Stacey Van Dahm, PhD

Curriculum Vitae


Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), 2007
Dissertation: Nationalism and Narratives of Subjectivity in the Cold War Imaginary
Committee: Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, Suzanne Jill Levine, Leo Cabranes-Grant
Comparative Literature, UCSB, 2002
English Literature, Pepperdine University, 1992


2008 - present
PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY / College of Science, Health, & Liberal Arts
Associate Professor of Literature and Writing (2016 - present)
Assistant Professor of Literature and Writing (2008 - 2016)

Writing 100G, Introduction to Academic Writing - Global (for non-native English speakers)
Writing Seminar 101, Finding Philadelphia (now Written Communication)
Writing Seminar 217, for Science, Engineering, Technology & Health Profession majors
Writing Seminar 201, Multi-media Communication
Humanities 225, Exploring World Literature
Junior Seminar 361, Fiction to Film
Junior Seminar 302, Telling Stories, Selling Stories: Introduction to Narrative (for Design, Engineering & Commerce majors)
Junior Seminar 362, The Artist and Society in Literature and Film
Ethics 204, Ethics of Apocalypse: Dystopian Film and Literature
First Year Seminar 100, Pathways: First Year Seminar
2007 - 2008

Writing 1 and 1ACE, Approaches to University Writing
Writing 2ACE, Academic Writing
Writing 50, Writing and the Research Process (Topic: Immigrant Culture & ID)
ACE = Academic Communities for Excellence, prioritized enrollment for first-generation and low income students
Teaching Assistant or Associate
2000 - 2006
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA / Programs in Comparative Literature, Women's Studies, Black Studies, & Writing

Writing 1ACE (Acad. Communities for Excellence): Approaches to University Writing (x3)
Writing 2 and 2ACE: Academic Writing (x5)
Writing 2E: Academic Writing for Engineers (x1)
Introductory Writing STEP (Summer Transitional Enrichment Program) (x2)
Comparative Lit. 34: Literature of the Americas/U.S. Immigrant Literature (x3)
Comparative Lit. 30A, B, & C: Classical, Renaissance, & Modern European Literature (x2)
Women's Studies 40: Women's Issues in the Humanities (x2)
Women's Studies 60: U.S. Women of Color (x1)
Women's Studies 70: Women and Development (x1)
Black Studies 38B: Introduction to African American Literature (x1)

Other Course Instruction
1997 - 1999
English as a Foreign Language, 4th-11th grade, in Svyerdlovsky (Moscow oblast)


“Barrio Art: Telling the Story of Latino Philadelphia through Murals.” Latino Studies 13.3. 421-33.
“Desire, Arenas, and Cold War Discourse: Reinaldo Arenas as Protagonist in Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls” in, Latin American Studies: Critiques of Contemporary Cinema, Literatures, Politics and Revolution. Editor, David Gallagher. Academica Press. 15-31.
Translation (Russian to English), biography of Nikolai Sheptulin. Monastyrskiy, Andrei. “Andrew Monastyrskiy Talks to Nikolaj Sheptulin about His Recent Film 'The Comforter'” ARTMargins online. 2 November 2004. Web. 20 June 2015.
Forthcoming 2017
“The Rhetoric of Mural Design: Performing Citizenship through Narrative in Philadelphia's Imagining Frankford Mural Project.” MELUS. (to appear in Spring 2017).
Del Risco, Enrique. “Strategic Rebellions: Reinaldo Arenas Has the Last Word.” Trans. Stacey Van Dahm. Latin American Literary Review. (Accepted for publication November 2016).
Under Submission
“Design Thinking for Composition: Discourse, Beauty, and the Boundaries of Discipline.” Writing on the Edge. (Submitted for consideration June 2015)

