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Michael Dean Benton

EMAIL: michael.benton@kctcs.edu


EDUCATION

(ABD) Ph.D., English, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Dissertation in progress: “Poetics of Relation: Restor(y)ing Identity, Place and Community” (Advisors: Ronald Strickland (chair), Rebecca Saunders and Lynn Worsham)
Concentration: Composition Theory, Film Studies and Literature
M.A., 2000, Cultural Studies, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
B.A., 1996, major in English and minor in History, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.
AWARDS

Grant ($2000) to establish an Arts Series at Bluegrass Community and Technical College 2006/2007


Outstanding Writing Instructor of the Year Award, English Department, University of Kentucky, 2004.
Excellent Writing Program Instructor, University of Kentucky, Spring 2003, Fall 2003, and Spring 2004.
TEACHING AREAS

Film Studies, World Cinema, Rhetoric/Composition, 20th-century American Literature and Culture, Peace Studies, Vietnam War Literature and Film, Business Writing


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Full-time Instructor (tenure-track), Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Fall 2005 to Present and Part-time Instructor at University of Kentucky:
English 282, International Film Studies, One Section, Fall 2007
English 101, Two Sections, Fall 2007
Peace Studies Course (Interdisciplinary Team Taught): Three Week Lecture on “Representing the Vietnam and Iraq Wars in Film and Literature”, Fall 2007
English 102, One Section, Summer 2007
English 281, Intro to Film, One Section, Spring 2007
English 102, Two Sections, Spring 2007
Peace Studies Course (Interdisciplinary Team Taught): Three Week Lecture on “Representing the Vietnam and Iraq Wars in Film and Literature”, Spring 2007

English 104. Writing: An Accelerated Foundational Course. University of Kentucky Independent Study Program: Online Course 2006
English 101, One Section, Fall 2006
English 281: Intro to Film, Two Sections, Fall 2006
Peace Studies Course (Interdisciplinary Team Taught): Three Week Lecture on “Representing the Vietnam and Iraq Wars in Film and Literature”, Fall 2006

English 101, One Section, Summer 2006
English 101, Two Sections, Spring 2006
English 102, One Section, Sring 2006
English 2--, Introduction to Film, Two Sections, Spring 2006

An introduction to the Aesthetics and Politics of Film


English 104. Writing: An Accelerated Foundational Course. University of Kentucky Independent Study Program: Online Course 2006
English 101, Three Sections, Fall 2005
English 2--, Introduction to Film, Two Sections, Fall 2005
Part-time Instructor, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Spring 2005:

English 101, Spring 2005

An introductory composition course focusing on place-based writing, democratic citizenship

and social futures.
Instructor and Mentor, University of Kentucky, 2002-2005:

English 203-Business Writing, Spring 2005

Course focusing on environmental ethics, corporate responsibility, technological changes and global relations in which students sharpen their business writing skills by learning to compose business letters, proposals, reports, presentations and memos. Texts included The Corporation and Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats.


English 104, two sections, Spring 2005

Composition course focusing on place-based writing, democratic citizenship and social futures.


English 104, three sections, Fall 2004

Composition course focusing on place-based writing, democratic citizenship and social futures.


English 102, Summer 2004

Composition course focusing on place-based writing, democratic citizenship and social

futures.
English 102, two sections, Spring 2004

Four-part course progression ( 1.) Conceptual Etymologies; 2.) Narrative Poetics; 3.) Discursive Communities; 4.) Major revision and re-conceptualization of a paper written during the last year) designed to develop student awareness of the ways in which we produce meanings about/of the world and what purpose these stories serve.


English 101, two sections, Fall 2003

Following the concepts of “orientation” and “interconnectedness” this course moved through 4 inter-related writing projects: 1) Writing the Self: Identity, Place and Community; 2) Reading and Writing Place; 3) Local Culture; 4) Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future: A Prediction for Today!



English 101, Summer 2003

Course designed as a pilot for UK’s new place-based writing curriculum. Following the concepts of “orientation” and “interconnectedness” the course moved through 4 interrelated writing projects: 1) Homeplace/Personal Experience; 2) Production of Place; 3) Politics of Community; 4) Collective Memory.


English 105, Spring 2003

Accelerated composition course designed to develop a critical understanding of local and global issues. Units: 1: Conceptual Etymologies; 2: Local Knowledge; 3: Global Forces.


English 102, two sections Spring 2003

Course shaped around three units--1: Production of Identity; 2: Production of Places; 3: Production of Culture.


English 101, three sections, Fall 2002

Course shaped around three units--1: Cultural Ethnography; 2: Media Representation; 3: Physical Environment/Human Communities.


Teaching Assistantship, Illinois State University, 1999-2002:

Interdisciplinary Studies 121, “Gender and Terror in Contemporary American Culture,” Spring 2002

Course examined a contemporary “floating signifier” (terror) through a critical lens (gender). Texts included: Elgin’s Native Tongue, Offut’s The Good Brother, Rechy’s The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, DeLillo’s White Noise, Morrison’s Paradise, and Butler’s Parable of the Sower.


