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English and Philosophy
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Ph.D. English University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1982.
M.A. English Ohio State University, Columbus,1974.
B.A. English University of Illinois, Champaign, 1972.
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND AWARDS
Co-Editor. Extrapolation (peer-reviewed, scholarly journal), 2007 to present. Member, editorial board 2002-2007.
Thomas D. Clareson Award winner for Distinguished Service to the Field of Science Fiction, 2007
Co-Editor, two special issues of Extrapolation Multiculturalism and Race (Fall 2005) and Le Guin, Winter 2006.
Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book about Science Fiction. The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, ed. by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn. This includes my essay "Science Fiction and Biology," co-authored with Joan Slonzewski
Co-Editor, special issue of The Lion and the Unicorn (scholarly journal), Young Adult Science Fiction, April 2004.
President, International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, 2004-2007, Past President 2007-2010, Vice President 2003-2004.
Advisory Board, Center for the Study of Science Fiction, 2004 to present.
Columnist, "Voyages" VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates), a magazine for YA librarians, Fall 2005 to present.
President, Science Fiction Research Association, 2001-2002. Past President 2002-2004. Treasurer, 1997-2000.
University Sabbatical, 2002
Nominated for the University of Wisconsin--Stout Outstanding Researcher Award, 2001.
Maybelle Ranney Price Professorship, 1999-2000. Endowed position awarded to a faculty member doing outstanding work in the area of education.
University Sabbatical, 1997
Co-Director and Head of Programming, Science Fiction Research Association Annual Conference, Eau Claire, WI, 1996
Contributing Editor, Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review Annual. Westport, CN: Meckler Publishing, 1987- 1992.
The Moon Pool by A. Merritt. Wesleyan University Press, 2004. Scholarly edition.
Portrayal of South East Asian Refugees in Recent American Children's Books. .Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2000. Critical study.
Natalie Babbitt. Boston: Twayne, 1991. Critical study.
Modern Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Study Guide (with Patricia C. Hodgell), 1986. 3rd edition, rev. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Extension, 1994.
"Octavia Butler" in Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction, ed. Sherryl Vint, et al. Routledge, forthcoming 2009.
"1980-1992" in The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, ed. Sherryl Vint, et al. Routledge, forthcoming 2009.
“A Non-Believer Reads Religious Fantasy,”First Opinions—Second Reactions. Purdue e-Pub, http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/fosr/ (2009) Invited opinion piece in scholarly e-journal.
“Brian Doyle: Class and Cash on Easy Avenue" (2008) www.childlitassn.org/phoenix_award_papers.html
“Margaret Mahy’s Liminal Spaces: Moments of Transformation in The Changeover" (2008) www.childlitassn.org/phoenix_award_papers.html
“A Great New Work” or “Demon-Trap”: Attitudes Towards Technology in Philip Pullman’s The Shadow in the North” (2008) www.childlitassn.org/phoenix_award_papers.html
"Transcendence in David Almond's Wild Girl, Wild Boy." New York Review of Science Fiction, 2008.
"Images of Masculinity in the Recent Fiction of David Almond." Foundation; The International Review of Science Fiction, 2008.
"Science Fiction" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, ed. Jack Zipes. London: Oxford UP, 2006.
"The Sublimation of Real Life: Malls, Shopping, and Advertising in Recent YA SF," New York Review of Science Fiction, 2006.
Two chapters of The Anatomy of Wonder, 5th edition, ed. by Neil Barron, Scarecrow, 2005. One chapter in the 4th edition.
"Full Tide of Night: J. R. Dunn's Science Fictional Retelling of The Duchess of Malfi. " Extrapolation, 2003.
They Thought We were Dead, and They were Wrong,' Children and Salvation in David Almond's Kit's Wilderness." Foundation: The International Review of SF, 2003.
"`The Joy that Lies Beneath,' Children and Salvation in David Almond's Skellig." Foundation: The International Review of SF, 2003.
