• 2018-19 Central Michigan University Excellence in Teaching Award nominee

  • WINNER: co-winner for the Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture and American Culture from the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association for The Age of Lovecraft.

  • 2014-15 Central Michigan University Excellence in Teaching Award nominee

  • WINNER: 2014 Rue Morgue magazine “Best 2014 Non-Fiction Book” for The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters

  • WINNER: Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters: 2014 “Golden Ghoul” award from Serbian Cult of the Ghoul Horror publication for “Best 2014 Non-Fiction Horror Book.

  • WINNER: 2013 International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts Lord Ruthven Assembly Award for Best Nonfiction Title: The Vampire Film: Undead Cinema

  • 2012-2013 CMU President’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity

  • Certificate of Congratulations for Extraordinary Research Productivity presented by CMU Provost and Dean of Libraries, Spring 2011

  • CMU Honors Program “Professor of the Year” recipient, 2008-2009

  • Sigma Tau Delta “Chip Off the Old Block” teaching award nominee, 2008-2009

  • CMU "Alternative Assignment" internal grant recipient, spring semester 2009

  • CMU senior faculty nominee for NEH Summer Stipend award, 2008

  • College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award winner, 2007-2008

  • Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Endeavor, 2006-2007

  • CMU’s junior scholar nominee for the NEH Summer Stipend competition, 2006

  • CMU’s junior scholar nominee for the NEH Summer Stipend competition, 2005

  • Professional Development Grant for Scholarly and Creative Activity, CMU, 2004

  • University Fellow in the Human Sciences, The George Washington University, 1994-98

  • Ray and Pat Browne Award for Student Achievement for Best Conference Paper by a Graduate Student.  Popular Culture Association of the South, 1995

  • George McClandish Honorary Fellow in American Literature, The George Washington University, 1994-95