Composition 101, Fall 2001

Required, introductory writing course for freshmen designed to explore current discourses of globalization. The structuring framework for the units were Arjun Appadurai’s five ‘scapes’: ethnoscapes, technoscapes, mediascapes, finanscapes, and ideoscapes.


Composition 101, TITLE, Summer 2000
Composition 101, two sections, TITLE, Spring 2000
Composition 101, TITLE, Fall 1999

Teaching Assistantship at Bowling Green State University, 1996-1998:

Introduction to Mass Media 165, Two Sections, Spring 1998


Introduction to Mass Media 165, Fall 1997

Introduction to Popular Culture 160, Fall 1997, Spring 1997 & Fall 1996.
PUBLICATIONS

Articles:
“Thoughts on Blogging by a Poorly Masked Academic.” Reconstruction 6.4 (Winter 2006): http://reconstruction.eserver.org/064/benton.shtml
"24 Films, 24 Countries, 24 Weeks."  Nougat Magazine (August 2006): 21.
“Rhetorics of Place: The Importance of Public Spaces and Public Spheres.” Reconstruction 5.3 (Spring 2005): http://reconstruction.eserver.org/053/benton.shtml
“Travels in Kentucky, Pts. 1 and 2.” L’Bourgeoizine #8 (Spring 2004): 83-85.
“What We Write and Why.” With Alan Clinton, et al. Reconstruction 3.1 (Winter 2003):

http://www.reconstruction.ws/031/intro.htm
“El Mexterminator and Cyber-Vato.” Reconstruction 2.4 (Fall 2002). At:

http://www.reconstruction.ws/BReviews/revElMex.htm
“Advertisement for the Truth.” L’Bourgeoizine #4 (Spring 2002): 27.
“Here There Be Monsters: A Response to the Public Outcry Surrounding the San Diego High School Shootings.” L’Bourgeoizine #1 (Summer 2001): 8-12.
“Teen Films.” With Mark Dolan and Rebecca Zisch. Journal of Popular Film and Television 25.2 (Summer 1997): 83-89.
Editing:

“Theorizing the Blogosphere.” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 6.4 (Winter 2006). Co-Editor of Special Issue with Lauren Elkins


English 104. Writing an Accelerated Foundational Course. University of Kentucky Independent Study Program. Developed and wrote the course textbook.
“Rhetorics of Place.” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 5.3 (spring 2005). Co-editor of this special issue with G. Wesley Houp and Melissa Purdue.
“Writing in Place” University of Kentucky’s Writing Program Textbook
Reviews Editor. Reconstruction, 2004-present. At: http://www.reconstruction.ws
Domain Editor (“Place and Space”), Reconstruction, 2003-present.
Editorial Assistant, Reconstruction, 2002-2003.
Editorial Assistant, Journal of Management Education, Sage Publications, 2000-2003.
Founding Editor, L’Bourgeoizine, 2001-2005.
Editorial Assistant, Unit for Contemporary Literature, Illinois State University, 1999-2000.
Music Editor/Reviewer. PopCultures. 1998-2000. At: www.popcultures.com

Columns:

In the Fray columns (http://inthefray.com), 2004:

“A Radical Question: What is Democracy?” July 15, 2004


“The Making of a Personal War.” July 1, 2004
“Foolish Academic Eats Crow.” June 17, 2004
“The Moonshine Clans of the Alphane Mountains.” June 3, 2004

“The Power of Words: Poetry is Always Political.” May 6, 2004


“A Nomadic Academic Learns the Importance of Place.” April 22, 2004
“Musings of a Political Discontent.” April 8, 2004
“In God’s Country.” March 25, 2004

“Ethnography for the 21st Century.” March 11, 2004



REVIEW ESSAYS:
“Why We Blog, Pt. I and II.” Reconstruction 6.4 (Winter 2006): http://reconstruction.eserver.org/064/whyiblog1.shtml and http://reconstruction.eserver.org/064/whyiblog2.shtml
“Review of Geographies of Writing: Inhabiting Places and Encountering Difference” by Nedra Reynolds.” Composition Forum Volume 15 (Spring 2006): http://www.fau.edu/compositionforum/15/bentonreview.html

“Review of Fledgling by Octavia Butler.” Reconstruction 5.4 (Fall 2005): http://reconstruction.eserver.org/054/benton.shtml


“Returning From the Future, To Read the Past, In Order to Understand the Present.” Journal of Psychoanalysis of Society and Culture 7:2 (Fall 2002): 352-357.

