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Department of Language & Literature

“The Language and Literature Department is awesome! You not only get a greater appreciation for the written word, but the faculty makes it come alive!”
– Brittany Bennett, Language and Literature graduate

If you are able to read and understand this sentence, then you are already familiar with English as both a language and a field of study. English, in a nutshell, deals with how human beings communicate with each other through writing. Chowan University’s Language and Literature Department offers a variety of English classes focusing on:

  • Composition
  • Literature
  • Creative writing

All Chowan students take English 101: College Composition and English 102: Composition and Introduction to Literature. These classes are designed to build upon what you have learned previously about reading and writing and to empower you to join a discourse community of scholarly writers. Composition is not focused on reviewing fundamental rules of grammar; rather, it is designed to help you write with sophistication about the material you study as a college student.

Literature classes focus on the scholarly analysis of literary texts—that is to say:

  • Works of fiction
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Creative nonfiction

Literature classes require us to pay careful attention to details found within those texts and help us hone our observational and analytical skills. These are skills that have broad application beyond just the English classroom (in fact, many medical schools now require their students to take advanced literature classes in the belief that the powers of observation developed in those classes will result in more observant and insightful doctors coming out of their programs).

Creative writing classes, of course, deal with the imagination, but they also build upon the work done in the composition and literature classes by continuing to emphasize paying attention to detail and expressing oneself with clarity and precision. In these classes, we focus not just on what we’re trying to say, but exactly how best to say it.

Additionally, Chowan students learn to express themselves during the following classes offered by the Department of Language and Literature:

In our global culture, these skills are essential for an educated person.

As technology has advanced, people rely on the written word more and more—think of how often you read the online version of a newspaper, or send an email or a text message to a friend or loved one. We seem to be entering a new golden age of textual communication; a strong background in English will help you to navigate this Brave New World.  

Department of Language & Literature - Faculty

Dr. Nicholson

Cynthia S. Nicholson, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
Coordinator of English Education

2007 Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year

Google Scholar

"Chowan University students are exposed to a college experience that will prepare them for life both academically and spiritually. This type of education allows students to gain the tools needed to fulfill their purpose. As an English professor,
I take pride in challenging students to “write their own story.”


Education:

  • PhD, English Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • MA, English, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • MS, Secondary Education, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • BA, English, Newberry College, Newberry, SC

Dissertation: Finding Space, Finding Voice: The Racial, Ethnic, and Spiritual Identity of African American Students in the Urban Southwest

Courses Taught:

  • Methods of Teaching High School Language Arts
  • Young Adult Literature
  • African American Literature
  • World Literature
  • Freshman Composition

Awards

  • Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year, Chowan University, 2007

Service:

Arizona State Literacy Team, Writer, Arizona Department of Education, 2011

2010 AZ Reads English Language Arts Common Core Standards (High School), Trainer and Presenter, Arizona Department of Education, 2011

Proposal Reviewer, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Division G: Social Contexts of Education, Section 3: Multiple Languages and Literacies, and Section 2: Multicultural Contexts, 2010

Assessment Writer and Reviewer, Pearson and Arizona Department of Education – Arizona Instructional Measurement Standards Reading Test Bias Review Committee, 2010

Site Team Member, AdvancED Accreditation – combined organization of North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE), 2011

Curriculum and Instruction Committee Member, Tempe Union High School District, Tempe, Arizona, 2009 – 2011

Co-Chair, Quality Enhancement Plan, Chowan University, 2007 – 2008

Presentations:

Blasingame, James, Corrine Gordon, Cynthia S. Nicholson, and Wendy Williams. Full Steampunk Ahead: A National Consortium for Teaching Young Adult Literature through Technology, Panel Presentation at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Las Vegas, NV, November 2012

Nicholson, Cynthia S. and Charrai Hunter. Where Am I in the Text? Enhancing Student Literacy with YA Literature, Panel Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Georgia Council of Teachers of English, Calloway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA, February 2012

Nicholson, Cynthia S. and Byron White. Back to the Basics: Renewing the Value of Effective Instructional Practices, Panel Presentation at Georgia Department of Education Collaborative for School Improvement Conference, Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA, December 2011 and March 2012

Walsh, Laura and Cynthia S. Nicholson. Book of My Life: Using YA Literature to Promote Student Writing, Research and Discovery of Who They Are, Where They Come From, and Where They Are Going. Paper Presentation at Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Chicago, IL, November 2011

Nicholson, Cynthia S. Finding Space, Finding Voice: The Racial, Ethnic, and Spiritual Identity of African American Students in the Urban Southwest, Paper Presentation at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA, April 2011

Nicholson, Cynthia S. Do I really matter? Issues of Language and Literacy Among African American Students in a Church Youth Program, Paper Presentation at Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Orlando, FL, November 2010

Nicholson, Cynthia S. African American Literature in Review, Presentation for Chowan University Academic Outreach Series with Roanoke Rapids Public Schools, Roanoke Rapids, NC, 2008

Nicholson, Cynthia S. The Still Small Voice in Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Paper Presentation held at Interdisciplinary Symposium on the American South, Chowan University, 2007

Publications:

Nicholson, Cynthia S. “That’s Not My Name! What YA Authors Can Teach about the Names of African American Students.” Authors: Alleen Pace Nilsen, James Blasingame, Kenneth Donnelson, and Don L. F. Nilsen. Literature for Today’s Young Adults. 9th Edition. Saddle River: Pearson, 2012

Nicholson, Cynthia S. “Book Review: Harlem on Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth.” Arizona English Bulletin, 2011

Professional Organizations:

  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE
  • American Educational Research Association

 

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John H. Davis

John H. Davis, Ph.D.
Professor of English

Faculty Marshal

Sponsor, Sigma Tau Delta
(International English Honor Society)

Co-Sponsor, Alpha Chi
(International Academic Honor Society
)

2013 McDowell Columns Scholar Prize

"I like literature because it offers insights into humanity by heightening and focusing the human condition within artistic structures inviting investigation and discussion that challenge both mind and emotion."

