Jason S. Todd, Ph.D.

The Short Story ( words)

Dr. Jason S. Todd is an Associate Professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana. He received his Ph.D. from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. His fiction has appeared in journals such as Southern California Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Fiction Weekly, and 971 Magazine. He teaches courses on American literature, comics and graphic novels, dystopian realities, and genre fiction. From 2010 to 2015, he served as Xavier's first QEP Director, managing the campus-wide Read Today, Lead Tomorrow initiative. From 2015 to 2021, he serve as the first Associate Director for Programming for Xavier's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development. In 2021, he became the Director of Xavier's Digital Humanities program. He is a member of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and the Professional and Organizational Developers Network.

The Less-Short Story

Jason S. Todd grew up in Pittsburgh and Chicago. He attended college at Webster University in St. Louis, studying creative writing with T. M. McNally. For a time in college, he lived in a tall house on a hill with several people who would later become famous. After college, he spent several years working for fund-raising arm of the ultra-conservative Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as a "Electronic Media Specialist," even though no one really knew what that label meant.

After surviving the non-event of Y2K, he changed course and moved south to study creative writing with Frederick Barthelme, Steven Barthelme, and Mary Robison at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, whence he received his master's degree in 2003 and his doctorate in 2006. He became a husband and a step-father one day after he became a doctor.

Following graduate school, he taught first-year composition at Southeastern Louisiana University for a year before being hired as Writing Center Director at Xavier University of Louisiana. Three years later, he accepted a position as Xavier's first QEP Director, even though no one really knew what that label meant. In 2015, he was asked to serve as the Associate Director for Programming in Xavier's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development and served in that position through 2021. In 2021, he was asked to serve as the director of Xavier's Digital Humanities program.

He has been publishing fiction since 2002, when he became hooked on the submission-rejection-acceptance cycle after receiving a brief hand-written rejection letter from C. Michael Curtis, fiction editor for the Atlantic Monthly, that said he was a good writer. Since then, his fiction has appeared in print in literary journals like Phantasmagoria, Chicago Quarterly Review, Southern California Review, and the Xavier Review, and in online journals like Fiction Weekly, 971 Menu, Paradigm, and Red Savina Review. He is currently alternating his attention on three novels-in-progress: one about a private investigator cum hacker; one about post-apocalyptic America; and one about the generations of a family in a dying town in the rural south.

Todd lives on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, about an hour north of New Orleans, with his wife, two children, three dogs, one cat, six three five chickens, and one turtle on land that was originally inhabited by members of the Bayougoula and Choctaw peoples.

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