Faculty Detail

Dr. Angela Bilia

Dr. Angela Bilia

Title: Senior College Lecturer
Department: English
Office: Olin 338
Phone: 330-972-2511
Email: abilia@uakron.edu


Biography

Angela Bilia joined the University of Akron in 2003 and has been teaching in the Composition Program, often in learning communities.  Prior to joining the University of Akron, she taught at Kent State University in Kent, OH, at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, and at Elon University in NC where she taught courses in writing and literature.  Her research interests include pedagogy of freshman rhetoric and composition, service and community-based learning, the politics of undergraduate education, working class studies, cultural studies, literary criticism, comparative and world literature, and the fiction and poetry of high modernism. 


Publications

Conference Presentations:

  • “Rethinking Distance Learning College Composition: Challenges and Opportunities.” 2010 Annual Conference of CCCC. March 18, 2010, Louisville, KY.
  • “Simulacrum of Social Justice: Does Distance Learning Deliver on Its Promise for Access to Education to All?”  2009 Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, October 23, 2009, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Grading Contracts for Writing Programs From Three Lenses: Pedagogical Effectiveness, Capital and Power Dynamics, and Race.” Co-panelist.  Discerning WPAs: Discourse/ Diversity/ Accountability: Summer Conference, Workshop, and Institutes. July 17, 2009. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • “Assessment in the Context of the Learning Communities.” Panel Chair.  Making Waves, 2009 Annual Conference of CCCC. March 12, 2009, San Francisco.
  • “Confronting the Literacy of Sufficiency: Enacting Critical Pedagogy in a Pre-Nursing Learning Community.” 2008 Annual Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, October 25, 2008, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana.
  • “Practicing Active Learning: The Challenges and Rewards of Democratic Education” ITL’s T4 (Terrific Teachers for Today and Tomorrow), September 21, 2007, Leigh Hall 414, The University of Akron.
  • “English Composition 112: Initiation into the Research Process.” Co-presenter. 6th Annual Celebration of Excellence in Teaching and Learning. April 2, 2007, The University of Akron, Akron, OH (see enclosed program and handout)
  • “Let Learning Service the Student and the City: Community-Based Collaborations for Effective Teaching and Service Learning.” Co-panelist. 6th Annual Celebration of Excellence in Teaching and Learning. April 2, 2007, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • “Using the Common Reading in a Learning Community.” Co-panelist. 5th Annual Learning Community Professional Institute. April 20, 2007. The University of Akron, Akron, OH. (see enclosed program)
  • “Examples of Assessment from the Pre-Education and Exploratory Learning Communities.” Co-presenter. 5th Annual Learning Community Professional Institute. April 20, 2007. The University of Akron, Akron, OH. (see enclosed program and handout/presentation)
  • “Practicing Active Learning: The Challenges and Rewards of Democratic Education” ITL’s T4 (Terrific Teachers for Today and Tomorrow), September 20, 2006, Leigh Hall 414, The University of Akron.  
  • “Student Portfolios- A Student-Centered Insight into the Effectiveness of a First-Year Exploratory Learning Community” [co-presenter]. 5th Annual Celebration of Excellence in Learning and Teaching. April 14, 2006, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • “The Contract and Its Discontents: Pedagogy of Empowerment” 5th Annual Celebration of Excellence in Learning and Teaching. April 14, 2006, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 
  • “Assessing the First-Year Exploratory Learning Community through Student Portfolios” Research Network Forum at CCCC Nineteenth Annual Meeting. March 22, 2006, Chicago, IL
  • “Working-Class Pedagogy and the Politics of Power in First-Year College Writing.” Seventh Biennial Conference (10th Anniversary) of the Center for Working-Class Studies: New Working-Class Studies: Past, Present, and Future. May 19, 2005, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.
  • “A Collaborative Approach to Incorporating Service Learning into the First-Year Experience.” (Co-presenter). The 4th Annual Ohio First-Year Summit. October 29, 2004, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.
  • “Service Learning Projects in a Learning Community.” (Co-panelist). The Second Learning Communities Institute: A Faculty Development Workshop.  September 17, 2004, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
  • “Learning Communities: Who/Where/How/Why: Workshop for New Faculty.” (Co-presenter). The Second Learning Communities Institute: A Faculty Development Workshop.  September 17, 2004, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
  • “Supporting Student Success in Learning Communities through Writing Portfolios.” 3rd Annual Celebration of Excellence in Learning and Teaching. April 16, 2004, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.
  • “Divided Lives: The Invisible Intellectual in Academia.” 9th Annual Human Sciences Conference: Academic Labor and the New Politics of Consensus. February 28-March 1, 2003, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • “Translating the Other: The Female Presence in “A Game of Chess” in George Seferis’ Translation of The Waste Land.”  The Other Within: Literature and Psychoanalysis Conference, May 9, 1998, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • “Philomela’s Greek Tongue.” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, April 12, 1997, Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
  • “The Power of Language: Teaching Multicultural Literature—‘the fantastic and terrible story of all of our survival.’” Fourth National American Women Writers of Color Conference, Salisbury State University, October 5, 1995, Ocean City, Maryland.
  • “Crossing Boundaries: Teaching Freshmen English from a Multicultural Perspective.”  College English Association National Conference, April 1, 1995, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Resisting Colonialism: A Reading of Paule Marshall’s Daughters.”  Fourth National American Women Writers of Color Conference, Salisbury State University, October 15, 1994, Ocean City, Maryland.
  • “The Political Voice in Paule Marshall’s Fiction.”  What Is English? Association of Graduate English Students Conference, April 15, 1994, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • “Poetic Transliterations in George Seferis’ Translation of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.”  Graduate Student Senate Colloquium, April 22, 1993, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • “Myths, Sexuality, and Poetry as a Healing Process: Reading Olga Broumas’ Beginning With O and Perpetua.” Graduate Student Senate Colloquium, April 23, 1992, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Publications:

Articles

  • “Forum on Identity.” College English (Special Topic: Contingent Faculty). 73.4. March 2011, 379-395.
  • “VR and Creative Imagination: Philosophical Aspects.” VR in the Schools 4.2, 1998

Poetry

  • “And Spring It Is.” Jawbone Open. Spring 1997.
  • “And Spring It Is” and “Penelope’s Web” Luna Negra. Spring 1993.
  • “Red Carnations.” A Gathering of Poets.  Ed. Maggie Anderson and Alex Gildzen.  Kent: Kent State University Press, 1992, 102-103.
  • “Blue Moon.”  Luna Negra. Fall 1992.
  • “Aphrodite of Milos.” Poet 3.4, Spring 1992.
  • “Aphrodite of Milos” and “David” New Kent Quarterly.  Spring 1991.
  • “Salome Dances.”  The Coventry Reader 4.2, Summer 1991.
  • “Silent Words” and “Laughable Jokes” New Kent Quarterly.  Spring 1990.


Education

Ph.D., English, Kent State University