with Patricia Harkin
James J. Sosnoski
Emeritus Professor of Communication
University of Illinois at Chicago
PhD Penn State University, 1967
MA Loyola University, 1965
PhL West Baden College, 1962
AB Loyola University, 1960
Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1995-2010
Professor, Miami University, 1981-1994
Associate Professor, Miami University, 1971-1980
Assistant Professor, Miami University, 1967-1971
Teaching Assistant, Penn State University , 1964-1967
Current Works Online
Conceptual Logistics(C-CS web site for SCLCR: begun 2008 and ongoing)
and Bryan Carter, eds. Virtual Experiences of the Harlem Renaissance: The Virtual Harlem Project. Vol. 37/38, Works & Days, 2001.
with David Downing, Teresa Derrikson, Paula Mathieu, Ken McAllister, and Gian Pagnucci, eds. The Tictoc Project: Teaching in Cyberspace through on-Line Courses. Vol. 29/30, Works & Days:, 1997.
and David Downing, eds. Cultural Studies and Composition. Vol. 27/28: Works & Days, 1996.
and David Downing, eds. The Geography of Cyberspace. Vol. 23/24, Works & Days, 1994.
SCE Reports (1979-1986).
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
“The Virtual Harlem Experiments.” Electronic Journal of Communication. Special Issue on New Media in Education. Eds. Concetta Stewart and Catherine Schifter. (online 2007). Reprinted in Teaching and Learning with Technology: Beyond Constructivism. Eds. Concetta Stewart, Catherine Schifter, and Melissa E. Markaridian Selverian. London: Routledge, 2010, 227-248.
with Kevin Q. Harvey, Jordan Stalker, and Colleen Monahan. “Transpositions in Configurable Virtual Story-Worlds.” In Cases on Collaboration in Virtual Learning Environments: Processes and Interactions (Premier Reference Source). Ed. Donna Russell. Information Science Reference, October 20, 2009.
“A Conversation with Richard Ohmann, David Downing, Patricia Harkin, and James Sosnoski. Editor and contributor. In Richard Ohmann: A Retrospective. Ed. Patricia Harkin. A special double issue of Works and Days. 45/46. Spring Fall 2005) Vol. 23, Nos. 1&2., 215-239.
“Collegiality and the Yada-Yada Trope.” Special Issue on Collegiality. Symploke, 13. 2006.
“Virtual Reality as a Teaching Tool.” In Byron Hawk, James A. Inman, and Ollie Oviedo, eds. Digital Tools in Cultural Contexts: Assessing the Implications of New Media. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press.
with Steve Jones, Bryan Carter, Ken Mcallister, Ryan Moeller, and Ronen Mir. “Chapter 54: Virtual Harlem as a Collaborative Learning Environment: A Project of the University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Lab.” In International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. Eds. Joel Weiss, Jason Nolan, Jeremy Hunsinger, and Peter Trifonas. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer, 2006, 1289-1320.
with Ken McAllister. “Circuitous Subjects in Their Time Maps,” Journal of Advanced Composition, (2005) 25:1, 31-53. Reprinted in Plugged In: Techology, Rhetoric, and Culture in a PostHuman Age. Eds. Lynn Worsham and Gary A. Olson. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2008, 125-144
with Beth Burmester, "New Scripts for Rhetorical Education: Alternative Learning Environments and the Master/Apprentice Model. In Culture Shock and the Practice of Profession: Training the New Wave in Rhetoric and Composition. Eds. Virginia Anderson and Susan Romano. New Jersey: Hampton Press, 2005, 325-345.