"Movies exaggerate life, but—like literature—they also enhance, reflect, and enrich it."

“Classic: a book which people praise and don't read.” Mark Twain- Following the Equator, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar (1897)

“It’s part of your problem, ya know. You haven’t seen enough movies. All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” – Davis (Steve Martin) in Grand Canyon (1991)

Education:

  • Ph.D. Auburn University
  • M.A. Auburn University
  • B.A., with Honor, Alabama College (now The University of Montevallo)

Doctoral dissertation, “Only a Dream,” considers Mark Twain’s thematic and structural use of the dream in fiction.  

Teaching Experience:

  • GTA and Instructor, Auburn University, 1969-1975
  • Assistant Professor, Talladega College, 1975-1981
  • English Instructor, Chowan College, 1981-1992
  • Associate Professor, Chowan College, 1992-1996
  • Professor, Chowan College/Chowan University, 1996—

Courses Taught:

  • Honors Composition
  • Survey of British Literature
  • Critical Approaches to Literature
  • Chaucer
  • Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • British Romantic Literature
  • Novel

Courses Presently Taught:

  • Composition
  • Survey of American Literature
  • Appreciation of Film
  • American Literary Realism
  • Southern Literature
  • The Short Story
  • Mark Twain

Honor Society Memberships:

  • Phi Alpha Theta (History)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English)
  • Eta Sigma Phi (Academic)
  • Alpha Chi (Academic)
  • Alpha Lambda Delta (Academic)

Professional Memberships (Past and Present):

  • Alabama College English Teachers’ Association (ACETA)
  • North Carolina-Virginia College English Association (NC-Va CEA)
  • Philological Association of the Carolinas (PAC)
  • American Literature Association (ALA)
  • Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
  • Popular Culture Association in the South/American Popular Association in the South (PCAS/ACAS)
  • South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Emily Dickinson Society
  • Mark Twain Forum
  • Mark Twain Circle
  • Poe Studies Association

ACAS Representative to PCAS/ACAS 2001-2002

Program Chair, PCAS/ACAS Annual Conference 2006

Created PCAS/ACAS Logo
(now on association materials, bags, and programs) 2006  

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

Invitations to speak at: First Clemens Conference, The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, Hannibal, Missouri, 2011; Twain/Tolstoy Symposium sponsored by The Editorial Institute of Boston University 2010; Elizabeth Sewall Parker Memorial Library Committee. Murfreesboro, North Carolina, 2010; Quadrennial International Conferences on the State of Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College, Elmira, New York 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013; American Literature Association Meetings in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, 1997, & Boston, Massachusetts, 2005; Mark Twain House, Hartford Connecticut, 1992

  • Awarded McDowell Columns Scholar Prize 2013
  • Honorary membership in Alpha Lambda Delta, awarded 2013
  • Certificate, 15 years of “excellent service as Sponsor of Alpha Zeta Rho Chapter,” Sigma Tau Delta, 2012
  • Asked by ed., Dr. Rhonda Wilcox, to review submissions to Studies in Popular Culture 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Order of Lux Veritas 2006—
  • Keynote Speaker, The World of Mark Twain, [1st] Chowan Faculty Interdisciplinary Symposium, 2005
  • Asked to create & develop (I also named) The Literary Hit Parade for Sigma Tau Delta website 1999
  • Innovator of Film Course at Chowan 1997
  • Commencement Speaker (chosen by senior class), Chowan College Commencement 1996
  • Carnegie-Mellon Fellow (Chaucer Workshop, Vanderbilt University), spring 1981
  • NDEA Graduate Fellowship 1967-1970
  • Senior Elite in English (chosen by Alabama College English Faculty) 1966-1967  

Selected Publications (Essays):

“Mark Twain’s Arousal of Curiosity in ‘A Curious Experience.’” American Literary Realism 46.2 (Winter 2014): 176-186.

“George Kenneth Wolfskill.” “The Faculty and Administrative Staff Emeriti.” The Renaissance of Chowan University: 2003-2013. Ed. M. Christopher White. Virginia Beach, Va.: The Donning Company, 2013. 146.

“The Scent of a Satire: Validating ‘The Invalid’s Story.’” The Mark Twain Annual 10 (2012): 71-90. 

“Advent: Waiting for—while Re-Living—the Great Drama.” www.chowan.edu/advent November 28, 2010.

Literary Hit Parade. Sigma Tau Delta Website. http://www.english.org/hitparade.shtml (1999, updated 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010). [I created this list for the 75th anniversary of Sigma Tau Delta] 

"Bridging the Gap: The Twin Kingdoms of The Prince and the Pauper." Mark Twain's Geographical Imagination. Ed. Joseph Alvarez. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2009. 17-34. 

“Cowboys and Indians in King Arthur’s Court: Hank Morgan’s Version of Manifest Destiny in Mark Twain’s Connecticut Yankee.” The Mark Twain Annual No. 5 (2007): 83-92.

