Seretha D. Williams 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 degree 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 humanities. She is a content
expert on Margaret Walker, the Harlem and Black Chicago Renaissances, the Black Arts
Movement, and Afrofuturism. Williams is a Black Book Interactive Project scholar (University
of Kansas), a co-editor of the essay collection Afterimages of Slavery, and co-founder and co-managing editor of Third Stone, a digital journal for Afrofuturism.
She is the digital humanities fellow for Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and
Social Sciences and the facilitator for the college's digital humanities course, Human
Experience and Meaning.
Dr. William's current research project focuses on Margaret Walker's unpublished manuscript "Goose Island and 1930's Chicago.
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.
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 is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of English and Director of the World 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.
Robert Bledsoe specializes in being a generalist. He earned a PhD and MA in German Literature and a BA in History and German from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Bledsoe has published research not only on German literature and culture but also issues related to Faculty Development and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
At Augusta University, Dr. Bledsoe teaches courses on German language and culture. He has also been the Director of the Humanities Program and the Associate Director of the Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence.
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 writing workshops for the public, students, and faculty.
Christopher Botero attended SUNY 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 also serves as Co-Director of the Linguistics Certificate and has taught Spanish at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Augusta University.
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 Spanish dialectology. In 2014, he was awarded “Professor of the Year” by the Georgia chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese (AATSP).
Dr. Carly Carver received her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics at Indiana University. Aside from her role in the Department of English and World Languages, she is also the World Language Coordinator in the College of Education at Augusta University. Her research focuses on how Spanish is acquired in instructed settings, with an emphasis on corrective feedback, task-based language learning and teaching, language learning and technology, learner engagement, and learner individual differences. She currently teaches the world language methodology courses and supervises P-12 student teachers obtaining their B.A. and M.A. in world language education. She has taught Spanish language courses in person and online, as well as special topics courses in Hispanic and Applied Linguistics.
She is currently working on research projects examining the effects of learner engagement on Spanish language development in face-to-face and online contexts, the dynamic nature of learner individual differences across time, the differences between distributed and massed corrective feedback on learners' acquisition of Spanish, and task effects on the development of Spanish speech production.
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.
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 he 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."
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 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.
A native of Augusta, Anna Harris-Parker is the author of the chapbook Dress. She earned 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 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 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 feminism, 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, object-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 introduction to literary theory and advanced theory classes. He also teaches film, including courses on Stanley Kubrick and film noir and film Appreciation and generally incorporates film into his composition 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 taught themed classes on subjectivity (through the works of Saul Bellow), posthumanism and science fiction, existentialism, and literature.
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.
Trent M. Kays is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of College Composition. He earned a PhD in Rhetoric, Scientific, & Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota and a MA in Professional & Technical Writing, a BA in Professional & Technical Writing, and a BA in History from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Dr. Kays specializes in multimodal writing, critical pedagogy, digital rhetoric, professional writing, and Internet Studies. His current research focuses on how internet users build authority and expertise within diverse online-based communities in relation to contemporary misinformation, disinformation, and propaganda practices. He publishes in both academic and popular venues, and his current project is an edited book collection on the past, present, and future of digital rhetoric and the Internet.
Dr. Kays has taught a range of courses, including First-Year Writing; Professional and Technical Writing; Business Writing; New Media Writing; and Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet. He has offered WAC/WID workshops to faculty from across institutions, and he has consulted on course design, online learning, and writing practices in higher education, professional industry, and local community.
Before joining Augusta University, he taught at Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, and the University of Wisconsin–Stout.
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.
Kevin Lucas received a Ph.D. from the Department of Comparative Literature at Emory University in 2019. At Augusta University, Lucas’s composition classes examine questions of information literacy, social trust, and community formation in the internet age. He is also a consultant at the Augusta University Writing Center, helping graduate students and faculty members become more confident writers.
As a scholar, Lucas researches changes in political rhetoric during the twentieth century. His work has appeared in collected volumes and international journals including Textual Practice, Religion and the Arts, and Text and Presentation. Currently, he is preparing a book manuscript about tragic political mentalities among 20th-century writers, philosophers, and sociologists. His next project examines the history of highly-publicized cave and mine rescues since the advent of mass media.
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 World 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 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 BA from the University of Georgia and her MA and PhD from the University of South Carolina, where she 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 and publications mark the convergence of 18th- and 19th-century texts and 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 is Professor of French and Women's and Gender Studies, having earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her current book project is Fractured Families in French and Francophone Autobiography. Her co-edited volumes include Rethinking the French Classroom: New Approaches to Teaching Contemporary French and Francophone Women (Routledge 2019) and Teaching Diversity and Inclusion: Examples from a French-Speaking Classroom (2021, forthcoming). She publishes on a wide array of topics from French and Francophone women's autobiography to Flaubert, French for Specific Purposes, Service Learning, contemporary French cinema, and 19th-, 20th- and 21st century French and Francophone literature. She is Vice-President of the international organization, Women in French, Editor of French, Francophone and Comparative Literatures for the Rocky Mountain Review and Chair of the American Association of Teachers of French National 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. She teaches all levels of French Studies.
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 received MA degrees in Linguistics and Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches English Composition, Humanities, 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 to connect 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 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.
Dr. Spencer Wise is the author of the novel The Emperor 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 from Tufts University, his MA at the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD from Florida State University.
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, 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 undergraduate 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.
Rick Davis, Associate Professor Emeritus of English
Walter Evans, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English
Elizabeth Fanning, PhD, Professor Emerita of English
James W. Garvey, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English
Elizabeth B. House, PhD, Professor Emerita of English and Dean Emerita, Pamplin College of Arts & Sciences
Lillie B. Johnson, PhD, Professor Emerita of English
Anthony Kellman, Professor Emeritus of English & Creative Writing
Mary C. McCormack, PhD, Associate Professor Emerita of English and Associate Chair Emerita
Lester O. Pollard, PhD, Assistant Professor Emeritus of English
Norman Prinsky, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of English
James Duncan Robertson, PhD, Professor Emeritus of French
Jana Sandarg, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Spanish
John R. Dick Stracke, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English
Margaret J. Yonce Ward, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English
Terence Fred Wharton, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English