"Professorial Hoops." In Understanding Affiliation: Identity in Academic Culture, ed. Jeffrey DiLeo, 75-88. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2003.
with Patricia Harkin, and Steve Jones. "The Ethics of Virtual Histories." Media Development 2 (2003): 27-32.
with Andy Johnson, Jason Leigh, Bryan Carter, and Steve Jones. "Virtual Harlem." IEEE Computer Graphics, Art History, and Archaeology (2002): 1-8.
and with Paula Mathieu. "Enacting Cultures: The Practice of Comparative Cultural Study." In The Relevance of English: Teaching That Matters in Students’ Lives, ed. Robert P. Yagelski and Scott A Leonard, 324-343. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2002.
with Patricia Harkin, and Ann Feldman. "Collaborative Learning Networks: A Curriculum for the 21st Century." In Beyond English Inc: Curricular Reform in a Global Economy, ed. David Downing, Mark Hurlbert and Paula Mathieu, 219-230. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, Boynton/Cook, 2002.
with K Park, J Leigh, A Johnson, B Carter, and J Brody. "Distance Learning Classroom Using Virtual Harlem." In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, 489-498.Berkeley CA: VSMM, 2001.
with Patricia Harkin. "Argument Is a Cultural Practice." In Genre by Example: Writing What We Teach, ed. David Starkey, 116-128. Portsmith, NH.: Heinemann Boynton/Cook, 2000.
"Configuring as a Mode of Rhetorical Analysis." In Doing Internet Research, ed. Steve Jones, 127-143. London: Sage, 1999.
with David B. Downing. "Coming to Terms with Terms in Academic Cyberculture." In Hypertext, Cyberspace, and Emerging Paradigms, ed. Ollie Oviedoo, 1999.
"Hyper-Readers and Their Reading Engines." In Passions,Politics, and 21st Century Technologies, ed. Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe, 161-177. Logan, Utah and Urbana, Illinois: Utah State University Press-NCTE, 1999.
with Eve Weiderhold. "Querulous Inquiries." Symploke 7, no. 1-2 (1999): 64-84.
with Paula Mathieu, and David Zauhar. "Cultural Studies." In Theorizing Composition: A Critical Sourcebook of Theory and Scholarship in Contemporary Composition Studies, ed. Mary Lynch Kennedy, 62-72:Greenwood, 1998.
"Giving Value for Value: Grades for Work." In Grading in the Post Process Classroom, ed. Libby Allison, Lizbeth Bryant and Maureen Hourigan, 156-175. Portsmouth, NH: Heineman, 1997.
"Writing Habitats: The Post-Disciplinary Study of Cultures, Discursive Practices, and Cyberspace." Works and Days 27/28 (1996): 299-320.
"Notes on Postmodern Double Agency and the Arts of Lurking." CCC (1996): 289-292.
with David Downing. "Working with Narrative Zones in a Postdisciplinary Pedagogy." Narrative 3, no. October (1995): 271-286.
with David Downing. "Multivalent Narrative Zones." Narrative 3, no. October (1995): 294-302.
"The Theory Junkyard." Minnesota Review 41-2 (1994): 80-94. Reprinted in The Institution of Literature, ed. Jeffrey J. Williams, State University of New York Press, 2002, 25-42.
with David Downing. "As the Culture Turns: Postmodern." Works and Days 23/24 (1994): 9-27.
with Cynthia Selfe, and Helen Schwartz. "Electronic Departments." Works and Days 23/24 (1994): 261-286.
with David Downing. "The Protocol of Care in the Cycles Project." Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 27, no. Spring (1994): 75-84.
Patricia Harkin, and David Downing. "Configurations of Lore: The Changing Relations of Theory, Research, and Pedagogy." In Changing Classroom Practices: Resources for Literary and Cultural Studies, ed. David Downing. Albany, NY: NCTE, 1994.
"Edward Said." In The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Criticism and Theory, ed. Martin Kreiswirth, 642-644. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1994.
"Professing Literature in 2001." In Teaching the Conflicts: Gerald Graff, Curricular Reform, and the Culture Wars, ed. William Cain, 193-215. NY: Garland Publishing, 1994.
with David Downing. "A Multivalent Pedagogy for a Multicultural Time." PRE/TEXT 14 3-4 (1993): 307-340.
"Examining Exams." In Knowledges: Historical and Critical Studies in Disciplinarity, ed. David R Shumway, David J Sylvan and Ellen Messer_Davidow, 305-326. Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 1993.
with James Phelan. "What Does It Mean to Work at Reading Narrative?" Modern Fiction Studies 38 (1992): 927-938.
with Patricia Harkin. "The Case for Hyper-Gradesheets: A Modest Proposal." College English 54 (1992): 22-30.
