Dissertation: Ordering Desires: Rhetoric and Virtue in Milton’s Paradise Lost
Committee: Phillip Donnelly (chair), David Whitford, Maurice Hunt, Greg Garrett, Michael-John DePalma
Literature (Dr. Phillip Donnelly): Seventeenth-century British literature
Religion and Literature (Dr. Phillip Donnelly): Theological imagination of the virtues, from Homer through the Renaissance
M.A., English, Bob Jones University (2007)
B.A., Creative Writing (English minor), Bob Jones University (2005)
Regent University (2018–present)
Honors College Reading Tutorials
ENGL 490 – Advanced Independent Study (“The Poetry of John Milton”)
ENGL 485 – English Senior Seminar
ENGL 475 – Special Topics (“The Literature of Christmas”)
ENGL 377 – Shakespeare
ENGL 362 – American Realism and Naturalism
ENGL 348 – British Romantics
ENGL 335 – Milton and the Seventeenth Century
ENGL 205 – Literature of the Western World
ENGL 102 – Academic Research and Writing
ENGL 101 – English Composition
Instructor (graduate level)
Co-Instructor, Baylor University (2015)
Instructor (undergraduate level)
Teacher of Record, Baylor University (2014–2018)
ENG 2301 – British Literature
ENG 1304 – Research and Writing
ENG 1302 – Thinking and Writing
Adjunct Instructor, McLennan Community College (2012–2013)
ENGL 1302 – Freshman Composition II
Adjunct Instructor, Charleston Southern University (2009–2010)
ENGL 112 – Composition and Rhetoric II
ENGL 111 – Composition and Rhetoric I
Instructor, Virginia College (2009–2010)
ENG 0100 – Preparatory English
GENE 402 – The Making of the Christian Mind (Dr. Bob Herron), Regent University
Lectured on “C. S. Lewis’s Enjoyment of Milton” (March 2021).
ENGL 475 – Special Topics (Dr. Michael Elam), Regent University
Lectured on a section of J. R. R. Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy-stories” (January 2019).
Selected texts, planned lectures and discussions, and graded essays written on Frederich Buechner’s Godric (Spring 2018), Erasmus and Luther’s Discourse on Free Will (Fall 2017), René Girard’s I See Satan Fall Like Lightning (Fall 2016), Robert Farrar Capon’s The Supper of the Lamb (Fall 2015), G. K. Chesterton’s The Ballad of the White Horse (Spring 2015), and Josef Pieper’s Leisure: The Basis of Culture (Fall 2014).
Asked by Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey to give a guest lecture on “Covenant, Calling and Narrative Consequences,” which included readings from Genesis, A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature, Howard Nemerov, Bink Noll, and George Herbert (Fall 2016).
Teacher of Record
West Coast Baptist College (2018–2020)
Writing Center Consultant
Graduate Writing Center, Baylor University (2017–2018)
Writing Center, Baylor University (2013–2014)
Writing Center, Charleston Southern University (2009–2010)
Writing Center, Virginia College (2009–2010)
Peer-edited Book Chapters
“Fantasy as Realism: N. D. Wilson and the Influence of Mythology.” Teens and the New Religious Landscape: Essays on Contemporary Young Adult Fiction, edited by Jacob Stratman, McFarland & Company, 2018, pp. 25–44.
Review of After Humanity: A Guide to C. S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man (2021) by Michael Ward. The Gospel Coalition, Aug. 2, 2021.
Review of Spenserian Moments (2019) by Gordon Teskey. Christianity & Literature, vol. 70, no. 1, 2021, pp. 86–89.
Review of A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle (2018) by Sarah Arthur, and Conversations with Madeleine L’Engle (2019) edited by Jackie C. Horne. Christianity & Literature, vol. 69, no. 3, 2020, pp. 489–92.
Review of You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (2016) by James K. A. Smith, and The Phenomenology of Love and Reading (2017) by Cassandra Falke. Christianity and Literature, vol. 68, no. 2, 2019, pp. 351–54. Co-authored with Clayton McReynolds.
Review of How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014), by James K. A. Smith. Modern Reformation, vol. 25, no. 4, 2016, pp. 62–63.
Review of Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully: The Power of Poetic Effort in the Work of George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C. S. Lewis (2014), by John Piper. Modern Reformation, vol. 24, no. 6, 2015, pp. 56–57.
Review of Arda Inhabited: Environmental Relationships in The Lord of the Rings (2014), by Susan Jeffers. Mythlore: A Journal of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature, vol. 34, no. 1, 2015, pp. 171–76.
