Kacie L. Wills
PH.D., ENGLISH, University of California, Riverside, conferred September, 2018.
Dissertation: Fancy, Spectacle, and the Materiality of the Romantic Imagination in Pacific Exploration Culture. Examines non-canonical material culture surrounding the Cook voyages—representations of indigeneity, women’s collections, and exploration journals and narratives—to enliven the definition of “fancy” in Romantic poetry.
Committee: Dr. Adriana Craciun, Dr. Fuson Wang, and Dr. George Haggerty
M.A., ENGLISH, California State University, Long Beach, conferred September, 2013.
Thesis: “The Palate of my mind”: Eating, Drinking, and the Formation of a Negatively Capable Identity in the Poetry of John Keats.
Committee: Dr. Beth Lau, Dr. Paul Gilmore, and Dr. Neil Hultgren
B.F.A., CREATIVE WRITING, Chapman University, conferred January, 2009.
Magna cum Laude.
Exploring the Collections of Sarah Sophia Banks (digital project) sarahsophiabanks.com
“Wherever the Unknown is sown with stars: Keats and the Creative Imagination,” Keats Letters Project. Oct. 8, 2018.
“Visualizing Sarah Sophia Banks's African Coin Collection,” Electronic Book Review. (forthcoming: Winter, 2020)
“Visualizing the Indigenous Pacific,” The Edinburgh Companion to Romanticism and the Arts. Edinburgh University Press. (forthcoming: Fall, 2020)
“Romantic Fancy in the Context of Pacific Exploration,” The Keats-Shelley Journal. (under review)
"Re-Thinking 'Melodramatic Simplification': An Examination of the Deathbed Tableau Arrangements in Charles Dickens’s Bleak House." Watermark 7 (2013): 21-39.
“Occupying the Third Space in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Finding a Fluid Identity in Otherworldliness, Ugliness, and the Grandeur of Monstrosity.” Watermark 6 (2012): 79-93.
“For My Uncle.” Rip Rap 33 (2011): 40-44. “Re-Incarnation as Paper.” Elephant Tree (2009): 16-17.
Awards and Honors:
Keats-Shelley Association of America Pforzheimer Research Grant: 2019.
The Huntington Library Dibner Fellowship: 2019.
UCR Alumni Graduate Research Award, UCR: 2017
Humanities Graduate Student Research Grant, Center for Ideas and Society, UCR: 2017
Outstanding Teaching Assistant, University Writing Program, UCR: 2015.
Department of English Graduate Essay Contest Award Winner, UCR: 2015.
Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Recipient, CSULB: 2014-2018.
Distinguished Graduate Student, CSULB: 2013.
Graduate Dean’s List Nominee, CSULB: 2013.
Chapman University’s Wilkinson College of Letters and Sciences Mel Watson Award for Creative and Scholarly Excellence: 2009.
“Fiction and Fancy: Literary Responses to Cook’s Pacific Encounters.” (forthcoming) BARS, Nottingham, July, 2019.
“Interfaces and Exploration: IIIF and the Scrapbook of Sarah Sophia Banks.” ASECS, Chicago, March, 2019.
“Mapping Sarah Sophia Banks’s Numismatic Collection.” DHSI, Victoria, BC, Canada. June, 2018.
“’An old maid on a journey’: The Collection of Sarah Sophia Banks.” RSAA, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. February, 2017.
“Oh Me Omai: Aesthetic Value, Polish, and the Tattooed Surface.” Paper presented at NAVSA, Phoenix, Arizona. November, 2016.
“The Permeable Body in Romantic and Victorian Literature.” Special Session Chair at PAMLA, Pasadena, California. November, 2016.
“’Figured more by fancy than by custom’: Omai’s Tattoos and the Performance of ‘Polish’.” Paper presented at NASSR, University of California, Berkeley. August, 2016.
“’Telescoping of the past through the present”: Understanding the Body, Measurement, and Experience in the Personal Narrative Alexander von Humboldt through the Lens of Walter Benjamin.” Paper presented at VISAWUS, the Sheraton Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado. October, 2015.
“Framing the Logic of Elimination: Assimilation and the Native American Male Body in Early Photography.” Paper presented at the British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference at the Hilton Desoto, Savannah, Georgia. February, 2015.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BRITISH LITERATURE beginning August, 2019
- Will be responsible for developing a program for the study of British Literature
- Will work with faculty and administration to develop DH projects across campus
INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALIST July, 2018-April, 2019
Lane Community College
- Early Outreach and Referral: worked with a team of faculty, instructional specialists, and coordinators to create an early alert program to provide support for at-risk students at the college.
- Designed and ran workshops for students on multi-modal writing and professionalization.
- Participated in the hiring process for new instructional specialists.
