Michael Perry, PhD
Dean, College of Arts and Humanties
Associate Professor, Department of English
Faculty Athletic Representative
Department of English
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Doctor of Philosophy, English, with emphasis in American Literature, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2008
Dissertation: “Writing Blue: Performing Spirituals, Freedom, and Repetition in Blues Literature”
Committee Members: Neal Lester, Chair; Jennifer Parchesky; Olga Davis; and DoVeanna Fulton
Master of Arts, English, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 2000
Thesis: “Becoming-Metaphor: Rhizomatically wedding fiction, poetry and theory, or:Trying On Moonboots: A search for poetry in Deleuze and Guattari and theory in Alice Fulton’s ‘= =’”
Committee Members: Andrew Schieber, chair; Leslie Miller; and Lon Otto.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, minors in Math and Classics, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, Magna Cum Laude, 1996
Associate Professor, Department of English, Rockford University, Rockford, IL, 2008-present
ENGL 495 Senior Seminar
ENGL 381 Seminar in Literature: “Reading and Writing Blues in African American
ENGL 381 Seminar in Literature: “Why Not Batman? Graphic Novels, Popular Culture, and the Literary Tradition”
ENGL 364 Seminar in Literature: “Short Fiction Writing”
ENGL 342 Seminar in Critical Theory
RHET 351 Applied Rhetoric: “Reading Visual Rhetoric in the Digital Era.”
RHET 351 Applied Rhetoric: “The Rhetoric of Sports.”
RHET 351 Applied Rhetoric: “The Rhetoric of Social Media”
RHET 351 Applied Rhetoric: “The Rhetoric of Popular Culture”
ENGL 283 Survey of Literatures in English IV
ENGL 281 Survey of Literatures in English II
ENGL 154 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 150 Introduction to Literature
RHET 102 Intermediate Rhetoric
RHET 101 Introduction to Rhetoric
CLWS 101 First Year Seminar
Faculty Associate, Humanities and Arts, School of Applied Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, Mesa, AZ, 2006
ENG 245 Popular Culture Issues (online)
Teaching Associate, Department of English, Arizona State University Tempe Campus, Tempe, AZ 2002-2007
ENG 394 Special Topics: When Carrie Met Sula: Blurring the Line Between “Literary” and “Popular” Works with Toni Morrison and Stephen King
ENG 242 Survey of American Literature after 1860
ENG 241 Survey of American Literature to 1860
ENG 216 Persuasive Writing on Public Issues
ENG 102 First Year Composition II
ENG 101 First Year Composition I (Standard Version & Stretch Version)
WAC 101 Introduction to Academic Writing
English Instructor, Department of English, Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights, MN, 2000-2002
ENG 1114 The Research Paper
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills
Minnesota Correctional Facility—Oak Park Heights (Men)
Minnesota Correctional Facility–Shakopee (Women)
ENG 1111 Research Writing in the Disciplines
ENG 0099 English Essentials
English Instructor, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN, 2001
COMP 0900 Preparation for College Writing
Teaching Assistant, Department of English, University of St. Thomas, St, Paul, MN, 1999
ENG 111: First Year Composition
African American Literature
Popular Culture Studies
Editor of Collection
“How to Draw a King: Duma Key, Blues, Literary Modernism, and the Artist.” Stephen King’s Contemporary Classics: Reflections on the Modern Master of Horror. Eds. Philip L. Simpson & Patrick McAleer. Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. 135-148.
“My First Time: Theological Diversity, The Rhetoric of Conversion, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Buffy Conquers the Academy. Eds. U. Melissa Anyiwo and Karoline Szatek-Tudor. Cambridge College Publishing, 2013.
“Let’s Choose the Average Joe: Viewing Communities and Pop-Culture Literacy in the Composition Classroom.” Music, Movies, and More: Pop Culture in the Classroom.Fountainhead Press. Eds. Joseph j. Darowski & Trixie G. Smith. Fountainhead Press, 2011. 115-126.
“Resisting Paradise: Toni Morrison, Oprah Winfrey, & The Middlebrow Audience.” The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah’s Book Club. Edited by Cecilia Konchar Farr and Jaime Harker. SUNY Press, 2008.
“Borrowing Stephen King’s Toolbox: The Serious Business of Creative Writing and Becoming a Writer (at least for a semester) in the Creative Writing Classroom.” PCA/ACA National Conference. New Orleans. April 2015
“Why Not Batman? Graphic Novels, Popular Culture, and the Literary Tradition.” Panel Chair & Organizer. PCA/ACA National Conference. Chicago, April 2014.
