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Adam J. Engel


PhD, English Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH)

  • Dissertation: Between Two Worlds: The Functions of Liminal Space in Twentieth-Century Literature, defended July 2017
  • Advisor: Dr. Pam Cooper

BA, English and Philosophy, Ethics focus, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)

  • Summa cum laude, May 2010

Certificate in Digital Humanities, UNC-CH, May 2017

Laurence G. Avery Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature, April 2017

Graduate and Professional Student Federation Travel Grant, December 2016

Member, Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society, April 2016



Courses Designed and Taught at UNC-CH

Literature in a Digital Age, English 137 (Fall 2016)

  • Designed a syllabus to explore post-internet intersections between print and digital culture
  • Taught 35 students for 75 minutes twice weekly in a discussion-centered class
  • Facilitated students' creation of video poems using Camtasia, a screencasting and editing software

Introduction to Poetry: Drugs, Sex, and Death, English 125 (Fall 2015)

  • Designed a syllabus to survey major nineteenth- and twentieth-century poets' treatments of transitional social roles and spaces
  • Taught 35 students for 75 minutes twice weekly in a discussion-centered class
  • Evaluated 5- and 8-page essays, midterms, final exams, and 20-minute group presentations

English Composition and Rhetoric, English 105 (Fall 2012, 2013; Spr. 2013, 2014, 2016; Sum. 2016)

  • Composed assignments to emulate real academic and professional genres, including a conference paper, journal article, grant proposal, literature review, annotated bibliography, and video essay
  • Taught 19 students in each section for 75 minutes twice weekly in workshop-style classes, with a focus on developing research and peer-review skills
  • Organized the PIT (People, Ideas, Things) Conference for Undergraduate Research, a public venue for ENGL 105 students to present their ongoing research projects (held six semesters)
  • Managed and edited the affiliated online PIT Journal; mentored undergraduate editors

Courses Assisted

German Philosophy and Youth Culture, German 280, 2 sections (Spr. 2016)

  • Led two discussion-centered recitation sections of 30 students each for 50 minutes weekly
  • Mentored students as they learned to apply social and political theory to modern film
  • Graded 780 sets of reading questions, 120 film analyses, 60 8-page essays, midterms, and finals

Children’s Picture Books, English 291, 2 sections (Spr. 2015)

  • Led two discussion-centered recitation sections of 20 students each for 50 minutes weekly
  • Facilitated students' curation of interpretive image exhibitions using PowerPoint and Prezi
  • Graded brief essays, midterms, and finals

Shakespeare, English 225, 2 sections (Fall 2014)

  • Led two discussion-centered recitation sections of 20 students each for 50 minutes weekly
  • Graded 40 5-page and 40 7-page close-reading essays, midterms, and finals

Guest Lecturer

The British Novel from 1870 to World War II, English 355 (Spr. 2014)

  • Lecture: "Strange Spots of Unknowing in Conrad's 'The Secret Sharer'"

Research Consultant

Introduction to Fiction, English 123 (Fall 2013)

Literature and the Other Arts: Modernist Movements, English 366 (Spr. 2013)

English Composition and Rhetoric: Research Exposure, English 105 (Spr. 2012)

  • Advised undergraduate students on responding to writing prompts, seeking out scholarly sources, using university resources, and managing time
  • Attended several course sessions and three 15-minute conferences with each student

Athletic Tutor

Philosophy, literature, writing, and religious studies, UNC-CH Athletics (Fall 2011 – Sum. 2013)

  • Developed student-athletes' reading comprehension and argumentation skills



Peer-Reviewed Essay

  • "Talking Heads: Bodiless Voices in Heart of Darkness, 'The Hollow Men,' and the First World War." Conradiana 45.3 (2013).

Book Review

  • Review of At the Violet Hour: Modernism and Violence in England and Ireland, by Sarah Cole. Joseph Conrad Today (2015).

Blog Posts

Digital Project

  • David J. Baker, Travis Alexander, Adam Engel, Katharine Landers, Mary Learner, and Ashley Werlinich, “'Dangerous Conjectures': Ophelia’s Ballad Performance,” Ballads and Performance, ed. Patricia Fumerton (forthcoming).




