DAVID BERGDAHL
21 Elmwood Place
Athens OH 45701-1905
(740) 592-1617

EDUCATION

DISSERTATION

"The Structure of Burnt Norton: An Exercise in Formal Stylistics"

EMPLOYMENT

1963-1968 Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, New York
ranks: Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor

1968-present Ohio University
ranks: Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor

HONORS

Fulbright Senior Fellowship, 1975-76. I was a Gastdozent at Georg August Universität, Göttingen (Federal German Republic)

Colloquium on Teaching, 1998

OTHER EXCHANGES

Departmental exchange with the English Dept. of the University of Toulouse LeMirail, Toulouse (France) for fall quarter, 1988

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

I attended The English Institute at Columbia in 1971 and at Harvard 1972.

Since October, 1982 I have been a member of what is now the Cognitive Sciences Study Group which meets weekly during the academic year. Beginning as the Chomsky Study Group which formed in anticipation of a visit by Noam Chomsky, we have continued over the years as a colloquium reading books in language, philosophy, psychology focusing on the general topic "language and mind."

ADMINISTRATION

During the years 1979-1983 I was director of composition. In addition I have chaired the undergraduate committee during 1977- 1979 and served on the library resources, English language, tenure, promotion B, budget and rating, composition, computer, part time evaluation, administrative and graduate committees as well as several ad hoc committees.

At the college level I have served on the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Council and Distributed Learning Courseware Development Service Committees. At the university level I have served on the Academic Advancement Center Advisory Committee, the English Composition Advisory Committee, the University Hearing Board / Judiciaries, the Post Publishing Board, and on the University Curriculum Council.


PAPERS / WORKSHOPS

Workshop on linguistics for teachers of Windsor, N. Y. system, 10 sessions, September-December, 1967.

Workshop on language acquisition for primary school teachers in the Sherburne, N. Y. school system, 2 sessions, March, 1968.

"Linguistic Approaches to Literature: The Search for Vitamin E," paper read at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, December 29, 1974.

"The City in American Literature," a lecture, and two workshops, "Pastoral Ideology and Anti-Urbanism," and "American Urban Fiction," given at the Staatliche Akademie in Calw at the invitation of the Kulturministerium Badem-Wittemburg, March 17-18, 1976.

"City Life: The Pastoral Crisis," a lecture given at the Amerika Hans/Berlin at a seminar "300 Years of Intellectual Thought in North America: In Search of a National Identity" sponsored by the Senator for Schools, April 27, 1976.

"Two Linguistic Approaches to Style," workshops given in Dortmund and Düsseldorf May 6-7, 1976 under the sponsorship of the USIS and the Bezirksseminar II für das Lehramt an Grund- und Hauptschulen [Landesinstitut for Schülpädagogische Bildung of the state of Nord Rhein/Westfalen.]

"Modern and Post-Modern Literature," a lecture given on May 31, 1976 at the Technical University/Braunschweig at the Institut für Anglistik und Ameranistik der T U.

Workshop, "Teaching Sentence-Sense: a Plan for Integrating Sentence-Combining into the Curriculum," given at the Southeastern Ohio Council of Teachers of English fall meeting, October 1, 1977 in Jackson, Ohio.

Workshop, "Sentence-Combining in the other half of freshman English," at the Comprehensive College Writing Program, March 11, 1978 at Miami Univ., sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities.

"Ohio Speech: Sources of our Pronunciations and Word Choices," an Ohio Program in the Humanities funded presentation given 1978/9 at community meetings in Zanesville, Chillicothe, Ironton, Jackson, Stewart, Waverly, Marieta. Lancaster and Athens, Ohio.

"Understanding the Basics and Back-to-the-Basics," an Ohio Program in the Humanities-funded presentation given July 19, 1978 in Portsmouth, Ohio

"Grading the Freshman Essay," Southeastern Ohio Council of Teachers of English fall conference, Athens, September 25, 1981.

"Journals Across the Curriculum," Ohio Council of Teachers of English / Language Arts spring conference, Columbus, April 24, 1987.

"Ideology, Creativity, and the Classroom Culture," College English Association of Ohio spring conference, Columbus, April 23, 1993.

"T.S. Eliot's Waste Land as a Bakhtinian Carnival," Texas Tech Bakhtin Symposium, January 29, 1994.

"Can Stylistics Exist in a new Paradigm?" annual meeting of the Poetics and Linguistics Association in Belfast, Northern Ireland (U.K.) on April 12, 1996.

"The Electronic Message: A New Genre" at the fall meeting of the College English Association of Ohio in Athens, on October 18, 1996.

"Virgins and Gypsies" at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association in Minneapolis on November 9, 1996.

Workshop on the use of scoring guides, "A Solution to one Perennial Grading Problem," at the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English / Language Arts annual meeting in Louisville, February 14, 1997.

"Postmodern Eliot" at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association in St. Louis in November, 1998.

"Language Study as Cognitive Science," Southeastern Ohio Council of Teachers of English fall meeting, Athens, November 6, 1999.

"Discourse Openers in Student Messages in Online Discussion Groups," at the annual meeting of the Poetics and Linguistics Association in Birmingham, UK, April 4, 2002.


PANELS

Member of Basic Writing panel at the annual meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Denver, April 1, 1978.

Chaired panel at the Miami University Sentence-Combining Conference, October 27-28, 1978.

Associate Chair for panel on "Error Analysis" at the National Council of Teachers of English annual meeting, Cincinnati, November, 1980.

Chair, "Revision Strategies: Some Tips from Research," Ohio Council of Teachers of English / Language Arts spring conference, Columbus, March 5, 1982.

Panelist, "Freshman English: the 80's Decade," Ohio Council of Teachers of English / Language Arts Conference, Columbus, March 5, 1982.

