Interim Department Chair

Name Contact Information Degree Teaching & Research Interests
Janice R. Walker

1118B Newton Building


Ph.D., University of South Florida, 1999 Computers & Writing, Rhetoric & Composition, Professional & Technical Writing, Writing for Publication, Intellectual Property, Information Literacy, Human Subjects Research, Early American Literature


Administrative Assistants

Name Contact Information  Title
Patricia Byrd

1118A Newton Building


Senior Administrative Assistant
Bettye Stewart

1118 Newton Building


Staff Assistant



 Name Contact Information Degree Teaching & Research Interests
Lori Amy

Forest Drive 1201


Ph.D., University of Florida, 1996 Women’s Studies
Michael Pemberton

1120C Newton Building


Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1989 Writing Centers, Writing Across the Curriculum, Computers & Writing, Writing Program Administration, Writing Theory, Comics Studies
Janice R. Walker

2222A Newton Building


Ph.D., University of South Florida, 1999 Computers & Writing, Rhetoric & Composition, Professional & Technical Writing, Writing for Publication, Intellectual Property, Information Literacy, Human Subjects Research, Early American Literature


Associate Professors

 Name Contact Information Degree Teaching & Research Interests
Kathy Albertson

1102E Newton Building


Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2006 National Writing Project, Literacy Studies, Instructional Development, Professional Development, First-Year Writing
Lisa Costello

2221D Newton|2288C-D Carroll

912-478-5561 | 912-478-7879

Ph.D., Louisiana State University & A&M College, 2007 Rhetoric & Composition, Holocaust Memorialization, Gender Studies, Autobiography, Culture & Memory Studies
Timothy Giles

1122G Newton Building


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2004 Technical Communication, Metaphor Studies, Classical Rhetoric, Postmodern Rhetoric, Rhetoric of Science & Technology, Technical Communication Pedagogy
Jared Yates Sexton

2224B Newton Building


M.F.A., Southern Illinois University, 2008 Fiction, Creative Writing, Narrative, Realism, Surrealism, Minimalism, Maximalism, Working Class Literature, Changing Masculine Roles, Screenwriting, Popular Culture, Publishing
Laura Valeri

1119E Newton Building


M.F.A., University of Iowa, 2002

M.F.A., Florida International University, 2000

Fiction, Screenwriting, Creative Writing, Nonfiction and Memoir, Creativity, Mythology, Comparative Religion, Teaching Online, Teaching Technology
Theresa Welford

2224C Newton Building


Ph.D., University of Essex, 2006 Composition & Rhetoric, Creative Writing, 20th Century American & British Poetry, Nonfiction, Writing for Young Readers


Assistant Professors

Name Contact Information Degree Teaching & Research Interests
Kathleen Marie Baldwin

1120D Newton Building


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2016 Writing Assessment, Multimodality, Rhetoric & Composition, Multiliteracies, Multi/Translingualism, Digital Rhetoric
Melissa Carrion

2225B Newton Building


Ph.D., Purdue University, 2014 Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorics of Science & Medicine, Health Communication, Risk Communication, Gender & Women’s Studies, Qualitative Methods, Science Writing
Christopher Garland

1120B Newton Building


Ph.D., University of Florida, 2014 Interdisciplinary Writing, Visual Rhetoric, Caribbean Studies, Nonfiction, Postcolonial Literature
Ellen Hendrix

2208 Newton Building


Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2009 Literacy Studies, First-Year Writing, National Writing Project, Nature Writing
Sean Hill

2225E Newton Building


M.F.A., University of Houston, 2003 Poetry, Creative Writing, World Literature, African American Literature & African American Studies
Jinrong Li

2218C Newton Building


Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2012 TESOL, L2 Writing Instruction and Assessment, Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Language Testing, and Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
Christina Olson

2221C Newton Building


M.F.A., Minnesota State University, 2007 Creative Writing (Poetry & Creative Nonfiction), First-Year Writing, Multigenre Writing, Professional Writing
Joanna Schreiber

2222C Newton Building


Ph.D., Michigan Technological University, 2013 Technical & Professional Communication, Usability & User Experience (UX), Business & Management Communication, Workplace Studies, Rhetorics of Science & Technology
Terry Thompson

2225C Newton Building


Ed.D., University of Northern Colorado, 1985 American & British Literature


Senior Lecturers

Name Contact Information Degree Teaching & Research Interests
June Joyner

1122F Newton Building


M.A., Georgia Southern University, 2002 First-Year Writing, Critical Thinking, Teaching Writing, National Writing Project, Popular Culture, Professional Development in Higher Ed
Peggy Lindsey

