|Present||Past Director of Academic Programs / English Faculty, Illinois Math and Science Academy|
Honors and Awards
- Fellow, Stone Summer Theory Institute, Art Institute of Chicago, July 2008
- Hagstrum Dissertation Prize (2nd place), May 2007
- University Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2002-2003
- Gender Studies
- Literary Explorations III
- The Idea of the Individual
- 20th Century Poetry
Reformers, Batting Averages, and Malpractice: The Case for Caution in Value-Added Use Faculty Publications & Research (2014)
The essay considers two analogies that help to reveal the limitations of value-added modeling: the first, a comparison with batting averages, shows that the model’s reliability is quite limited even though year-to-year correlation figures may ...
The Visual Experience of Image Metaphor: Cognitive Insights into Imagist Figures Faculty Publications & Research (2009)
In this essay I investigate how image metaphors – metaphors that link one concrete object to another, such as “her spread hand was a starfish” – promote visualization in the reader. Focusing on image metaphors ...
Teacher Resources (10)
“My Life with My Cell Phone”: Creating a Magical Realist Story The Short Story (2013)
In this lesson students are introduced to the basic elements of magical realism, a genre that combines fantastical events with the mundane normalcy of life. Students examine Octavio Paz’s short story “My Life with the ...
Name that Invention: Examining Connotation and Sound Understanding Poetry (2012)
This exercise engages students with questions of diction, connotation, and sound patterns. Students discuss the field of product branding, and learn how much certain product names (e.g., Blackberry, Pentium, Swiffer) were considered in light their ...
Millie Dies in Style: Crafting Poems in Four Poetic Styles Understanding Poetry (2012)
This exercise helps students learn about poetic style by challenging them to write poetry in different styles. To make stylistic differences most obvious, students write about the same topic in four different ways (casual, formal, ...
One Quotation, Two Meanings: Quotation Analysis Exercise Writing Bootcamp Unit (2011)
This challenging lesson gives students practice in analyzing quotations very closely. The exercise begins with the premise that quotations never “speak for themselves,” and that writers need to explain what quotations mean. To prove this ...
The Headless Paragraph: Back-forming Topic Sentences Writing Bootcamp Unit (2011)
This exercise is designed to give students practice in creating and understanding topic sentences. Rather than asking students to create their own paragraphs headed with topic sentences, this exercise gives students the paragraphs and asks ...