I am a full-time, tenure-track instructor at Hillsborough Community College. I also possess writing assessment experience with Educational Testing Services, Measurement Incorporated, and the University of Tampa. I have a significant amount of experience in curriculum development as well.
I have earned my Ph.D. in English from the the English Department at the University of South Florida. I also possess a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts, a Graduate Certificate in Comparative Literary Studies, a Bachelor's Degree in English, and an Associate in Arts Degree.
Teaching Experience and Interests
I primarily teach courses in writing and literature, though I have also designed and taught courses such as Introduction to Literature, Introduction to the Humanities, Humanities: Renaissance through Modern Day, Technical Writing for Health Sciences Majors, and Professional Writing. I am also interested in developing and teaching courses on adaptations, as well as on the Bible as Literature. I am currently developing a course titled "Shakespeare 2.0."
I research early modern literature (especially Shakespearean drama) and culture, adaptation studies, colonial history, and postcolonial studies, frequently exploring the intersections of these fields.
My doctoral dissertation, "Race, Gender, and Colonialism in Three Post-Colonial Adaptations of Three Plays by William Shakespeare," includes original analyses of Murray Carlin's Not Now, Sweet Desdemona, Derek Walcott's A Branch of the Blue Nile, and Aimé Césaire's A Tempest, which are post-colonial adaptations of William Shakespeare's Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Tempest, respectively. Fusing post-colonial and rhetorical theory, my dissertation argues that these adaptations should be viewed as both primary and secondary sources--that these plays offer the first post-colonial criticism of Shakespeare's plays.
My academic work has appeared in Shakespeare Bulletin and Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, and my creative writing and articles for undergraduate students have been published in Napalm Health Spa and on Writing Commons. I regularly present at local and regional conferences, such as the Florida College English Association, The South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and the British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference.
Engagement with the Profession
Inspired by a commitment to reduce and/or eliminate barriers that prevent people from obtaining an education, I strongly advocate Open Access Resources, and I volunteer with websites such as Writing Commons, a free, comprehensive, peer-reviewed award-winning open text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require research and writing. I have also chaired and/or co-chaired panels at conferences, and I regularly write and present in the field.