About Geoffrey B. Elliott

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Photo by Sonya Elliott

Note that some of this information has appeared in other versions in other webspaces I have maintained.

I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1982. From there, I moved with my family to Kerrville, Texas, in 1988, where I lived through graduating high school and during my undergraduate study at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In San Antonio, I studied most under Dr. Ben V. Olguín and the late Dr. Jan Tillery, despite emerging as neither a Latin-Americanist nor a linguist. After earning a baccalaureate in English with a minor and music and certification to teach English language arts and reading to students in grades 8 through 12 in Texas in 2005 (which certification has recently been extended to 2021), I pursued graduate studies in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Working under the supervision of Drs. Chris Healy and Jennifer Vaught, I received a Master of Arts degree from that institution in 2007 and a doctorate in 2012, both degrees in English and both supported by a graduate teaching assistantship I held from 2005 through 2009.

In 2009, I moved from Lafayette, Louisiana, to New York City, taking up teaching at Technical Career Institutes, a for-profit two-year vocational college in Midtown. After several terms on the part-time faculty, I was promoted to full-time status, which I held at that institution until August 2013, when I accepted a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. I held the position through May 2016, living near the school with my wife and daughter, writing, conducting research into literature (particularly how the medieval is appropriated by the post-medieval), and teaching in the classroom and outside of it. In addition, from late 2015 through early 2016, I took on additional teaching duties at Northern Oklahoma College.

At the end of May 2016, as both Oklahoman positions ended, my family and I relocated to the Texas Hill Country, where I engaged more heavily in freelance work, including some social media consulting. I also picked up some teaching duties at DeVry University in San Antonio and Schreiner University in Kerrville, as well as working for San Antonio and Houston restaurant chain Chacho’s, beginning in April 2017. Further, my research continues as other concerns allow. More information about each is listed on my combined resume and curriculum vita, below, as well as on LinkedIN, and Interfolio. I also Tweet.

Geoffrey B. Elliott
17 May 2017


Education

Degrees

  • PhD, English, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2012
    • Dissertation:The Establishment of Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur as the Standard Text of English-Language Arthurian Legend
    • Comprehensive exams (British Literature to circa 1500, British Literature of the Renaissance, American Literature to circa 1900, Fantasy Literature of the United States and Britain from 1950 to the Present) passed with distinction
    • Advisors: Drs. Chris Healy and Jennifer Vaught
  • MA, English, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2007
    • Thesis: “Manifestations of English Arthurian Legend in the Farseer and Tawny Man Trilogies of Robin Hobb.”
    • Advisor: Dr. Chris Healy
  • BA, English (minor in music), University of Texas at San Antonio, 2005
    • Cum laude
    • Honors College Highest Honors

Continuing Education

  • Oklahoma State University Provost’s Initiative (Critical Thinking in the Arts and Humanities), 2015-2016
  • Oklahoma State University Provost’s Initiative Workshops (Written Communication, Diversity), 2014-2015
  • University of Cambridge International Summer Schools (Medieval Studies), 2012

Academic Positions Held

Schreiner University

  • Adjunct Instructor of English, 2016-2017

DeVry University

  • Visiting Professor II—College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 2016-2017

Northern Oklahoma College

  • Adjunct Instructor, 2016

Oklahoma State University

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of English, 2013-2016

Technical Career Institutes

  • Instructor in Arts and Sciences, 2010-2013
  • Adjunct Instructor in Arts and Sciences, 2009-2010

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2005-2009

Professional Positions Held

Office Clerk

Social Media Consultant

Freelance Writer

Freelance Tutor

  • Varsity Tutors | online and in person, locations vary | June 2016 to present
  • WyzAnt.com | locations vary | May 2013 to present

Freelance Independent Proofreader, Tutor, and Writer

  • ElliottRWI.com and in person | online; in Stillwater, Oklahoma; and in Kerrville, Texas | October 2013 to present

