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David Tomkins

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing

Contact Information
E-mail: dtomkins@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-7994
Office: JEF 150

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Curriculum Vitae
 

Education

Ph.D. English, University of Southern California, 5/2009
M.A. English, University of North Texas, 8/1999
B.A. English, University of North Texas, 7/1997
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing, University of Southern California, 06/01/2015-  
Assitant Professor (Teaching) of Writing, University of Southern California, 06/01/2012-  
Lecturer, USC, Writing Program, 08/15/2009-  
 

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Professor, Cardinal English, South Central Scholars Summer Academy, 2013-  
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Risk Analysis: What Exactly Do We Mean by "Advanced Writing," and Should We Fear the Answer?", Conference on College Composition and Communication, Talk/Oral Presentation, Tampa, FL, Invited, Spring 2015   
"Curriculum Design, Institutional Relevance, and the Non-Tenure Track Writing Professor", Conference on College Composition and Communication, Talk/Oral Presentation, Indianapolis, IN, Invited, Spring 2014   
"Civic Engagement and the Web-based College Essay", Conference on College Composition and Communication, Talk/Oral Presentation, Las Vegas, NV, Invited, Spring 2013   
"Castles, Cowboys, and the California Central Coast", Modern Language Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Los Angeles, CA, Spring 2011   
""This Perennial Rebirth": Reappraising Willa Cather's Frontier Nostalgia", Modernist Studies Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Long Beach, CA, Fall 2007   
"Ernest Hemingway's Materiality of Absence", American Literature Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, San Francisco, CA, Spring 2006   
""On the Solid Earth": Myth, Materialism, and the Appropriation of Origins in Willa Cather's _The Professor's House_", Northeast Modern Language Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Pittsburgh, PA, Spring 2004   
"Cool Heads Prevail: Narrative Structure and the Performance of the Western Hero", 5th Congress of the Americas, Talk/Oral Presentation, Puebla, Mexico, Fall 2001   
 

Publications

Book Review

Tomkins, D. S. (2013). Review essay on Christopher J. Lukasik’s Discerning Characters: The Culture of Appearance in Early America (Penn 2011), Nathalie op de Beeck’s Suspended Animation: Children’s Picture Books and the Fairy Tale of Modernity (Minnesota 2010), and Mark J. Noonan’s Reading the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine: American Literature and Culture, 1870-1893 (Kent State 2010). American Literature, Duke UP.
Tomkins, D. S. (2009). Review of Mark Wollaeger's _Moderism, Media, and Propaganda: British Narrative from 1900 to 1945. European Legacy.
Tomkins, D. S. (2008). Review essay on Jonathan Ellis’s Art and Memory in the Work of Elizabeth Bishop (Ashgate 2006), Brian M. Reed’s Hart Crane After His Lights (Alabama UP 2006), and Lytle Shaw’s Frank O’Hara: The Poetics of Coterie (Iowa UP 2006). American Literature. Vol. 80 No. 2, June 2008. American Literature.
 

Encyclopedia Article

Tomkins, D. S. (2006). Introduction to John O'Hara's Appointment in Samarra. (Abby H.P. Werlock, Ed.). New York: The Facts on File Companion to the American Novel.
Tomkins, D. S. (2006). Introduction to Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel. (Abby H.P. Werlock, Ed.). New York: The Facts on File Companion to the American Novel.
 

Journal Article

Tomkins, D. S. (2008). The "Lost Generation" and the Generation of Loss: Ernest Hemingway's Materiality of Absence and The Sun Also Rises. Modern Fiction Studies. Vol. 54 (4), pp. 744-765.
 
 

Honors and Awards

NTT Faculty Devlopment Grant ($1,200 for conference participation), Spring 2015   
USC Shoah Foundation 2014-15 Teaching Fellow ($2,500 for course development) , Fall 2014   
NTT Faculty Development Grant ($1,500 for conference participation), Spring 2014   
Course Continuity in a Crisis (C3) Grant, USC Center for Scholarly Technology ($20,000 awarded to team of four Writing Program faculty), Spring 2012   
Spring 2011 Learning Environments (LE) Incentive Grant , Spring 2011   
College Merit Award, 2006-2007  
Mellon Foundation Award for Excellence in Mentoring, 2006-2007   
Marta Feuchtwanger Merit Award, 2003-2004  
 

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Dornsife Faculty Council, Elected Member, 2015-2018  
Dornsife Non-Tenure Track Faculty Caucus, Appointed Co-Chair , 2015-2018  
Writing Program Faculty Mentor, 2013-2015  
Coordinator for Writing 150 (Health and Healing), Writing Program Worked collaboratively with Writing Program administrators and faculty to devise a curricular and logistical model for a newly proposed Writing 150 "Health and Healing" thematic ahead of a Fall 2013 deadline. Tasks included creating, Spring 2013   
Lead Coordinator, Writing Program, USC Worked collaboratively with other Writing Program faculty and administrators to devise new logistical/curricular model for coordination between Social Issues courses and lower-division writing courses. Facilitating link between four social issues courses and s, 2011-2012   
Program Coordinator, Writing Program. Position involves mentoring Incoming Assistant Lecturers (IALs), advising them on assignment, lesson, and professional development, and facilitating link between Assistant Lecturers and Social Issues Professors and Teaching Assistants., 2009-2011  
 

Committees

Member, Writing Program Lower-Division Curriculum Committee, 2015-2016   
Chair, Writing 340 Review & Development Committee, 2014-2015  
Member, Curriculum and Pedagogy Committee, Writing Program, 2011-2012  
Member, Professional Development Committee, Writing Program, 2011-2012  
 

Review Panels

USC Undergraduate Writer's Conference, Creative, Spring 2015   
USC Undergraduate Writer's Conference, Research, Spring 2014   
USC Undergraduate Writer's Conference, Moral/Professional, Spring 2013   
USC Undergraduate Writers' Conference, Moral/Professional, Spring 2012   
 

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Curricular Research Committee, South Central Scholars Foundation (affiliated with USC), 2013-  
 

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

Conference on College Communication and Composition, 2010-  
National Council of Teachers orf English, 2010-  
Modern Language Association, 2001-  
 
 

Reviewer for Publication

Studies in the Novel, University of North Texas, Reviewer of articles submitted for publication. , 2014-2015   
JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory, Eastern Michigan University, Reviewer of articles submitted for publication., 2010-2011   
 
 
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