Rhonda Armstrong

 Chair & Associate Professor 

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Rhonda Armstrong specializes in 20th and 21st century American literature. She earned a PhD and MA in American Studies from Saint Louis University, and a BA in English from Western Kentucky University.

Dr. Armstrong's primary research area is literature of the U.S. South and her publications include articles in the Journal of Appalachian Studies, Southern Quarterly, and the Southern Literary Journal.

At Augusta University, Dr. Armstrong teaches courses on Southern and American literature.

Christopher Botero

Associate Professor
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Christopher Botero attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook for his undergraduate degree and pursued his graduate degrees at Penn State. He specializes in linguistics, Hispanic linguistics, phonetics, phonology, and second language acquisition. He serves as the Coordinator of the undergraduate and graduate programs in Foreign Language Education and also serves as Co-Director of the Linguistics Certificate. He has taught Spanish at every level at Augusta University and regularly teaches the Foreign Language Teaching Methodology courses (SPAN/FREN 4801/6801 and 4802/6802). These methodology courses are also taken by students in the TESOL program.

Dr. Botero's research focuses on second language phonology and computer assisted language learning. He is currently working on a project that involves constraint interaction in consonant lenition in various dialects of Spanish. In 2014, he was awarded 'Professor of the Year' by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese (AATSP), GA Chapter.

Liana Babayan

 Associate Professor
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Liana Babayan received her doctorate from the University of Georgia in French and Francophone Literature. Her primary field of interest is Contemporary French and Francophone literature with an emphasis on Francophone women's writing from North Africa (the Maghreb). Her recent research concentrates on the representation of the exile in the recent works of two renowned Algerian born French writers, Assia Djebar and Helene Cixous, whose work focuses on the elaboration of postcolonial feminist writings, illustrating broad theoretical and analytical points about women writing between two worlds. Liana is exploring how the female writers attempt to rediscover, via textual practice, the place where the exile (linguistic and cultural non-belonging) is initiated and how the understanding of the exile becomes a significant part of their "ecriture feminine" and identity.


Giada Biasetti

 Associate Professor 

Director, Foreign Language Program and Salamanca Study Abroad Program
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Giada Biasetti is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of English and Director of the Foreign Language Program at Augusta University. Her teaching interests include Spanish language, literature, and culture as well as translation and interpretation. She also has experience teaching Italian language and culture.

Her diverse academic background has led to two main areas of research interests: 20th century Latin American literature and translation and interpretation. Some of her published work includes "El poder subversivo de La casa de la laguna y La niña blanca y los pájaros sin pies: La centralización de la periferia," and "Benefits of an Interpretation Course for Foreign Language Learning and Development." She is currently working on a collaborative project that focuses on the neurophysiology of second language acquisition to better understand how students learn a second language.

 In 2018, she won he American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portugese Professor of the Year Award (Georgia Chapter). Dr. Biasetti and her students most recently worked on a collaboration with Italian author Frank Iodice translating chapters from his novel A Perfect Idiot.

Candis Bond

 Assistant Professor
Director, Writing Center
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Candis Bond serves as the director of the Augusta University Writing Center and specializes in Writing Center Studies and literary modernism. She completed her PhD at Saint Louis University where she studied British modernism and Women's and Gender Studies. Her current research focuses on intersections of social justice and writing center pedagogy, with an emphasis on modifying tutor training and writing center services to better support marginalized writers.She also researches writing in the disciplines, particularly writing pedagogy for STEM students and professionals. Her research has appeared in journals such as The Writing Center Journal, Feminist Teacher, Woolf Studies Annual, The D.H. Lawrence Review, and Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History.

At Augusta University, Dr. Bond teaches courses in composition, writing center theory and practice, British Literature, and Women's and Gender Studies In her role as writing center director, she also supervises all training and professional development for AU Writing Center staff and regularly offers wrtiting workshops for the public, students, and faculty.

Valerie Cato

 Senior Lecturer 

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Ms. Cato can truly say that she understands the students' perspective at Augusta University, being a three-time Augusta State University alumnus herself. She currently teaches English 1101 and 1102, as well as Humanities 2001 and 2002. She is on the College Composition Committee. She is also the director of the Comcast Young Writers Contest and the Supplemental Instruction Program (SIP) which helps students master skills taught in the Freshman English classes.

Adam Diehl


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After graduating with his BA and MA in English from the University of Georgia and teaching high school English for several years, Adam began working at AU in 2011. During this time is made international headlines for creating "Good Kids, Mad Cities," the first college course to center on hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar's work in Fall 2014.

He teaches English 1101 and 1102, Humanities and Inquiry 1000. Course themes have included "O Captain! MY Captain! Leadership in Literature, Film, and Music," "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted? Depression in Literature, Film, Music, and Art," and "Pure Imagination: Imagination in Literature, Film, Music, Art, and Fashion."

