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Mary Ann Klein, PhD

Emerita Professor of English

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  • 1800 College Avenue
    Francis Hall 314
  • Quincy
  • IL
  • 62301

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  • 217-228-5432 x3193

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I came to Quincy University, then Quincy College, in 1972 from Milwaukee’s Marquette University where I completed my Ph.D. studies. I found a first floor flat on Maine St. in a lovely stone house near the corner of 24th and Maine, very close to Madison Park and St. Peter’s Church. I drove my brother’s hand-me-down white and burnished gold 1965 Ford Sports Coupe and was followed by a U-Haul driven by my parents who came up from Texas to help with the move.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, I had not heard of Quincy or Quincy College until I learned of the teaching position here and came for an interview. I was delighted with both the town and the college, although I still felt like an exile from Texas, after living for four years in Wisconsin and now about to settle in Illinois. One of my brothers, who had some experience with some Franciscan Friars in California, spoke of their warm and welcoming ways. I felt very fortunate to have come to a small, Franciscan, liberal arts college, never having wanted to teach in a large university. I was also delighted that I could immediately teach courses in my area of concentration—19th century British Literature-- as well as a variety of other English courses. I also came to work with English majors who were to become secondary school teachers. This took me into the local public and private schools where I met many fine teachers. Over time I have become deeply involved in various university and community groups.

During my years at Quincy College, now Quincy University, I have enjoyed working with so many students and colleagues. I especially cherish the many long term relationships with former students whom I think of as extended family. I enjoy very much their visits and letters and now e-mails that help me keep me in touch with their lives. The photos they send of their children—no grandchildren yet—are a special delight.

CURRICULUM VITAE: MARY ANN KLEIN

Education

1973 Ph. D. in English (Nineteenth Century British) Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1969 M.A. in English, University of Dallas, Irving, Texas
1965 B.A. in English and Mathematics, Incarnate Word College (now University of the Incarnate Word), San Antonio, Texas
1965 Secondary certification through Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas

Teaching Experience

1972- Quincy College/Quincy University, Department of English, Present rank: Professor of English, since 1987; faculty liaison to education program, teacher of methods course; supervisor of student teachers in English/Language Arts 1972-
1968-71 Teaching assistant, Marquette University
1965-67 Jefferson Davis Junior High School, San Antonio, Texas

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses:

Composition for the Culturally Disadvantaged;
Developmental English;
College Composition—two semester sequence (for first-year students);
First Year Seminar;
Intro. to Literature;
World Literature I and II;
Fiction;
Poetry;
Drama;
Images of Women in Literature;
Advanced Writing;
Business Communications;
Creative Writing;
Advanced Creative Writing;
Survey of British Literature I and II;
Methods of Teaching English and Language Arts (secondary level);
Student Teaching (English);
Romantic Literature;
Victorian Literature;
Literature by Women;
Senior Seminars:
George Eliot and Robert Browning;
Jane Austen and George Eliot;
James Joyce;
Blake and Shelley;
Austen, Eliot, Balzac, Dostoevsky;
Virginia Woolf and James Joyce;
Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature

Honors courses:
Idealism in Literature;
Voices and Images from the Margins;
The Self and the Other;

Graduate courses:
EDU 501: Methods of Inquiry (core course--part of Quincy University's liberal arts oriented M.S. in Education)
MSE 533: Teaching Methods for the Secondary School, English;
MSE 586/7:High School Internships I, II;

Honors and Awards:

Mary Ann Klein Endowed Tuition Scholarship for English majors, established by Quincy University alumni and friends, 2005
City of Quincy Arts Award for Volunteer Leadership, 2004
Quincy University's Annual Service Award, 1998; 2002
Quincy University's Annual Excellence in Teaching Award, 1992 (fourth recipient)
Phi Eta Sigma (first faculty member inducted at Quincy University)
Multiple year honoree for Who's Who Among America's Teachers
Inclusion in Who's Who of American Women

