Curriculum Vitae

Angela R. Cox, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of English
Ball  State University
Muncie, IN, USA
Phone: (405) 880-3709


Ph.D., English Rhetoric and Composition, University of Arkansas, December 2016
Dissertation: The Power Fantastic: How Genre Expectations Mediate Authority
Key words: Genre, fantasy literature, discourse analysis, internet discourses

M.A., English Literature, University of Arkansas, May 2011
Thesis: “Echoes of Gothic Literature in Roberta Williams’s Phantasmagoria
Key words: Video games, Gothic literature (18th-19th century), literary theory

B.A., English, Ohio State University, March 2009
Minors: Spanish and Music

Teaching Experience

Assistant Teaching Professor, 2017-present
Ball State University

            English 103: Rhetoric and Writing
            English 104: Composing Research (both traditional and online sections)

Graduate Assistant, 2015
University of Arkansas

            Assistant for University Perspectives, a freshman success course (UNIV 1001)

Teaching Assistant, 2009-2015
University of Arkansas

Instructor of Record for:
            English 1013: Composition I
            English 1023: Composition II (both traditional and online sections)
            English 3053: Technical Writing
            English 1023S: Special Topics in Composition II: 20th Century PC Gaming
            English 1023S: Special Topics in Composition II: Ways To Talk About Video Games
            World Literature 1113: World Literature I

Other Academic Work Experience

Reader for Writing Proficiency Exam, 2018-2019
Ball State University
Reading and evaluating student responses for the university’s standardized writing exam

Graduate Assistant, 2016
University of Arkansas
Research Assistant to Dr. Patricia Herzog, focusing on freshman success and retention

Service and Engagement

Voting Member of Contract Faculty Merit Committee, 2019
read and evaluated contract faculty annual reports

Poet for Poets for Hire fundraiser, 2018
Wrote commissioned poems in a fundraiser for Motivate Our Minds

Faculty Sponsor for National Novel Writing Month activities on campus, 2018-present
Arranged and attended write-ins on campus, manages related social media accounts, and supported student and community writers at related events


Submitted and forthcoming: “Celtic Appropriation in 21st Century Fantasy Fan Perceptions.” The Celtic Obsession in Fantasy. Eds. Dimitra Fimi and Alistair Sims

“Women by Women: A Gender Analysis of Sierra Titles by Women Deisgners.” Feminism in Play. Eds. Kishonna L. Gray, Gerald Voorhees, and Emma Vossen. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Pp. 21-36.

Play the Past (a collaborative blog) contributions []
            “Gwydion to Alexander: Colonialism in King’s Quest III” 27 August 2014
            “Retrogaming and the Mutability of Genre” 16 July 2014
            “Teaching Games as Text” 4 part series:
                        Part 1: “Introduction” 12 February 2014
                        Part 2: “The Advantage” 12 March 2014
                        Part 3: “The Problem” 9 April 2014
                        Part 4: “The Conclusion” 7 May 2014
            “The Othering of Time in Age of Empires II” 1 August 2013
            “Look in Hole: Gameplay Parody in Sierra’s Space Quest” 25 July 2013

Presentations and Conference Participation

“Trading Partners: Persistent and Transient Groups in First Year Composition”
College English Association Conference, New Orleans LA, 2019

Speaker for “Writing Program Speaker Series: Games and Gamification”
Ball State University English Department, Muncie IN, 2018

“Persistent and Transient Groups in First Year Composition”
“Take 3”, Ball State University English Department, Muncie IN, 2018

“On the Origins of Genres”
College English Association Conference, Denver, CO, 2016

“The Dangers of Teaching Video Games in English Classes and Why We Need to Do It Anyway”
College English Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2014

“Genre, Form, Platform: Threefold Classification for Video Games”
National PCA/ACA conference, Washington, DC, 2013

“Identity, Characterization, and Music in Descent and Descent 2
National PCA/ACA Conference, St. Louis, MO, 2010

“On Fluid Mechanics in Johnson’s ‘A Dissertation on the Art of Flying’”
Arkansas Philological Association Conference, Fayetteville, AR 2010

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