Dr. Jeff Dories, Assistant Professor of English, Clarion University

Research and Literature

Dr. Jeff Dories is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Clarion University. His primary research interests are the British Romantic period, Ecocriticism, and Science Fiction. He has had many conference presentations, and published articles on 18th and 19th century British literature, Ecocriticism, Science Fiction, and contemporary Chinese writing, primarily the work of Cixin Liu.

Composition and Cultural Exchange

Dr. Dories has also been interested in introducing non-western cultures in the composition classroom in order to question American cultural norms and promote cross-cultural exchange. He regularly invites guest speakers, ranging from PhD candidates to the Head of Asian Studies at UNC Chapel Hill to interact with composition students to promote cross-cultural understanding.

Diversity and Inclusion

Along with promoting cross cultural exchange in his composition and literature courses, Dr. Dories has served as the Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville for the last five years. In this role, he has created events such as International Women’s Day, International Coffee Hour, and the Trans Day of Remembrance on campus. He also worked with the international office to bring guest speakers to campus, coordinated the Race Against Racism with the YWCA, co-organized a Black Lives Matter Colloquium, helped initiate diversity and bias training, helped with Hate Has No Home Here campaign, and helped transition campus to gender neutral bathrooms. He has been awarded many grants and awards for his work related to diversity and inclusion.

“Reading is not walking on the words; it’s grasping the soul of them.”
― Paulo Freire

Experience:

Assistant Professor of
English, Clarion University
(Sept 2020 – Present)

Assistant Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh at Titusville (Sept 2015 – August 2020)

Assistant Professor of English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Sept 2010 – May 2014)

Associate / Grad Assistant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Sept 2004 – May 2008)