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About fhelvie

I live in CT with my wife and two sons. I am also writing my doctoral dissertation, which is focused on the relationship between American literature and comic book superheroes. I have served as a panelist at a number of conferences discussing my research in comics, medieval literature, and pedagogy. Most recently, I had the good fortune to present at the New York Comic Con. In addition to my work in comics scholarship, I'm also a full-time professor of developmental English.

The Old College Try: Year Two


Today I spent about 5-6 hours working student registration and advising new students into the best possible schedule. I have to say it felt GREAT being back on campus–almost a sort of homecoming. The excited students (and even the nervous … Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: The Final Countdown!


In less than 3 hours, I will be getting in my car and driving east.  Then, it’s time for a much-needed family vacation to Florida.  Needless to say, I’m counting down the hours.  Still, it’s a little odd to think … Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: A Wrong Turn?


I feel disappointed in many regards that my posting this summer has been so minimal.  It’s hard to keep a record of something if you don’t write things down, right?  Still, it’s been a busier and far more frustrating summer … Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: Adapt and Overcome!


“Adapt and Overcome!“ I remember hearing this all of the time as an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadet and then as a junior officer while in the Field Artillery.   Far more often than not, we were confronted … Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: Sources of Amusement…


Question of the Day:  How do you amuse yourself and what good does it do you? If you break down the word amuse you see two part: a/muse.  Muse is another word for “think.”  When we refer to the Muses of … Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: Not Exactly The Start I Was Hoping For…


I was really thrilled when the opportunity to take a course on the evolution of the graphic novel came up in the Summer 2011 course catalog.  Could there have been a more perfect fit for me?  Probably not.  So of course, … Continue reading

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My Road to the Ph.D.: Year Two


This past Tuesday I arrived back in Indiana, PA to begin my second summer of doctoral study, and aside from two independent studies I’ll be doing next year, this will pretty close out my time as a student.  Whoa. I’m … Continue reading

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