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English & Writing Faculty
Dr. Kelly Walter Carney (2008),
Department Chair; Associate Professor of English; B.A., Oral Roberts
University; M.A., Vanguard University; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Mrs. Nancy Alexander (1992), Associate
Professor of English, B.A., M.A., North Carolina State University.
Mr. William H. Billings (2009),
Instructor of English; B.A., Methodist College; M.A, University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Michael A. Colonnese (1989),
Professor of English; Director, Creative Writing Program; Managing
Editor, Longleaf Press. B.A., University of Bridgeport; M.A., Ph.D.,
State University of New York at Binghamton. His area of expertise
is modern literature, especially fiction and poetry.
Ms. Beth Copeland (2007), Instructor
of English; B.A., St. Andrews Presbyterian College; M.F.A, Bowling
Green State University. Her poetry book, Traveling Through Glass,
received the 1999 Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award, and her personal
essays have been published in The Chicago Tribune, Chicken
Soup for the Mother’s Soul 2, and Christian Science
Dr. Delmas S. Crisp, Jr. (2007),
Professor of English; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
of the University; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi.
Ms. Robin Greene (1996), McLean Professor
of English; Director, Writing Center; B.A., University of Bridgeport;
M.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; M.F.A., Norwich University.
Publications include: Memories of Light (poetry, 1991), Real
Birth (nonfiction, 2000) Lateral Drift (poetry, 2002). Office:
Ms. Brenda S. Jernigan (2007),
Instructor of English; B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill; M.S., Old Dominion University; M.F.A., North Carolina State
University. Her second book is Every Good and Perfect Gift.
Ms. Laura Lamm (2011), Instructor of
English; B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; M.Ed., Campbell
University. Following her retirement from the public school system with
thirty-one years of experience, she joined the staff at MU through The
Writing Center (2009). She has appeared in many films and stage productions
both locally and regionally.
Ms. Whitney D. Larrimore Strickland
(2005), Instructor of English; B.A., Methodist College ; M.A., Fayetteville
State University. Ms. Larrimore is a Fayetteville native who formerly
worked in the Methodist University Writing Center.
Dr. Emily Leverett (2007), Assistant
Professor of English; B.A., Claremont McKenna College; M.A., Ph.D.,
Ohio State University. Her interests include Medieval and Renaissance
English Literature, particularly medieval romance and heresy.
Dr. R. Wayne Preslar (1973), Professor
of English; B.A., Lenoir Rhyne College; M.A., University of Maryland;
Ph.D., Kent State University.
Dr. Amber Fernald Rach (2010), Assistant
Professor of Writing, Director of the Professional
Writing Certificate Program; B.S., Shenandoah University; M.A., Ph.D.,
East Carolina University. Ms. Rach specializes in the field of technical
and professional discourse.
Ms. Megan Roberts (2011), Instructor
of English; B.A., University of North Carolina at Wilmington; M.A,
East Carolina University; M.F.A., North Carolina State University.
Ms. Shannon Ward (2010), Instructor
of English; B.A., Methodist University; M.F.A., North Carolina State
Dr. Emily Powers Wright (2002), Professor
of English; B.A., Emory University; M.A.T., Georgia State University;
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University. Her research interests include
Southern literature, composition and rhetoric, and women's studies.