Curriculum Vitae

Priscilla Perkins, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor of English
Roosevelt University
(312) 341-2283


1996:   Ph.D., Literatures in English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Dissertation: “Each One As She May”: Intelligence, Childbirth, and Narrative Interiority in Early Twentieth Century American Fiction

Director: Marianne DeKoven

Readers: Marcia Ian, Mark Seltzer, Catharine Stimpson

1988:  M.A., English Literature, Columbia University

1987:  B.A., magna cum laude, distinction in English, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Fellowships and Awards:

2008: Research Leave, Roosevelt University

2007: Summer Innovation Fund award

2002: Ostrowsky Award for Faculty Scholarship, School of Liberal Studies, Roosevelt University

1999: Research Leave, Roosevelt University

1993: Catherine T. Moynahan Prize for best graduate English essay, Rutgers University

1987-1993:  Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

1991-1992:  Marion C. Johnson Fellowship, Rutgers University

1983-1987:  Boettcher Foundation Scholarship

1987:  Phi Beta Kappa, The Colorado College

1987:  Frank C. Krutzke Senior Prize in English, The Colorado College

1986:  Colorado College Award in Literature


“Just Politics: Deliberative Process as a Tool for Creating Learning Outcomes and Transforming Curriculum.” With Nona Burney. In A Process Approach to General Education Reform, ed. Robert Barnett and Susan Gano-Philips. Atwood, 2010.

“’Attentive, Intelligent, Reasonable, and Responsible': Teaching Composition with Bernard Lonergan.” In Inquiries into Rhetoric and Christian Tradition. Edited by Tom Amorose, Beth Daniells, Ann Ruggles Gere, and Elizabeth Vander Lei.  Utah State UP.  Forthcoming 2009. 23 manuscript pages.

“Nothing is Lost.” (Creative non-fiction.) Threads 136 (April/May 2008): 90.

“Composition Teaching and Christian Tradition: An Annotated Bibliography.” Co-authored with David Brauer, Lindsay Ellis, Janene Lewis, and Chandra Lewis-Qualls. 2006. Rhetoric and Christian Tradition Website (

“Psychology.” In American History through Literature, 1870-1920, edited by Tom Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst, pp. 923-928. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006.

“Detecting the Camouflaged Conflicts: Blackness, Whiteness, and Language Difference in the Basic Writing Classroom.”   Conflicts and Crises in the Composition Classroom.  Ed. Dawn Skorczewski and Matthew Parfitt. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton-Cook, 2003. 51-55.

Writing Social Justice in the Arts and Humanities, Writing Social Justice in the Social Sciences, and Writing Social Justice in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  New York: Houghton Mifflin Custom Texts, 2003.  (Anthologies edited for use in Roosevelt University’s LIBS 201: Writing Social Justice in the Academy.)

Review of Vivian Pollak’s The Erotic WhitmanAmerican Literature 74.3 (2002): 640-642.

“Teaching in Good Faith: A Response to Donald Hettinga and Elizabeth Vander Lei.” College English 64.2 (November 2001): 723-26.

“‘A Radical Conversion of the Mind’: Fundamentalism, Hermeneutics, and the Metanoic Classroom.” College English 63.5 (May 2001): 585-611.

Literacies: Reading, Writing, Interpretation (college composition text co-authored with Terence Brunk, Suzanne Diamond, and Ken Smith).  2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2000.  813 pages.

A Guide to Teaching with Literacies.  Co-authored with Terence Brunk, Suzanne Diamond, and Ken Smith.  2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2000.  281 pages.

“Self-Generation in a Post-Eugenic Utopia: Dreiser’s Conception of the ‘Matronized’ Genius.”  American Literary Realism 32.1 (fall 1999): 12-34.

“A Little Body with a Very Large Head: Composition, Psychopathology, and the Making of Stein’s Normal Self.”  Modern Fiction Studies 42.3 (fall 1996): 529-546.

“Frigid Women, Frozen Dinners: The Bio-politics of ‘Tyranny of the Orgasm.’”  Twenty-Four Ways of Looking at Mary McCarthy. Ed. Eve Stwertka and Margo Viscusi.  Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1996, 121-127.

Recent Conferences and Presentations:

Invited panelist, “Part-Time Instructors: Challenges and Strategies for Success.” Chicago Area Faculty Development Network, April 2007.

“DIY Snark: The Rhetoric of ‘Bad Craft’ Blogging.” Popular Culture Association, Boston, April 2007.

Working group chair, Special Interest Group on Rhetoric and Christian Tradition, Conference on Composition and Communication, Chicago, April 2006.

