Mara CV

Miriam O’Kane Mara
Curriculum Vitae 


Degrees Earned

Doctor of Philosophy, English. University of New Mexico, 2003.

Master of Arts, English. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1998.

Bachelor of Arts, International Studies. Jacksonville University, 1989.
Summa Cum Laude, Social Sciences Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

Specialized Training

Oideas Gael Adult Irish Language Immersion Course, Gleann Cholm Cille. Summers 2013, 2014 2015.
Higher Education Resource Services (HERS). Leadership Institute, Summer 2011.

Academic Positions

Associate Professor: Arizona State University 2016-present.
Fulbright Scholar: Kenya 2016-2017
Professor:  North Dakota State University, 2015-2016.
Associate Professor: North Dakota State University, 2010- 2015.
Assistant Professor: North Dakota State University, 2006-2010.
Assistant Professor: Ohio Northern University, 2003-2006.
Instructor/Teaching Assistant: University of New Mexico, 1998-2003.

Administrative Positions

Chair, Sociology and Anthropology, 2015-16 one-year appointment

            Plan and manage department policies
            Schedule and person courses
            Manage department budgets
            Represent department to Dean and Provost
            Mentor and evaluate faculty

Graduate Director, English, 2013-2016.

           Plan and direct policy for graduate programs.
           Manage graduate curriculum.
           Facilitate professionalization of students through programming and communication.
           Recruit promising graduate students into the programs.


Refereed Journal Articles

“Blending Humanistic and Rhetorical Analysis to Locate Gendered Dimensions of Kenyan Medical Practitioner Attitudes about Cancer” with Dr. Andrew Mara. Technical Communication Quarterly (TCQ) Special Issue on Medical Humanities and/or the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine. eds Richard Johnson Sheehan and Elizabeth Angeli. In production / forthcoming 2018.

“Ireland on the Waves: Colum McCann’s Transatlantic as Intergenerational Female Immram.”  with Dr. Andrew Mara.  Nordic Irish Studies Vol 14. 2015.

“PostTiger, Posthuman: Cyborg Irish Identity in The Dead Republic.” Midwest Quarterly LVI: 3, Spring 2015.272-287

“North Dakota State University’s Hybrid Technical Communication PhD,” with Dr. Andrew Mara and Heather Steinmann. Programmatic Perspectives 7:1 Spring 2015.

“Mundane Doubles: Anorexia in the Short Fiction of Anne Enright and Colum McCann.” Spring 2014 New Hibernia Review 18:1. 120-135.

“Nuala O’Faolain: New Departures in Textual and Genetic Criticism.” Irish Studies Review 21:3, August 2013. 342-352.

“Translating Health Care: Stories from Refugees, Providers, and Friends” with Kevin Brooks. Rhetoric, Professional Communication, & Globalization. 3:1, Dec 2012. 58-73.

“The Efficacy of Faculty Student Interaction within Faculty-In-Residence.” with Andrew Mara. Innovative Higher Education 36:2, April, 2011. 71-82.

“Just this Once: Urban Ireland in Film.” Irish Studies Review 18:4, November 2010. 427-438.

“Spreading the (Dis)ease: Gardasil and the Gendering of HPV.” Feminist Formations (formerly National Women’s Studies Association Journal), 22:2 September, 2010. 124-143.

“James Joyce and the Politics of Food” New Hibernia Review 13:4, Winter 2009. 94-110.

“Reproductive Cancer: Female Autonomy and Border Crossing in Medical Discourse and Fiction.” Irish Studies Review, 17:4 Nov, 2009. 467-483.

(Re)producing Identity & Creating Famine in Nuala O’Faolain’s My Dream of You.Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 48:2 Heldref Publications, 2007. 197-216.

“Sucking the Empire Dry: Colonial Critique in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.Dickens Studies Annual Vol 32, New York: AMS Press, 2003. 233-246.

Refereed Book Chapters

“Food, Hunger, and Irish Identity: Self-Starvation in Colum McCann’s ‘Hunger Strike’ “ Food and Literature Ed. Gitalanji Shahali. Cambridge Critical Concepts Series. Forthcoming Cambridge UP.

