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Biography

Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Bio

Don Nilsen's areas of specialization within English Linguistics are Semantics, Pragmatics, and Discourse Theory. He is especially interested in sophisticated discourse; therefore, he studies the nature of Double Entendre, Symbolism, Metaphor, Irony, Parody, Paradox, Wit, Symbolism, Humor, Comedy and Tragi-comedy.

News

As the Co-Founders of the International Society for Humor Studies, Don and Alleen Nilsen regularly make presentations for the Arizona Humanities Council on such topics as "Humor: Features, Functions and Subjects," "Some Humorous Analogues between Language and Art," "Literary Onomastics: Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature," "The Recycling of Visual Symbols in Political Cartoons," and "Afghanistan: A Country at the Crossroads."  Don also teaches a humor course for graduate students (LIN 655: Linguistic Humor across the Disciplines), and one for undergraduate students (ENG 414: Linguistic Humor and Language Play).  PowerPoints for these courses (and his other courses) can be found in his web site: http://www.public.asu.edu/~dnilsen ).  The second edition of Don and Alleen Nilsen's Pronunciation Contrasts (Waveland Press, 2010) is expanded to include a large section entitled, "English Spelling as a Morphophonemic System."  This is an application of Chomsky and Halle's Sound Patterns of English.

Writings

Nilsen, Alleen Pace, and Don L. F. Nilsen. Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007.

Nilsen, Alleen P. and Don L.F. Nilsen. Vocabulary Plus High School and Up: A Source-Based Approach. Boston: Pearson Allyn & Bacon, 2004.

Nilsen, Alleen P. and Don L.F. Nilsen. Vocabulary Plus K-8: A Source-Based Approach. Boston: Pearson Allyn & Bacon, 2004.

Nilsen, Don L. F. and Alleen Pace Nilsen. Pronunciation Contrasts in English. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2002.

Nilsen, Alleen Pace, and Don L. F. Encyclopedia of 20th Century American Humor. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 2000.

Nilsen, Don L. F. Humor in Twentieth-Century British Literature: A Reference Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000.

Nilsen, Don L. F. Humor in Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century British Literature: A Reference Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1998.

Nilsen, Don L. F. Humor in British Literature, From the Middle Ages to the Restoration: A Reference Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1997.

Nilsen, Don L. F. Humor in Irish Literature: A Reference Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1996.

Nilsen, Don L. F. Humor in American Literature: A Selected Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1992.

Nilsen, Don L. F. Humor Scholarship: A Research Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1993.

Laurian, Anne-Marie, and Don L. F. Nilsen, eds. Humor and Translation. Special Issue of META: Journal des Traducteurs. 34.1 (March 1989), 1989.

Nilsen, Don L. F., and Alleen Pace Nilsen. Language Play: An Introduction to Linguistics. New York, NY: Newbury House, 1977.

Sidelights

Don and Alleen Nilsen established an affiliate of the Workshop Library on World Humor, which they named “Western Humor and Irony Membership” so that they could use the acronym WHIM. they changed “Western” to “World” when they held international conferences between 1981 and 1987 here on the ASU campus. The year after each conference, they published the proceedings under the title of Western Humor and Irony Membership Serial Yearbook (WHIMSY). The International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) grew out of these initial conferences. Annual meetings are now held outside of the United States in even-numbered years and in the U. S. in odd-numbered years. The organization’s quarterly Humor: International Journal of Humor Research is in its 21st year. Nilsen served as executive secretary of the organization until 2005 and is still the organization’s historian. As the Executive Secretary he was responsible for coordinating and providing the infrastructure for the annual meetings which were held in the following places: Purdue University, Indiana (1988), BYU Hawaii (1989); Sheffield, England (1990); St. Catherines, Canada (1991); Paris, France (1992); Miami University in Luxembourg (1993); Ithaca, New York (1994); Birmingham, England (1995); Sydney, Australia (1996); Edmond, Oklahoma (19997): Bergen, Norway (1998); Oakland, California (1999); Osaka, Japan (2000), College Park, Maryland (2001); Forli, Italy (2002): Chicago, Illinois (2003); Dijon, France (2004); Youngstown, Ohio (2005); Copenhagen, Denmark (2006); Newport, Rhode Island (2007); Alcala, Spain (2008), Long Beach, California (2009), and Hong Kong, China (2010).  In 2011, the ISHS conference will be held in Boston, Massachusetts.  As the ISHS historian, Don Nilsen helps with the conferences and supplies young humor scholars with bibliographies, PowerPoints and flash drives to provide a foundation for their on-going humor research.

