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2015-2016 (docx)


Elaine E. Whitaker
, Professor and Chair
PhD, English and American Literature, New York University.
3-05 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044

Professor Whitaker's recent courses include Composition for Chemistry/Physics Cohort (doc) and Composition for Psychology Cohort (doc). Here is her curriculum vita (doc).

Administrative Assistant

Melinda Martin, Administrative Assistant
3-03 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044


Nancy Beasley, Assistant Professor
MA, English Education, Georgia College & State University
3-14 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Beasley teaches Composition, World Literature, and the GC First-Year Seminar on Utopian and Dystopian Worlds.
Alex Blazer, Associate Professor
PhD, English, The Ohio State University
3-30 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
After studying literature and photography at Denison University, Professor Blazer earned a doctorate in twentieth-century literature and critical theory at The Ohio State University.  His poetry scholarship focused on the relationship between American poetry and critical theory in the 1970s and 1980s, resulting in the monograph I Am Otherwise: The Romance between Poetry and Theory after the Death of the Subject.  His research on the contemporary American novel examines the relationship between postmodern culture and existential madness; and he has published essays on Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk and Paul Auster. His teaching interests include twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature (particularly the postmodern novel, film and contemporary poetry) and critical theory (particularly existentialism and psychoanalysis).  Here are his curriculum vita and teaching portfolio; and his recent courses include Post-War American Poetry, Psychoanalytic Film Theory, and SciFi and Philosophy.

Beauty Bragg, Professor
PhD, English, University of Texas
3-10 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Bragg teaches America's Diverse Cultural Heritage, Introduction to Black Studies, Women in Society, the Harlem Renaissance, and GC Second-Year Seminar on Black Women Artists.

Amy Burt, Associate Professor
PhD, Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University
3-20 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Burt teaches Small Group Communication, Communication Theory, and Performance of Internet Comedy.
Craig Callender, Associate Professor
PhD, Linguistics, University of South Carolina
3-17 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Callender currently teaches courses in Linguistics (including History of the English Language), Medieval Language and Literature (Middle English), and World Literature. In the past, he has taught German Language, Translation, and Cultural Studies as a TA at the University of South Carolina and as a visiting lecturer at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken, Germany. His research is primarily in historical and Germanic linguistics, particularly West Germanic gemination and the High German consonant shift. He has also worked on phonological theory, including the relationship between Neogramarian sound change and lexical diffusion. Recently he has begun to consider the role of listener perception in phonological change. Having earned a Master’s degree in MIS, he has also done some research in the field of Information Systems.
Peter Carriere, Professor
PhD, English, University of Nebraska
3-13 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Carriere teaches Introduction to British Literature, Victorian Literature, 20th-Century British Fiction, Theories of Composition and Literature, and the Seminar of Language & Literature.
Janet Clark, Associate Professor, profile
PhD, Speech Communication, University of Washington.
3-18 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Clark's courses include Fundamentals of Public Speaking (docx).

