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Dr. Roderick B. Overaa

Department of Literature and Language

Box 70683

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN 37614-0683

EDUCATION

2010 Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, University of Washington. Dissertation:

Eastern Religion and the Dilemmas of the Modern; Leroy Searle, Director. Ph.D. June

2010.

2006 M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Washington, June 2006.

2001 B.A. in English, University of Washington, June 2001.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Postdoctoral Fellow, East Tennessee State University (2011-present).

Writer/English Instructional Designer, Apex Learning, Seattle, WA (2011).

Postdoctoral Instructorship, University of Washington (2010).

Teaching Assistantship, University of Washington (2006-2010).

Teaching Assistantship, University of Washington (2004-2006).

Classroom Instructor/Tutor, JEI Learning Center, Bellevue, WA (2006-2008).

Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), Ishinomaki City Board of Education (2001-2004).

RESEARCH AREAS

‣ Modernism

‣ Nineteenth and twentieth century British & American (Transatlantic) literature

‣ Postmodern/contemporary literature and theory

‣ American Transcendentalism

Eastern religion and philosophy

‣ Asian American / Asian diasporic literature

‣ Postmodern Japanese literature

TEACHING EXPERIENCE


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August 2011-present: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Literature and Language, East

Tennessee State University.

Courses Taught:

ENGL 1010: Critical Reading/Expository Writing

ENGL 1020: Critical Thinking/Argument: Civic Engagement

ENGL 1020: Critical Thinking/Argument: Cultural Expression

ENGL 1028: Honors Composition: Special Topic: East Meets West

ENGL 2120: American Literature II: 1865-present

ENGL 2220: British Literature II: Romanticism to Contemporary

Feb. 2011-June 2011: Writer/English Instructional Designer, APEX Learning. Designed and

wrote multi-media modules for computer-based American Literature curriculum.

Courses Designed:

Literacy Advantage III: American Literature: Modernism

Literacy Advantage III: American Literature: Arthur Miller

Literacy Advantage III: American Literature: Literary Postmodernism

Literacy Advantage III: American Literature: N. Scott Momaday

June 2010-August 2010: Adjunct Instructor, English Department, University of Washington.

Courses Taught:

ENGL 131: Composition

Sept. 2006-June 2010: Teaching Assistant/Instructor, English Department, University of

Washington.

Courses Taught:

ENGL 242: Reading Fiction: Periodization and Aesthetic Trends

ENGL 213: Modern and Postmodern Literature: Spirituality in the Age of Modernity

ENGL 200: Reading Literature: Reading Literary Forms


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ENGL 200: Reading Literature: Conceptions of Self in Literature

ENGL 111: Composition: Literature: The Contemporary Literary Short Story (CIC or

Computer-Integrated Classroom courses)

ENGL 111: Composition: Literature: Identity and Self in Postmodern Literature (CIC

Courses)

Sept. 2004-June 2006: Teaching Assistant/Instructor, Creative Writing Department, University

of Washington.

Courses Taught:

ENGL 284: Beginning Short Story

ENGL 111: Composition: Literature: Identity and Self in Postmodern Literature (CIC

Course).

ENGL 131: Introduction to Composition

June 2006-June 2008: Classroom instructor and individual tutor, JEI Learning Center, Bellevue,

WA. Taught ESL/EFL students, elementary to high school level.

August 2001-July 2004: Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), Ishinomaki City Board of

Education, Ishinomaki, Japan. Taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at seven

junior-high schools with periodic 3-day visits to area elementary schools.

August 2001-July 2004: English conversation instructor for weekly conversation club sponsored

by the Ishinomaki City Hall, Ishinomaki, Japan.

August 2002-July 2004: English conversation instructor for weekly conversation club sponsored

by a private group in Ishinomaki, Japan.

August 2003-July 2004: English conversation instructor for weekly conversation club sponsored

by an athletic club/community center in Ishinomaki, Japan.

PUBLICATIONS

Monographs

Crises of Faith: Indic Philosophy and Modernity in Emerson, Melville, and Maugham

(nearing completion).

Eastern Religion and the Dilemmas of the Modern (in development).


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Peer-Reviewed Articles

Reviews

Fiction

“The Célestin Prophecy: Ha Jin’s ‘After Cowboy Chicken Came to Town,’ Lawrence

Chua’s Gold by the Inch and the Limits of Exoticism.” Asiatic 7.1 (June 2013):

82-100.

“The Forgotten Modernists: The Case for Teaching Somerset Maugham and Aldous

Huxley” (Forthcoming).

“The Exoteric Impulse: Melville, Moby-Dick, and Modernism.” (Under review).

“Buddhism and the Maugham Persona: Navigating Alterity in The Moon and Sixpence.”

(Under review).

“‘The Lotus Rose, Quietly’: Eliot, Asia, and Euro-American Modernism.” (in

development).

