ASECS 2019 Schedule

The Doctor Is In Schedule (& Mentor Areas)

Grand Hyatt, Denver — March 22nd & 23rd

BLANCA PEAK ROOM (2nd floor near the escalators)

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Friday, 9:00-10:00

Laura Miller Associate Professor, University of West Georgia. Recently published a book about Newton’s Principia and print history, and is working on a project about science in early American libraries.

  • Managing your dissertation/committee; job market materials
  • Balancing research at a teaching institution; general pedagogical assistance; parenting
  • Reader reports; finding an appropriate press for your book; grants
  • Strategies for coping with general toxicity; life in The South

Katherine Charles Assistant Professor, Washington College.

  • Dissertation angst; managing your dissertation/committee; job market materials
  • Balancing research at a teaching institution; general pedagogical assistance; parenting
  • Reader reports; writing for the public; teaching outside your field.

James Reeves Assistant Professor, Texas State University. Specializes in religion and secularization in the eighteenth century.

  • Managing your dissertation/committee; job market materials
  • Handling multiple years on the job market.
  • Teaching institutions with mostly first-gen students and related topics

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Friday, 10:00-11:00

Erin Goss Associate Professor, Clemson University.

  • Job market materials; general pedagogical assistance; writing a book proposal;
  • Being on the tenure-track; handling post-tenure life/malaise; Handling the “two-body” problem/relationship
  • Navigating mid-career moves toward administration and other institutional responsibility
  • Building a coherent long-term career plan; imagining what’s next

Aaron Hanlon Assistant Professor of English, Colby College.

  • Job market materials; balancing research at a teaching institution; general pedagogical assistance
  • Publishing in journals (matching essay with a relevant journal); handling reader reports
  • Writing a book proposal; finding an appropriate press; being on the tenure-track
  • Handling “two-body” problem, multiple years on the market; navigating US/UK academic conventions and job markets.

Angie Hogan University of Virginia Press.

  • Writing a book proposal; communicating with editors
  • Finding appropriate press; editorial process

Emily Kugler Assistant Professor of English, Howard University

  • Teaching at a HBCU (Historically Black College University)
  • Comparing small/medium/large public/private institutions
  • Co-authoring/co-editing, public humanities/history work
  • Marking whiteness/discussing race (and sexual assault) in the British Survey
  • Working as an 18th Century Brit in a under/graduate program focused on the 20th/21st C US
  • Two-body problem/long distance partnerships (no magic solution but am here to talk about it)

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Friday, 11:00-12:00

Michael Genovese Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky.

  • Job market materials; how to handle reader reports; writing a book proposal
  • Being on the tenure-track; handling multiple years on the market.

Tonya Moutray Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Russell Sage College. Areas of expertise include women’s writing, British Romanticism, religion, politics, travel writing.

  • Balancing research at a teaching institution; general pedagogical assistance
  • Publishing in journals (matching essay to journal); handling reader reports
  • Writing book proposal; finding an appropriate press; being on the tenure-track
  • Handling post-tenure life/malaise; how to organize (dealing with administrative issues)

Katie Sagal Visiting Fellow in English, Cornell College.

  • Fellowship applications, funding proposals, etc.
  • How to survive as a contingent faculty member
  • Researching as an independent scholar.

Emily Friedman Associate Professor, Auburn University. Specializes in small-scale DH projects, working with undergraduate researchers, and is Director of 18thConnect.org.

  • How to manage your dissertation/committee; job market materials; general pedagogical assistance.
  • Being on the tenure-track; handling post-tenure life/malaise; how to organize (dealing with administrative issues)
  • Digital Humanities Projects; how to make digital projects discoverable.

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Friday, 12:00-1:00

Tita Chico Associate Professor of English, University of Maryland, working on literature and science, feminism, theory and cultural studies.

  • Publishing in journals; Tailoring essays to target publications; Handling reader reports
  • Writing / pitching a book proposal; Targeting appropriate academic presses
  • Mid-career, Tenure-track, & Post-tenure career advice
  • Job market materials–CVs, Letters, Supplementary statements

Megan Peiser Assistant Professor, Oakland University. Specializes in women writers, periodical studies, book history/bibliography, digital humanities.

