Curriculum vitae

english professor/bilingual writer/creative artist /film producer, interdisciplinarian


Doris C. Plantus, Ph.D.

1230 E. South Blvd. Troy-MI 48098

phone: 248.823.8148 cell: 248.249.7381 email: |


Areas of Discipline: Modern British Literature; English and World Literature; Bible as Literature, Literature in Translation; Translation Studies and Film Adaptation; Screenwriting, Creative Writing; performing arts; foreign languages; choreography; sculpture.


2004-05 Dissertation defense: May 5, 2005.

Dissertation project: Ionel Teodoreanu’s Lorelei: A Praxis in Translation and Adaptation (Publication release, May 2007, Edwin Mellen Press).

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Anca Vlasopolos, Dr. Christopher Leland, Prof. William Harris, (outside reader) Dr. Andrea DiTommaso.

2002-05 Doctoral studies at Wayne State University. Area of Specialization: Modern English Literature.

Concentration: translation and adaptation of foreign literature, drama and film into English.                                                                                                

Coursework: Interdisciplinary content including translation studies, art and art history, field archaeology, sculpture.

Cognate: Anthropology

Date of Qualifying Exam: February 23, 2004: passed with distinction.

Date of Prospectus Exam: March 25, 2004; Approved: October 11, 2004

Degree: Ph.D. English, May, 2005; Official Graduation Date: August, 2005

1987-97 Undergraduate & Graduate studies at Oakland University

Degree: Master of Arts in English, December, 1997

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English, Magna Cum Laude, December, 1990

Coursework: Interdisciplinary content with concentration in British Literature and Modern Irish Literature and Drama.          

Master’s Thesis: Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in the "Wandering Rocks" Episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses

1973-75 Undergraduate studies at Wayne State University

Relevant coursework: Genetics and Biology

1972-73 Undergraduate studies at Grand Valley State University

Relevant coursework: English, Old Testament as Literature, Hebrew, Biology


Excellence in Teaching Award, Oakland University, April, 2012.

University Research Grant, Special Grant, August, 2006                                        

Edward Wise Fellowship, Fall 2004                                                                                

Terry King Memorial Scholarship, Fall 2004                                                                      

Graduate Professional Scholarship, Winter 2004                                                          

Graduate Professional Scholarship, Fall 2003                                                                

Mitica Banciu Award, 1998


2009-   Special Lecturer – Oakland University

Courses taught: Screenwriting, Bible as Literature, Modern & World Literature, Fiction, Translation Studies,

Adaptation Studies (film), Honors College

2009-09 Freelance writer for Ink Well. Duties: literary summaries for contemporary literature contracted by Gale Publishing.

2005-09 Visiting Assistant Professor of English- Oakland University                                    

Courses taught: modern & world literature, fiction, translation studies

2004-05 Adjunct faculty-Rochester College                                                              

Courses taught: English composition and literature

2004-05 Ghostwriter-Dr. Roger Ajluni

2001-04 Shipping and Receiving – Proto-Plastics, Inc.

2001-02 Lecturer/Evening Coordinator at the English Language Institute-Wayne State

 Courses taught: written and oral English intensives.

1998- 05 Adjunct faculty at Wayne State and the College for Creative Studies            

Courses taught: world literature, intermediate writing, English proficiency, ESL, Writing for Art and Design I & II,

creative writing, technical writing.

1998-99 Sculptor – Music Room of the Cherub Mansion commissioned by Joseph Bianco. 

Project Director: Sergei Mitrofanov, Vernissage Ltd., Interior Design and Restoration

1998-98 Adjunct faculty -St. Mary’s-Orchard Lake.                                                      

Courses taught: English Composition                                                                                  

1990- Freelance Writing and Research; Translation                                                        

1988-01 Corporate Chef--Proto-Plastics, Inc.                                                                  

1984-88 Independent Production Contractor-Aztec Plastics                                                

1981- Artistic Director & Choreographer-Ţărăncuţa Romanian Folkdance and Music Ensemble                                                                                                                           

Duties: choreographer and music director, set design, production, booking, dance instruction, vocalist, dancer,

and instrumentalist. Mentors: Mihai David, Ciocirlia Romanian National Folk Ballet, Bucharest; 

Eugenia-Popescu-Judet, Ciocirlia Romanian National Folk Ballet and the Tamburitzans-Duquesne University.

