Curriculum Vitae

 
JOSHUA M. ROILAND, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor + CLAS-Honors Preceptor of Journalism
Department of Communication and Journalism + Honors College
University of Maine
416 Dunn Hall
Orono, ME 04469
joshua.roiland@maine.edu
314-550-9156
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EDUCATION
 
Saint Louis University, Ph.D., American Studies, 2011
Dissertation: “Engaging the Public: A Political Theory of Literary Journalism.”
Committee: Jonathan Smith (director), John J. Pauly, Susanne Wiedemann
 
University of Saint Thomas, M.A., English, 2003
Thesis: “Slouching Towards Washington: Myth and Semiology in Joan Didion’s Nonfiction.”
Committee: Thomas B. Connery (director), Padmaja Challakere, Lon Otto
 
University of North Dakota, B.A., English & Honors, 2001
Thesis: “A Beat Generation Fable: Queer Performance in On the Road and 1950s America.”*
Director: James McKenzie  (*Starcher Award, Best Undergraduate Thesis)
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ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
 
2014-present
Assistant Professor + CLAS-Honors Preceptor
Department of Communication and Journalism + Honors College
University of Maine
 
2012-2014
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of American Studies & Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy
University of Notre Dame
 
2010-2012
SAGES Teaching Fellow
Case Western Reserve University
 
2011-2012
English Lecturer
Case Western Reserve University
 
2006-2009
Adjunct Instructor
Fontbonne University
 
2007-2008
Adjunct Instructor
Saint Louis University
 
2003-2004
Adjunct Instructor
University of Saint Thomas
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PUBLICATIONS: BOOKS
 
In Progress
The Elements of Literary Journalism: The Political Promise of Narrative News
 
In Progress
The Rest is Silence: The Unexplored Nonfiction of David Foster Wallace
 
PUBLICATIONS: PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES
 
2013
“‘Just People’ are Just People: Langston Hughes and the Populist Power of African American Literary Journalism”
Literary Journalism Studies, SPECIAL ISSUE: African American Literary Journalism, vol. 5, no.2, (Fall 2013), 15-35. *(Winner: Article of the Year, Literary Journalism Studies)
 
“The Fine Print: Uncovering the True Story of David Foster Wallace and the ‘Reality Boundary’”
Literary Journalism Studies, vol. 5, no.2, (Fall 2013), 148-161. (*Reprinted by Longreads.com)
 
2009
“Getting Away From It All: The Literary Journalism of David Foster Wallace and Nietzsche’s Concept of Oblivion”
Literary Journalism Studies, vol. 1, no.2, (Fall 2009) 89-105.
 
In Progress
“Hidden in Plain Style: The Anti-Bomb Politics of John Hersey’s Hiroshima
 
PUBLICATIONS: INVITED+REVIEWED
 
2015
“By Any Other Name: The Case for ‘Literary Journalism'”
Response to IALJS Keynote Speech by Nicholas Lemann
Literary Journalism Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2, (Fall 2015), 60-89.
 
PUBLICATIONS: BOOK CHAPTERS
 
2012
“Getting Away From It All: The Literary Journalism of David Foster Wallace and Nietzsche’s Concept of Oblivion” in The Legacy of David Foster Wallace, eds. Samuel Cohen and Lee Konstantinou (Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2012), 25-52.
[Reviewed; Revised + Expanded Manuscript Based on 2009 Peer-Reviewed Article]
 
PUBLICATIONS: INVITED ESSAYS + REVIEWS
 
2015
“Joan Didion’s Journey Through New Journalism and Personal Heartache”
Review of The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion
Washington Post, August 28, 2015
 
“Spiritually Midwestern: What the Middle America Meant to David Foster Wallace”
A24 Films — The End of The Tour
Medium.com
 
PUBLICATIONS: ESSAYS
 
2015
“Annotation: ‘Literary Journalism in America’ Syllabus”
Harvard University, Nieman Storyboard, “Annotation Tuesday!” Series, August 25, 2015
 
2013
“Hunter S. Thompson & the Kentucky Derby”
Harvard University, Nieman Storyboard, “Why’s This So Good?” Series, No.87, Nov. 12, 2013
 
PUBLICATIONS: REPRINTED ESSAYS
 
2016
“Three Points in Favor of Literary Journalism” [Reprinted from “By Any Other Name: The Case for ‘Literary Journalism'”]
Harvard University, Nieman Storyboard, March 3, 2016
 