"Irrationability and Gianni Vatimo's the End of Modernity." Studies in 20th Century Literature 16, no. 2 (1992): 305-312.
"Postmodern Teachers in Their Postmodern Classrooms: Socrates Begone!" In Contending with Words: Composition and Rhetoric in a Postmodern Age, ed. Patricia Harkin and John Schilb, 198-219. New York: MLA, 1991.
"Students as Theorists: Collaborative Hypertextbooks." In Practicing Theory in Introductory College Literature Courses, ed. James M Cahalan and David B Downing, 271-290. Urbana, Illinois: NCTE, 1991.
with K. Burkland, T. Cooper, L. Epstein, and K. Gannon. "Invisible Silences." Works and Days 8, no. 2 (1990): 41_47.
"Why Theory? Rethinking Pedagogy." Works and Days 8, no. 2 (1990): 29-40.
"The Psycho-Politics of Error." PRE/TEXT 10, no. 1-2 (1989): 33-52.
with Patricia Harkin. "Barbara Herrnstein Smith: A Contemporary Sophist." PRE/TEXT 10, no. 3-4 (1989): 135-140.
"A Mindless, Man_Driven Theory Machine: Intellectuality, Sexuality, and the Institution of Criticism." In Feminism and Institutions: Dialogues on Feminist Theory, ed. Linda Kaufmann, 55-78. London: Basil Blackwell, 1989. Reprinted in Feminisms: An Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism. Eds. Robyn R, Worhol and Diane Price Herndl. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1991, 40-57.
"Cleanth Brooks." In Modern American Critics--1920_1955, ed. Gregory S. Jay, 33-42. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1988.
"Interpretive Force." Critical Exchange 24 (1988): 63-64.
"Literary Study in a Postmodern Era." Works and Days 9 (1987): 7-33.
"The Invention of the Literary Scholar." In North Dakota Quarterly, 40-48, 1987.
"Literary Study as a Field for Inquiry." In boundary 2, 91-104, 1985.
"The Token Professional." In The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 1-12, 1985.
with H. Giroux, D. Shumway, and P. Smith. "The Need for Cultural Studies." In Dalhousie Review, 472-486, 1984. Reprinted in Henry Giroux, Teachers As Intellectuals: Toward A Critical Pedagogy Of Learning(1988)
"The Grip Project: An Alternative to Traditional Research Practices." Humanities Federation Reports: The Journal of the State Humanities Councils (1984): 7.
with David Shumway. "Critical Protocols." In The Grip Report, ed. James J. Sosnoski, 2, 1-15. Oxford, Ohio: the Society for Critical Exchange, 1984.
"The Magister Implicatus as an Institutionalized Authority Figure: Rereading the History of New Criticism." In The Grip Report, ed. James J. Sosnoski, 1, 1-57. Oxford, Ohio: the Society for Critical Exchange, 1983.
"The Role of Selection Strategies in Reading(S)." Reader 10, (1983): 14-27.
with Rick Barney, James Flavin, Lois Hinrichs, Rachel Kelly, Ruth McMaken, Paul Olubas, Tim Russell, Diana Uhlman, and members of the Miami University Research Group Experiment (MURGE). "Analyzing 'Araby' as Story and Discourse: A Summary of the Murge Project." In James Joyce Quarterly, 237-54, 1981. (This paper was a part of a special issue of JJQ in which Seymour Chatman, author of Story and Discourse, Gerald Prince, and Jonathan Culler responded to the MURGE analysis of Joyce's “Araby”).
"Story and Discourse and the Practice of Literary Criticism: 'Araby’ a Test Case." In James Joyce Quarterly, 255-65, 1981.
"On the Anvil of Theoretical Debate: Story and Discourse as Literary Theory." In James Joyce Quarterly, 267-76, 1981.
"Can We Teach the Latest Literary Theories to College Freshmen?" Focus 7, no. 2 (1981): 32-38.