Publications
  • Nilsen, Don L. F., and Alleen Pace Nilsen. Pronunciation Contrasts, 2nd Edition. (2010).
  • Editor: Carmen Valero-Garces. Dimensions of Humor: Explorations in Linguistics, Literature, Cultural Studies and Translation. (2010).
  • Nilsen, Don L. F. "Naming Tropes and Schemes in J. K. Rowlilng's Harry Potter Books". English Journal (2009).
  • Nilsen, Don L. F. "The Importance of Humor". (2009).
  • Nilsen, Don L. F. "Review of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman". (2009).
  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. "Guest Editorial on Ethnic Names and Names in the News". NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics (2008).
  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. "Onomastic Play and Suspension of Disbelief in Yann Martel's LIFE OF PI.". Onoma (2008).
  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. "Six Literary Functions of Name-Play in J. K. Rowlilng's HARRY POTTER Books". Onoma (2008).
  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. Literature and Humor. Primer of Humor Research (2008).
  • Alleen Nilsen and Don Nilsen. Chapter 12: "Humor in Media Discourse". PERSPECTIVES ON MEDIA DISCOURSE (2008).
  • Don Nilsen. "What is Satire?". INTRODUCTION TO SATIRE: A NEW INTRODUCTION, by Leonard Feinberg (2008).
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  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. Humor, Linguistics, and Names Research. (2008).
  • Nilsen, Alleen Pace, Nilsen, Don L F. Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature. (2007).
  • Nilsen, Don L F. NAMES AND NAMING IN YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE. (2007).
  • Alleen Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Humor that Works in YA Fiction. Arizona English Bulletin (2006).
  • Alleen Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Humor that Works in YA Fiction. Arizona English Bulletin (2006).
  • Alleen Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Latin Revived: Source-Based Vocabulary Lessons Courtesy of Harry Potter. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2006).
  • Alleen Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Twenty Five Years of Developing a Community of Humor Scholars. Studies in American Humor (2006).
  • Alleen Pace Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Just How Ethnic is Ethnic Humor. Canadian Ethnic Studies/Etudes Ethniques au Canada (2006).
  • Alleen Pace Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Latin as a Living Language--Vocabulary Lessons Courtesy of Harry Potter. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2006).
  • Odebunmi, Akin. . MEANING IN ENGLISH: AN INTRODUCTION (2006).
  • Pace Nilsen, Alleen, Nilsen, Don L F. Humor. New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (2005).
  • Alleen Pace Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Twenty Five Years of Developing a Community of Humor Scholars. Studies in American Humor (2005).
  • Alleen Pace Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Vocabulary Development: Teaching vs. Testing. Readings in Reading Instruction: Its History, Theory, and Development (2005).
  • Nilsen, Don L F, Nilsen, Alleen Pace. Review of Comedy: A Geographic and Historical Guide, Volumes I and II. (2005).
  • . . Humor Research Primer (2005).
  • . . World History of Comedy (2005).
  • Nilsen, Alleen Pace (Author) ,Nilsen, Don L F (Author) . Humor. The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Volume 3 (2005).
  • Pace Nilsen, Alleen (Author) ,Nilsen, Don L F (Author) . Chapter 26: Irony. Comedy: A Geographic and Historical Guide (2005).
  • Pace Nilsen, Alleen (Author) ,Nilsen, Don L F (Author) . Vocabulary Developoment: Teaching vs. Testing. Readings in Reading Instruction: Its History, Theory and Development (2005).
