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Teaching Award Fall 2017

On January 29th I received a Quintilian Award for my teaching for the fall 2017 semester. The award, given by the Introductory Composition at Purdue (ICaP) program, recognizes teachers who achieve exceptional course evaluations for English 106 classes.

My application score was a 4.9/5.0.

To receive the award, applicants must have a median score of 4.6/5.0 for the following 7 course evaluation categories:

–Overall, I would rate this course as…

–Overall, I would rate this instructor as…

–Course requirements are clear

–My instructor seems well prepared for class

–When I have a question or comment, I know it will be respected

–This course effectively challenges me to think

–My instructor shows respect for diverse groups of people


I recently received my copies of two new books on the history of medicine, and both authors responded to my twitter post, thus proving how awesome it is to be a part of the medical humanities! I’m actually teaching #TheButcheringArt in my Writing in the Health and Human Sciences class at Purdue next semester; I’m excited to talk to my students about the importance of communication in health care, as well as how the history of medicine informs their career trajectories as doctors, nurses, administrators, and public health professionals!


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Warrior Scholar 2015

In June of 2015 I had the honor of teaching 20 veterans at the University of Michigan’s second Warrior-Scholar Project. I was once again blown away by the dedication and perseverance the students showed as they struggled–and succeeded–to complete complex readings, participate in thoughtful class discussions, and write 3 papers–all in one week!

I wasn’t the only one to take notice of the program:

Canvas Demo

For the Spring 2015 semester, I had the opportunity to use Canvas, an educational learning platform, as part of a pilot program through Purdue University’s Information Technology department. In addition to using the program in my English 106 class, I gave an information presentation evaluating the pros and cons of my experience with Canvas to members of the University who were not participating in the pilot but wanted to learn about the program. Below is a video of that presentation, given at Purdue on April 2, 2015.

EARG Colloquium 2015

The Purdue Early Atlantic Reading Group (EARG) Colloquium took place April 10-11 at the Purdue Graduate Student Center. The Keynote address was given by Professor Wendy Belcher of Princeton University.
The colloquium was a great success, with an average of 15 participants attending each panel. For more information, see the attached program (designed by Stacey Dearing), flyers (designed by Kim Hunter-Perkins), or visit

The EARG Program, 2015:

Flyer 1:

Flyer 2:

SEA 2012 CFP

Modern Adaptations of Early American People, Places and Spaces

Panel organizers:
Stacey Dearing
Kirsten Iden Lindmark, Auburn University

In October 2012, Ubisoft is releasing Assassins Creed III, a video game which features a half Mohawk, half white protagonist who navigates the unstable boundaries of race, class and nationality in eighteenth-century New England. Presented as an observer and participant in the Revolutionary war, the protagonist Connor/ Ratohnhaké:ton (prounounced ra-doon-ha-gay-doo), explores the multiplicity of identity while challenging the master narrative of early American history and of the found fathers. Such modern adaptations seek to reinterpret eighteenth-century themes and place them in a contemporary context. This panel seeks to not only discuss how people are recreating the eighteenth century, but also how these revisions intersect contemporary politics, literature, historiography and culture.

This panel will explore modern adaptations of Early America. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, the TEA Party, Assassins Creed III, and Toni Morrison’s 2008 novel A Mercy. Papers may consider not only characters, events and issues privileged in these contemporary adaptations, but also which figures, issues, and topics are excluded.  We are looking for papers which engage with how these modern interpretations illuminate, redefine or obscure traditional topics and approaches to eighteenth-century studies.

Send 250 word paper abstracts to Stacey Dearing at or Kirsten Iden Lindmark at by Friday, September 7, 2012.