Scholarly Presentations

April 2017
Philadelphia and Denver Latino/a Mural Art: Toward a Comparative Framework,” paper presentation. Annual Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) Conference, San Diego, California. April 12-15, 2017. (proposal accepted).
March 2015
“Denver's Latino Street Art: Social Movement or Fame Banging?” paper for seminar, “Genre and Geopolitics.” ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) Conference, Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. March 26-29, 2015.
March 2014
“Transforming General Education through Outcomes-Based Writing Assessment” paper presentation for the panel, “Transformations, Design, and Redesign: Iterating Composition and Communication Futures at a Liberal-Professional University.” CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication), Open | Source(s), Access, Futures. Indianapolis. March 19-22, 2014.
March 2013
“Adapting Design Pedagogy to the Writing Classroom”, paper presentation. CCCC, “The Public Work of Composition.” Las Vegas. March 13-16, 2013.
April 2012
“Narrating Belonging: Latino/a Mural Art in Philadelphia,” paper presentation. 26th Annual MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.) Conference, “Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism.” Santa Clara University, California. April 19-22, 2012.
April 2011
“Teaching World Literature: Balancing Professional Values and Student Edification,” paper presentation. Annual ACLA Conference, “World Literature/Comparative Literature.” Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC. April 1-4, 2011.
Oct. 2010
“Philadelphia Mural Art and Latino/a Models of National Belonging: artist Michelle Ortiz,” paper presentation. Annual NEASA (The New England American Studies Association) Conference, “The Arts and the Publics.” Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston. October 1-3, 2010.
April 2010
“Desire and National Discourse: A Study of Reinaldo Arenas' Before Night Falls and Julian Schnabel's 2000 Film Adaptation,” paper read in my absence. ACLA Conference, “Creoles, Diasporas, Cosmopolitanisms.” New Orleans. April 1-4, 2010.
Nov. 2009
“Literature Appreciation in Online Environments,” paper presentation for panel “How Online Environment Enhances Learning.” NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Annual Convention, “Once and Future Classics: Reading Between the Lines.” Philadelphia. November 19-24, 2009.
April 2009
“Community Art and Latino/a Models of National Belonging: artist Betsy Casañas,” paper presentation. 23rd Annual MELUS Conference, “Poetic Justice: Imagination, Empowerment, and Identity in Multi-¬≠Ethnic Literatures of the US.” Washington State University, Pullman, Spokane. April 2-5, 2009.
April 2008
“Chicano/a Icon, Cuban Menace: Mural Art and the Struggle for Home in America,” seminar presentation. 22nd Annual ACLA Conference, “Arrivals and Departures”. Long Beach. April 24-27, 2008.
May 2007
“America, the Cold War and National Belonging,” presentation of research. AAUW (American Association of University Women), luncheon, Goleta Valley Branch, CA.
Oct. 2006
“Ricky, Che, Fidel, and Arenas: Trumping Masculinity in U.S./Cuban Cultural Maneuvers,” paper presentation. The United States from Inside and Out: Transnational American Studies, ASA (American Studies Association) Annual Meeting, Oakland, CA.
April 2004
“Narration and Belonging in Reinaldo Arenas’ El portero and selected poems by Joseph Brodsky,” paper presentation. Globalization is/in America, an interdisciplinary graduate student conference. Northwestern University.

Editorial Work

2007 - 2009
Advisory Board Member: Translation, a Translation Studies journal at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UCSB.
2005 - 2007
Editor: Translation, a Translation Studies journal at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UCSB (First 2 issues).

Pedagogical Development

As Faculty Member (Philadelphia University)
Participation in Teaching Philosophy Workshop (Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning [CTiNL], PhilaU)
Participation in Intercultural Development Workshops with Chia-Ying Pan (CTiNL, PhilaU)
Participation in EduSeries teaching workshop: “Designing your Best Course Ever: The Secrets of 'Significant Learning Experiences'” (CTiNL, PhilaU)
Participation in Inter-Cultural Communication Seminar addressing pedagogical implications of growing number of international students on campuses (PhilaU)
Participation in EDUCAUSE 2013 Virtual Annual Conference “Framework for Assessing Open Educational Resources” (CTiNL PhilaU)
2010 - present
Led faculty development for Writing, Humanities, and Social Science courses (PhilaU)
2011 - 2012
Participant in ongoing Assessment Workshop (PhilaU)
Participated in Smart Design Workshop on design models of teaching (PhilaU)
2008 - 2009
Participated in faculty teaching workshops (PhilaU)
Course: Teaching Technical Communication (Madeline Sorapure, UCSB)
Course: Practicum in Academic Writing Instruction (Susan McLeod, UCSB)