“Revisiting “The Pop of King”: Questioning Hierarchy, The Establishment, and Nostalgia in Stephen King’s Entertainment Weekly Column.” PCA/ACA National Conference. Washington, DC. March 2013
“Telling a story already told: Muhammad Ali, Joe DiMaggio, LeBron James, and the Rhetoric of Narrative in Sports Writing.” PCA/ACA National Conference. Boston. April 2012
“Performing Blues: Experiencing Langston Hughes’s Poetic Paradox.” College Language Association National Conference. Spartanburg, SC. April 2011
“How to Draw a King: Duma Key, a Blues Aesthetic, and the American Artist.” PCA/ACA National Conference. St. Louis. April 2010.
“Stephen King Roundtable Discussion: Oh the Horror! Stephen King in the Classroom.” PCA/ACA National Conference. New Orleans. April 2009.
“My First Time: Social Media, a Theology of Diversity, and The Rhetoric of Conversion in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” PCA/ACA National Conference. New Orleans. April 2009.
“Writing Blue: Performing Spirituality, Freedom and Repetition in Blues Literature.” PCA/ACA National Conference. San Francisco. March 2008.
“In Fear of Mark Twain: Stephen King as Contemporary Realist.” PCA/ACA National Conference. Boston. April 2007.
“When Carrie Met Sula: Blurring the Line Between “Literary” and “Popular” Works with Toni Morrison and Stephen King.” PCA/ACA National Conference. Atlanta. April 2006.
“Let’s Choose the Average Joe: Encouraging Student Participation via Acknowledgment of a Popular Cultural Literacy.” PCA/ACA National Conference. San Diego. March 2005.
“And they helped me retell Star Wars: Memory as Narrative Structure.” Southwest Graduate English Symposium. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. April 2005.
“Valuing Popular Connections and Context: Towards a Critical Popular Cultural Literacy.” Western States Literacy and Rhetoric Conference. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. Sept 2004.
“Ambrose Bierce and his Poetic Others: Genre and Geographical Distinctions in a Transatlantic Context” New Directions in Critical Theory: The Borders, Territories, and Frontiers Conference. The University of Arizona. Tuscon, AZ. April 2004. (Also chosen to be presented at Americanist Brown Bag Series. Arizona State Unversity, Tempe, AZ March 2004.)
“Access[ing] the Golden Girls: A Study of Community and Value” The International Conference of Arts and Humanities. The University of Hawaii – Manoa. Honolulu, HI. January 2004. (Also chosen to be presented at Americanist Brown Bag Series. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Oct. 2003.)
MLA National Conference. Attendance and Workshop. Chicago. January 2014.
AWP National Conference. Chicago. March 2012
Invited Lectures & Presentations:
“Be Curious and Play.” December Commencement/Recognition Address, Rockford University. December 2014.
“Trusting your Reader.” Rockford Writer’s Guild. November, 2014.
“Literature of the Civil Rights Era.” Freedom Project: Teaching American History Grant – Rockford Public Schools. August 2012.
“Writing to Save Our Lives: Blues, Literary Modernism, and (of course) Stephen King.” The Last Lecture Series, Rockford College. Apr 2010.
“Mary Rowlandson: Captivity Narrative as Pilgrimage.” Honors Class. Rockford College. Mar 2010.
“Introducing African American Poetry,” African American Literature and History. J-term class at Rockford Christian, Jan 2010.
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stephen King, Harry Potter, & The Wizard of Oz: I Can Really Talk About this Stuff at College?” Rockford College. Co-presenters: Dr. Shawn Klein & Dr. Matthew Flamm. Nov 2009.
“American Romanticism: Whitman, Bierce, and Civil War.” Honors Class. Rockford College. Feb 2009.
Blues and African American Literature
Popular Culture’s Role in Cultural Studies
Dean, College of Arts and Humanities. Rockford University. July 2016 – Present.
Vice President of Enrollment Management Search Committee, Summer 2016.
Chair, Department of English. Rockford University. Fall 2014 – Summer 2016.
Continuing Faculty Development Task Force, 2015-2016.
Writing Center Director. Rockford University. Fall 2014.
Continuing Faculty Development Task Force. 2014-2015 Academic Year.
Contract Task Force. Rockford University. 2014-2015 Academic Year.
Admissions and Retention Committee Chair. Rockford University. August 2010 – August 2012 & August 2014 – May 2016.
“A Read Aloud of Black American Voices,” Rockford University, Feb 2010-Feb 2016. Organized and hosted a reading of seminal works by African American writers in celebration of Black History Month.
“Sports Studies Symposium: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Study of Sport.” Co-host/Co-Creator. Rockford College. April 2012-April 2015.
College Budget Committee. Rockford College. August 2012 to May 2014.
Physical Education Search Committee, Fall 2012/Spring 2013
Physical Education Search Committee, Summer 2012
EBA Department Search Committee, Spring 2012
English Department Search Committee, Fall 2011/Spring 2012
First Year Advisor. Rockford College. January 2010 – December 2010, & January 2012 to December 2012.