F. Simon Grant


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Simon graduated from Clemson with an MA in English and from Queens University of Charlotte with an MFA in fiction writing. His area of study is literature of the 50s and 60s, especially postmodern poetry and its relationship with surrealist poetry. He and his wife, Haley, were recently blessed by the birth of their son, Callum.

Christina Henderson

 Assistant Professor 

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Christina Harner specializes in the 19th-century U.S. and British literature. She has published articles in MELUS, Children's Literature, and the Southern Literary Journal,  and she has forthcoming articles in Dickens Studies Annual and Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature. At Augusta University, she teaches courses in American Literature, Women's and Gender Studies, and composition. Her research interests include world's fairs, transatlantic reform, women writers, and telegraphic fiction.

Anna Harris-Parker

 Associate Professor 

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A native of Augusta, Anna Harris-Parker is the author of the chapbook Dress. She earnd her MFA in Creative Writing from Wichita State University. At AU she teaches courses in poetry and literary publishing. Additionally, she directs Writers Weekend, an annual creative writing conference.

Christina Heckman


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Christina Heckman specializes in medieval English language and literature. She teaches courses in Anglo-Saxon and Middle English literature, Chaucer, early British literature, the history of the English language, linguistics, writing, and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. She began her teaching career in Chicago, her hometown, and taught in New York and Ohio before coming to Augusta. She presents her research regularly at international conferences and she is the author of the forthcoming (2020) Debating with Demons: Pedagogy and Materiality in Early English Literature, and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her current book-in-progress is Cræft: Materiality and Labor in Early English Culture, which combines methodologies from literary studies and archaeology to tell the story of early medieval laborers.

Todd Hoffman


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Todd Hoffman earned his doctorate in Philosophy and English at Purdue University. He specializes in literary theory and American literature, with emphasis on 20th- and 21st-century American and postmodern literature . His philosophical and theoretical areas are rooted initially in postmodernism, poststructuralism, psychoanalytic theory and feminim, as well as the continental philosophies of existentialism, phenomenology, and Marixist theory; of late his research interests have turned toward the budding fields of speculative realism, assemblage theory, obect oriented onotology and feminist neo-materialism. He has published in cTheory, Theory and Event, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory and Wired magazine.

Dr. Hoffman regularly teaches introsuction to literary thory and advanced theory clasess. He also teaches film, including courses on Stanley Kubrick and film noir and film Appreciation and generally incorporates film into his compostion classes. He has taught a wide range of literature courses, including Jewish American literature, Chicano literature, British and American surveys, sports and literature, and the Bible as literature. He has also taight themed classes on subjectivity  (through the works of Saul Bellow), posthumanism and science fiction, existentialism and liteerature.

Pedro Hoyos-Salcedo

 Associate Professor 

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Dr. Pedro Hoyos-Salcedo is a native from Cali, Colombia, S.A. He specializes in Latin American literature, Spanish Golden Age, and Spanish XIX century literature.

Dr. Hoyos-Salcedo has published and edited in newspapers and magazines from his country as well as in the United Sates. Among other publications, he has published three books (De Cortes a Garcia Marquez-Ensayos de Literatura Hispanoamericana. Coleccion Prisma. Editorial Lumen. Lima. Peru, Ejes tematicos en la obra de Ricardo Palma. Universidad del Quindio-GEDES Editores, Colombia, and Ningun ser humano es ilegal ni el reino de Dios tiene fronteras. Universidad del Quindio-GEDES Editores, Colombia) and two music CDs, Digital Audio [Hoyos Family Musical Group], with new and original bilingual songs and interactive Workbook to master Spanish foundations in listening, speaking, reading, and writing (Good Morning/Buenos dias and To Be: Ser or estar? That is the Question. Universidad del Quindio-GEDES Editores, Colombia).

After seventeen years of teaching in his country in Universidad de Caldas at Manizales, Dr. Hoyos-Salcedo has taught at Augusta State University/ Augusta University since 1995. He has been teaching basic and advanced Spanish, Medical Spanish, and Latin American Literature.

Michele Walsh Kelliher

 Assistant Professor 

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Professor Kelliher received her doctorate in English with a minor in linguistics from The Catholic University of America (CUA). While completing her degree, Dr. Kelliher taught composition and literature classes at CUA and worked part-time as an essay scorer for the American Council on Education. After relocating to the Augusta area, she began teaching composition and ESL courses in the Department of Learning Support at Augusta State University. She now teaches the individualized English 1101 and 1102 courses at Augusta University.