"Science Fiction and Biology" (with Joan Slonczewski). The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, ed. by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn. London: Cambridge UP, 2003.
"What if your Fairy Godmother Were an Ox? The Many Cinderellas of Southeast Asia and their Presentation in English-Language Picture Book Format." The Lion and the Unicorn, 2000.
"Refugees and Immigrants: The Southeast Asian Experience as Depicted in Recent American Children’s Books." The Lion and the Unicorn, 1999.
"Annotated Bibliography: History and Criticism." Young Adult Science Fiction. Ed. C. W. Sullivan III. Greenwood, 1999. 80 page annotated bibliography.
"Young Adult Science Fiction as Bildungsroman." Young Adult Science Fiction. Ed. C. W. Sullivan III. Greenwood, 1999.
"Ophelia Triumphant: The Survival of Adolescent Girls in Recent SF by Butler and Womack" Foundation: The International Review of SF, 1998.
"Lois Lowry's The Giver: Interrupted Bildungsroman or Ambiguous Dystopia?" Foundation: The International Review of SF, 1997.
"Selected Bibliography of Criticism." Science Fiction for Young Readers. Ed. C. W.Sullivan III. Greenwood, 1993.
"Paradise Lost in Northern Wisconsin." Approaches to Paradise Lost. Ed. Galbraith M.Crump. Modern Language Association, 1986.
"Who, What, and Why? Character Motivation in Doctor Who." Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 1985.
Interviews and Journalism
"An Interview with Terry Pratchett." Publishers Weekly on-line, 2008.
"An Interview with Dan Simmons." SFRA Review, 2003.
"The Iliad as Science Fiction: PW Talks with Dan Simmons." Publishers Weekly, 2003.
"An Interview with Greg Bear." SFRA Review, 2003.
"An Interview with Jeff VanderMeer." SFRA Review, 2003.
"An Interview with John Gregory Betancourt." SFRA Review, 2003.
"The Shape of Kids to Come: PW Talks with Greg Bear." Publishers Weekly, 2003.
"Underground Author Rises to the Surface: PW Talks with Jeff VanderMeer." Publishers Weekly, 2003.
"May 7, 2002: Three Wisconsin Fantasies." New York Review of Science Fiction, 2002.
"PW Talks with John Gregory Betancourt." Publishers Weekly, 2002.
"Maureen McHugh: An Interview." SFRA Review, 2001.
"PW Talks with Maureen McHugh." Publishers Weekly, 2001.
"Joan Slonczewski: An Interview." SFRA Review, 1998.
"Who Killed Science Fiction? A Spectrum of Responses." New York Review of Science Fiction, 1997. One of six respondents.
"George R. R. Martin: An Interview." SFRA Review, 1997
"The Electric Eggs: The Future of Open Access." Kaleidoscope, The International Magazine of Literature, Fine Arts and Disability, 1997.
"Lois McMaster Bujold: Science Fiction and Disability." Kaleidoscope, The International Magazine of Literature, Fine Arts and Disability, 1997.
"George R. R. Martin: I Want to Provide a Journey We Haven't Taken Before." Publishers Weekly, 1996.
"A Certain Inherent Kindness: An Interview with Lois McMaster Bujold." SFRA Review, 1995.
"From Darkness to Light: Judy Chicago's Holocaust Project" (with Sandra J. Lindow). Kaleidoscope, The International Magazine of Literature, Fine Arts and Disability,1994.
University of Wisconsin--Stout, Menomonie. Professor, 1990, Associate Professor 1987, Assistant Professor 1985, Lecturer 1980, teaching Children's Literature, Adolescent Literature, Business Writing, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Writing Practicum for Early Childhood Educators, Shakespeare, Freshman Composition and Literature.
University of Wisconsin in Scotland, Dakleith, UK. Fall Semester 2000. Teaching courses in Children’s Literature, Science Fiction, and Business Writing.
University of Minnesota Extension. Science Fiction Radio Course, 1980. Course