Audra M. Spicer, Ph.D.

Part-time Instructor, English
Office Location
Hawthorn Building, 213
    • Responsible academic leader and manager of diverse teams
    • Accomplished partner with professionals in industry and educational sectors
    • Data-driven decision-maker in higher education
    Research Interests
    • Narratology
    • 19th-century British women's literature
    • Proto-modernism
    • Fiction craft

    "Glamour Puss" (2020) in Hellcats: The Time to Rise is Meow. Ed. Kate Pickford. Muonic Press. 

    “Why We ‘Speak’ APA in Academics” [Blog]. (2017, February 24). The Global Broadcast: The Official Blog of CSU-Global Campus. Retrieved from

    “Troublesome Citations: Bridging Students into Our Community of Practice,” DeVry Journal of Scholarly Research 3(1), June 2016. < >

    Majority Rule: The Official Blog of the New Faculty Majority. (2016, July 24). “‘It’s the curriculum, stupid” [Blog]. Retrieved from

    “Engaging with Online Tools: Audio and Video Interactions for the Online Instructor” in the Saint Leo Instructional Technology Newsletter, Summer 2012.

    Encyclopedia of American Literature. Facts on File. Ed. J.S. Baughman. Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc. / Manly Inc., 2009. Byline articles: Marianne Moore, Robinson Jeffers, Roan Stallion

    Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Eds. J.H. Speer and R. Abramson. U of Tennessee P, 2006. Byline articles: Heinz Corporation, Peabody Coal, Steel Industry, Hillbilly, Nell

    “‘Knew shame, and knew desire’: Ambivalence as Structure in Mary Shelley’s Mathilda” in Iconoclastic Departures: Mary Shelley after Frankenstein. Eds. S. Conger and F. Frank. Associated Universities P, 1998. 115-129.

    “Elizabeth Dalloway: Virginia Woolf’s Forward Look at Feminism” in Virginia Woolf: Emerging Perspectives. Eds. M. Hussey and V. Neverow. New York: Pace UP, 1994. 224-229.


    University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
    Lincoln, NE 
    Ph.D. in English (2000)
    "The English Decadents in the Music Hall: Taking Pleasure Sadly"

    Northern Arizona University 
    Flagstaff, AZ 
    MA with distinction in Professional Writing (2018)
    Concentration in rhetoric, teaching of writing, and digital media studies

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
    Lincoln, NE 
    MA in English (1993)

    Papers and Presentations

    “Arthur Symons’s Confessions and Oscar Wilde’s Artifice: The Construction of Self during the Victorian Fin de Siècle,” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, October 2021

    “Yeats in the ‘20s: Little Streets and Laurel Trees – Modern Visions of Ireland,” Rocky Mountain College English Association, June 13, 2020

    “Fake News & Rhetoric: Reason Well & Always Negotiate” at Colorado State University-Global Campus Virtual Conference on Higher Ed Innovation (Teaching, Technology, and Trends), June 2, 2017

    Invited to attend a writing-intensive workshop on dramaturgy with Carlyn Aquiline, playwright and dramaturg with City Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2015

    “Using New Tools for Innovative Teaching Online” with Dr. Rachel Nagel at DeVry University Faculty Symposium 2013

    “Dr. Spicer’s APA Three-Step” at DeVry University Faculty Symposium 2012

    “Preventing Plagiarism, Philosophically and Incrementally” at the 4th Annual Writing Conference, University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Adelphi, MD, 27-28 July 2007

    “Bikers and Blue-Collar Charity: (For) Every Man a (Road) King” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 2006

    “Integration, Finally: First-Year Students, Race and English Classes at IUP-Punxsutawney” at the Pennsylvania College English Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2006

    “It’s All Right There, In Black and White: Anti-Racist Pedagogy, Students and the English Classroom” at the Academic Freedom Conference, Gettysburg, PA, March 2006

    “‘Sometimes the thoughts go slumming’: Decadent Writers, Music-Hall Performances” at the North American Conference on British Studies 2001 Annual Meeting, Toronto, November 2001

    “‘Fit for a Prince in Disguise’: The Essential Orphan and the Construction of the Plot in Wuthering Heights” at the Midwest Modern Language Association Meeting, Chicago, November 1994

    “Elizabeth Dalloway: Virginia Woolf’s Forward Look at Feminism” at the Third Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, June 1993