Dr. Reside graduated from Truman State University in 2001 with the powerful combination of a BA in English and BS in Computer Science in 2001; after graduating he earned his MA from Truman and his PhD from the University of Kentucky, both in English. Since 2011, Reside has served as New York Public Library’s Digital Curator for the Performing Arts. In this position, he has initiated, created, and overseen a number of digital archive and access projects. Dr. Reside also served as product owner for the Library’s digital repository, where his leadership helped advance the work of the repository and related services, such as the metadata management system and importing data from other bibliographic tools.
Thanks to the profound generosity and vision of Mrs. Odessa Ofstad in creating the Clayton B. Ofstad Endowed Chair in English and Linguistics, the Department of English and Linguistics is able offer a range of intensive seminars, masterclasses, and workshops in creative writing, English, and linguistics led by talented, renowned, and deeply engaging guest writers and scholars. Along with these classes, the Clayton B. Ofstad Readings Series, which features these guests, has become a centerpiece of departmental and campus culture.