Editorial Assistant, William Blake Archive

UNC-CH, Aug 2013 – present

  • Evaluate and record differences in digitized copies of Blake's illustrations and texts
  • Compose educational annotations and XML markup for textual and visual artifacts
  • Enter data related to archival objects, including provenance, relationships, and history

Assistant Director, Studio for Instructional Technology in English Studies (SITES)

UNC-CH, Aug 2014 – Dec 2016

  • Supervised staff and coordinate workflow for digital humanities and web design projects
  • Trained interns to use content management systems, operate camcorders, and edit audio/video
  • Organized weekly workshops on academic and pedagogical technologies for faculty and students
  • Filmed, edited, and published video of departmental speakers and events

Co-founder and Web Manager, Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics

UNC-CH, Aug 2013 – June 2016

  • Designed, created, and maintained website for an open-access publication
  • Developed the "Cultural Interventions" and "Intellectual Spaces" forums to offer concise content and encourage public participation

Web Editor, Carolina Quarterly

UNC-CH, Jan 2012 – June 2013

  • Designed, created, and maintained website for a literary magazine

Intern, SITES Lab

UNC-CH, Aug 2011 – July 2014

  • Developed the websites for the UNC-CH English department and writing program
  • Provided technical support and event filming for faculty members

Editorial Assistant, Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography

TCNJ, Sep 2009 – May 2010

  • Analyzed Library of Congress search results for inclusion in the Bibliography

Indexer, Chinese Ecocinema In the Age of Environmental Challenge, ed. Jiayan Mi and Sheldon Lu

TCNJ and University of California at Davis, Sep 2009

  • Compiled an index for a Hong Kong University Press cinema textbook



Secretary, Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF)

UNC-CH, Aug 2015 – Jan 2016

  • Developed the GPSF website to enhance accessibility of financial and academic resources
  • Wrote a bi-monthly HTML e-newsletter to promote events for graduate and professional students
  • Administered e-mailing lists for over 10,000 graduate and professional students
  • Composed minutes for GPSF Senate, Cabinet, and Executive Board meetings

Board Member, Carolina Union Board of Directors

UNC-CH, Aug 2015 – Jan 2016

  • Advocated for the interests of the graduate and professional student population to administration
  • Participated in dialogues and votes concerning campus programming

Committee Member, Eternal Carolina Planning Committee

UNC-CH, Aug 2015 – Jan 2016

  • Established an annual remembrance ceremony for deceased members of the UNC community

Senator, GPSF

UNC-CH, Aug 2014 – May 2015

  • Represented the English department in the GPSF Senate; networked with other scholars

Board Member, Student Library Advisory Board

UNC-CH, Aug 2014 – Aug 2015

  • Participated in dialogues and votes concerning library expansions and acquisitions

Mentor, Comparative Literature and English Association of Graduate Students

UNC-CH, Aug 2012 – Dec 2016

  • Advised first-year graduate students on course selection and available resources

Conference Organizer

  • "Works in Progress: PIT Conference for Undergraduate Research," UNC-CH, each semester from Aug 2012 – Aug 2016

Conference Organizer

  • “One Makes Many: A Conference of Poetic Interactions," UNC-CH and Duke University, Oct 2011

Tour Guide, Levine Museum of the New South

Charlotte, NC, May 2010 – Aug 2011

  • Educated children and their parents about post-Civil War Southern United States history



  • "Rhetorical Carpentry: Reconstructing Video and Rescuing Critique." Computers and Writing, Rochester, New York, May 2016.
  • “The Legacy of Wilfred Owens’ War Poetry in Ted Hughes’ ‘Pike’.” Aftermath: Cultural Legacies of the First World War, London, England, May 2015.
  • "Inscribing the Invisible: Women Poets of the Great War." A Struggle on Five Fronts: World War I, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, August 2014.
  • "Impassable Limits and Impossible Bodies in Heart of Darkness." Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2013.
  • "Lambs to the Slaughter? Unfinished Pilgrimage and the Threshold of Death in Last Orders." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, San Diego, California, November 2013.
  • Moderator: "Signs Within Signs: Deciphering Postmodern America" (panel). Strangeness in Context, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, March 2013.
  • "Seeing Sound: Mystic Weirdness in Bob Kaufman's Poetry." Strangeness in Context, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, March 2013.
  • “Doing, Not Drifting: Online Tool Building as Research and Composition" (round table). Computers and Writing, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, May 2012.
  • The Size of the Moon is a Lie (original poetry collection). Sigma Tau Delta International English Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2009.




  • Audio/video/graphic: Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Premiere Pro, Camtasia, Final Cut Pro, iMovie
  • Content and Learning Management Systems: Blackboard, Drupal, Sakai, Wordpress MultiSite
  • Programming: Python (MIT 6.00.X), HTML, CSS, XML, Twine
  • Word processing: Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Prezi

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