2219A Newton Building


Ph.D., Auburn University, 2016 First-Year Writing, Linguistics & TESOL, 19th & 20th Century Irish & British literature
Nan LoBue

2219C Newton Building


M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University, 1984 First-Year Writing, Sociolinguistics, Composition Pedagogy, Writing Assessment, Grammar, 18th Century English Literature, History of Rhetoric
Kevin Psonak

2218D Newton Building


Ph.D., University of Texas, 2012 History of the English Language, Linguistics, Medieval English Literature



Name Contact Information Degree Teaching & Research Interests
Andrew Berger

1122E Newton Building


M.A., Eastern Kentucky University, 2011 First-Year Writing, Rhetoric & Composition Pedagogy, Writing Center Pedagogy, Cultural & Gender Studies, Narratology, Counterculture Literature, Kentucky & Appalachian Literature, Short Story Cycles, Pop Culture
Monique Bos

3304B Newton Building


M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1998 First-Year Writing, Business/ Professional Writing & Editing, Writing & Editing for Web, Contemporary Fiction, Creative Writing
Julie Douberly

1119C Newton Building


M.A., Georgia Southern University, 2003 First-Year Writing, Instructional Technology, Fandom Studies
Benjamin Drevlow

3304A Newton Building


M.F.A., Minnesota State University, 2006 Short Stories & The Novel, First-Year Writing, Digital Literacy, Memoir/Autobiographical Fiction, Southern Gothic Literature, Grit Lit, Satire & Humor
Katherine Fallon

2225D Newton Building


M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 2006 First-Year Writing, Creative Writing (Poetry), Pop Culture, Mass Media, Gender Studies, Women’s Studies, LGBTQ Studies
Courtney Ferriter

1119A Newton Building


Ph.D., Auburn University, 2017 American Pragmatism, Technical & Professional Communication, 20th Century Jewish-American & African-American Literature
Lauren Fortenberry

2219D Newton Building


M.P.H., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 2012 First-Year Writing, Scholarly Writing with Public Health Emphasis, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Vaccine Studies, Health Literacy, Scientific Writing, Service Learning
Amanda Hedrick

2221B Newton Building


M.A., University of Maine, 2009 First-Year Writing, Rhetoric & Composition, Gender & Women’s Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Social Media Composition, Professional Writing, National Writing Project
Natalie James

1122B Newton Building


M.A., University of Delaware, 2013 First-Year Writing, Rhetoric & Composition, Identity Studies, Pedagogical Methods with Digital Media, Postcolonial Literature & Theory
Drew Keane

1119D Newton Building


M.A., Georgia Southern University, 2012 First Year Writing, Rhetoric & Composition, Critical Thinking, National Writing Project, English Literature, 18th Century, Biblical Literature, Religious Studies
Marti Lee

1123 Newton Building


M.A., Georgia Southern University, 2003 First-Year Writing, English Literature
Sheila Nielsen

2218E Newton Building


M.A., Georgia Southern University, 2015 First-Year Writing, 20th Century American Literature, Writing Project, Interdisciplinary Studies, Writing Across the Curriculum
Aron Pease

2222B Newton Building


Ph.D., University of Florida, 2010 First-Year Writing
Krista Petrosino

2222D Newton Building


Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 2012 Transdisciplinary Collaboration, Collaboration-as-Performance, Intersections of Music and Writing, Composition Pedagogy, 19th Century American Literature
Amanda Schumacher

2221A Newton Building


M.F.A., Minnesota State University, 2011 Creative Writing (Fiction), Young Adult Literature, First-Year Writing
Christopher Smith

1119B Newton Building


M.F.A., University of Nebraska in Omaha, 2009 First-Year Writing, Creative Writing (Fiction & Nonfiction), Screenwriting, Online Education, Film Studies & Production, Animation, YA & MG Literature, Graphic Novels, Video Games in Academia
LeighAnn Williams

1124B Newton Building


M.A., Georgia Southern University, 1995 Creative Nonfiction, National Writing Project, First-Year Experience, Narratives, Multigenre/Multimodal Writing, LILAC Project (Learning Information Literacy Across the Curriculum)


Limited-Term Faculty

Name Contact Information Degree Teaching & Research Interests
Cameron Rocker Clements

2225A Newton Building


M.A., Georgia Southern University, 2013 First-Year Writing, English Literature, Irish Studies, Adolescent Literature
Anthony Cooke

2218A Newton Building


Ph.D., Emory University, 2015 First-Year Writing, American Literature, Psychoanalysis, Film and Visual Studies, Critical Theory, Psychiatry & Psychology
Janet Dale

