Associate Professor of English
Office location: Neville Hall 204
Office phone: 864.833.8365
BA, MA, Clemson University
PhD, University of Tennessee
Joined PC in 1997
Faculty advisor, Sigma Tau Delta
Director, Honors Research in English
Courses taught: Survey of English Literature II, Eighteenth Century Poetry and Prose, Poetry and Prose of the Romantic Period, The Victorian Age, The English Novel to 1900
When I first came to teach at PC, I intended to stay for only a few years. Like most people who become associated with PC, I fell in love with the place—both its people and its academic program. I have enjoyed teaching in the English Department and seeing the English major grow and become stronger year by year.
In my teaching, I emphasize the importance of close critical reading and clear expressive writing. In addition to enhancing students’ critical thinking skills, I want to help them develop an appreciation for the beauty and value of literature and the arts in general. The aesthetic pleasure and insights into the human condition that literature provides for us is invaluable to a life well lived.
In addition to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and Gothic fiction, I enjoy reading mysteries and detective fiction in my spare time. I’m also a fan of classical music, collecting CDs and attending concerts when I can. Other hobbies include cooking, gardening, hiking, and camping—basically anything in the great outdoors.