“Counterpart’s Clashing Cultures: Navigating Among Print, Printing, and Oral Narratives in Turn of the Century Dublin” Rethinking Mobility, Paralysis, and Identity in Dubliners.”  Eds Claire Culleton and Ellen Scheible. Palgrave 2017. 145-159.

“Ethnography as Rhetorical XA Research Aggregator” with Dr. Andrew Mara. Rhetoric and Experience Architecture, eds. Michael Salvo and Liza Potts. Parlor Press,  2017. 184-196.

“Irish Identification as Exigence: A Self-Service Case Study for Producing User Documentation.” with Andrew Mara. Computer-Mediated Communication across Cultures: International Interactions in Online Environments. Eds Kirk St. Amant & Sigrid Kelsey. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2012. 173-186.

“Seeking the Future in Fishing the Sloe Black River” with Rebecca Oster Bach. This Side of Brightness: Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann. Eds Eoin Flannery & Susan Cahill. Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing, 2012. 9-28.

Almost There: The Search for Global Irishness in Nuala O’Faolain” Redefinitions of Irish Identity in the Twenty-First Century: A Postnational Approach. Eds Irene Gilsenan Nordin and Carmen Zamorano Llena. Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing, November 2010.

“Reading the Landscape for Clues: Environment in Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.” Out of the Earth: Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts. Ed Christine Cusick. Cork: Cork UP, June 3, 2010. 178-188.

“The Geography of Body: Borders in Edna O’Brien’s Down By the River and Colum McCann’s ‘Sisters.’” The Current Debate About the Irish Literary Canon. Ed. Helen Thompson. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2006. 311-330.

Invited Publications

“Mundane Doubles: Anorexia in the short fiction of Anne Enright and Colum McCann.” Contemporary Literary Criticism Anne Enright. Gale Cengage.  2017. Reprint.

“Sucking the Empire Dry: Colonial Critique in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.Global Dickens eds John O. Jordan and Nirshan Perera. London: Ashgate, July 2012. Reprint.

Refereed Proceedings

“Capturing Social Value in UX Projects” with Dr. Andrew Mara. SIGDOC ’15: Proceedings of the 26th Annual International Conference on Design of Communication. Limerick, ACM Press, 2015.


The Literature of Northern Ireland: Spectral Borderlands. Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 for Irish Studies Review 25.4 (November 2017).

Location, Location, Location. Review of Prodigals and Geniuses: The Writers and Artists of Dublin’s Baggotonia Brendan Lynch. Dublin: The Liffey Press, 2011 for Irish Literary Supplement. October 2013.

 Hungry Words: Images of Famine in the Irish Canon eds George Cusack and Sarah Goss. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006 for New Hibernia Review 11:4 (Winter 2007) 157-8.

Publications Under Development

“Bras, Bros, and Colons: How Even the Mayo Clinic Gets it Wrong Gendering Cancer” Gendered Pathologies eds Michele Eble and Erin Frost. Chapter accepted.

Agile Ethnography: Find and Build Supportive Digital Publics with Dr. Andrew Mara. Proposal in development.

Editorships and Publication Reviewing

Book Proposal Reviewer. Broadview Press.
Editorial Board. International Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication, & Globalization.
Reviewer. Contemporary Women’s Writing.
Reviewer. Irish Studies Review.
Reviewer. New Hibernia Review.
Reviewer. Literary and Linguistic Computing.
Reviewer. MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.
Reviewer. Studies in the Humanities.
Reviewer: Studies in the Novel.

Refereed Conference Presentations

“Farming and the academy: “what work is” in contemporary Ireland” American Conference for Irish Studies West. Spokane, WA. October 20, 2017.

“Threats in the Archive: Argumentum Ad Baculum or Civic Fear Appeals in the Bovard Anti-Letters” CCCC Annual Convention. Houston, TX. April 8, 2016.

“Women’s Ways of Arguing: Topoi in the Anti-Letters of the Jane Bovard Collection” 10th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference.Tempe, Arizona. October 28- 31, 2015.

“Capturing Social Value in UX Projects” with Dr. Andrew Mara. SIGDOC ’15. Limerick, Ireland. July 17, 2015.