Eastern and Western Models of Subjectivity and the Structure of Murakami Haruki’s

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World” (revise and resubmit).

Rev. of Eastern Heathens: An Anthology of Subverted Asian Folklore, Eds. Amanda Lee

Koe and Ng Yi-Sheng. Asiatic 7.2 (Dec. 2013): (forthcoming).

“Sticky Notes from the Apocalypse: Poetry by Goro Takano.” Rev. of Responsibilities of

the Obsessed, by Goro Takano. Kyoto Journal 78 (2013): forthcoming.

“Found in Translation: New Poetry from the Osaka Underground.” Rev. of Lizard

Telepathy Fox Telepathy, by Yoshinori Henguchi, trans. David Michael Ramirez

II. Kyoto Journal 78 (2013): forthcoming.

“Girls Like That.” Silk Road Review 6.1 (Mar. 2011): 124-34.

“Waiting for the 26.” Zahir 24 (Oct. 2010). 283-92.

“A Matter of Convenience.” AJET across Japan (Oct. 2002): 16-9.

Select Journalism

“Foreign Imports: An Inside Look at the Lives of Tokyo’s Trafficked Sex Workers.” Kyoto

Journal 56 (2004): 86-7.


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“Office Flowers: How Gender Roles Negatively Impact Japanese Working Women.”Hiragana

Times (Oct. 2003): 18-21.

“‘Don’t Fence Me In’: Genre Jumping and the Inimitable Haruki Murakami.” AJET Across

Japan (Jan-Feb 2003): 10-13.

“Can We Teach English?” AJET Across Japan (Sept. 2002): 2-3.

“Culture of Convenience: Japan’s Obsession with Convenience Stores.” AJET Across Japan

(March-Apr. 2003): 2-3.

“Thar She Blows!: Culture Shock Served with a Side of Rice.” AJET Across Japan (Mar. 2002):

20-3.

“The Greatest American Hero: Remembering Life with My Dad.” Frontier (June 2001): 34-5.

“Brother, Can You Spare a Job?” Meridian (May 2001): 28-36.

“Improv Your Business Skills: Why is an Actor Teaching Business Students to Get Cozy with

the Unknown?” Meridian (Mar. 2001): 14-6.

“Trails and Tribulations.” Signpost (Dec. 1991): 5-6.

“Above the Alpine Lakes.” Signpost (Aug. 1991): 46-48.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

“‘The Lotus Rose, Quietly’: Eliot, Asia, and Euro-American Modernism.” “Eliot and Asia”

Seminar, T. S. Eliot Society 34th Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, September 27,

2013.

“The Forgotten Modernists: The Case for Teaching Somerset Maugham and Aldous Huxley.”

Fifth Annual International Aldous Huxley Symposium, Balliol College, Oxford, 3

September 2013.

“Dilemmas of the Modern: Eastern Religion, American Transcendentalism and the Exoteric

Impulse.” 9th East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference. Imin

Conference Center, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu.13 Feb. 2010.

“The Exoteric Vantage: Melville, Moby-Dick, and Modernism.” Graduate Conference for

Interdisciplinary Studies. University of Washington. 21 May 2009.

“The Exoteric Vantage: Melville, Moby-Dick, and Modernism.” Pacific Northwest American

Studies Association 2009 Conference. The Inn at Spanish Head, Lincoln City, OR. 16

Apr. 2009.


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“Cultural Imperialism and Transnational Coercive Mimeticism in Ha Jin's ‘After Cowboy

Chicken Came to Town.’” 8th East-West Center International Graduate Student

Conference. Imin Conference Center, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu. 13 Feb.

2009.

Eastern and Western Models of Subjectivity and the Structure of Murakami Haruki's Hard-

Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.” 7th East-West Center International

Graduate Student Conference. Imin Conference Center, University of Hawai'i at Manoa,

Honolulu. 16 Feb 2008.

“Reformulating Freud: Amalgamated Subjectivity and the Unconscious Other in Haruki

Murakami’s Sekai no Owari to Hādo-Boirudo Wandārando.” Graduate Conference for

Interdisciplinary Studies. University of Washington, Seattle, WA, May 4-5, 2006.

“Reformulating Freud: Amalgamated Subjectivity and the Unconscious Other in Haruki

Murakami’s Sekai no Owari to Hādo-Boirudo Wandārando.” Pacific Northwest

American Studies Association (PNASA) 2006 Conference, Apr. 20-22, 2006.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE / PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY

Panel Reader/Judge. East Tennessee State University Annual Essay Contest for International and

Study Abroad Students (2012). Read and ranked submissions for scholarship program cosponsored

by ETSU International Programs and Services and the Johnson City Press, as

service to the university.

