University of Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky.
Ph.D., English Literature, 2012
Primary Area: American Literatures and Cultures
Indiana State University. Terre Haute, Indiana.
M.A., English, 2005
Canisius College. Buffalo, New York.
B.A., magna cum laude, English, 2002
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Literature and Languages, Christian Brothers University. Memphis, Tennessee. 2016-
Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Department of Literature and Languages, Christian Brothers University. Memphis, Tennessee. 2012-2016.
Visiting Instructor, Countdown to College (C2C), Saint Mary’s University. Winona, Minnesota. Summers 2015 and 2016.
“The Racial Veil: Small Government Rhetoric, Neoliberalism, and School Resegregation.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society 6.2 (Spring 2017).
“Black Lives Matter: Teaching African American Literature and the Struggle.” CEA Forum 45.2 (Summer/Fall 2016): 26-53.
“Sustaining Refusal and Imagining New Societies: The Scarlet Letter, ‘Bartleby,’ and the Production of Space.” CEA Critic 75.3 (November 2013): 212-23.
“Boyish Play and Manifest Destiny: The Transition from Civilizer to Killer in America and Abroad.” South Atlantic Review 73.2 (Spring 2008): 59-80.
“Into the Caldron: neoliberalism, ideology, and life itself.” The Whole Horse Project: An Editorial Collective (August 2015): http://www.wholehorseproject.org/?p=311
Recounting Personhood: The Boundaries of Democracy in the Antebellum United States.
Advisory Committee: Dr. Andy Doolen, Director; Dr. Marion Rust; Dr. Donald Pease; and Dr. Kathi Kern. Defended on May 31, 2012.
AWARDS AND HONORS
CBU Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. Christian Brothers University. September 2015.
- This award recognizes outstanding academic advising award, which is the focus of CBU’s SACS Quality Enhancement Plan. Student feedback is used to determine recipients of award. The award comes with $100.
James R. (Dick) Bennett Award for Literature and Peace. College English Association. April 2013.
- This $250 award is given by the CEA annually for a paper or project presented at the conference that “contributes significantly, through action or understanding, to the prospect of living in harmony with the Earth and humankind.”
Dissertation Year Fellowship. University of Kentucky. July 2011-June 2012
- This competitive $16,000 non-service fellowship is awarded annually to a small number of Ph.D. candidates to support the completion of the dissertation.
Department of English Dissertation Enhancement Funds. 2011
- I received $1,400 for a research trip to New York, NY, to study tenement history and culture.
Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Kentucky. 2010
- This $1,000 university-wide award is given annually to no more than three teaching assistants in recognition of outstanding teaching.
Certificate for Outstanding Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Kentucky. 2009
- The Certificate and a $250 award are awarded annually to a small number of teaching assistants from the College.
Writing Program’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Department of English, University of Kentucky. 2009
Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant for a Literature or Film Course, Department of English, University of Kentucky. 2009
Finalist for Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Kentucky. 2009
Writing Program’s Excellent Instructor List, Department of English, University of Kentucky. 2007
Finalist for Writing Program’s Outstanding Instructor Award, Department of English, University of Kentucky. 2007
Dean’s Educational Excellence Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana State University. 2004
- $500 Award given annually to one teaching assistant by Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in teaching.
Dr. George E. Smock Award, Department of English, Indiana State University. 2004
- $250 Award given annually to one Department of English graduate student to recognize excellence and innovation in teaching.
Dr. Richard and Virginia Bash Award, Department of English, Indiana State University. 2003
- $500 award given annually to one student in the Department of English graduate program in recognition of outstanding scholarship.
TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
Nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first-century American literatures and cultures; American Studies; gender studies; African American studies and Critical Race Theory; social theory; literature and composition pedagogy.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED TALKS
“English Studies for a Neoliberal Age: Critical Literacies and the Literature of Economic Anxiety.” College English Association Conference. 2017. Hilton Head Island, SC. March 2017.
“Small Government Rhetoric, Veiled Racism, and the Resegregation of Memphis Schools. Rhetoric Society of America 17th Biennial Conference. Atlanta, GA. May 2016.
