Office: Ag Hall 21C
Division Chair/Associate Professor
Ph.D., English (Technical Communication and Rhetoric), Texas Tech University, Expected 2020
M.S.Ed., Student Affairs (Counseling and School Psychology), University of Nebraska at Kearney, Expected 2019
M.S., Political Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2015
M.A., English, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2006
M.A., History, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2003
B.A., English, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2002
Areas of Expertise/Special Interest
Composition and Rhetoric, Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Theory, History and Literature of the American West
English 0080: Elements of Reading
English 0090: Introduction to Writing
English 1503: Business and Technical Writing
English 1903: College Composition
English 2203: Advanced Composition
English 2223: Introduction to Creative Writing
History 1303: American History After 1877
Speech 1113: Speech
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Selected Publications (Books)
Adventures in the West: Stories for Young Readers. (Co-Editor with Susanne George Bloomfield). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
From the Beginning: A Century of Excellence at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. (Co-Author with Susanne George Bloomfield). Kearney: University of Nebraska at Kearney Press, 2005.
Selected Publications (Articles)
The Old Man and the Prairie: Definitions of Masculinity in Willa Cather’s ‘Neighbour Rosicky’ and Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. Teaching Cather, 9(2), 2013: 16-21.
The Darkness of Laughter and the Purpose of Comedy in Christopher Marlow’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. University of Nebraska at Kearney Undergraduate Research Journal, 2003: 160-169.
Selected Awards and Honors
Parents Recognition Award for Contribution to Students, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Parents Association, 2014.
Excellence in Teaching Award, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, 2012.
Anthology Book Finalist (Co-Editor), New Mexico Book Awards, 2008.
Best Critical Essay Award, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention, 2005.
Research Grant-in-Aid, Center for Great Plains Studies, 2004.
Honorable Mention Thesis Award, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2003.
Third-Place Essay Award, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Regional Conference, 2002.
Outstanding Senior Award, Colelge of Fine ARts and Humanities, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2002.
Professional Associations (Past and Current)
National Council of Teachers of English
Western Literature Association
Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society
Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
Division of General Education