Scott Dillard, Professor
PhD, Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University
3-24 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Dillard's courses include Voice for the Public Speaker, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Service Learning, Performance Studies, American Public Discourse, and Advanced Performance.
Jennifer Flaherty, Assistant Professor
PhD, English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3-22 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Flaherty's courses include Shakespeare, Topics in Shakespeare, Milton, and the GC First-Year Seminar on Monsters & Machines.
Allen Gee, Professor
PhD, English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Houston
3-23 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Gee is the author of the essay collection My Chinese-America, published by SFWP in April, 2015. He's recently completed a novel, The Iron Road and is represented by Gail Hochman.  His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Common, Crab Orchard Review, Lumina, and elsewhere.  He currently teaches fiction and nonfiction writing workshops and Asian-American Literature.
Bruce Gentry, Professor
PhD, English, University of Texas
3-67 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Gentry is Editor of the Flannery O’Connor Review. He teaches courses on Flannery O'Connor, Southern Literature, and American Literature Since 1920, as well as core courses. He is the author of the book Flannery O’Connor’' Religion of the Grotesque, published by the University Press of Mississippi and available in paperback, the editor of the volume The Cartoons of Flannery O’Connor at Georgia College and co-editor of At Home with Flannery O’Connor: An Oral History. His articles on O’Connor's works appear in Flannery O'Connor's Radical Reality, Flannery O'Connor in the Age of Terrorism, Wise Blood: A Re-Consideration, "On the Subject of the Feminist Business": Re-Reading Flannery O'Connor, Flannery O'Connor: New Perspectives, The Southern Quarterly, etc. Publications by Gentry on other American fiction writers include Conversations with Raymond Carver (a collection of Carver's interviews, for which Gentry was co-editor) and articles on E. L. Doctorow and Philip Roth in Contemporary Literature, South Atlantic Review, Shofar and South Carolina Review. In 2007 and in 2014, Gentry was co-director for "Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor," a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers; each Institute brought 24 college professors to Milledgeville for a month of studying O'Connor’s works. Gentry has also co-directed O’Connor conferences in Milledgeville in 2006, 2008 and 2011. His curriculum vita is here (doc) and his recent courses include Flannery O'Connor (doc) and Southern Literature (docx).
Ariel Gratch, Assistant Professor
PhD, Louisiana State University, Communication Studies
3-12 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX044
After studying Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University, Ariel Gratch completed his MA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his PhD at Louisiana State University, both in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Performance Studies and Rhetoric. His research focuses on how stories shape identities, particularly through tourism and cultural performance. He has published in the journals Text and Performance Quarterly, Communication Teacher, and The Journal of Tourism History. His teaching interests focus rhetorical criticism and on oral traditions, ranging from the telling of folktales and myths, to the study of oral history, to engaging in ethnographic research. Professor Gratch is also a scholar/artist. His 2007 adaptation of The Bell Witch story, The Bell Witch: Haunting Tales of Abuse, won the Triangle Theatre's Best Original Play Award, and his interactive storytelling performance, Cutting Across the Map was performed at the New Orleans Fringe Festival, the Patti Pace Performance Festival, and as the featured workshop at the University of Surrey's Experimental Methodologies Symposium.
Aubrey Hirsch, Assistant Professor
MFA, Creative Writing, University of Pittsburgh
3-25 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX044
Professor Hirsch earned her MFA in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches classes on fiction and nonfiction writing with particular interest in contemporary and nontraditional short forms. She is the author of a short story collection, Why We Never Talk About Sugar, and co-author of a chapbook, This Will Be His Legacy. Her work has appeared widely in print and online in venues like American Short Fiction, Third Coast, Hobart, Brain, Child Magazine, The Toast, and The New York Times.
Martin Lammon, Professor and Fuller E. Callaway/Flannery O'Connor Chair in Creative Writing
PhD, English, Ohio University
3-27 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Lammon is MFA Program Coordinator. He has won awards for both his poetry and creative nonfiction. His collection of poems, News from Where I Live, won the Arkansas Poetry Award and his poems and essays have appeared in such journals as The Gettysburg Review, Hotel America, The Iowa Review, Mid-American Review, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, Poets and Writers and The Southern Review. Poems published in Nimrod were awarded a Pablo Neruda Prize. His essays about living in Costa Rica have been published in The Iowa Review (runner-up for the Iowa Literary Nonfiction award), Zone 3 (named a “notable essay” in Best American Essays 2009), and The Chattahoochee Review (winner of the Lamar York Prize for Creative Nonfiction). In 2007, he was selected for GCSU’s Distinguished Professor Award. Here is his curriculum vita (doc).

Jeffrey MacLachlan, Lecturer
MFA, Fiction, Chatham University
2-41 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Jeffrey MacLachlan has recent or forthcoming work in New Ohio Review, Eleven Eleven, 2600, Santa Clara Review, among others. His manuscript 315 Gods is currently under review at various publishers.

