April 3, 2001; Lawrence High School and Centennial Elementary School, Lawrence, Kansas (February 2002), as part of an outreach program connected to “Let America Be America Again: An International Symposium on the Art, Life, & Legacy of Langston Hughes,” hosted by the University of Kansas; Center for Contemporary Art, Seattle (with Bill Kupinse), Spring 2006; Peninsula Book Group, Gig Harbor, Washington, 2006; Western Literature Association Conference, Tacoma, Washington, Fall 2007; Daedalus Society, University of Puget Sound, April 2008; Tacoma Public Library, reading in connection with the publication of In Tahoma’s Shadow: Poems From the City of Destiny, ed. William Kupinse and Tammy Robacker (Tacoma: Exquisite Disarray, 2009).
Web Log: http://poetsmusings-muser.blogspot.com/ . This features posts on poetry and on topics of general interest. I also post drafts of poems, and I post poems by others (public domain) and comment on them. @ 900 posts as of October 2009.
“Diversity and the University of Puget Sound,” Advice to New Students: 2008 Orientation, edited by the Prelude Committee, University of Puget Sound, pp. 8-16. Subsequently printed online.
Ostrom Papers 1978-1992 [and ff.],” Department
of Special Collections,
Administrative Experience and Contributions to University Governance (Selected)
Advisor, Writers’ Guild (student-run organization); Catholic Campus Fellowship (student-run organization); and Blues/Swing Dance Club (student-run), current.
Member, University’s Budget Task Force, 2008-2010. Appointed by the President.
Member, Diversity Advisory Council and the Council’s Committee on Curriculum and
Chair, Department of English, 2004-2007.
Member, Faculty Senate, University of Puget Sound, 2006-2009 (elected position).
Chair, Faculty Senate, University of Puget Sound, 2001-2003 (elected position).
Co-Director, African American Studies Program, University of Puget Sound, 1995-2003.
Board of Trustees,
President’s Committee on Diversity, 1990-91.
The Committee was responsible for producing a comprehensive strategic
plan for diversity at the
Co-designer and co-director of Prelude, a first-year orientation program involving critical thinking (1985; 1986).
Director of the
of Composition and Director of the
Member, Academic Standards Committee; Diversity Committee;
Library and Media (academic technology) Committee (various times),
Member (1990-present), Editorial Board (involves reading of manuscripts), Writing on the Edge (academic journal), published at the University of California, Davis; manuscript reviewer for Journal of Advanced Composition and College English (intermittent); proposal-reviewer, stages I and II, for the national Conference on College Composition and Communication (Minneapolis, 2000; San Antonio, 2004); invited outside-reviewer in tenure-evaluations, Boise State University, Florida State University, Indiana University/Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Loyola University, Miami University (Florida), and others; manuscript reviewer for Boynton-Cook/Heinemann, an academic publisher specializing in books about composition, rhetoric, and pedagogy (Summer 1999); manuscript reviewer for a composition/rhetoric book submitted to Utah State University Press (Spring 2003); proposal-reviewer for an anthology of detective fiction, Oxford University Press; manuscript reviewer for the Publications of the Modern Language Association (PMLA), twice; book-prospectus reviewer (composition text) for Cengage Learning/Wadsworth Publishers.
Non-Academic Employment (Alphabetically Listed)
Cafeteria Server and Dishwasher (U.C. Davis, 1973-75); Carpenter’s Assistant, Summers, 1973-80; Editor (Office of the Auditor General, California State Legislature, 1981-82); Grocery-Store Worker, Summer 1971; Hod-Carrier and Mason’s Assistant, Summers (1973-80); Laborer, Gravel Pit (Summers, 1971 & 1972); Resident Assistant, Dormitory, Sierra College (1972); Sports Stringer/Freelancer (1971-73), weekly and daily newspapers (reported scores, wrote articles, etc.), Northern California.