  • Alleen Pace Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Working under Lucky Stars: Language Lessons for Multilingual Classrooms. Voices from the Middle (2004).
  • Nilsen, Alleen, Nilsen, Don L F. Vocabulary Plus: High School and Up: A Source-Based Approach. (2004).
  • Nilsen, Alleen, Nilsen, Don L F. Vocabulary Plus:K-8: A Source-Based Approach. (2004).
  • . Humor, Seriously. (2004).
  • Alleen Nilsen, Don Nilsen. A New Spin on Teaching Vocabulary: A Source-Based Approach. The Reading Teacher (2003).
  • Alleen Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Vocabulary Development: Teaching vs. Testing. English Journal (2003).
  • Nilsen, Don L F (Author) . Introduction. Art Attack: Names in Satire (2003).
  • Ashley, Leonard RN, Nilsen, Don L F. Introduction. Art Attack: Names in Satire (2003).
  • Alleen Pace Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Lessons in the Teaching of Vocabulary from September 11 and Harry Potter. Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2002).
  • Nilsen, Don L F, Pace Nilsen, Alleen. Pronunciation Contrasts in English. (2002).
  • . . Review of: Transcendental Wordplay: America's Romantic Punsters and the Search for the Language of Nature (2002).
  • Alleen Nilsen, Don Nilsen. In Defense of the Light-Hearted. Names (2001).
  • Don Nilsen. Pokémon as Interactive Literature. The Semiotic Review of Books (2001).
  • Michael Shaughnessy, Don Nilsen. Evelyn Waugh's Humor. El Portal (2001).
  • . . Review of: Having a Laugh at Work: How Humor Contributes to Workplace Culture (2001).
  • . . Review of: How English-Learners Joke with Native Speakers: An Interactional Sociolinguistic Perxpective on Humor as Collaborative Discourse across Cultures (2001).
  • . . Review of: Kindergarten Children's 'Harmonic' Play (2001).
  • . . Review of: Stand-Up Comedy in Theory, or, Abjection in America (2001).
  • . . Review of: Structural Relationships in Humor and Comedy (2001).
  • Alleen Nilsen, Don Nilsen. Language Play in Y2K: Morphology Brought to You by Pokémon. Voices from the Middle (2000).
  • Don Nilsen. The Evolution of Stand-Up Comedy: From the Middle Ages to Post-Modernism. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology (2000).
  • Nilsen, Alleen, Nilsen, Don L F. Encyclopedia of 20th Century American Humor. (2000).
  • Nilsen, Don L F. Humor in Twentieth Century British Literature: A Reference Guide. (2000).
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 394Special Topics
Presentations
  • Don and Alleen Nilsen. "Mrs. and Mr. Nilsen Debate Sexism and Agism in English". Women's Studies Conference (Nov 2010).
  • Don and Alleen Nilsen. "Afghan Humor vs. Other International Styles of Humor". Global Studies Conference (Oct 2010).
  • Don Nilsen. "Benign Violations: Making Immoral Behavior Funny". Interview for WESTWORD NEWSPAPER with Joel Warner (Aug 2010).
  • Nilsen, Don L. F. "Dark Name-Play in Neil Gaiman's 2009 National Book Award and Newbery Award Winner: THE GRAVEYARD BOOK". American Name Society Conference (Jan 2010).
  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. "Source-Based Word Study". Mesa Public Schools Beta Project (Jun 2009).
  • Nilsen, Don L. F. "Humor Theories and Their Applications to the Reading Process". Conference of International Reading Association (Feb 2009).
  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. "Humor Theories and their Applications to the Reading Process". International Reading Association Convention (Feb 2009).
  • Don Nilsen. "Onomastic Variation: How Personal Names Become Even More Personal". American Name Society Convention (Jan 2009).
  • Nilsen, Don. Onomastic Tropes in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. ANS Annual Convention (Jan 2009).
  • Nilsen, Don L. F. "Onomastic Variation: How Personal Names Become Even More Personal". Convention of American Name Society (Jan 2009).
