Vitae


torgersw (at) stjohns.edu

EDUCATION

  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) Spring 2007.  Graduate G.P.A. 4.0/4.0.  Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, Georgia. Thesis:  Waiting For Julie, a novel.
  • M.A. in English Education, Summer 2004.  Graduate G.P.A.  4.0/4.0.  University of North Carolina Charlotte.  Thesis:  “Using Personal Connections to Read, Write, Think, and Live.”
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Education, December 1993.  Cum Laude.  G.P.A.  3.57/4.0.  Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, Illinois

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • St. John’s University 2007-Present.  Institute For Writing Studies.  Tenure Track Faculty Member.  Queens, New York  Courses taught:  First Year Writing (ENGL 1000C); Hybrid Courses (part online/part face-to-face) and a completely online course.
  • Georgia College and State University 2005-2007.  Teaching Fellow.  Milledgeville, Georgia.  Courses taught:  Undergraduate Research (ENGL 4999), Mentorship of undergraduate creative writing capstone projects, Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL 2208), Composition I (ENGL 1101) and Composition II (ENGL 1102).
  • Writing Instructor for Academic Initiative for Males (AIM).  Summer 2006.  AIM is the university system of Georgia’s.  African-American male initiative.
  • Weddington Middle School.  2003-2005.  Language Arts Teacher.  Weddington, North Carolina.
  • Vance High School.  2001-2003.  English Teacher.  Varsity Assistant Basketball Coach.  Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Carroll High School.  1999-2001.  English Teacher. Varsity Assistant Basketball Coach.  Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • North Miami High School.   1994-1999.  Junior High English Teacher.  Head Basketball Coach.  Denver, Indiana

PUBLICATIONS / SCRIPT AWARDS

  • “The Third Date.”  Short Film Script.  Finalist.  Table My Screenplay Competition.  December / 2011.
  •   Honorable Mention.  Metropolitan Film Festival of New York.  A Viking on the Subway. Script Competition.  19 November 2011.
  • A VIKING ON THE SUBWAY.  Honorable Mention Script.  Los Angeles Script and Film Festival.  October 2011.
  • Torgerson, William. “Every Story Has a Story: The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break.” Tusculum Review (2011).  Web. 12 Jul 2011.
  • Love On The Big Screen, a novel.  Cherokee McGhee Press.  Forthcoming January of 2011.  Print.
  • Love on The Big Screen, a screenplay.  Grand Prize Winner.  Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
  • “The Secret,” a short story.  Anamesa. Print.
  • “Sanctuary,” a short story.  Sakura Review. Print.
  • “Every Word I Said,” a short story.  Barely South Review. January 2010.  Online.
  • “Battling Boyle,” an essay in which I imagine the first sentences of my novel Love on the Big Screen in a fight with T.C. Boyle’s World’s End. Skywater Publishing.  5 May 2009.  Online.
  • “Time For Everything: Invigorating Student Research,” an article about teaching.  The New England Teachers of English journal The Leaflet. Winter 2009.  Print.
  • “William Torgerson on Craig Challender’s book of poems, Dancing on Water. Georgia College and State University’s Arts and Letters. Spring 2006.  Print.
  • “Surrender,” a poem.  Small Brushes. Volume 14.  2003.
  • “Ideas for Creative Writing,” an essay on writing.  Universal P & P. 31 October 2003.
  • “The Choice is Yours,” an essay on writing.  Universal P & P. 10 October 2003.  Online.

RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

  • Editorial Associate, Folio Literary Management, Manhattan. Read submissions for agents and attended weekly editorial meetings to discuss manuscripts.  Summer, 2007.
  • Assistant Editor, Arts and Letters, Georgia College and State University.  Read fiction submissions for the journal and met with editorial board to discuss publication.  Fall 2005 – Spring 2007.
  • Graduate of National Writing Project’s (NWP) Summer Institute and Teacher Research.  These were each four week summer sessions dedicated the advancement of writing pedagogy.  Summer 2003 and Summer 2004.
  • Participated in an Outward Bound Outdoor Course as a part of the organization’s Unity Project.  After completion of the course, I recruited students in the city schools of Charlotte to go on trips for themselves and upon returning, helped them to plan unity projects at Vance High School.  Academic Year of (2002 – 2003).

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • “How Did ‘I’ Get Into This Research Paper?  The Scholarly Personal Narrative.”  National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  20 November 2009.
  • “Where Did That Question Come From?:  Using Reading to Teach Inquiry-Driven Research Projects.”  Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER).  Charlotte, North Carolina.  6 November 2009.
  • “Liven Up The Stack:  Using Lists and Conversation as a Way into Meaningful Research Writing.”  Connecticut Writing Project Saturday Seminar.  University of Connecticut.  Storrs, Connecticut.  3 October 2009.
  • “How Did ‘I’ Get into My Research Paper?”  Literacy and Education For All.  The New England Teachers of English (NEATE).  Nashua, New Hampshire.  20 March 2009.
  • “Need a New Angle For Teaching Research?:  The Scholarly Personal Narrative.”  Celebrations and Challenges:  Developing a Literate Society.  New Jersey Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE).  Montclair State University.  25 October 2008.
  • “Here’s Something You Can Use:  The Scholarly Personal Narrative.”  SUNY Conference on Writing.  Stonybrook University.  26 April 2008.
  • “Revision Lessons from Mentor Texts.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).  Pedagogy Forum and Publication in Conference Journal.  Atlanta, Georgia.  Spring 2007.
  • “Using Collaborative Lists and ‘What If?’ Questions to Write Fiction.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).  Pedagogy Forum.  Austin, Texas.  Spring 2006.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

  • Protecting Human Research Participants, a web training course through the National Institute of Health required for Internal Research Board (IRB) Certification at St. John’s University.
  • Online Teaching Pedagogy I.  A course required by St. John’s University in order to teach online classes.
  • Indiana State Teaching Master License.  Valid for English grades 5-12.  Current through June 4, 2015.
  • North Carolina State Teaching License.  Standard Professional I and II.  English (grades 9-12) and Middle Grades Language Arts (grades 6-9).  Current through June 30, 2015.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • “Every Story Has a Story:  Love on the Big Screen.” Presented at St. John’s University as a part of the ongoing Fine Art of Digging Lecture Series.  Spring 2010.
  • Pedagogical Workshop Group.  Met regularly with faculty members to share teaching pedagogy and to receive feedback on course assignments.  This included several presentations made on campus through the Center For Teaching and Learning.  Fall 2008 – Spring 2010.
  • “What to Write When Writing Research.”  Article for Core 1000, a university publication which is mailed to all incoming freshman at St. John’s University.  Spring 2009.
  • “What to Write When You Have a Choice.”  Presentation at Core Studies Conference at St. John’s University.  (Re) Imagining the First Year Experience.  Spring 2009.
  • “Using Screen Capture Technology to Create Mini Lectures.”  Presentation for Transforming Teaching With Technology Cohort.  Videos can be viewed on my You Tube Channel: <torgersw>. 10 September 2009.
  • Transforming Teaching With Technology (T3). A St. John’s University grant which provided training for integrating technology thoughtfully into teaching pedagogy.  This included once a month meetings, a mid-semester boot camp, and an end-of-year boot camp.  2008-2009 Academic Year.
  • Program Committee.  Worked with colleagues to assemble the weekly meeting schedule for the Institute For Writing Studies.  Spring 2008.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), including College Composition and Communication (CCC).
  • New England Association of Teachers of English (NEATE)

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