Mary Magoulick, Professor
PhD, Folklore, Indiana University
3-21 Arts  & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Magoulick has coordinated the Women’s Studies Program at Georgia College (Spring 2011 and 2013-2014). She teaches courses in folklore, Native American literature, women’s studies, and sometimes other areas like nature writing, popular culture, world lit, and existentialism. After receiving a BA in English (University of Michigan—Dearborn) and an MA in English (University of Virginia), as well as a major focus in French (including a year abroad in Dijon), she joined the Peace Corps (serving in Senegal), which deepened her interest in cross-cultural study. After post-Peace Corps backpacking travels and a year teaching English at Radford University in Virginia, she found a graduate program that allowed for a more interdisciplinary and culturally-based approach to the study of art (including myths and literature) in the folklore PhD program at Indiana University. For her dissertation, she spent two years doing fieldwork in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, among Ojibwe people, focusing on narratives and poetry of cultural renewal. She has published articles from this work, along with other articles on Native American writers, women and popular culture, and mythology. Professor Magoulick has traveled extensively as part of her on-going interest in cultural studies and cross-cultural contact (including a Fulbright in Croatia, teaching for Semester at Sea, in Sweden and for USG study abroad programs). She often draws from such travel as a means of comparing cultures and reflecting upon our own culture. Here is her website, where she includes links to all her courses (including syllabi, lectures notes, assignments and more), some creative writing (or links to such; e.g., travel blogs), her curriculum vita, and lots of information about all she teaches and studies.
Laura Newbern, Associate Professor
MFA, Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College
3-28 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Newbern is a poet whose work has appeared in such magazines and journals as The Atlantic Monthly, The Oxford American, TriQuarterly and several other of the nation's top literary venues. Her work was also selected for Best New Poets 2007, for which she was featured at the Spring 2008 Virginia Festival of the Book. She recently won the 2010 First Book Award from Kore Press for her book of poems, Love and the Eye, as well as a 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Award. She also eanred MA in English/Creative Writing from New York University.
Eustace Palmer, Professor
PhD, English, University of Edinburgh
3-06 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Palmer's course include Introduction to African Studies, African Literature, Studies in International Literature, Restoration & 18th-Century Literature, Development of English Drama, and 19th-Century Novel.
Michael Riley, Professor
PhD, Liberal Arts/Literature, Emory University
3-19 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Riley's courses include World Literature, Studies in International Literature, English Romanticism, Images of the Child, and the Graduate Seminar on Methods of Research.
Peter Selgin, Assistant Professor
MFA, Creative Writing, New School University
3-26 Arts & Sciences, CBX 044
Professor Selgin is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction, Life Goes to the Movies, a novel, and several children’s books. His memoir,Confessions of a Left-Handed Man: An Artist’s Memoir, was short-listed for the 2012 William Saroyan International Prize. His most recent novel, The Water Master, was awarded the Pirate’s Alley/William Faulkner Society Prize for best novel. Other honors include the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, a Dana Award for the Essay and a Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference Award for his full-length play, A God in the House, based on Dr. Kevorkian and his suicide machine. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Georgia College and State University and teaches at Antioch University’s MFA Creative Writing Program. Here are his curriculum vita (pdf) and teaching statement (pdf).

Katie Simon, Assistant Professor
PhD, English, University of California, Berkeley
3-02 Arts and Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Simon is an Assistant Professor of Early American Literature in the Department of English and Rhetoric, and an Affiliated Faculty in the Program in Women's Studies. After earning a BA in English literature from UC Berkeley, and an MA in English literature from Mills College, Professor Simon completed a PhD in English with a special concentration in Gender and Women's Studies from UC Berkeley. Her graduate work focused on American autobiographies from the 18th and 19th centuries. Her current work focuses on issues of freedom and captivity in 19th-century American literature. Her book project is entitled "Something Akin to Freedom: Race, Space, and the Body in 19th-Century American Literature," and includes studies of authors such as Henry David Thoreau, William Wells Brown, Harriet Wilson, Herman Melville, and Sophia Hawthorne. Her work has appeared in Women's Studies: An Inter-disciplinary Journal and in Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life. She teaches courses such as American Literature to 1865, Critical Approaches to Literature, seminars in Thoreau and Melville, and a freshman seminar entitled Public and Collective Memory. She was awarded Georgia College's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.

