Curriculum Vitae


Stephen G. Melvin is a Visiting Instructor of English at the University of North Alabama. In his spare time–what little there is–he also produces documentaries, tries fruitlessly to publish novels and short stories, and works as a freelance editor. Anyone wishing to inquire about services is encouraged to email him at: .


  • Education:
    • 2002: Graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Alabama with an M.A. in English.
    • 2000: Graduated from the University of North Alabama with a B.S. in English and Criminal Justice.
  • Experience:
    • 2015 – 2018: Visiting Instructor of English, University of North Alabama
    • 2003 – 2015: Adjunct Instructor of English, University of North Alabama
    • Classes Taught:
      • EN111 – First-Year Composition I: A course focused on developing students’ skills in writing, effective communication, revision and editing, critical reading and analysis.
      • EN112 – First-Year Composition II: Building off EN111, with additional topics of research, critical thinking, and argumentation covered.
      • EN111H – First-Composition Honors: Offered to those enrolled in the Honors Program, with an additional community service component included.
      • EN112H – First-Year Composition Honors II: See above.
      • EN211 – Survey of British Literature, Part I: Covers Early British literature to the Neoclassical Age.
      • EN212 – Survey of British Literature, Part II: Picks up with the Romantic Era and continues into contemporary British literature.
      • EN221 – American Literature through Whitman: Surveys the literature of America from the folklore of Native Americans to the first settlers to the rise of American Romanticism.
      • EN231 – Literature of the World, Part I: Spans the literature of antiquity to the Renaissance.
      • EN232 – Literature of the World, Part II: Resumes the survey with the Neoclassical Age up to contemporary world literature.
      • EN231H – Honors Literature of the World, Part I: For honors students, additional depth and focus on theoretical framework/literary analysis are included.
  • Conference Presentation:
    • 24 March 2017 – With Dr. Kathleen Richards and Zeynep Harkness, co-authored and co-presented “Engaging and Enriching ELLs through Glocalized Partnerships in Higher Education” at the TESOL 2017 International Convention and English Language Expo in Seattle, Washington.
TESOL 2017 in Seattle.
  • Invited Presentations:
    • 17 January 2013 – Presented “Unchained Medley: How Tarantino Made B-Movies Grade A” at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library. The talk highlighted the influence of the paracinema on Quentin Tarantino’s oeuvre and addressed its connection to the controversy surrounding Django Unchained.
    • 13 July 2017 – Presented “‘Not in That Onesie You’re Not’: Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe” at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library.
    • 15 July 2017 – Addressed the Shoals Writers Guild with Bit by Bit, Bird by Bird, Boulder by Boulder: Revising and Editing First Drafts.”
Spidey Presentation
Discussing Spider-Man at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
  • Community Service/Volunteerism:
  • Publications:
    • “Shadows That Hide the Real World From Our Eyes”: Interpreting the Symbols and Narrative Gaps in Victorian Gothic Fiction – Master’s thesis. Available at Collier Library, call number LB2385 .M45 2002.
  • Works in Progress:
    • The Hollerin’ Thang, Documentary Short: Writer, Narrator, Co-Producer. (Filming.)
    • Carols of Lonesome Love, Novel: Author. (Currently seeking an editor/publisher.)
    • “Amorous Birds of Prey,” Short Story: Author. (Currently seeking publication.)
    • “A Shaken Shadow,” Short Story: Author. (Currently seeking publication.)
    • Archer Bob’s Blue-Ribbon Guide to Unique, Curious, and Inexplicable Roadside Attractions,” Short Story: Author. (Currently submitted to various fiction contests/publications.)
    • “‘Trouble Still Comes Around’: Sisyphean Philosophy in Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Scholarly Article. Proposal for an abbreviated version will be submitted to the Slayage Conference on the Whedonverse, 2018. Extended version will seek publication in a scholarly journal.
  • Professional Organizations:

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