Academic

Curriculum Vita: Scholarly and Academic Expertise

 Current Academic Resume also available as an Adobe PDF file.


Scholarly & Teaching Interests

Theology and Philosophy / Contemporary Creative Writing / Post-Colonial Perspectives / Post-Modern Literatures Mythic and Sacred Narratives / Multimodal Communication / Technology and Cultural Change


Academic Employment 

St. Martin’s University (Benedictine University) Olympia, Washington 2004-2005
Visiting Faculty (English Department, full teaching load)

      “English 225: Creating the Polylogue: Writing Professionally for Academic Audiences”
      Experience: Advanced writing class for English majors focused on writing in the academy, for scholars. Class used computer-assisted technologies and online revision groups for all writing assignments.
      “English 105: Basic Academic & Creative Forms of Writing for College Students
      Experience: Standard writing class, included academic modes, personal reflection, standards of discourse.
      “English 99: Standard English – One-to-One Work” Experience: Served as paid department tutor for at-risk students, focused on standard English acquisition, basic grammar, composition basics, and ESL issues.
      “Am. Literature 312: American Literature Since 1800: Emphasis on Multicultural & Black Literature(s)” Experience: Created and taught new multicultural curriculum with diverse student population, based on standard American literature survey course. Facilitated student-led discussions and writing.

Bates Vocational Community College Center Tacoma, Washington 2003-2004
Faculty (English and Communications Department, part-time teaching load)

      “Communication 120: Business and Professional Communication Strategies”
    Experience: Communication and writing for adult learners, focused on planning, strategic work skills.

Seattle Pacific University (Methodist University) Seattle, Washington 1997-2003
Adjunct Faculty (English Department, half-time teaching load while working in software marketing full-time)

      “English 250: Essays & Experience: Academic Writing” Experience: Basic academic discourse skills.
    “English 340: Writing Using Electronic Research” Experience: Advanced writing class focused on both technology and writing. Taught technologies such as HTML, XML, and technical online protocols alongside standard writing, editing and revision practices.

St. Andrews Center for Faith (Episcopal Center) Seattle, Washington 2000-2003
Invited Guest Instructor (quarter-time teaching load, while working in software marketing full-time)

      “Writing for Yourself: Creative Writing for Personal, Spiritual and Family Exploration”
      Experience: Class for adult poets and writers, integrating faith perspectives into poetry & fiction.
      “Paradise Lost: Theology, Drama, Rhetoric & Cultural Play in Milton’s Epic Poem”
    Experience: Particular emphasis on historical precedent, modern interpretation, and philosophical context.

Western Washington University Bellingham, Washington 1994-1996
Graduate Teaching Fellow (English Department, with up to a half-time teaching load)

      “English 101: College Composition” Experience: Basic writing, multi-cultural literatures, holistic grading. Won competitive teaching fellowship to become a paid instructor in Western’s English Studies program.
      “English 255: Introduction to Asian-American Literatures.” Experience: Asian-American Literature(s),
    literary origins, expatriate narratives, post-colonial context, holistic grading and discussion leadership.

Related Experience
Macalester College (historically Presbyterian College) St. Paul, Minnesota 2006-2007
Teaching/Preaching Theological Intern (Center for Religious & Spiritual Life)

    Teaching included: Philosophy & Ethics, Theology of the Cross, Kierkegaard’s Faith Journey, Buddhism & Christianity, Monotheistic Sisters: Islam, Judaism & Christianity, and other topics.

 


Publications 

 

Books (Fiction) 

 Sinful Folk Literary Novel, Medieval Setting, Campanile Press, 2014

– Coeur d’Alene Waters Mainstream Novel, Contemporary Setting, Prospero Book Group, 2013

Articles in Books 

– “Whole Altarity: towards a feminist a/theology” focuses on postmodern theology in the context of a deconstructive critique of Kierkegaardian theology, emphasis on feminist perspectives. Article anthologized in Divine Aporia: Dialogue with the Other. Religion & Philosophy, Bucknell Press, 2000.

Academic Articles in Journals
– “Symbol & Cyborg: Karl Rahner’s RealSymbol” Article on post-human literature and cyborg reading.
Accepted for publication by Zygon, science & theology journal. Chicago. Forthcoming Spring 2007

Articles / Conference Papers Presented

– “Symbol & Cyborg: Karl Rahner’s Body in the Context of the Post-Human” Accepted for Presentation European Conference on Science and Theology, Science & Orthodoxy April 2006
– “A Thousand Flowers: Asian-American Teaching Curriculums” Analysis of the varied approaches
to teaching Asian-American literature. University of Oregon Graduate Symposium May 1997
– “The Online Polylogue: Teaching College Thinking Skills with New Computer Technologies”
Special Invited Presentation/Lecture to Western Washington Dept. of English June 1996
– “Tellyng how this werd was wrought: the N-Town compilatio as corpus verum.”
at Medieval and Renaissance Seminar, University of Western Ontario, March 1996
– “Towards a whole altarity: a praxis of feminist a/theology.” at “Approaches to the Other:
Christianity and Literature West Coast Conference.” Santa Clara University, CA May 1995
– “Chamanco Nirvana: Frank Waters’ Vision of Mine Shaft Enshrinement as Buddhist Meditation”
Western Literature Conference Taos, New Mexico June 1992

