Department of English
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, Connecticut 06050
2009-present : Central Connecticut State University, Professor
2004-2009 : Central Connecticut State University, Associate Professor
2001-2004 : Central Connecticut State University, Assistant Professor
2000-2001 : Iona College, Assistant Professor
1997-1999 : Southern Connecticut State University, Visiting Assistant Professor
1996-1997 : Yale University, Instructor/Tutor
1997 : Albertus Magnus College, Instructor
1991-1992 : Texas Tech University, Lecturer
1989-1990 : Texas Tech University, Teaching Assistant
Duke University, Ph.D., 1999
Rice University, B.A., 1979
American Chaucers. New Middle Ages Series. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007.
The Letter of the Law: Legal Practice and Literary Production in Medieval England. Edited with Emily
Steiner. Cornell University Press, 2002.
“Grieving American Civil War Dead: General Hitchcock’s Hermetic Interpretation of Chaucer’s The Book of
the Duchess,” European Journal of English Studies 15 (2010): in process.
“John Gower’s Legal Advocacy and ‘In Praise of Peace,’” in Gower at 600. Edited by Elisabeth Dutton.
Woodbridge, UK: Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming in 2010.
“’Forget what you have learned”: The Mistick Krewe’s 1914 Mardi Gras Chaucer,” American Literary
History 22 (2010): forthcoming.
“Re-Telling Chaucer for Modern Children: Picture Books, the Marketplace, and Evolving Feminism,” in
Sex and Sexuality in a Feminist World. Edited by Katherine Hermes and Karen Ritzenhoff.
Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 18-31.
“Extra-Credit Opportunities for Students in General Education Courses,” in Effective Teaching: Systematic
Reflections on the Scholarship of Teaching. Edited by Paulette Lemma. Vol. 2. New Britain, CT:
Central Connecticut State University, 2005. 95-99.
“‘Misframed Fables’: Barclay’s Gower and the Wantonness of Performance.” Mediaevalia 24 (2003): 193-223.
Contributions to Books and Reference Works
“Rodney Hilton.” Handbook of Medieval Studies. Edited by Albrecht Classen. Forthcoming.
“Lynn White, Jr.” Handbook of Medieval Studies. Edited by Albrecht Classen. Forthcoming.
“Skeltonics.” Companion to Pre-Sixteenth-Century Poetry. Edited by Michelle Sauer. Facts on File, 2008. 418.
“Old and Middle English Poetry,” Section Introduction for The Longman Anthology of Poetry. Edited by Lynne
McMahon, Ryan Van Cleave, and Averill Curdy. Longman, 2006.
Review of Lordship and Literature: John Gower and the Politics of the Great Household by Elliot Kendall in
Speculum 84.4 (2009): forthcoming.
Review of Medieval Schools by Nicholas Orme in Children’s Literature 36 (2008): 208-213.
Review of What’s Liberal about the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and “Bias” in Higher Education by Michael
Bérubé in Vanguard 28:2 (January-February 2006):4-5.
Review of Chaucer as Children’s Literature: Retellings from Victorian and Edwardian Eras by Velma Bourgeois
Richmond in Children’s Literature 35 (2007): 196-199.
Review of Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind by Gerald Graff in Vanguard 26:2
(January-February 2006): 5.
Review of Medieval Children by Nicholas Orme in Children’s Literature 32 (2004): 203-208.
Review of Chaucer’s “Legal Fiction”: Reading the Records by Mary Flowers Braswell in Studies in the Age of
Chaucer 25 (2003): 353-356.
Review of Ordering Medieval Society: Perspectives on Intellectual and Practical Modes of Shaping Social
Relations edited by Bernhard Jusserand, translated by Pamela Selwyn in The Medieval Review, 2 July 2002:
Review of An Introduction to the Canterbury Tales: Fiction, Writing, Context by Helen Phillips in The
Medieval Review, 3 December 2000: http://www.hti.umich.edu/t/tmr/.
Review of Political Allegory in Late Medieval England, by Ann W. Astell in Studies in the Age of Chaucer 22
“CCSU Celebrates Poetry Year Round,” Scene at CCSU, The New Britain Herald, 28 April 2008.
Grant & Fellowship Awards
AAUP University Research Grant, 2009-10, CSU Research Grants Committee.
Summer Institute in Literary Studies, 2008, “Chaucer: Past, Present, and Future,” National Humanties Center,
Research Triangle, North Carolina, 6-11 July 2008.
CCSU Curriculum Development Grant, 2008, with Tim Craine, “It’s Greek to Us: Using the Greeks to Teach FYS
106 and English 110.”
AAUP University Research Grant, 2007-08, CSU Research Grants Committee.
