Service

SERVICE EXPERIENCE (Academic, Professional, Social/Community, and Administrative)

Organizer/convener.  “Athena” presentation: Conversations in and around the interdisciplinary study of religions.  With presentations by Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter, Sharon Woodill, Robin S. Seelan, and TwoTrees (Matthew S. Haar Farris).  Interdisciplinary Study of Religions section of the annual meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland.  (October 19-21, 2017 forthcoming). 

Horizons Upward Bound Program - Cranbrook summer workshop/instruction, Cranbrook Educational Community (Summers 2015; 2016; 2017).

Committee member, Grizz Writes Committee (Chairs: David Hammontree / Megan Schoen), Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University (Fall 2016 - pres.).

Chair for Category 8 (Reflective Essay/Project) of the Writing Excellence Award competition, Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University (Fall 2016 - pres.).

Committee member, Festival of Writers Exploratory Committee (Co-Chairs: Jennifer Coon and Lauren Rinke), Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University (Fall 2016 - pres.).

Committee member, Technology Committee (Chair: Walli Andersen), Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University (Fall 2015 - pres.).

Founding Chair / Section Leader, Interdisciplinary Study of Religions (ISR) section of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (July 2015 - pres.).  Call for papers

Committee member, Writing Excellence Award competition, Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University (Winter 2013 - pres.)

Faculty Mentor [of Students], Bachelor of Integrative Studies Program, Oakland University, Michigan (Fall 2011- pres.).

Manuscript Reviewer for Michigan Academician, journal of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters (2009-pres.).

Editorial Board Member for Journal of Media Law and Ethics, Marquette Journals/University of Baltimore Law School (2007-pres.).

Manuscript Reviewer for the journal Culture, Theory and Critique, Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group (2016).

Founding Chair / Section Leader / Co-chair, Interdisciplinary Studies, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters (2010-2016).  

• Organized/convened Interdisciplinary Studies section for the annual meeting at Saginaw Valley State University (2011), Alma College (2012), Hope College (2013), Oakland University (2014), Andrews University (2015), Saginaw Valley State University (2016).   Call for papers

Chair for Category 5 (Creative Non-Fiction) of the Writing Excellence Award competition, Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University (Winter 2016).

Committee member, Teaching Awards Committee [for Special Lecturers], Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University (Fall 2015 - Winter 2016).

Pro-bono research consulting for InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit social services 'census' project (Jan 2015 - Oct 2015).

Executive Committee Member-at-Large, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters (Fall 2012 - Fall 2015 [end of 3 year term]).  

Reviewer, Honors College thesis proposal, Honors College, Oakland University (August 2015).

Member, First Year Writing Committee, Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University, Michigan (Fall 2011- Winter 2013; Fall 2014 - Winter 2015).

Chair for Category 1 (Narrative/Personal Essays) of the Writing Excellence Award competition, Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University (Winter 2015).

Co-chair, Teaching Awards Committee, Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University, Michigan (Fall 2014 - Winter 2015).

Parent Coordinator/'Wrangler', Children's International Summer Village (CISV) Helsinki-Detroit Interchange (Spring-Summer 2014).

Reviewer for Personality Theories: A Global View by E. Shiraev (SAGE Publications, 2016) (2014).

Contributing Research/Editorial ConsultingDocuments for &/or with Michael J. McCallion, Director of the Institute for Research on the New Evangelization, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan (2012-2014).

Co-chair with G. Armstrong for Category 4 (WRT 160 Research Projects -- Upper Level) of the Writing Excellence Award competition, Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University (Winter 2014).

Member, Response [to Student Writing] Research Group / Committee, Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University (Fall 2013-Winter 2014).

Co-chair with C. Rorai for Category 3 (WRT 160 Research Essay) of the Writing Excellence Award, Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University (Winter 2013).

Organizer/facilitator with K. Ivanoff, "What's it all about?  An exploration and discussion of the big questions in our lives", Birmingham Unitarian Church, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (October-November 2012). 

Planning Committee, Association for Integrative Studies annual meeting held at Oakland University in October 2012 (Fall 2011- Fall 2012).