  • Job market materials; general pedagogical assistance; how to manage your dissertation/committee
  • How to organize (dealing with administrative issues); teaching/researching and accessibility issues and/or differently abled issues
  • Digital Humanities projects; Public Humanities projects
  • Navigating academia as a member of a traditionally marginalized group (differently abled women)

Omar Miranda Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco.

  • Job market materials; interviewing; general pedagogical assistance; managing dissertation/committee
  • Publishing in journals (matching essay to journal); handling reader reports
  • Handling being on the market multiple years; being on the tenure-track
  • Digital Humanities projects, Public Humanities projects

Chloe Wigston Smith Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), University of York, UK.

  • Job market materials; applying to jobs in the UK; being on the tenure-track
  • Publishing in journals (matching essay to journal); handling reader reports
  • Writing for the public; fellowship applications
  • Navigating academia as a member of a traditionally marginalized group (women, working mothers)

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Friday, 1:00-2:00

Lauren Eriks Cline Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan.

  • Job market materials; general pedagogical materials
  • Interdisciplinary and cross-period work.

Kathryn Klein Texas A&M International University.

  • Job market materials; balancing research at a teaching institution; general pedagogical assistance.
  • Handling the two-body problem; handling multiple years on the job market; job seeking off the tenure-track
  • Surviving as a contingent faculty member; writing for the public
  • Navigating academia as a member of a traditionally marginalized group (LGBTQ and woman)

Denys Van Renen Associate Professor, University of Nebraska. Research focuses largely on ecocriticism, women writers, and representations of laborers.

  • Balancing research at a teaching institution; publishing in journals (matching essay to journal); handling reader reports
  • Writing a book proposal; finding an appropriate press; thinking about your next book
  • Transitioning to first job; navigating first publication as a graduate student or planning first book.

Miriam Wallace Professor of English and Gender Studies, New College, Florida; Bucknell UP, Editor.

  • Balancing research at a teaching institution, specifically a small liberal arts intitution
  • Writing a book proposal; finding an appropriate press
  • Handling post-tenure life/malaise

Travis Wing Lau Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Austin.

  • Job market materials; Post-grad school/first job transition; dissertation and work/life balance
  • Publishing in journals (matching essay to journal); handling reader reports; writing for the public
  • Teaching/researching and accessibility issues and/or differently abled issues
  • Surviving as a contingent faculty member; navigating academia as a member of a traditionally marginalized group.

Because of ASECS scheduling, the Doctors are not In after 2:00 on Friday.


The pleasing Instructor


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Saturday, 9:30-10:30

Hannah Doherty Hudson Assistant Professor of English, Suffolk University, Boston; working on 18th-century magazines, popular and gothic fiction, and Minerva Press novels.

  • Writing / research accountability; Archival and non-canonical textual research
  • Job market materials; Campus visits; Teaching demonstrations
  • Career / professional advice; Navigating the tenure-track; Changing jobs pre-tenure
  • Balancing research at a teaching institution; Dual-academic households; Parenting

Sara Austin Editor-in-Chief, Huntington Library Quarterly

  • Publishing in journals (matching essay to journal); handling reader report
  • Professional editing careers; Working at/with nonprofit special collections libraries; Academia-adjacent work
  • Fellowship applications; Planning research time at special collections libraries

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Saturday, 10:30-11:30

Dan Ennis Dean, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Coastal Carolina University.

  • Job market materials; Interview Strategies
  • Academic administration and assessment
  • Balancing research at a teaching institution
  • Mid-career, Tenure-track & Post-tenure career advice

Kit Kincade Professor of English, Indiana State University.

  • Job market materials–CVs, Letters, Supplementary statements
  • Graduate student support; Managing dissertation / committee
  • Contingent faculty support
  • Mid-career, Tenure-track & Post-tenure career advice

John O’Brien Professor of English, University of Virginia.

  • Writing a book proposal
  • Digital Humanities projects
  • Mid-career, Tenure-track & Post-tenure career advice

Saturday, 11:30-12:30

Because of ASECS scheduling, the Doctors are not In during the time scheduled for luncheon meetings.


