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Dr. Brennan Thomas

Brennan Thomas

Title: Assistant Professor of English
School: Arts & Letters
Academic Department: Literature and Languages
Phone: 814-471-1111
E-mail: bthomas@francis.edu
Office Location: Scotus Hall 321

Education

  • Ph.D. (Rhetoric and Composition) Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH (2006)
  • M.A. (English) University of Dayton, Dayton, OH (2002)
  • B.S. (Communications Education) Miami University, Oxford, OH (2000)

Biography

Dr. Brennan Thomas teaches courses in first-year writing and writing pedagogy as well as a first-year seminar on the animated films of Disney and Pixar Studios. She directs the university’s writing center, for which she trains and supervises all writing tutors. Dr. Thomas also tutors in the center several hours each week during the spring and fall semesters and edits the center’s website content and quarterly newsletter, The Write Times.

Her research interests include writing center administration and popular media studies. She has published scholarly articles on the social, political and consumerist elements of the films A Christmas Story, Bambi, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as well as the television series South Park.

Academic Publications
  • “‘The Holy Grail of Christmas Gifts’: Child Empowerment via Consumerism in A Christmas Story.” Red Feather Journal: An International Journal of Children’s Visual Culture 4.1 (2013): 1-11.
  • “On Stage(s): Poetics, Performance, and Graduate Student Professionalization.” Principles & Practices: Discourse for the Vertical Curriculum. Ed. Margaret M. Strain. New York: Hampton Press, 2012.
  • “Reaching Out, Writing Together: Program Initiatives in Writing Exam Preparation.” Southern Discourse: Publication of the Southeastern Writing Center Association 17.1 (2012): 18-20.
  • “A Forest Fable: Elements of Allegory and Americana in Disney’s Bambi.” Americanization of History: Conflation of Time and Culture in Film and Television. Ed. Kathleen McDonald. Cambridge, 2011.
  • “Death of an Icon, Wrath of a Fan.” On the Verge of Tears: Reflections of Crying. Eds. David Lavery and Michele Byers. Cambridge, 2011.
  • “Facts, Fatsos, and Fascism: South Park’s Deconstruction of Anti-Tobacco Legislation.” The Deep End of South Park: Critical Essays on TV’s Shocking Cartoon Series. Eds. Leslie Stratyner and James R. Keller. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009.
  • “Technology and Trust: Pedagogical Implications of Plagiarism Detection Sites.” Teaching Writing with Technology. Eds. Maria Clayton and Terry Carter. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2008.
  • Writing Teacher Anxiety: A Pilot Study. 2007.
Academic Conference Presentations
  • “‘Like the Back of Her Hand’: (Mis)Identified Desires in Neil Gaiman’s and Henry Selick’s Coraline.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. November 2013.
  • “Yes, Friends Are Casualties of Life (and Graduate School).” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. November 2013.
  • “The Three Ds of Writing Center Traffic Control: Deepen, Direct, and Drive.” Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association Conference. California University of Pennsylvania. April 2013.
  • “To Meet Growing Demands: Building a Bigger, Better Tutor Training Program.” Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. February 2013.
  • “‘If Only People Would Take the Time to Get to Know a Wolf’: Humanizing the Big Bad Wolf in Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Durham, North Carolina. November 2012.
  • “‘Extra! Extra!’: Writing Center Newsletters as Signifiers/Agents of Change.” Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference. Shippensburg University. March 2012.
  • “Newsletter Snapshots: Images and Imagery of Peer-Tutor Collaboration.” Poster Session. Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference. Shippensburg University. March 2012.
  • “Problem-Based Learning Projects for Linked First-Year Composition Courses.” Half-Day Workshop. Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO. March 2012.
  • “‘Let’s Start from Scratch’: Rebuilding a Writing Center Website through Tutor Collaboration.” Southeastern Writing Centers Association Conference. Eastern Kentucky University. February 2012.
