Academic interests

Elizabethan and 19th century British drama, fiction, and poetry Classical literature of the Western Literary Canon Applicatoin of Girardian theory to teaching of literature Online pedagogy


  • Recognized as a “remarkable and positive influence” by School of Liberal Arts Graduating Student Surveys, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Recognized as “an outstanding mentor in a student’s academic life” by School of Liberal Arts Graduating Student Surveys, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Excellence in Teaching, IUPUI Women’s Cross Country Team, 2001
  • Peter Basset Barlow prize for graduate student paper IUPUI, 2000 • Thoreau Award for Excellence in Writing. Marian College, l995
  • Isabella Blackstone Award for Church History, McCormick Seminary, 1984


  • "'Violence and the Lamb Slain': an Interview with Rene Girard." Touchstone Dec. 2003: 40-43
  • Schwartz, Helen, and Brian McDonald. "Shakespeare on-Line: Reflections on Teaching and Learning." In Learning Literature in an Era of Change: Innovations in Teaching, eds. Dona Hickey and Donna Reiss. Sterling: Stylus, 2000. pp181-192.


Service to the University

  • Moderator, College Bowl, IUPUI, Nov. 11, 2005
  • Presenter, Writing Workshops for McNair Scholars, June 20—July 13, 2005
  • Online Fellow, spring 2005—present
  • Moderator, College Bowl, IUPUI, Nov. 12, 2004
  • Presenter, Writing Workshops for McNair Summer Scholars, 2004-2006
  • Moderators College Bowl, IUPUI, fall, 2004, 2005, 2006; spring 2004
  • Judge, Indiana State Speech Championships, Feb. 22, 2003
  • Judge at Indianapolis Triple Crown IUPUI Speech Tournament, Nov. 2002
  • Presentation of Online Courses at Explore IUPUI, Oct. 2002
  • Network for Excellence in Teaching Fellowship Review Committee, March 2002 Service to the Department
  • “Using Debates to Stimulate Analysis.” English Department Literature Circle (Co-presenter, Angela Raab), Nov. 30, 2005
  • “Reaching Students through What They Love.” English Department Literature Teaching Circle, Sept. 10, 2005.
  • Co-director of Undergraduate Literature Program, 2004—present
  • Member, Children’s Literature Lecturer Selection Committee, Jan.—April, 2004
  • Lecturers' Subcommittee of the English Department Program Review Committee
  • Chair, Hal Tobin Writing Committee, 2004
  • Member, Hal Tobin First Year Writing Committee, 2003-2004
  • "Outline of L204, Introduction to Fiction Online." Literature Teaching Circle, Cavanaugh, Social Sciences Computer Classroom, Nov. 7, 2002
  • "Three Quick and Easy Recipes for the Busy Pedagogical Cook." Fall Writing Program Workshop, Oct. 17, 2002
  • "Strategies for Teaching Writing and Critical Thinking through the Use of Oncourse Forums." Brown bag presentation for Writing Program Instructional Advisory Committee, Feb. 6, 2002
  • English Department Committee on Curriculum Assessment, 2002—present Writing Program Instructional Technology Advisory Committee (formerly Composition by Computer Committee), 2002 to present
  • Composition by Computer Committee, English department, IUPUI, Fall 2000- 2001
  • Executive Committee, English department, IUPUI, 1998-1999 Service to the Profession
  • Dunn, George, and Brian C. McDonald. “A Sudden Urge to Hit You: Mimetic Rivalry and Scapegoating in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Slayage Conference on Buffy the Vampire Slayer”; Mid-Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, May 30, 2004
  • “Working Together Alone: Multi-Part Group Writing Assignments Shakespeare Online.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York, March 26, 2004
  • "The Web Classroom as the Site of Transforming Possibilities”; in Beck David; McDonald, Brian; Miller, Leslie and Weeden, Scott. “The Transforming Possibilities of the Dialogic Process in the Writing Classroom: From Theory to Practice.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York, New York, March 20, 2003
  • "Shakespeare on-Line: Reflections on Teaching and Learning"; Presentation with Helen Schwartz, Professor of English, IUPUI at Indiana Higher Education Technology Systems Fall All Partners Conference, Indiana State University, Nov. 5, l998

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