Consultancies and Evaluations

2004 Educational Testing Service(ETS), Faculty Consultant, Advanced Placement (AP)
Reading, Dayton, Florida
2003 North Central Association Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Team, Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio
2002 North Central Association Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Team, University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2002 Educational Testing Service (ETS), Faculty Consultant, Advanced Placement (AP) Reading, Daytona, Florida
2001 Educational Testing Service (ETS), Faculty Consultant, Advanced Placement (AP) Reading, Dayton, Florida
2001 North Central Association Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Team, Ouachita Baptist University, Ouachita, Arkansas
2000 Educational Testing Service (ETS), Faculty Consultant, Advanced Placement (AP)
Reading, Daytona, Florida
1999 Educational Testing Service (ETS), Faculty Consultant, Advanced Placement (AP) Reading, Daytona, Florida
1998 North Central Association Accreditation Team, Viterbo College, La Crosse, Wisconsin
1998 North Central Association Accreditation Team, Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, South Dakota
1997 North Central Association Accreditation Team, Saint Mary College, Leavenworth, Kansas
1996 Appointed to the North Central Association Consultant-Evaluator Corps; reappointed after evaluation in 2000-2001 to second five-year term
Consultant to Quincy University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Reading Program Grant—design of assessment instrument
1988-89 Co evaluator of Writing Program, Culver Stockton College, Canton, Missouri
1986 Co evaluator of NEH grant (Paideia program), Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
1981,82 Co evaluator of NEH grant (Communication skills across the curriculum), Central College, Pella, Iowa
1981 Member of state evaluation team, Teacher Education Program, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois
1980 Evaluator of NEH grant (Communication skills across the curriculum), Central College, Pella, Iowa
1975, 76 Writing Consultant, Michigan State University

Administrative Experience at Quincy University

2006- Chairperson, General Assembly Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Students
2004-05 Chairperson, Faculty Development and Welfare Committee
2001-02 Chairperson, Faculty Development and Welfare Committee
2000-01 President, Faculty Senate
1999-2000 Secretary, Faculty Senate
1998-2000 Chairperson, Faculty Senate Graduate Academic Committee
1999-2001 Chairperson, Division of Language and Literature
1997-99 Chairperson, Division of Language, Literature, and Communication
1996-97 Chairperson, Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee to revise Teaching Evaluation Instrument, adopted by Faculty Senate
1993- Coordinator, Women's and Gender Studies Minor
1995-2001 Chairperson, Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Service/Learning
1991-97 Chairperson, Faculty Senate Faculty Development and Welfare Committee
1987-89 Chairperson, Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Graduate Committee
1982-89 Chairperson, Department of English
1983 Chairperson, Clinical Experience Committee, Teacher Education Program
1978-80 Director of NEH Consultant Grant, Quincy College
1978 Director of Interdisciplinary Humanities Program
1977-79 Director of Lilly Endowment Grant for Faculty Development

1975-86 Chairperson, Faculty Development and Welfare Committee
1974-75 Chairperson, Steering Committee for Faculty Development Program
1974-82 Chairperson, Curriculum Committee of the English Department

Academic Service

Reviewer of manuscripts for English Education, 2006-
Judge, Reviewed portfolios and interviewed students seeking admission into Creative Writing Program, Northeast School of the Arts, Northeast Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas, June, 2006
Judge , NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing, 2005, 2006, 2007
Reader, Graduate Record Exam essays, 2002
CLEP, accepted as possible writer of questions, etc., 2002
Sigma Tau Delta: member of national scholarship committee, 2001; member of Outstanding Chapter/Projects Grants Committee, 2004
Illinois Philological Association, member of Executive Committee, 2001-
Proposal: Quincy University to host the IPA annual conference in April, 2003 (deferred)
Quincy University to host the IPA annual conference in April, 2006 (deferred)
Illinois Association of Teachers of English, member of Executive Committee, Mississippi Valley District Leader, 2001-
Conference organizer: Illinois Medieval Association, Annual Conference, Quincy College, Quincy, Illinois, 1988

Grant Writing:

2002 Grant proposal for funding of speaker for Illinois Philological Association annual conference at Quincy University in spring 2003 (funded)
1996 Grant proposal for QU Women's and Gender Studies Minor, Franciscan Fund—collaborated with Sr. Dawn Nothwehr, (funded)
1994 Grant proposal for QU International and Classic film series, Quincy Society of Fine Arts (funded)
1993 Grant proposal for QU International and Classic film series, Quincy Society of Fines Arts (funded)
1979 Grant proposal for QU faculty development program, Helen Gardner Jackson Trust (funded)
1978 Grant proposal for NEH consultant grant for QU Humanities Interdisciplinary Program (funded)
1977 Grant proposal for QU faculty development program, The Lilly Endowment (funded)

