Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Nancy McGuire Roche


2006-2011     Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Ph. D. in English, May 2011.  G.P.A.: 3.89. Concentrations:  Film Studies and American Literature 1930 to Present. Dissertation:  The Spectacle of Gender: Representations of Women in British and American Cinema of the 1960s.

1991                  Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island: Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.Graduate Poetry Editor of Clerestory: The Brown and Rhode Island School of Design Literary Journal. Taught: Introduction to Writing Poetry. Professors included: Edmund White, Michael Ondaatje, Keith Waldrop, Rose Marie Waldrop, and C. D. Wright, thesis advisor.

1987                  Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado: Completed the Summer Writing Program. Instructors included:  Allen Ginsberg, Diane Di Prima, William S. Burroughs, Anne Waldman, Philip Walen, and Carl Rakosi.

1980                  Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee: Bachelor of Science Degree, cum laude, in Nursing.

Career History:

2019-Present     Lecturer in Cinema, Television & Media, Belmont University, Nashville,


                           Teach in the Department of Motion Pictures:

                           MOT 1115: The Art of Storytelling

                            MOT 1110: Film History: Lumière to Now

                           Teach in Motion Pictures and Media Studies:

            MOT 2120: Film Genres: American Independent Film, The Horror Genre, The Science Fiction Film, The Musical

MOT 3120: National Cinemas: American Women in Film, American New Wave Cinema, International Cinema

MOT 3410: Adaptation Theory and Analysis

Judge: Nashville Film Festival, Student Film Competition, 2020.

2012-2019              Lecturer in English, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN:

Taught in Vanderbilt English Department:

ENGL 1210W Prose Fiction: Forms and Techniques  

ENGL 1230W Literature and Analytical Thinking

ENGL 1250W Introduction to Poetry

ENGL 1260W Literature and Cultural Analysis

ENGL 1300W Intermediate Composition

Taught in Vanderbilt Women’s and Gender Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, and Health, Medicine & Society:

WGS 1111: Gendered Lives

WGS 1272: Feminism and Film (Dual listed in Women’s and Gender Studies and Cinema and Media Arts)

HMS 3050: Medicine and Literature

  • Present films and lead film discussions at Vanderbilt’s Faculty-Led interactive Cinematic eXploration or FliCX Program at the Belcourt Theater. Faculty Advisor for Mayfield Dorm Project, Vanderbilt University: Creative Writing, 2015-16; Faculty Advisor for Mayfield Dorm Project, Vanderbilt University: NewVU, 2016-17.
  • Judge:  University of Western Kentucky Film Festival, Music Video, Documentary, and Short Film categories, 2016.   
  • Judge:  University of Northern Alabama Film Festival, Vanguard Competition, 2015.

2006-2020        Senior Adjunct Professor, Watkins Film School, Nashville, Tennessee:  

  • Undergraduate courses:

Film History I and II, Elements of Film Art, American Independent Film. Women in Film, Contemporary International Cinema, The Horror Film, Adaptations and Interpretations, British New Wave Film and Popular Culture of the 1960s, American Film of the 1960s. Auteur Directors: The Coen Brothers.

  • Graduate courses:

FLM 501: The History of Media

FLM 502: Film Criticism and Theory

2005 Adjunct Professor, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee:

Taught:  African American Heritage and Composition: Core 110, worked in the Fisk University Writing Lab.

 2006-2013        Centennial Medical Center:

       Cardiac Care Intensive Care Unit, pro re nata CCRN.

2003-2006         Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Nashville, Tennessee:

  • Department Chair, Liberal Arts Department, 2003-2005.
  • Assistant Professor, full time faculty.
  • Taught: Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Writing, English Composition I, English Composition II, Creative Fundamentals, Survey of Twentieth Century Literature, The Female in Fiction: An Overview of Female Literary Figures in Postmodern Fiction, From Woolf to Winterson: A Survey of Twentieth Century Women Writers

2002-2003          Adjunct Professor, Watkins College of Art & Design, Nashville, Tennessee:

Taught:  Creative Writing, English Composition I and II. 

1991                   Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island:  

Graduate Teaching Assistantship:  Introduction to Poetry Writing.

1988-2003         Centennial Medical Center:

Cardio-Vascular Intensive Care Unit and Post Anesthesia Care Unit RN, pro re nata. Functioned as CCRN, Charge Nurse, and Nurse Educator in the PACU, responsible for orientation and training of new employees.  

1980-1986         St. Thomas Midtown Hospital (Baptist Hospital):

Critical Care Float Pool CCRN: Emergency Room, Neuro-Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Medical Intensive Care Unit, and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Also functioned as Charge Nurse and Nurse Educator, responsible for orientation and training of new employees. 