Before joining the faculty of Augusta State University, Dr. Kelliher spent much of her professional life in book publishing, working as a technical editor in the aerospace industry and as a manuscript editor and then production editor for Prentice-Hall and more recently for the American Psychological Association (APA Books) in Washington, DC.

Professor Kelliher's research interests center on British eighteenth and nineteenth century women's literature. She is particularly interested in the concept of propriety in the novels of early women writers (e.g., Ann Radcliffe) and in conduct books instructing women in proper behavior.

Guirdex Masse

 Assistant Professor 

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Guirdex Masse earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Africana Studies from Brooklyn College (City University of New York), and a doctorate in English from Emory University. An interdisciplinary scholar of African American and African Diaspora literatures and cultures, his research explores the ways racial and cultural identities, as well as notions of citizenship and freedom, emerge from the transnational encounters of black writers and artists. He is currently working on a project that examines the participation of writers such as James Baldwin, Richard Wright, George Lamming, Leopold Sedar Senghor, and Aime Cesaire at a seminal conference that took place in Paris in 1956 (Le Premier Congres International des Ecrivains et Artistes Noirs). He is also pursuing work on an English translation of the novel Les Arbres Musiciens by the Haitian novelist and political activist Jacques Stephen Alexis. 

Before joining the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Augusta University, Dr. Masse taught composition, African American, World Literature, and Caribbean literature courses at Emory University, Fordham University, Brooklyn College and the College of Staten Island. His teaching and research have been supported by several grants and fellowships, including the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the James Weldon Johnson Institute of Race and Difference.

Lee Anna Maynard

 Assistant Professor 

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Lee Anna Maynard is an Augusta native proud to be part of her hometown institution after teaching, writing, and editing in other parts of the South. She earned her B.A. from the Univesity of Georgia and her M.A. and PhD from the University of South Carolina, where whe fostered her interests in 19th- and 18th-century British literature. Her book, Beautiful Boredom, explores conduct literature, aesthetic theory, and the psychological landscape of the 19th-century novel. Her areas of specialization also include Children's and Adolescent literature, and often her research projects adn publications mark the convergence of 18th- and 19th-century texts abd ideas with novels written for younger readers.

She currently serves as First Vice-President of the College English Association, a national professional organization, and will soon succeed the presidency.

She teaches composition, British literature, children's literature, adolescent literature, as well as Study Abroad courses focusing on Jane Austen, sensation and adventure fiction, and British culture.

E. Nicole Meyer


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E. Nicole Meyer is a professor of French and Women's and Gender Studies, having earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her current book project is Fractured Families in French and Francophone Autobiography. Her co-edited volume, Rethinking the French Classroom: New Approaches to Teaching Contemporary Frenchand Francophone Women appeared in December 2018. She publishes on a wide array of topics from French and Francophone women's autobiography to Falubert, French for Specific Purposes, Service LEarning, contemporary French cinema, and 19th-, 20th- , and 21st century French and Francophone literature. She is editor of French, Francophone and Comparative Literatures for the Rocky Mountain Review and Chair of the national American Association of Teachers of French Commission, French for Specific Purposes, as well as a member of the AATF National Standards for French Task force.

Her teaching interests include French and Francophone Contemporary Women's Autobiographies, Representation of the Body in French Literature, French Phonetics and teaches all levels of French Studies.

Jim Minick

 Assistant Professor 

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Jim Minick is the author of five books, including Fire is Your Water, a debut novel released in 2017. His memoir, The Blueberry Years, won the Best Nonfiction Book of the Year from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association. His honors include the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian Writing, and the Fred Chappell Fellowship at University of North Carolina-Greensboro. His work has appeared in many publications including Poets & Writers, Oxford American, Shenandoah, Orion, The Bark, San Francisco Chronicle, Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Conversations with Wendell Berry, Appalachian Journal, and The Sun. For more info, visit: http://www.jim-minick.com/wpdevl/about/

Duygu Minton

 Senior Lecturer 

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Duygu Minton specializes in 18th century British literature and rhetoric and composition. In her dissertation she analyzed the interactions between novels and children literature in the works of three 18th century women authors, Anna Letitia Barbauld, Charlotte Smith, and Maria Edgeworth. In this comparative genre study, she demonstrated that the emergence of educational writing as a distinct generic form influenced the formation of the 18th century novel’s shape and history, as similar social, political, and ideological factors motivated and shaped both genres. Her dissertation’s close link with educational theory highlights Dr. Minton’s interest in contemporary pedagogical theories and specifically how student writers read and write about literature as well as questions of audience and genre in the composition classroom.

Dr. Minton taught courses on freshman composition, technical writing, analytical writing, as well as the western literary traditions. She has presented her work in such conferences as MLA, CCCC, and SCSECS among others. She enjoys spending time with her family and visiting her home country Turkey during vacations.  