“Review of Peter Linebaugh and Mark Rediker’s The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and



the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.” Politics and Culture 1.3 (2001): http://laurel.conncoll.edu/politicsandculture/arts.cfm?id=38

WRITING AWARDS:
“An Existentialist Pedagogy.” 2nd Annual Peace and Global Citizenship Essay Contest. May 2007.
CONFERENCES/ LECTURES:

“The Importance of Student Organizations in Student Retention Rates.” Brown Bag Lecture Series. Bluegrass Community and Technical College: September 12, 2006


“Poetics of Relation: Environmental Awareness and the Public Sphere.” Special Interest Group for Ecocomposition. 57th Annual Conference on College Communication and Composition (CCCC): Chicago, IL, March 22-24, 2006.
“Environmental English Studies: An (Auto)Ethnographic Poetics for Restor(y)ing Place.” 56th Annual Conference on College Communication and Composition (CCCC): San Francisco, CA, March 16-19, 2005.
“International Insights on Teaching Composition.” (Served as chair) 56th Annual Conference on College Communication and Composition (CCCC): San Francisco, CA, March 16-19, 2005.
“Implementing a Course in Orientation: The Mentoring Process.” 55th Annual Conference on College

Communication and Composition (CCCC): "Making Composition Matter: Students, Citizens, Institutions,

Advocacy." San Antonio, TX, March 24-27, 2004.
“Restor(y)ing the Meaning of Places: A Pedagogical Experiment.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2003 National Conference. New Orleans, LA, April 16-19, 2003.
“Presenting Social Anxiety, Temporal Liminality, and Spatial Uncertainity, or, Just Another Day in the Life of ‘El Mexterminator’ and ‘Cyber Vato’.” 8th Annual Qualitative Methods Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, September 4-6, 2002 (Conference Proceedings online at http://www.criticalmethods.org/ )
“Bridging the Gap: Making Sense of ‘Culture(s)’ in the Composition Classroom.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2001.
“Pricking the Popular Psyche: Or, Pop Goes the Avant-Garde.” MA Presentation. Bowling Green State

University. Summer 2000.


“Whose Public(s)? What Sphere(s)?” (Co-organizer and Presenter) 2nd Annual Rhetoric and History Conference: Global Connections. Illinois State University. December 6, 2000.
“Problematizing the Borders of Academia.” Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference: Writing Team on International/Multicultural Issues and New Technologies For Learning, April 2000. University of Hawaii, Honolulu. http://leahi.kcc.hawaii.edu/org/tcon2k/paper/paper_bentonm.html
“Crossing Cultural, Technological, and Artistic Borders: Guillermo Gomez-Pena’s and Roberto Sifuentes’ Temple of Confessions and Mexterminator Performances.” PCA/ACA National Conference, New Orleans, 2000.
“Demystifying the Vagina: The Virtuoso Seduction Texts of Eve Ensler, Laurie Foos, Eurydice.” PCA/ACA National Conference, San Diego, 1999.
“Pop Goes the Avant-Garde.” PCA/ACA Midwestern Conference, Traverse, Michigan, 1998.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

English Coordinator for the Humanities Department at Bluegrass Community and Technical College: 2006 -Present


Search Committee for New Faculty Hire: English Department (2007)
Chair/Organizer of the Bluegrass Film Society 2005 - Present
Bluegrass Community and Technical College Representative for the University of Kentucky Writing Initiative: 2006-Present
Theatre and Film Advisory Board (Lexington, KY), 2006-Present
“Learning Resources Committee” for Bluegrass Community and Technical College 2006-Present
Chair of the “ENG102 Textbook Committee” 2006/2007
Co-Chair “Arts on Campus” Committeee for Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 2005-Present

Committee to Develop a Filmmaking Program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College: 2005-2006


Committee to Develop the “First Annual Lexington Peace Fair”: 2006
“Diversifying the Curriculum” Committeee for Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 2006
Faculty Member of the “Bluegrass Peace and Justice Coalition”: 2005-Present
Web-Designer of “Peace and Justice Coalition” online web site
Founder, Bluegrass Community and Technical College Cinema Society (Bluegrass Film Society http://bluegrassfilmsociety.blogspot.com ), 2005-Present
Web Designer/Volunteer. Grandparent Coalition. http://grandparentcoalition.blogspot.com
Writing Program Mentor, University of Kentucky, 2003-2005
Organized and Conducted Orientation for New Writing Instructors, University of Kentucky Writing Program,

2003-2005


Vice President, Illinois State University Cinema Society, 2000-2003
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Illinois State University, 2001-2002
Graduate Forum Committee, Illinois State University, 2001-2002
Organized series of “Theoretical” seminars, English Department, Illinois State University, Spring 2002
Organized series of “Globalization” seminars, English Department, Illinois State University, Fall 2001
Organizing Committee, 2nd Annual History and Rhetoric Conference: Global Connections, Illinois State University, December 6, 2000.
MEMBERSHIPS

NCTE 2006-Present


CCCC, 2004-Present
Reconstruction (Editorial Collective) 2003-Present
Modern Language Association, 2002-2005
Popular Culture Association/American Studies Association, 1997-2002
REFERENCES
Dr. Ronald Strickland, Department of English, Illinois State University, rlstrick@ilstu.edu,

(309) 438-3667


Dr. Rebecca Saunders, Department of English, Illinois State University, rasaund@ilstu.edu, (309) 438-7778
Dr. Randall Roorda, Director of Writing Program, Department of English, University of Kentucky,

rroorda@uky.edu, (859) 257-1033

Deborah Kirkman, Assistant Director of Writing Program, Department of English, University of Kentucky,



dkirk00@uky.edu, (859) 257-1115


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