Mark Pedretti, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of English

Providence College

Ph.D., Department of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley | December 2006

Dissertation: “Dead Time: Narrative Form and Historical Knowledge in the Era of the Cold War”

Committee: Anthony J. Cascardi, co-director (Rhetoric and Comparative Literature); John Bishop, co-director (English); Michael Mascuch (Rhetoric); Ann Banfield (English)

Research Interests: Rhetorical Theory (Classical and Neoclassical); Narrative and Narratology; 19th/20th Century Philosophy of History; Theories of Modernity; Cold War Literature, History, and Culture; 20th/21st Century British and American Literature.

B.A., Department of English, University of California, Berkeley | May 1997

Summa cum laude

Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society

Golden Key National Honors Society

Providence College | August 2018-

Assistant Professor & Writing Specialist, Department of English

Claremont Graduate University | January 2015-July 2018

Director, Center for Writing and Rhetoric

Instructor of Record:

    • IST 507: Dissertation Proposal Writing Workshop (Fall 2017)
    • TNDY 407F: Language Games and Disciplinary Identity (Fall 2017)
    • IFP 204: Foundations in Graduate Presentation (Fall 2016 & Spring 2017)
    • IST 401: Applied IT Writing and Business Communication (Fall 2015)
    • LANG 100: Foundations in Graduate Writing and Presenting (Summer 2015)

Responsibilities:

    • Developed International Fellows bridge program emphasizing English for Academic Purposes
    • Developed Writing Fellows embedded tutoring program
    • Developed new scientific writing courses, IST 401 and IST 507
    • Oversaw curriculum for existing graduate-level writing courses
    • Hired and supervised staff of 20-25 graduate student instructors and writing consultants
    • Consulted with faculty on integration of writing instruction into their courses
    • Coordinated campus-wide writing workshops and dissertation boot camps

Case Western Reserve University | August 2009-December 2014

Full-Time Lecturer, Department of English

Instructor of Record:

    • USSY 290D: Apocalypse! The Politics of Ending in Fiction and Film (Spring 2014)
    • FSSY 147: Art and Physics (Fall 2012, 2013, 2014)
    • USSY 288K: Hiroshima: History, Memory, Representation (Spring 2012 & 2013)
    • USSY 286Z: The Undead (Spring 2010 & 2011)
    • FSSY 132: From Modernity to Modernism (Fall 2010 & 2011)

Co-Instructor:

    • FSSO 147: Critical Attitude (Fall 2013 & 2014)
    • USSY 287H: Vocation and Life (Spring 2011 & 2012)
    • USSO 260: Spin, P.R., and American Culture (Fall 2009 & Spring 2010)
    • FSCC 109: The Life of the Mind (Fall 2009, 2010, 2011)
    • FSCC 106: The Life of the Mind (Fall 2009)

Assistant Director, Writing Resource Center | August 2012-July 2013; August-December 2014

Responsibilities:

    • Trained and assessed graduate and postdoctoral Writing Consultants in Writing Center pedagogy
    • Oversaw scheduling and resource allocation for a system with over 1000 users per year
    • Organized and participated in campus-wide writing workshops for students and faculty
    • Initiated a program of dynamic scheduling to align students and consultants during peak hours
    • Analyzed usage against peer institutions to argue for greater resources
    • Assisted in managing the campus-wide Celebration of Student Writing
    • Developed publicity materials to increase visibility of the WRC on campus

Digital Projects Manager, Writing Resource Center | August 2013-July 2014

Responsibilities:

    • Conducted a multi-year usage analysis to advocate for resources with University administration
    • Created a digital archive of instructional materials to facilitate tutoring sessions
    • Redesigned presentation materials to maximize effectiveness
    • Oversaw scheduling and resource allocation for a system with over 1000 users per year
    • Maintained a program of dynamic scheduling to align students and consultants during peak hours

 

Writing Consultant, Writing Resource Center | August 2009-December 2014

Responsibilities:

    • Held regular consultation hours for individualized writing instruction with students and faculty

University of California, Berkeley | August 1998-May 2008

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Rhetoric | January 2007-May 2008

Instructor of Record:

    • RHET R1B: Counterfeits, Forgeries, and Other Fictions (Spring 2008)
    • RHET R1A: American Journeys: Travel Narrative and National Space in Contemporary Literature (Spring 2008)
    • RHET R1B: Looking East: Orientalism in Literature and Film (Spring 2007)

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of English | August-December 2007

Instructor of Record:

    • ENGL 150: Plotting in Secret: Conspiracy and Identity in Contemporary American Fiction (Fall 2007)