  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. "A Source Based Approach to Vocabulary Instruction". Korean ESL Teachers attending ASU (Jan 2009).
  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. Visual Literacy. Pebble Creek Retirement Community (Jan 2009).
  • Nilsen, Don. "Humor, Irony, Satire, Sarcasm and Parody: Necessary Literacies for the 21st Century". NCTE Annual Convention (Nov 2008).
  • Don Nilsen. "Tropes in HARRY POTTER, Book 7. Arizona English Teachers Association (Oct 2008).
  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. Humor and Health. Scottsdale Health Center (Jul 2008).
  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. "Linguistic and Visual Ambiguity: Using Humor in a Wellness Program". Heard Museum Public Event (Mar 2008).
  • Nilsen, Don. "Animal Play and Human Play: Some Analogues". TAASP Annual Convention (Mar 2008).
  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. Co-Presidents of ANS Preside at Opening Session. American Name Society Convention (Jan 2008).
  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. "Special Interest Group on "Literary Onomastics". American Name Society Convention (Jan 2008).
  • Alleen and Don Nilsen. Co-Presidents Preside an annual ANS Business Meelting. American Name Society Convention (Jan 2008).
  • Don Nilsen. Moderator and Chair of Eric Hamp's Plenary Session. American Name Society Convention (Jan 2008).
  • Nilsen, Don. "Using Humorous Web Sites to Teaching English as a Foreign Language". TESL Conference (Aug 2007).
  • Nilsen, Don. J. K. Rowling-Better than a Kaplan Course for Developing Vocabulary. Phoenix Rising Harry Potter Conference (May 2007).
  • Nilsen, Don, Nilsen, Alleen. Preparing-Future-Faculty Breakfast Presentation. ASU Administration Buildilng (Nov 2006).
  • Nilsen, Don. New Ideas for Telling Tales in Young Adult Literature. Adolescent Literature Assembly of N.C.T.E (Nov 2006).
  • Nilsen, Alleen, Nilsen, Don. Names and Naming Processes in Young Adult Fiction. Arizona English Teachers Association (Oct 2006).
  • Nilsen, Don, Nilsen, Alleen. Names and Naming Processes in Copntemporary Fiction. Arizona English Teachers Association (Oct 2006).
  • Nilsen, Don. The Recycling of Visual Symbols in Editorial Cartoons. ASU Honors Seminar (Sep 2006).
  • Nilsen, Don, Nilsen, Alleen. Motheread Presentation. Arizona Historical Center (Jul 2006).
  • Nilsen, Don, Nilsen, Alleen. The Skill of Political Cartoonists in Recycling Verbal and Visual Symbols. International Society for Humor Studies (Jul 2006).
  • Pace Nilsen, Alleen, Nilsen, Don. The Skill of Political Cartoonists in Recycling Verbal and Visual Symbols. International Society for Humor Studies (Jul 2006).
  • Nilsen, Don. Session 11F: Reinventing the Classics: Peter Pan and Cinderella, Too. Conference of the Children's Listerature Association (Jun 2006).
  • Nilsen, Don, Nilsen, Alleen. Creating Humorous Names for Dual Audiences: Onomastic Insights from Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. American Names Association, in conjunction with LSA (Jan 2006).
  • Pace Nilsen, Alleen, Nilsen, Don. Onomastic Play in Yann Martel's Life of Pi. International Society for Humor Studies (Jul 2005).
  • Nilsen, Don. The Art of Humor in YA Books. Adolescent Literature Assembly of NCTE (Nov 2004).
  • Nilsen, Don. The Humor of Metaphor, Metonymy, Synecdoche, Irony and Language Play. International Society for Humor Studies (Jun 2004).
  • Nilsen, Don. Afghanistan. ChildLight Foundation for Afghan Children (May 2004).
  • Nilsen, Don. Changing Words in a Changing World: A Source-Based and Process Approach to Teaching Vocabulary. International Reading Association (May 2004).
  • Nilsen, Don. The Teaching of Metaphor and Metonymy. Conference of the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (Feb 2004).
