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Dr. Robert Scott

Professor of English
Department of English
Dukes Memorial 114
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
419-772-2109
Biography: 

 

Education

  • Ph.D., English Literature, Michigan State University, 1994
  • Dissertation: "The Reinvention of the Eighteenth-Century Novel in Contemporary British and American Fiction"
  • Director: James McClintock

 

  • M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, 1986
  • Thesis: "Swift and Stella"
  • Supervisor: Gwin Kolb

 

  • B.A., English and French, University of Michigan, 1984
  • Fields of specialization: contemporary British literature, contemporary American literature, 18th-century British literature and the novel

 

Awards

  • Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Arts & Sciences, Ohio Northern University, 1995 and 1998
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Ohio Northern University, 2005
  • Departmental Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Arts & Sciences, Ohio Northern University, 2011 and 2012
  • Faculty Development Grant, College of Arts & Sciences, Ohio Northern University, Summers 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005
  • Sabbatical Leave, College of Arts & Sciences, Ohio Northern University, Spring 2002 and Spring 2009
  • Sara A. Ridenour Endowed Chair, College of Arts & Sciences, Ohio Northern University, 2002-03 and 2015-16
  • Outstanding Sponsor Award, Sigma Tau Delta, 2006

 

Teaching Experience

  • Professor, Department of English, Ohio Northern University, 1994-present
  • Teach courses in contemporary British and American literature, 18th-century British literature, non-Western literature, multi-cultural literature, Great Works, editing, and composition
  • Teaching Assistant and Grader, Department of English, Michigan State University, 1987-90
  • Taught literature, composition and science writing courses and assisted professor in an upper-level film and literature course
  • Tutor, Writing Center, Marygrove College, 1986-87
  • Worked with minority and returning students in remedial composition courses

 

Advising

  • English Majors Advisor, Fall 1994-present
  • Assist English and English Education majors in selecting courses in areas of concentration

 

  • Faculty Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta, Fall 2000-Spring 2013
  • Served as advisor for international honor society

 

  • Faculty Advisor, English Department Newsletter, Winter 1997-Spring 2000
  • Supervised student production of annual newsletter

 

  • Faculty Advisor, Mortar Board, Fall 1996-Spring 1999
  • Served as advisor for national honor society

 

  • Instructor and Advisor, Freshman Seminar, Fall 1996
  • Taught weekly course designed to help freshmen general studies majors adjust to college life

 

Service Activities

  • Coordinator, University Writing Program, Fall 2011-Fall 2013, Fall 2014-Spring 2015
  • Coordinator, American Graduate Fellowships Program, Fall 2007-present
  • Coordinator, Mellon and Soros Scholarship Programs, Fall 2005-Fall 2007
  • Coordinator, Truman, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarship Programs, Spring 1999-Fall 2005
  • Coordinator, Arts and Sciences Signature Program Initiative, Fall 2008
  • Co-chair, Arts and Sciences Use of Adjunct Faculty Committee, Fall 2006-Spring 2006
  • Chair, Arts and Sciences General Education Assessment Committee, Spring 1999-Fall 2001
  • Member, University Committee on College Credit Plus/Dual Enrollment Program, Fall 2014
  • Member, University Selection Committee for Dean of Arts and Sciences, Fall 2008-Winter 2009
  • Member, Committee for Development of a University-Wide Writing Course, Winter 2010
  • Member, University Committee on Athletics, Fall 1998-Spring 2000
  • Member, University Committee on Academic Qualifications, Fall 1996-Spring 2000
  • Member, Review Committee on Dismissal of Faculty, Fall 2004-Spring 2008
  • Convener, Committee for Selection of Department Chair, Spring 2011
  • Convener, Committee for Restructuring of Curriculum, Fall 2016
  • Member, Job Search Committees, Fall 1996-present
  • Member, Peer Evaluation Committees, Winter 1996-present
  • Member, Literature Review Committee, Fall 2001-present
  • Member, Essay Contest Committee, Winter 2002-present
  • Member, Talent Award Committee, Winter 2003-present
  • Member, Writing Seminar Committee, Fall 2011-present
  • Reader and Interviewer, Presidential Scholars Competition, Winters 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2001
  • Assistant Editor, University Monograph Series, Fall 1994-Winter 1998
  • Member, English Majors Handbook Committee, Spring 1995
  • Member, English Studies Course Committee, Fall 1995-Winter 1996

 

