Mentorship

A central pillar of my teaching, mentorship takes the shape task-oriented, collaborative relationships with students in and out of the classroom. Students pursue a range of traditional and non-traditional projects that I support through guidance, teaching of technical skills, and generating laboratory-style spaces in which they can participate. What follows is a sample of thhe deliverables produced under that mentorship, capturing but the tip of the iceberg of the learning achieved in the process of completing a thesis, internship, or performance.

Recent Theses

Graduate

Bell, C., dissertation, committee member, PhD English with a concentration in Renaissance Studies, University of Alabama (in progress)

Bird, A., dissertation, committee member, PhD English with a concentration in Renaissance Studies, University of Alabama (in progress)

Morris, A., dissertation, committee member, PhD English with a concentration in Renaissance Studies, University of Alabama (in progress)

Pate, T., dissertation, committee member, PhD English with a concentration in Renaissance Studies, University of Alabama (in progress)

Labe, K., “’How the fishes live in the sea’: Shakespeare’s Daughters and the Market of Romance,” committee member, MA English with a concentration in Renaissance Studies, University of Alabama (8 Mar 2022)

Fulton, C., “The Educational Visual ‘Language’ in Graphic Novel Adaptations of Shakespeare,” committee member, MA English with a concentration in Renaissance Studies, University of Alabama (3 Mar 2021)

Undergraduate

Fuller J., chair, BA English with Honors, University of Alabama (in progress)

Stewart, R., “‘Their heirs may prosper while mine bleeds’: Legal Renege, Witnessing, and Child Corpses in Two Lamentable Tragedies and A Yorkshire Tragedy,” chair, BA English Literature, Pacific University (2021)

Giordano, M., “The Good King: Henry VII of England,” second reader, Medieval & Early Modern European Studies minor, University of Alabama (2021)

Gauer, G., “‘Scandalously bifurcated garments’: Ecocriticism, American Pioneers, and novelizing Women of the West,” chair, BA English Literature, Pacific University (2020)

Jones, A., “From ‘The Rood’ to ‘Whispered World’: Medieval Poetry, Affect, and the Modern Video Game,” chair, BA English Literature & Music, Pacific University (2020)

McFarlane, M., “‘Or keepe company with girls’: Editing Performance and Gender in John Lyly’s Gallathea (1585),” chair, BA English Literature & Creative Writing, Pacific University (2020)

Riper, K., “‘Strike old griefs into other countries’: Editing Grief and Mourning in Early Modern English Drama,” chair, BA English Literature, Pacific University (2019)

Ballou, S., “Tables, Legs, and Gestural Curves: Embodiment and the Victorian Novel,” chair, BA English Literature & Dance, Pacific University (2018)

Dolgin, T., “‘Being dead does little for ones acumens’: Fanfiction, Affect Theory, and Sherlock Holmes,” chair, BA English Literature & Outdoor Leadership, Pacific University (2018)

Elder, R., “‘Even if everything were to fall from under me, I would still prevail’: The Phenomenology of Literary Impressionism in Heinrich von Kleist,” co-chair, BA English Literature & German, Pacific University (2018)

Student Success

Prizes

Green, H., “Faith, the cornerstone of honesty and constancy in trust, marriage, and friendship” (EN 433, Spring 2021), 2022 Lee David Black and Florence Weinberg Black Memorial Scholarship, University of Alabama

Skinkle, A., “Sticks and Stones Hurt, But So Do Words” (EN 333, Fall 2020), 2021 John Blanke Prize for the best essay on medieval or early modern literature and race, Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies, University of Alabama

Hines, R., “‘Thou Art No Man, Though of a Man’s Complexion’: Flipping Venus across the English and Italian Renaissance” (EN 433, Fall 2020), 2021 Outstanding Research Essay by an English Major, University of Alabama

Lockhart, K., “‘Morality and Vengeance’: An Analyzation of the Thames and London Citizens” (EN 433, Fall 2020), 2021 Outstanding Research Essay by an English Major, University of Alabama

Mccain, K., “‘Beyond reason’: Cupid and Heteronormativity in John Lyly’s Gallathea and Sapho and Phao” (EN 433, Fall 2020), 2021 William March Memorial Scholarship, University of Alabama

McCarthy, C., “Beauty in Bitterness: Shifted Connotation and Characterization in Much Ado About Nothing” (ENGL 340, Fall 2019), 2020 Awards in Literary Scholarship (2nd place), Pacific University

Whittington, P., “Bye-bye Birdie: Ecodidacticism and Augury in Macbeth and The Seagull” (ENGL 340, Fall 2019), 2020 Awards in Literary Scholarship (honorable mention), Pacific University