AAUP University Research Grant, 2006-07, CSU Research Grants Committee.
CCSU Curriculum Development Grant, 2006, “Doing Things with Old English Literature,” WVU Seminar,
1-4 June 2006.
AAUP University Research Grant, 2005-06, CSU Research Grants Committee.
CSU Learning Assessment and Improvement Grant, 2004, “Frequent Targeted Practice.”
AAUP University Research Grant, 2004-05, CSU Research Grants Committee.
CSU Assessment Grant, 2003, “Extra-Credit Opportunities for Students in General Education Courses.”
CSU Assessment Grant, 2002, “Measuring the Effectiveness of Poetry in Freshman Composition Courses,”
Co-director with David Cappella, CCSU English Dept.
AAUP University Research Grant, 2002-03, CSU Research Grants Committee.
Travel Grant, 2000, New Chaucer Society.
Travel Grant, 1999, Medieval Academy of America.
Curriculum-Related Activities Grant, May 1999, Office of Faculty Development, Southern Connecticut
State University, New Haven, CT.
Graduate Fellowship, 1990-1996, School of Graduate Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC.
“'The Wife of Brittany' and the Civil War Veteran: Remaking The Franklin's Tale for the Vanquished South,"
15-19 July 2010, 17th International Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Siena, Italy.
“Performing Legal Discourse in the Trentham Manuscript,” 18-21 March 2010, Medieval Academy of America,
New Haven, CT.
“Binding Together Law of the Church and Law of the State,” 2 October 2009, Law and Literature Symposium,
Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA.
“The Past is a Foreign Country; They Do Things Differently There”: Ancient and Medieval World Literature in
International Education,” 21 November 2008, CSU International Education Conference, CCSU,
New Britain, CT.
“The Mistick Krewe’s 1914 Mardi Gras Chaucer,” 7 October 2008, American Medievalism Symposium,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.
“Close Reading, Middle English, and the Indifferent Student,” 20 July 2008, 16th International Congress of
the New Chaucer Society, Swansea, Wales.
“The Politics of Peace,” 13 July 2008, 1st International John Gower Congress, London, England.
“Dressing the Part: American Women and Popular Culture Trump the Academy,”29 March 2008, 12th
CSU Faculty Research Conference, ECSU, Willimantic, CT.
“Tracing Court(ly) Conventions in Royal Texts of John Skelton’s Poetry,” 29 March 2007, Texts & Images
Conference, CCSU, New Britain, CT.
“Tracing Court(ly) Conventions in Royal Texts of John Skelton’s Poetry,” 28 December, 2006, MLA Convention,
“The Prisoner’s Tale: Reading Chaucer in a German POW Camp,” 22 October 2005, 10th CSU Faculty
Research Conference, CCSU, New Britain, CT.
“Assessing Assessment in the World Literature Class: Frequent Targeted Practice,” 29 April 2005, 2nd
Annual Four-Campus Assessment Conference, ECSU, Willimanatic, CT.
“Dressing the Part: American Women and Popular Culture Trump the Academy,” 3 November 2004, Women
and Gender Lecture Series, Rice University, Houston, TX.
“Courtly Performance and Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale,” 16-17 October 2004, New England Medieval Conference,
Connecticut College, New London, CT.
“Courtly Performance and Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale,” 24 April 2004, 9th CSU Faculty Research Conference,
SCSU, New Haven, CT.
“Chaucer, Bananas, and an American Seaport,” 18 March 2004, Faculty Presentation Series, English Department,
CCSU, New Britain, CT.
“Courtly Performance and Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale,” 10 April 2003, Medieval Academy of America,
“American Women Retell/Retail Chaucer: The Case of Gordon Brinley,” 3 April 2003, June Baker Higgins
Conference for Gender Studies, CCSU, New Britain, CT.
“American Women Retail Chaucer,” December 2002, MLA, New York, NY.
“Amans’ Confession,” May 2002, 37th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University,
“American Women Retail/Re-tell Chaucer,” 20 April 2002, June Baker Higgins Conference for Gender Studies,
CCSU, New Britain, CT.
“America Reads Chaucer,” 6 April 2002, 7th CSU Faculty Research Conference, SCSU, New Haven, CT.
"Extra-Credit Options: Opportunities for Cultural and Intellectual Growth,” 2 November 2001, 7th Annual
Connecticut Consortium for Enhancing Learning and Teaching, ECSU, Willimantic, CT.
“’There is a trespass done’: Chaucer and Nineteenth-Century America’s Imperial Project,”19 October 2001,
Southeastern Medieval Association, New Orleans, LA.