Review of Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian (2013), by Bret Lott. Christianity and Literature, vol. 64, no. 3, 2015, pp. 331–34.
Review of Echoes of Eden: Reflections on Christianity, Literature, and the Arts (2013), by Jerram Barrs. Christianity and Literature, vol. 64, no. 2, 2015, pp. 211–14.
Direct contribution to an amicus brief (Nos. 13-354 & 13-356) to the Supreme Court regarding the religious freedom of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties (Jan. 28, 2014), signed by Daniel Akin, Bruce Ashford, Chad O. Brand, Norman L. Geisler, Daniel R. Heimbach, Hershel Wayne House, David W. Jones, Kenneth D. Keathley, Kevin A. Lewis, Eric Metaxas, Andrew D. Naselli, John Stonestreet, Derek W. H. Thomas, Frank Turek, Rick Warren, and others. My contribution is the section on Thomas Vincent.
Lecture, C. S. Lewis Society, Regent University, Nov. 17, 2020: “C. S. Lewis’s Enjoyment of Milton.”
Lecture, C. S. Lewis Society, Regent University, Jan. 29, 2019: “What Is the Weight of Glory?”
Convocation speaker for KEYS, Jan. 10, 2019: “Living in a Secular Age”
Plenary/keynote speaker, 2019 Carolinas Regional Convivium Irenicum, The Davenant Institute, Jan. 5, 2019: “The Path to Wisdom in Milton’s Paradise Lost.”
“Milton’s Problem with (Calvin’s) God.” International Conference on Christianity and Literature, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, March 30, 2019.
“Wisdom and Refutation in Book 8 of Paradise Lost.” South-Central Renaissance Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 13, 2018.
“‘Healing words’ in Paradise Lost.” TexMoot (North Texas Literature and Language Symposium): Stories for the Refreshment of the Spirit. Scarborough College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, Jan. 13, 2018. Speaker: Corey Olsen.
“John Donne’s Anfechtungen and Theology of the Cross.” Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 27, 2017.
“The Liberty of Limits in Paradise Lost: Temperance through Delight in Creational Boundaries.” Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature. ACU Dallas, Addison, TX, Oct. 6, 2017. Speaker: Wilfred McClay.
“False and True Courage in Book 5 of Paradise Lost.” South-Central Renaissance Conference. Austin, TX, April 21, 2017.
“‘The fantasy of here’: N. D. Wilson and American Magic.” Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature. Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, April 7, 2017.
“Paradise Lost and the Paradox of War.” Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature. Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK, Oct. 29, 2016. Speakers: Gregory Wolfe, John Wilson.
“Narrative Voice and the Virtue of Moderation in the Final Books of Paradise Lost.” Medieval and Renaissance Research Seminar. Baylor University, Waco, TX, Nov. 9, 2015.
“Lutheran Threads in John Donne’s Poetry and Prose.” Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX, Oct. 2, 2015. Speakers: Luke Ferretter, David Lyle Jeffrey.
“Milton, Adam, and the Rhetorical Framework of Temperance.” Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature. Charleston Southern University, North Charleston, SC, April 10, 2015. Speaker: Roger Lundin.
“‘The rule of not too much’ and the Prima Facie Acceptability of Adam’s Felix Culpa Statement in Milton’s Paradise Lost.” South-Central Renaissance Conference. Raleigh, NC, March 14, 2015.
“The Mirror-Lamp Hybrid in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Theory of Artistic Expression.” Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature. Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VA, Oct. 31, 2014. Speaker: Alison Milbank.
“A Select Genealogy of Christian Desire.” Southcentral Conference on Christianity and Literature. New Orleans, LA, March 7, 2014. Speaker: Peter Cooley.
“Decentering a Privileged Patience: Deconstructing Milton’s Sonnet 16.” R. A. W. (Research, Art, Writing) Graduate Student Symposium. The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, March 23, 2013.
“The Gold Is God’s, Wherever It Is Found: An Augustinian Reading of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Poem ‘Mythopoeia.'” C. S. Lewis & Inklings Society. LeTourneau University, Longview, TX, March 22, 2013. Speaker: Ralph C. Wood.
“Embracing Popular Culture’s Fascination with Mythology.” The Christian Evasion of Popular Culture. Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA, Nov. 3, 2012. Speakers: Peter Rollins, Elaine Storkey, Jason Lief, Tony Jones.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Lexham Press (Spring 2020)
Palgrave Macmillan (August 2016): “Vocation Is Something that Happens to You: Freedom, Education, and the American Literary Tradition” by Rachel Griffis in Christian Faith and University Life: Stewards in the Academy, edited by T. Laine Scales and Jennifer L. Howell, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp. 31–49.