Collegiate Committee Work

2006- Academic Program Committee, representative from the Division of Humanities
2006- Teacher Education Committee, collaborated on report on English/Language arts program in preparation for ISBE review
2005- Member of Steering Committee for Quincy University’s Collaborative Academy for Teacher Training (CATT)
2002-2003 Teacher Education Committee, author of section of institutional report on English program in preparation for ISBE review;
2000-2001 Strategic Planning Committee
2001-2002 Faculty Development and Welfare Committee
2000-2001 Self-Study Committee for Comprehensive Review of Quincy University by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
2000-2002 Faculty Senate President
2000-2001 President's Faculty Senate Advisory Council
2000-2001 Strategic Planning Steering Committee
2000-2001 Academic Affairs Advisory Council
2001 University Planning and Priorities Committee
2000-2001 Academic Affairs Committee of Quincy University’s Board of Trustees
2000-2001 Professional Staff Advisory Council
1999-2000 Faculty Senate Secretary
1999-2000 Faculty Senate Committee on Review of General Education Program
1999-2000 President=s Faculty Advisory Committee
1999-2000 Feasibility Study Committee on Possible Engineering Program
1998-2000 Graduate Academic Committee of the Faculty Senate
1997-2000 Academic Council
1997-98 Feasibility Study Committee on Future Graduate Programs; Feasibility Study Committee on Liberal Studies Degree Program; Escrow Committee
1984 86, 91-97, 98-2001, Faculty Senate Executive Committee
1975-86, 91-97, Faculty Development and Welfare Committee
1985-89 Quincy University's Faculty Personnel Committee
1977 Teacher Education Committee
1977-2005 Teacher Education Subcommittee on Admissions and Retention
1975-80 College Academic Affairs Committee
1975 Search and Selection Committee for Academic Dean
1973-74 Presidential Task Force on Student Life

Community Service

Quincy University:

University Advancement Office: Primary responsibility for raising funds for four endowed scholarships for English majors
Campus Ministry: Member of board; lector and Eucharistic minister;
Moderator of English Club and Sigma Tau Delta (international honor society for English students)
Organizer of University’s Town and Gown Lecture Series
Admissions Office: recruiting activities-Bon campus interviews; Discovery Days; letter, e-mail and telephone contacts with prospective students; presentations in regional high schools; visits to high schools in San Antonio, Texas; visits to regional two-year colleges
Student Affairs: Faculty member on committee to design cultural events series, including university speaker series

Community Service

Quincy:

Community representative on the Language Arts Committee/Assessment Team of the Quincy Public School District;
Quincy Civic Music Association Board (former president; first vice-president; second vice –president, membership chair);
Family Service Agency Board (former board member and personnel committee: secretary, chair);
Catholic Charities of Quincy (member of board representing St.Peter Catholic Church);
Sunset Home (member of board);
Blessing Hospital: volunteer Eucharistic Minister;
Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Peter Catholic Church;
League of Women Voters Board (membership chair);
Judge, Optimist high school essay contest;
Judge, Rotary high school speech contest;
Judge, Quincy Public Library Poetry Competition, grades 7-12;
Judge, Quincy Writer’s Guild annual writing contest;
Founding member of the Quincy Writer’s Guild;
Reader for Quincy Public Library Christmas program

Continued Study, Research, and Professional Development

2007 Summer Action Research Grant: Three Way Collaboration to Revise Secondary Methods Courses
2005-2006 academic year sabbatical—visited faculty members at colleges and universities in Illinois, Iowa, and Texas who teach literature courses I teach, who teach secondary methods courses, advanced writing courses, and supervise student teachers; observed junior high and high school classes in Quincy, Chicago, and St. Louis taught by Quincy University English graduates whom I prepared for teaching and interviewed these graduates about our program’s strengths and weaknesses; visited the classrooms of cooperating teachers in Quincy who have worked with student teachers; collected materials from faculty members at colleges and universities in the region for faculty members in the School of Education who were revamping clinical experiences and student teaching; proposed to the director of clinical experiences at Quincy University that a clinical experience be created at Beardstown, Illinois where there is a large Spanish speaking population in order to give our students more experience with minority students (proposal led to clinical experience being established)
2006 College Composition and Communication Conference, Chicago, IL
2005 Chair, session on “Individualizing the English Language Arts Curriculum with Assistive Technology” at conference of Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE), Decatur, IL
2004 Professional Development Workshop for Consultant-Evaluators, Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, Chicago, Illinois
2003 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN
2002 NCTE Annual Conference and post conference English Education Colloquium: Is There Madness in our Methods: New Directions for English Methods Course, Atlanta, Georgia
2002 Training Session for Reviewers of English/Language Arts Teacher Education Program Reports, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield, Illinois
2002 Illinois Philological Association Conference, Springfield, Illinois
2002 Professional Development Workshop for Consultant-Evaluators, Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, Chicago, Illinois
2001 Chair, session at conference of Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE), Springfield, Illinois
2001 Quincy University Faculty Development Grant for week long study at the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago
2001 Professional Development Workshop for Consultant-Evaluators, Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, Chicago, Illinois
2000 Chair, session at National Conference of Teachers of English, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2000 Midwest Faculty Seminar on Shakespeare and Film, University of Chicago
1999 Ameritech Faculty Development Workshop: Technology in the Classroom, Millikin University
1999 Professional Development Workshop for Consultant-Evaluators, North Central Association, Chicago, Illinois
1998 Ameritech Faculty Development Workshop: Technology in the Classroom, Greenville College, Illinois
1998 Professional Development Workshop for Consultant-Evaluators, North Central Association, Chicago, Illinois
1998 Midwest Faculty Seminar on Gender, Biology, and Embodiment, University of Chicago
1998 Sabbatical (spring semester)
1997 Midwest Faculty Seminar on History, Memory, and Experience, University of Chicago
1997 Professional Development Workshop for Consultant-Evaluators, North Central Association, Chicago, Illinois
1996 Training Workshop for Consultant-Evaluators, North Central Association, Chicago, Illinois
1996 Midwest Faculty Seminar on Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth, University of Chicago
1995 Midwest Faculty Seminar on the Historical Novel, University of Chicago
1994 First-Year Experience Programs Workshop, St. Louis, Missouri
1994 Midwest Faculty Seminar on Multi-culturalism, University of Chicago
1993 Midwest Faculty Seminar on the Fate of the Liberal Arts, University of Chicago
1990 Sabbatical (fall semester)
1990 Midwest Faculty Seminar Occasional Fellowship, University of Chicago (fall semester)
1980 NEH Summer Seminar: Princeton University, director, Albert Sonnenfeld; competitive appointment
1979 Lilly Endowment Seminar on educational evaluation, director, Malcolm Parlett, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, ColoradoB competitive appointment
1976, 78, 79, 81 Quincy College Summer Research Grants
1975 NEH Summer Seminar: University of California¬ Berkeley, director, U. C. Knoepflmacher; competitive appointment
1974 CASC Seminar on Faculty Development, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at invitation of Quincy College’s Father President Titus Ludes, OFM