Critical Companion to Mark Twain: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. R. Kent Rasmussen, With Critical Commentary by John H. Davis and Alex Feerst. 2 Vols. New York: Facts on File, 2007.
19 essays about works by Mark Twain
(in order of writing, with original titles):

  • “No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger: Free at Last” 359-361.
  • “‘A Dog’s Tale’: A Canine Conundrum” 104.
  • “‘Jim Baker’s Blue-Jay Yarn’: Framed” 36-37.
  • “‘The War Prayer’: Spoken and Unspoken” 552-553.
  • “‘A True Story: Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It’: Nobody Knows the Trouble” 547-548.
  • “‘The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County’: Ascent and Descent” 287-288. “‘The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut’: Conscience-Struck” 124-125.
  • “‘The $30,000 Bequest’: Invisible Wealth” 465-466.
  • “‘The Private History of a Campaign That Failed’: The Epitome of War” 390-391.
  • The Prince and the Pauper: Two Kingdoms, Two Guides” 374-380.
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court: Lost Western World” 75-80.
  • “The McWilliams Stories: Domestic Comedy or Domesticated Husband?” 334-336.
  • “‘The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg’: Not as a Stranger” 322-327.
  • “‘A Horse’s Tale’: No Bull” 172-174.
  • The Tragedy of Pudd’head Wilson: Two Sides of a Dog” 401-409.
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Fleeing Tom” 203-211.
  • Roughing It: Finding a Voice in the Wilderness” 440-444.
  • The American Claimant: In Clemens’ Weather” 24-26.
  • “Adam and Eve Diaries: Fortunate Fall into Love” 120-121. 

“The Bum’s Rush or a Professional Charge.” [Commencement Address, 1996] Chowan Today 41.2 (Summer 1996): 9.

“Stupid Is as Stupid Does.” [Honors Day Speech] Chowan Today 41.1 (Spring 1996): 5-6. 

The Mark Twain Encyclopedia. Ed. J.R. LeMaster and James D. Wilson. New York: Garland Publishing, 1993. 13 Entries:

  • “Curious Dream: Containing a Moral, A.” 195-196.
  • “Curious Experience, A.” 196-197.
  • “Dog’s Tale, A.” 223-224.
  • “Experience of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup.” 269-270.
  • “Indiantown” 394-395.
  • “McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm, The” 481-483.
  • “Mrs. McWilliams and the Lightning.” 525-526.
  • “My Boyhood Dreams.” 528-529.
  • “Singular Episode, A.” 683-684.
  • “Story without an End, A.” 716.
  • “Strange Dream, A” 717-718.
  • “Which Was It?” 787-788.
  • “Which Was the Dream?” 788-789. 

“American Commitment in Casablanca.” Literature/Film Quarterly 18.4 (1990): 275-276.

“’Still the Same Old Story’: The Refusal of Time to Go By in Casablanca.” Literature/Film Quarterly 18.2 (1990): 122-127.

“From Darkness into Light.” Biblical Recorder 29 March 1986: 3.

“The Dream as Reality: Structure and Meaning in Mark Twain’s ‘The Great Dark.’” Mississippi Quarterly xxxv.4 (Fall 1982): 407-426.  

Publications (Book Reviews):

Review of David Ketterer, ed. Tales of Wonder [by Mark Twain]. Lincoln: U Nebraska P, 2003. 12 January 2004 The Mark Twain Forum. http://www.yorku.ca/twainweb/reviews/TalesOfWonder.html

Review of Kent Rasmussen. Mark Twain A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Life and Writings. New York: Oxford UP, 1996. 8 June 1997 The Mark Twain Forum. http://www.yorku.ca/twainweb/reviews/mtazprev.html

Review of Harold Bloom, ed. Mark Twain (Modern Critical Views). New York: Chelsea House, 1986. 23 August 1996 The Mark Twain Forum. http://www.yorku.ca/twainweb/reviews/bloom.html  

Editorial Peer Reviewer of Scholarly Articles for Academic Journal:

Studies in Popular Culture 34.1 (Fall 2011).  

Studies in Popular Culture 33.1 (Fall 2010)

Studies in Popular Culture 32.1 (Fall 2009)

Selected Paper Presentations:

“Not of this Time, Not of that Place: Poe’s Misty Settings.” Fourth International Conference on Edgar Allan Poe. Roosevelt Hotel, New York, NY, Feb. 26-March 1, 2015. 

“Who Wears the Pants?—Sexual Masquerade and Sexual Meaning in ‘An Awful….Terrible Medieval Romance.’” Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South, J.W. Marriott Hotel, New Orleans, La., October 2-4, 2014.

“The Scent of a Satire: Validating ‘The Invalid’s Story.’” Chowan Salon, Vaughan Auditorium, Chowan University, February 21, 2014.

“Not of this Time, Not of that Place: Poe’s Misty Settings.” Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South, Marriott Riverfront Hotel, Savannah, Ga., October 4, 2013.

“Archetypes as Interpreters of War: From Front Line to Home Front in ‘The Private History of a Campaign that Failed’ and ‘The War Prayer’” Elmira 2013: The Seventh International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies—One Man, Many Legacies: Observing the Sesquicentennial of the Pen-name. Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies, Elmira College, Elmira, NY, August 2, 2013.

