Department of Literature and Languages
University of Texas of the Permian Basin
4901 E. University
Odessa, TX 79762
Ph.D. University of South Carolina; August 2002.
Major area: Colonial and Nineteenth Century American Literature.
Minor area: Nineteenth Century British Literature.
Dissertation: Emerson’s Canonization and the Boston Periodical Press: 1872-1903.
M.A. University of Delaware; May 1997.
Major area: Nineteenth Century American Literature.
B.A. College of Wooster; May 1990, with Departmental Honors.
Major: English. Minor: Philosophy.
Associate Professor, University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Fall 2009-present.
“Another Protest that Shall Be ‘heard round the world’ The Woman’s Journal and Women’s Pilgrimage to Concord, Massachusetts.” Concord Saunterer. New Series 23 (2015): 20-49.
“From Syphilitic to Suffragist: the Woman’s Journal and the Negotiation of Walt Whitman’s Celebrity.” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 28:1/2 (Summer/Fall 2010): 36-53.
“Emerson Iconography and the Free Religious Index.” Resources for American Literary Study 31 (2007): 11-29.
“Publishing the Cause of Suffrage: the Woman’s Journal’s Appropriation of Ralph Waldo Emerson in Postbellum America.” New England Quarterly 79:4 (December 2006): 578-608.
“The Uniform Hieroglyphic: A Contemporary Graphological Study of Whitman’s Signature.” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 24 (Summer 2006): 33-35.
"An Evaluation of the Howitt/Emerson Relationship through ‘Etherization.’" Victorian Periodicals Review 33 (Winter 2000): 397-401.
"The ‘Strong Man’ at Dartmouth College: Two Uncollected Parodies of Whitman's ‘As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free.’” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 18 (Summer/Fall 2000): 81 84.
"Leading E. A. Poe through a Standard Test for Alcoholism." Dionysos: Journal of Literature and Addiction 9 (Summer 1999): 13 26.
"The Melville Voyagers and the ‘Staten Island Savages.’" Melville Society Extracts 115 (December 1998): 8 10.
"Walt Whitman's ‘Lively Corpse’ in 1871: The American Press on the Rumor of Whitman's Death." Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 15 (Summer 1997): 1 22.
“Reform.” Emerson in Context. Ed. Wesley T. Mott. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 204-12.
“The Periodicals of Transcendentalism.” The Oxford Handbook to Transcendentalism. Eds. Sandra Petrulionis, Laura Walls, and Joel Myerson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 361-72.
“Christopher Pearse Cranch.” The Writers of the American Renaissance. Ed. Denise Knight. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2003. 72-76.
Book Chapter under Review
“Emerson and the Reform Culture of the Second Great Awakening.” Approaches to Teaching Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ed. Sean Meehan and Mark Long. New York: Modern Language Association of America. (Forthcoming, 2016)
“Emerson the Reformer.” Chapter proposal has been accepted by book editors and is now under review by the Modern Language Association.
Reviews and Non-Peer Reviewed Articles
Rev. of Containing Multitudes: Walt Whitman and the British Literary Tradition, by Gary Schmidgall. Choice (forthcoming).
Rev. of "Not Altogether Human": Pantheism and the Dark Nature of the American Renaissance, by Richard Hardack. New England Quarterly (December 2014): 772-74.
Rev. of Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and U.S. Modernism, by Mary Chapman. Choice (December 2014).
Rev. of The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond, by Michael Sims. Choice (October 2014).
Rev. of Henry D. Thoreau Essays: a Fully Annotated Edition, ed. By Jeffrey S. Cramer. Choice (December 2013).
Rev. of American Metempsychosis: Emerson, Whitman, and the New Poetry, by John Michael Corrigan. Choice (January 2013).
Rev. of Thoreau in his Own Time: a Biographical Chronicle of His Life, ed. by Sandra Harbert Petrulionis. Choice (November 2012).
Rev. of Ralph Waldo Emerson Collected Works Vol. IX: Poems, ed. By Albert von Frank and Thomas Wortham. Review 19 http://www.nbol-19.org (March 2012).
Rev. of Capital Letters: Authorship in the Antebellum Literary Market, by David Dowling. Resources for American Literary Study 35 (2012): 369-72.
Rev. of The Other Emerson, ed. by Branka Arsic and Cary Wolfe. Choice (July 2011).