McCarthy, C., “Humor Me on This: The Impact of Comedy in a University Setting” (ENGW 180, Spring 2018), 2019 Awards in College Writing (1st place), Pacific University

Bush, K., “‘The Sweetest Savor’: Active Male Penetrators and Societal Anxieties in Arthurian Legend” (ENGL 323, Fall 2018), 2019 Awards in Literary Scholarship (2nd place), Pacific University

Ballou, S., “The Sacrifice of the Poet in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” (ENGL 323, Spring 2017), 2018 Awards in Literary Scholarship (1st place), Pacific University

Elder, R., “‘Knowledge is Not for Knowing’: Criticisms of Empiricism in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia” (ENGL 340, Fall 2016), 2017 Awards in Literary Scholarship (1st place), Pacific University

Elliot, C., “Plastic Paradise: Environment and Implication in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It” (ENGL 340, Fall 2016), 2017 Awards in Literary Scholarship (honorable mention), Pacific University

Publications

Bush, K., “Bite Down,” The Rectangle: Sigma Tau Delta Journal of Creative Writing 95 (2020): 54–60

Riper, K., “Some Kind of Permanent,” The Rectangle: Sigma Tau Delta Journal of Creative Writing 95 (2020): 64–68

Bush, K., “‘The Sweetest Savor’: Active Male Penetrators and Societal Anxieties in Arthurian Legend,” International Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry 11, no. 3, Special Issue: Fight or Flyte - Pride and Masculinity in Medieval England (2019): 1–7

Jones, A., “‘With middal smal and wel ymake’: Objectification and Power in Medieval English Love Songs,” International Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry 11, no. 3, Special Issue: Fight or Flyte - Pride and Masculinity in Medieval England (2019): 1–7

McCarthy, C., “Who’s to Blame?: Chivalric Projection and the Gender of Guilt,” International Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry 11, no. 3, Special Issue: Fight or Flyte - Pride and Masculinity in Medieval England (2019): 1–7.

McFarlane, M., “‘She had snatched their trophy’: ‘Lanval,’ ‘Beowulf,’ and the Weaver-cum-Warrior,” International Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry 11, no. 3, Special Issue: Fight or Flyte - Pride and Masculinity in Medieval England (2019): 1–6

Riper, K., “Them’s Flyting Words: The Boundaries of Acceptable Affronts in Medieval Poetry,” International Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry 11, no. 3, Special Issue: Fight or Flyte - Pride and Masculinity in Medieval England (2019): 1–6

Roth, K., “The Beard Conceals and Reveals: Covert Hair in Fourteenth-Century Chivalric Romance,” International Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry 11, no. 3, Special Issue: Fight or Flyte - Pride and Masculinity in Medieval England (2019): 1–6

Savini, R., “The —ick of It: Phalluses, Swords, and Character Development in ‘Beowulf’ and ‘Morte d’Arthur’,” International Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry 11, no. 3, Special Issue: Fight or Flyte - Pride and Masculinity in Medieval England (2019): 1–6

Stewart, R., “The Original Scarlet Letter: Flyting, Green Girdles, and Medieval Order in England,” *International Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry *11, no. 3, Special Issue: Fight or Flyte - Pride and Masculinity in Medieval England (2019): 1–6

Riper, K., “‘Round about her tomb they go’: Editorial Emendation in Much Ado About Nothing,” The Review: Sigma Tau Delta Journal of Critical Writing 16 (2019): 176–81

Presentations

Stewart, R., & J. Marx., “Hayma’s Journey: Rohingya Refugee Discourse in the United States Elementary Classroom,” National Conference of Undergraduate Research, Montana State University (26 Mar 2020)

McFarlane, M., “Over the Rainbow,” Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society annual convention (25 Mar 2020)

Gauer, G., “Shadow Blocks, Subjugated Rocks: Staging Women and the West in Quilters (1982),” Northwest Undergraduate Conference in Literature, University of Portland (14 Mar 2020)

McCarthy, C., “Political Stakes in Wooden Places: Power and Forests in Macbeth (1606), The Cherry Orchard (1904), and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2009),” Northwest Undergraduate Conference in Literature, University of Portland (14 Mar 2020)

McFarlane, M., “‘This pile of rot’: Decomposition, Birds, and Disease in Anne Carson’s Antigonick (2012),” Northwest Undergraduate Conference in Literature, University of Portland (14 Mar 2020)

Nelson, E., “‘Philosophy suits our Sex, just as Jack Boots would do’: Philosophy, Gender, and Susanna Centlivre’s The Basset Table (1705),” Northwest Undergraduate Conference in Literature, University of Portland (14 Mar 2020)