Organizer/convener, Nick Sousanis's (Teacher's College, Columbia University) visit and talk/presentation (October 10, 2012) on his comic book dissertation work for the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) theme, "Creative and Critical Minds", sponsored by CAS and the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University, Michigan (2012).

Board Liaison to Students, Michigan Association of Professional Psychologists, Wixom, Michigan (2011-2012).

Reviewer for Psychology textbook and online teaching tools, revised edition, by D. Schacter, D. Gilbert, & D. Wegner (Worth Publishers, 2011) (June 2012).

Organizer/facilitator, "Open Trouble-Shooting Session for Current Obstacles (as you see them) in Your Writing Course" roundtable for annual Spring Conference for the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University (May 1, 2012).

Paper Reviewer for the Association for the Rhetoric of Science & Technology at the national meeting of the National Communication Association (2010; 2012).

Conduct Adviser, Student Conduct Hearing process, Oakland University, Michigan (Fall 2010).

Manuscript reviewer for Transformation in Teaching: Social Media Strategies in Higher Education, Informing Science Press, Santa Rosa, California (2011).

Organizer/facilitator with K. Weiss, "Talking & Listening to Kids" workshop/group, Gateway Counseling Center (Madison Heights, Michigan) and South Oakland YMCA (Royal Oak, Michigan) held at SOYMCA (2011).


Panel Convener for the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion national meeting, Baltimore, Maryland (2010).

Volunteer/Participant in training of phone/online coach for MoodManager, Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago (2010).

• Served as a volunteer participant in order to train an online/phone coach for a pilot program that seeks to prevent and manage depression

Chair/Section Leader, Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters (2009-2010). 

Organized/convened Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences section for the annual meeting at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Reviewer for They Say, I Say, 2nd edition, by G. Graff & C. Birkenstein (Norton, 2010).


Research Associate, Institute for [Social Scientific] Research on the New Evangelization, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit (2007-2010).


• Served as main support for a small social scientific research institute
• Conducted field research, interviews, and surveys at 8 sites with 1000s of individuals
• Conducted both formal/structured interviews and informal/unstructured interviews with approximately 75 individuals in person and by phone
• Co-wrote grant applications and received three grants totaling $40,000

Panel Organizer/Convener for "Observations and Reflections on Religion in Metropolitan Detroit and Beyond" panel for the university theme "Religion and Society" activities (2009-2010), Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan (October 8, 2009).


Library Assistant – Bibliographer/Reference Services, Sacred Heart Major Seminary (2002-2008).

Panel Organizer
for “A Conversation with Daniel C. Dennett's Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon” presentation for the North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) national meeting, Washington DC (2006).

Research Assistant, Institute for Research on the New Evangelization, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit (2005-2007).

Manuscript Reviewer for Communication Theory, Oxford Journals, Oxford University Press, and Blackwell Publishing (2005-2006).

Research Assistant/Indexer for Stephen Happel’s Metaphors for God’s Time in Science and Religion
(Palgrave/Macmillan, 2002), Catholic University of America (2002).

Graduate Student Representative to the School of Religious Studies, Catholic University of America (2000-2001).

Panel Organizer/Convener for “Image(s) and Religion” presentation for the Mid-Atlantic regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Glen Mills, Pennsylvania (2000).

Research and Editorial Assistant for Sandra Lee Dixon’s Augustine: The Scattered and Gathered Self (Chalice Press, 1999), University of Denver (1998).

Interpreter (Spanish/English), Episcopal Medical Mission to Honduras, Santa Barbara, Honduras (1995).

School Librarian, St. John’s School, Puerto Cortés, Honduras (1994-1995).

Also: Numerous volunteer and social research projects at various locations, including Cook County Jail (Chicago), Farmington Correctional Center (penitentiary in Farmington, Missouri), JPUSA shelter for homeless women and children (Chicago), twenty-four hour “homeless experience” for course in Urban Sociology with overnight stay in downtown homeless shelter for men and women (St. Louis), downtown homeless shelter for adults and families (Salt Lake City), Habitat for Humanity project (Virginia Beach), the Pittsburgh Project (Pittsburgh), orphanage for children of parents with AIDS (Honduras) and a variety of nursing home, hospice, and hospital visits (including an AIDS clinic in San Pedro Sula, Honduras).