“Serving Political Pork along the Underground Railroad in Mark Twain’s ‘Cannibalism in the Cars,’” Ninth Annual Faculty Interdisciplinary Symposium: From Field to Table: A Foodways Journey, Vaughan Auditorium, Chowan University, Monday, April 22, 2013.

“‘More of a Stranger Than Fiction’: Evolution of a Western Genre [The Stranger in Town].” Annual National Conference of Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. March 30, 2013

“Keeping the Faith—Fulfilling the Promise.” Address at Induction ceremony, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Vaughan Auditorium, Chowan University, March 3, 2013

“The Passive and the Aggressive: Melville’s Bartleby and Ahab.” Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South, Hutton Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, September 29, 2012.

“Taking the Road Not Taken: Exploring Alternate Directions in Fiction and Film.” Chowan Salon Lecture, Vaughan Auditorium, Chowan University, Murfreesboro, North Carolina, December 2, 2011

“Scent of a Satire: Validating ‘The Invalid’s Story.’” Mark Twain’s Hannibal: The Clemens Conference. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, Hannibal-LaGrange University, Hannibal, Missouri. August 13, 2011. 

“Sam Clemens to Mark Twain—175 years and More to Come.” The Chowan Salon Lecture Series. Vaughan Auditorium, Chowan University, Murfreesboro, North Carolina. November 12, 2010.

“Meet Mark Twain Again… and for the First Time.” Mark Twain: Happy 175th Birthday. Elizabeth Sewall Parker Memorial Library. Murfreesboro, North Carolina. November 4, 2010.

“In Clemens’ Weather: Mark Twain’s Anti-Climactic Climatizing in The American Claimant.” Annual Conference of Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South. The Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel, Savannah, Georgia. October 8, 2010.

“Travesty and Tragedy of Train Travel in Mark Twain’s ‘Cannibalism in the Cars.’” “The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice”: A Symposium at Boston University Observing the Legacies of Mark Twain and Leo Tolstoy on the Centennial of Their Passing.” Sponsor: The Editorial Institute of Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. August 21, 2010.

“Not of this Time, Not of that Place: Poe’s Misty Settings.” A Sense of Place: The Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium. Chowan Academic Forum: A Celebration of the Intellectual and Artistic Life of Chowan University (April 16-21, 2010). Vaughan Auditorium, Chowan University, Murfreesboro, North Carolina. April 19, 2010.

“Lee Smith: From the South to the World” (Introduction of Lee Smith). The Annual Mary Frances Hobson Lecture and Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters. Turner Auditorium, Chowan University, Murfreesboro, North Carolina. April 12, 2010

“’The Game’s Afoot’: Serious Play with Knight Unhorsed and Chivalry at Bay in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” Annual Conference of Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South. Hilton Wilmington Riverside Hotel, Wilmington, North Carolina. October 1, 2009.

“Working on the Railroad: Train Travel in Mark Twain’s ‘Cannibalism in the Cars,’” Elmira 2009: The Sixth International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies—Observing the Centennial of the Death of Samuel Langhorne Clemens: The Worlds of Mark Twain, held by the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies, Elmira College, Elmira, New York. August 6, 2009.

"The Tragedy of Roy Earle: 'Mad Dog' as Tragic Hero in High Sierra," First Annual Global Film Conference, The University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama, March 5-7, 2009.

“Trying to Tell a Story: Why Tristram Shandy Moves from a Central Intelligence in Print to a Group Endeavor on Film.” Popular Culture Assoc. in the South/American Assoc. in the South (PCAS/ACAS). Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. 27-29, 2007.

“Cowboys and Indians in King Arthur’s Court: Hank Morgan’s Version of Manifest Destiny in Mark Twain’s Connecticut Yankee.” 5th International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies, Elmira College, Elmira, New York, August 4-6, 2005

“‘And Did the Sad Hearts Thicken’: Language, Realism, and Technology in Twain’s Satire of Sentimental Fiction,” American Literature Association, Boston, Massachusetts, May 26-29, 2005

“‘Discover the Promise’ (?): Discover the Reality. Discover the Joy!” Address at Induction ceremony, Alpha Lambda Delta (National Honor Society for Freshmen), Vaughan Auditorium, Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC, March 6, 2005.

“Remarks on Poetry of Chuck Sullivan” (Hobson Literary Honoree), Hobson Literary Award Banquet, Chowan Room, Chowan College, May 3, 2004.

“‘The Very Ink of History’: Mark Twain, History, and You.” Address at Induction Ceremony, Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society), President’s Room (now Chowan Room), Chowan College, Murfreesboro, NC, April 15, 2004.

“‘And They Returned by Another Way’: Alternate Possibilities in Fiction.” PCAS/ACAS, J. W Marriot Hotel, New Orleans, La. Sept. 23-25, 2004.

“‘A Knight without Armor [but with Revolvers and Lasso] in a Savage Land’: Mark Twain’s Connecticut Yankee as Science Fiction Cowboy.” PCAS/ACAS. Sea Turtle Inn, Atlantic Beach, Fla. Oct. 2-4, 2003.

“Going Backward to Go Through: Allusions, Flashbacks, Symbols, and Wartime Censorship in Passage to Marseille.” PCAS/ACAS, Hyatt Hotel, Charlotte, NC, Oct, 3-5, 2002.

“‘Curiouser and Curiouser’: Mark Twain’s Arousal of Curiosity in a Curiosity Called ‘A Curious Experience’” (Juried Selection). Fourth International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies (Sponsor: Center for Mark Twain Studies, Elmira College), Elmira, NY, Aug. 16-18, 2001.