Selected Professional Presentations

  • “Beating the Odds: Keys to a Successful Academic Job Interview” Annual Meeting, Northeast Modern Language Association, Baltimore, Md., March 2017 
  • Fear and (Black Self-) Loathing: Teaching The Bluest EyeAnnual Meeting, Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, Mo., November 2016
  • "It’s A Small World After All: Assessing the Contemporary Campus Novel" Annual Meeting, Anglo-American Conference for Academic Disciplines, University of London, England, November  2014 and Annual Meeting, International Narrative Conference, Ottawa, Canada, April 2006
  • Floods and Forging Ahead: Why It's Important to Have a Plan B” Spring Conference, College English Association of Ohio, Ohio Northern University, May 2012
  • And We’ll Have Fun, Fun, Fun: Serious Strategies for Promoting Classroom Play” Annual Meeting, Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, Mo., November 2011
  • "Assessing the Uneasy Use of Adjunct Faculty at One Small College" Fall Conference, Michigan College English Association, Eastern Michigan University, October 2009
  • "Navigating Newbies: Effectively Steering New Faculty Through the Waters of Academia" Annual Meeting, South Central Modern Language Association, Memphis, Tenn., November 2007
  • "Sassy Spoof or Sorry Spectacle?: Teaching Bridget Jones’s DiaryAnnual Meeting, Michigan College English Association, Kalamazoo, Mich., October 2004 and Annual Meeting, Midwest Conference on British Studies, Ohio State University, October 2002
  • "Mungo Park and Sooloo Beer: Water Music and the Debunking of the Intrepid Explorer" Annual Meeting, Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, Mass., March 2003
  • "'Dizzy With the Beauty of the Possible': The Sot-Weed Factor and the Narrative Exhaustion of the Eighteenth-Century Novel" Annual Meeting, East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Norfolk, Va., October 2000
  • "'But hey, this is Africa, man': Water Music and the Postmodernization of the Eighteenth-Century Novel" Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, February 1998
  • "'Sweets and Bitters': Fanny and the Feminization of the Eighteenth-Century Novel" Twenty-Second Annual Colloquium on Modern Film and Literature, West Virginia University, October 1997 and Annual Meeting, East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Georgetown University, November 1996

 

Publications

  • "'Dizzy With the Beauty of the Possible': The Sot-Weed Factor and the Narrative Exhaustion of the Eighteenth-Century Novel," On Second Thought: Updating the Eighteenth-Century Text, eds. Debra Taylor Bourdeau and Elizabeth Kraft, University of Delaware Press, 2007
  • "'But hey, this is Africa, man': Water Music and the Postmodernization of the Eighteenth-Century Novel," LaRevue LISA/ LISA E-Journal, Spring 2004
  • "It’s A Small World After All: Assessing the Contemporary Campus Novel," The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Spring 2004
  • "Sassy Spoof or Sorry Spectacle?: Teaching Bridget Jones’s Diary," Modern Language Studies, Spring/Fall 2003
  • "'Sweets and Bitters': Fanny and the Feminization of the Eighteenth-Century Novel," The Midwest Quarterly, Autumn 2001
  • "Robert Bly," Newsmakers, 1992 Cumulation, 32-38
  • "Karen Blixen," Contemporary Authors New Revisions Series, 22, 42-50
  • "Ross Thomas," Contemporary Authors New Revisions Series, 22, 458-60
  • "June Thomson," Contemporary Authors New Revisions Series, 21, 442-46
  • Office of the Auditor General Style Manual, a five-chapter, 120-page writing manual for state of Michigan auditors

 

Other Work Experience

  • Contributing Editor, Gale Research Inc., Detroit, Mich., November 1991-May 1993
  • Researched and wrote biographical and critical essays for Newsmakers publication

 

  • Student Assistant, Office of the Auditor General, Lansing, Mich., May 1989-September 1990
  • Compiled and organized Office of the Auditor General Style Manual and developed a writing course to accompany manual

 

  • Editorial Assistant, Colleagues Press, East Lansing, Mich., September 1988-June 1989
  • Researched and proofread articles for The Yearbook of Langland Studies

 

  • Assistant Editor, Gale Research Inc., Detroit, Mich., September 1986-August 1987
  • Researched and wrote critical essays for Contemporary Authors New Revisions Series publication

 

Languages

  • French: writing, reading and speaking proficiency

 

Memberships

  • Society for the Study of Narrative Literature
  • Michigan College English Association
  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • Northeast Modern Language Association
  • South Central Modern Language Association
  • East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association      
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Mortar Board
Department of English

Paulene Callahan

419-772-2100
p-callahan.1@onu.edu
Dukes Memorial 100
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed