Kenneth Eckert, Ph.D.

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
  • Director of the English Education Committee at ERICA, supervising native instructors delivering general English language courses
  • Ph.D.-in-hand (English Literature & Composition/Rhetoric)
  • Publications: As of 2017, 19 articles in print or accepted (12 A&HCI)
  • Canadian citizen
  • Included in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World (2015)

Books

Middle English Romances in Translation (Sidestone Press, 2015). Available from Amazon and the press site. The flyer brochure is also here.
Shorter of Breath, literary fiction/humor (Moldy Rutabaga Press, 2017) on Amazon. Writing Academic Papers in English: For Korean Writers (Moldy Rutabaga Press, 2017) on Amazon.


Portfolio Links

Course Outlines at Hanyang University
Shakespeare (2017)
Graduate Writing Seminar (2017)
British Society & Literature I (2017)
British Society & Literature II (2016)
British Contemporary Novel (2016)
British Society & Modernism (2015)
Understanding Brit & Amer Fiction (2014)
Outlines at Keimyung Adams & UNLV
Academic Reading (2011)
Managing University Life (2012)
Advanced Writing (2012)
Communication English (2012)
Thesis Writing (2013)
Medieval English Literature (2009)
Literature Survey I to 1600 (2009)
Managing University Life Video Series Dissertation and Thesis Online Middle & Old English Readings
Writing Textbook and Video Series Essays & Creative
Writing
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.


Experience

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

  • Teach courses in English literature to undergraduate and graduate 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
  • Presently supervising two MA thesis candidates (as of Fall 2017)
  • As of March 2016, I am the director of the English Education Program at Hanyang ERICA, under which sixteen native English instructors deliver general English conversation, writing, and debate/communications courses to Hanyang undergraduates (concurrent)
Courses taught
  • British Contemporary Novels
  • British Society and Literature I and II
  • 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 (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, 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, 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, USA
Specialization: Middle English & Chaucerian Literature, Rhetoric & Composition
Dissertation: “Chaucer’s Reading List: Sir Thopas, Auchinleck, and Middle English Romances in Translation.” I researched 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, 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, Canada
1995 - 1996 B.Ed. Program in Secondary English Education, One Year Completed
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
1993 M.A. Program in English Literature, One Semester Completed
University of Montana, Missoula, USA
1987 - 1990 B.A. in English Literature, April 28, 1990
Concordia University of Edmonton, AB, Canada (Concordia College)
Minor: History


Publications


Activities & Awards

  • Read “Why is an English Professor here, and can/should literature be taught?” at KOTESOL, Seoul, Korea, October 2015
  • Attended KOTESOL conference for English language educators in Korea, Seoul, October 2009, October 2014
  • Editorial board member for TESOL Review
  • Read “Korean, Content, and English Faculty,” KMU International Faculty Pedagogy Seminar Series, Keimyung University, December 2012
  • Read “I’m Sorry: Plagiarism and Apologizing in Korean Culture,” KMU International Faculty Pedagogy Seminar Series, Keimyung University, April 2013
  • Included in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, 2015
  • Recipient of UNLV Graduate Student Access Scholarship Award, 2008
  • Member of Golden Key International Honor Society, Invited 2008
  • Recipient of Memorial University of Newfoundland Harlow-Bowring scholarship, 1998. Traveled to Essex, UK for thesis research in London and Edinburgh, 1998
  • Read on Havelock the Dane at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 2009
  • Read “The Evolution of Mean: Satire in the American Elections of 1980 and 2008 Compared” at the Far West Popular Culture and American Culture Associations conference, Las Vegas, March 2009
  • I have had numerous works of short essays and poems printed by university student newspapers and have privately written works of fiction and nonfiction. Some of them are on my website.


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 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!