“Journeying to the Present Through the Past: The Levels of Story in Passage to Marseille.” PCAS/ACAS, Sea Turtle Inn, Atlantic Beach, Fla. Oct. 4-6, 2001.

“‘Head ‘em off at the Bypass, Boys!’: The Separate Mythical World of B-Westerns.” PCAS/ACAS, Sheraton Downtown, Nashville, Tenn. Oct. 5-7, 2000.

“Secular Sacrifice: Issues Saving Pvt. Ryan and Other Hollywood Films Raise about This Greatest Love.” PCAS/ACAS, Roanoke Airport Marriott, Roanoke, Va. Oct. 7-9, 1999.

“A Note about a Number: Mark Twain’s No. 44.” Philological Association of the Carolinas (PAC), Converse College, Spartanburg, SC, March 19-21, 1998

“Showdowns and Showoffs: The Myth of the Gunfighter in High Noon and The Fastest Gun Alive.” PCAS/ACAS, Ramada Plaza, Augusta, Ga., Oct. 8-10, 1998.

“More of a Stranger Than Fiction: Evolution of a Western Genre [The Stranger in Town]” PCAS/ACAS. Adam’s Mark Hotel, Columbia, SC, Oct. 16-18, 1997.

“Mark Twain’s Jokes on His Readers.” American Literature Association Symposium on the Trickster (Sponsor: American Literature Association). Cal-Neva Lodge, Crystal Bay, Nev. (Incline Village & Lake Tahoe) Oct. 9-11, 1997.

“Elusive Allusions in High Noon and Lifeboat: Literary, Social, Political, and Historical Influences on Films from Cold and Hot Wars.” PCAS/ACAS, Hyatt Regency, Savannah, Ga., Oct. 17-19, 1996. 

“The Bum’s Rush or a Professional Charge?: A Commencement Address.” Commencement Exercises, Steps of Columns Building, Chowan College, Murfreesboro, NC, May 11, 1996.  

“Stupid Is as Stupid Does.” Honors Day Convocation, Vaughan Auditorium, Chowan College, May 1, 1996.

“Here’s Looking at You Again, Kid: Non-Sequel Sequels, the Tumbleweed Effect, and the Bogart Myth.” PCAS/ACAS, Richmond Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va. Oct. 5-7, 1995.

“Where the Twain Meet: The Implied Observer Balancing Mark Twain’s Narrative Poses.” PCAS//ACAS, Hilton at University Place, Charlotte, NC. Oct. 20-22, 1994.

“Mark Twain’s Last Novel: No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger.” Faculty Forum/Lyceum, Vaughan Auditorium, Chowan College, Murfreesboro, NC, Nov. 19, 1994. 

“Mark Twain and Practical Jokes.” PCAS/ACAS, Regal Maxwell House, Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 14-16, 1993.

“Mark Twain and Frontier Myth.” Fall Twain Symposium (Sponsor: Mark Twain Memorial), Mark Twain House, Hartford, Ct., Oct. 10-11, 1992.

“Unexpected Moves by a Knight Named Paladin: Have Gun-Will Travel as a Non-Typical Western.” PCAS/ACAS, Holiday Inn—Waterside, Norfolk, Va., Oct. 3-5, 1991.  

“‘Still the Same Old Story’: The Refusal of Time to Go By in Casablanca.” PCAS/ACAS, The Madison Hotel, Montgomery, Ala., Oct. 4-6, 1990.  

“‘Still the Same Old Story’: The Refusal of Time to Go By in Casablanca.” Annual Conference on Literature and Film, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla., Feb., 1990.

“‘Still the Same Old Story’: The Refusal of Time to Go By in Casablanca.” NC-Va CEA Annual Meeting. Gardner-Webb College, spring 1989. 

“Two Stories, Two Poems, and Poe’s Poetics.” Meeting of North Carolina Baptist Colleges and Universities (Sponsor: North Carolina Baptist Education Commission), Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, 1986.

Dramatic Reading of Mark Twain’s Adam and Eve’s Diaries
My wife, Sarah (Eve), and I (Adam) performed readings of this work, based on an adaptation by Alex Effgen (Boston University) and further adapted by Sarah Davis, for:

High school classes at St. Mary’s School, Raleigh, North Carolina, February 13, 2012.  

The Albermarle District Meeting of Episcopal Church Women. St. Thomas’ Church, Ahoskie, North Carolina. October 7, 2011. 

The Mature Patrons’ Program. Sallie Harrell Jenkins Memorial Library. Aulander, North Carolina, December 21, 2010.

A Selection of Courses taken:  

“A Dickens Bicentennial,” Adventures in Ideas: Program in the Humanities and Human Values, (presented by UNC Humanities Program of the College of Arts and Sciences & the General Alumni Association, co-sponsored by the UNC Civic Education Consortium), University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, June 30, 2012. 

“Shakespeare’s Henry Play: Power, Politics, and the Legacy of War.” Adventures in Ideas: Program in the Humanities and Human Values, UNC Humanities Program of the College of Arts and Sciences and the General Alumni Association, with support from Playmakers Repertory Company. UNC School of Government, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, February 17-18, 2012.