“Courses that Matter: Creating a Curriculum that Engages and Empowers Students.” College English Association Conference. 2016. Denver, CO. March 2016
“Teaching African American Literature in the Age of Trayvon and Ferguson.” College English Association Conference. 2015. Indianapolis, IN. March 2015.
“#BLACKLIVESMATTER: 21st Century Contexts and Theoretical Foundations for Protest.” Invited by CBU Chapter of the NAACP for Black Lives Matter Teach-in and Discussion. Christian Brothers University. Memphis, TN. December 2014.
“Grad School Won’t Kill You: Reflections on the Transition from Ph.D. Program to Assistant Professor.” Invited Keynote Address. English Graduate Student Organization Conference. University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. March 2014.
“Sustaining Refusal and Imagining New Societies: The Scarlet Letter, ‘Bartleby,’ and the Production of Space.” College English Association Conference 2013. Savannah, GA. April 2013.
“Fanny Fern’s Double-Agent: Mrs. Ruth Hall, ‘A Regular Business Woman,’ and Ruth, whose ‘Tears Fell Fast.’” English Graduate Student Organization Conference. The University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. March 2012.
“Producing Persons: Markets, Tenements, and the Multiple Voices of Ruth Hall.” The Futures of American Studies Institute. Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. June 2011
“Producing Personhood: Ruth Hall, ‘The Tartarus of Maids,’ and Economic Independence in the (de)Personalizing Marketplace.” College English Association Conference 2011. St. Petersburg, FL. April 2011
“Rewriting the History of Early California: Joaquín Murieta Frontier Pirates, and Borderland Challenges to U.S. Identity.” College English Association Conference 2010. San Antonio, TX. March 2010
“Remapping Personhood: Antebellum African American Manhood and Geographies of Autonomy.” College English Association Conference 2009. Pittsburgh, PA. March 2009
“Undermining the Boundaries of Nation: Martin Delany’s Blake and the Quest for Recognized Personhood.” The Futures of American Studies Institute. Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. June 2008
“The Untellable Trauma that Must be Told: Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War Fiction and Existential Theory of Mind.” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. February 2008
“Giving Credit to the Unidentified Founding Father: Hobomok’s Role in the Formation of American Identity.” College English Association Conference 2007. New Orleans, LA. April 2007
“When Crossing a River Isn’t Enough: Failed Maternity in As I Lay Dying and Beloved.” Hanging Crooked: Grotesque Family Portraits in Faulkner and Morrison Panel. The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. February 2004
Christian Brothers University, Department of Literature and Languages, 2012-Present
- Courses Taught (course descriptions and syllabi are available at http://www.jeffgross.org):
- American Literature to 1865 – ENG 331 (Fall 2013, Fall 2017)
- American Literature after 1865 – ENG 332 (Spring 2014)
- Nineteenth-Century American Novel – ENG 341 (Fall 2012, Fall 2016)
- African American Literature – ENG 361 (Fall 2014)
- American Masculinities (Honors Seminar) – ENG 394 (Spring 2015)
- American Gilded Age(s) in Literature and Culture (Special Topics) – ENG 464 (Fall 2015)
- American Literatures and Radical Democracies (Special Topics) – ENG 465 (Spring 2013)
- Black Lives Matter: Major Black Writers and Thinkers in the Struggle (Independent Study) – ENG 460 (Fall 2015)
- Introduction to Literature – ENG 211 (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2016)
- Composition I – ENG 111 (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015)
- Composition II – ENG 112 (Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016)
Saint Mary’s University, Countdown to College, 2015-Present
- Course Taught
- College Writing (Year 4)
University of Kentucky, Department of English, 2005-2011
- Courses Taught as Primary Instructor:
- Introduction to Literature – ENG 230 (Fall 2007, Fall 2008)
- Major Black Writers – ENG/AAS 264 (Summer 2008, Summer 2009, Summer 2010)
- Intermediate Writing – ENG 205 (Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2011)
- Business Writing and Communication – ENG 203 (Spring 2007, Spring 2008)
- Accelerated Foundational Writing – ENG 104 [4 hours] and Writing II – ENG 102 (Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Summer 2006, Fall 2006, Fall 2009, Spring 2011)
- Writing Workshop – UK 100 [1 hour] (Fall 2010)
syllabi, assignments, and course evaluations for the above courses available upon request
Indiana State University, Department of English, 2002–2005
- Courses Taught as Primary Instructor:
- Freshman Composition I – ENG 101
- Freshman Composition II – ENG 102
Director of Freshman Experience Living Learning Community, Christian Brothers University, 2013-2016.