  • “Lending a Helping Hand: Preparing Junior-Level University Students for the Writing Competency Examination.” Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference. West Chester University. April 2011.
  • “To Alert, Not Alarm: Visual Content in Student-Authored Health Information Resources.” Poster Session. 2010 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention. Atlanta, GA. November 2010.
  • “‘We Can Do This’: Parody, Pluck, and Partnership in Blades of Glory.” 2010 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations. St. Louis, MO. March/April 2010.
  • “PCA Film Adaptation.” Panel Chair. 2010 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations. St. Louis, MO. March/April 2010.
  • “‘Pop’ Composition: A Contemporary Twist on Writing Pedagogy.” 2009 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention. Atlanta, GA. November 2009.
  • “‘Hi There! Remember Me?’: Social Network Sites And/As Avenues of Remote Reconnection.” New York College English Association 2009 Fall Conference. Niagara County Community College. October 2009.
  • “Slam Poetry in the Writing/Literature Classroom.” Contributor. Third Annual Teacher/Action Research Conference. University of Arizona. April 2009.
  • “Cooking the Book: A Reimagining of Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tale ‘The Pink.’” 2009 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations. New Orleans, LA. April 2009.
  • “Fairy Tales and Genre.” Panel Chair. 2009 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations. New Orleans, LA. April 2009.
  • “(Re) Rock the Vote: How Critical Thinking Effects Political Awareness and Informed Decision Making.” Second Biennial Writing Critical Thinking Conference. Quinnipiac University. November 2008.
  • Special Focus Network Poster Presentation. Contributor. National Writing Project Annual Convention. San Antonio, TX. November 2008.
  • “Course Management Systems: A Viable Reality in the Composition Classroom.” All-Day Workshop. Conference on College Composition and Communication. New Orleans, LA. April 2008.
  • “Reading Websites, Writing Websites: How to Teach Students to Invoke and Address Cyber Audiences.” Learning, Teaching, and Technology Conference. Lancaster, PA. November 2007.
  • “‘Telling It Like It Is’: Teaching Anxiety in Composition Studies.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. New York. March 2007.
  • “Turnitin.com: A Matter of Trust.” Fourth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, HI. January 2006.
  • “Remediating the Rhetorical Tradition.” Computers and Writing Conference. Stanford University. June 2005.
  • “Mainstream for Sale: The Appearance of Margins in Visual Media.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, CA. March 2005.
  • “Lab Training and ‘Communities of Practice’: Preparing TAs to Teach in Computerized Classrooms.” Thomas R. Watson Conference. Louisville, KY. October 2004.
  • “The Bartering System: A Social Construction of the Female Identity.” English Graduate Student Association Conference. Bowling Green, OH. February 2004.
  • “Slam Poetry Polylogue: The Street and the Beat.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago, IL. March 2002.
  • “The Maiden Ring: A Feminist Perspective.” Texas Tech University GES Conference. Lubbock, TX. February 2002.
Campus Publications & Presentations

Campus Publications

  • The Write Times, Volume 2, Issue 3. May 2013.
  • The Write Times, Volume 2, Issue 2. February 2013.
  • The Write Times, Volume 2, Issue 1. December 2012.
  • Tapestries: SFU’s Literary & Visual Arts Magazine. November 2012.
  • The Write Times, Volume 1, Issue 4. April 2012.
  • The Write Times, Volume 1, Issue 3. February 2012.
  • The Write Times, Volume 1, Issue 2. December 2011.
  • The Write Times, Volume 1, Issue 1. November 2011.

Campus Presentations

  • “Newsletter Snapshots: Images and Imagery of Peer-Tutor Collaboration.” Poster Session. 2013 Spring Poster Day Session. Saint Francis University. March 2013.
  • “Real or Faked? The Hidden Themes of Wildlife Documentaries.” 2012 Science Day. Saint Francis University. November 2012.

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