“Mark Twain for a New Century,” Adventures in Ideas: Program in the Humanities and Human Values (presented by the UNC Humanities Program of the College of Arts and Sciences & the General Alumni Association, co-sponsored by the UNC Civic Education Consortium), UNC School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, June 25, 2011.

“Comedy on the Stage from Rome to Wilde,” Adventures in Ideas: Program in the Humanities and Human Values (presented by the UNC Humanities Program of the College of Arts and Sciences and the General Alumni Association), The William Friday Center, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, March 19-20, 2010.

“The Classical Southern Novel,” Adventures in Ideas: Program in the Humanities and Human Values (presented by the UNC Humanities Program of the College of Arts and Sciences and the General Alumni Association), The William Friday Center, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, July 11, 2009. 



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Steven Harders

Steven Harders
Assistant Professor of Communication and Drama

2009 Excellence in Teaching Award!

"To me, Chowan University is an ideal place to learn because you can kick back with friends and a burger in the Hawks Nest, shoot some hoops in the Jenkins Center, delve into a good book in the library, or take a casual stroll across squirrel park. Our cozy campus is a great place to find friends, discover your potential, and define your future."

Steve Harders came to work at Chowan University in 2003.

Education:

  • Masters of Fine Art degree in Directing from
    Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.A. degree in Theatre Arts from Marycrest International
    University in Iowa

Courses Taught:

  • Public Speaking
  • Drama Appreciation
  • Voice and Articulation
  • Theatre Production
  • Performance I



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Wendy S. Dower
Associate Professor of English

"There is no other occupation that is as satisfying when students make the connections and the lights go on. The only more satisfying moment comes when a student makes a connection across disciplines. Then a different light goes on as a student realizes there is a reason for the diversity of classes Chowan requires besides the study of the major: it adds up to an education, not a job."

Wendy Dower came to work at Chowan University in 1994.

Education:

  • Ph.D. degree in Medieval English from the University of North Carolina
    at Chapel Hill
  • Master’s degree in English from the University of South Florida
  • B.A. in English from the University of South Florida
  • Associate's Degree in English from St. Petersburg Junior College  

Courses Taught:

  • Ancient World Literature
  • Medieval Literature
  • British Literature
  • History of the English Language
  • Advanced Grammar



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Kerri Lydieth Albertson

Kerri Lydieth Albertson
Visiting Professor of English

2013 Alpha Chi Award

“I am happy to be a more integrated part of the Chowan faculty, and look forward to learning from my colleagues and being able to offer more assistance to students who need it.”

Education:

  • Master of Arts, English, with concentration in Professional Writing, Old Dominion University
  • Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Old Dominion University

Courses Taught:

  • English 101
  • Critical Thinking 101



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Dr. Matthew Fullerty

Dr. Matthew Fullerty
Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing

 

“Benjamin Franklin said: ‘Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.’ At Chowan you can do both. Chowan University combines the friendliness and focus of a smaller campus with world-class facilities. I am excited to inspire students in English Literature, Composition, and Creative Writing, and I share the ambition of faculty, staff and students that contributes to making Chowan a dynamic academic institution with an international outlook. For an expat Brit now ten years in America, Chowan has a wonderfully welcoming Southern character that makes me feel very much at home. Go Hawks!”

Education:

  • Ph.D., English (19th and 20th century British and American literature) George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • M.A., Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) University of East Anglia, Norwich, England.
  • PgDip (Postgraduate Diploma), Multimedia Publishing West Herts College, Watford, England.
  • B.A., English Language and Literature Oxford University, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, England.

Dr. Fullerty’s first novel, The Knight of New Orleans (2011), recounts the life story of New Orleans world chess champion, Paul Morphy, and a working girl from Basin Street, Clara Young, with whom he becomes infatuated. It won the Bookhabit Unpublished Novel Award 2008 ($5000), was Semi-Finalist in the William Faulkner-Wisdom Competition 2008, and a Second Round choice in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2010.

After Dr. Fullerty completed his second novel The Murderess and the Hangman (2012) in October 2010, he received a telephone call from the London Daily Mail about a 131-year old female skull that had been dug up in Sir David Attenborough’s back garden in London. The skull was carbon dated and proved to belong to the victim in Dr. Fullerty’s novel—the story of respectable Julia Thomas’s murder by her own maid, Kate Webster, in 1879, a long-forgotten case that had quite literally resurfaced. Dr. Fullerty subsequently wrote articles for the Daily Mail, participated in a BBC Radio interview about the discovery, and appeared on the Discovery Channel’s Deadly Women to discuss the crime (the episode is viewable on YouTube).

Dr. Fullerty is currently researching his third novel, The Necklace (2014), a science-fiction novel about a future when cybernetic humans are born with two death dates on their wrists, but only one of the dates is real. What world is this, where only some live beyond their first date? And what happens when someone is born with no wrist markings at all, but with a new mutation shaped like a beautiful necklace? Perhaps only a child can explain how this brave new nightmare has arisen: two dates, two selves, two futures, but only one present, one life, one necklace.

For more information, Dr. Fullerty’s website is www.mattfullerty.com.

Courses Taught:

  • British Literature (15-18th centuries; 19th-20th centuries)
  • American Literature (1865-present)
  • Freshman Composition
  • Introduction to Creative Writing (Fiction and Poetry)
  • Creative Writing (Fiction), M.A.
  • Reading as a Writer, M.A.
  • Writing Skills (Police)

Awards:

Writer-in-Residence (Fiction), Artist’s Grant, Vermont Studio Center, August 2011.

