PhD PROJECT (ONGOING)

Intersections between feminism and collage in North American experimental poetry

Funded by a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Keele University

Supervised by Professor Oliver Harris (Keele University) and Professor Susan Billingham (University of Nottingham)

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

2020

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Keele University 

2019

Teaching Reflectively in Higher Education, Keele University 

Module 1 in MA Higher Education Practice

Awarded Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy status

 

2018

Introduction to Teaching and Demonstrating, Keele University

Awarded certificate of completion

 

2016

MA in English Literature, Keele University

This research was funded by a scholarship and fee waiver. I achieved a Distinction on every assignment, including a 15,000 word dissertation on trans representation and resistance to heteronormative culture in the poetry of Ely Shipley

Awarded Distinction

 

2015

BA in English and American Literature, Keele University

I produced a 12,000 word dissertation on representations of motherhood and women's resistance to patriarchal gender norms in the poetry of Anne Sexton, which received a First Class mark

Awarded First Class Honours, Clare Coleman Memorial Prize, and King Alfred Award in Medieval English

2013

Studied abroad for a semester at Oklahoma State University

Achieved a 4.0 GPA and earned a place on the President’s Honor Roll 

EMPLOYMENT

2020 – Present 

Sessional Tutor in the School of English, Keele University

Designed and delivered two-hour seminars for 52 undergraduate students (2 groups) in the core module, Reading Literature

Provided constructive feedback during seminars, one-to-one consultations, and formal assessments

2017 – 2020 

Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of English, Keele University

Lectured, facilitated seminars, and marked assessments on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules: Composition (co-convenor), Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature (co-convenor), Reading Literature, and Teaching Reflectively in Higher Education

September 2019 – Present 

Write Direction Academic Tutor, Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence

Provided one-to-one study skills support to all Keele University students during term-time

 

February 2018 – February 2020

Research Assistant for The Correspondence of Daniel Defoe

Led by Dr Nicholas Seager and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Keele University

Main responsibilities: assisting transcription, proofreading, and archival research

November 2017 – January 2020

English Outreach Tutor for Higher Horizons+

Developed and delivered outreach sessions for audiences ranging from KS3 to GCSE level on a periodical basis, with an emphasis on widening participation in higher education

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS (TOTAL £89,107)

Scholarships, fellowships, and other funding

September 2017 – Present

Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Fee waiver, research stipend, and teaching contract

Funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Keele University (£56,022)

 

June 2020 – Present

History UK Pandemic Pedagogy Fellowship

Awarded a fellowship to join the Pandemic Pedagogy initiative (£750)

Worked as part of a team to create the Pandemic Pedagogy Handbook, which provides open access information and guidance for educators as they prepare to teach online during and beyond the COVID-19 lockdown period.

September 2019

Bursary to present at BAAS PG Conference 2019: Communicating the United States, British Library

Funded by British Association of American Studies (£100)

 

September 2019

Bursary to attend FUTURESEX: Activism and Academia (workshop and public lecture), University of Surrey

Funded by FUTURESEX (£110)

 

September 2019 

Bursary to present at New Configurations in Contemporary Womens Writing, University of Hull

Funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Keele University (£95.85) 

 

April 2019

Bursary to present at Talking Bodies: Identity, Sexuality, Representation

Funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Keele University (£325)

February 2019

Small research grant to cover the cost of external secondary supervision 

Funded by the David Bruce Centre for American Studies, Keele University (£250)

 

November 2018

Conference organisation grant (lead applicant and organiser)

Trans Youth and Education: National Issues and Solutions

Organised in partnership with Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent and Newleaf members

Funded by Keele's Institute for Social Inclusion, Keele University (£1,687.85)

 

November 2018

Bursary to present at Mixed Bills Comedy and Power Conference

Funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Keele University (£174.80)

 

September 2018

Bursary to attend Critically Queer Conference

Funded by Critically Queer Working Group, Bristol University (£50)

 

January 2018

Conference organisation grant

Breaking Walls in Humanities: Narratives of Critical Resistance in the Post-Brexit Research Environment, Annual Postgraduate Research Symposium

Organised with Stephen Seabridge, Martin Goodhead, and Matt Mild

Funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Keele University (£1,113)

 

September 2017 

Monthly seminar series organisation grant

Keele Humanities Work in Progress Seminar Series

Organised with Stephen Seabridge and Sylvia Crawley

Funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Keele University (£558)

Awards and honours

 

August 2020

Bob Beattie Postgraduate of the Year Award (Winner)

Keele Postgraduate Association, Keele University (£500)

You can read more about the award and the reasons for my nominations here.

March 2020

Keele Excellence Award in Learning and Teaching (Early Career)

Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence, Keele University (£1,000)

 

May 2019

Nominated for Bob Beattie Student of the Year Award

I received two nominations for my positive impact on student communities at and beyond Keele

The nominations focused on my commitment to promoting equity in my teaching, conference organisation, and daily interactions

August 2015

Keele Postgraduate Support Scheme Scholarship

Awarded a scholarship to undertake a Masters in English Literature at Keele University

Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Keele University (£10,000)

 

July 2015

Clare Coleman Memorial Prize

Awarded for special achievement in my academic studies (£40)

Keele University

 

July 2014

King Alfred Prize in Medieval English

Awarded for an essay on Medieval poetry (£25)

Keele University

 

January 2013

President's Honor Roll

Oklahoma State University

Achieved a 4.0 GPA and earned a place on the President's Honor Roll in recognition of my academic excellence

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Merrydew, A. (Forthcoming 2022). Deconstructing heteronormativity in Dodie Bellamy's Cut-Up Poetry, The Routlegde Companion to Sexuality and Culture, ed. by Emma Rees (London: Routledge). Accepted for publication

