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David Tomkins

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Writing

Contact Information
E-mail: dtomkins@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1980
Office: JEF 150

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Curriculum Vitae
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Assitant Professor (Teaching) of Writing, University of Southern California, 06/01/2012-  
Lecturer, USC, Writing Program, 08/15/2009-  
Assistant Lecturer, USC, Writing Program, 2008-2009   
Assistant Lecturer, USC, SummerTIME Writing Program, Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, 05/15/2007-08/01/2007  
Assistant Lecturer, USC, Thematic Option Honors Program, 2005-2006   
Assistant Lecturer, USC, Writing Program, 2004-2005   
Assistant Lecturer, USC, Writing Program, 2000-2003  
Assistant Lecturer, University of North Texas, English Department, 1998-1999   
 

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

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

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Dr. Tomkins conducts research in the areas of Twentieth-Century American & British literature; Nineteenth-Century American & British literature; History & Literature of the American West; American & British Literary Modernism; Film studies; Mythology & myth studies; Material & visual culture; Gender studies; Rhetoric & Composition; & Writing Pedagogy.
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"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). After Interdisciplinarity. American Literature.
 

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

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

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

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

Review Panels

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-  
 

Other Service to the University

Reviewer of articles submitted for publication, Journal of Narrative Theory, East Michigan University , Fall 2011   
 

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

Conference on College Communication and Composition, 2010-2011   
Modern Language Association, 2010-2011   
National Council of Teachers orf English, 2010-2011   
 
 
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