2014
“David Foster Wallace and the Nature of Fact” [Reprinted from “The Fine Print: Uncovering the True Story of David Foster Wallace and the ‘Reality Boundary'”]
Longreads.com (Best of 2014: 10 Most Popular Exclusives of the Year)
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CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
 
2016
“Very Recent History: The Lasting Legacy and Influence of David Foster Wallace’s Journalism”
Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference, New York, NY, March
 
2015
“A Trivial Pursuit?: Exploring Creative Alternatives to the Paper Writing Process”
National Collegiate Honors Council, Chicago, IL, November
 
Panel: David Foster Wallace and the Art of Aversion: Digital Intimacy, Conversion Narratives, and His Literary Disciples”
David Foster Wallace Conference, Normal, IL, May
 
“Derivative Sport: The Literary Legacy of David Foster Wallace”
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, Minneapolis, MN, May
 
“The Name Game: Ditching ‘Longform’ for ‘Literary Journalism'”
Joint Journalism and Media History Conference, New York, New York, March
 
2014
“The Rest is Silence: The Unexplored Nonfiction of David Foster Wallace”
Inaugural David Foster Wallace Conference, Bloomington-Normal, IL, May.
 
“Long in the Time of Short: The Rise of Digital Storytelling Platforms and Literary Journalism Curation”
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, Paris, May.
*Panel Organizer
 
“The Things They Chronicled: Vietnam and the Narrative Heart of Literary Journalism”
American Comparative Literature Association, New York City, March
 
2013
“Hidden in Plain Style: John Hersey and the Anti-Bomb Politics of Hiroshima
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, Washington D.C., August.
*Panel Organizer: “Taking the Marks Off: Literary Journalism and the Politics of Transparency” (three panels)
 
“More than a Place on the Map: The Political Geography of Joan Didion’s California”
American Comparative Literature Association, Toronto, April.
 
2012
“Integrating iPads: Using Digital Media to Teach Journalism and American Democracy”
American Studies Association, Digital Humanities Caucus: San Juan, November.
 
“A Fourth Way to Tell the Story: Ethnography in Literary Journalism and Anthropology” co-authored with Allison V. Schlosser
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, Toronto, May.
 
“Reading True Stories: Undergraduate Experiences With Literary Journalism”* panel chair
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, Toronto, May. (*Designated “President’s Panel” by IALJS)
*Panel Organizer: “Reading True Stories: Undergraduate Experiences With Literary Journalism”
 
2011
“The Elements of Literary Journalism: (Un)Conventional Characteristics and Their Contribution to Democratic Discourse”
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, St. Louis, August.
*Panel Organizer: “Literary Journalism: Telling Stories, Defining Citizenship” (two panels)
 
“African American Newspapers and Literary Journalism’s Populist Impulse”
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication—Southeast Colloquium, Columbia, SC, March.
*Panel Organizer: “Observe & Interpret: Literary Journalism and the Politics of Reform”
 
2010              
“Rwanda, Genocide, and the Perils of Objectivity”
NonFictioNow Conference, Iowa City, November.
 
“Engaging the Public: Toward a Political Theory of Literary Journalism”
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, London, May.
 
“War Stories: Reading Narrative in John Sack’s M
American Culture / Popular Culture Association, Saint Louis, March.
 
2009               
“Or Does It Explode?: Langston Hughes On the Racial Significance of the Spanish Civil War”
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, Chicago, May.
 
“Getting Away From It All: The Literary Journalism of David Foster Wallace and Nietzsche’s Concept of Oblivion”
American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, MA, March.
 
2008
“Reclaiming Authority: Salvador’s Disillusion with Official Sources and Solutions”
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, Lisbon, May.
 
2006               
“Marketing Democracy: Merging the Public and Private in Postmodern Politics”
Mid-American American Studies Association, St. Louis, April.
 
2005               
“Emersonian Liberalism: Progressive Problems of Race and White Privilege”
Mid-American American Studies Association, Minneapolis, April
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AWARDS
 
2014
Harry Ransom Center Fellow (one month), University of Texas-Austin: David Foster Wallace Archive Research
 
Article of the Year, Literary Journalism Studies, “‘Just People’ Are Just People: Langston Hughes and the Populist Power of African American Literary Journalism”
 
2012
President’s Panel, “Reading True Stories: Undergraduate Experiences With Literary Journalism” (Panel Organizer & Moderator), International Association for Literary Journalism Studies.
 
