Jayne E. Waterman specializes in nineteenth-century, twentieth-century, and contemporary American Literature and Culture with an emphasis on Modernism. She has taught "American Literature III: Realism to Modernism," "American Literature IV: 1945 to the Present," "The American Literary Experience," "The Modern Novel," and "The Modern Drama." Waterman has also taught the “Contemporary American Studies Seminar.” Additional teaching includes an Honors course on "The Short Story," "Great Books," and "Composition I & II." In the summer of 2009, Waterman taught on the Ashland University Study Abroad Program in Germany. She has advised several senior English thesis projects and worked on a senior thesis committee.
In addition to representing the College of Arts & Sciences at Faculty Senate, Waterman is the Faculty Senate representative for the Professional Development Committee. She is a member of the university's International Education Faculty Learning Community, the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, and has worked as a faculty representative on the Student Senate Finance Committee. Waterman also sits on the James Thurber House Literary Committee in Columbus and the Middlebrow Research Network, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (U.K.) awarded Anglo-American network.
Waterman's work on Paul Laurence Dunbar - "With Myriad Subtleties': Paul Laurence Dunbar's Construction of Social Identity in The Sport of the Gods," in We Wear the Mask: Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Politics of Representative Reality. Ed. by Willie J. Harrell Jr. – was published by Kent State University Press, 2010. As an Executive Officer for the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, she was the fall 2010 guest editor of one of the Society's journals, Midwestern Miscellany. This edition included her essay, “Edith Wharton's Literary Midwest: The Artist and Parvenu in Hudson River Bracketed and The God Arrive." She has also published several articles in the Society’s MidAmerica journal. She is currently writing a monograph about the literary career of Louis Bromfield, the twentieth-century Ohio author. In 2009, Waterman edited and introduced Bromfield's recently reprinted novels Awake and Rehearse: Selected Short Stories by Louis Bromfield and has written the introductions for two of Bromfield's recently reprinted novels The Rains Came (2007) and The Strange Case of Miss Annie Spragg (2006). She has given several lectures on Midwestern Literature and Louis Bromfield at the Ohioana Library in Columbus and the Mansfield Public Library. In May 2009, Waterman helped introduce Wendell Berry at the Louis Bromfield Society Award ceremony, Malabar Farm.
Waterman's research is focused on Regionalism, particularly in relation to race and gender, culture and place. Her journal essay on Dawn Powell - "Writing about Home: Dawn Powell's Ohio" - is forthcoming in 2011. Additional research interests include the cultural capital of Modernism and the Middlebrow. She has published several articles and presented several national and international conference papers on this topic. A current work in progress includes an essay - "From the Midwest, to New York, Paris, and Back: "Placing" the Middlebrow in Louis Bromfield's Texts." After receiving her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Leeds, England (which included archival research at The Ohio State University), and teaching at the University of Leeds, she moved to the Untied Stated permanently in 2005 and joined the English Department at Ashland University in 2006.