"Resymbolizing Subjective Criticism." In Reader, 11-15, 1979. Reprint, Includes a response by David Bleich, author of Subjective Criticism.
"Reading Acts and Reading Warrants: Some Implications for Readers Responding to Joyce's Portrait of Stephen." James Joyce Quarterly: Structuralist/Reader Response Special Issue 16 (1979): 43-63.
"In Retrospect." SCE Reports 5 (1979): 3-8.
"Should Interpretation Be the Goal of Literary Criticism; and, If Not, What (If Any) Goal Should a Literary Critic Entertain?" SCE Reports 6 (1979): 86-101.
"The Use of the Word 'Text' in Critical Discourse." College English 39, no. 2 (1977): 121-37.
"The Hard-Boiled, Private Detective Mystery: An Excursion into Urban Mythology." English Notes 26 (1971): 32-47.
"Craft and Intention in James Agee's a Death in the Family." Journal of General Education 20 (1968): 170-83.
Review of Lanham, Richard A. The Electronic Word: Democracy, Technology, and the Arts. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1993 Arachne 2, 2 (1995):367-372.
Reviews of Peavler, Terry J. Individuations. Lanham, MD.: University Press of America, 1987; Orr, Leonard. Semiotic and Structuralist Analyses of Fiction: An Introduction and A Survey of Applications. Troy, NY.: The Whitston Publishing Co., 1987; Gelley, Alexander. Narrative Crossings: Theory and Pragmatics of Prose Fiction. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1987 Modern Fiction Studies (Summer 1989):
Review of Ross Chamber's Story and Situation for Modern Fiction Studies 20 (Fall 1984): 466 ‑ 469.
Review of Robert Scholes' Semiotics and Interpretation for The James Joyce Quarterly 20 (Summer 1983): 466‑69.
Review of James Phelan's Worlds from Words, Horst Ruthrof's The Reader's Construction of Narrative and Catherine Belsey's Critical Practice for Modern Fiction Studies, Summer, 1982.
"Different Readers" (a review essay of four recent publications in reading theory: Stanley Fish's Is There A Text in the Class?, Barbara Johnson's The Critical Difference, Jane P. Tompkin's Reader‑Response Criticism, and Susan R. Suleiman and Inge Crosman's The Reader in the Text), Modern Fiction Studies, Winter 1981/82,
"A Significant Failure: A Review of Alfred T Barson's A Way of Seeing" Journal of General Education 27 (1974),
Review of Richard Kostelanetz' The New American Arts. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 27 (1969): 365‑66.
RESEARCH GROUPS DIRECTED or COORDINATED
The VERITAS project (Virtual Experiences as Remediated Incarnations of Time and Space project. Coordinator 1998-present.) The VERITAS project began as the Virtual Harlem project which inspired the Virtual Bronzeville and Virtual Monmartre projects. The project aims to develop virtual reality models of Harlem, NY, Bronzeville an African American neighborhood in Chicago, and Monmartre, Paris, France in the 1930s. These three sites were important locations of African American culture during the New Negro Movement more familiarly known as the the Harlem Renaissance. The VERITAS project is structured as a collaborative learning network environment or an alternative educational environment that utilizes the most recent communication and instructional technologies to link students of African American culture together.
ASCEND (Director, 2002–2004) The Arts and Sciences Collaborative Exchange Network Development (ASCEND) project has two central goals: (1) to be an online network where learning collaborations between the arts and the sciences across disciplines and educational institutions are developed and tested, and (2) to provide educational content and assessments of distance education projects for teachers and learners at the various sites in the network. The ASCEND project has collaborators at seven sites: UIC and the SciTech small science museum in Illinois, Central Missouri State (CSMU) in Missouri, Columbia Teachers College in New York, Alternative Educational Environments in Tucson Arizona, the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and Växjö University in Växjö, Sweden.
