Faculty, post-doc lecturer
Melinda is a Post-doctoral lecturer with her doctorate from the University of Tennessee in English with a concentration in Contemporary and Postcolonial literature.
- 20th and 21st Century novels
- Contemporary Literature
- Postcolonial Literature
- Ecological Literature
Ph.D. University of Tennessee, 2019
M.A. University of Cincinnati, 2010
B.F.A. Thomas More College, 2008
B.A. Psychology, Thomas More College, 2008
“Review: Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements.” ASAP/J, December, 2018.
- 2018 Evaluation Committee Member, “Experienced GTAs
- 2018 Hodges Award Committee, “Experienced GTAs”
- 2018 Nexus Conference Chair
- GSE Communications Director 2016
- Writing Center Tutor/Online Tutor for UTK's Writing Center 2015-2017
- Beale Editorial Assistant for ASAP/Journal 2017
- Managing Editor of Online Content for Grist 2017
- Graduate Students in English PhD Representative 2017
- Sigma Tau Delta, Vice-President 2007-2008
- Scholastic Writing Awards Judge, 2007
Awards, Honors & Grants
- John C. Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award 2017
- Norman J. Sanders Dissertation Fellowship 2017
- Dean's List, Thomas More College, 2005-2008
- University Scholarship, University of Cincinnati, 2008-2010
Associations & Organizations
Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
Modern Language Association
Sigma Tau Delta
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
Graduate Students of English, UTK
- “Responding to Student Writing,” The Writing Program Workshop Week, University of Tennessee. Co-presenter with Coralyn Nottingham and Kimberly Turner, August, 2017.
- “First Day Writing Assignments” The Writing Program Workshop Week, UTK. Co-presenter with Tawnysha Greene August, 2016.
- “N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth Trilogy” ASAP 11, University of Maryland. Baltimore, MA. October, 2019.
- “Nonhuman Justice: Relational Agency in Linda Hogan’s Power,” SAMLA 90, Birmingham, AL. November, 2018.
- “Destabilizing the Animacy Hierarchy in Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon” SAMLA 89, Atlanta, GA. November, 2017.
- “Translating Otherness: The Queer Women of Marvel’s X-Men” Translation Theory Today Conference, CUNY Graduate Center. NY. May, 2016.
- “The Power of Caribbean Women: Redefining the Role of Women in Nation Construction” Crystal Queer Graduate Conference, Indiana University; Bloomington, IN. March, 2016
- “Check This Out: Stories from a Public Library” The Last Word, Cincinnati OH, June, 2010"Check This Out: Stories from a Public Library" The Last Word, Cincinnati OH, June, 2010.
- "The Next Time" Word Without End, Cincinnati OH. November, 2009
- "Sleeping Beauty" Sigma Tau Delta, Louisville, KY. March, 2008
- "The Time It Takes to See Magic." Sigma Tau Delta, Portland, OR. March, 2006