“How Networks Define Us: #Counterparts” American Conference for Irish Studies, Miami, Fl. March, 2015.

“Pink-washing or Fear-mongering: how the specter of oncogenic women undercuts autonomy in the breast cancer narrative” Women’s Week Events Series 2015, Fargo, ND. March 4, 2015.

“Rhetorical Interventions Aimed at Revolutionary Women: Threats in the Anti-Letters of the Jane Bovard Collection” Red River Women’s Studies Conference. Fargo, ND. October, 2014.

“Collective Redemption: Colum McCann’s TransAtlantic as Multi-generational Immram” American Conference for Irish Studies, Dublin, Ireland. June, 2014.

“Heroism vs Neuroses: Understanding Self-Starvation in ‘Hunger Strike’” Midwest American Conference for Irish Studies, Iowa City, Iowa. October 11, 2013.

“Kenyan Healthscapes: Oncogenic Woman in the Nairobi Cancer Registry” Feminisms and Rhetorics. Palo Alto, California. September 25, 2013.

“Machinic Masculinity and Digital Passivity: Networks of Sadness in the Past and Present of Anne Enright’s Fiction” American Conference for Irish Studies, Chicago, Illinois. April, 2013.

“Planes, Trains, and Wooden Legs: The Global Posthuman in Roddy Doyle’s The Dead RepublicAmerican Conference for Irish Studies, Madison, Wisconsin. April 2, 2011. Panel organizer for Posthuman PostTiger Ireland.

“Whose Disordered Eating: Telling the Story of Anorexia in Contemporary Ireland.” Midwest American Conference for Irish Studies, Grand Rapids, Michigan. October 22, 2010.

“Ray Cashman’s Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border: Implications and indications.” American Conference for Irish Studies, State College, Pennsylvania. May 7, 2010.

“Medical Rebellion: How Feminists Changed the CDC and FDA” Women’s Week Events Series 2010, Fargo, ND. March 5, 2010.

“Postmodern Feminisms and Irish Medicine: the Feminization of cancer in The Light of Evening and Irish Medical Journal. Panel Organizer. Midwest American Conference for Irish Studies, Carbondale, Illinois. October 11, 2009.

“Hybridizing Literature and Rhetoric (Technical Communication)” Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Aarhus, Denmark. August 21, 2009.

“The New Irish Sell old Ireland: Immigration, Landscape, and the Tourism Trade” American Conference for Irish Studies, Galway, Ireland. June 10, 2009.

“Ireland as Celtic Canvas” West American Conference for Irish Studies, Albuquerque, NM. October 21, 2008.

“Investigating Departures: Textual Scholarship for Contemporary Irish Writers” Midwest American Conference for Irish Studies. St. Paul, Minnesota, October 11, 2008.

“Global Ireland in Film” American Conference for Irish Studies. Davenport, Iowa, April 18, 2008.

“Spreading the Disease: HPV and the Gendering of Risk” CCCC. New Orleans, LA. April 4, 2008.

“Communities of Health Care and Technical Writing: Roundtable for teaching themes, techniques, and technologies” Annual Conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. New Orleans, LA. April 2, 2008.

“Remembering Identity? Irishness and Globalism in Nuala O’Faolain’s Memoirs.” Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota. Fargo, ND. September 28, 2007.

“Nuala O’Faolain’s Almost There.” Panel Organizer. American Conference for Irish Studies. New York, NY. April 19, 2007.

“ ‘Liquids I Can Eat:’ Stephen Dedalus Channels Female Anorexia” Grian Conference. New York. March 4, 2006.

“Pathologies of Femininity: Cancer Crossing the Borders of the Body in O’Brien and O’Faolain” Panel Organizer. American Conference for Irish Studies. South Bend, Indiana. April 15, 2005.

“Starving and Feasting in Nuala O’Faolain and James Joyce” Bloomsday 100: 19th International James Joyce Symposium, Dublin, Ireland. June 15, 2004.

“Anorexia: Food and Control in Edna O’Brien’s Fiction.” The Irish Renaissance Cultural Festival, Albuquerque, NM. October, 2001.