E-Works & TicToc (Director, 1996-1998): e-works was intended to be a virtual English department that provides an online complement to the activities of UICs English department. I directed the group of researchers into online environments who designed the construction of e-works as a research project that studied the relations between virtual and actual departmental activities. The TicToc project (Teaching in Cyberspace Through Online Courses) was a year-long discussion culminating in a symposium, the proceedings of which were published in Works and Days.
CYCLES (Director, 1991-1996): the Cycles project is a series of online experiments in collaborative research which explore the implications of telecommunications for cultural criticism. The Cycles project integrates the functions of a seminar, a textbook, a conference, a symposium, a newsletter, and a journal through electronic correspondence which is channeled into hypertext publications as well as issues of Works and Days.
GRIP (Director, 1982-1987): the Group for Research into the Institutionalization and Professionalization of Literary Study, a national research group studying the relationship among the development of literary studies, the history of the university as an institution and the rise of professionalism.
MURGE (Director, 1980): The Miami University Research Group Experiment, a sentence by sentence structural analysis of Joyce's "Araby." MURGE II (1981): a continuation of the work of the previous group in which five graduate students collaborated on the design of classroom exercises based on the narratological theory.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Outstanding Service Award from Scitech Hands On Museum, Aurora, IL., for helping them to obtain an AGAVE GeoWall for scientific exhibits. (2003)
Senior Personnel (Virtual Harlem Component). “Matching Advanced Visualization and Intelligent Data Mining to High-Performance Experimental Networks” $207,339 for Virtual Harlem project from $1,296,000 total award from the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Computer Information Science and Engineering, CISE Research Resources (CISE-RR) Program NSF 01-100. (2002)
Principal Investigator. “CommLAB: A Flexible Experimental Learning Space Designed to Help Students and Faculty Experience and Assess The Influences of New Media for Communication Within Distance Education Contexts.” $6,000 from the Center for the Study of Learning, Instruction, and Teacher Development. (2002)
Great Cities Scholar. Year’s paid research leave at the Great Cities Institute, UIC. (2001-2002)
Principal Investigator. Patricia Harkin, Co-Investigator. “Preparing Partners.” Preparing Future Faculty Grant from the PEW Charitable Trust through the National Council of Teachers of English. $20,000 (1999)
Principal Investigator. "Culture Crossings." Great Cities Seed Grant, $7,000 from the Great Cities Institute, UIC. (1999)
Principal Investigator. “The E-Works Project.” Small Research Equipment Competition $12,000 from the University of Illinois Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. (1997)
Principal Investigator. “The TicToc Project.” (“Teaching In Cyberspace Through Online Courses.”) $8,000 from Dean of LAS at UIC special fund. (1995)
Co-Investigator with Thomas Philion, S. Tozer, et al., “Writing to Learn/Learning to Teach: Using Storyspace to Foster Collaborative Learning in Teacher Education Courses at UIC.” $15,000 from the University of IllinoisOffice of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Assigned Research Assignment. (Research project: theory of argumentation. Published as Modern Skeletons in Postmodern Closets. From Miami University of Ohio. Year’s paid research leave. 1990-1991.
Ohio University Consortium Seed Grant to develop VOCAT (Vocabularies of Criticism and Theory), an Encyclopedia of Literary Theory for Oxford U P. $8,000 (1985)
Assigned Research Assignment. (Study of the terminology used in literary criticism). From Miami University of Ohio. Semester’s paid research leave. (1981).
Various other small grants for travel, etc.
"The Future of the American Public University as Seen through Cultural Studies," Cultural Studies Association, March, 2011
"Second Life as an Educational Technology," Sorbonne, Paris, November, 2008
“Smart Collaborative Learning Networks,” AERA, Chicago, April, 2007
“SCE.” MLA, Philadelphia, December, 2006
with Bryan Carter. "Collaborative Learning Networks." In First Annual ASCEND Symposium. Växjo University, Växjo, Sweden, 2002.
"The Ascend Network." In Humanities Computing Conference. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2002.
with Patricia Harkin. "Configuring." In Watson Conference. University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2001.
"Discursive Practices." In invited talk. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN., 1995.
"Dancing to Texts." In Modern Language Association Conference. San Diego, CA., 1994.