“‘Weel purtreye and write’: Courtly Performance in The Squire’s Tale,” May 2001, 36th International Congress
on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
“’Redeth Gower’: Caxton’s Marketing of the Confessio Amantis,” July 2000, New Chaucer Society, London, England.
“Raiding England’s Golden Treasury: Nineteenth-Century America’s Appropriation of Chaucer,” May 2000, 35th
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
“Integrating Critical Thinking Skills in the Developmental Composition Classroom,” 5 November 1999, 5th Annual
Connecticut Consortium for Enhancing Learning and Teaching, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT.
“Virtues vs. Vices: The Legal Battle in Gower’s Mirour de l’Omme,” 15 February 1999, Medieval Studies Lunch
Colloquium, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
“Barclay Reads Gower, or Grumpy Old Men,” 10 May 1998, 33rd International Congress on Medieval Studies,
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
“Esquire John Gower,” 11 May 1997, 32nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan
University, Kalamazoo, MI.
“John Gower: The Judicial Self,” 14 February 1997, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
“The ‘Strange Matiere’ of Gower Studies,” 19 October 1996, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Conference, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY.
“Lydgate’s ‘Dedli Slepe,’” 12 October 1996, Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference, Indiana State
University, Terre Haute, IN.
“‘What strengest is of erthli thinges’: None of the Above,” 9 May 1996, 31st International Congress on Medieval
Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
“The Intertexts of Chaucer’s House of Fame,” 8 February 1994, Medieval Studies Colloquium, Texas Tech
University, Lubbock, TX.
“The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale: A Reading of Chaucer’s Two Canons,” 5 November 1992, Medieval Studies
Colloquium, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
“Introductory Literature Classes: How the Writing Center Can Help,” 17 February 1992, Colloquium for Writing
Center Theory and Practice, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
“Producing The Play of the Sacrament for Strangers,” 1 February 1992, Texas Tech Comparative Literature
Symposium, Lubbock, TX.
Featured faculty member, 3 April 2009, Central Educators telecast.
“American Chaucers: The Miller’s Tale,” 9 April 2008, guest lecturer, English Department, Rutgers University,
New Brunswick, NJ.
Featured author for American Chaucers, 26 March 2008, Central Authors telecast.
Featured author for Letter of the Law, March 2006, Central Authors telecast, CCSU.
“Love on the Margins,” 7 November 2005, Ex Libris talk sponsored by CCSU English Graduate Student Association
and Sigma Tau Delta, New Britain, CT.
Explorations: Guided Inquiry into Writing, for McGraw Hill, 15 June 2008.
The Aims of Writing, for McGraw Hill, 21 May 2008.
Poetry, by Michael Meyer (2007), for Bedford/St. Martins, 14 April 2008.
The Little Penguin Handbook, by Lester Faigley (2007), for Penguin, 11 January 2008.
The DK Handbook, by Wysocki and Lynch (2009), for Pearson Longman, 27 July 2007.
Pocket Wadsworth Handbook, 3rd edition, by Kirszner and Mandell (2006), for Thomson Wadsworth,
20 July 2007.
Writing Analytically, 4th edition, by Rossenwasser and Stephens, for Thomson Wadsworth, 5 June 2006.
75 Readings, by Santi V. Buscemi and Charlotte Smith (2004), for McGraw Hill, 2 May 2005.
Grammar By Diagram, by Cindy Vitto (2001), for Broadview Press, 14 January 2005.
Pocket Wadsworth Handbook, 2nd edition , by Kirszner and Mandell (2002), for Thomson Wadsworth,
4 May 2004.
Longman Anthology of British Literature, 2nd edition (2003), for Longman/Pearson Education,
1 May 2004.
Beowulf, translated by Alan Sullivan and Timothy Murphy (2002), for Longman/Pearson Education,
12 April 2003.
Teaching Experience _______
2001-present: Central Connecticut State University, Assistant Professor
Survey of Medieval English Literature
Old English Language and Literature
Courtly Love, Medieval to Postmodern
A Millennium of British Literature: Course Abroad
Introduction to Literary Study
British Literature I
British Literature II
World Literature I
Introduction to Poetry
J. R. R. Tolkien
Research and the British Library Archives
Chaucer and His Contemporaries: Graduate Seminar
Women and Late-Medieval English Literature: Graduate Seminar
Forrest Helvie, “The Madness of Sir Lancelot: the Problem of Identity in Malory’s Le Morte
Michelle Middleton, “’In widewes habit blak’: Chaucer's Criseyde and Late-Medieval Widows,” 2005.