“Roddy Doyle’s own Bird Girl: An Eco-Critical Reading of Paddy Clarke Ha, Ha, Ha.Southwest Symposium, Albuquerque, NM. April, 2001.

“The Schizophrenia of Narrators in Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White.Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States, Los Angeles, CA. October 22, 2000.

“Epiphany or Rebirth: Evaluating the Bird Girl in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.Miami Joyce Conference, Miami, FL. February 7, 2000.

“The Trope of Silence in John Montague and Seamus Heaney.” American Conference for Irish Studies, Roanoke, VA. May 17, 1999.

Invited Presentations

“Food and Hunger in Colum McCann” Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. October 13, 2016.

“Globalism, Transnationalism, and Problems with Translation” Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. February, 2012.

“Talking About the Walk: Selling your R.A. Skills” Tri-College Residence Life Conference. Moorhead, MN. November, 2008.

“Facing the New Normal.” Lecture to Pennsylvania State University, Department of English. State College, PA. May 2004.

“Anorexia, Food, and Space in Contemporary Irish Literature.” Lecture to Irish-American Society: Albuquerque, NM. October 11, 2002.

Academic Honors & Awards

Tapestry of Diverse Talents. Fall 2013. NDSU.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Outstanding Research Award Honorable Mention, 2012. NDSU.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award, 2010. NDSU.

English Department Vogel Teaching Award, 2009. NDSU.

Residence Life Faculty Member of the Year 2008-2009. NDSU.

Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars.

Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society.

Phi Kappa Phi, 1988.

Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society.

Grant Activity

Fulbright Scholar. Research and Teaching, Nairobi, Kenya. Funded. September 2016- May 2017.

FORWARD INCLUDES. Broader Participation Challenge, National Science Foundation. Co-Principal Investigator. Pre-proposal not recommended for application. 2016.

Clare Boothe Luce Program Professorship Award. Principal Investigator. Not funded. 2016.

Summer Gaeltacht Award. Irish Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. €820. Funded 2015.

Gunlogson Endowment, Institute for Regional Studies. $5000. Funded. 2014.

South Sudan Higher Education Initiative for Equity and Leadership Development sponsored by USAID and HED. $4,275,000. Principal Investigator. Not funded. 2012.

Fulbright Scholar Program. Research and Teaching, Kenya. Alternate, not funded. 2011-2012.

FORWARD Leadership Development Grant: NDSU and NSF. Co-funded by AHSS and Department of English. $7300. Spring/Summer 2011.

FORWARD Mentor Relationship Travel Grant: NDSU and NSF. $1380. Funded. Spring 2011.

FORWARD Mentor Relationship Travel Grant: NDSU and NSF. $1415. Funded. Spring 2010.

FORWARD Mid-career Mentoring mini-grant: NDSU and NSF. $500. With Elizabeth Birmingham. Funded. Fall 2010.

RCATT Travel Grant: NDSU. $500. Funded. Summer 2009.

International Research and Travel Grant: NDSU (International Programs). $2000. Funded. Summer 2008.

Arts Humanities & Social Sciences: NDSU. $1500. Funded. Summer 2008.

RCATT Travel Grant: NDSU. $300. Funded. Spring 2008.

Faculty Development Grant: College of Arts and Sciences, ONU. $1300. Funded. Summer 2005.

Faculty Development Grant: College of Arts and Sciences, ONU. $1000. Funded. Summer 2004.

Campus Workshops, Forums and Guest Lectures

Guest lecture. “New Americans, Bioethics, and Medicalization” Cultural Competence course, taught by Dr. Andrea Huseth. Department of Public Health. NDSU. October 20, 2015.

Panel Member “Insights to a successful academic career as a female scholar” Women in Research. NDSU. March 6, 2015.

“Anti-Abortion Rhetoric: Jane Bovard and North Dakota Not-Nice” Doing Documentary Work: Gunlogson Endowed Scholars at NDSU. Main Library. January 27, 2015.

“What Makes Good Science Writing” Round Table as part of Psychology Department Colloquia. With visiting scholar Jordynn Jack (UNC-CH). Fall 2014.

