EDUCATION

Ph.D., English Literature: Literature and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently a summers-only candidate.

M.A., English Literature, Mercy College, 2011. Graduated with distinction. Master’s Thesis: “The Role of Leadership in Western Adaptations in African and Caribbean Drama.”

B.A., English Literature, New York Institute of Technology, 2008. Summa Cum Laude.

TEACHING

Full-time Instructor of English and Literature
August 2016-present. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster, PA.
English Composition, Public Speaking, African American Literature, Video Games as Literature, Developmental Writing, and Technical Writing.

English Instructor (Full-time Adjunct)
January 2013—August 2016. Harrisburg Area Community College, Virtual campus.
Four courses a semester: World Literature I, Basic English, English Essentials, and English Composition I and II. Also, currently teaching one class a semester: Composition II, and World Lit. I and II.

Part-time Instructor
January 2013-May 2016. Southern New Hampshire University, online division.
One class each eight-week term. Composition I and II, Literary Theory, Black Literary Tradition, and Studies in Drama.

Part-time Instructor
August 2014-December 2014, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg.
One course every fall term depending on enrollment. Introduction to Literature.

Part-time Instructor
August 2013-December 2013, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven.
Two courses of College Writing Skills, a class required for students who do not meet the minimum requirement to place into English Composition.

English Instructor (Adjunct)
January 2013-December 2013. Thaddeus Stevens College, Lancaster, PA.
Two courses a semester: English Composition.

Lead Instructor of General Education / Online Learning Specialist
September 2010—December 2012. McCann School of Business and Technology. Carlisle, PA. Four to five courses per 12-week term: Developmental English, English Composition I and Composition II.
Duties as an Online Learning Specialist: Taught an orientation course (online and face-to-face) to acclimate students taking online courses for the first time, handled any issues students have logging on or navigating through the Moodle platform, and contacted students when showing little or no activity on their course.

General Education Instructor (Adjunct)
Keystone Technical Institute, Harrisburg, PA, January 2010 – January 2011.
Courses: Business Communications, Speech Communications, Bookkeeping, Small Business Management, College Math, Psychology, Sociology, and Grammar.

PRESENTATIONS

“Teaching Video Games to the Expert Player.” Northeast Modern Language Association's 49th Annual Convention. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 14 April 2018.

“Teaching Social Justice through Video Games.” 48th Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Black Conference On Higher Education. Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel, Harrisburg, PA. 23 February 2018.

“The Representation of Human Rights in Nadine Gordimer's Burger's Daughter.” 42nd Annual Conference of the African Literature Association. Yale University, New Haven, CT. 16 June 2017.

“The Representation of Social Justice and Africa in Video Games.” 41st Annual Conference of the African Literature Association. Emory College, Atlanta, GA. 6 April 2016.

“The Construction of Race through Law and Disorder in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy.” MELUS Conference, Omni Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA 16 March 2013.

“Leaving Home to Find Home: A Common Theme in the Works of Derek Walcott.” 31st Annual West Indian Literature Conference: Imagined Nations Fifty Years Later. University of Miami, Miami, FL. 12 Oct. 2012.

“Greek Adaptations in African and Caribbean Literature: The Notion of Revenge as a Universal.” 38th Annual Conference of the African Literature Association: Human Rights, Literature, and the Visual Arts in Africa and Diaspora. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. 11 April 2012.

“La Charte du Mande (The Mande Charter): What Lessons for Today?” A Roundtable discussion chaired by Mohamed Kamari. 38th Annual Conference of the African Literature Association: Human Rights, Literature, and the Visual Arts in Africa and Diaspora. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. 12 April 2012.

“The Balance of Academia and Business: Teaching English Composition to Career School Students.” Student Success in Writing Conference. Georgia Southern University. Savannah, GA. 3 February 2012.