UC, Riverside Fall, 2014-Spring, 2017
Department of English
- English 20A (Intro to British Literature)
- Lecture: Sex, Drugs, and Poetry: P.B. Shelley and the Romantics
- English 166T (English Romanticism Studies)
- Lecture: Physicality and Fancy in Charlotte Smith’s Beachy Head
- English 134 (American Literature after 1945: the 1950’s)
- Lecture: Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and My Life as a Literary Fangirl
- English 128 (Major Authors, Jane Austen)
- Lecture: Fashion and the Female Body in Northanger Abbey
University Writing Program
- English 1A (Beginning Composition)
- foundations for rhetorical thinking: profiling, performing research, finding common ground.
- English 1B (Intermediate Composition)
- mastering modes of writing: problem/solution, exploring causes, defending a position.
- English 1C (Applied Intermediate Composition)
- encouraging digital literacy: connecting with non-canonical literary “texts” (The Travels of Hildebrand Bowman, productions of eighteenth-century popular culture, representations of indigeneity across mediums), utilizing digital tools like Omeka to construct archives that encourage a contextual understanding of texts by including both canonical and non-canonical material.
Writing Across the Curriculum--Writing Seminar Designer and Instructor
- Business 100W (Management Writing and Communication)
- collaborative workshop development, innovative approaches to writing instruction, reaching across disciplines and honing practical skills.
- Graduate Students in English Association, Vice President (2015-2016): participated in department and school-wide meetings to establish program policies, worked with student union on issues of equity, helped to create an inclusive environment for graduate students in our department.
- Disjunctions Interdisciplinary Conference, Chair (2015): built an environment for creative and scholarly collaboration across graduate departments at UC, Riverside and beyond, managed conference presentations and program budget and planning, coordinated with keynote speakers and scholars across the country.
ADJUNCT/PT ENGLISH INSTRUCTOR
Linn-Benton Community College Fall, 2017-Spring, 2019
- WR 122 (Argumentation)--Online
- multimodal argument: developed skills of rhetorical analysis, reasoning, and thesis formation across a variety of digital mediums.
- adapted material and taught multiple sections of this course online.
- WR 121 (English Composition)
- inclusion and innovation: using Snapchat and digital mediums to defy the single story narrative, student-interest-driven exploratory research, rhetorical strategies and argument from multiple perspectives
- WR 227 (Technical Writing)
- developing professionalism: writing with practical application, emphasis on audience and purpose, communication across disciplines and professions.
- Served on Curriculum Committee.
- Collaborated with faculty to write Open Educational Resource Composition Handbook.
- Faculty liaison for Degree Partnership OSU student Registration.
Moreno Valley College Spring, 2016-Spring, 2017
- English 1A (Composition II)
- a multi-perspective approach to writing: literary analysis, critical examination of bias, honing rhetorical thinking and research skills to develop sound argument.
- English 1B (Critical Thinking and Writing)
- building a literary autobiography: establishing personal connections with literature, encouraging curiosity to spark research and literature-based argument.
- Writing and Reading Center instructor
- metacognitive approaches to writing instruction: student-driven sessions, emphasis on reflection and application, work with students from diverse language and learning backgrounds, developed tools for tackling ELL challenges.
- Drove initiatives to move away from English remediation courses and toward student self-placement.
Golden West College Fall, 2013-Spring, 2016
- English 099 (Composition I)
- English 100 (English Composition)
- English 110 (Critical Thinking through Literature)
- othering and monstrosity: utilized concepts and theories of monstrosity in literature to explore issues of identity, equity, and inclusion.
- Writing and Reading Center instructor
California State University, Long Beach Fall, 2012-2013
- English 100 (Composition II)
- authorship and outreach: embracing the identity of the author, utilizing writing to tackle issues of social justice, writing in our communities.
- English 100S (Composition I)
- English Graduate Student Association, (2012-2013): planned and organized workshops for graduate students, coordinated annual interdisciplinary conference.
- American Literature Editor, Watermark VI (2012); International/Diaspora Literature Editor, Watermark VII (2013)
- Participated in Department-wide norming for English 100S.
AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAM READER
Tampa, Florida June, 2017
SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTOR/MULTIDISCIPLINARY TUTOR
Long Beach City College Fall, 2012-Summer, 2013
- worked with non-traditional students, ELL students, and students overcoming great hurdles to pursue their education.
Quality Autism Services February, 2011-August, 2014
- three years of work with children with Autism established my passion for student equity and for the creation of inclusive learning environments.
A Family for Every Child, Eugene, Oregon Summer, 2018-Spring, 2019
- mentor foster children and at-risk youth in the community, helping them to pursue their educational and personal goals
Mother Teresa Home for Dying Destitutes, Jaipur India Summer, 2009