Berniece Bruinius Alspach, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Office Phone: (951) 343-4943
E-mail: balspach@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 260B
Office Hours: Fall 2017: TR 3:30–5 p.m.; W 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English Claremont Graduate University 2016
M.A English California Baptist University 2006
B.A English Florida State University 1998
  • Courses Taught

    * ENG 460 Modern British Literature
    * ENG 413 Shakespeare Studies
    * ENG 363 Young Adult Literature
    * ENG 353 Introduction to Children's Literature
    * ENG 333 17th Century British Literature
    * ENG 303 Topics in World Literature
    * ENG 263 Survey in World Literature II
    * ENG 253 Survey of World Literature I
    * ENG 223 Survey in British Literature II
    * ENG 201 Introduction to Literature
    * ENG 123 Intermediate Composition
    * ENG 113 Composition
    * ENG 103 College Writing Skills

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    * 20th Century British Literature
    * 20th Century American Literature
    * Africana Studies
    * Women in Literature
    * Literary Modernism
    * Postcolonial Literature

  • Teaching Experience

    * 2005–2007: Riverside Community College, Adjunct English Instructor
    * 2006–2008: Chaffey College, Adjunct English Instructor

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Conference Presentations:
    Conference Paper Presenter: “Henry James and The Golden Bowl: A Modernists Challenge to the Cinderella Fairytale." Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Point Loma, CA, May, 2017.

    Seminar Paper Presenter: “Blending Modernism, Postmodernism, and Neomodernism Through the Lens of The Remains of the Day and “Crooner.” Modernists Studies Association Conference. Pasadena, CA, November, 2016.

    Workshop Participant: “Teaching Modernism.” Modernists Studies Association Conference. Pasadena, CA, November, 2016.

    Conference Paper Presenter: “The Importance and Impression of Language in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye." Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Riverside, CA, May, 2016.

    Conference Moderator: Panel Titles “Narrative Structures and Themes” and “Devotion and the Divine: Studies in Poetry and Theology.” Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Riverside, CA, May 2016.

    Plenary Roundtable Moderator: “Shepherding Language: Final Thoughts.” Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Riverside, CA, May 2016.

    Conference Paper Presenter: “Narrative in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Novels.” 2014 Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference. Honolulu, HI, May 2014.

    Conference Moderator: Panel Titles “The Failed Family and the Need for Renewal” and “Stained Glass: A Mosaic of Family Life,” Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Riverside, CA, March 2010.

    Conference Paper Presenter: Paper titled “Is Anyone Listening?: Anna Barbauld’s Poem “1811” and Her Boundary Push in Women’s Political Discourse,” (dis)junctions Graduate Student Conference. University of California, Riverside, April 2009.

    Conference Paper Presenter: Paper titled “New Interpretations from Springfield and Homer Simpson: Television and New Millennial Students,” 2nd Annual Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference. Honolulu, HI, May 2008.

    International Film Conference Paper Presenter: Paper titled “A Global Exchange and Intersection: Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love and Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.” Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference. Beijing and Shanghai, China, June 2005.

    Conference Paper Presenter: Paper titled “Encountering the Other: The Duality of Anna Barbauld as a Christian Essayist and Poet.” Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Santa Barbara, CA, January 2005.

    Awards:
    April 2011: Friedman Grant Recipient, Claremont Graduate University.

    March 2011: Recipient of the Fernandez Prize in English, Claremont Graduate University.

    Memberships:
    September 2016 - present: Member of PAMLA

    March 2010- present: Member of the Western Regional Conference of Christianity and Literature.

    June 2000- present: Member of the National Council of Teachers of English

    May 2003- present: Member of USA Triathlon; ten-time triathlon finisher

  • Church Membership & Activities

    NORTHCOAST CHURCH, Vista, CA: 2013–present
    November 2014–present: K/1 Sunday School Teacher/Volunteer

    HARVEST CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, Riverside, CA: 2004–2013

    * March 2004–July 2012: Sports Ministry: softball and volleyball coach
    * March 2006–March 2010: Harvest Christian Fellowship Children's Ministry; 4th grade Sunday school teacher

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Professor Bruinius Alspach served as the primary ISP leader for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Southeast Asia ESL teams.
    She also served on the faculty ISP team to Rwanda in 2011.

  • Interests & Hobbies

    * Snuggling with my infant daughter Olivia
    * Trail running with my husband Brent
    * Triathlons
    * Visiting national parks
    * Baseball
    * Hiking
    * Theatre
    * Film

  • Personal Philosophy

    "The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting." Psalm 138:8, NASB