Thomas J. McLaren
http://tommclaren.com

Education

    Doctoral Candidate in English: Literature and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
    Specialization: The Black Arts Movement. Minor Fields: 20th Century American Drama and Postcolonial Theory.
    Director: Dr. Mike Sell. (Expected Date of Completion: Spring 2008). Summa Cum Laude.

    Master of Arts in Communication, California University of Pennsylvania. Thesis: A Rhetorical Analysis of Motherwell’s
    Dada Poets & Painters. Director: Dr. George Yochum. (2003). Magna Cum Laude.
 
    Bachelor of Arts in English: Professional Writing, California University of Pennsylvania (1996). Cum Laude.
 
    Associate of Arts in English/Communications, Community College of Allegheny County. (1994). Honors.

Experience

    Fooyin University, Kaohsiung, ROC, 2007-Present
    Department of Foreign Language
    Lecturer
    Courses Taught: English Conversation III, English Conversation VII: Presentation and Communication Skills,
    English Conversation IX: Speech, Advanced Listening and Speaking III, Professional English Writing I,
    English Writing VII, Literature and Movie
 
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2006-2007
    English Department
    Teaching Associate
    Courses Taught: Research Writing, Humanities Literature

    Robert Morris University, 2005-2007
    Communication Skills Program
    Lecturer
    Courses Taught: Intercultural Communication, Reading and Writing Strategies, Public Speaking and Persuasion  

    Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal, Fall 2004-Spring 2005
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Graduate Assistant: Communication, Clerical, and Editorial Work

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2003-2004
    Graduate Assistant English Department: Research Assistant and Newsletter Editor

    Kyungpook National University, July 2001-July 2002
    Daegu, ROK
    Language Institute
    Instructor

    California University of Pennsylvania, 1997-1999
    University Writing Center
    Graduate Assistant/Peer Tutor

Academic Publications

    “Making Invention Fun: Play in the Process-Based Creative Writing Classroom.” Proceedings: Graduate
    English Society Conference: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, February 2003.

    “A Rhetorical Analysis of this Summer’s Napster Controversy.” Proceedings: English Association of
    Pennsylvania State Universities Conference, October 2002.

    “Jack Kerouac and The Art of Poetry.” Proceedings: English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities
    Conference, October 1999.

Popular Publications

    “Extreme Heavy Bag Training.” Martial Arts Training, May 2000.
 
    “Gracious Hedonists.” Flipside, Fall 1995.

Presentations
 
    “On the Origins of Contrastive Rhetoric.” Pennsylvania Communication Association Conference, October 2006.

    “Lorraine Hansberry as a Radical Nationalist.” Africa and Its Diaspora: Interrogating Cultural Identities and Performance,
    The DuBois~Nkrumah~Dunham Annual Conference, University of Pittsburgh, March 2006

    “NeoAristolean Interpretations of Lorraine Hansberry’s The Drinking Gourd.” Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Graduate Conference, February 2006.

    “Third World Storm: Askia Toure’s Struggles against the West in ‘Afro-American Youth and the Bandung World.”
    English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Conference, October 2005.

    “Matsuda and Ying on the Origins of Contrastive Rhetoric.” Three Rivers TESOL Fall Conference, University of Pittsburgh, October 2005.

    “Mel Gibson's Theater of Cruelty.” Indiana University of Pennsylvania Graduate Conference, February 2005.

    “Cultural, Political, and Ethical Implications of the Teaching English as a Missionary Language as presented in the Popular and Academic Press.”
    Three Rivers TESOL Fall Conference, University of Pittsburgh, October 2004.

    “Hooper X and the Commodification of the Black Aesthetic.” English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Conference, October 2004.

    “Anchoring Session Issues Using an Audience Awareness Scoring Rubric.” Conference on College Composition and Communication,
    San Antonio, March 2004,coauthor with David Zuzak.

    “Artaud’s Cruelty as Invention in the Process-Based Creative Writing Classroom.” Pennsylvania College English Association Conference, March 2004.
 
    “Having Our Cake and Eating It, Too.” Indiana University of Pennsylvania Graduate Conference, February 2004.
 
    “Conversational Analysis of an Anchoring Session to Establish Inter-rater Reliability.” Indiana University of Pennsylvania Graduate Conference,
    February 2004, coauthor with David Zuzak.

    “Literary Adaptation as Invention in the Processed-Based Creative Writing Classroom.” English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Conference,
    October 2003.
 
    “Film and Film Technique as Invention in the Processed-Based Creative Writing Classroom.” Graduate English Association Conference:
    Georgia State University, Atlanta, September 2003.
 
    “Making Invention Fun: Play in the Process-Based Creative Writing Classroom.” Graduate English Society Conference: Texas Tech University, Lubbock,
    February 2003.
 
    “Dada’s Revolt against the Status Quo.” Presented via Proxy by Professor Lotte Larsen, Western Oregon University. Popular Culture Association Annual
    Conference, Philadelphia, April 2001.
 
    “A Rhetorical Analysis of this Summer’s Napster Controversy.” English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Conference, October 2000.
 
    “Crushfreak.” English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Conference, October 2000.
 
    “Jack Kerouac and The Art of Poetry." English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Conference, October 1999.

Awards

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania School of Graduate and Research Studies Travel Grant, October 2006.

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania School of Graduate and Research Studies Travel Grant, October 2004.

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania School of Graduate and Research Studies Travel Grant, October 2004.

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania School of Graduate and Research Studies Travel Grant, October 2003.
 
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania School of Graduate and Research Studies Travel Grant, September 2003.

    California University of Pennsylvania School of Graduate and Research Studies Travel Grant, October 1999.
 
    California University of Pennsylvania Presidential Scholar, May 1996.

    Finalist in Pittsburgh Press National Library Week Poetry Contest, Local Winner, 1992.

Professional Memberships

    Three Rivers TESOL
    Pennsylvania Communication Association
    IUP English Graduate Organization

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