John Sirmans, Assistant Professor
MFA, Creative Writing, Georgia College & State University
3-11 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Sirmans' courses include American Literature, Writing about Literature, Introduction to Creative Writing, and Teaching Creative Writing.
Debora Stefani, Lecturer
PhD, English, Georgia State University
2-41 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Dr. Stefani educated in Italy, where she earned an MA in English and German from Ca’Foscari University (Venice). Her research focuses on issues of sexuality, ethnicity, citizenship, and religion in Asian American literature. She is currently working on an essay for publication on digital assignments for literature classes.
Claudia Yaghoobi, Assistant Professor
PhD, Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara
3-08 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
Professor Yaghoobi has a Master's degree in English and a PhD in Comparative English and Persian Literatures from University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a member of the advisory board of Gender and Women's Studies at GCSU. She was one of the local scholars facilitating a reading series called "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" founded by the NEH and ALA in 2013-14. She has presented papers in various conferences and universities, and she has won several awards. She is interested in medieval Persian literature and contemporary Middle Eastern literature, and gender and sexuality studies. In 2012, she published an article titled "Against the Current: Farid al-Din 'Attar's Diverse Voices" in Persian Literary Studies Journal and a book chapter titled "Shifting Sexual Ideology and Women's Responses: Iran Between 1850-2010," in the edited volume Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance. In 2014, she published three articles; one in Persian titled "Hamzisti dar Asar-e 'Attar" in Rahavard Persian/English Journal of Iranian Studies; another on titled "Subjectivity in 'Attar's Shaykh San'an Story in The Conference of the Birds" in CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture; and another one titled "Sexual Trauma and Spiritual Experience: Rabi'a al-'A'dawiyya and Margery Kempe" in Persian Literary Studies Journal. She has an article titled "Female Spirituality and Male Acknowledgement: Rabi'a al-'A'dawiyya" which will appear in the edited volume Sufism, Pluralism, and Democracy in 2016 and another one titled "Socially Peripheral, Symbolically Central: Sima in Behrouz Afkhami's Showkaran" which will appear as a special issue of Iranian Cinema in Journal of Asian Cinema in 2016.

Part-Time Faculty

Ardith Brown
, ardith.brown@gcsu.edu
Sandy Dimon
, sandy.dimon@gcsu.edu
Jimmy Holder
, james.holder@gcsu.edu
Devin Latham
, devin.latham@gcsu.edu
Kate St. Ives
, kate.stives@gcsu.edu
Seth Tomko, seth.tomko@gcsu.edu
Daniel Wilkinson
, daniel.wilkinson@gcsu.edu

Teaching Fellows

Anthony Boynton, anthony.boynton@gcsu.edu
Penny Dearmin, penny.dearmin@gcsu.edu
Danielle Dicenzo, danielle.dicenzo@gcsu.edu
Matthew Higgins, matthew.higgins@gcsu.edu
Iona Holder, iona.holder@gcsu.edu
Dustin Junkert, dustin.junkert@gcsu.edu
Laura Martin
, laura.martin@gcsu.edu
Mike McClelland, mike.mcclelland@gcsu.edu
Tara Mettler, tara.mettler@gcsu.edu
Shane Moritz, shane.moritz@gcsu.edu
Rebecca Muntean
, rebecca.muntean@gcsu.edu
Adam Nannini
, adam.nannini@gcsu.edu
Jim Owens
, james.owens@gcsu.edu
Ian Sargent, ian.sargent@gcsu.edu
Shannon Skelton,shannon.skelton@gcsu.edu
Matthew Thompson, matthew.thompson@gcsu.edu
Julia Wagner, julia.wagner@gcsu.edu

The office and phone number for Part-Time Faculty and Teaching Fellows is:
1-53 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044
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