"The Changing Conditions of Work in English Departments." In Conference on College Coomposition and Communication. Nashville, TN., 1994.
"The Theory Junkyard." In invited talk. University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE., 1994.
"Adventures in Cyberspace." In Modern Language Association. Toronto, Canada, 1993.
"Homo Criticus Americanus." In Modern Language Association. Toronto, Canada., 1993.
"A Multivalent Pedagogy." In Midwest Modern Language Association. Minneapolis, MN., 1993.
"Professing Literature in 2015." In Conference on College Coomposition and Communication. San Diego, CA., 1993.
"The Kritikroman." In Midwest Modern Language Association. St. Louis, MO., 1992.
"The Cycles Project." In Midwest Modern Language Association. St. Louis, MO., 1992.
"Requiem for a Noun." In Associated Departments of English Summer Seminar. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, 1992.
"Why Theory?: Rethinking Pedagogy," Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa." (1991).
with David Downing. ”the Problem of Affirmation in Cultural Studies," Modern Language Association, Chicago, Il." (1990).
"Circuitous Subjects in Their Timemaps," Modern Language Association, Washington, Dc." (1989).
”Historiography as Political Strategy: Who Gets to Define 'Radical'?," Midwest Modern Language Association, Bloomington, In." 1989.
”Breaking with a Past: Literary Study in a Postmodern Era," Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, Mo." (1988).
”Rereading Histories," Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, Md." (1988).
”a Mindless, Man-Driven Theory Machine: Intellectuality, Sexuality and the Institution of Criticism," Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, Oh." (1988).
”Interpretive Force." Midwest Modern Language Association, Columbus, Oh." (1987).
”Rereading Histories of Literary Criticism," Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, Il." (1987).
”toward a Post-Disciplinary Inquiry," Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, Il." (1987).
with K. Gannon, K. Burkland, T. Cooper, and L. Epstein. "”Invisible Silences," Miami University Symposium on Literary Theory, Miami University, Oxford, Oh." (1985).
”Textbooks," Presentation to Commission on Literature and Writing, at the University of California-Santa Cruz. Ca." (1985).
”the Invention of the Scholar," Modern Language Association, New York, Ny." (1984).
and David Shumway. "Critical Protocols." In Modern Language Association. New York, NY: A special Associated Departments of English session, 1983.
”the Many Minds of Academics," Mid-Hudson Modern Language Association, Poughkeepsie, Ny." (1983).
"”Examining Exams," Midwest Modern Language Association, Minneapolis, Mn." (1983).
"”Cleanth Brooks: An Exemplary Career," South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Ga." (1983).
”the Magister Implicatus as an Institutionalized Authority Figure," at the Society for Critical Exchange's Conference at Indiana University, Bloomington, in, and at the Inaugural Grip Meeting, Miami University, Oxford, Oh." (1983).
”Authority and Authorization in Literary Studies," at Northeast Modern Language Association, Quebec, Ca." (1983).
”the Role of Selection Strategies in Reading(S)," Midwest Modern Language Association." (1982).
”the Practice of Reading Strategies" College English Association of Ohio, Miami University." (1982).
”the Myth of Narcissus," Conference on "the World as Mirror," Miami University, Oh." (1982).
”the Murge Project," the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va." (1982).
”Replicating Semiotic Analysis," Second International Summer Institute for Semiotic and Structural Studies, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tn." (1981).
”Self as Story," Southcentral Modern Lanaguage Association, Memphis, Tn." (1980).
"”Can We Teach the Latest Criticism," National Council of Teachers of English, Cincinnati, Oh." (1980).
”Why Are Introductory Texts to Literature Untheoretical?, Modern Language Association, Houston, Tx." (1980).
”Critical Perspectives on Religious Motifs in Joyce," Midwest Modern Language Association, Indianapolis, In." (1979).
"”a Response to Michael Finney," College English Association of Ohio, Columbus, Oh." (1979).
”from Rules to Codes; an Hypothesis About the Advance of Critical Reading from John Dryden to Roland Barthes," Midwest Modern Language Association, Minneapolis, Mn." (1978).
