Ken Eckert, Ph.D. M.A.

Incheon, Korea • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
St. John's, Newfoundland • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Summary
  • Skillset: English literature / composition professor, program administration, editor, web and content design
  • Assistant Professor of English in the English Language & Culture department at Hanyang University in Ansan (ERICA), Korea
  • Ph.D.-in-hand (English Literature & Composition/Rhetoric)
  • Publications: As of 2016, 15 in print or accepted (9 A&HCI)
  • Canadian citizen
  • Included in Marquis' Who's Who in the World (2015)
My first book has now been published: Middle English Romances in Translation (Sidestone Press, 2015). Available from Amazon and the press site. The flyer brochure is also here.


Portfolio Links
Courses in English Literature

British Contemporary Novel (2016)
British Society & Literature (2016)
British Society & Modernism (2015)
Shakespeare (2015)
Understanding Brit & US Fiction (2014)
Medieval English Lit (2009)
Literature Survey I to 1600 (2009)

Courses at Keimyung Adams

Academic Reading (2011)
Managing University Life (2012)
Advanced Writing (2012)
Academic Writing I (2012)
Communication English (2012)
Thesis Writing (2013)

Managing University Life Video Series Dissertation and Thesis Online Middle & Old English Readings Video Lecture on Piers Plowman
Here is the first half of a lecture I gave on the Middle English poem Piers Plowman for English majors at UNLV, Las Vegas, March 31, 2009.
Writing Textbook and Video Series Essays & Creative
Writing
Ken's English in
Korea Site
Ken on Linkedin


Experience

Assistant Professor of English, Hanyang University (ERICA), Seoul-Ansan, Korea
March 2014 -

  • Teach courses in English literature to undergraduate majors in the department of English Language and Culture, and mentor incoming freshmen; conduct publication research, specializing in the fields of medieval English and modernism. I am also the departmental site webmaster.
  • As of March 2016, I am the director of the English Education Committee at ERICA, under which native English instructors deliver second-year and upward general English conversation, writing, and debate/communications courses to Hanyang students.
Courses taught
  • British Contemporary Novels
  • British Society and Literature to 1900
  • Understanding British & American Fiction
  • British Society Through Modern Novels
  • Shakespeare
  • Writing English Essays (Graduate)

Copy Editor, Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice (JISTAP), Korea
February 2013 - Present

  • Responsible for accurate editing and standardization of academic text to APA and in-house typographical standards (Part-time concurrent).

Assistant Professor of English, Keimyung Adams College, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea
September 2009 - January 2014

  • Taught in the English Foundation Program, including courses in composition (EAP), professional reading, communications, and thesis writing for seniors. I also assisted in supervising undergraduate theses.
  • Served as English program head (2010-13); duties included curriculum and faculty administration, course scheduling, and content development. I also designed and administered the college's website.
Courses taught
  • Professional Reading
  • Thesis Writing (Seniors)

Graduate Assistant, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
January 2007 - July 2009

  • For my GA duties I divided my time between two assignments. I taught courses and was also a consultant in the UNLV Writing Center, where I advised students, conducted workshops, and helped maintain the center's website.

Courses taught: Composition; World Literature to the Renaissance; Medieval English Literature

Instructor, Korea National University of Education, Gangnae, Chungbuk, Korea
December 2003 - January 2007

  • Taught English conversation and composition in the Intensive English Program for Korean English teachers. Primarily, I taught textbook-based materials and generated my own materials, and I assigned and evaluated papers and exams. I also taught courses for speech or teaching presentations as well as participating in field trips and other activities.

ESL Teacher, ESS English Institute, Busan, Korea.
February 2003 - December 2003

  • Administered and instructed small classes of adults in conversational English, and generated multimedia and text materials.

ESL Teacher, ABC English School, Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico.
January 2002 - December 2002

  • Administered and instructed small classes of adults and teenagers, ranging from beginners to university preparation (TOEFL) and small groups of corporate adults.

Lead Digital Intern, University of Alberta Libraries, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
January 2001 - July 2001

  • Organized and supervised the collection of data and images in the creation of an online library of Alberta Royal Commissions, in addition to staff training and management duties.


Education
2007 - 2011 Ph.D. in English Literature, May 14, 2011

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Specialization: Middle English & Chaucerian Literature, Rhetoric & Composition
Dissertation: "Chaucer's Reading List: Sir Thopas, Auchinleck, and Middle English Romances in Translation." I worked in the area of medieval romances in the 13th and 14th centuries, exploring their link to Chaucer's Sir Thopas. Director: John Bowers

1997 - 2001 M.A. in English Literature, October 19, 2001

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NF, Canada
Specialization: Old English Literature
Thesis: “It’s About Time: Kingship and the Character in a Contemporary Beowulf.”
Advisor: William Schipper

1996 - 1997 Honors B.A. Equivalence in English Literature
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NF, Canada
1995 - 1996 B.Ed. Program in Secondary English Education, One Year Completed
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
1993 M.A. Program in English Literature, One Semester Completed
1987 - 1990 B.A. in English Literature, April 28, 1990

Concordia University College of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Minor: History


Publications


Activities & Awards


Other Experiences
  • I.T. Skills: I have been using computers since 1982 and the internet since 1995. I am fluent or familiar with:
    HTML page design (javascript, jquery, CSS, responsive/mobile design)
    Video editing and mpeg compression; Digital audio, multitrack & audio restoration
    Adobe Suite (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Premiere, Audition)
    Blackboard, Moodle, and online educational platforms
  • Languages: I have limited reading or speaking proficiency in Korean, French, Spanish, German, and Old English.
  • Graduate Assistant at Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1997-2000:
    Marker for undergraduate English papers (Dr. G. Casey)
    Proofreader and indexer for Newfoundland periodical of dialect studies (Dr. S. Shorrocks)
    Assisted in research and occasionally taught first-year English as an assistant for Dr. William Schipper, 1999.
  • Volunteer Experience: Volunteered as a computer data clerk and records researcher for University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii, USA, 1992.
  • Other Work Experience: As many longtime university students, I have held numerous seasonal or summer jobs. I have been a film developer, bartender, service station attendant, hamburger cook, gas meter reader, golf course concession clerk, groundskeeper, painter, camera department clerk, baseball cap maker, chauffeur, elections officer, and concert roadie.


It's a jungle out there!