  • Nilsen, Don. Language Play, Metaphor, and Vocabulary Instruction. National Council of Teachers of English (Nov 2003).
  • Nilsen, Don. The Nature of Irony. International Society for Humor Studies (Jul 2003).
  • Nilsen, Don. What We've Learned from Working with a Source-Based Approach to Teaching Vocabulary. ASU Language and Literacy Conference (Feb 2003).
  • Nilsen, Don. Intentional and Unintentional Afghan Humor: "Local Logic" at Its Best. International Society for Humor Studies (Jul 2002).
  • Nilsen, Don. Intentional and Unintentional Afghan Humor: 'Local Logic' At Its Best # 22. 14th International ISHS Humor Conference (Jul 2002).
  • Nilsen, Don. A New Diachronistic Approach to Teaching Vocabulary. ASU Language and Literacy Conference (Feb 2002).
  • Nilsen, Don. Putting a Human Face on Afghanistan. National Council of Teachers of English Convention (Nov 2001).
  • Nilsen, Don. Afghanistan: The Land of Paradoxes. ASU English Department (Oct 2001).
  • Nilsen, Don, Nilsen, Alleen. Metaphorical Handshaking: Using the Old to Teach the New. Arizona English Teachers Association Meeting (Sep 2001).
  • Nilsen, Don. Public Art as an Application of Incongruity Theory. International Society for Humor Studies Conference (Jul 2001).
  • Nilsen, Don, Nilsen, Alleen. The Importance of Comic Relief. C.U.M.R.E.C. Convention Plenary Session (May 2001).
  • Nilsen, Don. Pokemon as Interactive Fiction. N.C.T.E. Convention, Session G15 (Nov 2000).
  • Nilsen, Don. Language Play in Y2K: 'Pocket Monsters' become 'Pokémon. I.S.H.S (Jul 2000).
  • Nilsen, Don. Language Play in Y2K: Morphology Brought to you by Pokémon. ASU Reading Conference (Feb 2000).
  • Pace Nilsen, Alleen, Nilsen, Don. Onomastic Insights from Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. Linguistic Society of America
  • Nilsen, Don, Nilsen, Alleen. "Features, and Functions of Humor in Everyday Life. PORA LifeLong Learning Convention
  • Nilsen, Don, Nilsen, Alleen. "The Recycling of Visual Symbols in Editorial Cartoons". Humanist Society Convention
  • Pace Nilsen, Alleen, Nilsen, Don. Literary Functions of Name-Play in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Books. Modern Language Association
  • Nilsen, Don. Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Making Bilingual Students Feel Proud. Arizona English Teachers Association
  • Nilsen, Don. Six Literary Functions of Name-Play in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Books. Modern Language Association
  • Nilsen, Don. "Onomastic Schemes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". ANS Annual Convention
Service
  • NEW YORK TIMES, Consultant on onomastics (2007 - Present)
  • Library Liason Committee, Chair (2010 - 2011)
  • English Department By-Laws Committee, Chair (2009 - 2011)
  • Linguistics PhD Admissions, Committee Member (2008 - 2011)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Presenter (2011 - 2011)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Presenter (2011 - 2011)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Presentation (2011 - 2011)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Presenter (2010 - 2010)
  • Arizona State University-Polytechnic, Presenter (2010 - 2010)
  • Boy Scouts of America, Pianist, Speaker, Eagle's Nest (2010 - 2010)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Presenter (2010 - 2010)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Presenter (2010 - 2010)
  • English Department, Arizona State University, I taught Dawn Bates' ENG 213 Class (2010 - 2010)
  • English Department, Arizona State University, Team Teaching with Alleen Pace Nilsen (2010 - 2010)
  • International Society for Humor Studies, Founding Historian (1989 - 2009)
  • HUMOR: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMOR RESEARCH, Editorial Board (1987 - 2009)