Notable Skills and Qualifications

  • Certified (through November 2021) to teach English Language Arts and Reading, Grades 8-12, in Texas
  • Expertise in English-language writing (including major style manuals such as MLA, APA, AP, and Chicago) and public speaking
  • Expertise in media research and generating and maintaining online content in social media (especially weblogs) and static websites
  • Expertise in teaching non-traditional students
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), 2000-2013
  • Proficiency in office and clerical tasks:
    • Typing at approximately 70 words per minute
    • Ten-keying at approximately 8000 keystrokes per hour
  • Experience in customer service/client relations with diverse populations
  • Competence in cash-handling and basic cash-office bookkeeping
  • Basic proficiency in non-English languages: Spanish (reading/writing, speaking), German (reading)
  • Basic proficiency in HTML coding

Scholarly Publications

Other Publications

  • “One Other Bone in the LotR Online Soup.” UNICORN Cloud Conference and Virtual Museum, 20 February 2015, unicornvirtualmedievalmuseum.org.
  • “My Revised Plan B.” How to Succeed in College: It’s Never Too Late! Part Two for Adult Learners, edited by Nancy Riecken, It’s for Your Community, 2014.
  • “Undisregard.” The View from Here: Poetry to Help You Soar, edited by Nancy Riecken, It’s for Your Community, 2014.
  • “By the Crawl-Space Door.” One Image: One Hundred Voices. Elizabeth S. Gunn, 9 December 2013, oneimage-onehundredvoices.com/?page_id=83.
  • “My Acquaintance with Katrina.” Beyond Katrina, edited by Patricia Ellyn Powell, Arts & Healthcare P, 2005, p. 16.

Conference Presentations

General

International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

South Central Modern Language Association

College Teaching Experience

Schreiner University

  • Classes Taught
    • ENGL/THRE 3333: Shakespeare: Comedies and Sonnets—Fall 2016
    • ENGL 2340: World Literature through the Renaissance—Fall 2016
    • ENGL 1302: Literature and Composition—Spring 2017
    • ENGL 1301: Rhetoric and Composition—Fall 2016

DeVry University

  • Classes Taught
    • ENGL 227: Professional Writing—September 2016 Session, March 2017 Session
    • ENGL 135: Advanced Composition—July 2016 Session, May 2017 Session
    • ENGL 062: Introduction to Reading & Writing—May 2017 Session

Northern Oklahoma College

  • Classes Taught

Oklahoma State University

  • Classes Taught
    • ENGL 3323: Technical Writing—Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015
    • ENGL 2543: Survey of British Literature I—Spring 2014
    • ENGL 2413: Introduction to Literature—Fall 2014
    • ENGL 1213: Composition II—Spring 2016
    • ENGL 1113: Composition I—Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015
  • College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology Summer Bridge Program—2015

Technical Career Institutes

  • Classes Taught
    • LIT 203: Introduction to American Literature—Summer 2013
    • ENG 202: Technical Writing and Presentation—Summer 2011 through Spring 2012, Fall 2012 through Summer 2013
    • HUM 110: Speech—Fall 2010 through Spring 2012, Fall 2012 through Summer 2013
    • ENG 102: Freshman Composition II—Summer 2013
    • ENG 101: Freshman Composition I—Summer 2011 through Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013
    • ENG 100: Freshman Composition I (Developmental)—Summer 2009 through Spring 2011
    • ENG 099: Basic Communication—Fall 2010 through Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013
    • ENG 082: Basic Writing Skills—Summer 2009 through Summer 2010
    • ENG 081: Basic Reading Skills—Summer 2009 through Summer 2010
  • Guest Lectures
    • ESL 031: Advanced ESL—Spring 2011, Spring 2012
    • RV 021: Reading and Vocabulary II—Spring 2009

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

  • Classes Taught
    • ENGL 360: Advanced Exposition—Fall 2007
    • ENGL 207: Poetry—Fall 2008 (inaugural semester of the course)
    • ENGL 205: Early American Literature (Beginnings through 1865)—Spring 2008
    • ENGL 204: Novel and Short Fiction (Fantasy Literature)—Spring 2009
    • ENGL 201: British Literature I (Beginnings through 18th Century)—Fall 2007
    • ENGL 102: Writing and Culture—Spring 2007, Spring 2009
    • ENGL 101: Introduction to Academic Writing—Fall 2006, Spring 2008, Fall 2008
    • ENGL 090: Developmental English—Summer 2006, Summer 2007, Summer 2008
  • Guest Lectures
    • ENGL 505: Medieval Studies (Arthurian Literature)—Spring 2009
    • ENGL 424: Shakespeare, Later Plays—Spring 2008
    • ENGL 360: Advanced Exposition—Spring 2009
    • ENGL 102: Writing and Research about Culture—Spring 2006
    • ENGL 101: Introduction to Academic Writing—Spring 2006
  • Writing Center Tutor—Fall 2005, Spring 2006

