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Kristen McDermott
Curriculum Vitae

 
Department of English, Central Michigan University
Anspach Hall, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 
(517) 774-3364
email: krismcd@aol.com


TEACHING and WORK EXPERIENCE: 

1999-present

Central Michigan University, Assistant Professor of English: English Literature to 1800

1998-9

Spelman College, Assistant Professor of English: Renaissance Literature and Shakespeare

1993-1998

Spelman College, Lecturer, Composition, World and British Literature

2000

Instructor: GRE Preparatory Course, Verbal Section; McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program, September 2000.

1996-1999

Instructor: MCAT Preparatory Course, Written Section; Spelman College Office of Health Careers

1993-1998

Instructor: GRE Preparatory Course, Verbal Section; Spelman College Office of Science, Engineering and Technical Careers

1992-93

Adjunct Instructor, Spelman College: First Year Composition, Renaissance Literature

1987-1990

UCLA, Teaching Assistant: Freshman Composition, Critical Reading and Writing, Sophomore Survey: Medieval to 17th C., American Popular Literature

1984-86

Publicist, Lippin & Grant, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

1981-84

Publicity Assistant, Solters, Roskin & Friedman, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

EDUCATION: 

1995

 UCLA, Ph.D., English

1988

 UCLA, M.A., English

1981

 Furman University, B.A., English/Drama, magna cum laude

DISSERTATION:

“Locating Jonson in Bartholomew Fair.” Director, Robert N. Watson 

ACADEMIC ADVISING and TEACHING:

2001-02

Thesis Chair, Vince Locke, “Richard III in Historical Contexts”

2001-02

Thesis Chair, Brett Huddleston, “Shakespeare’s Descending King: The Roles of Parody, the Serio-Comic, and the Carnivalesque in King Lear”

2002-03

Thesis Committee, David Phelps, “Mythic Filmmaking and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings”

2000-02

Thesis Committee, Calvin Laur, “Hazlitt and Romantic Criticism of Shakespeare,” M.A. candidate in English Language and Literature

2000-

Graduate Advisor, Rachel Sump, Jeremy Hyland, M.A. in Language and Literature

1999-2000

Mentor, CMU McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program Scholar Tijuana Pittman,.  Research Topic: “Black Female Managers and the Advancement Process: Is There a Problem?”

1997-99

Mentor, UNCF/Mellon Fellows Scholar Erica Edwards.  Research Topic: “Sisters of the Renaissance: Mary Wroth, Sor Maria de la Antigua and Katherine Phillips.”

1993-99

English Major Advisor, Spelman College

1997-99

First-Year Advisor, Spelman College

1995

Faculty Resource, Spelman Spotlight (monthly newspaper)

SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY:

Articles and Books: 

forthcoming

Masques of Difference: Power, Race and Gender in the Masques of Ben Jonson.  Student Revels Editions, gen. ed. David Bevington, Manchester University Press (under contract).

August 2003

"Shakespeare's Folklore and the English Holiday Cycle," Realms of Fantasy
(read it here on the Endicott Studios "Mythic Journeys" online journal
Spring 2002

“’To blanch an Ethiop’: Jonson’s Masque of Blackness and Multicultural Approaches to Early Modern Literature.”  Language Arts Journal of Michigan.

Spring 1998

“Staging the Classroom,” Shakespeare 2 (1998): 5-6.

Fall 1997

“’He may be our father, perhaps’: Paternity, Puppets, Boys and Bartholomew Fair,” in Critical Essays on Ben Jonson, ed. Robert N. Watson (New York: G.K. Hall), 60-81.

1993

“Versions of Femininity in Bartholomew Fair,” Renaissance Papers(1993): 91-115.

 Published Reviews:

December 2003

Book Review: The Essex House Masque of 1621, by Timothy Raylor, Early Theatre 6.2
December 2000

The Tempest at the New Globe, Summer 2000 Season,” Theatre Journal 52 (December 2000): 553-54

 Scholarly Paper Presentations:

4/00

Illyria: The Musical: Adapting Twelfth Night for the Georgia Shakespeare Festival,” Seminar Paper for “Shakespeare and Musical Theater,” Shakespeare Association of America; Montreal, Quebec.

 Honors, Awards and Grants in Support of Scholarly and Creative Endeavors: 

Fall 2001

Alternative Assignment Award, CMU College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences: course release time for completing research and publication of Masques of Difference.

10/00

FRCE Research Grant, Summer 2000 travel to London for research on Masques of Difference

5/00

FRCE Premier Display Grant.  Invited participant in Shakespeare Association of America Seminar, “Shakespeare and Musical Theater,” Montreal, Quebec (see above).

1991-92

James Phillips Memorial Fellowship, UCLA.

1981

Winner, Southeastern Region, American College Theater Festival Critics’ Competition.

 PROFESSIONAL GROWTH:

Presentations:

3/03

“'A spectacle of strangeness': Folk Sources for  Jonson’s Masque of Queens.”  Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, Ont., March 2003.

3/01

“Visuality and Ben Jonson,” Poetry and Poetics: The First Annual CMU Festival of Language, Mt. Pleasant, MI

4/00

“Medieval Drama,” Faculty Breakfast Lecture, St. Mary’s University Parish.

