Faculty Accomplishments, Publications, Grants, and Conference Presentations



“Piloting the Brave New World of Developmental Writing: Co-Requisite Enrollment at a Regional State University” with Ellen Barker and Louie J. Charpentier. Council of Writing Program Administrators, Savannah, Georgia, July 17-21, 2013.

“Tony Pastor and his Theaters: Crossroads of Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Popular Culture.” North American Victorian Studies Association. “Victorian Networks” at the University of Wisconsin. Madison, WI. Sept 27-30, 2012.

“The Real World as New Media Classroom:  Four Takes on Digital Citizenry.”  Computers and Writing 2011.  May 19-22, 2011.  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Writing Program Administrators Conference.  “Frameworks for Success,”  July 14-17, Baton Rouge, LA., attended on behalf of the Department  of Languages and Literature to gather information for continued development of First Year Writing Program.

Scholarly Publications:

‘A Bookkeeper, Not an Accountant’: Representing the Lower Middle Class from Victorian Novels and Music Hall Songs to Television Sitcoms.” Journal of Popular Culture. 44.1 (Feb. 2011): 16-36.

“‘The Daily Male’: Vesta Tilley and the Performance of Masculinity on the Victorian Music-Hall Stage.” Hunks, Hotties and Pretty Boys: 20th Century Representations of Male Beauty. Eds. Steven Davis and Maglina Lubovich. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. 112-142. Print.

Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday: The Geography of Class in Late-Victorian Britain.” Victorian Periodicals Review 41.2 (Summer 2008): 150-173. Print.

Published Poetry:  “North & East of Boise,” “Desert Rising,” and “Word by Word.”  North Dakota Quarterly.  76.3.

Recent Book Reviews: 
Review of The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker, ed. John Edgar Browning. Victorian Periodicals Review 46.2 (Summer 2013): 283-84. Print.

Grants Awarded:  Hobby Family Fund Fellow at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. $3,000. Research the business and personal papers of Tony Pastor. June 2012.

Student Technology Fee Grant, Nicholls State University. $37,509.70. Upgrade Languages and Literature computer classroom:  PEL 120. April 2012.

Student Technology Fee Grant, Nicholls State University.  $38,355.20. Upgrade Languages and Literature computer classroom: PEL 131.  April 2011.

Dean’s Library and Equipment Grant.  $6,100.00 to upgrade faculty computers and equipment for Languages and Literature’s Multimedia Project Studio, April 2011.

Student Government Grant.  $418.29.  Assisted undergraduate student Gavin Johnson in applying for the grant for a flat bed scanner for Languages and Literature’s Multimedia Project Studio, March 2011.



Scholarly Publications: “Neshoba,”  Shenandoah.”  Washington and Lee University’s literary magazine

Dr. Kathy Conner“Panther Stalks Hinds County.”  Blackbird, Virginia Commonwealth University’s literary magazine

“The Giraffe Keeper.” Copper Nickel

“Scraps,” Burnt Bridge (nominated for Pustcart Prize)

Book Reviews:  My Bright Midnight by Josh Russell in The Southeast Review

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler in The Southeast Review



Grants Awarded:  $120,000 LaSIP Grant, “Incorporating WETSHOP in the Louisiana Science Curriculum, 2011-2012.” (Project Director)




Fulbright Scholarship, Jordan Fall 2015 Dr. Richmond Eustis

Louisiana State University’s Distinguished Dissertation Award :  Reading Out of Doors:  How Nature Becomes Text and Vice-Versa (2010)

Scholarly Publications:

“Buying the Wilderness: The Commodification of the Sublime” Perspectives, Vol. 4 (UC, Dublin), (Fall 2012)

“Songs for Maria Luisa” (translations of four poems by Basilio Fernández), Stand, Vol. 8 (2)pp. 27-29 (Spring 2008)

Conferences:  “Ventoux’s Oracle: Reconsidering Petrarch’s Ep. Fam. IV.1”: International Congress on Medieval Studies, (Kalamazoo, May 2012)

“Convivencia in Place and Poetry: Mozarabic Poetry of al-Andalus”: Sociedad Expañola, (New Orleans, Nov. 2010).

“The Gita and the Concord: Resurrecting River and Language in H.D. Thoreau’s A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers”: Southern Comparative Literature Association (Baton Rouge, 2010)

“Garden and Wilderness: Thoreau and Knowing Beans”: Association of Literary Scholars and Critics Colloquium (Baton Rouge, LA September 2010).

Seminar Organizer: “Polluted Places/Impure Spaces”: American Comparative Literature Association (New Orleans, 2010) -“Mountain Awe: Petrarch and Thoreau at the Limits of Language”: Association of Literary Scholars and Critics Colloquium (Baton Rouge, LA, March, 2010)

Seminars:   “Taking it Outside: Reading and Walking in Pursuit of Thoreau”: Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, MA (2013)

“Life Without Principle’ and the Birth of the Wild Pastoral”: Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, Athens, GA (2013)

Reviews:  “Dieter Schultz. Emerson and Thoreau, or Steps Beyond Ourselves: Studies in Transcendentalism.” (Heidelberg: Mattes Verlag, 2013), for Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture, and Environment (fall 2012)

Invitations: Sociedad Espanola de Nueva Orleans Cervantes Day Lecture:  “The Perils of Don Quixote.” (2013)

Joined:  National Outdoor Leadership School as field instructor.

