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Dr. Brennan Collins
Georgia State University
Associate Director of the Center for Instructional Innovation and Writing Across the Curriculum
Academic Professional, Department of English

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EDUCATION:

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in English and History (2005)
Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
Exams in Contemporary American Literature and Southern History
Dissertation: “‘Forsaking the Promised Land’: Raymond Andrews and the Many African-American Literary Perspectives on the South”
Dissertation Committee: Carolyn Denard (director), Carol Marsh-Lockett, Tom McHaney

Master of Arts in English (1998)
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Concentration in Early American Literature
Thesis: “From White Rhetoric to White Noise: Ambivalence and Absurdity in Clotel and Joaquin Murieta
Thesis Committee: Barbara McCaskill (director), David Payne, Sandy Martin, Nelson Hilton

Bachelor of Arts in English (1995)
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Academic Professional, Georgia State University (2006-Present)
Visiting Instructor, Georgia State University (2002-2004, 2005-2006)
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Georgia State University (1998-2002)

  • ENGL 8100: Directed Individual Research: Post-9/11 Literature
  • ENGL 4200: Topics: Mixed Race American Literature
  • ENGL 4200: Topics: Graphic Novels
  • ENGL 4200: Topics: Representations of African-American Masculinity
  • ENGL 4100: Single Author Course: Toni Morrison
  • ENGL 3950 / AAS 3880: African-American Literature
  • ENGL 3890: Contemporary American Ethnic Literature
  • HONS 3690: Honors Directed Reading: Graphic Novels
  • ENGL 3130: Business Writing
  • ENGL 2140: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 2130: Honors Survey of American Literature
  • ENGL 2130: Survey of American Literature
  • ENGL 2110: World Literature
  • ENGL 2110: World Literature (Violence and Justice)
  • ENGL 1102: Composition II: Argumentative Writing
  • ENGL 1101: Composition I

Visiting Instructor, Clayton College and State University (2004-2005)

  • ENGL 3400: African-American Literature
  • ENGL 2130: American Literature
  • ENGL 1101: Composition I

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia (1997-1998)

  • ENGL 101: Argumentative Writing

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PUBLICATIONS:

American Studies Journal 56 (2012)
“Raymond Andrews as Griot: Privileging Southern Black Communities through Oral Storytelling and Cultural History”http://asjournal.zusas.uni-halle.de/archive/56/

The Georgia Review 64.3 (fall 2010): 409-411
Introduction to “From 99 Years and a Dark Day” (section of unpublished Raymond Andrews novel)

Composition Studies 35.1 (spring 2007): 136-138
Review of Composing a Community: A History of Writing Across the Curriculum

LORE: an E-journal for Teachers of Writing (fall 2004)
“Drawing on Creative Writing to Teach Composition: Workshops and Perspectives”
http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/lore/stairwell/index.htm

The Chattahoochee Review 23.1 (fall 2002): 93-102
“Writing Fully Formed Characters: Raymond Andrews and the Difficulties Publishing about the Black South”

Figdust Literary Journal, established and edited (1998-2005)
Featured writers: Coleman Barks, Tayari Jones, Bill Matthews, and Kevin Young

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RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS:

  • Digital Pedagogy
  • Geospatial Humanities
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Comics and Graphic Novels
  • African-American Literature
  • Multicultural Literatures
  • American Literature

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ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE:

Associate Director, Center for Instructional Innovation, Georgia State U. (2011-Present)

  • Focus on Digital Pedagogy and Mapping Across the Curriculum

Associate Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, Georgia State University (2005-Present)

  • Day to day operation of the WAC Program
  • Train faculty and writing consultants
  • Manage budget
  • Developed WAC summer workshop for GSU 1010 instructors
  • Participation in development of Critical Thinking through Writing initiative to satisfy the Quality Enhancement plan required by SACS

Associate Director, Writing Center, Georgia State University (2002-2004)

  • Webmaster
  • Developed database
  • Managed budget
  • Trained Tutors

Academic Advisor, Georgia State University, Department of English (2001-2002)

  • Advised undergraduate English majors on course selection and career planning
  • Recruited new and transfer students
  • Promoted interaction with advisors in other departments

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SERVICE:

President and Provost Leadership Retreat (spring 2013)
Invited Speaker, “Innovative Uses of Technology in Higher Education”
www.bit.ly/gsuleadership2013

Instructional Effectiveness Award Committee (spring 2013)

Hybrid Pedagogy Presentation to President and Provost (fall 2012)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjCu_qWCyIw

Blumenfeld Ethics Center’s Ethics-in-Film
Faculty Panelist for showing of District 9 (fall 2012)

Using Peer Review Workshop for GTAs (spring 2011, fall 2012)

Using Technology in the Classroom Workshop for GTAs (fall & spring 2011, fall 2012)

Helping Students Develop a Thesis Workshop for GTAs (fall 2012)

CII Digital Champions Workshop Facilitator (summer 2012)

University of Baghdad Faculty Training Workshop (summer 2012)
“Using Maps in the Classroom”

Global Education Initiative Presentation (summer 2012)
“Using Maps to Internationalize the Classroom”

Supplemental Instruction Search Committee (spring 2012)

Undergraduate Research Awards Committee (spring 2012)

Commenting on Student Papers Workshop for GTAs (fall & spring 2011)

Rubrics Workshop for GTAs (fall & spring 2011)

Center for Instructional Innovation Workshop (fall 2011)
“Using Maps and Data Across the Curriculum”

Comprehensive Exam Committee for Lindsay Byron (fall 2011)

Center for Teaching and Learning’s Teaching With Technology Workshop (fall 2010)
“Mapping Across the Curriculum”

Graduation with Distinction Director for Scott Ritchey (summer and fall 2010)

Ad Hoc Committee to Identify the Strengths of the GSU English Department (fall 2010)

M.A. Thesis Committee for Gabriel M. Andrews (summer 2010)

Comprehensive Exam Committee for Natasha Walker (spring 2010)

New Faculty Orientation Table for WAC (fall 2009, fall 2010, fall 2011)

Reviewer of English GTA portfolios (spring 2009, spring 2010)

Rubric Workshops for CTW Faculty (February 18th and 20th, 2009)

Referee, SAMLA (spring 2008)

Faculty Expectation Panels at Incept (summers 2007-2010)

English Critical Thinking through Writing Committee (2007-2008)

General Education Committee for Assessment (2007-2008)

Undergraduate Committee (2006-2008)

Lower Division Committee (2006-2008)

Professional Development Community Mentor (2006-2010)

Secretary, SAMLA Conference (Charolotte, North Carolina): American Literature II Session, Political Plots and Literary Manifestations (fall 2006)

English GTA Teaching Conference Presentations and Breakout Sessions

  • Writing Across the Curriculum (summer 2010)
  • Suggestions for teaching Outcasts United (summer 2010)
  • Teaching the Literature Surveys (spring 2010)
  • Writing to Learn (fall 2006 and fall 2007)
  • Teaching the American Literature Survey (fall 2006)

Curriculum Committee, Clayton College and State University (fall 2004)

GTA Mentor, Georgia State University, Department of English (2001-2004)

  • Participated in pilot program
  • Observed new GTA teaching
  • Provided advice on creating syllabi, managing the classroom, and grading

Mentor Workshop Leader, Georgia State University, Department of English (2001-2004)

  • Workshopping in the composition classroom
  • Teaching composition without a text
  • Studying for the comps

Writing is the Subject, Georgia State University, Department of English (2003)

  • Developed a composition course based on the creative writing workshop
  • Led a series of four workshops based on this model in spring and fall of 2003

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EDITING EXPERIENCE / MANUSCRIPT RESEARCH:

Faculty Literary Editor, Cygnet (Clayton State University) (2005)

Manuscript Collection Processor, Benny Andrews Collection, Emory University (2001)

Fact Checker, Womanist Theory and Research, Vol. 2.1/ 2.2 (1996-97)

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GRANTS / AWARDS:

Cities Grant for ATLmaps (summer 2012)

American Studies Association Conference Grant (fall 2010)

Scholarly Research Conference Grant (ASA Conference), Georgia State University (fall 2010)

Freshman Learning Community Grant, Georgia State University (2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Founder’s Bench by the Road Award, Toni Morrison Society (summer 2003)

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PRESENTATIONS:

Interdisciplinary Conference on History and Fiction, University of West Georgia (fall 2012)
“Radical Storytelling: Multiple Modes of Resistance in the Novels of Raymond Andrews”

Interdisciplinary Conference on History and Fiction, University of West Georgia (fall 2011)
“Mapping Across the Curriculum: Transforming Discussions of Race in the Classroom”

South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta (fall 2011)

  • Panel Chair: “Training Across the Curriculum: Building a Cross-Programmatic Infrastructure to Improve GTA Instruction”
  • Panel Chair: “Regional Roundtable on Writing and Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum”
  • Panel Organizer: “Using WAC Principles in the Teaching and Learning of Politics”

The European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, Limerick (summer 2011)
Roundtable: “You Have Your Institutional Writing Requirement-Now What? Creating Experiential Writing Assignment Templates to Encourage a Move Beyond the Traditional Research Paper”

South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta (fall 2010)

  • Panel Chair: “Who’s Afraid of the Graphic Novel?: Publication, Pedagogy, and Professionalization”
  • Panel Chair: “Who’s Afraid of the Graphic Novel?: Examples of Undergraduate Research”

International Conference on Writing as Critical Thinking, Quinnipiac University (fall 2010)
“CTW: Three Years in and Counting”

The South in the Age of Obama, Georgia State University (summer 2010)
Two-week tri-national summer school. Introduced and led discussion for two documentaries: Somebody Else, Somewhere Else: The Raymond Andrews Story and The Battle for Georgia

Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, Denver, (spring 2010)
“Writing Across the Four-Year Experience: Creating a Comprehensive Writing Program Beginning with Freshman Learning Communities”

Interdisciplinary Conference on History and Fiction, University of West Georgia (fall 2009)
“Another History: Raymond Andrews and Return South Migration”

The South in Global Perspectives, Johannes Gutenberg University (summer 2009)
Two-week tri-national summer school. “The South in African American Literature” (three-hour lecture and discussion period)

Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco (spring 2009)
“Beyond the WAC Workshop: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Expanding Beyond Traditional WAC Models”

International Conference on Writing as Critical Thinking, Quinnipiac University (fall 2008)
“From Writing to (Critical) Thinking and Back Again”

South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta (fall 2007)
Panel Chair: “Narrating Ethics/Ethicizing Narrative in American Literature (Post-1900)”

Conversations Among Partners in Learning, Georgia State University (spring 2007)
“Translation Issues in World Literature”

Freshman Learning Community Workshop, University of Alabama at Birmingham (spring 2007)
Invited Workshop Leader,

Best Practices FLC Faculty Colloquium, Georgia State University (spring 2007)
Invited Speaker

Southern Writers Symposium, Fayetteville, NC (winter 2007)
“’Forsaking the Promised Land’: Raymond Andrews’ Revision of the Migration Narrative”

Toni Morrison Society Conference, Cincinnati (summer 2005)
“The Necessary South: Fiction, History, and Southern Communities in the Works of Toni Morrison”

South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta (fall 2003)
“Crossing Pedagogies: Composition, Performance, and Literature”

New Voices Graduate Conference,  Atlanta (fall 2003)
Panel Chair: “Returning to Our Roots: Rhetoric and Social Discourse”

Georgia Literary Festival, Madison, GA (summer 2003)
Invited Speaker on Raymond Andrews

College Language Association, Washington, D.C. (spring 2003)
“Writing Fully Formed Characters: Raymond Andrews and the Difficulties Publishing about the Black South”

New Voices National Graduate Conference, Atlanta (fall 2002)
“The Ambiguous South: Double Displacement in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

American Literature Association, Cambridge (spring 2001)
“Signifyin’ on the Word: Motherfucker in Raymond Andrews’ Baby Sweet’s

The Multicultural South, Athens (fall 2000)
“The Ambiguous South: Double Displacement In Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

Popular Culture Association, New Orleans (spring 2000)
“Signify This: Motherfucker in Raymond Andrews’ Baby Sweet’s

American Literature Association, African American Literature, San Jose (fall 1997)
“From White Rhetoric to White Noise: Ambivalence and Absurdity in Clotel and Joaquin Murieta

American Literature Association, Baltimore (spring 1997)
“Lillian Smith: Redefining the Southern Experience”

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CONFERENCE PLANNING AND VOLUNTEERING:

Southern Regional American Studies Association Conference, Atlanta (spring 2011)
Conference Co-Organizer

South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta (fall 2003)
Volunteer

Toni Morrison Society Conferences
summer 2003, Washington, D.C.; Fall 2000, Lorain, OH; Fall 1998, Atlanta, GA
Assistant to Dr. Carolyn Denard

New Voices National Graduate Conference, Atlanta (fall 2001 and fall 2000)
Conference planning committee

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CONFERENCES ATTENDED:

SXSW Interactive Media Conference, Austin (Spring 2011 and 2012)

Toni Morrison Society Conference, Charleston (summer 2008)

Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, San Francisco (spring 2008)

Toni Morrison at the Louvre: A Foreigner’s Home, Paris (fall 2006)

International Conference on Writing as Critical Thinking, Quinnipiac University (fall 2006)

Writing Program Administrators Conference, Chattanooga (summer 2006)

Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago (spring 2006)

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DISSERTATION:

“‘Forsaking the Promised Land’: Raymond Andrews and the Many African-American Literary Perspectives on the South” considers the lack of prominent African-American Literature since Zora Neale Hurston that is based on a healthy rural southern folk.  I argue that this lack is a consequence of the literary mandates of writers like Richard Wright, as well as the rise of the migration narrative as documented by Farah Jasmine Griffin.  With the increasing focus on the South as a site of racial memory and healing, I argue that more critical attention needs to be given to the works of Raymond Andrews.

 

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