Rev. of Emerson for the Twenty-first Century, ed. by Barry Tharaud. Choice (April 2011).
Rev. of War No More: The Anti-War Impulse in American Litearture, 1861-1914, by Cynthia Wachtell. Choice (December 2010).
Rev. of Creating the John Brown Legend: Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Child, and Higginson in Defense of the Raid on Harpers Ferry, by Janet Beck. Journal of Southern History 76 (November 2010): 998-99.
Rev. of Margaret: A Tale of the Real and the Ideal, Blight and Bloom. Choice (July 2010).
Rev. of Walt Whitman and the Civil War, by Ted Genoways. Choice (May 2010).
Rev. of internet resource The Walt Whitman Archive, ed. by Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price. Choice (November 2009).
Rev. of First We Read, Then We Write Emerson on the Creative Process, by Robert D. Richardson. Choice (November 2009).
Rev. of The Gita within Walden, by Paul Friedrich. Choice (May 2009).
Rev. of Women & Children First: Nineteenth-Century Sea Narratives & American Identity, by Robin Miskolcze. Choice (November 2008).
Rev. of Listening on All Sides: Toward an Emersonian Ethics of Reading, by Richard Deming. Choice (July 2008).
Rev. of New World Poetics: Nature and the Adamic Imagination of Whitman, Neruda, and Walcott, by George B. Handley. Choice (May 2008).
Rev. of Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero, by Len Gougeon. Choice (December 2007).
Rev. of Supplement to Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Descriptive Bibliography, by Joel Myerson. Emerson Society Papers 18:2 (Fall 2007).
Rev. of internet resource The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Choice (August 2007).
Rev. of Walt Whitman and the Culture of Celebrity, by David Haven Blake. Choice (June 2007).
Rev. of On Emerson, by David Justin Hodge. Emerson Society Papers 18:1 (Spring 2007): 8
Rev. of Looking into Walt Whitman: American Art, 1850-1920, by Ruth L. Bohan. Choice (November 2006).
Rev. of Emerson, Romanticism, and Intuitive Reason, by Patrick J. Keane. Choice (July 2006).
Rev. of Secular Revelations: The Constitution of the United States and Classic American Literature, by Mitchell Meltzer. Choice (March 2006).
"A New Generation of Thoreau Inspired Radicalism?" Thoreau Society Bulletin 236 (September 2001): 16.
"The Great War Exhibit and Symposium at the University of South Carolina." (Contributed report on history symposium.) Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook 1997, ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli and George Garrett (Detroit: Gale, 1998): 217 222.
Work in Progress
Emerson and the Construction of Celebrity Reputation. Chapters have been published in the New England Quarterly Review and Resources for American Literary Study.
“‘It is good for his worshipers to see their idol in another light’: Emerson, Boston’s Literary World, and the Resistance to the Culture of Celebrity.” Editors of American Periodicals have invited me to submit this paper for publication.
(Co-Authored with Steven Olsen-Smith) “Melville’s Protest to the World: Israel Potter and The Refugee in 1876.” Article is based on new documentary evidence. To be submitted to Melville Society Extracts.
“‘And why should not four women make up a party to go and learn from the lips of the sages?’ The Woman’s Journal and Women’s Pilgrimage to Concord, Massachusetts.” American Literature Association. Boston, May 2015.
“Conversation and Editorial Authority in Transcendentalist Periodicals.” American Literature Association. Washington, D. C., May 24, 2014.
“Emerson on Temperance Reform.” American Literature Association. Boston, May 26, 2013.
“‘Temperance is Good English & Good French & Good Italian’: Emerson on Temperance Reform.” Conversazioni in Italia: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe. Florence, Italy, June 10, 2012.
“The Woman’s Journal and Women’s Travel to Emerson’s Concord, 1870-1917.” American Literature Association. Boston, May 28, 2011.
“From Sensualist to Suffragist: the Woman’s Journal and the Rehabilitation of Walt Whitman’s Reputation.” American Literature Association. Boston, May 2009.
“‘It is good for his worshipers to see their idol in another light’: Emerson, Boston’s Literary World, and the Resistance to the Culture of Celebrity.” American Literature Association. San Francisco, May 23, 2008.
“Emerson Iconography and the Free Religious Index.” American Literature Association. San Francisco, May 26, 2006.