Publications:

Doctoral Dissertation: Conceptual and Artistic Limits of Selected Nineteenth Century British Fictional Utopias, 1973.

Master's Thesis: The Demonic Element in Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, 1969

"Tennyson's 'The Epic': An Experiment in Perspective," SEL, Autumn, 1987

Editor, Essays in Medieval Studies: Proceedings of the Illinois Medieval Association, Volume 5, 1988

Poem: AMerlin: After an afternoon of academic papers on Merlin in Arthurian Literature Sessions, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1988,@ riverrun, 1998 edition

Book reviews:

Julia M. Wright. Blake, Nationalism and the Politics of Alienation. Choice, pending

Nancy Henry. George Eliot and the British Empire. Choice, 2002

John Hughes. Ecstatic sound: music and individuality in the work of Thomas Hardy. Choice, 2002

Deborah Lindsay Williams. Not in Sisterhood: Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Zona Gale and the Politics of Female Authorship, Choice, December, 2001

Terence Brown's Louis Mac Neice: Skeptical Vision, in Books Abroad, August, 1976

Warner Berthoff's A Literature Without Qualities, in World Literature Today (WLT), Winter, 1981

Thomas Staley's Jean Rhys: A Critical Study and Jean Rhys' Smile, Please in WLT, Spring, 1981

Peter Wolfe's Jean Rhys in WLT, Winter, 1982

Francine du Plessix Gray's World Without End in WLT, Winter, 1983

Textbook reviews:

Review of draft of textbook for Houghton Mifflin, 2005

Review of revised edition of The Norton Reader, W. W. Norton Co., 2002

Stanford: Responding to Literature, (3rd edition and 4th edition in preparation), Mayfield Publishing Co., 2000, 2001

Clarke and Clarke: Retellings, (textbook in development), McGraw-Hill, 2000

75 Thematic Readings (textbook in development), McGraw-Hill, 2000

Internet site review:

Blake digital text project URL:http://virtual.park.uga.edu/wblake/home1.html for Choice, March 2002

Presentations:

Southern Literature (course in POLIS program): Spring, 2007

Literature by Women (course in POLIS program): Spring, 1999; Fall,1999; Spring, 2000; Spring, 2001; Spring, 2002; Spring, 2004; Spring, 2005

Literature by Women, On Q, half hour interview on local NBC affiliate, WGEM, 2001

Literature by Women, American Business Women's Association, Quincy chapter, Quincy, IL, 1999

Why Teach Literature by Women, AAUW chapter, Quincy, IL, 1997.

Assessment and Reading and Writing Placement, Conference of the Illinois Association for Personalized Learning Programs, Allerton Conference Center, 1985

Evaluation of Educational Programs, Conference on Communication-Across-the-Curriculum, Central College, Pella, Iowa, 1985

Memberships:

Modern Language Association, Midwest Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, CEE, CCCC, Midwest Victorian Studies Association; Illinois Medieval Association; Illinois Association of Teachers of English; Illinois Philological Association

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