Erin Parke

Teacher, Ph.D., Writer

The Five Paragraph Essay – a Personal History

I was a freshman in high school before I heard the phrase “five-paragraph essay.” My freshman English teacher, Mrs. Rinderle, asked us about our experience with the form.  All she … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

“So It Goes”: Non-linear time in Slaughterhouse Five and Arrival

Last night, I finally got around to watching Arrival, a movie that, in all respects, I probably should have seen in the theaters.  It meets all my standards of approval: a … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Is there a Doctor in the house?

It’s official, albeit a little late – I defended my dissertation In October and passed with flying colors.  On December 10th, I donned my funny hat and voluminous green gown … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Review: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really didn’t know what to expect from this book. When I started reading … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · Leave a comment


Well, I’ve done it.  I’ve officially finished my dissertation, and in less than two weeks, I will be defending it and (hopefully) pass and finish my Ph.D. journey.   But … Continue reading

October 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Summer round up

June 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Students do work!


March 12, 2015 · Leave a comment