“Rotary Dial: A Short Story of Loss and Telephone Lines” (2019), Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Washington, D.C.

"Writing to Examine, Writing to Resist: Political Illuminations through Poetry and Fiction " (2018), College English Association Creative Writing Panel, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Birmingham, AL

"Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Cross-Disciplinary Bridges and
Interdisciplinary Thinking in First Year English and Math Courses" (2018), co-authored with Anil Venkatesh, College English Association, St. Petersburgh, FL

"Without Blinking: A Sampling of Poems" (2017), College English Association Creative Writing Panel, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA

"The Artist in the Classroom: How Visual Art Stimulates the Writer and Activist Within," co-authored with Carrie Weiss, Pedagogy: Activism in the Classroom Panel (2017), Midwest Modern Language Association, Cincinatti, OH

"The Poetic Play of Kay Ryan"(2017), College English Association, Hilton Head, SC -- selected "Best in Section"

"Dressing the Part," Creative Writing (Fiction) Panel (2017), Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, San Diego, CA

“The Unexpected Partnership Between Math and English: A Public Reflection” Panel (2016), Michigan Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Conference, Delta College, University Center, MI

"The Grief Eater" (accepted, 2016, unable to attend), Great Writing: The International Creative Writing Conference, Imperial College, London, UK

"Trespassing," Creative Writing (Fiction) Panel (2016), Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Seattle, WA

"Grief Eating: A Reading of Two Stories," Creative Writing (Fiction) Panel (2014), Popular Culture/American Culture Association, Chicago, IL

Kay Ryan's Poetic Dimensions: Fresh Takes on Fiddling with Words, Chair (2011), "Kay Ryan and the Workings of the Mind: A Mischievous Game of Hide-N-Seek"," Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, MO

“Dishonesty in the Advance, Dishonesty in the Retreat: The Road to Wealth in The Great Gatsby” (2011), College English Association, St. Petersburg, FL

“Creative Writing Creating Community: The Power of Memoir in the Creative Writing Classroom” (2010), Popular Culture/American Culture Association, St. Louis, MO

“The Logic of Frost’s ‘Design’,” Co-authored with Robert Seltzer (2009), College English Association, Pittsburgh, PA

Frost’s Designs on Religious Belief," Co-Authored with Robert Seltzer (2008), Robert Frost Society Panel, American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA

“Reading the Writing on the Wall: Composition Studies and English Department Viability” (2007), The Purpose(s) of English: A  Conference on the Future of English Studies, Springfield, IL

“Women as Food: Female Identity in Sara Suleri’s Meatless Days” (2007), Illinois Philological Association, Springfield, IL

“Memory Lost, Memory Regained: The Memoirist’s Power in Shaping ‘Truth’” (2006), Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Atlanta, GA

“Strokes of Thought: Dickinson’s Copious Dash” (2004), Realms of Amplitude: The Conference of the Emily Dickinson International Society, Hilo, HI

“Frost: Not a Nature Poet?” (2003), Robert Frost Symposium, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

“Pen-Pal-ing a Future: Children in America’s Colleges” (2003), 93rd  Annual Convention: Developing Partnerships to Foster Learning Communities National Council of Teachers of English, San Francisco, CA

“Live Hard and Die Young: The Cowboy as Martyr” (2002), The Image of the Outsider in Literature, Media, and Society, University of Southern Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO

Keynote Address  

“The ‘Great’ Gatsby through Nick Carraway’s Eyes" (2010), National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Kick-Off, Quincy Public Library, Quincy, IL   


Institute on Inclusion and Inclusive Classrooms, Ferris State University, participant (2017)

Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization Conference, attendee/participant (2010)