2000-2001: Iona College, Assistant Professor
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and other early works
Anglo-Saxon Literature Pedagogy: Independent Study
Italy in Literature: Independent Study
Foundations and Traditions of Literature
Communication Skills: Advanced Composition
1997-1999: Southern Connecticut State University, Visiting Assistant Professor
The Idea of Self: Middle Ages to Renaissance
Survey of Early British Literature
Multiculturalism and the American Short Story: Independent Study
Southern American Literature
Survey of Western Literature I
Political Imagination and Literature: The Rhetoric of War
Survey of American Literature
1996-1997: Yale University, Instructor/Tutor
Reading and Writing Prose
1997: Albertus Magnus College, Instructor
Introduction to Literary Genres
1991-1992: Texas Tech University, Lecturer
1989-1990: Texas Tech University, Teaching Assistant
Masterpieces of Literature through 1700
Advanced College Rhetoric
Essentials of College Rhetoric
Honor Roll, CCSU Excellence in Teaching Award, 2008-2009
Finalist, CCSU Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007-2008
Honor Roll, CCSU Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006-2007 Honor Roll, CCSU Excellence in Teaching Award, 2005-2006
Member, Design Review Committee, 2009-present.
President, Faculty Senate, CCSU, 2008-present.
Member, Retention and Graduation Council, 2008-present.
Co-editor, NEASC Self-Study Report, 2008.
Vice-President, Faculty Senate, 2007-2008.
Member, Mission and Purposes Subcommittee, NEASC Self-Study Committee, 2007-2008.
Member, Facilities Planning Committee, 2007-2009.
Representative, University Faculty Senate, 2003-2008.
Council Representative, CSU-AAUP Executive Committee, 2005-2009.
Member, CCSU-AAUP Executive Council, 2005-2009.
Faculty, First Year Experience, 2002-present.
Board Member, CCSU Women and Film Festival, 2004-present.
Member, University Curriculum Committee, 2007.
CSU-AAUP representative, Standing Advisory Committee, Board of Governors of
Higher Education, State of Connecticut, 2006-2008.
Co-Chair, Election Committee, Faculty Senate, 2005-2006.
Member, Appointments and Personnel Committee, 2005-2006.
Chair, Take-A-Legislator-To-Work ad hoc Committee, 2004-2006.
Member, University Faculty Senate Elections Committee, 2004-2006.
Member, Enrollment Management Team: New Student Programs/Student
Success, 2004-2005.Member, Take-A-Trustee-to-Work Committee, 2002-2004.
Contributor of World-Famous, West-Texas-Style Enchiladas and Fresh Salsa,
IRC Faculty Auction for Scholarship Fund, 2002 & 2003.
Board Secretary, United Protestant Campus Ministry, serving CCSU, 2002-2006.
Evaluator, On-line Writing Evaluation Program (Criterion) Report, CCSU, Fall 2001.
Mentor, Retention Task Force Subcommittee on Undergraduate Day Student
Retention, Iona College, 2001.
Moderator, Tennessee Trails, Iona in Mission, Iona, 10-18 March 2001.
Organizer, Teaching Round Table, Iona, Fall 2000.
Remediation Workgroup, Undergraduate Curriculum Forum, Office of Academic Affairs,
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, Spring 1999.
Honors Faculty, SCSU, 1998.
Weekly Teaching Colloquium, SCSU, 1997-99.
Steering Committee for the 8th Annual All University Conference on the Advancement
Women’s Studies Council, Texas Tech, 1991-92.
of Women in Higher Education, 1991-92, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
Mentor, New English Department Faculty, 2007-present.
Organizer, Annual CSU Undergraduate English Conference, CCSU, 2006-present.
Coordinator, Annual Poetry Reading Marathon, CCSU Courtyard, 2006-present.
Faculty Advisor, The English Club/Literary Arts Society, 2003-present, CCSU.
Reader/Grader, Graduate Student Comprehensive Exams, 2003-present, CCSU.
Member, Appointments Committee, 2002-2005, CCSU.
Prepared representative syllabi (ENG 110, 203, 205, 332, & 450) for NCTE accreditation.
Ad hoc member, Appointments Committee for Early Modern Hire, 2001-02, CCSU.
Speaker, “Falling in Love at the Margins,” Sigma Tau Delta Initiation, April 2001, Iona College.
Pilot Conference Coordinator, “Finding Meaning in Multicultural Literature: Teaching
Innovations,” Spring 1999, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT.
Curriculum Committee, 1997-99, English Department, SCSU.
Ad-Hoc Committee for Teaching Theory and Literary Analysis, 1998-99, English Department, SCSU.
Freshman Rhetoric and Composition Textbook Selection Group, Composition and Rhetoric
Committee, 1992, English Department, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
Designer of model syllabi for Introductory and Advanced Composition and Rhetoric courses at Texas Tech.