Chair, "Caveat Emptor: What Writing Instructors Should Look For in Composition Research," Conference on College Composition and Communication annual meeting, New York, March 29, 1984. Panelists were Barbara Craig, Sam Dragga, Carolyn Jacobson, Pamela Hardman.

Chair, "Rescuing T. S. Eliot," at the Midwest Modern Language Association meeting, Chicago, Nov 6, 1997. I proposed the panel and solicited and selected the papers and was discussant for three of the four papers presented: Mike Millner (Univ. of Va.) "T. S. Eliot in the Museum Gift Shop: Tradition and Pop Culture in The Waste Land"; Jayme Stayer (Owens CC) "Eliot, Stravinski, and Disciplinary (Im)politics"; and Suzanne Churchill (Davidson College) "'The Jew is underneath the lot': Structures of Anti-Semitism in T. S. Eliot and Djuna Barnes."

Discussant: Candace Stewart (Ohio Univ), "Laughing Out Loud: Revisiting 'Snake' and 'How Beastly the Bourgeois Is.'" The MMLA panel was "D. H. Lawrence, Satirist: Revealing Eros Through Comedic Technique."

Chair, "Rescuing T. S. Eliot II," at the Midwest Modern Language Association meeting, St. Louis, Nov, 1998. I proposed the panel and solicited and selected the papers.
 
 


PUBLICATIONS

[book review] Robert Allen Durr, "Poetic Vision and the Psychedelic Experience" in The Ohio English Bulletin ( March, 1971), 12-13.

"The Use of Student Vocabulary Items in Language Classes," The Ohio English Bulletin (September, 1971), 12-13.

"Linguistic Approaches to Literature: The Search for Vitamin E," Ohio University Working Papers in Linguistics, no. 2 ( Winter/Spring, 1974/5), 21-32.

[monograph] Two Views of Style: Style as Signature/Style as Form. Athens, Ohio: Occasional Papers in Language, Literature, and Linguistics, series A, no. 19.

"Ohio Roots: Placename Study as Discovery," Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, vol. 3, no. 3 (Spring, 1977), 37-39.

"Linguistic Hygiene," Ohio Council of Teachers of English / Language Arts (Fall, 1977), 44-46.

"In Sentence-Combining, He Who Eats the Kernel Must Crack the Nut," Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, vol. 4, no. 4 ( Winter, 1978), 37-42.

"FemSpeak: What Do You Say to a Pregnant Person?" The English Record, vol. 29, no. 2 (Spring, 1978), 8-9, 16.

[book review] Armin Paul Frank, Die Sehnsucht nach der Unteilbaren Sein: Motive in der Literaturkritik T. S. Eliots in Anglia: Zeitschrift fur Englische Philologie no. 3/4 (1978), 542-545.

"Avoiding Charley's Fate: Is It Flowers for Sentence-Combining?" Arizona English Bulletin, vol. 21, no. 3 (April, 1979), 88-94.

"The Meaning of the Basics," Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, vol. 5, no. 3 (Spring, 1979), 8-13.

"Classroom Research in Composition," Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, vol. 6, no. 3 (Spring, 1980), 47-49.

"Why We Need Research: A Guest Editor's Preface," Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, vol. 9, no. 1 (1983).

"Creating an Exploratory Essay Assignment," Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, vol. 13, no. 3 ( May, 1987), 62-65.

[with Betty Pytlik], "Sequenced Writing Assignments," Exercise Exchange, vol. 33, no. 1 (Fall, 1987), 3-5.

"A Sequence of Assignments Focusing on Language Use," Exercise Exchange, 33 no. 2 (Spring 1988), 28-31.

"Journals Across the Curriculum," Western Ohio Journal (Spring 1988), 147-151.

[book review] Monique Lojkine-Morelec, T. S. Eliot: Essai sur la génèsse d'une écriture (Paris 1988) in Etudes Anglaises vol. 44 no. 3 (1991), 361-364.

"Scoring Guides in the Process-Oriented Composition Classroom," Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, vol. 21, no. 1 (Winter, 1995), 26-29.

"Editor's Preface," Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, vol. 23, no. 1 (Winter, 1996), 2-3.

"The Electronic Message: A New Genre," Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, vol. 23, no. 1 (Winter, 1996), 33-40.

"Mango: The Pepper Puzzlement," American Speech, vol. 73, no. 1 (1996), 335-6.

"Genre in a Cognitive Perspective: Eliot's Four Quartets, " Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire, vol. 75 no. 3 (1997), 731-741.

"T.S. Eliot's Waste Land as a Bakhtinian Carnival," Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, vol. 24, nos. 1 and 2 (Fall, 1997 and Spring, 1998), 17-24.

"Scoring Guides in a Process-Oriented Composition Class: Having Students Write Their Own Scoring Guides," Exercise Exchange, vol. 45 (Fall, 1999), 21-4.

"If I Had Thought I'd Live This Long, I'd Have Taken Better Care," Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, vol. 25, no. 2 (Spring 1999), 32-38.

"Language Study as Cognitive Science," Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, vol. 26, no. 1 (Spring/Summer, 2000), 15-19.

[book review] David L. Shores,  Tangier Island: Place, People and Talk in Journal of English Linguistics, vol. 32 (June 2004), 144-146.


EDITING

Guest Editor, Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, vol. 9 no. 1
(1983) on research

Editor, Focus: Teaching English Language Arts, from vol. 23 no. 1 (Winter 1996) for a three year term and co-editor with Deborah Brown for volume 26 (1999-2000).


DISSERTATIONS DIRECTED

Faye Kuzma, Negotiated Identity in Three Novels by Saul Bellow, 1990.

Art Bethea, Raymond Carver: A Study of the pre-Cathedral Prose and Poetry, 1996.