”the Violent Bear It Away: The Myth of the Independent Heroine," Midwest Women's Studies Conference, Bloomington, In." (1975).
”the Masks of Eve: An Analysis of the Masculine View of the Feminine," "a Women's Free Space . . . Not Place," Miami University, Oxford, Oh." (1973).
”the Spatial Structure of the Troilus Legend: A Structuralist Reading of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, Western Michigan Medieval Studies Conference, Kalamazoo, Mi." (1972).
”the Hard-Boiled, Private Detective Mystery: An Excursion into Urban Mythology," College English Association of Ohio, Columbus, Oh." (1971).
Conferences and Symposia Organized
"The TicToc Symposium." Director. University of Illinois at Chicago, May, 1997
"Problems of Affirmation in Critical Theory." SCE Symposium, CoDirector. Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, October, 1991
"A Symposium on the Work of Barbara Herrnstein Smith." SCE Symposium, Director. Miami University, Spring, 1989.
"Textual Scholarship and Literary Theory." SCE Symposium, Co-organizer. Miami University, March 27-29, 1987.
"Deciding What To Know," SCE Conference, Co‑organizer. Indiana University, October 1983,
Local Planning Committee Chair for the MMLA convention. Cincinnati. November 1982
"A Symposium on the Work of Fredric Jameson." SCE Symposium, Co‑organizer. Miami University, November, 1982,.
"Theories of Reference and Representation." SCE Conference, Co‑organizer. Indiana University, October, 1982,.
"Theories of Reading." SCE Conference, Co‑organizer. Indiana University, September 1981.
"Theories of Narrative." SCE Conference, Co‑organizer. Indiana University, October 1980.
"Jungian Perspectives on Creativity and the Unconscious.". Co‑director. Miami University, 1979.
"The Epistemological Relationship between Science and the Humanities." Planning Committee member, 1975.
"Two Year College Conference," Associate Director, 1973.
"Kafka Conference," Co‑director, 1973.
"James Joyce Conference," Co-director, 1972.
"Ohio Danforth Conference" Planning Committee, 1970.
Institute for Human Values, Co-director, 1968-69.
Associate Editor, Works and Days
General Editor, Critical Exchange, 1982-1989
from volume #12 to the last, #26
Editor, The GRIP Report, volumes I, II, IV
Advisory Board, PRE/TEXT
Advisory Board, symplokē
Advisory Board, Computers and Composition
Reader for CCC, PMLA, College English
Reader for various University Presses and Publishing Houses
Editorial Board, SCE Reports, 1976-81
Reader for the Chaucer Review, 1972-74.
SCLCR (The Society for Conceptual Logistics in Communication Research), 2008-present
ASCEND (Arts and Science Collaborative Exchange Network Development), 2002 -- 2006
Alternative Educational Environments, 1991-2000
Society for Critical Exchange, 1976-present
Modern Language Association, 1967-2000
Midwest Modern Language Association, 1977-1987
College English Association, 1968-1989
South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 1983
North Eastern Modern Language Association, 1981, 1983
James Joyce Foundation, 1978-80
Medieval Academy of America, 1968-72
Early English Text Society, 1968-74
Founder & President, SCLCR, 2008-present
Founder & Director, ASCEND, 2002-2006
President, Alternative Educational Environments, 1999-2000
Director, Alternative Educational Environments, 1991-98
Executive Director, SCE, 1982-1989
Chair, SCE Administrative Committee, 1982-1989
Chair, SCE Board of Directors, 1982-1989
MLA Delegate Assembly, elected member, 1987-1990
Executive Committee member, MMLA 1981-1985
Secretary, CEAO Executive Committee, 198-83
CEAO, Executive Committee, 1981-1982
Director of Graduate Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, May 1999-2000
Emerging Technologies Committee of the Modern Language Association, 1991-93.
Consultant for Modern Language Association's FIPSE grant.
Ethics Committee of the Modern Language Association, 1986-89.
External reviewer for numerous Tenure and Promotion committees
Reviewer of manuscripts for various presses