  • Linguistics PhD & MA Admissions, Member (2008 - 2009)
  • American Name Society, Co-President (2007 - 2008)
  • American Name Society, an Affiliate of the Linguistic Society of America, Co-President (2007 - 2008)
  • ASU English Department, Faculty Member (2006 - 2008)
  • International Society for Humor Studies, Historian (2005 - 2008)
  • Humor: International Journal Of Humor Research, Editorial Board (2002 - 2008)
  • English Department Personnel Committee, Member (2008 - 2008)
  • English Dept Awards Committee, Chair (2006 - 2007)
  • Linguistics Admissions Subcommittee, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Books for Young Readers Conference, Host of Newbury-Prize-Winning Author, Joan Bauer (2007 - 2007)
  • Newbury-Prize-Winning Author Joan Bauer at the 2007 Mid-Winter Books for Young Readers Conference in Provo, Utah, Host (2007 - 2007)
  • Hephzibah Journal of Arts and Pedagogy in Nigeria, West Africa, Editorial Board (2006 - 2006)
  • Discovery Channel Documentary on Humor Around the World, Consultant (2005 - 2006)
  • PBS Documentary on Jewish Humor, Consultant (2005 - 2006)
  • Belfast University "International Humor Seminars", Advisory Board (2002 - 2006)
  • Comite Scientifique International of Humoresque, Editorial Board (2002 - 2006)
  • International Society for Humor Studies, Historian (2002 - 2006)
  • Studies in American Humor, Editorial Board (2002 - 2006)
  • Wayne State University's "Humor in Life and Letters", Editorial Board (2002 - 2006)
  • ASU Preparing-Future-Faculty, Breakfast Presentation (2006 - 2006)
  • ASU Honors Seminar, Seminar Presentation (2006 - 2006)
  • Motheread and Arizona Historical Center, PowerPoint on Motheread Books (2006 - 2006)
  • Children's Literature Association, Presentation: Reinventing the Classics (2006 - 2006)
  • Ad Hoc Marvin-Fisher Book Award Committee, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Administrative Committee, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Ph.D in Rhetoric, Composition and Linguistics Committee, Co-Chair (2005 - 2006)
  • Ad Hoc Committee to Evaluate Undergraduate Special-Topics Courses, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Graduate Committee, Member (2004 - 2006)
  • By-Laws and Manual Revisions Committee, Chair (2003 - 2006)
  • English Department, Parliamentarian (2003 - 2006)
  • MA-Linguistics Admissions Subcommittee, Chair (2002 - 2006)
  • International Society for Humor Studies, Executive Secretary (2002 - 2005)
  • International Society for Humor Studies, Recognized for eighteen years of service as Executive Secretary of ISHS (2005 - 2005)
  • Mother Read and "Family Literacy Program" of the Arizona Humanities Council, Preparation and Presentation of Materials to a Mother-Read Panel (2005 - 2005)
  • ASU Sports Camp, Presentation of "Sports Metaphors" (2005 - 2005)
  • Minnesota Public Radio, Interviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • Admissions Subcommittee of Comparative Literature Committee, Member (2002 - 2005)
  • Tempe Public Library, Speaker on the subject of "Harry Potter" (2005 - 2005)
  • Comparative Literature, Member (2002 - 2005)
  • TESL Search Committee, Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Christian Science Monitor, Quoted (2005 - 2005)
  • MLA: American Humor Studies Association, Executive Committee (2002 - 2003)
  • 30th Annual Conference for the Gifted in Glendale, AZ"The Teaching of Metaphor and Metonymy", Panel member with Alleen Nilsen and Jim Blasngame (2003)
  • ASU: Sanford Cohn's DCI 791 Grad Seminar, Panel member with Alleen Nilsen and Jim Blasingame (2003)
  • Fees School in Tempe, AZ, Presenter with Alleen Nilsen (2003)
  • Scottsdale Rotary Club, Presenter with Alleen Nilsen (2003)
  • The Non-Trivial Use of Tautologies in the Writings of Dr. Seuss" for HUMOR: International journal of Humor Research, Referee (2002 - 2002)