4/00

Illyria: The Musical at the Georgia Shakespeare Festival,” Seminar Paper for “Shakespeare and Musical Theater,” Shakespeare Association of America; Montreal, Quebec.

3/00

“It’s All About the Benjamins: Editing the Masque for Undergraduates,” CMU English Department Speaker’s Series.

2/98

“Teaching The Masque of Blackness at Spelman College,” The Southern California Renaissance Conference Fall/Winter Symposium, U.C. Long Beach.

3/98

“Teaching With Technology,” Workshop Participant, Shakespeare Association of America, Cleveland, OH.

3/97

“Teaching Shakespeare to the Class of 2000,” Workshop Participant, Shakespeare Association of America, Washington, DC.

4/96

Introductory Lectures to Screenings of Hamlet and OthelloShakespeare’s Birthday Conference, DeKalb College, Atlanta, GA.

3/96

“Being C.R.A.S.S. in the Classroom” (group presentation), NCTE International Conference on Teaching Shakespeare in Performance, Louisville, KY.

8/95

“Investigating the Catch in Twelfth Night,” The Center for Renaissance and Shakespearean Staging, 1995 Conference, Harrisonburg, VA, 1995.

3/93

“Versions of Femininity in Bartholomew Fair,” The Southeastern Renaissance Conference 50th Annual Meeting, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA.

10/88

“‘Plesaunce Leefful:’ Holy Play and Christian Rhetoric in The Canterbury Tales,” Graduate Student Conference on the Middle Ages, sponsored by The Focused Research Project in Medieval Studies, University of California, Irvine.

 Editorial Reviews/Reader’s Reports:

2001

Silenced Voices/Speaking Bodies: Female Performance and Cultural Agency at the Court of Anne of Denmark, 1590-1619, Clare McManus, for Manchester University Press.

1999

The Singing and Acting Handbook, Thomas de Mallet Burgess and Nicholas Skilbeck, for Routledge.

1998

The Tempest: A Case Study in Critical Controversy, Gerald Graff and James Phelan, for Bedford/St. Martin’s.

 Workshops and Seminars:

6/98

Participant, Faculty Resource Network Seminar, “Shakespeare and the Matter of Difference”, Jean Howard, seminar leader; New York University.

1997-98

Participant, Mellon Faculty Workshop: Teaching in the Multimedia Computer Classroom (year-long program).

7/95-8/95

Participant, NEH Summer Institute at the Center for Renaissance and Shakespearean Staging, James Madison University.

11/97 and 11/98

Participant, Faculty Workshop in Teaching the MCAT/DAT Prep Course, Dr. Aftab Hassan, facilitator; Office of Health Careers, Spelman College.

6/93 and 6/94

Faculty Participant: Teaching Writing in An Electronic Classroom, Spelman College Comprehensive Writing Program.

 COMMITTEES AND SERVICE: 

 

Spring 2000-2001

CMU UNIVERSITY LEVEL

CMU Graduate Council Committee, Secretary

member, Graduate Research Fellowships Selection Subcommittee

 

 

2002-03

 

CHSBS COLLEGE LEVEL

Grade Grievance Committee

 

 

Fall 2001-present

 

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT LEVEL

CMU English Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (Chair, 2002-3)

Fall 2000-Spring 2002

CMU English Department Conferences and Speakers Committee, Chair

2000-01

CMU English Department Honors Committee

1999-2001, 2002-03

Search Subcommittees, Modern British Literature, CMU English Dept.

 

 

1996-99

 

SPELMAN COLLEGE

College Faculty Committees: Library Services (convener); Honors Program; SACS Workgroup on Administration, Organization, and Corporate Partnerships; Academic Integrity; Technology Workgroup

 

1994-99

English Department Committees: Departmental Website Design (convener), Literary Studies Curriculum (convener), Senior Assessment Exam (design and reader), First Year Composition Curriculum, Department Standards and Brochure, Student Advising Brochure, English Major Design Review, English Major Questionnaire Committee

 

1989-90

Student Director, Neo-Areopagus Society, UCLA

 

1987-88

Reader, Subject A Examination Essay Evaluations (UCLA)

   

 MEMBERSHIPS:

Renaissanc Sopciety of America, Midwestern Modern Language Association, Shakespeare Association of America, National Council of Teachers of English

 RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Ben Jonson; the Jacobean Masque; Shakespeare; Music in Renaissance/Jacobean Drama; Images of the body in Renaissance literature; Theater history and Jacobean comedy; Theories of comedy in theatrical literature

 LANGUAGES:

Latin and German, Old and Middle English, reading ability 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

2001

Broadway Players Organizing Board

1999-present

Cantor, St. Mary’s University Parish, Mt. Pleasant, MI

1998-99

President, Board of Trustees, The DeKalb Choral Guild, Atlanta, GA

1998-99

Cantor, St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Roswell, GA

1996-98

Secretary, Board of Trustees, The DeKalb Choral Guild, Atlanta, GA

1994-99

Cantor, St. Jude Catholic Church, Atlanta, GA

1993-94

Cantor, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Stone Mountain, GA

 

 



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