Head Faculty Marshal. Rockford College. August 2010 – May 2011.
Faculty Advisor. Rockford College Book Club. Fall 2009 – Spring 2011.
Faculty Advisor. Rockford College Creative Writing Club. Fall 2009 – Spring 2010.
Admissions and Retention Committee Member. Rockford College. August 2009 – August 2010.
Faculty Marshal. Rockford College. August 2009 – August 2010.
C.A.R.E. Committee Member. Rockford College. May 2009 – August 2010.
English Search Committee. Rockford College, Department of English Candidate Search, 2008/2009.
Session Chair, “Earth Narratives: Canyons, Cowboys, and Characters.” Western States Rhetoric and Literary Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, October 2007.
Student Mentor, Peace Jam, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Summer/Fall 2006.
Mentored high school students in creating a peer-mediating group presented to a Nobel prize winner at the National Peace Jam Conference in Denver.
Session Chair, “Creative Theory: Re-envisioning literary theory in academic writing,” Southwest Graduate Literature Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, April 2005.
Literature Representative, Graduate Scholars of English Association, 2004-2005. Represented the interests of English graduate students in Literature and served as liaison between faculty and graduate students.
Volunteer, Helping Hands, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1997-1998. Worked in the village of Khandbari teaching reading and writing to 5th and 6th grade children. Also aided in community health camps.
Presentation Leader, EEK (Environmental Education for Kids, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, 1993 – 1995 Visited local grade schools to help education on Environmental concerns.
Related Professional Experience
AP Reader, AP Literature Exam, Educational Testing Service, Louisville, KY (2007-2008)
AP Reader, AP Literature Exam, Educational Testing Service, Daytona Beach, FL (2003-2006)
Writing Tutor, Writing Center, Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights, MN (Sept. 2001 – May 2002)
Test Scorer, Data Recognition Corp, Minneapolis, MN (June 2000 – Aug. 2000)
Internship, Smith House Press, St. Paul, MN (Summer 1998)
Duties included editing manuscripts, processing orders, and creating a database of journal articles on Fibromyalgia.
Computer Lab Assistant, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD (1994- 1996)
Faculty Development Grant, Rockford College, 900.00, Spring 2015
Faculty Development Grant, Rockford College, 900.00, Spring 2014
Faculty Development Grant, Rockford College, 900.00, Spring 2013
“Literature of the Civil Rights Era.” Freedom Project: Teaching American History Grant – Rockford Public Schools. August 2012. $500.
Faculty Development Grant, Rockford College, 873.36, Spring 2012
Faculty Development Grant, Rockford College, 645.56, Spring 2012
Faculty Development Grant, Rockford College, $789.70, Spring 2011.
Library of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources, $2500.00, Spring 2009/Spring 2010/Spring 2011/Spring 2012.
Individual Faculty Grant, Rockford College, $200.00, December 2010.
Peter Rollins Travel Grant, PCA/ACA National Conference, $500.00, April 2010
Individual Faculty Grant, Rockford College, $300.00, Summer 2009.
Faculty/Student Research Grant, Rockford College, $500.00, Spring 2009
Faculty Development Grant, Rockford College, $1115.00, Spring 2009.
Awards and Honors
“The Jane Addams Center 2010 Last Lecture Winner,” Rockford College. Elected by Student Body vote. $1000.00 stipend, April 2010.
Honorable Mention, “Glimmer Train’s 2009 Family Matters,” for “American Mother.” Glimmer Train, Dec 2010.
Katherine C. Turner Dissertation Fellowship (ASU) 2007-2008
University Graduate Dissertation Fellowship (ASU) 2007-2008
University of St. Thomas Department of English Fellowship – (St. Thomas) 1999-2000
Honorable Mention – AWP National Poetry Competition – “About the Family”
First Place – Augustana Short Story Contest – Venture Magazine
Professional Development Workshop/Courses
Educause Webinar, “Online Learning as a Strategic Asset.” Dec 1, 2010.
Library of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources Workshop. Fall 2008 / Spring 2009
Educause Webinar, “Web 2.0 for the 21st Century Learner.” October 2, 2008.
Multiple Development Seminars, Graduate Scholars of English Association, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2002-2007.
English Department Computing Workshop, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Summer 2003.
ENG 594: Seminar for New Teaching Associates/Assistants, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Fall 2002.
French (basic reading proficiency)
Spanish (basic reading proficiency)
Greek (basic reading proficiency)
Professional Memberships (past and present)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
College Language Association (CLA)
Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)
Popular Culture Association (PCA)
American Culture Association (ACA)
Student Organization Memberships
Graduate Scholars of English Association, ASU (GSEA), 2002-2008.
Available upon request.