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*Other independent studies with graduate and undergraduate students not recorded.


  1. Other Contributions to Instructional Programs

Invited presentation at UI ITS’s 4CAST’12 re use of Farmville and Twitter in undergraduate courses, January 2012
Invited Presentation on UIowa English Graduate Program at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA, fall 2006

T.A. Adviser, 1991-2001



SERVICE (since tenure)



1. Profession
Attendee at CGRER’s Iowa Climate Educators [ie scientists] Forum, October 2013, to learn latest word on effect of climate change on Iowa and observe scientists modes of communication with one another; Reviewer for American Literature and Oral History Review; Reader for Indiana University Press, University Press of Mississippi, City and Society (journal), Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Urbanism; Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER); Planning Theory; International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, and Social Sustainability; Bedford/St. Martin's Press, Longman Publishers, Philological Quarterly, Mosaic, M/MLA Journal, and the University of Iowa Press; assessment of McArthur nominee
2. Department and Program
English Department

Chair, Curriculum Committee, 2013-


Claire Fox Tenure Committee, fall 2013
Peer Review Committee, spring 2013
Director of Undergraduate Studies in English, 2011-12
Tenure Committee for Robyn Schiff, chair, spring and fall 2011
English@Work series coordinator, 2010-2011
Assistant Professor Review Committee, spring 2010
Summer Chair 2007
Director of Graduate Study 2006-2008

Director of Graduate Admissions 2002-05


Graduate Steering Committee 1992-95, 2002-05
Fifth-Year Review of Kathy Lavezzo, fall 2004
Third-Year Review of Priya Kumar, fall 2003
Review of Tenured Faculty, 2000-2002
Drama Search Committee, 2000-2001
Public Intellectual Search Committee, Joint with Journalism, 2000-2001

Chair of Tenure Committee, Corey Creekmur, 1999


Tenure Committee, Doris Witt, 1999-2000
Associate Chair for Faculty, 1995-99

Coordinator of two search committees per year: 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99

Chair of Tenure Committee for Associate-level

candidate Laura Rigal, 1997

Organizer, Faculty Colloquium on the English Major, fall 1998

Coordinator, with Phillip Round, of "Writing Life and Land," a symposium, April 1999, in honor of Bob Sayre on his 1998 retirement


Tenure Committee, Laura Donaldson, fall 1996
Member of search committee for administrative assistant, fall 1996
Search Committee, Twentieth-century Cultural Studies, 1994-95
Search Committee, African American Literature and Culture, 1993-94
Ph.D. Qualification Committee, 1990-95

Chair, 1992-95


Women's Studies

Reviewer of Untenured Faculty, 1995


Curriculum Committee, 1994-95
Steering Committee, 1993-95


  1. College

Review of CDA Proposals, fall 2013


Review of the Department of political science, 2007

Liberal Arts Executive Committee, 1998-99


Graduate Council, 1995-98

Seashore/Ballard Scholarship Committee, spring 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2002.

Chair, 1996

Masters Thesis Competition Reader, 1997

CLA[S]Educational Policy Committee, 1994-97


  1. University

Research Council, 2013-


Reviewer for Graduate Student Fulbright applications, fall 2010
Advisory Board, Obermann Graduate Seminar on Public Engagement, 2010-
Search Committee, Director of Obermann Center, 2010
Associate Provost for Academic Administration, 1/2008-12/2009
Committee on the Selection of Academic Officials 2002-07
President’s Diversity Committee 2002-05

Committee to evaluate diversity seed grants funded by the Provost’s office, spring 2005
Committee to Review the General Counsel’s Office, summer-fall 2004
Advisory Board, American Sign Language Program, 2000-05
Campus Planning Committee, 2001-2003

Chair, 2002-2003

Architectural Review Committee, Westside traffic task force with Iowa City, Community Relations Task Force

Did not complete third year of appointment, 2003-4, in order to complete book ms.

Chair, Search for Associate Vice President of Facilities Services Group, summer to winter 2002
Chair, Search Committee for University Librarian, summer 1999-spring 2000
Provost's Committee on Interdisciplinarity, 1999
President's Strategic Planning Committee, 1998-99
Committee to Review the Office of Finance and University Services, 1998-2001
Arts and Humanities Review Board, Office of Research, fall 1998
Committee to Review the College of Education, 1997-1998
Faculty Senate Budget Committee, 1996-99

Chair, 1998-99


Faculty Senate, 1993-96
Jane Weiss Scholarship Selection Committee, 1993-96

Committee for Study Abroad, 1991-94,

Chair 1993


  1. Community (including earlier relevant service in New Orleans)

Writer for and organizer of an environmental writing group for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, publishing guest opinions monthly, mine May and December


Senior Warden (lay leader), Trinity Episcopal Church, Iowa City, Feb 2012-Jan 2014.
Member, Planning and Execution of Iowa Rivercall, an Iowa River on-site immersion project for third/fourth graders at Hills and Twain Elementary Schools, ICCSD, May 2010-; Participant again 2011, 2012
Member, UniverCity committee, a joint venture between Iowa City and University of Iowa to promote affordable home ownership in neighborhoods bordering UI, 2009-2013
Member, Community/Oakdale Prison Choir, 2009-
Member, Iowa City Board of Adjustment, 2009-2012
Iowa City Public Library Panel, All Johnson County Reads Tyson’s Blood Done Sign My Name, September 2007
Member of the Board, Maitri Yoga Education Fund, Iowa City, Iowa, 2005-2007
Volunteer, Crisis Center, 2005-07
Member of the Board, Hawkeye Chapter of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union, 1993-99

President, fall 1993-winter 1997



Community Contact Person, 1995-1997
Member of the National Board, Educators for Social Responsibility, 1985-88
Founding Member and Chapter President, New Orleans Educators for Social Responsibility, 1983-90
Co-chair, New Orleans Progressive Alliance, 1987-90


  1. State of Iowa

Faculty Public Engagement Tour, Marshalltown, Webster City, Des Moines, May 2011.
Organizer of “An Endangered River Runs Through Us: Three Iowa River Journeys,” 2007-08
See Planning Committee service; service learning course with Veterans Hospital, spring 2007; Undergraduates supervised, independent study; Iowa Alumni Magazine article about 8:158, spring 2003
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