1975-80 Histology Technician—Mt. Clemens General Hospital, Pathology Lab        

1973-74 Phlebotamist—Northwest Medical Labs

Fine and Performing Arts:

Symposium (Sculpture) College for Creative Studies, 2003. Presented original stone sculpture series.

Symposium Mihai Eminescu (Dance) University of Michigan, 1988. Presented original choreography to George Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody.

International Institute (International Dance Festivals) 1987,88,90; 1993,94,95.  


Creative/technical writing, translation, editing, tutoring, speech writing, reports, research, consultation, esl, photography, sculpture, mold-making, web design, presentations, speechwriting, cooking/catering, musical composition/arrangement, Romanian choreography, Romanian dance workshops.

Technical skills: Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Expression Web, Excel, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Video Production, digital film editing, carpentry (rough and finish), auto-mechanics.

Languages: Romanian (fluent), Italian, Russian (conversational) French, Latin, Greek, Biblical Hebrew (reading level)

Past projects/clients:

West Bloomfield Book Club Facilitator; Inkwell Works, Writer/Researcher; Roger Ajluni, Ghostwriter; American Concrete Institute, Writer; MC International Adoption Agency Newsletter, Editor; Macomb County Commissioner Speechwriter; Bayer Corporation/SPE Awards Writer; Somerset Publishers, Writer/Researcher; National Historic Register, Writer/Researcher; Gale Research, Writer/Researcher; Federal Bureau of Investigation, Translator.

Published works:

A Cinematic Translation of Ionel Teodoreanu's Lorelei: Creating a Film Script from a Classic Romanian Novel  Mellen, May, 2007

Zalmoxis, Obscure Pagan, (translation) The Center for Romanian Studies, 2000.

“Zalmoxis’ Fireflies," Voices, Summer, 2004.

"The Mulberry Tree," Metamorphoses, 2005.

 "Visul," Center for Romanian Studies, UK, 2005.

“Lucky Fish,” Editor’s Pick, Cezanne’s Carrot (online), 2005.

Of Stones and Birds, Axa Publishing (Translation), 2006.

AVP (People’s Advocate) Report for 2005, English Translation.


Advance premiere of Zalmoxis, first English translation of Lucian Blaga’s dramatic poem, Romanian Embassy,

Washington DC (April 2011).

World premiere of Zalmoxis, Georgetown University, directed by Dr. Cristina Bejan, (April 2011).

Forthcoming publications:  

Zalmoxis: Pagan Mystery. Bilingual second edition with critical commentaries.

The Star without a Name, translation of Mihail Sebastian’s Steaua fara nume.

Selected Short Stories of I.L. Caragiale, translated from Romanian into English, with an introduction by Dr. Mircea Tomus.

Commissioned works: Polish Eagle, sculpture; Music Room, sculpture, Vernissage Ltd. The Hamangia Thinker.

Current Projects:

Lorelei (pre-production with tentative option by Rush Pictures, co-producer, bucovina mica independent film production).

The Istova Woman (original screenplay), in negotiations for option.   

Original screenplay of The Fall of Constantinople.

Memoir: The Carpenter’s Daughter.

"The Dock and Other Poems" (bilingual poetry and short stories).      

Website: original photography, sculpture, painting, bilingual prose and poetry, screenplays, dance, iconography, scholarly work.

Conferences: SAMLA, November 12, 2006, Charlotte, NC;  “Self-translation”                                           

MLA, December 28, 2006, Philadelphia,PA, “Teaching Translated Texts.”

Sponsored events: read original fiction at “A Festival of New European Film and Writing with Oakland University on May 9-10, 2008, co-hosted by Oakand University and Absinthe: New European Writing.

Workshops: Organized the first Translation Event at Oakland University, September 2006.