Academic and Professional Associations

  • Modern Language Association
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • New Chaucer Society
  • Tales after Tolkien Society
  • Lone Medievalist
  • International Porlock Society

Academic Service

General

  • Adviser, Sigma Tau Delta Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter (Schreiner University), 2016-2017
  • Member, UNICORN Virtual Museum of Medieval Studies and Medievalism Board of Directors—2015-2017
  • Contributor, New Chaucer Society Annotated Chaucer Bibliography—2014-2017
  • Presenter, City University of New York Graduate Center Department of Linguistics Professional Development Series—2009

Tales after Tolkien Society

  • Vice-President (USA)—2014-present
  • Curator, Tales after Tolkien: Travels in Genre and Medievalism—2014-present

International Congress on Medieval Studies

  • Presider, The Medieval Past General Session, 2017
  • Presider, Growing Up Medieval: The Middle Ages in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, 2017
  • Presider, Middle English Verse General Session, 2016
  • Presider, A Session of Ice and Fire: Medievalism in the Game of Thrones Franchise, 2016
  • Presider, Looking Back at the Middle Ages General Session, 2015
  • Presider, From Frodo to Fidelma: Medievalism in Popular Genres Sponsored Session, 2015
  • Presider, Middle English Arthuriana General Session, 2014
  • Presider, Arthuriana General Session, 2013

South Central Modern Language Association

  • Chair, English I: Old and Middle English Regular Session; Nashville, Tennessee, 2015
  • Chair, English I: Old and Middle English Regular Session; New Orleans, Louisiana, 2013
  • Organizer and Presider, Tauroscatology Special Session; San Antonio, Texas, 2012
  • Organizer and Presider, Borrowings from the Past: Reception Studies Special Session; Hot Springs, Arkansas, 2011
  • Organizer and Presider, Re-creations of the American West in Popular Culture Special Session; Fort Worth, Texas, 2010

Humanities Directory

  • Member, Editorial Board—2013-2014
  • Reviewer—2013-2014

Technical Career Institutes

  • Member, Division of Arts and Sciences External Program Review Committee—2013
  • Member, Library Committee—2011-2013
  • Faculty Peer Mentor—2012
  • Coordinator, Professional Development Research Forum—2012
  • Participant, Lecture Capture Pilot Program—2011
  • Originator, Standard Course Syllabus for HUM 209: Ethics and Technology—2011

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

  • Contributor/Organizer, Department of English Thursday Night Reading Series—2008-2009
  • Presenter, Department of English First-Year Writing Workshops—2008
  • Member, Louisiana Conference on Language and Literature Abstracts Committee—2007-2008
  • Graduate Student Conference on Languages and Literatures
    • Chair, Abstracts Committee—2005-2007
    • Member, Hospitality Committee—2005-2006
    • Member, Technical Committee—2005-2006
  • Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, Lambda Zeta Chapter
    • President—2005-2006
    • Corresponding Secretary—2006-2007
    • Member—2005-2009

Awards and Honors

General

  • Oklahoma State University Department of English Travel Program for Visiting Assistant Professors—2015, 2016
  • South Central Modern Language Association Travel Grant—2013, 2014, 2015

Technical Career Institutes

  • Sabbatical Leave—Fall 2013 (waived in favor of other employment)
  • Research and Travel Grant—Fall 2009, Summer 2010, Summer 2011

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

  • Florence Sanders Jones Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in English—2009
  • Graduate Assistantship, Department of English—2005-2011 (waived 2009 in favor of other employment)
  • Graduate Student Organization Research and Travel Grant—Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Fall 2008

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