Curriculum Vitae

ARWEN SPICER

P. O. Box 678
Glen Ellen, CA 95442

EDUCATION

MLIS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2007
Ph.D. in English Literature, literature and environment emphasis, University of Oregon, 2005
MA in English Literature, Sonoma State University, 2000
BA in English Literature, Sonoma State University, 1999
BS in Biology, secondary teaching emphasis, Humboldt State University, 1997

DISSERTATION

Toward Sustainable Change: The Legacy of William Morris, George Bernard Shaw, and H. G. Wells in the Ecological Discourse of Contemporary Science Fiction.

Chair: William Rossi, Ph.D.

In this study, I use the progressionist and non-progressionist discourses in Morris's News from Nowhere, Shaw's Back to Methuselah, Wells's Men Like Gods as reference points for exploring the hybrid discourse of later utopian/dystopian science fiction, a discourse which, I contend, productively promotes socio-ecological sustainability while accepting and embracing socio-ecological change.

MASTER'S THESIS

The War of the World Views: Ecological Discourse in the Science Fiction of H. G. Wells (1895-1904).

Director: Lisa Nakamura, Ph.D.

Tracking the development of Wells's ecological discourse through The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and The Food of the Gods, I argue that these texts articulate a movement away from a definition of ecology based on the fundamental unit of the species toward a definition based on the fundamental unit of the ecosystem.

LIBRARY EXPERIENCE

Intern, Science Library: providing reference service, developing instructional materials to meet ACRL information literacy standards, aiding in collection development, developing subject study guides, digital cataloging, University of Oregon, 2007

Volunteer, Sonoma County Regional Library: shelving, handling reserve materials, assisting patrons as needed, 2006

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Writing 123: Argumentative Writing III: Introduction to academic, argumentative writing and critical reading, stressing research, University of Oregon, 2005

English 104: Introduction of Literature: Fiction: General education course stressing the critical analysis of literary texts, University of Oregon, 2004

Writing 122, Argumentative Writing II: Introduction to academic, argumentative writing and critical reading, University of Oregon, 2003-05

Writing 121, Argumentative Writing I: Introduction to academic, argumentative writing and critical reading, University of Oregon, 2002-04

English 99, Basic Composition: Remedial course in expository writing across the disciplines, Sonoma State University, 1999

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Private tutor (multiple subjects, including reading, writing, grammar, Latin, German, science) 1996-2007 (intermittent)

Specialist Writing Instructor for Chris Picott's accelerated expository writing program for middle school students, St. John the Baptist Catholic School, Healdsburg, California, 2005-2006

Editorial Board of Watcher Junior: An electronic journal of undergraduate Buffy the Vampire Slayer scholarship, 2005

Private tutor (multiple subjects, including reading, writing, grammar, Latin, German, math) 1999-

Teaching assistant for Professor Louise Westling, compiling materials for literature and environment structured emphasis of the doctoral qualifying examination, University of Oregon, English Department, 2001

Reader, commenting on and grading student essays, Santa Rosa Junior College, 2000

Writing Center tutor (one-on-one, groups, ESL), Sonoma State University, 1998-1999

Writing Center tutor for online Basic Composition (CommonSpace), Sonoma State University, 1998

PEDAGOGICAL EDUCATION

Attendee and Presenter at the Composition Conference (composition instructor training), University of Oregon, 2002-04

English 612: Composition Graduate Teaching Fellow Seminar II, University of Oregon, 2002

English 613: Graduate Teaching Fellow Composition Apprenticeship, University of Oregon, 2002

English 595: Special Study: Teaching Shakespeare, Sonoma State University, 2000

English 587: Seminar: Rhetorical Theory (for the college composition classroom), Sonoma State University, 2000

English 491: Seminar in Writing Techniques (for teaching middle school and high school language arts), Sonoma State University, 1998

ACADEMIC and SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS

Contributing Editor, The Shape of Reason: Argumentative Writing in College by John T. Gage, 4th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2006.

Co-author, Instructors' Manual for The Shape of Reason: Argumentative Writing in College by John T. Gage, 4th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2006.

"'It's Bloody Brilliant!': The Undermining of Metanarrative Feminism in the Season Seven Arc Narrative of Buffy." Slayage: The On-line International Journal of Buffy Studies. 15 (2004). http://www.slayage.tv.

"Enthymeme Diagraming: Uses and Limitations." Componere: Policies, Resources, Pedagogies, and Perspectives for Teachers of Composition. University of Oregon, 2003-04. 104-07.

"Love's Bitch but Man Enough to Admit It: Spike's Hybridized Gender." Slayage: The On-line International Journal of Buffy Studies. 7 (2002). http://www.slayage.tv.

"An Ecological Ideology: The Specter of an Ecological Discourse in The Food of the Gods." The Undying Fire: Journal of the H. G. Wells Society, the Americas. 1 (2002): 65-75.

ONGOING PUBLICATIONS

Regular writer for LISNews. (Library news blog). http://lisnews.org, 2007-

"Arwen’s Analysis: Reflections on Narrative, Character, and Fandom." Column. Genre-Commentary.com. http://genre-commentary.com, 2006.

CREATIVE PUBLICATIONS

"God of Lemons." Challenging Destiny. 25 (2007). Forthcoming. Short story.

"The End." Timberline. 17 (2004): 27-28. Poem.

Perdita. Glen Ellen, CA: Wooded Hill Press, 2001. An eco-science fiction novel.

"Geoffrey Enters the Information Age." Zaum 4 (2000): 69. Poem.

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

Cultural Studies:

"'It's Bloody Brilliant': The Undermining of Metanarrative Feminism in the Season Seven Arc Narrative of Buffy." The Slayage Conference on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Nashville, TN. May 28-30, 2004.

Composition:

"Giving Students a Stake: Student-chosen Content in the Composition Classroom." Sounding Out: Univeristy of Oregon Composition Conference, September 21-24, 2004.

"Enthymeme Diagraming: Uses and Limitations." Composition Conference, University of Oregon, 2003.

"Applying Aristotle in the Internet Age: The Multimedia Argumentative Essay." Composition Conference, University of Oregon, 2002.

ACADEMIC HONORS AND AWARDS

Graduate School Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2006-2007

Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon, 2002-2005

English doctoral oral examination, pass with distinction, University of Oregon, 2004

English qualifying examination, British Literature after 1789, pass with distinction, University of Oregon, 2002

Jane Campbell Krohn Fellowship for studies in literature and environment, University of Oregon, 2001-2002

BA summa cum laude (English literature), Sonoma State University, 1999

BS summa cum laude (Biology), Humboldt State University, 1997

ACADEMIC SERVICE AND POSITIONS

Listowner for the Mesaverde Mailing List for studies in Literature and Environment, 2003-05

Graduate Student Committee, University of Oregon, 2004-05

Vice-president, Alpha Zeta Omega, the Sonoma State University chapter of the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, 1999-2000

Organizer and facilitator for an open forum discussion: The Ethics of Animal Experimentation, Sonoma State University, October 1998

Organizer for the Interfaith Festival, Humboldt State University, February 1997

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Blogger for library and information science related issues http://arwen-spicer.livejournal.com, 2007-

Facebook social networking account http://www.facebook.com/p/Arwen_Spicer/804500318, 2007-

Founder and maintainer of StarMerrow Science Fiction and Fantasy http://www.starmerrow.com, a community of speculative fiction writers and artists interested in alternative publishing and progressive copyright, 2005-

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), 2005-

Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA), 2007-