Jimmy J. Pack Jr., MFA/MA

Lecturer, Creative Writing
Office Phone: 267-879-8675
Office Location: Sutherland, 207

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Bio

Faculty Advisor to undergraduate literary magazine, The Abington Review

Fields of Specialization

Rhetoric and Composition (focusing on critical writing and critical thinking), Creative Writing (fiction, nonfiction, journalism); Business Writing, Romantic Poetry; Victorian Poetry; American Realism (with a concentration in Mid-Western writers of the early 20th Century); Modern American and British Fiction; Contemporary American Fiction.

Teaching Experience

Advanced Expository Writing (Eng. 421) 
Advanced Creative Non-Fiction Writing (Eng. 415)
Advanced Fiction Writing (Eng. 412) 
Article Writing (Eng. 215)
Writing for the Social Sciences (Eng. 202A)
Business Writing (Eng. 202D)
Creative Writing (Eng. 050)
Rhetoric and Composition (Eng. 015)
Free Writing Time (Eng. 006)
Basic Writing Skills (Eng. 004)


Professional Organizations

Member, Associated Writing Programs since 1992.
Member, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society
Member, The Sinclair Lewis Society

Honors

Nominated for Outstanding Teacher 2017, Penn State.
Nominated for Outstanding Teacher 2016, Penn State.
Semi-Finalist for The William Van Wert Fiction Award, 2016.
Semi-Finalist for The Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize 2015.
First Place Winner, Abington College Undergraduate Research Activities Poster Fair,
April 13-14, 2015; Faculty Advisor and co-writer with Thomas W. Van Osten IV
“The Actual and Imagined Communities of Cold War Paranoia.”
First Place Winner, Abington College Undergraduate Research Activities Poster Fair,
April 7-8, 2014; Faculty Advisor and co-writer with Thomas W. Van Osten IV
“The Uncollected Short Stories Of J.D. Salinger.”
Special Recognition Award 2013, Penn State.
Outstanding Teacher (Instructor) 2011, Penn State.
Honorable Mention: Mainstream/Literary Short Story Category,
Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition, 2010.
Honorable Mention: Mainstream/Literary Short Story Category,
Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition, 2009.
Second Place, Sports Photo of the Year, Keystone Award, 2009,
The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
First Place, Best Standard Ad Design, 2009,
The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
Nominated for Outstanding Teacher 2009, Penn State.
Second Place, Ad Campaign or Series, 2008,
The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
Nominated for Outstanding Teacher 2008, Penn State.
Five Design Awards (2 First Place, 2 Second Place, 1 Third Place) 2007,
The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
First Place for Series, Keystone Award, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, 2006
Hiller Revisits America.
Nominated for Outstanding Teacher 2006, Penn State.
Nominated for Outstanding Teacher 2005, Penn State.
Nominated for Outstanding Teacher 2004, Penn State.
Nominated for Outstanding Teacher 2003, Penn State.
Honored as an Outstanding Teacher, Temple University, Spring 2001. 
Teaching Excellence Certificate, Temple University, Fall 2000.
First Place Winner in Short Story Contest, Just a Moment magazine, Spring 1995

Conferences, Readings, Seminars

Abington College Undergraduate Research Activities Poster Fair,
April 13-14, 2017; Faculty Advisor and co-writer with William Connor
“A Public Trial... In The Matter Of J. Robert Oppenheimer.”
Abington College Undergraduate Research Activities Poster Fair,
April 13-14, 2017; Faculty Advisor and co-writer with Samuel Santiago
“The End of Irony in Post 9/11 Zombie Cinema.”
Abington College Undergraduate Research Activities Poster Fair,
April 13-14, 2015; Faculty Advisor and co-writer with Thomas W. Van Osten IV
“The Actual and Imagined Communities of Cold War Paranoia.”
Penn State Abington Student Government Association; January 21, 2015
Panelist for “Media Reality.”
Abington College Undergraduate Research Activities Poster Fair; April 7-8, 2014
Faculty Advisor and co-writer with Thomas W. Van Osten IV
“The Uncollected Short Stories of J.D. Salinger.”
Penn State Abington Student Government Association; April 1, 2013
Keynote Speaker—“Pop-Culture Maturity.”
Penn State Undergraduate English Conference; March 27, 2004
Texts, Media, & Cultural Literacy in the 21st Century
Moderator— “A Path of Feminist Consciousness: Narrative Essays.”
Central Connecticut State University; November 11, 2003
Lecturer — “I Could Write a Book.”
Reading at Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; November 2, 2000.