Why I Teach
Wesley College has given me the opportunity to teach courses that tie directly to my areas of professional specialization. I am able to teach our students in the same research areas in which I have published peer-reviewed literary criticism as well as creative writing. The love I have for writing, editing, and publication, as well as my extensive experience, is something I can pass on directly to our students, whether they are working on a freshman-level essay, revising a class paper to present at Scholars' Day, publishing their own writing academically or creatively, or interested in pursuing a graduate degree. I am happy to see so many of our students grow in confidence and ability, and the greatest reward is to see them develop a love of literature and intellectual inquiry as they mature. As someone who has spent her 27-year career teaching for Wesley, I am very excited by the prospect of teaching students whose parents I taught at the beginning of my career.
My areas of research specialization and publication include fairy tale studies and folklore, adolescent literature, magical realism, goddess archetypes, and creative writing. I have published three books: Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings ( 2009), a collection of critical essays examining contemporary fairy tales in short stories, novels, poetry, and graphic novels; Beyond His Dark Materials: Innocence and Experience in the Fiction of Philip Pullman (2012), a monograph which incorporates a series of essays on the entire corpus of work by esteemed British author Philip Pullman; and The Artemis Archetype in Popular Culture: Essays on Fiction, Film, and Television (co-edited with Dr. Eileen M. Harney; 2016), an anthology of critical essays analyzing the Artemis and other Greek goddess archetype characteristics in popular books, films, and tv series. I have presented professional papers and chaired various panels in my areas of specialization for the PCA/ACA and NeMLA conferences and served as a mentor to junior faculty in the Shakespeare’s Sister program for the Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus for NeMLA. I am a member of the American Folklore Society. I have penned review essays of seminal texts in fairy-tale studies for peer-reviewed journals and served as a peer reviewer in fairy-tale studies for various journals on many occasions. I have published a peer-reviewed essay on British writer A. S. Byatt’s Possession for Verse, Voice, and Vision: Poetry and the Cinema (2013) and another peer-reviewed essay on Philip Pullman’s Lyra and Goddess Archetypes for Philip Pullman: A Casebook (2014). I am an active member of and have taken several online courses with the Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic in which I participate with other students seeking to learn and discuss fairy tales and folklore. I am currently the guest editor of the peer-reviewed journal Humanities for a special topic issue I have titled “Confronting the Real in Fairy Tales.”
In terms of creative writing, I am a writer and editor of creative essays, fiction, and poetry. I have recently served as the first fiction editor and a contributor to the first-ever all-fiction issue of Fiddler’s Green, published in Berkeley, CA. This issue is being illustrated now and will be published in the next year. I have published an original fairy tale in an anthology called Witch Lit: Words from the Cauldron (2019). I served as the fairy tale story creator for Mirabilia Designs, one of the most famous needlework designers in the world, from 2013-15. I have served as the faculty advisor to Musings, the Wesley College Literary Magazine, since 1999, and I maintain my own website on which I share creative essays, fiction, and poetry.
I am the creator of a grassroots non-profit organization called Teachers of Multicultural Fairy Tales and Folktales: Representation Matters, a group designed to spread awareness of the varied and rich history of BIPOC fairy tales and folktales from all over the world. Our group is concerned with learning about and sharing book suggestions, literary criticism offerings, and ways that we can get involved in classrooms and communities. We also work towards helping educators who want to find a way to incorporate teaching BIPOC representation in fairy tales and folktales as well as to encourage members who wish to work towards the publication of multicultural fairy tales.
- M.A., English, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
- B.A., English, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
- EN319 Fairy Tales
- EN320 Adolescent Literature
- EN415X Magical Realism
- FYS100 The Artemis Archetype
- EN208A A Literature Made By War
- WR202 Expository Writing
- EN101 College Writing II
- HN101 Nature of Reality
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