I teach first-year composition courses designed for the Living Learning Community and facilitate extracurricular educational, social, and service activities that aim to help students adapt academically and socially to college.
First Year Experience Advising Coordinator for School of Arts, Academic Services, Christian Brothers University, 2013-.
As School of Arts Advising Coordinator for the First Year Experience, I facilitate summer School of Arts orientation information panels and registration sessions. I work with the Dean of Academic Services to implement necessary first-year orientation programming.
Writing Program Intern, Department of English, University of Kentucky 2007-2010
I worked closely with Writing Program Directors, facilitating new teaching assistant/instructor orientation, participating in the revision of course learning outcomes, approving instructors’ syllabi and major essay assignments for first-year writing courses, observing and assessing instructors, and contributing to other writing program functions. I participated in the production of our custom text books (UK edition of St. Martin’s Handbook and our in-house reader, The Engaged Citizen). In summer 2007, I also gained experience with program-wide assessment. Position was akin to assistant director or first-year writing coordinator for program with over 100 sections of first-year writing each semester.
Living-Learning Programs Conference. ACUHO-I. St. Pete Beach, FL. October 17-19, 2015.
I attended the ACUHO-I Living-Learning Programs conference with Dr. Ben Jordan, Director of LLCs at CBU.
Student Retention: What’s Next? meeting. TICUA. Belmont University, Nashville, TN. October 22, 2014.
I attended the TICUA retention conference and co-presented with Dr. Kelli Hefner, Dean of Academic Services at CBU on “Using Faculty Advising Coordinators to Support Freshmen Transition to College.”
International Association of Lasallian Universities Leadership Program. Rome, Italy. June 2014.
I participated in the two-week leadership program that educates future campus leaders in the Lasallian tradition and creates relationships between the global Lasallian Universities. As part of my participation, I developed a retention plan for at-risk students to bring back to CBU.
Countdown to College K-16 Catholic Education Pipeline Conference: Increasing College Access and Success for Underrepresented Students. Saint Mary’s University. Winona, MN. June 2014.
I participated in the three-day Countdown to College conference, which brought educators from Lasallian and Jesuit universities, high schools, middle schools, and community centers together to learn about Saint Mary’s University’s First Generation Initiative and to share best practices for educating first-generation students.
NACADA Conference. Salt Lake City, UT. October 2014.
I attended the NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) conference to learn about advising first-year students.
UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT, AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN. 2012-
Section Chair for Peace Studies. College English Association 2018 Conference. 2017-2018.
President of Faculty Assembly. Christian Brothers University. 2017-2018.
School of Arts Faculty Representative, Board of Trustees Faculty Affairs Committee. Christian Brothers University. 2015-
Designed English Assessment Instrument for General Education and Institutional Effectiveness Measurement, with Dr. Alison Lukowski. Christian Brothers University. 2015.
Judge, Valparaiso University Wordfest. Department of English, Valparaiso Univeristy, Valparaiso, IN. 2015. I was invited to serve as the judge for the literary criticism competition for the Department of English’s annual Wordfest at Valparaiso University. Their department paid me a $100 honorarium to choose the top 3 critical submissions and to write an overview of the entire selection of submissions.
Judge and Editorial Advisor, Loquemur Honors Journal. Christian Brothers University. 2015.
Vice President of Faculty Assembly. Christian Brothers University. 2014-2016.
Campus Associate Representative to the AAC&U. Christian Brothers University. 2014-
School of Arts Representative on Student Satisfaction and Retention Committee. Christian Brothers University. 2014-
Faculty Representative, Board of Trustees Student Life Subcommittee. Christian Brothers University. 2014-2015.
University and Calendar Committee. Christian Brothers University. 2014-2016.