“Kenyan Healthscapes: Oncogenic Women in Fiction and Health Documents” Women In Research. Fargo, ND. March 6, 2013.

Faculty Interactions: How to Value Your FIRE Efforts” – Faculty In Residence Education, Semester Luncheon. Fargo, ND. November 17, 2011.

“Academics and the Writing Process,” NDSU New Faculty Workshops, FORWARD, Fargo, ND. October 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015.

“Your Money: Finances for Young People” LLC Colloquia Series, Fargo, NDSU Fall 2008.

“Taking the GRE: How to Prepare,” Workshop for English Graduate Student Organization, NDSU, Fall 2008.

“Document Design for the Vertical Writing Classroom” Presentation to T.A. Orientation, NDSU, Fall 2008.

“Conference Presentations: What to do After You Make it On the Program,” Workshop for Graduate and Teaching Assistants Organization, NDSU, Fall 2007.

“Class-based Ethos in the Denial of Patient’s Rights.” Symposium Series: A Pharmacist’s Right to Choose, Ohio Northern University, 2005.

University Teaching

Arizona State University

Kenyatta University

ALT 802: Theory of Literature
ALT 819: Gender in Literature

North Dakota State University:

Graduate Courses:

English 792: Independent Study: Oscar Wilde and the Decadents
English 793: Independent Study: Fashion and Linguistics
English 782: Irish Literature: Contemporary Irish Literature and Film
English 780: Studies in British Literature: Irish Literature (Irish Global Identity — Beyond Postcolonial)
English 780: Studies in British Literature: Irish Literature (Irish Women’s Literature)
English 762: Critical Theory
English 760: Graduate Scholarship

Undergraduate Courses:

WGS 450: Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies – Gender and Health
English 483: Topics in British Literature
English 385: British Fiction
English 377: Modern Poetry
English 335: Multicultural Writers
English 330: British & American Women Writers
English 325: Writing In the Health Professions
English 252: Survey of British Literature II
English 240: World Literature Masterpieces
English 220: Introduction to Literature (taught as Independent Study)
English 110: College Composition I

Ohio Northern University:

English 432: Studies in Comparative Literature
English 430: Readings in English-Language Literature – Post-colonial Literature.
English 324: Victorian Literature
English 263: Women’s Literature
English 262: African Literature
English 219: Non-Western Literature
English 214: British Literature II
English 204: Great Works
English 111: Writing 2
English 110: Writing 1

University of New Mexico:

English 537: Teaching Composition (team taught)
English 295: Survey of Later British Literature
English 220: Advanced Expository Writing
English 219: Technical Writing
First Year Learning Community Linked Writing Course
English 102: Argumentative Writing
English 101: Expository Writing

Other Teaching

Muslim Journeys Lecture and lead discussion as Humanities Scholar for AHSS and Fargo Public Libraries. Sponsored by grant from National Endowment for the Humanities. Spring 2014.

GRE Preparatory Class, University of New Mexico, Special Programs, Summer 2000.

Fantasy Quest: Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Duke University: Talent Identification Program, 1999.

Writing With Power, Duke University: Talent Identification Program, 1999.

Short Fiction, Duke University: Talent Identification Program, 1998.

Ph.D. Dissertations and Master’s Thesis Supervision

Justin Atwell. “Who are You? What do You Want?: Students Expectations of the Writing in the Sciences Course and Instructor” Spring 2017. PhD.

Neelam Jabeen. “Women and the Environment of the Global South: Toward a Postcolonial Ecofeminism” Fall 2016. PhD.

Holly Hagan. “Christabel’s Complexity: Coleridge’s View of Science, Nature and the Supernatural” Spring 2016. MA

Nesreen El Doliefy. “Societies of Control in Young Adult Literature: The Panoptic World of Veronica Roth’s Trilogy Divergent.” Fall 2015. MA.

Gina Kruschek. “The Girl, the Wardrobe, and the Film” Spring 2014. MA.

Gretchen Junglas. “Heteronormative ‘Recovery’ in The Bell Jar” Summer 2012. MA.

