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David Plotkin, Ph.D.

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Department of English 


Ph.D. in English, emphasis in critical theory, University of California, Irvine
MA in English, University of California, Irvine
BA in English, Oberlin College, High Honors in English, Phi Beta Kappa

Classes Taught

Rhetorical Theory
Literary Theory
19th Century British Fiction
Vietnam War Literature

Fellowships / Grants / Awards

American Leadership Forum Fellow, Class 22 (2007-2009)

University of California, Irvine, Summer Dissertation Fellowship (1997)

University of California, Irvine, Humanities Dissertation Fellowship (1997)

Council for Collaborative Research, University of California, Irvine: Collaborative Research Grant (1995)

University of California, Regents Fellowship (1992-1993)

Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association, Oberlin, Ohio: Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association Fellowship; Taught as Shansi Fellow at American College, Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India (1988-1990)


Board member, Park Academy: for K-12 students with moderate to severe dyslexia and other learning disabilities (2005-2007)

Member, Metropolitan Alliance for the Common Good, Steering Committee, St. Claire's Parish (2005-2006)

Selected Marylhurst University committees and service:

Presidential Search Committee (2007-2008)

Accreditation Self-Study Steering Committee (Chair) (2005-2007)

Assessment Committee, Strategic Planning Committee (Chair) (2003-present)

Faculty Development Committee, Program Committee, Center for Learning Partnerships, Master in Arts of Teaching Task Force (2003-2006)

Faculty Development Committee, Teaching Technology Committee (2000-2003)

Accreditation Liaison Officer (2001-2014)

Writing Task Force, Humanities Curriculum Design Working Group, International Student Committee (Chair) (1999-2000)


Nourishing Equality, Converting Difference: Matthew Arnold and the Rhetoric of Popular Education. Rhetoric, The Polis, and the Global Village. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum (1999)

Home-made Savages: Cultivating English Children in Bleak House. Pacific Coast Philology, 32 (1997)

An Electronic Discussion List in an Undergraduate Writing Course. Computers and Education, 24.2 (1995) With borders@uci group (Eric D. Friedman, Lisa Haefele, K. M. Keating, Mark Mullen, Mark Patrick, Ellen Strenski)

Selected Conference Papers

Integrated Learning at Marylhurst University: Connecting Theory to Students' Knowledge and Skills. With Simeon Dreyfuss and Jennifer Sasser. Council on Adult and Experiential Learning 2003 International Conference, Chicago. (November 2004)

Instigating Reflexive Inquiry: Innovative Learning Projects for Adult Learners. With Simeon Dreyfuss and Jennifer Sasser. Council on Adult and Experiential Learning 2003 International Conference, San Diego. (November 2003)

The Chattel Becomes a Man: Frederick Douglass in Britain. Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago. (December 1999)

Masterful Training: Masculine Education and Colonial Ambivalence in The Jungle Books. Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States, Vancouver, Wash. (October 1999)

Educating the Savage Poor. Middle Atlantic Conference on British Studies, New York City (April 1999)

Schooling the Populace: Matthew Arnold, Culture and Education. The Dickens Project Winter Conference, University of California, Riverside. (February 1998)


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