2010-2011        Middle Tennessee State University:  Provost Writing Fellowship. 

1991   Brown University:  

The Kim Ann Arnstark Award in Poetry, The Rose Lowe Rome Prize in Poetry, The Feldman Prize in Fiction, The Harris Award for Fiction

Awarded Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Creative Writing

Awarded scholarship for entire degree program



Contributor to LGBTQ America Today Encyclopedia.  “The San Francisco Bay

Area Poets.”  This entry includes Allen Ginsberg, Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, and Lawrence Ferlingetti. Greenwood Press, 2008.

“H. D.’s Crucible of Fire,” Jacket 2 Magazine, Jacket 38-late 2009.

The Essential Sopranos Reader: “Honoring the Social Compact:  The Last

Temptation of Melfi.”  University of Kentucky Press, 2011.

Modern American Drama on Screen. “Nichols’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: breaking the code” (co-authored with David Lavery). Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Conversations with Edmund White (co-edited with Will Brantley). University Press of Mississippi, 2017.

The Other Hollywood Renaissance. “Mike Nichols and the Hollywood Renaissance: A Cinema of Cultural Investigation.”  Edinburgh University Press, 2020.

Cinema in Revolt: Censorship Reform in 1960s British and American Film. Edinburgh University Press. Under contract. Forthcoming, 2023.

Literary Publications

The Southern Poetry Review, The Vanderbilt Poetry Review, Clerestory, and other small press publications such as Cat’s Eye and Red Weather.

Professional Affiliations:

                        Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Brown Alumni Association

Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

Transcripts:   University transcripts and student evaluations available upon request.

Conferences and Panels: 

Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York City; May, 2008.  The Sopranos: A Wake.  Presented: “Honoring the Social Compact: The Last Temptation of Melfi.”  Panel Chair: Women and Gender.

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; November 2008. Contemporary Women Writers: Agency, Identity, Community. Presented: “Establishing Personal and Communal History:  The Fiction of Edwidge Danticat.”

University of London Institute in Paris, Paris, France; July 2009. Naked Lunch @ 50 Symposium.

Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association National Conference, San Antonio, Texas; April 2011.  Presented: “The Monstrous Feminine and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.”  Panel topic:  Seasons of the Witch: 1960s to Present.

Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association in The South, New Orleans, Louisiana; October 2011.  Presented: “Narrative Construction in Treme: Intersections of Race, Culture, and Trauma.”

Middle Tennessee University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; March 2012. Catwoman to Katniss: Villainesses and Heroines in Science Fiction and Fantasy.  Presented: “Camp Incarnate: Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy.”  Panel topic: “My Guns Are Bigger Than Yours”: Women in Science Fiction.

Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association National Conference, Boston, Massachusetts; April 2012.  Presented: “Tate and Violet v. Bella and Edward: Uncanny Elements of The Postmodern, Undead Gothic Teen Romance.”  Session Chair: Horror, Terror, Politics. 

Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association in The South, Nashville, Tennessee, October 2012.  Presented: “Female Rebellion and Family in Indy Woman’s Cinema:  Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone.”  Panel topic: Women’s Independent Film.

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; March 2015. Global Discourses in Women’s and Gender Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference. “Girl Rising” Panel.  Presented on narrative elements and cinematic technique of the documentary, Girl Rising (2013).

Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association in the South, Nashville, Tennessee, October 2016.  Presenting: “The Uncanny Film Fatale:  Ontology, Mimicry, and Resistance.”  Panel topic: Film / Femme Fatales: From the 1940s to the Present. 

Edinburgh Napier University: Lit TV, Edinburgh, Scotland, May 2018. Presenting: “Watching the Detectives: Aberrant FBI Agents Who Fascinate in Literature and Television”.

Nashville Film Festival, Nashville, Tennessee, May 2018. Creator’s Conference Panel: “It’s Time: A Talk About Diversity & Inclusion in Film”. 

Society for Cinema and Media Studies, London, England; July 2019. London: Gateway to Media and Cinema Studies. Presenting: “Swinging London Cinema:Exporting Style and Sex to America”.

Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association in The South, New Orleans, Louisiana; October 2022. Presenting: “Incest, Privilege, and Bad Blood: Park Chan-wook’s Stoker.”


Belmont University:

John Lloyd Miller, Chair, Head of Screenwriting


Vanderbilt University:

Mark Schoenfield, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor of English


Middle Tennessee State University:

Dr. Will Brantley, Professor of English and Film Studies, English Department


Watkins College of Art, Design & Film:

Richard Gershman, (Chair of the Watkins Film School)

Professor of Practice, Belmont University,

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