SECONDARY EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
English and Bible Teacher, Palmetto Christian Academy (2010–2011)
Taught British literature and creative writing (high school), and biblical worldview and world religions (middle school).
English Teacher, Northside Christian School (2006–2009)
Taught world literature, British literature, American literature, composition, and literature surveys.
English Teacher, Eastside Co-op, Brushy Creek Baptist Church (2005–2006)
Taught high school senior-level research and composition (part-time).
“Benefits from Mythology”
Association of Christian Schools International, Raleigh, NC, Oct. 28, 2011
“The Bible as Literature”
Association of Christian Schools International, Raleigh, NC, Oct. 27, 2011
Southeast Christian School Convention, Myrtle Beach, SC, Sept. 25, 2008
“Using Literature to Advance the Kingdom of God”
Association of Christian Schools International, Raleigh, NC, Oct. 27, 2011
Southeast Christian School Convention, Myrtle Beach, SC, Sept. 24, 2008
“Objectionable Elements in Literature”
“Training Critical Readers”
South Carolina Association of Christian Schools, Spartanburg, SC, Sept. 19, 2007
Chapel Speaker, Palmetto Christian Academy (2010, 2011)
Guest Speaker, Honor Society Induction, Palmetto Christian Academy (Sept. 24, 2010)
Chapel Speaker, Northside Christian School (2007, 2008, 2009)
Head Soccer Coach, Varsity and Junior Varsity Boys, Northside Christian School, North Charleston, SC (Fall 2007, Fall 2008)
Fourth place, graduate category, South-Central Renaissance Conference (2015): “‘The rule of not too much’ and the Prima Facie Acceptability of Adam’s Felix Culpa Statement in Milton’s Paradise Lost“
First place award, graduate category (declined), The C. S. Lewis & Inklings Society (2014): “The Mirror-Lamp Hybrid in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Theory of Artistic Expression”
First place award, graduate category ($100), The C. S. Lewis & Inklings Society (2013): “The Gold Is God’s, Wherever It Is Found: An Augustinian Reading of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Poem ‘Mythopoeia'”
Baylor University’s Moody Memorial Library “Creations” exhibit (Fall 2013): “Embracing Popular Culture’s Fascination with Mythology” (Pro Rege vol. 51, no. 3 , pp. 23–30.)
Third place award ($1,000), Christian Worldview Essay Contest, The Trinity Foundation (2007): “Gordon Clark’s Successful Essay on Education”
Participated in interdisciplinary discussions about faith and learning with other graduate students and faculty mentors. Readings included “The Loss of the University” (Wendell Berry), “The Meaning of Vocation” (A. J. Conyers), “From Curiosity to Studiousness: Catechizing the Appetite for Learning” (Paul Griffiths), To Know as We Are Known (Parker Palmer), and essays from Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning (ed. David I. Smith and James K. A. Smith).
South Carolina LIFE Scholarship, $5,000 (2003, 2004, 2005)
South Carolina LIFE Scholarship, $3,000 (2002)
Hosted by Baylor University’s Institute for Faith and Learning and Academy for Teaching and Learning, these Spring 2017 workshops allowed graduate students and faculty opportunities to grow as teachers who engage in “transformational education.” “Each workshop will emphasize one or two significant character qualities—such as friendship, courage, wisdom, and justice—that might be part of a vibrant classroom that takes seriously Baylor’s commitment to foster ‘spiritual maturity, strength of character, and moral virtue.’ The workshops seek to equip faculty to see their teaching and mentoring as crucial expressions of character formation.” Workshops attended:
“Virtue: An Ends and a Means in Your Classroom” (Mitch Neubert; Feb. 16)
“Friendships as a Foundation for Learning” (Paul Wadell; Feb. 27)
“Nurturing Good Habits of Mind” (Candice Vogler; March 21)
“Cultivating Perseverance and Productive Struggle in an Age of Shortcuts” (Francis Su; April 3)
Met with Great Texts faculty for one week from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Summer 2016) to discuss Homer’s Iliad in preparation to teach it in the fall. I did not teach the Iliad in the fall, but I did participate in the daily discussions in this seminar.
This capstone program prepares students for careers teaching in higher education. Each participant drafts a statement of teaching philosophy and two course syllabi, observes teachers in higher education and has his or her teaching observed, attends professional development presentations relating to higher education, and writes a five- to ten-page reflection essay. This capstone, completed in the Spring 2016 semester, appears on my Baylor University transcript.