Rebecca Oster. “Pregnancy, Illness, and Violence: The Power Discourses of Motherhood in Mary Morissey’s Mother of Pearl.” Spring, 2011. MA.

Carissa Wolf. “Time to Play the Religion Card: Messiah Complexes in Battlestar Galactica.” Fall 2010. MA.

Bayan Al-Ammouri. “Hybridity Blends: National Identity and the Colonizer’s Identity in Chinua Achebe’s No Longer at Ease.” Spring 2009. MA.

Michelle Forness. “The Negative Impact of Memory and Identity: Ireland and the Clutches of Nationalism.” Spring 2008. MA.

Ph.D. Dissertations and Master’s Thesis Committees

Emilee Ruhland. “Heroism IS Life: Ideology, Remediation, and the Digital Humanities in Beowulf and its New Media Adaptations.”
 Spring 2017. MA 2nd Reader.

Steven Petherbridge. “Usury as a Human Problem in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.” Spring 2017. MA 2nd Reader.

Jessica Jean Hatti Piek. “(Re)Writing Sexual Consent: Affirmative Consent Culture in Sexual Misconduct Policies of Higher Education Institutions” Fall 2016. MA. 2nd Reader.

Kaylee Jangula Mootz. “Resisting Rape Myths in Young Adult Fiction: An Analysis of Young Adult Novels Speak and CRANK.” Spring 2016. MA. 2nd Reader.

Heather Steinmann. “Energetic Space: The Affect of Narrative Literature in a Composition Classroom” Summer 2015. PhD. 2nd Reader.

Steven Hammer. “Glitch Theory: Chimeras, Opacity, and Non-Modern Authorship” Spring 2014. PhD. 3rd Reader.

Alyson Lise Guthrie. “ ‘It’s Not About Health; it’s about Sex Pumpkin’: Reproductive Autonomy, Medicalization, and Contraceptive Rhetoric in the Wake of the War on Women” Summer 2013. MA. 2nd Reader.

Rebecca Joy Hayes. “ ‘Who are you and I…?’: The Rhetoric of Identity in the Aloha Eagles Letters.” Spring 2012. MA. 3rd Reader.

Elizabeth Johanson Nova. “Couple and Family Therapy Students’ Attitudes Toward Bisexual Clients” Department of Human Development and Family Science. Spring 2012. MA. 4th Reader.

Erik Kornkven. “ReMaterializing the Contact Zone.” Spring 2011. MA, 2nd Reader.

CeCe Rowhedder. “The Human Animal: Posthumanism in John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.” Spring 2011. MA, 2nd Reader.

Natalie Smith Carlson. “The Feminist Cure: Feminist Identity as a Shield From Hyper-Sexualized Media Induced Self-Objectification In College Women.” Summer 2010. MA, 2nd Reader.

Kyle Garey. “The Failure of Nurturance in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Spring 2010. MA, 3rd Reader.

Stacey Tobias. “The Power to (Re)Produce: Biological Determinism in McTeague” Spring 2010. MA, 2nd Reader.

Michele Willman. “Identity and Subjectivity Through the Placement of the Body in Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Travel Narratives North to the Orient and Listen! The Wind” Spring 2008. MA, 2nd Reader.

Darren Butke. “A Queer Reflection: The Revelation of Stanley Kowalski’s Queer Identity Through Blanche Dubois in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire” Fall 2007. MA, 3rd Reader.

MA Field Experience Mentoring

Gina Kruschek, Fall 2012. Academic publishing.
Erik Kornkven, Fall 2008. Teaching literature.

Senior Essays & Capstones Advised

Rachel Grider. “Small Voices: Invented Languages in Adams’ Watership Down.” NDSU. Fall 2014.

Anushi Weerasinghe. “Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: BBC Mini Television Series (1980 and 1995) -Their Success as Adaptations.” NDSU. Fall 2013.

Kate Hauge. “Honeymoon Hitchhikers: Archival Letters to Creative Nonfiction.” NDSU. Fall, 2012.

Courtney Schur. “The Divide in Feminism: Sex Positive versus Anti-Sex.” NDSU. Fall 2010.

