Curriculum Vitae

Kelly Matthews, Ph.D.

    English Department, Framingham State University

    100 State Street • Framingham, Massachusetts 01701 • U.S.A.

    Phone (508) 626-4815 • E-mail kmatthews@framingham.edu

 

Education

University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.  Ph.D., English Literature, 2009.

Thesis: ‘The Bell and Irish Identity, 1940-1954: Representation and Transformation’

Thesis examiners:  Dr. Clair Wills, Queen Mary, University of London; Dr. Elmer Kennedy-Andrews, University of Ulster. 
Supervisors: Dr. Bruce Stewart, Dr. Frank Sewell, Dr. Willa Murphy.
 

Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.  M.A.T., English Education, 1995. 

Massachusetts standard teaching certification, English, grades 9-12.

 

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.  M.Phil., Anglo-Irish Literature, 1993.

Thesis topic:  The cultural project of The Bell literary magazine, 1940-1941.

Thesis examiner:  Prof. Brendan Kennelly

 

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. B.A. cum laude in English and American Literature and Language, 1992.

Honors thesis topic:  Folklore and nationalism in the early poetry of William Butler Yeats.

Thesis examiner:  Prof. Seamus Heaney
 
 

University Teaching Experience

Framingham State University, Framingham, Massachusetts

Assistant Professor, English Department (Fall 2009-present)


English courses taught:

Contemporary Irish Literature, Fall 2013

Irish Literature (Honors section), Fall 2012

Expository Writing: Writing China (course linked with Elementary Chinese I), Fall 2011, Fall 2012

Literary Study: Joyce’s Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011

Expository Writing: Critiquing Consumer Culture, Fall 2009, Fall 2010 


Education courses taught:

Professional Preparation and Field Study II: High School and Middle School English, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

Practicum Seminar and Field Supervision of Student Teachers, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013

 

University of Ulster, School of Languages and Literature, Coleraine, Northern Ireland

Seminar Tutor (Fall 2007-Spring 2009) 
 

Courses taught:

Irish Literature and Society, Spring 2008 (2 sections), Spring 2009 (2 sections)

Contemporary Writing, Fall 2007 (2 sections)

 

University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Public and Community Service, Boston, Massachusetts

Lecturer and Coordinator of Writing Portfolio Assessment / Half-time Faculty (Fall 1999-Spring 2005)
 

Courses taught: 

Writing with Confidence, Fall 2002, Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Spring 2005

Portfolio Writing Workshop, Spring 2002, Spring 2003

Critical Learning Seminar: Challenges in Youth Development (taught to staff of New England Home for Little Wanderers, on-site), Fall 2002

Critical Learning Seminar: Standards-based Education Reform, Massachusetts and the MCAS, Spring 2002

Understanding Arguments, Fall 2001

Reading Life Histories: Urban Life, Fall 2000 (2 sections)

Research Writing: Race and the 2000 Census, Fall 1999 (2 sections), Spring 2000 (2 sections)

 

University of Massachusetts Boston, Graduate College of Education, Teach Next Year program

Practicum Seminar Instructor and Supervisor of Student Teachers (Fall 2004-Spring 2005)
Taught biweekly seminar for M.Ed. students.  Observed and evaluated classroom practice of English and social studies student teachers in all three schools within the Dorchester Education Complex.  
 

Boston University, English Department, Boston, Massachusetts

Lecturer, Expository Writing.  (Fall 1999)

 

Northeastern University, School of Education, Boston, Massachusetts

Lecturer, English Methods course for graduate and undergraduate students.  (Spring 1999)
 
 

 

Publications

 

Books:  The Country of the Young: Interpretations of Youth and Childhood in Irish Culture, co-editor of peer reviewed essay collection (with John Countryman, Professor, Berry College), Four Courts Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2013. 

The Bell Magazine and the Representation of Irish Identity, Four Courts Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2012.
Reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement (lead review), Sunday Times, Irish Times, and Irish Independent newspapers, and in scholarly journals Irish University Review, Studies, Estudios Irlandeses, Books Ireland and Key Words. 
 
Articles and chapters:  "A Belfast Woman: Mary Beckett's Short Stories of the 1950s," accepted for publication in New Hibernia Review, a peer-reviewed journal of Irish studies (forthcoming).
 
Introduction,” in The Country of the Young: Interpretations of Youth and Childhood in Irish Culture, a peer reviewed essay collection, edited by John Countryman and Kelly Matthews, Four Courts Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2013.
 
“A Dissenting Vision of Irish Identity: The Bell 1940-1946,” in Voicing Dissent: New Voices in Irish Criticism, a peer reviewed essay collection, edited by Noreen Doody and Sandrine Brisset, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 2012.

 

 The Bell Magazine and the ‘Gaelic Question:’ Debates over Language and Literature in the Mid-Twentieth Century,” in Proceedings of the 30th Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Harvard University Press, 2011.

 

“‘Something Solid to Put Your Heels On’: Representation and Transformation in The Bell,” in Éire-Ireland, Spring/Summer 2011, a peer reviewed journal, special issue on Irish material culture, edited by Paige Reynolds.

 

Book reviews:  Review of Speech Lessons, a poetry collection by John Montague, in New Hibernia Review, Summer 2013, a peer reviewed journal.


“Among School Children” (Review of The Boys of St. Columb’s by Maurice Fitzpatrick), in Irish Literary Supplement, Fall 2011, Boston College Irish Studies Program.

 

Other:  “Survivors,” a short story, Jewish Currents, January-February 2002. 