Graduate Student Instructor, Department of Rhetoric | August 1998-May 2006

Instructor of Record:

    • RHET R1B: Tortured Confessions (Spring 2006)
    • RHET R1B: Nuclear Time: History and Representation (Fall 2005)
    • RHET R1A: After the War: Cold War Culture in the West (Spring 2005)
    • RHET R1A: Letters: The Epistolary Form as Rhetorical Genre (Fall 2004)
    • RHET R1A: Writing, Self, Violence (Fall 2003)
    • RHET 41AC: Performing American Identities: Gangsters (Summer 2003)

Teaching Assistant:

    • RHET 10: Argument and Analysis (Summer 2003 & Fall 1999)
    • RHET 103B: Truth and Interpretation (Spring 2003)
    • RHET 103B: Mapping Utopian Rhetorics (Spring 2001)
    • RHET R1B: Nationalisms (Spring 2000)
    • RHET R1A: The Gothic as Horror (Spring 1999)
    • RHET R1B: The Craft of Writing (Fall 1998)
    • PHIL 7: Philosophy and Literature (Fall 2001)

Santa Clara University | January-March 2007

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of English

Instructor of Record:

    • ENGL 2: Looking East: Orientalism in Literature and Film (Winter 2007)

Forthcoming

(First Author with Adam Perzynski) “Reversing the Process: Video Composition and the Ends of Writing.” Bridging the Gap: Multimodality in Theory and Practice. Eds. Santosh Khadka and Jennifer Lee. Logan: Utah State University Press.

“Abstracts.” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. Ed. Bruce Frey. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.

 

Peer Reviewed

(Issue Editor and Author) “After Aldermaston: Doris Lessing and the Problem of Revolution in the Nuclear Age.” Doris Lessing Studies 34 (2016).

(Co-Author with Rob McAlear) “Writing Toward the End: Students’ Perceptions of Doneness in the Composition Classroom.” Composition Studies 44.2 (Fall 2016).

“Genre, Materiality, and Consciousness: From Philosophical Zombies to Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.” C21 Literature 3.1 (Autumn 2014).

“Late Modern Rigmarole: Boredom as Form in Samuel Beckett’s Trilogy.” Studies in the Novel 45.4 (Winter 2013).

“Letters of Credit: Joyce, Ulysses, and the Confessions of Fiction.” In-Between: Essays and Studies in Literary Criticism 12.1/2 (2003).

“‘the space of a moment’: How It Is and the Event of Narrative.” Journal of Beckett Studies 10.1/2 (Fall 2000/Spring 2001).

 

Edited Collections

“Doris Lessing and the Madness of Nuclear Deterrence.” In Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook After Fifty. Eds. Alice Ridout, Roberta Rubinstein, and Sandra Singer. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2015.

“Allegories of Hiroshima: Toward a Rhetoric of Nuclear Modernism.” In The Silence of Fallout: Nuclear Criticism in a Post-Cold War World. Eds. Michael Blouin, Morgan Shipley, and Jack Taylor. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

“Gardner and Nietzsche: Toward a Post-Ethical Aesthetic Morality of Fiction.” The Proceedings of the First Annual John Gardner Convention, April 3-4, 1998. Eds. Jim Fessenden and Charley Boyd. West Chester: The John Gardner Society, 1999.

 

Non-Peer Reviewed

Review of Jonathan Hogg, British Nuclear Culture: Official and Unofficial Narratives in the Long Twentieth Century. Journal of British Studies 56.1 (January 2017).

Review of Wai Chee Dimock, Through Other Continents. Emerson Society Papers 19 (Fall 2008).

“A Disaster By Any Other Name.” Qui Parle 15.2 (Spring/Summer 2005)

(With Hovig Tchalian and Andrew Marx) “Persuasion and Trustworthiness in Political Discourse: An Empirical Study of Linguistic Tokens in ‘Fake News.’” Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2018.

“After Aldermaston: Doris Lessing and the Problem of Revolution in the Nuclear Age.” Modern Language Association of America, Austin, Texas, January 2016.

(With Adam Perzynski) “Composing Backwards: Video Challenges to Process Composition Pedagogy.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, Florida, April 2015.

“Mapping Narrative and the Functions of Commemoration in Early Hiroshima Literature.” Narrative: An International Conference. International Society for the Study of Narrative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 2014.

“Cartography as Commemoration in Early Hiroshima Literature.” ASAP/5: The Arts of the City. Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, October 2013.