Paul Sladky

 Associate Professor 

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Paul Sladky received M.A. degrees in Liguistics and Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches English Composition, Humaities, and Studies in Writing courses that have included Aristotelian Topoi and the Writing Mind, Medical Narrative, and Flannery O'Connor.

He is also an avid musician and likes to find ways toconnect music, literature, and popular culture in courses such as Romanticism and Revolution in the 1960's: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison; Music and Poetics of the Beatles; and Voices in American Jazz, which in the past has included a Study Away trip to New York City to experience live performances at the most historically significant jazz clubs of the last century.

Dylan Smeak

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Dylan Smeak obtained his master's degree in Creative Writing from the Writer's Foundry in Brooklyn, New York after earning his undergraduate degree at Augusta University. While in graduate school, he interned for the PEN American Center Prison Writing Program.

His areas of study have included postmodern short fiction, fiction of the American South and West, hero narratives in fiction and cinema post 9/11, and postmodern cinema of the 20th and 21st centuries.

His fiction often details with place as character and the ways in which that character chews up and spits out those who try to tame it. His fiction has appeared in New World Writing, Luna Luna, Deep South Magazine, and others.   


Seretha Williams


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Seretha D. Wiliams earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's degree and doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Georgia, and a master's degre in library information science from Valdosta State University. A professor of English and affiliated faculty in the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Williams specializes in Africana literatures and digital humanites. She is a content expert on Margaret Wlaker, the Harlem and Black Chocago Renaissances, the Black Arts Movement, and Afrofuturism. Williams is a Black Book Interactive Project scholar (University of Kansas), a co-editor of the essay cllection Afterimages of Slavery, and co-founder and co-managing editor of Thrd Stone, a digital journal for Afrofuturism. She is the digital humanites fellow for Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the facilitator for the college's digital humanites course, Human Experience and Meaning.

Dr. William's current research project focuses on Margaret Walker's unpublished manuscript "Goose Island and 1930's Chicago.

Spencer Wise

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Spencer Wise is the author of the novel The Emporer of Shoes. His work has appeared in journals such as Narrative Magazine, Cincinnati Review, The Literary Review, and New Ohio Review, among others. He was awarded the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in nonfiction and fellowships and residencies to Ragdale, Vermont Studio Center and Napa Valley' Writer's Conference. He previously worked in journalism at Time Out NY and Sports Illustrated. He earned his BA fron Tufts University, his MA at the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD from Florida State University.

Blaire Zeiders

 Assistant Professor 

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Blaire Zeiders specializes in early modern literature and the history of books and print culture. Specifically, she is interested in intersections between medieval and Renaissance literature, as well as the ways in which readers contributed to early modern cultural change via their demand for particular books in print. Her article on the medieval origins of Glenn Kaino's kinetic sculpture was published by Arthuriana in 2014; and her current research projects include an article on 16th  century polymath John Dee and a book on the national implications of Arthurian legend printed as history, romance, pageantry, and drama from 1485-1685. At Augusta University, she teaches Shakespeare, Milton, Renaissance literature, the History of the Book, and composition. 

Jun Zhao

 Associate Professor 

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Jun Zhao, a bilingual speaker of English and Mandarin, obtained her bachelor's degree in China, master's degree in Canada and her doctoral degree in the United States. Her wide research interests originate from her interdisciplinary training in applied linguistics, such as Second Language Acquisition, Sociocultural theory, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Pragmatics, Sociolinquistics, Intercultural Rhetoric, etc. She teaches writing and linguistic courses to students at the undergradualte and graduate levels. Her TESOL background leads her to research in second language writing, particularly for academic purposes. Her current research project is on development of academic writing skills for non-native students of English.


 Krislyn Davis

 Administrative Assistant
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Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Jana Sandarg, Professor Emeritus of Spanish

Anthony Kellman, Professor Emeritus of English and Creative Writing

Dr. Walter Evans, Professor Emeritus of English

Rick Davis, Aoociate Professor Emeritus of English

Dr. Elizabeth Fanning, Professor Emerita of English

Dr. James W. Garvey, Professor Emeritus of English

Dr. Elizabeth B. House, Professor Emerita of English and Dean Emerita, Pamplin College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Lillie B. Johnson, Professor Emerita of English

Dr. Mary C. McCormack, Associate Professor Emerita of English and Associate Chair Emerita

Dr. Lester O. Pollard, Assistant Professor Emeritus of English

Dr. Norman Prinsky, Associate Professor Emeritus of English

Dr. James Duncan Robertson, Professor Emeritus of French

Dr. John R. Dick Stracke, Professor Emeritus of English

Dr. Margaret J. Yonce Ward, Professor Emerita of English

Dr. Terence Fred Wharton, Professor Emeritus of English