“Was the Concord Sage a Suffragist? Emerson, the Woman’s Journal, and Reputation Construction in the Gilded Age.” American Literature Association. San Francisco, May 28, 2004.
“Beyond the Fables of the Restoration: The Animal Poems of The Lady’s Monthly Museum, 1798-1802.” East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, October 3, 2003.
"A Concord Yankee in Queen Victoria's Court: Thoreau's Early English Reception." American Literature Association. Long Beach, California, May 27, 2000.
"Women Writing Women Writers: The Biographical Sketches of the Lady's Monthly Museum." British Women Writers Conference. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, October 1, 1999.
"The Howitts’ Reception of the Writings of American Abolitionists." Inter Disciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference. Ohio State University, Columbus, April 9, 1999.
"The Art of American Abolition in Howitt's Journal." Victorian Institute Conference. West Virginia University, Morgantown, September 26, 1998.
"Leading E. A. Poe through a Standard Test for Alcoholism." American Literature Association. San Diego, May 31, 1998.
"Peer Tutor Concerns." Mid Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference. Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland, April 13, 1996.
Associate Professor, English, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 2009-pres.
Assistant Professor, English, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 2003-2009.
American Nature Writing (English 6310): This graduate course covers major nature writers and ecocritical theory.
American Romanticism (English 6302): A graduate course which emphasizes historical and cultural factors which shaped American Romantic texts, both canonical and emerging.
American Romantic Fiction 1800-1860 (English 4315). A senior-level course which explores the major works of American Romanticism.
Twentieth Century American Fiction (English 4312): A senior-level class focusing on twentieth-century texts, canonical and emerging.
Nineteenth Century American Fiction (English 4311): A senior-level class focusing on historical and cultural factors which shaped nineteenth century texts and their interpretations.
American Women Novelists (English 3335): An exploration of the rich diversity of fiction by American women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Course includes an introduction to feminist criticism.
American Fiction 1860-1900 (English 3320). A survey of major works of American Realism and Naturalism.
Multicultural Fiction (English 3306): An introduction to the literature and cultural history of American ethnic voices.
Theoretical Approaches to Literature (English 3300): An introduction to major critical schools of thought, including New Criticism, Eco-criticism, Feminist Criticism, and Psychological Criticism.
American Literature to 1865 (English 2327): A survey of canonical and emerging literatures of the Americas from the colonial period to the Civil War. The course is taught in both online and traditional formats.
Visiting Assistant Professor, English, University of South Carolina, 2002-2003.
American Literature (English 287): A survey of American literature for English majors which covers canonical and emerging literatures of the Americas from the colonial period to the present.
Composition and Literature (English 102H): Theme-based Honors College course. Themes included Social Deviance and Disobedience and Natural Environments, which includes an environmental service-learning component with community partners such as the Sierra Club..
Graduate Teaching Assistant, English, University of South Carolina, 1997-2002.
Business Writing (English 463): A workshop course emphasizing the stylistic conventions in the most important forms of business writing. Much of the course is taught in a computerized classroom.
Composition and Literature (English 102): First year course in the writing of critical essays with introduction to literary theory and major literary genres. Much of the course is taught in a computerized classroom.
Composition (English 101): A service-learning course focused on environmental issues. Students conduct ten hours of community service and use that service, along with research, to create academic essays. Students learn to write across the curriculum.
Themes in British Writing (English 283): Led discussion sections for Professor George Geckle. A survey of British literature from the Renaissance to the present.
Themes in American Writing (English 285): Led discussion sections for Professor Cynthia J. Davis. A survey of American literature from the colonial period to the present.
Writing Center Instructor, University of Delaware Writing Center, 1995 1996.
English Essentials (English 011): A seminar which emphasizes writing basics, clear thinking and writing, as well as invention and organizational strategies.
Awards and Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute participant, “Transcendentalism and Social Action in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller.” Concord, Massachusetts, July, 2013. $2,100 stipend.
Selected for Who’s Who in America 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
President’s Outstanding Service Award 2010. Selected from university faculty for service to the university, profession, and the community.
Regent’s Teaching Award finalist 2009.
Golden Windmill Award. Selected by the La Mancha Society from junior faculty at University of Texas of the Permian Basin for research excellence. Spring 2007. $1,000 award.
Big Brother of the Year. Selected by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Midland, TX for this award. Spring 2007.
Faculty Development Fund for Academic Excellence. Funded to research Emerson and the abolitionist movement. Summer 2006. $3,000 grant.