Postdoctoral Hiring Committee. East Tennessee State University Department of Literature and

Language. Chair: Dr. Daniel Westover. Served on the committee for hiring postdoctoral

fellows for the 2012-13 academic year, as service to the department.

Revealing Mr. Maugham. Dir. Michael House. Perf. Roderick B. Overaa, Pico Iyer, Armistead

Maupin, Anthony Curtis, Selina Hastings. Sit Up Straight Films, 2012. Film. Appeared in

documentary film about the life of British novelist W. Somerset Maugham, based on the

biography of Selina Hastings.

Mentoring. East Tennessee State University Department of Literature and Language. Mentored

graduate student Teaching Assistants, including classroom modeling and observation,

course development strategies, grade norming, and course document production as

service to the department and profession. Director: Dr. Shawna Lichtenwalner. (2011).

Panel Reader/Judge. East Tennessee State University Annual Essay Contest for International and

Study Abroad Students (2011). Read and ranked submissions for scholarship program cosponsored

by ETSU International Programs and Services and the Johnson City Press, as

service to the university.

Session Moderator. Pacific Northwest American Studies Association 2009 Conference. The Inn

at Spanish Head, Lincoln City, OR. 16 Apr. 2009.


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“Tips for Teaching English 111.” Designed and co-led seminars for incoming Teaching

Assistants at University of Washington as service to the university and profession. (2007,

2008).

“Girls Like That” (fiction). Pacific Northwest American Studies Association (PNASA) 2006

Conference, Apr. 20-22, 2006.

“The Dig” (fiction). Castalia, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, February 16, 2006.

“Waiting for the 26” (fiction). Castalia, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, March 12, 2005.

Certificate of Appreciation: AJET Across Japan Editor for the year 2002-2003. August 2003.

The Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET).

“Team Teaching in Junior High Schools.” Miyagi Orientation, August 2003. With Mariko Ohta,

Japanese Teacher of English (JTE). Presented TOEFL pedagogy seminar for new

teachers arriving in Japan.

“Welcome to Ishinomaki.” Miyagi Prefecture Area Meeting, Ishinomaki, Japan, August 2003.

Presented regional acclimation seminar for new English teachers arriving in Japan.

Compiled maps, transportation, restaurant, weather, support network, recreational,

shopping, and other information.

Certificate of Appreciation: Honored Speaker, Sendai City and Miyagi Prefecture Boards of

Education 2003 Mid-Year Conference, February 2003. Miyagi Prefecture Board of

Education, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

“Team Teaching in Junior High Schools.” Miyagi Orientation, August 2002. With Karen Smith,

Assistant Language Teacher (ALT). Presented TOEFL pedagogy seminar for new

teachers arriving in Japan.

“Welcome to Ishinomaki.” Miyagi Prefecture Area Meeting, Ishinomaki, Japan, August 2002.

Presented regional acclimation seminar for new English teachers arriving in Japan.

Compiled maps, transportation, restaurant, weather, support network, recreational,

shopping, and other information.

“Phonics in the EFL Classroom.” Tokyo Orientation, July 2002. Council of Local Authorities for

International Relations (CLAIR). Presented TOEFL pedagogy seminar for new teachers

arriving in Japan.

Certificate of Completion: JET Program Japanese Language Course. May 2002. Council of

Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).


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OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

May 2002-June 2003: Editor-in-Chief, AJET Across Japan. Edited, wrote content for, and

designed magazine with a print circulation of over 6,000 (plus a web edition). Oversaw

all financial and editorial transactions associated with the production of the magazine,

and coordinated a staff of four.

August 2000-March 2001: Staff Intern/Freelance Writer, Adventure Media, Inc.

Oct. 2000-Sept. 2001: Copy Writer/Editor/Research Assistant, Talaria, Inc.

Apr. 2000-Nov. 2000: Technical Editor/Contributing Editor, Carve magazine.

June-August 2000: Staff Intern, Wales Literary Agency.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Modernist Studies Association (MSA)

Pacific Northwest American Studies Association (PNASA)

T. S. Eliot Society

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

LANGUAGES

Japanese, Chinese, French

REFERENCES

Leroy Searle, Professor, Dept. of English, University of Washington. Ph: 206-543-6631. Email:

lsearle@u.washington.edu.

Thomas Alan Holmes, Professor of English; Associate Dean for Curriculum and

Interdisciplinary Programs, East Tennessee State University. Ph: 423-439-6673. Email:

holmest@mail.etsu.edu.

Brian Reed, Associate Professor/Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of English, University of

Washington. Ph: 206-818-8752. Email: bmreed@u.washington.edu.

Robert Abrams, Professor, Dept. of English, University of Washington. Ph: 206-543-4076.

Email: rabrams@u.washington.edu.

Judith B. Slagle, Professor of English; Chair, Dept. of Literature and Language, East Tennessee

State University. Ph: 423-439-6669. Email: slagle@mail.etsu.edu.

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