R.J. Kirkevold. “A Dark Night in a city that knows how to keep it’s secrets: An analysis of the use of Noir conventions in Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock and Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep.” NDSU. Fall 2010.

Patrick Coughlin “ The Rhetoric of Health Care Reform.” NDSU. Fall 2009.

Courtney Good “Pride and Prejudice… and Zombies?” NDSU. Fall 2009.

Megan Moyer, “The Cultural Influence of Violence in Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted.” NDSU. Fall 2008.

Benjamin Austinson. “Bucket O’ Chicken” NDSU. Fall 2007.

Amy Uthus. “Gallery Book.” NDSU. Fall 2006.

Shelah Sterling. “What She Said: How Women in The Bone People and Once Were Warriors Build Maori Community,” ONU. Spring 2004.

Student Advisee Awards

Kaylee Jangula Mootz, Outstanding MA Paper Award, “We Have Not Lost…’ Anti-Abortion Rhetoric and the Futility of Female Power in Edna O’Brien’s Down By the River” Spring 2015.

Gina Kruschek, Outstanding MA Paper Award, “Re-Imagining Irish Fatherhood: Fiction and Film Talk Back to the Stereotype of Shitty Dads.” Spring 2013.

Rebecca Oster, RCATT Travel Award, for travel to Midwest American Conference on Irish Studies meeting to present, “Pregnancy Illness and Violence in Postmodern Ireland: The Power Discourses of Motherhood in Mary Morrissey’s Mother of Pearl.” Fall 2009.

Michele Wilman, Graduate Paper Award, “Gender Subversion in Dancing at Lughnasa” Spring 2007.

Sterling, Shelah. Highest Departmental Honors. “What She Said: How Women in The Bone People and Once Were Warriors Build Maori Community,” ONU Spring 2004

Professional and Community Service

International Service

Selection Committee. Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. YALI Department of State, US Embassy Nairobi, Kenya, January 2017.

Selection Committee. Foreign Language (Kiswahili) Teaching Assistants (FLTA) in the US. Fulbright Programs. Department of State, US Embassy Nairobi, Kenya, November 2016.

Service to the Profession

Co-Director. Midwest American Conference for Irish Studies. MSUM and NDSU. Fall, 2011. With Sandy Pearce of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Donald Murphy Book Prize for Distinguished first Book Committee Member, American Conference for Irish Studies, 2009.


Trainer and Coordinator: FORWARD Search Committee Training. 2014- 2016.

Strategic Enrollment Management Committee. 2016.

Doctoral Education Task Force. 2015.

Advance FORWARD member. 2014-2016.
Advance FORWARD Steering Committee. 2014-2016.

Ombudsperson Search Committee. 2013-2014.

Faculty Senate Ad-Hoc Ombudsperson Committee. 2012-2013.

Graduate Council. NDSU. 2012-2015.

Graduate Appeals Committee. NDSU. Summer 2013.

Search Committee Associate Dean for Student Professional & Program Development. NDSU. 2013.

Graduation Marshall. NDSU. Commencement, December, 2012

Peer Review of Teaching for Siew Lim (Economics), NDSU. Spring, 2011.

Promotion, Tenure & Evaluation, College of Pharmacy, Nursing, & Allied Sciences, NDSU. 2010-11.

Faculty Mentor to Sarah Browning (Political Science & Criminal Justice Dept), NDSU 2008-2009.

Faculty in Residence (Inaugural). Living Learning Center, NDSU 2008-2010.

Liaison to University of Limerick for Study Abroad programs, International Programs, NDSU, 2008.

Guest, Faculty Welfare Committee—Present Proposal for new Student Evaluation Form. ONU, Feb 2005.

Faculty Interviewer, Presidential Scholarship, ONU, Winter 2004.

Student Publications Board, UNM, Fall 2001 through Spring 2003.


Three-Minute Thesis Competition AHSS Selection Committee 2014-2016.

Student Success Committee AHSS, NDSU, 2008-2011.

Committee on Academic Qualifications, ONU, 2004-2006.

Department Committees

Chair, Graduate Committee 2013-2016.

Awards Committee 2013-2016.

Promotion, Tenure, and Evaluation Committee 2013-2014.