Recruitment and Social Media Outreach Coordinator. Department of Literature and Languages. Christian Brothers University. 2014-
Faculty Advisor, CBU NAACP Campus Chapter. Christian Brothers University. 2013-
Designing Excellence Committee Member. Christian Brothers University. 2013-2014.
President’s Commission for Women. Christian Brothers University. 2013-
Safe Zones Committee. Christian Brothers University. 2013-
Trustee Scholarship Interviews. Christian Brothers University. 2013-2014.
Fiction Judge, Castings Literary Journal. Christian Brothers University. 2013-2014.
Faculty Co-Advisor. English Club/Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society). 2012-2014.
Recruitment and Retention Committee Member. School of Arts, Christian Brothers University. 2012-
Sustainability Committee Member. Christian Brothers University. 2012-
New Faculty Orientation. Christian Brothers University. Fall 2012. I attended all sessions of the orientation program for new faculty members.
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. 2005-12
Faculty/staff advisor for University of Kentucky Center for Community Outreach Alternative Spring Break trip to the David School in David, KY. 2010-11
Microteach Group Leader. University of Kentucky Graduate School New TA Orientation. 2010
Panel Moderator. College English Association Conference. I moderated panels on nineteenth-century American Literature Native American Literature, and African American Literature. 2009-2011.
English Graduate Student Organization Faculty Representative. University of Kentucky. Elected by the graduate students, I attended departmental faculty meetings, presented graduate student perspectives, and reported back to the graduate students on faculty decisions. 2008-09
Coordinating Committee Member and Rater. Writing Program Direct Assessment. Dept. of English, University of Kentucky. As a member of the coordinating committee, I participated in pre-assessment planning meetings. I served as one of our raters of student essays, but I was also responsible for participating in third readings and rating major essay assignment handouts. I also served on evaluation rubric and student and instructor questionnaire subcommittees. 2007
Webmaster. Writing Program Website. Dept. of English, University of Kentucky. 2007-09
Co-Editor. The Engaged Citizen: A Reader for First-Year Writing. Writing Program, University of Kentucky. We custom published our text through Bedford/St. Martin’s. 2007-09
Founder and Co-Director. Writing Program Film Series. Dept. of English, University of Kentucky. Developed program to bring regional documentary makers to campus to screen their films and to participate in discussions with students about writing and producing documentaries. 2007-09
Writing Program Undergraduate Symposium, Organizing Committee. Dept. of English, University of Kentucky. 2007, 2010
Writing Program Mentor. Dept. of English, University of Kentucky. 2006-2007
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN. 2005
Dean’s Educational Excellence Award Selection Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana State University. I was selected by Dean Diane P. Michelfelder to serve on this committee with faculty members to select the 2005 recipients of the Educational Excellence Award. 2005
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND OUTREACH
Founding Member and Editor, The Whole Horse Project: An Editorial Collective. http://www.wholehorseproject.org/. This editorial collective attempts to engage with pressing public intellectual issues in the spirit of Wendell Berry. As one of the collective’s editors, I have written a feature and edited features.
My play Please Don’t Call Me Homeless was produced by the Street Voice Council, the Actors Guild of Lexington, and the Catholic Action Center of Lexington, KY. Based on my interviews with a number of individuals experiencing or who have experienced homelessness in Lexington, KY, I wrote the play to help these individuals share their stories. Individual storytellers portrayed themselves on stage. Please Don’t Call Me Homeless premiered at the Lexington Downtown Arts Center on August 20, 2010, and it has since been performed in over 20 additional venues, including the Lyric Theatre in Lexington, the Kentucky Theatre, Memorial Hall at the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, and St. Catharine College.
Mentor, Streets to Home Program, the Catholic Action Center. Lexington, KY. As a mentor, I worked with formerly homeless individuals as they adjust to living in apartments and help them build community. 2010
Contributing Features Writer, North of Center, an independent newspaper committed to north Lexington neighborhoods. Archives available at noclexington.com. 2010-2011
Spanish (basic speaking ability and intermediate reading knowledge)
French (intermediate reading knowledge)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
American Studies Association South Atlantic Modern Language Association
Modern Language Association College English Association
Rhetoric Society of America