Selected for Who’s Who among America’s Teachers 2006.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar participant, “Reading Emerson’s Essays.” University of New Mexico, June 2005. $3,000 stipend.
Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award Nominee. University of Texas of the Permian Basin, May 2004.
Two Thumbs Up Award. University of South Carolina Office of Student Disability Services, April 25, 2003.
Outstanding Contribution to the Environmental Service Learning Program. University of South Carolina, December 10, 2002.
Edmund A. Ramsaur Dissertation Fellowship. University of South Carolina, 2002.
Award for Excellence in Teaching. Presented by the residents of Patterson Hall, April 10, 2002.
The William Nolte Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. University of South Carolina Department of English, 2000 2001.
W. T. C. Bates Writing Award (Criticism). University of South Carolina Department of English,
Graduate Student Day. University of South Carolina Graduate School. Selected to give a presentation on "Poe and Alcoholism," April 5, 2000.
Irene D. Elliot Teaching Award nominee. University of South Carolina Department of English, May 1998.
Phi Beta Kappa. College of Wooster, May 1990.
Phi Sigma Tau. Philosophy Honor Society, College of Wooster, May 1989.
Selected Academic Committees and Service
President Elect, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, January 2014-present
Chair of English Graduate Program, January 2013-present. Provide leadership for all aspects of graduate study in English.
Chair, Environmental Sustainability Committee, fall 2009-present. Received approval to plan and organize this standing university-wide committee.
Faculty Advisory Council, University of Texas System, Austin, TX Fall 2009-Spring 2014. Represented UTPB Faculty at this system-wide committee. Served as co-chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Executive Council from Fall 2012-Spring 2014.
Panel moderator, “Emerson and the Business World” American Literature Association. Washington, D.C. May 23, 2014.
Distinguished Achievement Award Committee, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, January 2014. Select an outstanding scholar in Emerson studies for this annual award.
Grievance Committee, 2012-2014. Elected by the University Faculty for their representation.
Secretary / Treasurer, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, January 2010-December 2013. Manage all finances and correspondence for this international author society.
Senator, Faculty Senate, fall 2004-spring 2013. President fall 2009-fall 2011, Vice President 2007-09, Chair of Budget and Governance Committee, 2005-07. Represent faculty concerns and initiatives to UTPB and UT System administration.
Planning Committee, Conversazioni in Italia: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe, Florence, Italy, January 2012-September 2012.
Panel moderator, “Emerson and Europe, Ancient and Early Modern” Conversazioni in Italia: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe. Florence, Italy, June 2012.
College Committee for Tenure and Promotion, fall 2010-spring 2012. Elected by College of Arts and Sciences faculty to make recommendations for retention and promotion.
Search Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, dean, 2009-10.
Curriculum Design Team, Quality Enhancement Plan, 2009-10. Helped design a plan to enhance critical thinking skills among students to help meet SACS accreditation.
Search Committee, Latin American history, assistant professor. Department of History, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Search Committee, Environmental Science, assistant professor. Department of Physical Sciences, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 2008-09.
Program Chair, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, 2006-09. Elected by members to arrange research presentations at annual and special meetings of the Emerson Society.
Faculty Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Alpha Iota Chapter, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 2003-09. Recruit new members and plan events such as film screenings and poetry readings to enrich the cultural life of the department, university, and community. We also coordinated a campus-wide recycling program.
Panel organizer and moderator, “Emerson’s Politics” Thoreau Society Gathering. Concord, Massachusetts, July 2009.
Panel organizer and moderator, “Teaching Emerson: A Roundtable Discussion” American Literature Association. Boston, May 2009
Faculty Development Committee, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 2003-09. Review grant proposals for teaching enhancement.
Panel organizer and moderator, “Emerson and Social Reform.” Thoreau Society Gathering. Concord, Massachusetts, July 2008.
Panel organizer and moderator, “Emerson and War.” American Literature Association. San Francisco, May 2008.
Advisory Board, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, 2004-2007. Elected by members to provide service to this international author society.
Guest lecturer, "Fanny Fern and Margaret Fuller: American Women Writers,” University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Professor Diana Hinton's American Women’s History (History 4376), November 30, 2007.
Panel organizer and moderator, “Emerson on Other Shores.” American Literature Association. Boston, May 2007.
