Berniece Bruinius Alspach, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Office Phone: (951) 343-4943 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 260B Office Hours: Spring 2020 M 10am-4pm, R 3:30-5:30pm
|Ph.D.||English||Claremont Graduate University||2016|
|M.A.||English||California Baptist University||2006|
|B.A.||English||Florida State University||1998|
* ENG 599 The African Novel
* ENG 599 Modernisms
* ENG 460 Modern and Contemporary British Literature
* ENG 413 Shakespeare Studies
* ENG 384 Writing Fiction
* ENG 382 Introduction to Digital Studies
* ENG 363 Young Adult Literature
* ENG 353 Introduction to Children's Literature
* ENG 333 17th Century British Literature
* ENG 314 Global Literature
* ENG 303 Topics in World Literature
* ENG 273 Introduction to Creative Writing
* ENG 263 World Literature Post-1650
* ENG 253 World Literature Pre-1650
* ENG 223 British Literature Post 1750
* ENG 201 Introduction to Literature
* ENG 123 Intermediate Composition
* ENG 113 Composition
* ENG 103 Writing for College Success
Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests
* 20th Century British Literature
* 20th Century American Literature
* Digital Humanities
* Creative Writing
* Africana Studies
* Women in Literature
* Literary Modernism
* Postcolonial Literature
* 2005–2007: Riverside Community College, Adjunct English Instructor
* 2006–2008: Chaffey College, Adjunct English Instructor
Research, Presentations, & Publications
Conference Paper Presenter: “Using Digital Tools in the English Classroom.” 117th Annual Conference for Pacific and Ancient Modern Languages Association. San Diego, CA, November, 2019.
Seminar Graduate: “Web APIs with Python” taught by Patrick Smyth, Stephen Zweibel, Jonathan Reeve and Mary Catherine Kinniburgh at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, June 2019.
Seminar Graduate: “Digital Humanities Pedagody: Integration into Curriculum” taught by Diane Jakackie at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, June 2018.
Conference Paper Presenter: “The Sacredness of Family, Community, and Spiritual Identity in Ben Okri’s The Famished Road” Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Newberg, OR, April, 2018.
Conference Paper Presenter: “A Play on TV: Visual Design in the Breaking Bad Episode “The Fly.” 115th Annual Conference for Pacific and Ancient Modern Languages Association. Honolulu, HI, November, 2017.
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.
April 2011: Friedman Grant Recipient, Claremont Graduate University.
March 2011: Recipient of the Fernandez Prize in English, Claremont Graduate University.
March 2018- present: Member of MLA
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–November 2017: 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 daughter Olivia
* Trail running with my husband Brent
* Padres Baseball
* Visiting Presidential Libraries
* Visiting national parks
"The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting." Psalm 138:8, NASB