American Literature Search Committee, 2013.

Chair, Medieval Search Committee 2012-2013.

Social, Outreach, and Recognition Committee, NDSU, 2010-2012.

Graduate Committee, NDSU, 2012-present. Also 2007-2011.

Search Committee – Early Modern, NDSU 2007-2008.

Ph.D. Planning Committee, NDSU, 2006-2007

Curriculum Committee, NDSU, 2006-2010 — Chair, 2007-2010.

Vertical Writing Committee, NDSU, 2006-2007.

Committee on Undergraduate Writing (Assessment), ONU, 2005.

Essay Selection Committee, Department of English, ONU, 2005.

First Year Orientation, Department of English, ONU, 2004-2005.

Essay Selection Committee, Department of English, ONU 2004.

Freshman English Committee, Department of English, UNM, 2001-2002.

Coordinating Committee: Departmental Gender Colloquia, Department of English, UNM, 2002.

Graduate Committee, Department of English, UNM, 1999-2001.

Graduate Admissions Committee, Department of English, UNM, 1999-2001.

Other Department Service

Founder and organizer Job Seekers Group, NDSU Fall 2013.

Co-founder/organizer/sponsor Graduate Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camp, NDSU Summer 2009.

English Graduate Organization, faculty sponsor, NDSU 2008-2009.

Sigma Tau Delta co-mentor Spring, NDSU 2008.

Representative — meeting with prospective students. ONU, Fall 2005.

Program Organizer & Faculty Advisor: Graduate School Seekers Group, ONU, 2004-2006.

Prospective Student Recruitment, Department of English, ONU, 2004-2006.

President: English Graduate Student Association, Department of English, UNM, 2000-2001.

Research Assistant: Study on UNM Composition Program library and research component, 2001.

Teaching Assistant Mentor: Freshman English Program, Department of English, UNM, 2001-2003.

Treasurer: English Graduate Student Association, Department of English, UNM, 1999-2000.

Grant Administrator: Across The Tracks: A Route 66 Story. Department of English, UNM, 1999-2000.

Conference Planning

Planning Committee: Red River World Literature Conference, NDSU, 2008-2011.

Panel Chair: Medieval Association of the Midwest, NDSU, Fall, 2008.

Planning Committee: Linguistic Circle of Manitoba & North Dakota, NDSU, Fall, 2007.

Co-Director: Southwest Symposium, Department of English, UNM, 2002.

Graduate Assistant and web designer: The Irish Renaissance Cultural Festival, UNM, 2001.

Planning Committee: Southwest Symposium, Department of English, UNM, 2001.

Panel Moderator: “The Postmodern Southwest,” Southwest Symposium, UNM, March, 1999.

Planning Committee, Abstract Selection and Panel Formation Committee, Registration Committee: British Women Writers Conference, UNM 1998-1999.

Community Service

African Soul American Heart: guest speaker, fundraiser, and consultant (2012-2013) Fargo, Bismarck, and Grand Forks, ND: Nairobi, Kenya; and Duk Payuel, South Sudan.

Fargo-Moorhead Arts Partnership Re-Granting Committee (2010-2014)

North Dakota WIN (Women in Need) Fund, Board Trustee 2009-2015, President 2013-2015, & VicePresident 2009-2012.

Teacher Training: “Active Learning in a Transitioning Curriculum” Duk Primary School. Duk Payuel, South Sudan. March, 2012.

Fargo Gaeltacht (formerly Fargo-Moorhead Irish Language Association), 2007-2016. Co-Coordinator 2012- present.

Co-Organizer Fargo-Moorhead Celtic Crawl, Fall 2008, and Spring 2010.

Tutor to New American (Somali) high school students: Habiba Mohamad and Nasteho Adan, 2008-2009.

Professional Organizations

  • American Conference for Irish Studies
  • Irish American Cultural Institute
  • Modern Language Association
  • Teachers Without Borders

Professional Positions

Faculty Consultant: Advanced Placement Reading, Educational Testing Service, Summers 2002-2008.

Academic Advisor: University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1997-1998.

Writing Consultant: The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1996-1997.


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