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Berniece Alspach, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Director of B.A. in English and BFA in Creative Writing

Office Phone: (951) 343-4943
E-mail: balspach@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 260B
Office Hours: FA23 TR 9:30am-12:00pm; W 11am-2pm

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 599 The African Novel
    * ENG 599 Modernisms
    * ENG 596 Research Seminar
    * ENG 584 Digital Literary Studies
    * ENG 583 Introduction to Digital Studies
    * ENG 557 British Literature Post 1800
    * ENG 460 Modern and Contemporary British Literature
    * ENG 413 Shakespeare Studies
    * ENG 484 Advanced Fiction
    * ENG 386 Writing Creative Nonfiction
    * 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
    * LBA 101 Introduction to Liberal Arts
    * WLD 171 Creative Arts and the Christian Imagination

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    * 20th and 21st Century British Literature
    * Creative Writing
    * Digital Humanities
    * Literary Modernism
    * Africana Studies
    * Women in Literature

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

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

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Conference Presentations:
    Panel Chair and Moderator: “Defining Digital Humanities.” 119th Annual Conference for Pacific and Ancient Modern Languages Association. Los Angeles, CA, November 2022.

    Conference Paper Presenter: “William Blake’s Hymns: A Fight with the Quotidian in Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience.” 119th Annual Conference for Pacific and Ancient Modern Languages Association. Los Angeles, CA, November 2022.

    Conference Paper Presenter: "We are More than a Pile of Bones: The Value of the Body in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.” Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. La Mirada, CA, April, 2022.

    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.

    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.

    Digital Seminar Participant: “NLP and Network Processing” taught by Chris Tanasescu at the Digital Humanities Institute at the University of Victoria. June 2022.

    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.

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

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

    Memberships:
    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

    NORTH COAST CHURCH, Temecula 2023 - Present
    NORTH COAST CHURCH, Vista, CA: 2013–2023
    November 2014–November 2017; April 2023 - present: K/1 Sunday School Teacher/Volunteer
    Life Group Leader September 2022 - present

    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

    Dr. 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
    * creative writing
    * Padres Baseball
    * Triathlons
    * Visiting Presidential Libraries
    * Visiting National Parks
    * Hiking
    * Theatre
    * Film

  • Personal Philosophy

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