3305E Newton Building


M.F.A., Georgia College & State University, 2013 First-Year Writing, Composition Studies, Creative Writing, Flash Fiction, Lyrical & Narrative Nonfiction, Found Poetry, Feature/News Writing, Gender & Women’s Studies, Gothic American Lit, Pop Culture
Brandon Loper

1119D Newton Building


M.A., University of Tennessee, 2003 First-Year Writing, Cultural Studies, Post-War American Literature, Critical Theory
Brandi Moody

2222B Newton Building


M.A., Georgia Southern University, 2015 First-Year Writing, Writing Center Pedagogy & Practice, Shakespeare & the Renaissance
Claire Nelson

1119B Newton Building


M.F.A. Florida State University, 2014 First-Year Writing
Chelsea Plunkett

2219E Newton Building


M.F.A., Georgia College & State University, 2014 First-Year Writing, Rhetoric & Composition, Creative Writing, Contemporary Fiction & Creative Nonfiction, Appalachian Literature
Daniel Plunkett

2225A Newton Building


M.F.A., Georgia College & State University, 2014 First-Year Writing, Composition Studies, Creative Writing, Southern Gothic Literature, Lyrical Fiction
Desireé Riley

1119B Newton Building


M.A., Georgia Southern University, 2016 First-Year Writing, English Renaissance Literature, Women’s & Gender Studies, Critical Theory
Jessica Spearman

2218A Newton Building


M.A., Georgia Southern University, 2014 First-Year Writing, Creative Writing (Nonfiction & Poetry), Writing about Social Issues (Social Responsibility & Social Justice), Philosophical Writing (Empiricism, Existentialism, Feminist Philosophy & Transcendentalism), Writing about Self Identity


Part-Time Faculty

Name Contact Information Degree Teaching & Research Interests
Susan Abbott

Forest Drive 1130


M.Ed., Georgia Southern College, 1982 First-Year Writing, Professional & Technical Writing, Document Design
Burney Marsh

2222E Newton Building


M.F.A., Goddard College, 2012 First-Year Writing, Creative Writing, Literary Publishing, Pedagogical Psychology, What the Writing Student Gains and Loses Without the Dynamics of the Physical Classroom


Graduate Teaching Assistants

Name Contact Information
Amanda Medlock

2208 Newton Building

Marie Bliemeister

2208 Newton Building


Department Technology Manager

Name Contact Information Title
Matt Nichols

2215 Newton Building


Technology Manager

Department of Writing & Linguistics


Department Academic Advisor

Name Contact Information Title
Christy Curley

3308D Newton Building


Academic Advisor

Department of Writing & Linguistics


Emeriti Faculty

Name Highest Degree Year Joined  Year Retired Contact Information

Eleanor Agnew

Associate Professor Emerita

Ph.D., Louisiana State University and A&M College, 1991 1989

Phyllis Dallas

Associate Professor Emerita

Ph.D., Tulane University, 1991 1988 2013

Charlotte Crittenden

Assistant Professor Emerita

Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1987 1987

Nancy Dessommes

Assistant Professor Emerita

Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2006 1988 2012

Mary Hadley

Associate Professor Emerita

Ph.D., University of Reading, 2000 1994 2012

Richard Keithley

Assistant Professor Emeritus

M.A., University of North Carolina, 1969 1967

Mary Marwitz

Associate Professor Emerita

Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1998 1996 2014

Margaret McLaughlin

Associate Professor Emerita

D.A., Illinois State University, 1993 1989 2012

Laura Milner

Associate Professor Emerita

Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2005 1993 2012

Eric Nelson

Professor Emeritus

M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1998 1989 2015

Betsy Nichols

Associate Professor Emerita

Ph.A., University of Arkansas, 1972 1981

Mildred Pate

Assistant Professor Emerita

M.S.T., Georgia Southern College, 1976 1985 2010

Patricia Price

Assistant Professor Emerita

Ed.D., Georgia Southern University, 2003 1987 2011

Tomsye Purvis

Associate Professor Emerita

Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1976 1981

Neal Saye

Associate Professor Emeritus

Ed.D., Georgia Southern University, 2002 1988 2012


In Memoriam

Name Highest Degree Years of Service
Peter Christopher M.F.A., University of Florida, 1996 1998-2008
Thomas Klein Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1996 2002-2014
David Starnes M.A., Georgia Southern University 1999-2007


Last updated: 9/16/2017

Department of Writing & Linguistics • P.O. Box 8026 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-0739