Panel organizer and moderator, “Emerson and Philosophy.” American Literature Association. San Francisco, May 26, 2006.
Consultant, The Norton Anthology of American Literature, seventh edition. Provided an evaluation at the request of general editor Nina Baym.
Search Committee, composition and rhetoric, assistant professor. Department of Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 2004-05.
Search Committee, twentieth century American poetry, assistant professor. Department of Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 2003-04
Search Committee, twentieth century American poetry, visiting assistant professor. Department of Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, summer 2003
Search Committee, pre-twentieth century American open-rank position. Department of English, University of South Carolina, 2002-03.
Community Service Coordinator, University of South Carolina, 2002-2003. Selected to plan, develop, and implement environmental service opportunities, in coordination with seven local environmental organizations, for over five hundred students enrolled in the English Department’s service-learning courses.
Guest presenter, “Graduate School Application and the Leap of Faith.” TRIO Program. University of South Carolina, February 5, 2002.
Curriculum Design Team, University of South Carolina, 2001. Selected to help develop the curriculum for Service Learning and the Environment, a grant-funded project in the First-Year English program. Included networking with community agencies in order to integrate service work into the First-Year English writing experience.
First Year English Committee, University of South Carolina, 2000 – 2001. Participated in orienting and evaluating Graduate Teaching Assistants, and determining curriculum and grading policies for English 101 and 102.
Skelton Award Committee, University of South Carolina, 2001 and 1999. Selected the essays for academic year 2000-2001 and 1998 – 1999 for publication in Writing at Carolina.
Panel moderator, “Teaching Gilman in Various Contexts.” International Charlotte Perkins Gilman Conference. University of South Carolina, Columbia, April 1, 2001.
Panel moderator, "Alcoholism & Addiction" and "Illness and the Victorian Sage." Victorian Institute Conference. University of South Carolina, Columbia, October 7, 2000.
Co chair, American Literature Colloquium, University of South Carolina, 1998 – 2000. Elected by graduate students to organize events designed to stimulate interchange among graduate students, faculty, and the community at large. Under our leadership, participation increased by over 100%. Events included graduate student panels, film screenings, faculty presentations and panels, and visiting lecturers.
Graduate English Program Committee, University of South Carolina, 1999 – 2000. Elected by graduate students to represent them on this policy committee.
Guest lecturer, "Walt Whitman's Evolving American Reputation," University of South Carolina, Professor Cynthia J. Davis's Themes in American Writing (English 285), October, 1998.
Other Professional Experience
Research assistant to Professor Joel Myerson, 2001-2002, 1998 1999. Research for and proofreading of such publications as The Selected Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Ohio State, 2002), The Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Georgia, 2001), Margaret Fuller, Critic (Columbia, 2000), Emerson in His Own Time (Iowa, 2003), and The Emerson Brothers (Oxford, 2006).
Research assistant to Professor Cynthia Davis, Summer 2000. Research for Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Living and construction of the 2001 International Gilman conference website.
Research assistant to Professor Paula Feldman, Winter 1999. Researched annotations for Felicia Hemans's Records of Woman (Kentucky, 1999).
Research assistant to Professor Hershel Parker, 1996 1997. Research for and annotations of such works as Herman Melville Vol. I (Johns Hopkins, 1996), and vol. II (Johns Hopkins, 2002), The Norton Anthology of American Literature Vol. 1, 5th ed. (Norton, 1998), and The New Melville Log (forthcoming).
Volunteer, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Columbia, SC, and Midland, TX, May 2000 – 2009. Awarded Big Brother of the Year, 2007. Spend 8 10 hours per month mentoring an adolescent from an economically disadvantaged background. My work was featured on KMID-TV’s regular segment “Wednesday’s Child” with Horace Brown on August 18, 2004. I also served on the recruitment committee.
Case Manager, North East Treatment Centers, February 1995 – July 1996. Connected homeless clients with shelter, drug and alcohol treatment, medical care, and permanent residence.
Tutor, Back to Basics, Wilmington, DE, October 1994 – May 1997. Assisted junior high and high school students with study and writing skills.
Modern Language Association of America
American Literature Section, Modern Language Association
Professor of English, Women’s Studies, and American Studies
Penn State of Delaware County
Media, PA 19063
Dean, School of Education
University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Odessa, TX 79762
Wesley T. Mott
Dept. of Humanities
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA 01609
Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777 2165
Dossier available upon request.