Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

Master of Arts: Media Theory & Research (Current GPA 3.963)            August 2021 (Expected)

  • Courses: Media as Social Institutions, Foundations of Media Theory, Master’s Seminar, Film Criticism, Japanese Media, Militarization & Media, Qualitative Research Methods, Film Genre Theory, History of Media Arts & Culture, Quantitative Research Methods, MA Thesis

Micro-Credential: Graduate Teaching April 13, 2020

  • A certificate provided for the completion of an online workshop/course on teaching excellence and education fundamentals.

Bachelor of Arts: Cinema & Photography, Major GPA 4.0 (Overall 3.893)     August 2017

  • Courses: Film History & Analysis, Understanding Visual Media, Contemporary American Cinema: Film Criticism, Chick Flicks, Blaxploitation, History of New Media, Film in the Third Reich
  • Senior Thesis: “Idolatry: Female Korean Pop Stars” (58 pages)

Bachelor of Arts: Linguistics, Major GPA 4.0 (Overall 3.893)         May 2017

  • Courses: Intro to Descriptive Linguistics, Invented Languages, Language Diversity in the USA, Phonology, Phonetics, Syntax, Historical Linguistics, Japanese Linguistics, Independent Study on Semiotics and (Post)Structuralism, Independent Study on Intersection of Language & Film

Saint Louis Community College, Saint Louis, Missouri     August 2014

Associate of Arts: General Transfer Studies, GPA 3.746

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor of Record, Media Studies: Sound – SIU Carbondale              Jan–May 2021

  • Instructor of Record for a core class in the undergraduate curriculum. Introduction to history and theory of sound in media. Online.

Instructor of Record, Japanese & South Korean Film Studies – SIU Carbondale             Aug–Dec 2020

  • Instructor of record for an undergraduate rotating topics class (The Cinema). Introduction to the historical and critical study of Japanese and South Korean film. Online.

Graduate Assistant, Digital Printing Lab – SIU Carbondale              Jan–May 2020

  • For 10 hours per week, managed the photography department’s large-format printing lab for students. Performed maintenance on the printers and helped students with printing problems.

Teaching Assistant, Media Arts: Sound – SIU Carbondale              Jan–May 2020

  • Course on the fundamentals of film sound and sound production.
  • Delivered a lecture about film sound, gave one-on-one assistance to students during in-class exercises, covered for student groups who needed additional members, and gave feedback to student projects during in-class critique.

Research Assistant, for H.D. Motyl (Prof. and Dept. Chair) – SIU Carbondale             Aug–Dec 2019

  • Assistant to H.D. Motyl, the chair of the Cinema & Photography department as well as the Radio, Television & Digital Media department. Helped with online administration of his class, CP101 Forum in Art & Culture, including basic grading and monitoring of the class Facebook page (where homework was posted and where discussions took place). Also assisted in production of his documentary miniseries Momentum.

Teaching Assistant, Media Arts: Photography – SIU Carbondale          Aug–Dec 2019

  • Course on the conceptual foundations of photographic art and basic production practices.
  • Gave several short (10-20 minute) lectures, helped set up and administer class activities such as taking photographs and developing prints in the darkroom, and held office hours.
  • Lectures: Presentational Art; Symbols, Icons, and Indexes; and Montage.

Reading/Language Arts Tutor – Simply Math & Reading           Sep 2018–Aug 2019

  • Worked with students ranging from 6th grade to college. Delivered personalized lessons to strengthen their understanding in the areas of English grammar, reading comprehension, writing skills, and test prep (SSAT, ACT, and GRE).

Teaching Assistant, Japanese Culture Through Film – SIU Carbondale Jan–May 2017

  • Requested by the teacher to assist in the creation and administration of a new course. Helped design, plan, and write the course. Organized and carried out the day-to-day activities of the class, helped write the tests, delivered five lectures, and ran three study sessions to help students review the material before the tests.
  • Lectures: The Presentational Ethos: Anime and J-Pop, Contemporary Japanese Film and Film Criticism, Japanese Film History, How to Write a Film Paper, Donald Richie & the Classical Japanese Film Aesthetic.

Teaching Assistant, Film History & Analysis – SIU Carbondale Jan–May 2016

  • Gave two lectures, around three total hours, to a large class of around 70-100 students.
  • Lectures: Gender Analysis and Intertextuality of Jurassic World, 1950s Japan: Representation of Nuclear Weapons and Kurosawa.

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

Graduate Research and Creative Work Symposium in MCMA, SIU Carbondale   November 13th, 2020

“The Great Continuity Massacre: Opening Scenes as a Liminal Space in the Hollywood Film”

  • Presented a paper developed first in my Master’s Seminar course. Seeks to answer the question of why opening scenes are often more experimental than the rest of the movie, offering the theory that opening scenes are a liminal space where the rules of continuity do not apply.

Global Fusion conference        October 10th, 2020

“The Great Continuity Massacre: Opening Scenes as a Liminal Space in the Hollywood Film”

  • Presented a paper developed first in my Master’s Seminar course. Seeks to answer the question of why opening scenes are often more experimental than the rest of the movie, offering the theory that opening scenes are a liminal space where the rules of continuity do not apply.

Guest Lecture     February 28th, 2020        

“Hollywood & The Pentagon”

  • Guest lecture for RTD 200 – Understanding Media at SIU.

SIU “Film Fridays” Film Series        February 7th, 2020

  • Guest Curator. Screened My Sassy Girl (Kwak Jae-yong, 2001) and led a group discussion after the screening.

SIU “Film Fridays” Film Series        November 8, 2019

  • Guest Curator. Screened Gozu (Takashi Miike, 2003) and led a group discussion after the screening.

SIU “Film Fridays” Film Series          October 25, 2019

  • Guest Curator. Screened Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968) and led a group discussion after the screening.

Guest Lecture          October 18, 2019

“Japan & The Ideology of the Camera”

  • Guest lecture for RTD 200 – Understanding Media at SIU.

Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference          February 8, 2018

“The Function of the Group in Kpop”

  • A paper examining the aesthetic and ideological functions of the group unit in kpop. First, how the group unit serves to objectify and subordinate its individual members. And second, how the group is used to perform and simulate friendship for fans’ enjoyment and identification.

SIU Carbondale Mass Communications & Media Arts’ Undergraduate Symposium    April 5, 2017

“Idolatry: Female Stardom in Kpop (Thesis-in-Progress)”

  • Presentation of my senior thesis paper in progress. The paper uses communication theory, film/photography criticism, and semiotics to analyze the construction of kpop stars’ images across different media forms, including music videos, fashion photography, TV commercials, social media, reality TV, talk shows, variety shows, and internet livestreams. Discussed how the construction of stars’ images was affected by these different media forms, and how this interacted with the overall aesthetic and image.

SIU Carbondale Mass Communications & Media Arts’ Undergraduate Symposium    April 7, 2016

“Cold War Aesthetics of Inside Out

  • Presented a paper I wrote for a film criticism class. The paper used intertextual criticism to argue that Pixar’s Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015) was a modern reworking of Cold War nuclear submarine thrillers, such as Crimson Tide (Tony Scott, 1995), that attempts to recover from the anxiety and fear of the Cold War era by manufacturing new, positive emotions.

AWARDS

Cinema Outstanding Scholar Award, SIU Carbondale        April 2017

  • Given to one student a year who displays academic excellence in the study of cinema.

Dean’s List at SIU Carbondale             Fall 2014–Spring 2017

Scholarship Award, Saint Louis Community College          May 2014

  • Given to students who maintain a high GPA for several semesters.

Dean’s List at Saint Louis Community College             Fall 2012–Spring 2014

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