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Kimberly Bowers, PhD

Kimberly P. Bowers

EDUCATION

Ph.D., English, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, May 2008

Dissertation: Misreading Justice: The Rhetoric of Revenge in Feminist Texts about

Domestic Violence

M.A., Theatre Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 2000

B.A., English and Theatre, Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1997

ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATIVE AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Associate Professor of English, University of Saint Francis, Department of English, History, and

Political Science, fall 2018

Associate Professor and Chair, University of Saint Francis, Department of English, History, and

Political Science (2015-summer 2018)

Associate Professor and Chair, University of Saint Francis, Department of English and Foreign

Languages (2014-2015)

Assistant Professor, University of Saint Francis, Department of English and Foreign Languages

(2008-2014)

Assistant Director of the Writing Center, The University of Texas at Arlington (2006-2007)

PUBLICATIONS

“Radical Transformation: Teaching Environmental Literature at a Catholic University” in

Becoming Beholders: Cultivating Sacramental Imagination and Actions in College

Classrooms. Eds. Karen E. Eifler and Thomas M. Landy. Liturgical Press. 2014.

“Taking the Long Way Home: Poetry, Politics, and the Dixie Chicks” in Singing for Themselves:

Essays on Women in Popular Music. Ed. Patricia S. Rudden. Cambridge Scholars

Press. 2007.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Crime and Punishment, Indie Style.” Popular Culture Association / American Culture

Association National Conference. Washington DC, March 27-30, 2013.

“Using Journals, Meditation, and Terry Tempest Williams in Environmental Literature.”

Franciscan Action Network Conference. Fort Wayne, IN, January 2013.

“A Refuge not So Far From God: Ana Castillo and Terry Tempest Williams’ Spiritual Ecology.”

Northeast Modern Language Association 43rd Annual Convention. Rochester, NY, March

15-18, 2012.

“Web-fingered Women, Prairie Dogs, and Snowmen: Teaching Towards an Environmentally

Just World.” Panel Leader, Association of the Study of Literature and the Environment

Conference. Bloomington, Indiana, June 2011.

“Mending Fragmentation: Teaching Terry Tempest Williams’ Finding Beauty in a Broken

World.” Association of the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference,

Bloomington, Indiana, June 2011.

“Using Theatre and Creative Writing in the Literature Classroom.” Popular Culture Association

/ American Culture Association National Conference. St. Louis, Missouri, March 31-

April 3 2010.

“Woman Hollering Rebellion: A Welcome Antidote for Abuse and Revenge.” American

Colleges of the South Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, Memphis, TN March 6-

7 2009.

“Enough isn’t Enough: Hollywood’s Take on Stopping Domestic Violence.” SW/TX Popular

Culture Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 14-18, 2007.

“Dreaming of Home: Poetry, Politics, and the Dixie Chicks.” Midwestern Modern Languages

Association, St. Louis, Missouri, November 4-7, 2004.

“Dismissing the Need to Heal in Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive.” Society for the Study

of American Women Writers, Fort Worth, Texas, September 24-27, 2003.

“The Jokes on Us: Reinforced Myths about Violent Women Makes Chicago Not So Funny.”

29th Annual Conference of The Southern Comparative Literature Association, September

19-20, 2003.

“Acquitting the Innocent in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.” College

English Association, April 2003.

“How I Learned to Drive: A Critical Look at the Acceptance of Sexual Abuse Myths in the Play

and in its Reception.” Texas Tech University 7th Annual Graduate English Society

Conference, February 22-23, 2002.

INVITED LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

“Listen! This is a Life,” Hermann Lecture Series, University of Texas at Arlington, November

2018.

“From Johannesburg to Madison: My Summer of Service,” Faculty Development Day,

University of Saint Francis, October 2015.

“An Introduction to Feminist Theory,” Honors 202: Great Books Foundation II, University of

Saint Francis, spring 2013.

“Writing a Teaching Philosophy,” Faculty Development Day, University of Saint Francis, 2011.

“Creating an LGBTQ Friendly Environment in the Classroom” (Co-taught with Katie

Wiedman and Jan Nes), Faculty Development Day, University of Saint Francis, October

5, 2010.

“An Introduction to Environmental Literature,” Environmental Science, Department of Biology,

University of Saint Francis, fall 2009 and spring 2010.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE (PROGRAM PLANNING)

Organizer and Discussion Leader, Voices of Feminism, University of Saint Francis, 2014-

2017

Organizer and Discussion Leader, A Celebration of African American Literature and Art, MLK

Week, University of Saint Francis, 2011, 2012, and 2013

Organizer and Discussion Leader for Black History Month’s showing of The Help, 2013

Organizer and Discussion Leader for Black History Month’s showing of For Colored Girls,

2012

Organizer and Discussion Leader for Black History Month’s showing of Malcolm X, 2012

UNIVERSITY SERVICE (COMMITTEES)

Member, CREDO Diversity Team, University of Saint Francis, 2016-2017

Member, General Education Committee, University of Saint Francis, 2015

Sponsor, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Sigma Zeta Chapter, University of Saint Francis, spring 2010-

spring 2012

Member, META (Multimedia Entrepreneurial Training in the Arts) Committee, University of

Saint Francis, 2011-2012

Member, FREND (Franciscans Respecting Everyone’s Natural Dignity,) University of Saint

Francis 2010-2012

Member, Diversity Committee, University of Saint Francis, 2011-2012

Chair, Faculty Development Committee, University of Saint Francis, 2010-2011

Member, Hiring Committee, Department of Exercise Sciences, University of Saint Francis,

spring 2010

Member, Peer Development Task Force, University of Saint Francis, 2009-2010

Member, Hiring Committees, Department of English and Foreign Languages, University of Saint

Francis, springs 2009-2017

Member, Faculty Development Committee, University of Saint Francis, 2008-2010

DRAMATURGICAL WORK

Respondent, Post-show Discussion, To Kill a Mockingbird, University of Saint Francis, spring

2013.

Dramaturg, Mrs. Packard, First Presbyterian Theater, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 2013.

Dramaturg, House of Blue Leaves, First Presbyterian Theater, Fort Wayne, Indiana, February

2013.

Dramaturg, Shakespeare’s Will, First Presbyterian Theater, Fort Wayne, Indiana, January 2012.

Coordinator, Post-Show Discussion, Dead Man Walking, University of Saint Francis, spring

2009.

Dramaturg, The Winter’s Tale, The University of Arizona, spring 1999

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Writer, ACRES Land Trust Poetry in the Preserves Blog, 2016-2017

Member, ACRES Land Trust Education Committee, Fort Wayne, IN, 2013-2015

Judge in Poetry, Scholastic Writing Awards for area high school students, Fort Wayne Museum

of Art, January 2010-January 2015

Participant, One Billion Rising Domestic Violence Awareness Group, Fort Wayne, January

2013-September 2013

Member, Junior Thesis Committee for Ms. Hannah Steigmeyer, Student at Fort Wayne

Canterbury School, May 2011

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS (Selected)

USF Diversity Leadership and Service Award, University of Saint Francis, 2018

Teaching and Leadership Award, University of Saint Francis, 2017

Forty Under 40, Fort Wayne Business Weekly, Fort Wayne, IN 2014

Values in Action Award, The Mission and Values Committee, University of Saint Francis,

spring 2013

Collegium Colloquy Fellow, The University of Saint Francis, summer 2010