Drawing on both my scholarly interests and my experience in higher education, I have addressed numerous audiences inside and outside the academy. Topics include student success, the provost's role in higher education, information literacy and "fake news," and a wide range of literary and historical topics, from Edgar Allan Poe to the Lewis and Clark expedition.
As a frequent speaker for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Becoming a Provost Academy, I have delivered several talks on student success, the provost's role, and related topics. In February 2018, for example, I gave the keynote address on the provost's role in student success at a banquet for provosts at AASCU's Academic Affairs Winter Meeting in San Antonio.
Other presentations in these other settings include "The KEY to a Fulfilling Career" (AASCU, 2018), "Transformative Learning for All" (High-Impact Practices in the States Conference, 2018), "Focusing on the Whole Student" (AASCU, 2017), "Developing a Faculty Focus on Student Success" (BAPA, 2017), "A Faculty Fellows Approach to Investigating and Disseminating Student Success Strategies" (AASCU, 2017), and "How to Make the Professional Experience Plan (PEP) Work for You" (BAPA, 2016).
My scholarly and pedagogical work on journalism, literature, truth, and information literacy has proved timely, given the recent crisis of truth in the media. As a result, the Higher Learning Commission recently invited me to give a talk on "fake news" at its annual conference in Chicago in April 2018. I have spoken on related subjects in a variety of other settings, including scholarly conferences and a panel discussion for high school and college students. My presentations in this area include "Rebecca Harding Davis, Journalism, and 'The Story of To-Day'" (Joint Journalism Historians Conference, 2011), "Truthful Hoaxes: Poe, Literature, and the 'dirty newspapers,'" (Edgar Allan Poe Conference, 2009), and "Turn East, Turn Complacent: Mark Twain's Journalistic Decline" (Western Literature Association, 2008).
I also have given numerous scholarly presentations in other areas of expertise, including Edgar Allan Poe's psychology, Thomas Wolfe's writing process, and teaching lexicography.
Finally, I enjoy speaking to general audiences on a variety of topics in literature, history, and more. My presentations for these audiences include "Building and Launching the Corps of Discovery" and "Into the Great Blank & Back Again" for a Lewis and Clark cruise on the American Empress, as well as "Corps of Discovery, Diplomacy, Science and Survival" and "H. L. Mencken: The Great Iconoclast" for UNC-Chapel Hill's Adventures in Ideas series, a commencement address called "This Is Our Story," appearances on public radio programs, and numerous presentations on Mencken, Poe, Wolfe, and the Lewis and Clark expedition for clubs and teachers.
Panelist for "A Night With Poe"
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
"Into the Great Blank & Back Again"
Lewis and Clark cruise on American Empress
Biennial Conference of Dictionary Society of North America
"Protecting and Pursuing the Truth in the Post-Truth Era"
Higher Learning Commission Conference
“H.L. Mencken: The Great Iconoclast”
Adventures in Ideas series