PhD, English, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2014

Master of Arts, English, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,  2008

Bachelor of Arts, English and History,  Centenary College of Louisiana, 2006

International Study: Århus Universitet, Denmark, Spring-Summer 2005


American and British Literature, Writing, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels, Film Studies

Interview with Pam Olson for The Oklahoman: “Students learn from mix of visuals, text in graphic novels class.”  Published February 26, 2018.

Doctoral Dissertation: “Toxic Gardens: Narratives of Toxicity in Twentieth-Century American and British Literature.” University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 2014.

University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.
Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring  2008, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2013

Teacher: English. Heritage Hall School. 2014 – present.

  •  AP English Literature
  • Advanced Composition (non-honors)
  • Literature of the Supernatural
  • Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Graphic Novels
  • Women’s Literature
  • Science Fiction
  • The Short Story Cycle

Independent Instructor: English, Professional Writing, and Film. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Fall 2006-Spring 2014.

  •  Introduction to Film
  •  Introduction to American Literature
  •  Literature of Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • The Short Story Cycle
  • The American Novel Since 1914
  • Principles of Business Communication
  • Persuasive Writing


Scorer, AP Literature Exam, 2012-present

Junior Class Sponsor, 2017-present
Heritage Hall School

Independent Studies Program Mentor, 2017-2019
Heritage Hall School

Student Life Committee, 2016-2018
Heritage Hall School

Curriculum Advisory Committee, Business and Technical Writing, 2012
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign



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