Ph.D. Candidate | Southern Studies and Print Culture | Florida Atlantic University
Charlie Gleek is a Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative Studies Program at Florida Atlantic University, under the direction of Dr. Taylor Hagood. Overtly interdisciplinary by training, Charlie’s scholarly concentration focuses on the print culture of Southern literature during the late-capitalist period. His dissertation project, “Our Stories are Ordinary: Some It-Narratives The Textual Conditions of Larry Brown’s ‘Facing the Music,’” explores how conspicuous paratextual southernness mediates consumption and reading practices around Larry Brown’s short story published in literary magazines, essay collections, and anthologies. Charlie’s most recent teaching experience includes undergraduate courses in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters’ Interdisciplinary Studies program, the Department of English, and the Department of History. Charlie also serves on several committees at Florida Atlantic University, focusing on program development, conference organization, and advocating for improvements in graduate-student working conditions.
Charlie Gleek is a veteran academic professional with more than fifteen years of research, classroom, and administrative experience in universities, secondary schools, not-for-profit, and professional organizations around the world. Charlie is looking to work in collaborative learning environments: from arts-focused, experiential-learning, or globally-oriented secondary educational institutions to university departments with American Studies, English and Literature, Ethnic and Multicultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies , and Southern Studies programs.
Charlie is on the job market for the 2020-2021 academic year. Current versions of Charlie’s application materials are available via Interfolio or email.
Charlie’s range of interests and experiences fall well outside academia. A musician since childhood, he toured internationally and recorded as a member of the American Boychoir under the direction of James Litton. Charlie’s contemporary musical projects, recordings, and performances in warehouses and homes, bars and pubs, to dedicated concert venues and summer touring festivals, spans more than three decades of work, including his current role as drummer and bassist in a band made up of Florida Atlantic University College of Arts and Letters faculty members. Before coming to academia, Charlie worked as a landscaper, on loading docks, and in warehouses, on retail floors, and as a line cook: working-class experiences that inform both his scholarship and pedagogy. Charlie lives with his wife Kate Schmitt, their two daughters, and their dog Maddie in Boca Raton, FL.