Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608
University of Virginia, Ph.D., 1972
University of Virginia, M.A., 1968
University of Richmond, B.A., 1967
Appalachian State University, 1973--present
Exemplary Post-tenure review, Spring 1999, Spring, 2004
Graduate Faculty, reappointed for full term, Spring, 1998
Full professor, 1987
Associate professor, 1976
Tenure awarded, 1977
Assistant professor, 1973
University of New Hampshire, 1971--1973
Offered tenure track position, 1973
Appointed to two year temporary position, 1971.
Hybrid online Advanced Expository Writing Course, Summer, 2006
General Honors 3515: Human Futures as seen through speculative fiction, spring
Pilot section in technologically enhanced first-year offerings, EXCEL Project,
August, 1999-May 2000
Graduate Writing Pedagogy seminar, including proposing and teaching first
Graduate Nineteenth Century American Literature seminar
Undergraduate Advanced Expository writing, Introductory Expository writing and
proposing and teaching Basic writing
Undergraduate Colonial, Nineteenth Century and Modern American majors'
Sophomore Honors seminars in Nineteenth Century and Postmodern American
Literature and both halves of the American Literature survey.
Served as mentor in WEBCT staff development workshop, May, 1999
Developed and presented Hubbard Center series of faculty development
seminars to begin implementation of Core Curriculum writing intensive
courses, both semesters, 1991-93
University of North Carolina Board of Governor's Excellence in Teaching Award,
Inducted into Academy of Outstanding Teachers, College of Arts and Sciences,
Nominated for Outstanding Teacher Academy for College of Arts and Sciences,
Nominated for Arts and Science's Outstanding Teacher Award by Student
Government Association, April, 1988
Participated in Caldwell County Grant to improve history instruction—by including
different kinds of texts, some literary, in their curriculum. June, 2006
Led essay reading in regional phase of Young Columbus Contest sponsored by
Winston -Salem Journal, 1996, 1997, 1998: read school essay winners from high
school juniors from all NW region to nominate state finalists for trip abroad and
Directed and co-directed the Appalachian Writing Project, 1983—1995:
-thirteen successful competitive SDPI grant proposals
- four successful highly competitive federal matching grants
-thirteen Summer Institute programs, with different Project
guidelines as goals shifted at state and national levels
- managed budgets over $200,000 in teacher stipends,
tuition grants and consulting
- more than three hundred regional K-14 writing and
language arts teachers recruited, taught and assisted with
-several NW county school systems and the NW Regional
Educational Center recognized AWP as having made a
direct impact on the writing instruction (and state ranking in
University --last six years
Instructional Technology Advisory Committee, fall, 2003--present
Library Planning Committee spring 2001- spring 2003
Served as site monitor, Fall Focus Day, September, 2000
Assessment Committee, fall, 1998-2003
Special and ongoing University Service
Appointed director of ASU Summer Reading program, fall, 2006
Conducted both phases of Office of Institutional Research writing assessments
as part of preparation for SACS accreditation review.
Phase 1--December, 1998--approximately 1300 essays, led reading team,
recorded results and contributed to assessment of results
Phase 2--Spring, 2000--approximately 1200 essays, led team, recorded
results and contributed to assessment of results.
Coordinated University Writing Placement in cooperation with Office of Academic
Affairs, Admissions, Orientation and the Registrar (1981—present). The duties of
the co-coordinator include:
-Develop and revise scoring rubrics in consultation
with placement readers and Office of Testing
-Initiate process to revise and generate writing
-Lead reading team during summer Orientation and
academic year follow up readings--~1300 essays read
and students placed.
-Report results and assess placement effectiveness.
-Provide placement for APP program each spring
College of Arts and Sciences---recent
General Education Task Force, Spring ,2003 to Spring, 2004
Technology Advisory Committee, Fall, 2003 to present
Department recent service:
Core Curriculum, occasional 2003-present
Chair, Equipment, Technology and Building, 2001-present
Advisory Committee, 2002-present
Full time, non-tenure track search committee, spring 2003
Colonial American position search committee, fall 2001and spring 2002
Began and maintains departmental listserv, construed, November, 1998-present
Developed and maintained English Department Web-site, March 1997—March,
Organized and presented in a series of tech workshops for English Department
faculty, Sept 2001-April 2003.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY –last six years
Regional Conference presentations
“Web Discussion in Literary Survey Classes,” Lilly South Conference, February
22, 2006. (looks at written fluency and course specific knowledge as related to
“ Web discussion Fora: Enhancing Learning In Literature Survey Classes,” April
6, 2002, Greensboro, UNC-G Conference on Technology in the College English
“ Web Discussion Scores as Measures of Student Learning: The Limits of
Statistical Knowledge” April 11, 2002, Greensboro, UNC Teaching and Learning
Through Technology Conference. (looks at correlation of grades to forum use)
“Geopolitics and Gender: the good Ole‟ Boys and Little Girls in Gibson‟s Virtual
Light and Stephenson‟s Cryptonomicon.” Popular Culture Association in the
South. Essay accepted, registration fee paid, flight paid for (by me), listed on
conference program for October 5, 2001—but not delivered because of 9/11 flight
"Tom Wolfe's Rehabilitation of Southern Males," Popular Culture Association
Conference, October, 1999.
Regional Presentations under the auspices of ” Let‟s Talk About It” : a North Carolina
Humanities program to bring university scholars to regional libraries to present on and
facilitate discussion of literary texts.
“Space Merchants: A Look at Our Consumerist Present” Hickory City Library,
“ Invisible Man: A Reconsideration “ Yancy County Library, NC, October 16, 2001
" A House Divided: Uncle Tom's Cabin's as Radical Romance”: Burnsville Public
Library, September 12, 2000.
“ Ralph Ellison‟s Old Modernism,” Hendersonville Public Library, May, 2000.
“ More than a Book for Children: Grahame‟s Wind in the Willows,” Brevard
Library, April, 2000.
"Different Perspectives on Charlotte Perkins Gilman‟s „Yellow Wallpaper, „”
Mitchell County Library, September, 1999.
“General Education in the 21st Century,” part of a ASU faculty group presentation,
August 15, 2003.
“ Curriculum reform: Where do we go from here?” part of English Department
Writing Workshop, Nov. 15, 2001
“Early Findings for using web fora,” panel participation, ITS, ASU, May 14, 2000
"Changing Ideas about Literacy: The Story of English 1000," ASU Humanities
Series, January, 2000.
"On-line Forum: using Cyberspace to prepare for face-to-face, " Chancellor‟s
Technology Conference, December,1999
Both state and National Writing Project grants—1983-1995—see above
Successful internal grant application for English Department participation in University
pilot project to integrate technology into typical first year course load. March, 1998.
Grant funded, $21,000, May, 1998
$11.4K for instructional technology for department, including mobile projector
and laptop for class room use.
Nine hours of reassigned time for English Department faculty--three hours
each for three faculty members (Arant, Boyd and Maiden) to explore software
and hardware configurations to implement pilot for Fall, '99.