Books (Poetry) 

– Glossalia: Selected Poems 1996-2006 Poetry Book – Orchard House Mainline, Port Orchard Washington 2006

– Truth with Words: Some Quantum Effects Poetry Chapbook – Starnotes Editions, Seattle Washington 2001

Poetry 

– “Ending” Simul: Lutheran Voices vol. 1 St. Paul, MN 2006
– “Praying with One Eye Open” Seattle Theology Review vol. 5 Seattle, WA 2005
– “When You Left the Other Side” TWIG vol 6.8 Seattle, WA 2003
– “Abomination” Slipstream vol 1.3 Portland, OR 2003
– “Child” TWIG vol 6.7 Seattle, WA 2002
– “Revelations” TWIG vol 6.6 Seattle, WA 2002
– “Orpheus Returns” Candlewick vol 4.1 Portsmouth, NH 2001
– “Advice for a writer.” Amelia Magazine vol. 25.3 Bakersfield, CA 1997
– “Elegy: For Doug Dykstra.” Lost Creek vol. 23 Etching, PA 1995
– “Transfiguration.” Mid-American Review vol. 13.2 Bowling Green 1992

Fiction 

– “Lands without Weather.” serialized fiction, quarterly publication StoryScape, Los Angeles 1991-1996
– “Street Death” “Praying for Rain – Any Damn Rain” 1995-1996
– “Loveless” “On Seeing an Old Man” 1994-1995
– “Halo Effect” “Cloudbusting” “Orange Neon” 1992-1993
– “Shallow Water” “You Called It” 1991
– “Swimming with Charon.” Short Story collected in The Zahn Anthology, Los Angeles 1992
Winner of “Emerging Writer” Award at Public Reading for Los Angeles Zahn Memorial.

Non-Fiction & Journalism
(Features Stories, Human Interest Journalism, Book & Movie Reviews, Etc.)
Since 1990, I have been a regularly published writer for regional publications, writing both literary and opinion pieces, beat coverage and straight journalism for regional, alternative, and mainstream newspapers.

– Lead Writer, Featured Columnist. South Sounder, alternative newspaper, Olympia. 2003 – 2005

– Regular Freelance human interest features. Gannett Newspaper: The Olympian. 2003 – 2004

– Numerous feature-length articles in Hot Ink Magazine (online publication) 1998 – 2000

– Free-lance features in Pasadena Weekly, The Rocket, Seattle Weekly, Seattle Times. 1990 – 1995

– Numerous cover features, Lifestyle section. Gannett Paper: The Bellingham Herald. 1994 – 1996

 


Other Work In Process / Under Consideration 

Book (Non-Fiction) – Beyond Microsoft: The Next Generation of Software Innovation Book Completed Nonfiction Business Analysis Under Consideration by Harper Collins Business 2007

Conference Papers & Articles
– “Cyborg Eschatology: A Whiteheadian Perspective on Post-Organic Embodiment” submitted to Conference on Theology & Science, Spring 2007 Submitted Fall 2006

Other Professional Activities

Member, Faculty/Teacher AWP / Associated Writing Programs 2003-2007

Contributing Editor, Image Online Christian Literature Journal 2004-2006

Director & Organizer “Paradise Lost: A Day-Long Performance & Reading” April 2003
Celebration of John Milton’s Poem co-sponsored by Washington Center for the Book, Image journal. Included professional actors from Seattle Repertory Theatre and Seattle Opera. TV and radio coverage.

Conference Sessions Led “Writing Online: Panel Discussion” Seattle, WA 1998 & 1999
Pacific Northwest Writer’s Conference Panel Discussion Creator/Moderator (Formulated panel topics, recruited panelists from Hot Ink, Salon.com, Slate Magazine, The New Republic, MSNBC, etc.)


Languages 

Mandarin Chinese Fluent in Chinese between 1-12, currently somewhat conversant in modern Chinese.

French In translation, reading knowledge (my language for first graduate studies at Western)

German In translation (recently renewed my German while working on Lutheran theologians)

Greek New Testament Koine Greek for work in translation of the Christian New Testament.
Used recently in writing Carpenter, my “post-modern version” of Matthew’s Gospel.

 


Education 

Master of Fine Arts, Fiction, Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University 2015

 

Thesis: “Wilderness of Mirrors: A Novel of the War on Terror” (plus critical thesis on mythic narratives in the works of Tim Power, Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy) 

Master of Arts, English Literature Western Washington University magna cum laude

Thesis: “Dark Descent: Parabolic Disjunction in Milton and Spenser’s Presentation of Fall Narratives” 

Other

Master of Philosophy/Theology Seattle University / Luther Seminary incomplete 

Thesis: Technological Enhancement & Postmodern Theology. Luther Heritage Fellowship grant to complete degree. 

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature Whitworth College magna cum laude

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