Curriculum Vita

JOHN W. BUAAS
400 W. Central #1608
Wichita, Kansas 67203
(316) 265-1907
jbuaas@butlercc.edu

Curriculum Vita

EDUCATION:
Ph.D., English, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1994. Specialization: 20th Century American Literature.
Dissertation: “Narratives of Astonishment: Miscegenation in New World Literature.” Director: Wesley Morris.

M.A., English, minor in Spanish, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 1989.

B.A., English, Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, Texas, 1985.

CURRENT POSITION:
Instructor in English, Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kansas.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

2000-present:

Instructor in English, Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kansas.
Courses taught: Fundamentals of English; English Composition I & II; Introduction to Literature; American Literature II; Introduction to Humanities—Renaissance-Modern

College Activities:
2007-present: Coordinator, Butler Film Club
2006: Revised course syllabi in accordance with newly-adopted assessment guidelines
2006-present: Member of committee tasked with investigating Latino student recruiting and retention.
2002-2005: Member, Academic Calendar Committee.

1993-2000:

Assistant Professor of Humanities, University of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama.
Undergraduate courses taught: Freshman Composition; Literary Tradition (sophomore level); American Literature (year-long junior-level survey); Advanced Composition (junior level); Nineteenth-Century American Novel (senior level); Southern Fiction (senior level); 20th Century English and American Fiction (senior-level); Contemporary Fiction (senior-level)

Graduate courses taught: Southern Fiction; Modernism and Postmodernism; Theories of the Novel; Readings in Critical Theory

Facilitator, Reading Group in African-American Literature.

College Activities:
1993-2000: Faculty sponsor, Sigma Tau Delta
1999-2000: With department approval, redesigned upper-level offerings in English. Implemented Fall 2000.
1998-2000: Recording secretary, Faculty Development Committee
1999: Co-authored a proposal for an interdisciplinary major in Humanities, later approved by the full faculty.
1998: Supervised catalogue revisions for English department offerings in 1998-2000 catalogue.
1998: Wrote a portion of the University’s report for SACS accreditation.

SCHOLARLY AND TEACHING INTERESTS:
Teaching of writing; American literature; Southern literature; Latin American literature; literature of the Americas; African-American literature; Modernism and Postmodernism; theories of the novel; theories of narrative; theories of race and miscegenation; history of Western visual art; writing about art; film.

RESEARCH:
Ongoing: a book on miscegenation as a narrative trope for New World culture; articles and presentations arising from this work; the maintaining of Domestic Issue, a weblog associated with this worK. URL: https://blogmeridian2.wordpress.com/wp-admin/

PRESENTATIONS:

“Language, Violence and the New World in Blood Meridian and Cabeza de Vaca’s Naufragios.” Fifth Annual Conference of the Cormac McCarthy Society, San Antonio, Texas, November 12, 1999.

“Teaching Blood Meridian in a Contemporary Fiction Course.” Fifth Annual Conference of the Cormac McCarthy Society, San Antonio, Texas, November 12, 1999.

Moderator, “Native Territories,” Conference of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Mobile, Alabama, May 7, 1997.

“Garcilasco de la Vega and the Invention of Perú,” Convention of the Modern Language Association, San Diego, California, December 28, 1994.

“Language, Violence, and the New World in Cabeza de Vaca’s Naufragios and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian,” Southern Comparative Literature Association Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, September 29-October 1, 1994.

“Epic Words, Epic Deeds: The Double Discovery of America,” Fairhope Institute of Humanities and Culture, Fairhope, Alabama, July 20, 1994.

“Toward a Poetics of Western Violence: Cabeza de Vaca’s Naufragios and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian,” Conference of the Western Literature Association, Wichita, Kansas, October 8, 1993.

“¿Ser o no estar?: Some Thoughts on Translation,” Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers, Beaumont, Texas, February 19, 1993.

“Narratives of Astonishment: Miscegenation in Faulkner’s ‘Delta Autumn’ and Amado’s Tent of Miracles,” Convention of the South Central Modern Language Association, Memphis, Tennessee, October 29-31, 1992.

HONORS:

Fall 2007: Granted sabbatical leave for fall of 2007 to conduct research.

1994: Dissertation was nominated by the English Department at Rice for best dissertation in the Humanities for that year.

LANGUAGES:
Spanish: Reading, speaking, writing ability

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