Stewart, R., “‘The Air is Delicate’: Law, Wind, and the Weird Sisters in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (1606).” Northwest Undergraduate Conference in Literature, University of Portland (14 Mar 2020)

Whittington, P., “Bye-bye Birdie: Ecodidacticism and Augury in Macbeth (1606)” Northwest Undergraduate Conference in Literature, University of Portland (14 Mar 2020)

McFarlane, M., “‘Will you Learne?’: Enskillment in Boy Companies of the Later Renaissance and Gallathea,” Emerging Scholars Symposium, Mid-America Theatre Conference (5 Mar 2020)

McCarthy, C., “Beauty in Bitterness: Shifted Connotations and Characterization in Much Ado About Nothing,” Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities, North Idaho University (9 Nov 2019)

McFarlane, M., “‘Walking on Ayre’: Lost Set and Stage Directions in John Lyly’s Gallathea,” Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities, North Idaho University (9 Nov 2019)

Stewart, R., “‘Sermons in Stones’: Courts, Knowledge, and Nature in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It,” Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities, North Idaho University (9 Nov 2019)

Bush, K., “‘The Sweetest Savor’: Active Male Penetrators and Societal Anxieties in Arthurian Legend,” All-Ireland Conference of Undergraduate Research, University of Limerick (28 Mar 2019)

Nelson, E., “Bringing Morals to the Table: English Medieval Leadership from ‘Beowulf’ to ‘Sir Gawain,’” Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Seattle University (23 Mar 2019)

Riper, K., “Them’s Flyting Words: The Boundaries of Acceptable Affronts in Medieval Poetry,” Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Seattle University (23 Mar 2019)

Stewart, R., “The Original Scarlet Letter: Flyting, Green Girdles, and Medieval Order in England,” Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Seattle University (23 Mar 2019)

Bush, K., ‘“We’ll cook him up in a stew’: Stepmothers and Primogeniture in the Brothers Grimm’s ‘The Juniper Tree,’” Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities, North Idaho College (3 Nov 2018)

Riper, K., “‘Wisdom and Blood Combating’: Humoral Theory and Violence in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Julius Caesar,” Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities, North Idaho College (3 Nov 2018)

Ballou, S., “The Sacrifice of the Poet in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.” Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature, University of Portland (24 Mar 2018)

Dolgin, T., “Detection and Deduction: A Study in the History of Sherlock Holmes,” Pacific University Undergraduate Research Conference (14 Nov 2017)

Ballou, S., “The Dichotomy of Life and Death and Its Effect on Nell in The Old Curiosity Shop,” Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities, North Idaho College (4 Nov 2017)

Riper, K., “Hero’s Epitaph: Penance and the Politics of Editorial Emendation in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing,” Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities, North Idaho College (4 Nov 2017)

Elder, R., “‘Knowledge is Not for Knowing’: Criticisms of Empiricism in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia,” Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature, University of Portland (25 Mar 2017)

Internships

Gauer, G., Editorial assistant, International Journal for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (Spring 2020)

Whittington, P., Dramaturgy apprentice, Orphic Theatre (Winter 2020)

Riper, K., Dramaturgy apprentice, Orphic Theatre (Winter 2019)

Stewart, R., MFA Residency intern, Pacific University (Winter 2018)

Bush, K., Social Media Management intern, Silk Road Review (2018-19)

Zmuda, A., Acting apprentice, Original Practice Shakespeare Festival (Summer 2018)

Addison, K., Oregon Book Awards intern, Literary Arts (Spring 2018)

Ballou, S., @LiteraryArts Event intern, Literary Arts (Spring 2018)

Stewart, R., Community Outreach intern for State Representative Susan McLain, Democratic Party of Oregon (Spring 2018)

Riper, K., MFA Residency intern, Pacific University (Winter 2017)

Dolgin, T., @LiteraryArts Event intern, Literary Arts (Fall 2017)

Ballou, S., MFA Residency intern, Pacific University (Summer 2017)

Dixon, E., Acting apprentice, Original Practice Shakespeare Festival (Summer 2017)

Research Assistants

Stewart, R., Alabama Shakespeare Project, English Department, University of Alabama (2021-22)

Pate, T., SyllaBits, Collaborative Arts Research Initiative, University of Alabama (Summer 2021)

Placements

Recent undergraduate advisees have gone on to pursue graduate studies in literature, theatre, and law, among others, having been accepted to

  • Arizona State University (Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies)
  • Boston College
  • Emerson College (MFA Publishing)
  • Georgetown University (MA Art & Museum Studies)
  • McGill University
  • Ohio State University
  • Portland State University (MA/MS in Book Publishing)
  • SUNY-Buffalo
  • University of Alabama (Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Library Science)
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University (Law)

Updated 2022-04-30