Merrydew, A. (2020). Reflecting (on) the body: Trans self-representation and resistance in the poetry of Ely Shipley, Comparative American Studies: An International Journal 17(1), pp. 58–72

BLOG POSTS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

July 2020

The Pandemic Pedagogy Handbook

Co-authored with Professor Kate Cooper (Project Lead), Dr Louise Creechan, Dr Lucinda Matthews-Jones, Dr Yolana Pringle, Dr Manuela Williams, and Dr Jamie Wood

History UK

 

July 2020

Pandemic Pedagogy: From Cohorts to Communities

History UK

July 2020

Pandemic Pedagogy: Building Online Learning Communities

History UK

November 2019

Will gender self-declaration undermine women’s rights and lead to an increase in harm?

Women of Keele Educate

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Invited talks

 

October 2020

Poetry and pedagogy: Helping students to 'close read' through blackout poetry

Pedagogy and Pancakes Seminar Series

Organised by Dr Chris Headleand, University of Lincoln

 

Conference presentations

September 2021

Cut-up Bodies: Dissecting Gender in Dodie Bellamy's Prose Poetry

Cut-Ups@60

Organised the European Beat Studies Network

Postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to COVID-19

 

June 2021

Mixed Methodologies: Erasure Poetry as a Pedagogical Tool in the English Literature Classroom

English: Shared Futures 2020, Royal Northern College of Music

Organised by the English Association and University English and supported by the National Association of Writers in Education, the Institute of English, and the Higher Education Academy

Postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to COVID-19

 

January 2020

Tackling inequalities: Building a 'Healthier' Literature Curriculum through Feminist Reflexivity

KIITE Student Education Conference: Sustaining a 'Healthy' Curriculum, Keele University

Organised by Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence

 

January 2020

Going in the Write Direction: Supporting a 'Healthy' Curriculum through Student Learning Services

KIITE Student Education Conference: Sustaining a ‘Healthy Curriculum, Keele University

Carousel station organised and presented with Grant Mitchell

Organised by Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence

 

December 2019

That’s what he (really) said: Erasure poetry, protest, and #MeToo in the age of social media

BAAS PG 2019: Communicating the United States, British Library

Organised by Postgraduate British Association of American Studies

 

September 2019

Revolting Women: Reconfiguring Abjection in Dodie Bellamy's Cut-Ups

New Configurations in Contemporary Women's Writing, University of Hull

Organised by the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network

 

April 2019

Talking Bodies, Talking Back: Reflections and the Body in Ely Shipley's Boy with Flowers

Talking Bodies: Identity, Sexuality, Representation, University of Chester

Organised by the Institute of Gender Studies, University of Chester

 

November 2018

'Poking fun at gender conventions': Rearticulating Trans Identities and Experiences in Julia Serano's Spoken Word Poetry

Comedy and Power Conference, Sheffield Hallam University

Organised by Mixed Bill
 

September 2018

Poetry Matters: Poetry and Trans Feminist Activism

Humanities Work in Progress Seminar Series, Keele University
 

August 2017

Trans(forming) Bodies: Poetry, Phenomenology, and Blossoming into the Desired Body in Ely Shipley's Boy with Flowers

Queer Subjects and the Contemporary United States Colloquium, University of East Anglia 

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND IMPACT 

June 2019

Lead organiser for Trans Youth and Education: National Issues and Solutions Conference

Organised in partnership with Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent and Newleaf members

Funded by the Keele Institute for Social Inclusion

Please click here for more info on the event

MEDIA APPEARANCES 

August 2020

Bob Beattie Postgraduate of the Year Award (Winner)

Keele Postgraduate Association

 

April 2020 

Keele Excellence Awards – Learning and Teaching Winners 2020 

Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence

June 2019

Trans Youth and Education: National Issues and Solution

Keele Institute for Social Inclusion

ADMINISTRATIVE AND ACADEMIC SERVICE

July 2020 – Present

Higher Education Academy Continuing Professional Development Route Mentor

Invited to provide mentorship for a Fellowship application 

 

July 2020 – Present

Organised monthly David Bruce Centre Virtual Writing Retreats

David Bruce Centre for American Studies, Keele University

November 2019

Co-organised a Women of Keele Educate seminar by Fiona 'Fee' Wood (LGBTIQ activist and Stonewall's Role Model of the Year 2019 for the Midlands)

Women of Keele Educate, Keele University

Please see the following link for Daniel Skentelbery's reflections on Fee's talk on the Women of Keele Educate blog

 

October 2018 – Present

Committee Member and Postgraduate Representative 

David Bruce Centre for American Studies, Keele University

 

September 2017 – June 2018

Organiser and panel chair for monthly seminar series 

Keele Humanities Work in Progress Seminar Series, Keele University

Co-organised with Stephen Seabridge and Sylvia Crawley

 

January 2018 – May 2018

Organiser and panel chair for the Annual Postgraduate Symposium

Breaking Walls in Humanities: Narratives of Critical Resistance in the Post-Brexit Research Environment, Annual Postgraduate Research Symposium, Keele University

Co-organised with Stephen Seabridge, Martin Goodhead, and Matt Mild

April 2018

Peer reviewer

Under Construction @ Keele 4(2), Keele University

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS 

THiNK (The Higher education Network Keele)

 

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Keele Institute for Social Inclusion

 

David Bruce Centre for American Studies, Postgraduate Representative 

Queer Poetics Research Network

Women of Keele Educate

Contemporary Women’s Writing Association

European Beat Studies Network

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