Ph.D., M.A. History Cornell
M.A. History Pennsylvania
B.A. Honors History Pennsylvania State
University Scholars Program
and 20 Century Transatlantic Cultural and Intellectual History with a
focus on religion, literature, and psychology
America, Modern Europe, Gender History, History of Science
Dissertation: “Democracy Within:
Religion, Politics, and the Americanizaion of Psychoanalysis."
MA Thesis: "Reading and Religion: American Self-Help and Inspirational Literature, 1945-1960"
TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND AWARDS
have been honored to receive the Russell
Award for Distinguished Teaching -- the most esteemed recognition of
teaching achievement conferred by the Arts College at Cornell University in
In 2016, I received the Penn State National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching Award as an exemplar of positive, motivational, and inspirational teaching.
2008, Penn State students selected me to serve as one of eight faculty members
-- university wide -- on the 2008
Homecoming Faculty Court, an honor premised upon excellence of teaching and
contributions to Penn State.
In 2011, The Penn State Chapter of Golden Key elected me as an honorary faculty member based upon distinguished teaching and service.
In 2012, I received the Nancy Lowe Award for Excellence in Teaching from the English and Composition Departments
In 2014, The Penn State Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars selected me as a distinguished member, based upon leadership, scholarship, and service
Penn State SRTE (teaching evaluations) scores are consistently above 6.0 (out of 7)
Study Abroad Leadership: Literary London Program. Theme: "Insanity and Imagination: Creativity and Psychology in British Literature". Summer 2015
Course Design and
Instruction: (Syllabi available upon request)
- I designed and instruct
“Religion in American Life and Thought” for the PennState World Campus. This is a web-based course that I have
taught since Fall, 2006. (Amsty 140Y)
- "Rhetoric and Civic Life", a year-long writing and speaking honors experience with digital components, Fall 2012-present. (English 137-138)
- “Honors Introduction to
Rhetoric and Composition: Themes in American Cultural History,” Fall
2003-Spring 2005, Penn State English Department. (English 30)
- “Honors Introduction to Rhetoric and
Composition: Sentient Beings – Animals and Ethics in Cultural Rhetoric,”
Fall 2005 – present, Penn State English Department. (English 30)
- “Effective Writing:
Business Communications,” Fall 2009-present, Penn State English Department
- “Effective Writing in
the Social Sciences,” Fall 2010-present, Penn State English Department
- “American Literature
Since 1865”, Fall 2008, Penn State English Department. (English 232)
- “The History of
Madness, Mental Illness, and Psychiatry,” Summer 2005-present, Penn State Continuing Education.
- “The History of Family
and Sex Roles,” Spring 2008-present, Penn State Continuing Education
- “The History of the
United States since 1865,” Summer 2008, Spring 2010, Penn State Continuing
Education (History 21)
- "Positive Thinking: Religion, Psychology and Self-Help in
American Culture,"Fall 2000
at Cornell University. (English 100)
- “Freshman Introduction
to Rhetoric and Composition,” 2002-present, Penn State English Department.
part of my degree program in the Cornell History Department I designed two
additional courses, which I have not yet taught:
- “The Transatlantic Fin
de Siècle: The Turn of the Twentieth Century in American and European
- “Gender and American
Religion: A Yearlong Survey Course”
Teaching and Co-teaching:
gained extensive and invaluable experience as a teaching assistant and
co-instructor. My role in each of the following courses entailed personally
instructing regular discussion sections (typically meeting with my sections
once or twice a week), devising assignments, grading, occasional lecturing for
large audiences, and conducting review sessions:
Cornell University, Department of History
Introduction to American History, to 1870 (fall 1998 with Prof. Mary
American Intellectual and Cultural History in the Nineteenth Century
(spring 2001 with Prof. R. Laurence Moore)
The Modernization of the American Mind in the Twentieth Century (fall
1999 with Prof. R. Laurence Moore)
Introduction to the History of Western Civilization, from 1500 (spring
1999, spring 2000 with Profs. Michael Steinberg and R. Laurence Moore)
European Cultural and Intellectual History, from 1870 (summer 1999 with
Prof. Michael Steinberg)
Recent American History, 1929-1960 (spring 2001 with Prof. Richard
Recent American History, from 1960 (summer 2001 with Prof. Maurizio
Seminar on the History of Evolutionary Biology and the Meaning of Life
(summer 2000 with Prof. Will Provine)
University, Department of History:
The History of Nazism and Fascism (spring 1993, spring 1996 with Prof.