Nominee, Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Case Western Reserve University.
 
2001-2003
Graduate Fellowship, University of Saint Thomas.
 
2001
Starcher Award, Best Undergraduate Thesis, University of North Dakota
 
Honors in English, University of North Dakota
 
1999
Society of Professional Journalists, Mark of Excellence: Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper (National).
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GRANTS
 
2014
Henkels Lecture Grant ($5,000), Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame.
Project: Visiting lecture by John Jeremiah Sullivan, two-time National Magazine Award winner, Southern Editor of Paris Review, January.
 
2012
Henkels Lecture Grant ($2,065), Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame.
Project: Visiting lecture by Jim Sheeler, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Department of English, Case Western Reserve University, October.
 
Large Teaching Grant ($9,140), College of Arts and Letters, Department of American Studies, Gallivan Program for Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy, University of Notre Dame. 
Project: Purchase 15 iPads for students in my courses “Journalism and American Democracy” and “The Future of News”
 
Travel Grant ($1500), Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES), Case Western Reserve University.
Project: Undergraduate Panel at International Association for Literary Journalism Scholarship conference
 
Travel Grant ($1000), Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE), Case Western Reserve University.
Project: Undergraduate Panel at International Association for Literary Journalism Scholarship conference
 
Travel Grant ($500), Baker-Nord Center for Humanities, Case Western Reserve University.
Project: Undergraduate Panel at International Association for Literary Journalism Scholarship conference
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COURSES DESIGNED + TAUGHT
 
University of Maine
Multimedia Production (CMJ)
Civilization I (Honors)
 

University of Notre Dame

Literary Journalism in America
Journalism and American Democracy
The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture
The Future of News
Writing Literary Journalism
 
Case Western Reserve University
Literary Journalism in America
Shadowplay: East/West Cinema (Writing Instructor)
Society Through Online Videos (Writing Instructor)
 
Saint Louis University
Journalism and American Democracy
Introduction to American Studies
 
 Fontbonne University
Introduction to American Studies
American Literary Tradition: To Whitman
Rhetoric II—Writing About Media & Culture
Rhetoric II—Writing About Health & Medicine
Rhetoric I—Writing About Consumer Culture
Rhetoric I—Writing About Experience & Identity
College Writing Skills
 
University of Saint Thomas
Critical Reading & Writing: Poetry & Drama
Critical Reading & Writing: Fiction & Nonfiction
 
University of North Dakota
Films of Stanley Kubrick (Teaching Assistant)
Introduction to Humanities (Teaching Assistant)
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PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
2014-present:    Research Chair, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
2013-present:    Social Media Chair, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
2012-present:    Faculty Adviser, American Studies Club, University of Notre Dame
2012-present:    Chair, AEJMC Coordinating Comm., Int’l. Association for Literary Journalism Studies
2009-2012:        Chair, Grad. Student Committee, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
2008-2009:        Co-Founder, department representative, Saint Louis University Humanities Forum
2008-2009:        Graduate Student Liaison, Saint Louis University, Department of American Studies
2008:                 Organizer & Moderator, Saint Louis Journalists’ Forum on Press & Democracy
2003-2004:        Graduate Representative, Center for Writing, University of Saint Thomas
1997-2000:        Managing Editor, Dakota Student, University of North Dakota
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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS)
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC)
American Studies Association (ASA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture (IJPC)
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REFERENCES
Dr. David Abrahamson, Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University:
d-abrahamson@northwestern.edu
 
Dr. Thomas B. Connery, Professor, School of Communication, University of Saint Thomas:
tconnery@stthomas.edu
 
Dr. Erika Doss, Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Notre Dame:
edoss@nd.edu
 
Dr. Kathy Roberts Forde, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina:
kathyf@mailbox.sc.edu
 
Dr. Erika Olbricht, Instructor and SAGES Instructional Coordinator, Department of English, Case Western Reserve University:
erika.olbricht@cwru.edu
 
Dr. John J. Pauly, Provost, Marquette University:
john.pauly@marquette.edu
 
Dr. Norman Sims, Professor, Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst:
sims@honors.umass.edu
 
Dr. Jonathan Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of African-American Studies, Saint Louis University:
smithj2@slu.edu

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