“Ethos, Ethics, and Conversion in the Advanced Composition Setting: A Lonerganian Perspective.” Conference on Rhetoric and the Christian Tradition, Chicago, May 2005.

“Learning Communities at Roosevelt University.” (Roundtable facilitator).  Roosevelt University Mini-Conference on Teaching II, April 2005.

“What are the Standards for a ‘C’ Paper?” Helped plan and facilitate workshop for instructors at City Colleges of Chicago, Elgin Community College, and Harper Community College.  Roosevelt University, February 2005.

“The Great Frame-Up: Using Reading to Teach Interpretation.”  (Roundtable planner and facilitator).  Roosevelt University Mini-Conference on Teaching, May 2004.

“Confessions of a Circuit-Riding WPA.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, March 2002.

“‘An Outsider to Their Minds’: Frank Norris’s Appropriation of French Crowd Theory.” American Literature Association, Cambridge, May 2001.

“Dialogue and the ‘Liberation’ of Theory-Free Zones.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication, Denver, March 2001.

Panel organizer and chair, “Estrangement and Familiarity: ‘Alienating’ Experiences of Teaching, Theory, and Community.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication, Denver, March 2001.

“‘Chronicles of Unknowing’: Using Postmodern Narrative to Teach About History.”  Midwest Modern Language Association, Kansas City, November 2000.


2012: “Geographies of Gender,” The Thought Lot Contemporary Art Center, Shippensburg, PA. Curator: Aaron Treher. Invitational.

Academic Employment History:

2005-2012: Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Roosevelt University.

2004-2005: Coordinator of English Studies and Director of Composition, School of Liberal Studies, Roosevelt University.

2001-2005: Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition, School of Liberal Studies, Roosevelt University.

1996-2001: Assistant Professor of English and Assistant Director of Composition, School of Liberal Studies, Roosevelt University

1994-1996:  Assistant Professor, English Department, Cameron University, Lawton, OK

1994: Visiting Instructor, English Department, The Colorado College.

1992-1993: Part-Time Lecturer, English Department, Rutgers University.

1993: Instructor, Educational Opportunity Fund Summer Program, Livingston College (Rutgers University).

1992: Writing Tutor, College Avenue Campus Writing Center, Rutgers University.

1990-1991: Teaching Assistant, Composition Program, Rutgers University.

Teaching Interests:

Composition Theory; Composition; Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American Literature; Nineteenth Century American Poetry; Narratology; American Literary Naturalism; Undergraduate Curricular Reform; Women’s and Gender Studies

Recent Professional Service at Roosevelt University:

2010: Appointed member, University Assessment Committee

2009: Appointed member, Director of Composition search committee

2008: Appointed member, Director of Composition search committee

2007: Appointed member, Creative Writing Director search committee

2007: Elected member, Provost search committee

2007: Discussion leader, Schaumburg campus “One Book, One University”

2005-present: Chair, General Education Committee

2005-present: Appointed member, Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Force

2005: Ex Officio member, Robin Campus Learning Communities Advisory Board

2004-present: Appointed member, University Assessment Committee

2004-present: Elected member, University Curriculum Committee

2004-present: Ex Officio member, Academic Success Center Faculty Advisory Board

2004: Chair, African-American literature search committee

2004: Appointed member, Spanish language/literature search committee

2002: Chair, Composition/British literature search committee

1998-2004: Editor, The Generator (faculty development newsletter for adjunct instructors in composition at Roosevelt University)

Professional and Community Service:

July 2010: Invited Guest, “Extension 720 with Dr. Milt Rosenberg.” WGN Radio 720. Participated in discussion of American Literature.

September 2008. Invited Panelist, Pre-Show Discussion of “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Directed by Ellyzabeth Adler for Adler Danztheatre, Gorilla Tango Theater, Chicago.

2007: Faculty sponsor, “RU Crafters”

2003-2005: Secondary English team, Project Align/Illinois Professional Learners Partnership

2000-02: Member, Illinois Articulation Initiative, General Education Communications Panel

2000-present: Campus representative and recruiter, Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities

August 2000: Faculty volunteer, Robin Campus Summer Faire

December 1998: “Writing: Every Thinker’s Toolbox.”  Workshop conducted for members of Holy Family High School Scholarship program, Chicago

1998:  Local arrangements committee, Conference on College Composition and Communication Convention. Arranged Chicago-area press coverage.

Professional Organizations:

Modern Language Association

National Council of Teachers of English/CCCC