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Saturday, 12:30-1:30

Alice McGrath PhD Candidate in English, University of Pennsylvania, working on the relationship between narrative form, gender and sexuality, and the material text.

  • Graduate student life / professionalization

Cedric Reverand George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Professor of English, University of Wyoming.

  • Balancing research at a teaching institution
  • Publishing in journals; Tailoring essays to target publications; Handling reader reports
  • Writing / pitching a book proposal; Targeting appropriate academic presses

Dustin Stewart Assistant Prof of English, Columbia University.

  • Connecting scholarship and teaching on the 18th century to other periods, subfields, and interests in literary studies
  • Job market materials; Handling multiple years on the market
  • Early career / professional advice; Being on the tenure-track
  • Dual-academic households

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Saturday, 1:30-2:30

Erin Drew Assistant Professor of English, University of Mississippi, working on poetry and ecocriticism.

  • Writing strategy, How to handle reader reports; Writing / pitching a book proposal
  • Work/life balance; Dealing with mental health challenges
  • Graduate student support– Pitching the dissertation to different audiences, Dissertation committee; Managing academic relationships
  • How to organize (dealing with administrative issues)
  • Teaching C18th poetry to students unfamiliar with the C18th and poetry

Adela Ramos Associate Professor of English, Pacific Lutheran University.

  • Balancing research/teaching at a small liberal arts institution with a heavy service load; handling reader reports
  • Teaching at a primarily first-gen institution with a diverse body of students; general pedagogical assistance; digital pedagogy
  • Navigating academia as a member of a traditionally marginalized group (woman, person of color/bicultural)
  • Transitioning to administrative roles

Chris Vilmar Associate professor of English, Salisbury University.

  • Job market materials–CVs, Letters, Understanding hiring committees
  • Taking on department administrative roles–DGS
  • Balancing teaching, service, and research commitments

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Saturday, 2:30-3:30

Al Coppola Associate Professor of English, John Jay College, CUNY.

  • Balancing research at a teaching institution; General pedagogy assistance
  • Graduate student support; Dissertation committee; Managing academic relationships
  • Writing / pitching a book proposal; Targeting appropriate academic presses; Handling readers reports
  • Mid-career, Tenure-track & Post-tenure career advice

Kristin Distel PhD Candidate, Ohio University, working on 18th-century protofeminism and communities of women

  • Graduate student life / professionalization; Dissertation committee; Managing academic relationships
  • Journal editing
  • Having dual specializations (e.g. literary history & creative writing)

Jason Pearl Associate Professor of English, Florida International University, working on history of science; literature and geography.

  • Job market materials–CVs, Letters, Supplementary statements
  • Job seeking off the tenure-track; Writing for the public; Digital Humanities projects
  • General pedagogy assistance
  • Writing / pitching a book proposal; Targeting appropriate academic presses; Thinking about your next book
  • Mid-career, Tenure-track, & Post-tenure career advice

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Saturday, 3:30-4:30

Ben Pauley Professor of English, Easternt Connecticut State University.

  • Matching service teaching load to research interests
  • Taking on department administrative roles
  • Balancing research at a teaching institution; General pedagogy assistance
  • Digital Humanities projects

Danielle Spratt Associate Professor of English and DGS, California State University, Northridge, working on history of science and medicine, reproduction and reproductive rights.

  • Digital Humanities & Public Humanities projects
  • General pedagogical advice; Teaching at a hispanic serving institution; Teaching at a large public university (40k students)
  • Balancing research at a teaching institution; Balancing service, administrative work, and service with research

Jared Wiehe Assistant Professor, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, working on drama, sexualities, and disabilities within the 18th century.

  • Accessibility and Diversity; General pedagogical assistance; Balancing research at a teaching institution
  • Navigating academia as a member of traditionally marginalized communities
  • Job market materials–CVs, Letters, Supplementary statements
  • Handling multiple years on the job market
  • Publishing in journals; Tailoring essays to target publications; Handling reader reports

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