“‘Being several people at once with no sense of time’: Nuclear Dissociation in Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook.” Narrative: An International Conference. International Society for the Study of Narrative, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2012.

“The Undead Subject: From Philosophical Zombies to Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, March 2012.

“The Zombie Subject, or the Uncanny Irreducibility of Consciousness in Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.” Post45@The Rock Hall Fifth Anniversary Conference. Post45, Cleveland, Ohio, April 2011.

“Representing Hiroshima: The Antinomies of Nuclear Modernism.” English Department Colloquium Series, Case Western Reserve University, October 2010.

Chair, Organizer, and Presenter. “Robert Lowell’s Statuary: The Nuclear Sublime and the Confessional Lyric.” Narrative: An International Conference. International Society for the Study of Narrative, Case Western Reserve University, April 2010.

“Locating the Holocaust in the Work of Giorgio Agamben.” Narrative: An International Conference. International Society for the Study of Narrative, University of Texas at Austin, May 2008.

“Spies Like Us?: Ralph Ellison and the Politics of Secret Agency.” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. University of Louisville, February 2008.

(Chair, Organizer, and Presenter) “Impossible Representations: Prolegomena.” The Aesthetics of the Bomb and the Aesthetics of Doctor Atomic. University of California at Berkeley, October 2005.

“‘Mortal Tedium’: Narrating Boredom in Samuel Beckett’s Trilogy.” Narrative: An International Conference. International Society for the Study of Narrative, Louisville, Kentucky, April 2005.

“‘A Parody of Silence and Death’: Confession and Reference in Nabokov’s Lolita.” The “I” of the Beholder: Narrative Voice and Imagined Reality. New York College English Association, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, October 2003.

(Chair and Organizer) “Merleau-Ponty and the Philosophy of Mind.” Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California at Berkeley, October 2000.

“Beckett’s Denial of History: How It Is, Epoch, Narrative.” Another Beckett Conference. The London Beckett Seminar, Birkbeck College, University of London, June 2000.

 

Fellow, Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship | August 2013-May 2014

Case Western Reserve University

Competitive application among faculty for research grants in digital humanities. Undertook a project using geospatial information systems to map representations of Hiroshima in Ibuse Masuji’s Black Rain and John Hersey’s Hiroshima.

 

Fellow, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities | August 2012- May 2013

Case Western Reserve University

Competitive application among faculty for a year-long funded working group on the theme of “Revolution!” Participation included reading group meetings and attendance at Center colloquia.

 

Fellow, The Ethics Table | August 2011-May 2012

Case Western Reserve University

Competitive application among administrators and faculty for a year-long compensated appointment to research, discuss, and present work addressing the cultivation of student ethics in the classroom and the university at large.

 

SAGES Instructional Excellence Award | May 2011

Case Western Reserve University               

Nominated by faculty for best writing instructor in the undergraduate core curriculum; award given on the basis of recommendations, course materials, and student evaluations.

 

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award | May 2004

University of California, Berkeley             

Nominated by faculty for best graduate student instructor in the College of Letters and Science; award given on the basis of recommendations, observations, course materials, and student evaluations.

Petitions and Appeals Committee Member | April 2015-

Claremont Graduate University

Served on multidepartmental committee for the adjudication and resolution of student petitions for exceptions to University academic and financial policies. Developed decision processes for common issues.

 

First-Year Advisor | August 2010-December 2014

Department of English, Case Western Reserve University

Met regularly with incoming First-Year students to discuss course planning, declaring a major, and adjustment to college life.

 

Graduate Proseminar Instructor | September 2011

Department of English, Case Western Reserve University

Led a two-week mini-seminar for graduate students on contemporary philosophical approaches to literature, with emphasis on object-oriented ontology and speculative realism.

 

Member, Teaching of Argument White Paper Committee | January-May 2010

Case Western Reserve University

Contributing writer to a Writing Across the Curriculum pamphlet emphasizing argument for faculty teaching in the core curriculum.

 

Honors Thesis Advisor | September 2007-May 2008

Department of English, University of California, Berkeley

Sought out by two senior-level students to serve as a second reader on their undergraduate honors theses; supervised research, oversaw drafts, and advised on future academic possibilities.

 

Workshop Leader | August 2006

Graduate Student Instructor Resource Center, University of California, Berkeley

Teaching Conference for new Graduate Student Instructors; Graduate-level workshop to instruct and train new GSIs in course management, grading, syllabus development, classroom activities, and lesson planning.

 

Guest Lecturer | November 2005

Department of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley

Graduate-level pedagogy course; lecture on developing classroom confidence and styles of teaching.