Ellis is a freelance writer and essayist. His work has been published in Relief Journal, Able Muse Review, Embodied Effigies Magazine, Ginosko, Jonah Magazine, and others. He was awarded a graduate fellowship at Saint Mary's College of California where he taught creative writing and composition and earned an M.F.A in creative nonfiction. Ellis serves in the United States Army Reserve and was a contributing editor for Warriors Always Ready Inc., a nonprofit benefitting veterans, reservists, and national guardsmen.
Dr. Eric B. Fretz holds a dual PhD in Psychology and Education from the University of Michigan, along with several other degrees. He is retired from 20 years of commissioned service in the U.S. Navy, including three deployments to two wars. He teaches the core course for UM's #1 ranked undergraduate Entrepreneurship minor, and teaches in Psychology, Education, and Engineering as well. He is federally appointed as the State Director for the Selective Service System in Michigan, and serves the community in a variety of volunteer roles including (but not limited to): running two veteran charities, directing the mentor program for the Washtenaw County Veterans Treatment Court, a founder and board member for the Michigan Military and Veteran Hall of Fame, and the Chairman of the State of Michigan's Veteran Community Action Team 9 which serves 60,000 veterans across six counties. He and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Fretz, live on the Huron River on the outskirts of Ann Arbor with their three children.
James M. Dubinsky is an associate professor of Rhetoric and Writing in the Department of English at Virginia Tech (VT). He was the founding director of the department’s Professional Writing program and of VT Engage, the University’s service-learning and civic engagement center. He has served in all leadership positions in the Association for Business Communication, and since 2011, he has been serving as the Executive Director. Equally important, Jim is retired from 28 years of service in the U.S. Army, and has been working to build a Veterans in Society focus at Virginia Tech. He is the founding Chair of VT’s Veterans Caucus, and served in that position from 2014 to 2019. Jim has been honored with awards at the college and university levels for teaching, scholarship, and outreach. His work has appeared in scholarly publications such as Business Communication Quarterly, Technical Communication Quarterly, Issues in Writing, the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, and Present Tense. He is the author of Teaching Technical Writing: Critical Issues for the Classroom.
A first-generation college student, Eduardo Tinoco holds a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from San Jose State University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree, in English, from California State University, Northridge and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education at the USC Rossier School of Education, with a concentration on Higher Education.
Ed's twenty years of work experience in the entertainment, financial, and educational fields enhance his work as a Business Librarian at the USC Libraries. Ed is also a 2012 participant, and graduate, of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Institute for Academic Libraries (LIAL). He is also currently serving his second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation and a former Los Angeles Public Library Commissioner.
Prior to pursuing his education, Ed served with the United States Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment and Ranger Training Brigade. He continues to remain active with many veterans’ groups at USC and beyond.
Professor Jeremy M. Teigen (Ph.D. University of Texas, B.A. University of Wisconsin) is a former Fulbright Scholar, the director of the political science program at Ramapo College of New Jersey, and teaches courses on American government and electoral phenomena. His writes on elections, political participation, and the politics of military service, publishing articles in Armed Forces & Society, European Security, Political Communications, Political Geography, Political Research Quarterly and other venues. His book Why Veterans Run: Military Service in American Presidential Elections, 1789-2016, is published by Temple University Press. His research has been featured in media coverage of American elections, in sources such as The New York Times, NPR, US News and World Report, The Weekly Standard, and elsewhere. He served in the US Air Force for four years in Strategic Air Command.
Dr. Liam Corley is a Professor of English at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His book, Determined Dreamer, Bayard Taylor and America’s Rise, was published in 2014 by Bucknell University Press. He is a veteran of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, and his work on literature and war has been published in War, Literature, & the Arts, College English, the Journal of Veterans Studies, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. His current project, The Voice of the Veteran in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century American Literature, has received a year-long research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Professor and chair of the history department at Marquette University. Specialist in Civil War era. Author of Sing Not War: The Lives of Union & Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America (UNC, 2011), and America's Corporal: James Tanner in War and Peace (Georgia, 2014). Author, editor, and co-editor of eighteen additional books on Civil War era and children's history. Former editor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. Guest Editor for special issue on veterans for Journal of the Civil War Era.
Dr. Smith is a Assistant Professor of Business Communication at Sam Houston State University. Her research interests include professional communication pedagogy, cultural representations of and negotiation of military veterans' identity, and topics related to military veterans in civilian workplaces.
University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States
Alexis Hart is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of Writing at Allegheny College, where she regularly teaches an introduction to literature course focused on Post-9/11 war literature and a community-engaged seminar that connects first-year college students with local military members and veteran-focused organizations. A U.S. Navy veteran, Hart commissioned through Naval ROTC at the University of Rochester as a Supply Corps officer in 1993. After receiving her professional training at the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) in Athens, Georgia, Hart reported to her first ship, the USS ESSEX (LHD-2) in San Diego in 1994. After 36 months aboard the ESSEX, Hart returned to Athens as an instructor at NSCS. While serving at NSCS, Hart began attending graduate school at the University of Georgia (UGA). In 1999, Hart resigned her commission and began attending UGA full-time and earned her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition in 2003. Hart has published scholarly work on veterans' issues, and was the co-recipient, with Roger Thompson, of a Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Research Grant to study veterans returning to college writing classrooms. In 2017, Hart and Thompson's article “Veterans in the Writing Classroom: Three Programmatic Approaches to Facilitate the Transition from the Military to Higher Education” received the Richard Braddock Memorial Award, which is presented to the author(s) of the outstanding article on writing or the teaching of writing in the CCCC journal, College Composition and Communication (CCC) during the year ending December 31 before the annual CCCC Convention. The article was also selected for publication in The Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition 2018. Hart is a co-founder of the CCCC Standing Group “Writing with Former, Current, and Future Members of the Military,” served as co-chair of the CCCC Task Force on Veterans, and was competitively selected to participate in the 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute “Veterans in Society: Ambiguities and Representations" held at Virginia Tech. At Allegheny, Hart is the faculty advisor for the Army ROTC club and the Allegheny Veterans Services (AVS) student group.
An assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Corrine Hinton teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, composition studies, qualitative research, and the teaching of writing. Corrine received her doctorate in English with an emphasis in rhetoric and composition from Saint Louis University and has been teaching writing at the college level since 2005. Her primary research interest lies in student veterans’ repatriation and writing experiences from the military to higher education. She has published her work in the collection, Generation Vet: Composition, Student-Veterans, and the Post-9/11 University (Utah State University Press) and in the veterans special collection of Composition Forum (Fall 2013). Hinton is Assistant Editor of the Journal of Veterans Studies, the first academic journal dedicated to interdisciplinary work with student veterans. Corrine also serves as Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow for the state of Texas to raise awareness of and advocate for military veteran caregivers. She is the proud wife and caregiver to a retired combat Marine and the daughter of two retired Air Force veterans.