American Historical Perspectives (fall 1994 with Prof. Philip Stebbins)
Modern European History (fall 1995 with Prof. Dan Silverman)
The History of Pennsylvania (spring 1995 with Prof. John Frantz)
Introduction to World History -- Africa, Asia, the Middle
East (spring 1994 with Prof. Arthur Goldschmidt)
Western Civilization since 1600 (summer 1993 with Prof. Jackson Spielvogel)
Training and Professional
700: Teaching Writing," a semester long graduate seminar on the theory
and practice of writing instruction, conducted by the Knight Writing
Institute at Cornell University.
602: Teaching Freshman Composition,” a yearlong
course taught by the Penn State Composition Department.
- "English 602: Teaching Honors Rhetoric in Civic Life"
602: Teaching Effective Writing, Business Communications”
- “English 602: Teaching Effective Writing
in the Social Sciences”
- I helped to develop and conduct the
training program for new teaching assistants in the History Department at Cornell University in 2001.
- I served as a teaching mentor to
undergraduate discussion leaders in the Penn State History Department's
I have also taught SAT, GRE, LSAT and GMAT courses
for high school and college students for the Princeton Review Test Preparation Company, 1994-1997
Teaching evaluations and
recommendations available upon request
“Democracy of the Mind: Rabbi
Joshua Liebman’s Interpretations of Judaism, Psychoanalysis, and American Politics”. The
Journal of Psychohistory. Forthcoming Spring 2017.
“Therapeutic Heresy or
Emotional Salvation? American Catholic Interpretations of Psychoanalysis During
and After World War II.” Journal of
Religion and Society 18 (2016). http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/index.html
Profit and Consuming Self-Help: The Fowlers and Wells Phrenological and Water
Cure Publications.” New York History
Review (2016 Annual).
“The Mental Hygiene
Movement”, “American Responses to the Holocaust”, “Psychopharmacology,”
“Millennialism”, “Rehabilitation Centers”, “The Water Cure”, “Greenpeace”, “Historic
Societies”, “Mind Cure”, commissioned by Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 2008.
Experiences of American Families in Religious Cults.” The Encyclopedia of the American Family. (ABC-CLIO,
New York: 2003).
and American Girlhood.” Girlhood in America: An Encyclopedia, Miriam
Formunek-Brunnell, ed. (ABC-CLIO,
New York: February 2001).
Book Review: Assault on the Left: The FBI and The Sixties Anti-war Movement in Crime, Law and Social Change (Jan. 1999)
Medical Horizons? The National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative
Medicine.” Knowledge and Society,
Shirley Gorenstein, ed. (New York: 1998).
Man Upstairs’: Changing Visions of God during the Cold War.” The American Journal of Semiotics
Elf to Pelf: Santa Claus in America.”
Semiotics 1996: Proceedings from the
Semiotic Society of America
Annual Meeting (Peter Lang Press, New York: 1997).
Change in Consciousness’: the Penn
State Students for a
Democratic Society and the Neil Buckley Document Collection.” Pennsylvania History (Summer 1996).
"Learning and Looking Forward". Keynote Address. Penn State Chapter of Golden Key Induction, April 2011.
"Ascent from the Pit:
Psychoanalysis, Religion, and Politics in Post World War II American Narratives
of Mental Illness." The Cornell University European History Colloquium at the Society for the Humanities, April, 2007.
"'Light Must Endure Burning": The Holocaust in Viktor Frankl’s
Interpretations of Religion and Psychoanalysis." The Cornell University European History Colloquium at the Society for the Humanities, October, 2006
American Catholic Interpretations of Psychoanalysis during and after World War
II." The Cornell University European History Colloquium at the Society for the Humanities, September 2005
“Catholic and Jewish Interpretations of Psychoanalysis
after World War II: Bishop Fulton Sheen and Rabbi Joshua Liebman.” American
Historical Association Annual Meeting, joint session with The Catholic History
Association in Boston, MA, January 2001.
