With over fifteen years of teaching, tutoring, and mentoring experience at two universities, I'm a published scholar of American literature with a serious passion for analyzing challenging texts, writing, and helping equip students to become successful thinkers and communicators throughout their lives. As a father, Sunday School teacher, and Boy Scouts volunteer (among other things), I'm also well-versed in adapting to new situations and tailoring the guidance I offer to meet the needs of multiple age groups and types of learners.
I have a bachelor's degree in English (Highest Honors) and Spanish (Honors) from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in English (with a dissertation on William Faulkner) from the University of Virginia. I have six years of tutoring and teaching experience at the University of Virginia (1997-2003), with extensive training in the teaching of composition, literature, and public speaking. I have taught full-time for almost ten years (undergraduate and graduate) at the University of North Florida (2003-present) as an assistant and tenured associate professor. I have written over twenty academic journal articles, book chapters, and reviews, and have spent seven summers as a faculty adviser to incoming first-year students at the University of North Florida. I have been trained and have experience as an AP grader (English Language and Composition), 2012.
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