Professional Activity ____________________________
Session Organizer, “Chaucerian Diplomacy,” July 2010, 17th International Congress of the New
Chaucer Society, Siena, Italy.
Reader/Evaluator, The Chaucer Review, 2009-present.
Reviewer, The John Gower Newsletter, 2008-present.
Session Organizer, “Negotiating the Past with Lee Patterson I & II,” 10 May 2008, 43rd
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
Session Moderator, 28 December, 2006, MLA Convention, Philadelphia, PA.
Session Moderator, 22 October 2005, CSU Faculty Research Conference.
Session Co-organizer, “Colonial Chaucer,” 15-19 July 2004, 14th International Congress of the New Chaucer
Society, Glasgow, Scotland.
Panel Chair, 2 November 2001, Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association Annual
Session Organizer, “Lancastrian Poetics,” May 1997, 32nd International Congress on Medieval Studies.
Conference, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT.
Conference, Symposia, & Workshop Attendance (recent)
“The Value of Academic Service,” Donald Hall, CCSU, 28 March 2008.
Shakespeare Association of America, Dallas, TX, 13-15 March 2008.
“Teaching Disciplines vs. Teaching Disciplines,” SCSU Forum 40, 18 January 2008.
“Medieval Intersections: Cultural Crossroads,” SCSU Medieval Studies Conference,
10 November 2007.
“Writing in All Disciplines: Principles and Strategies (and a Bit of Inspiration), CCSU Faculty
Development Workshop, 2 November 2007.
“Demystifying the Academic Game,” Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein-Graff, SCSU, 25 April 2007.
“Conference on Shared Goverance,” CSU-AAUP, CCSU, 20 April 2007.
“Reaching and Teaching First-year Students,” SCSU Forum 37, 18 January 2007.
“Teaching that Promotes Learning,” Mary Ellen Weimer, CCSU, 20 April 2007.
Shakespeare Association of America, San Diego, CA, 5-7 April 2007.
“Brothers of the Road: The Politics of Friendship in Athelston,” presentation by Chris Chism,
Medieval Club of New York, 3 November 2006.
New Chaucer Society, 15th International Congress, New York, NY, 27-31 July 2006.
AAUP Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 8 -11 June 2006.
“Free Speech: And All That Jazz,” Connecticut State Conference: AAUP, Annual Spring Meeting,
New Haven, CT, 13 April 2006.
“Sex and Sexuality in a Feminist World,” June Baker Higgins Gender Studies Conference, CCSU, 7 April 2006.
Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy, Boston, MA, 30 March – 1 April 2006.
AAUP Summer Institute, University of New Hampshire, 21-23 July 2005.
“Blood & Ink, Paint & Tears: Constructing the Middle Ages,” SCSU Medieval Studies Conference,
12 November 2005.
“’Look Back on Me’: CCSU Celebrates Whitman’s Leaves of Grass,” CCSU, 22 September 2005.
“The Aftermath of September 11: the Moral and Legal Challenges of the War on Terrorism,” SCSU,
New Haven, 9 September 2005.
“Engendering the Text, Creating Meaning,” 6th Annual Graduate English Conference, SCSU,
New Haven, 16 April 2005.
“Academic Freedom: Fine Principle, Tough Practice,” Connecticut State Conference: AAUP,
Annual Spring Meeting, New Haven, CT, 14 April 2005.
“The Components of Thinking: Teaching, Learning, Doing,” SCSU Forum 34, January 2005.
“Medieval Journeys: The Text as Quest,” SCSU Medieval Conference, 13 November 2004.
Connecticut Lobbying Conference, Hartford, CT, 12 October 2004.
New Chaucer Society (1996-present)
Medieval Academy (1993-present)
Modern Language Association (1991-present)
International Courtly Literature Society (2000-present)
Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (2000-present)
John Gower Society (1993-present)
Selden Society (2009-present)
Poetry Out Loud, Newington High School, Newington, CT, 9 February 2009.
Bassoonist, Faculty Wind Quintet, SCSU, 2003-2006.
Guest, “The Cowboy Sinatra,” on Prof. Gil Gigliotti’s program, Duets III: Sinatra and Academe,
WFCS 107.7 FM New Britain/Hartford, 29 April 2003.
Organizer, “Third Annual Teacups and Tulips,” fundraiser for CCSU Protestant Ministries,
Bassoonist, SCSU Concert Band, 2002-2006.
Volunteer, New Haven Film Festival, 2002-2005.
Volunteer, Life Haven, transitional shelter for homeless mothers and children, New Haven, CT,