Selected Certifications

TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), UC Extension, Santa Barbara

University Service | Phiadelphia University

School, College, or University Committees / Shared Governance Committees
2016 - present
Co-chair, University Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
2014 - present
Member, College Assessment
2012 - 2014
Chair, College Assessment
2010 - 2012
Nexus Learning Grant Selection
2010 - 2011
School of Liberal Arts Assessment
2010 - 2012
Graduate Education Curriculum
2009 - 2012
School of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Education (Curriculum)

2014 - present
Coordinator for Writing Seminar 201 and 202 (and formerly 211, 215, 217)
2012-14, 15-16
Assessment Advocate for College of Science, Health and Liberal Arts
2011 - 2012
Coordinator for Social Science I course group
2010 - 2012
Coordinator for Humanities I course group
Coordinator for Writing 2XX course group (interim)
Grader for Writing placement exams

Ad Hoc Committees
2016 - present
TJU Merger Integration group on assessment
2015 - 2016
Development of Liberal Studies major for proposal
2011 - 2013
Re-visioning College Studies working group; community summits
2009 - 2010
Summer Reading selection committee
2008 - present
Organizer and faculty liaison for annual Unity Week events, celebrating diversity

Search Committees
2016 - present
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Communication program
2015 - 2016
Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric
2011 - 2012
Writing Professor search committee
2010 - 2011
Ethics/Philosophy Professor search committee
2009 - 2010
WAC Director Search committee

Curriculum Development
Hallmarks course, Ethics 204, “The Ethics of Apocalypse: Dystopian Film & Literature”
Hallmarks course, American Diversity 201, Immigrant America.
2010 - 2011
DEC (Design, Eng., Commerce) course, JSLA 302, An Introduction to Narrative
2010 - 2011
Working group to create Ethnography course for DEC curriculum

Faculty Development
2012 - 2014
Member of WAC Academy Teaching Circle to promote Writing Across the Curriculum

2015 - present
Study Abroad advisor
2012 - 2013
Academic advisor for first-year, undeclared students in the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) program
2009 - 2010
Academic advisor for first-year students

Fellowships and Awards

2014 - 2015
Philadelphia University Faculty Research Grant
2013 - 2014
President's Award for Excellence, Philadelphia University
AAUW (American Association of University Women) Dissertation Fellowship
Philip & Aida Siff Educational Foundation Graduate Fellowship Grant
UCSB Humanities and Social Sciences Research Fellowship
UCSB Graduate Opportunity Fellowship
Comparative Literature Grant for two-months study in Cuba

Professional Association Memeberships

Modern Language Association
American Comparative Literature Association
National Council of Teachers of English
Rhetorical Society of America
American Studies Association
National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
American Association of University Women


Susan McLeod, Research Professor, UCSB Writing Program
(805) 705-5572

Valerie Hanson, Program Director of Hallmarks (general education) Core; Associate Professor of Writing, Philadelphia Univeristy
(215) 951-2795

Barbara Kimmelman, Academic Dean of College of Science, Health, and Liberal Arts; Professor of History; Philadelphia University
(215) 951-2612

Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, Professor of English, UCSB
(805) 893-3006

Katie Gindlesparger, Assistant Professor of Writing, Writing Program Director, Philadelphia University
(215) 951-2613

Suzanne Jill Levine, Professor of Spanish, UCSB
(805) 893-2131

Leo Cabranes-Grant, Associate Professor of Spanish, UCSB
(805) 893-2131

Dossier available upon request.