“Proselytizing for Profit: The Fowlers and Wells
Self-Help Publications in the Nineteenth Century.” Society for the History of the Early American Republic
in Buffalo, NY, July 2000.
“Rabbi Joshua Liebman and Changing Notions of Judaism and
Psychology after the Holocaust.” Semiotic Circle of California
Annual Meeting at the University of California at Berkeley,
American Phrenological Journal: Revolutions in Publishing and Popular Medicine
in the 1840s.” The University of
California at Santa Barbara Interdisciplinary Conference on Early Modern
Culture sponsored by the History Department, January 1999.
for History at Penn
State: Student Activism in
the Sixties and Today.” Keynote Address for the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor
Society Initiation Banquet at Penn
State, April 1998.
Man Upstairs: Changing Visions of God during the Cold War” Semiotic Society of
American Annual Meeting in Louisville
Kentucky, October 1997.
John Adams’ Attitudes towards the Native Americans.” Society for the History of
the Early American
Republic Annual Meeting
at Penn State University, July 1997.
Medical Horizons? The National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative
Medicine,” West Coast History of Science Society Annual Meeting in Claremont California,
Religion during the Cold War: Inspirational and Religious Bestsellers.” Penn State Department of History Colloquium,
“The Bag Full of Toys: Santa Claus and Consumer Culture.”
Semiotic Society of America
Annual Meeting in Santa Barbara
California, October 1996.
AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Chair, Liberal Arts Caucus, Faculty Senate, Penn State University, 2016-present
Chair, Student Life Committee, 2014-15, 2016-present
University Committee to Assess General Education, 2016-present
Faculty Senator, Penn State University, 2010-present
Liberal Arts College Committee on Lecturer Policies, 2013-present
English Department Lecturer Review Committee, 2016
Vice Chair, University
Planning Committee, Penn State University, 2013-2014
Chair, English Department Lecturer
Advisory Committee, 2013-1016
Secretary, Liberal Arts
Caucus, Faculty Senate, Penn State University, 2012-2014
English Department Committee
on Writing and Rhetoric, 2012-2014
Penn State University MOOCS
Strategy Group, 2013-2015
Senate Outreach Committee,
Penn State University, 2010-2013
Co-Chair, Graduate History
Association, Cornell History Department, 1998-2000
Member, departmental review, Cornell History Department, 1999
Co-Chair, History Graduate Student Association, Penn State,
Society for the History of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, 1997
Pennsylvania History Conference, 1996
Representative, Graduate Studies Committee, Penn State, 1994-1996
Assistant, Departmental Academic Assessment Project, 1996
Excellence in Teaching Award, Penn State National Society of Leadership and Success, 2016
Distinguished membership, Penn State National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2014
Seventh Annual Faculty
Recognition Award, Residence Life, Spring 2013
Recognition Dinner Honorary
Invitation, Campus Crusade for Christ, Spring 2013
Nancy Lowe Award for Excellence in Teaching, Penn State Rhetoric and Composition, 2012
Penn State Golden Key, Honorary Faculty Membership Selection, 2011
Penn State, 2008
Award for Distinguished Teaching, Cornell
Daughters of the American Revolution Research
Mellon Fellowship, Cornell
Brown Fund Travel Grant, Cornell History Department, 1997, 1999
Travel Grant, Cornell
Award for Graduate Work in Pennsylvania
with Honors from the Pennsylvania
Excellence Award (50% undergraduate tuition fellowship)
Penn State, University Scholars
of Omega, 1993
Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, 1990
Merit Finalist, 1989
Meals on Wheels, Volunteer, 2010-2015
PA Pet Patrol, Director, 2010-present
Centre County PAWS Publicity Director, 2008-2010
Centre County PAWS Senior Volunteer, 2002-2010
Career Counselor for disabled clients at the ARC of
Centre County, 2002-2006
Vice-President, Tri-Delta Sorority, 1993-1994
Committee Member for the Penn
State Dance Marathon
Senator for Undergraduate Student Government,
District Aid for State Representative Lynn B.
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