Writing Fellow (Writer-in-Residence, Fiction), Artists’ Enclave at I-Park, July 2010.

Second Round, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2010 (General Fiction) for The Knight of New Orleans (as The Pride and the Sorrow), Feb. 2010.

Winner, Bookhabit Novel Competition for The Knight of New Orleans (as The Pride and the Sorrow), June 2008.

‘Almost Finalist’ in The William Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for The Knight of New Orleans (as The Pride and the Sorrow), June 2008.

‘Alternate Choice’ to live in Jack Kerouac’s old house for 3 months, The Kerouac Project (www.kerouacproject.org), May 2008.

English Department Graduate Teaching Award, George Washington University, May 2007.

Four-year GTA Scholarship Award 2003-2007, George Washington University, June 2003.

Publications:

Academic Books

The British and American Academic Novel: The Professorromane, The Comic Campus, The Tragic Self. F Street Books. January 2013 (forthcoming).

Novels

The Necklace. Parkgate Originals (hardback), Aug. 2014 (forthcoming).  

The Murderess and the Hangman. Dionysus Books (paperback). September 2012. The Murderess and the Hangman. Parkgate Originals (hardback). March 2012.

The Knight of New Orleans. Dionysus Books (paperback). February 2012.
The Knight of New Orleans. Parkgate Originals (hardback). September 2011.

"The Funeral of Jean Lafitte” (chapter one of The Knight of New Orleans).
Word Riot, Jul. 2008.

Editor (complete books)

Laird, Thomas. The Underground Detective, a Chicago crime novel, April 2012.

Robertson, Tom. Napoleon Vs. The Turk, a play, Apr. 2012. 

Napoleon Vs. The Turk, a play. Tom Robertson. April 2012.

Holmstrom, Engin. Loveswept, a cross-cultural novel set in 1950s Turkey, Nov. 2011.

Mpoy, Bruno. Bootstraps: Is the Price too Low? New York: 1st Unison Publishing, Jun. 2010.

Articles

“How a skull found in David Attenborough’s garden has solved one of Victorian Britain’s most gruesome murder mysteries.” Daily Mail (UK). (UK). 26 Oct. 2010: 15+.

“How a skull found in David Attenborough’s garden has solved one of Victorian Britain’s most gruesome murder mysteries.” Daily Mail (UK). Web. 26 Oct. 2010.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1323762/

“Skull found in Sir David Attenborough’s garden that solves 1879 Barnes murder mystery.” Daily Mail (UK). 25 Oct. 2010: 24+.

“Skull found in Sir David Attenborough’s garden that solves 1879 Barnes murder mystery.” Daily Mail (UK). Web. 25 Oct. 2010. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1323396/ 

“Can Cloud Computing Really Simplify and Secure Healthcare Administration?” Healthcare Technology Magazine. International Healthcare Technology. Apr. 2010. Web. http://www.healthcaretechnologymagazine.com/healthcare-it-case-study-article/187/

Dissertation Editing

O’Byrne, Katie-Scarlett. Building an Alliance with a Patient who has a Severe and Chronic Trauma History. Diss. May 2010.

Interview

Smith, Andrew. Interview by Matt Fullerty. “From F Street Review, with Matt Fullerty.” Axiom Publishing, 2010. May 2010. Web. http://edithswar.com/id12.html 

Critical Reviews

Future, Past, Present. Rev. of Spilling Clarence and The Disapparation of James (novels), by Anne Ursu. The St. Ann’s Review Summer/Fall 2003: 142. Print.

“Deciphering Stones.” Rev. of The Calligraphy Shop (poetry) by Ben Dowling. The St. Ann’s Review Winter/Spring 2004: 162. Print.

Short Fiction

For Kicks. Paper, Scissors, Stone: New Writing from the University of East Anglia. University of East Anglia Press. June 2002.

Poetry

Poems in UK poetry magazines. Island; Fire; Poetry Monthly; Manifold; Weyfarers. 1999-2002.

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Dr. Bryan Herek

Dr. Bryan Herek
Assistant Professor

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“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent."
~ John Donne


Education:

PhD

  • English Language and Literature
    University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    August 2005
  • Dissertation: Early Modern Satire and the Bishops’ Order of 1599: Manuscript, Print, and Stage
  • Director: Marshall Grossman
  • Readers: Theodore Leinwand, Michael Marcuse, William Sherman, Gregory Staley

MA

  • English Language and Literature
    University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    May 2000
  • Thesis: “The Rationale of Religious Tolerance in John Donne’s Satyre III”
  • Director: Marshall Grossman
  • Readers: Donna Hamilton, David Norbrook

BA

  • Double Major: English & Philosophy
    University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
    May 1996


Courses Taught:

Chowan University

  • ENGL 101 Composition
  • ENGL 310 Introduction to Literary Studies

Literature—Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

  • ENG 322, Shakespeare for Majors, Assistant Professor, 12 sections, Fall 2006-Spring 2013
  • ENG 204, English Literature II, Assistant Professor, 3 sections, Spring 2008- Spring 2013
  • ENG 203, English Literature I, Assistant Professor, 6 sections, Fall 2006- Spring 2013

Composition—Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

  • ENG 218, Technical Communication, Assistant Professor, 7 sections, Fall 2007- Spring 2013
  • ENG 102, Freshman Composition II, Assistant Professor, 10 sections, Spring 2007- Spring 2013
  • ENG 101, Freshman Composition I, Assistant Professor, 6 sections, Fall 2006-Spring 2013
  • ENG 101 U, Summer Bridge Freshman Composition, Assistant Professor, 2 sections, Summer 2012