Performances:  Ghost and Gravedigger in Nicholl’s State University’s campus production of “Hamlet”. (spring 2013)



Scholarly Publications:  “Off with Hollywood’s Head:  Sofia Coppola as Feminine Auteur.”  Film Criticism.  XXXV, 1 (Fall 2010):   37-59.

Reviews:  “Films by Gordon Ball.”  Studies in American Culture.  (Fall 2011)

Conferences:  “On the Road to ‘Some’ Place:  The Postmodern Hobo – Hero in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere,” presented at Popular and American Culture Associations of the South Conference, October 2011.

“Remixing the Relationship between Media and Composition: Digital Rhetoric for a Visual Age.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 17-20, 2010. Louisville, Kentucky.



Scholarly Publications:  “Bird Shot.”  Southern  Review.  (short story)

“Flint,” Southern Review. (short story)

“Whose Will They Be?” Ellipsis (short story)

“Landscapes,” Fiction:  Review. (essay)

Major League Final Standings Projection:  “Major League Central, Final Standings,” in Hobart

Awarded:  Distinction at University of New Orleans for MFA Thesis, short story collection, The Tools of Ignorance.



Scholarly Publications:  Profile on Kevin George for Voila! (article)

Six poems published in the 13th (2011) Jubilee Jambalaya publication.

Literary Judge:  “Poetry Out Loud” competition hosted by the Houma Regional Arts Council



Scholarly Publications:  “Celebrating Idleness:  Antony and Cleopatra and Play Theory.”  Comparative Drama

“Embracing Lucia:  Reading Robert Herrick’s ‘The Vine.’”  The John Donne Journal

Otiose Leisure:  Idleness and Idolence in British Literature,” chapter in Idleness in Early Modern England, forthcoming

“William Faulkner’s ‘Barn Burning”:  Ante-bellum Architecture and ‘Negro Sweat,’” presented at 36th Southern Comparative Literature Association Conference.



Co-Founder:  “Tac Tac in 218″.  Featuring a selection of international films for students.  (spring 2013)

Conferences: “Cradle Rocker to Knife Wielder: The Evolution of the Horror Heroine.”  South Central Modern Language Association (November, 2012)

Co-host of the Breakout Session: “Understand Our Students’ Language: A Closer Look at South Louisiana English.”



Conferences: “Travelin’ Light:  Teaching Travel Lit Online.”  Louisiana Conference on Composition, March 19, 2011.

Software Production:  Created first cloud-based software system for managing writing assignments:  courseDocs (courseDocs was also represented at three prestigious conferences on writing:  Louisiana Conference on  Composition, March; Conference on College Composition and Communication, April; Writing Program Administrators’ Conference, July.



Grants Awarded:  $183,456.00 for “Teaching What Matters:  Building Literacy Skills Using Content Reading and Writing Knowledge” (received the Top Ten Grant Writer’s Award from OSRP).



Scholarly Publications:  Recent poems have appeared in North American Review, Verse Daily, International Psychoanalysis, Rattle, and The Pedestal.

“Anonymous.” Prairie Schooner (Winter 2012)

“Grief Songs.” Spillway (Winter 2012)

“Exodus.” Cincinnati Review (Spring 2013)

“Before Leaving.” Cumberland River Review (Spring 2013) Jay Udall with President Clune and others

“Fledging,” “Showing Forth,” “Reading Blind.” Red Earth Review (Summer 2013)

“To an Armadillo,” “Louisiana 1 South in Winter.” The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast (Summer 2013)

“Jesus Walks in Blue Above Louisiana” and “Blessing of the Beasts.” Minnesota Review (Forthcoming)

Literary Fellowship:  2010-2011, Nevada Arts Council:  gave readings and conducted workshops with various audiences, including elementary and high school students, homeless families, and the elderly.

Performances:  Featured in “Beats and Blue Notes” at the University of Nevada, performing his original poetry while accompanied by graduate students from the Department of Jazz and Improvisational Studies.

Creative Writing Reading Series – sponsored by creative writing faculty – Nicholls State University

Conferences:  Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Boston, MA (March 2013)

Jambalaya Writers Conference, Houma, LA : Poetry Reading and Panel Presentation (“Where Poems Come From and What to Do With Them When They Get Here” (April 2013)



Conferences:  “Bayou Region French Activists,” Invited Session of the American Association of Anthropologists, New Orleans, LA

“Eloi Landry Plantation Log:  A Reading of Acadian Material Culture,”  The Symposium of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Madison, GA

Dr. Robin White “Creole Contradictions:  A Reading of Sidonie de La Houssaye’s National and Ethnic Fallacies in Les Quarteronnes de la Nouvelle-Orleans (1895), Southern Comparative Literature Conference

Scholarly Publications:  “George Rapp and the Harmony Society,” Translation from the French and Introduction.  Communal Societies:  Journal of Communal Studies Association, Vol. 30: 1.

Reader:  Advanced Placement, French, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 2011.

Co-Founder:  “Tac Tac in 218″.  Featuring a selection of international films for students.  (spring 2013)