Begun in the 1970s, the field of Faculty Development is relatively young and focuses on Teaching Development, Career Advancement, and Diversity, Inclusion, Equity within faculty and curricula. At FSU, this work is divided between two units. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) focuses exclusively on advancing the teaching practice, course development, and curricula development of FSU faculty. The Office of Faculty Development and Advancement supports Career Advancement and Diversity, Inclusion, Equity sustainability within the faculty body.
As the Director of Faculty Development, I focus on Career Advancement and support Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity initiatives. I work individually with faculty to make five- and ten-year career plans, to apply for external awards and fellowships, and to develop cross-disciplinary research. I sustain faculty work, support work/life balance, and build faculty community by organizing Faculty Writing Retreats, hosting Accountability Groups, and leading NCFDD F2F Faculty Forums. I support the work of faculty from under-represented groups by organizing luncheons with the Provost, the Vice President of Faculty Development and Advancement, and faculty Affinity group members, and I facilitate the development of diversity focused mentorship programming.
To learn more about the faculty development offered through FSU’s membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), visit here: https://www.facultydiversity.org. All FSU faculty and doctoral students may join for free.
To learn more about Faculty Development as a field, visit the POD Network website, the leading professional organization for Faculty Developers in Teaching and Career Development: https://podnetwork.org.
My scholarship focuses on the presentation of race in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature. I am particularly interested in how Hemingway and Faulkner interrogated whiteness as a racial construction. In 2015 I began translating the poetry by Ivorian poet Bernard Binlin Dadiė into English as part of a larger project investigating the influence of West African poets on American Black Arts poets. Additionally, I am researching the Celtic and African tales Faulkner inherited in his native South and the African tales Hemingway sought during his travels to Kenya to better understand influences on each author's articulation of race.
Begun during my appointment as a Fulbright Scholar to Côte d'Ivoire, I am building an online, open-access, crowd-sourced bibliography of works by and about Bernard Binlin Dadié. Still in its infancy, this bibliography will grow to include full texts from participating scholars and specialized bibliographies like the Theatre of Social Change recently begun. After June 1, 2018, scholars from around the globe are invited to contribute their own scholarship to the bibliography either as a citation or in full text. Currently, anyone may see the bibliography-in-progress by visiting https://www.zotero.org and searching for the group “Bernard Binlin Dadié.”
I blogged about my experiences in Côte d'Ivoire at http://mwcfulbright.tumblr.com.
My teaching focuses on the development of identity in American literature and culture. I craft courses focused on American social constructions of race and/or gender. I work from canonical texts to examine their influence and interrogate them with new criteria. I work with non-canonical texts to reveal a more accurate representation of the cultural work being done in American letters.
Women’s Studies Courses (Graduate and Undergraduate)
Princesses, Heroes, and Villains, Oh, My! - What Power Do Fairy Tales Wield?
Women Engage Men's Stories
Gender Between the World Wars: Are We in Kansas Anymore?
The American Short Story
The Southern Renaissance
Member, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Board (2017- present)
Member, Open Access Advisory Board (2016–present).
Chairperson, Faculty Development Research Team (2009–present).
Organizer, Marathon Reading (2011-2017).
Member, Faculty Senate Open Access Policy Committee (2011–2016).