Literature—University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

  • ENGL 244, Introduction to Drama, Lecturer, 1 section, Fall 2003
  • ENGL 243, Introduction to Poetry, Teaching Assistant, 2 sections, Spring 2003
  • ENGL 211, English Literature: Beginnings to 1800, Lecturer, 1 section, Spring 2004
  • ENGL 210, Love, Adventure, and Identity in Early British Literature, Teaching Assistant, 2 sections, Fall 2002
  • ENGL 205, Introduction to Shakespeare, Teaching Assistant & Lecturer, 6 sections, 2001-2002, 2003-2004

Composition—University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

  • ENGL 393, Technical Writing, Lecturer, 6 sections, Fall 2005-Summer 2006
  • ENGL 101, Freshman Composition, Teaching Assistant & Lecturer, 9 sections, 1999-2001, Spring 2004

Awards:

Teaching

Provost Innovative Teaching With Technology Award, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, 2008.

Distinguished Teaching Assistant, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland, College Park, 2001.

Scholarship

National Humanities Summer Institute, “Andrew Marvell: Lyric and Public Poems.” National Humanities Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2012.

International Association of Writing Centers Summer Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2009.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Playhouse: The Study, the Stage, and the Classroom,” American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, Virginia, 2008.

Publications:

Articles

“Reconsidering the 1599 Bishops' Ban,” Renaissance Papers. (2011): 131-140.

“John Donne’s Satyre III,” Explicator. 60.4 (2002): 193-196.

Departmental Textbooks

Herek, Bryan, Ed. David Green, Gen Ed. First Year Writing. Tapestry Press, 2013.

Herek, Bryan, Ed. & Darelle Rollins, Gen. Ed. First Year Writing. Tapestry Press, 2010 – 2012.

Consulting

Digital Advisory Board. Engaging Questions: A Guide to Writing. Carolyn Channell and Timothy Crusius. McGraw-Hill, 2012

Presentations

“Andrew Marvell: Satirist.” South-Central Renaissance Conference. Omaha, Nebraska, March 22, 2013

“Teaching Shakespeare with the Digital Humanities,” American Shakespeare Center Blackfriars Conference, Pedagogy Special Session, Staunton, Virginia, October 29, 2011

“Reconsidering the 1599 Bishops' Ban,” Southeastern Renaissance Conference, NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, October 21, 2011

“The Digital Humanities and Writing About Literature,” Old Dominion University Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing, Norfolk, Virginia, March 24, 2011

“John Donne and Ben Jonson: 'To live by his labour'd sceanes,” American Shakespeare Center Blackfriars Conference, Roundtable Leader, Staunton, Virginia, October 22, 2009

“John Donne and the Intelligent Agent,” John Donne Society Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 20, 2009

“What can be Donne: Interpretive Tagging and the Semantic Web,” Canadian Symposium on Text Analysis, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada, October 18, 2008

“Shakespeare and the Semantic Web,” National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Symposium, Staunton, Virginia, July 28, 2008

“Historical Revisionism, the Internet, and the Anti-Stratfordians,” Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, March 4, 2007

“‘Can railing then cure these worn maladies?’: John Donne and the Efficacy of Satire,” John Donne Society Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 16, 2006

“History, Satire, and the 1599 Bishops’ Order,” Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, March 4, 2006

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F. Thomas (Tom) Abbott

F. Thomas (Tom) Abbott
Visiting Instructor of English

 

“I find great comfort in serendipity. Our school came into existence in 1848, the same year Elder Joseph Brackett of the Shaker colony in Gorham, Maine wrote my favorite hymn, “Simple Gifts.” It is indeed a ‘gift to come down where we ought to be.’ For me, that ‘place just right’ is Chowan University. At Chowan, I find it very easy to say that teaching is my mission and ministry. I love my students, I delight in sharing the joy of learning with them, and my faith in their future grows stronger every day.”

Tom Abbott came to work at Chowan in 2011.

Education:

  • Post-graduate teaching certificate in English from George Mason University
  • Master of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric from George Mason University (Thesis: “Writing Across the Corporation”)
  • Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Biology from
    George Mason University
  • Medical Technology “C” School (Bachelor of Science equivalent) from George Washington University and the United States Naval Hospital, Bethesda

Courses Taught:

  • English 101 composition
  • English 102 composition and literature
  • Critical Thinking 101
  • Critical Thinking 102

Presentations

  • “Boys’ Toys, Girls’ Toys: A Brief Survey of Gender-Specific Behaviors in the Use of Technology.” 10th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium (Thinking Gender Symposium), Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC. April 21, 2014
  • “Beyond Bud Light: Craft Brewing and the Amazing Renaissance of American Beer.” 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium (From Field to Table: A Foodways Symposium), Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC. April 22, 2013.
  • “Educational Neuroscience: A New Look at the Map of the Universe between our Ears.” 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium (A Pop Culture Society: An Interdisciplinary Symposium), Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC.
    April 16, 2012

Professional Organizations

  • Society for Technical Communication, Senior Member
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Learning & the Brain Society
  • North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association
  • Albemarle Bonsai Society

Service

  • Edenton-Chowan Education Foundation, Executive Board Member
  • Chowan-Gates-Perquimans Extension Master Gardener Volunteer



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