Undergraduate Courses Audited (unofficially), Baylor University
Reading Group, Baylor University
Boethius’s De topicis differentiis (Spring 2018)
Augustine’s Confessions (Summer 2014)
Bonaventure’s On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology (Summer 2013)
“The Dialogical Teaching Method: A Democratic Approach to Learning in the Classroom,” Jenny Howell (Feb. 24, 2016)
“Education and Purgation: Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy,” Rachel Griffis and Karl Aho (Sept. 29, 2015)
“Engaging Students in Active Learning,” Patricia Norman (Sept. 23, 2015)
“How to Use Social Media and Blogging to Your Professional Advantage,” Alan Noble (April 21, 2015)
“Making the Most of Your Space: Engaging Students in Any Classroom,” Jeremy Leatham (Feb. 25, 2015)
“‘Anyone? Anyone?’: Tips for Getting Students to Talk,” Blair Browning (Sept. 18, 2014)
Selected Lectures (attended), Baylor University
David Bebbington: “Evangelical Preaching in the Late Twentieth Century” (Oct. 10, 2017)
Russell Moore: “Is There a Future for Evangelical Cultural Engagement?” (Sept. 5, 2017)
Jeremy Begbie: “Desiring God in Worship: A Musical Perspective on a Contemporary Theme” (April 7, 2016)
Alan Jacobs: “Teaching Difficult Material” (Oct. 13, 2015)
David Lyle Jeffrey: “Christian Literary Culture: More than an Idea” (Oct. 2, 2015)
Colin Jager: “The Romantic Critique of Life: Wordsworth, Byron, Charles Taylor” (Sept. 25, 2015)
Richard Russell (Sabbatical Lecture): “Introducing Seamus Heaney” (April 21, 2015)
Darin Davis: “Integrating Faith and Learning as a Christian Scholar” (Feb. 5, 2015)
Perry Glanzer: “What Is Christian Teaching?: The Diverse Approaches of Christian Professors” (Jan. 30, 2015)
C. Stephen Evans: “C. S. Lewis and the Moral Argument” (Nov. 18, 2013)
Ralph C. Wood: “John Henry Newman and Gilbert Keith Chesterton: The Freeing Power of Tradition” (March 1, 2013)
Lectures by Makoto Fujimura, Marvin Olasky, Rudy Giuliani, Seamus Heaney, Marilynne Robinson, Amy Tan, Os Guinness, Richard Mouw, Helen Wilcox, Francis Spufford, Frank Turek, Roger Olson, and many others.
Creative Writing Workshops
Poetry Judge, South Carolina Association of Christian Schools (2008–2012)
Technical Writing Consultant, CSSI, Inc., North Charleston, SC (2010)
Compositor, Bob Jones University Press (2000–2002)
Editor/Proofreader, SharperIron.org (2010–2012)
Counseling and Missions Work
Camp Counselor, Bob Jones University Summer Camps (Summer 2005)
Member, Spanish Mission Team, Bob Jones University (Summer 2004)
Conference Attendance (no presentation)
Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature, Anderson University, Anderson, SC (Spring 2012)
Regional Association of Christian Schools International, Raleigh, NC (Fall 2010)
Dean’s Designee, Academic Dishonesty, College of Arts and Sciences, Regent University (2020–present)
Faculty Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, Regent University (2020–present)
Faculty Development Committee, Regent University (2019–2020)
Planning Committee Member, Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature (2016–2017)
Panel Participant, Bibliography and Research Methods Seminar, Baylor University (Sept. 21, 2015)
The Keim Center, Crisis Pregnancy Center (Summer 2019)
Deacon (Vice Moderator), Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Waco, TX (2016–2018)
College Christian Education (“Sunday School”) Co-Teacher
A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission around the Table (Tim Chester), Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Waco, TX (Spring 2018)
Where in the World Is the Church?: A Christian View of Culture and Your Role in It (Michael Horton), Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Waco, TX (Fall 2017)
Kids’ Quest Catechism Co-Teacher, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Waco, TX (2014–2018)
Adult Christian Education (“Sunday School”) Teacher
Trumpet Instructor (2009–2012)
Choir Member, Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Choir, Charleston, SC (2008–2010)
Bus Ministry Worker, Bethel Baptist Church, Sellersville, PA (1994–1999)
Dr. Phillip Donnelly (advisor)
Associate Professor of Literature
Director of the Great Texts Program
One Bear Place #97144
Waco, TX 76798-7144
Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities, Honors Program
Senior Fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies in Religion
One Bear Place #97122
Waco, TX 76798-7122
Professor of Higher Education and Master Teacher
Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies
School of Education
One Bear Place #97312
Waco, TX 76798-7264