 

“Invincible,” a short story, Salamander, Fall/Winter 2001. 
 
 

 

Conference presentations and invited talks

“A Belfast Woman: Shaming and Caring in the Short Stories of Mary Beckett,” paper presented at the conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 24, 2013.

“John Hewitt and The Bell Magazine,” invited talk, John Hewitt International Summer School, Armagh, Northern Ireland, July 23, 2013.

 “The Lives of Women: The Short Stories of Grace Paley and Mary Beckett,” paper presented at the national meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Chicago, Illinois, April 12, 2013.

“The Bell Index Online,” paper presented as part of a panel on Digital Humanities at the national meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Chicago, Illinois, April 13, 2013.

“A Belfast Woman: Crossing Domestic and Political Boundaries in the Short Stories of Mary Beckett,” paper presented at the Northeast conference of the Modern Language Association, Boston, March 24, 2013.

“Filling the ‘Hole in the Archive’: The Bell Digital Index,” paper presented at the New England meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, October 19, 2012.

“‘Johnny, I Hardly Knew You!’: Sean O’Faoláin, the Gaelic League, and Debates over Language and Literature,” paper presented at the Modern Language Association convention, Seattle, Washington, January 6, 2012.

 

“Bridging the Gap: Representations of Northern Ireland in The Bell Magazine, 1940-1954,” paper presented at the New England meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Bridgewater State University, October 14, 2011.

 

“Modernization and Its Discontents: The Short Stories of James Plunkett,” paper presented at the national meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Wisconsin, April 1, 2011.

 

The Bell Magazine and the ‘Gaelic Question’: Debates over Language and Literature in the Mid-Twentieth Century,” paper presented at the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Harvard University, October 9, 2010.

 

“Opening Windows: A New Study of The Bell,” paper presented at the conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, National University of Ireland–Maynooth, July 27, 2010.

 

“Representation and Transformation: The Bell Magazine and Irish Identity in the Mid-Twentieth Century,” paper presented at the New England meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, November 14, 2009.

 

“Opening Windows: The Bell Magazine and World War II,” paper presented at The Irish and War Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, November 15, 2008.

 

The Bell and the Role of Literary Magazines in Exploring Intangible Cultural Heritage,” paper presented at the Exploring Intangible Cultural Heritage Conference, Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster, Derry, Northern Ireland, February 9, 2008.

 

“‘The Danger of Oversimplifying History’: Varieties of Irishness in The Bell 1940-1946,” paper presented at the conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, University College Dublin, Ireland, July 18, 2007.

 
 

K-12 Teaching and Consulting Experience

 

Patrick F. Gavin Middle School, South Boston, Massachusetts

GEAR-UP Consultant, language arts, social studies and science departments.  (Fall 2000-Spring 2002)

 

Great Cities’ Universities, a nationwide coalition of 17 public urban universities

Model Developer, Urban Educator Corps Partnership Initiative.  (Fall 2000-Spring 2001)

 

South Boston High School, South Boston, Massachusetts

Workshop Instructor.  (Fall 2000)

 

City on a Hill Charter School, Boston, Massachusetts

Workshop Instructor.  (Fall 2000)

 

Dorchester High School, Dorchester, Massachusetts

Workshop Instructor.  (Spring 2000)

 

Urban Scholars, a program for gifted and talented high school students at UMass Boston

Mentor Teacher to five after-school teachers.  (Fall 1998-Spring 1999)

 

Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Dorchester, Massachusetts

Teacher, English, journalism, and French.  Collaborated with a colleague to design and teach interdisciplinary tenth grade English and World History curriculum.  Founded monthly student newspaper published by journalism class.  Member of Burke Instructional Leadership Team.  Participant in Teacher Inquiry Group.  Elected teacher representative to School Site Council.  Member of Boston Public Schools committee on English curriculum standards.  Nominated for Citywide Educational Coalition Golden Apple Award.  (Fall 1995-Spring 1999)

 

Corrymeela Community, a residential center for peace and reconciliation, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

Long-Term Residential Volunteer with Catholic and Protestant schools (September 1993-August 1994)
 
 
 

Grants and Awards

 

Framingham State University Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Service and Scholarship (CELTSS) Course Release Grant, Spring 2013 

Framingham State University Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Service and Scholarship (CELTSS) Travel Grants, 2013 ($2,414) 

Framingham State University Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Service and Scholarship (CELTSS) Travel Grant, 2012 ($1110)

Framingham State University Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Service and Scholarship (CELTSS) Travel Grant, 2011 ($1050)

University of Ulster Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship, 2006-2009 (full Ph.D. tuition and fees plus £12,600 annual grant)

McCrea Literary Award for Creative Writing, University of Ulster, 2008 (£500)

Writer in Residence, Chester College of New England, November, 2002

Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist Award in Fiction, 2001 ($1,000)

Massachusetts Department of Education Attracting Excellence to Education Award, 1995-1999 ($1,500 annual grant)

Boston University M.A.T. Scholarship, 1994 ($12,000 grant)

 
 
 

Professional Memberships

American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS), President, New England region, 2013-2015; Treasurer, New England region, 2011-2013; Board member at large, New England region, 2009-2011; Host and organizer of New England ACIS Conference, 2010

International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures

Modern Language Association

Phi Delta Kappa

National Council of Teachers of English

 
 

Additional Information

Dual U.S./U.K. Citizen

Proficient in spoken and written French (Exchange student, Fosses-la-Ville, Belgium, 1987)
Proficient in spoken and written Spanish (Language study in Antigua, Guatemala, 1998)