Since coming to UNCP in fall 2006, I have taught African American literature (ENG 2100, "African American Literature: Traditions and Contexts," and ENG 3100, "The Harlem Renaissance) and first-year composition (ENG 1050, "Composition I"). In fall 2008 I enjoyed the opportunity to team-teach AISS/ENGS 2111, "Literatures of Ecoliteracy and Environmental Justice," with professor Jane Haladay of American Indian studies.
My research grows out of and inspires my teaching. My primary field of study focuses on representations of the environment in African American literature, in such works as Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery (1901), W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), George W. Lee's River George (1937), Richard Wright's Black Boy (1945), and Ann Petry's The Street (1946). I currently am working to edit, with English professor Susan Crisafulli of Franklin College, a first-year composition textbook which empowers college students to think critically about the university and take part in making the decisions that affect them.
Fundamentally, the forces that drive my teaching, research, and writing are the students in my classes. They ask the questions that make me see anew the things I thought I knew, and they show me new insights on things I had not yet considered. I enjoy seeing my students grow from one class to another, and it's a pleasure seeing the difference they're making in our world.
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