Office Address: English Department
Anderson House, Room 307
913 W. Franklin Street
Mailing: P.O Box 842005
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 23284-2005
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1975
Post Graduate Study: College of Charleston (S.C.), 1966
B.A. in English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1965
ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS AND OTHER SIGNIFICANT WORK EXPERIENCE:
1993-present Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University
1983-1993 Associate Professor of English, VCU
1974-1983 Assistant Professor of English, VCU
1971-1974 Instructor of English, VCU
1969-1971 Graduate Assistant in English, University of South Carolina
1967-1968 Teacher, Moultrie High School, Charleston, South Carolina
FIELDS OR AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST WITHIN DISCIPLINE OR PROFESSION:
American Literature (Modern and Contemporary); American Novel; F. Scott Fitzgerald; Ernest Hemingway; J.D. Salinger; The New Yorker; Alice Adams
F. Scott Fitzgerald Society
The Hemingway Society
SPECIAL AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND OTHER HONORS:
Elske v.P. Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award, 2009
Virginia State Library Literary Awards Adjudication Panel, Fiction, 2006-2009
Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors Teaching Fellow, 1999-2001
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Outstanding Teacher Award, 1994
University Faculty Mentor, 1994-1995
Virginia State Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award, 1989
University Distinguished Teaching Award, VCU, 1984
OTHER SIGNIFICANT SCHOLARLY, RESEARCH, OR ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE
1992-1994 Director of MA Program
1983-1984 Director of Graduate Studies in English
1983-present Director of theses on Fitzgerald, Kincaid, Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, Cheever, Nancy Hale, Katherine Ann Porter, Harper Lee, and others; second reader, theses on Rawlings, Steinbeck, Little Magazines in Richmond. For the theses available on Scholars Compass, click here.
“The Making of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context,” 11th Annual Fitzgerald Conference, Lyon, France, 5 July 2011.
“Composition and Publication History of ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.’” Tenth International Fitzgerald Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, 2 October 2009.
“F. Scott Fitzgerald and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings,” American Literature Association Symposium on American Fiction, Savannah, Georgia., 10 October 2009.
“A Story of the South After All: ‘Dice, Brassknuckles & Guitar,’”American Literature Association 20th Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, 23 May 2009.
“Fitzgerald’s Tarleton Trilogy,” American Literature Association Symposium on American Fiction, Savannah, Georgia, 3 October 2008.
“The Story that Drove Old Dixie Down: ‘More than Just a House,’” American Literature Association National Convention, San Francisco, California, 23 May 2008.
“Fitzgerald in Asheville, North Carolina,” A Salute to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina, 24 September 2005.
“Teaching Fitzgerald’s Stories” (invited presenter and panel member), Eighth International Fitzgerald Conference, Hofstra University, Hempstead New York, April 2005.
“The Fitzgerald Flapper and the Southern Belle,” Fitz/Fest 1997 featured speaker. Montgomery, Alabama, June 1997.
“Babylon Revisited,” Videotape Panel Discussion, Auburn University, June 1997
“Teaching and Storytelling,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Baltimore, November, 1994.
“The Fitzgerald Flapper” (invited presenter and panel member), Northeastern Modern Language Association. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 1994.
“F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Short Stories” (invited presenter and panel member) F. Scott Fitzgerald Society’s Annual Meeting. Hofstra University, 1992.
“Teaching the Short Story,” Virginia Association of Teachers of English held at Collegiate Schools, Spring 1980.
“Zelda Fitzgerald’s Save Me the Waltz,” American Association of University Women, Fall 1979.
“Hero Worship in the Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald,” Modern Language Association National Convention, New York, December, 1976.
“Tender Is the Night and Save Me the Waltz: Parallels and Differences,” Modern Language Association National Convention, San Francisco, December 1975.
Lectures in places such as the Collegiate Schools, St. Christopher’s School, St. Catherine’s School, St. Margaret’s School, the Virginia Museum, University of Virginia Humanities Center, regional libraries, historical societies, and book clubs; workshops for continuing education and secondary school teachers; historian and member of board of directors of Morattico Waterfront Museum.