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Bachelor of Arts in English - Faculty Bios

Dr. Doug Davis

Professor of English
(B.A. Colgate University, M.A. Temple University, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University)
Dr. Davis joined the Gordon State College English faculty in 2004. He specializes in contemporary American literature--with a special interest in Flannery O'Connor--cold war culture and science fiction. His teaching fields include literature, composition, creative writing, and humanities. Prof. Davis is also the editor of the SFRA Review, a publication of the Science Fiction Research Association.

 

Dr. Rebecca Godlasky

Assistant Professor of English
(B.A., Taylor University, M.A., University of West Florida, Ph.D., Florida State University)
Dr. Godlasky joined the Gordon State College English faculty in 2014. She specializes in Modern and Contemporary British Literature and Postcolonial Literature, and her teaching fields include British Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Theory, Technical Writing, and Composition. Dr. Godlasky has also spent time in the corporate world as a writer and editor.

 

Dr. Cortney McLeod

Assistant Professor of English
(B.A., University of Central Florida; M.F.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Florida)

Dr. Grubbs joined the Gordon State College English faculty in 2010 as a Visiting Assistant Professor; and, she was offered a tenured-track position in 2013. She specializes in colonial and contemporary confessional American Women's Literature and Queer Studies; her teaching fields include American Literature, Gender Studies, Trauma Studies, Confessional Literature, Creative Writing (particularly poetry), and World Literature.

 

Dr. Anna Dunlap Higgins-Harrell

Professor of English
(B.A., University of North Carolina, Greensboro, M.A., Appalachian State University, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Dr. Higgins-Harrell joined the Gordon State College English faculty in 1997. She specializes in American Literature, and her teaching fields include American Literature, Women's Studies, Appalachian Studies, and Composition. Prof. Higgins-Harrell is the co-editor of Literature and Ourselves: A Thematic Introduction for Readers and Writers.

 

Dr. Jason G. Horn

Professor of English
(B.A., Fort Lewis College, Ph.D., University of Colorado)
Dr. Horn joined the Gordon State College English Faculty in 1997. He specializes in American Literature from its beginnings through the nineteenth century, and his teaching fields include Composition, Early American literature, American Realism and Naturalism, and American literature survey courses. He is author of Mark Twain and William James: Crafting a Free Self (1996), Mark Twain: A Descriptive Guide to Biographical Sources (1999), and American Literary History: An Annotated Guide (2002).

 

Dr. David A. Janssen

Professor of English
(B.A., M.A. Portland State University, Ph.D. University of Georgia)
Dr. Janssen joined the Gordon State College English faculty in 2000. He specializes in British and American Romanticism and Popular Culture Studies, and his teaching fields include British and American Literature and Composition. Prof. Janssen is the co-author, along with Edward Whitelock, of Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music (2009), is the Book Review Editor for Studies in Popular Culture, and serves as the Director of the Honors Program at Gordon State College.

 

Dr. Mark King

Professor of English
(B.A., Towson University, M.A., DePaul University, Ph.D., Louisiana State University)
Dr. King joined the Gordon State College English faculty in 2005. He specializes in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, and his teaching fields include Victorian literature, Neo-Victorian studies, and Composition studies. Professor King has published essays in College Literature, The Upstart Crow, and Writing Center Quarterly.

 

Dr. Erik McCarthy

Assistant Professor of English 
(B.A., M.A., University of Missouri--Kansas City; Ph.D., University of Kansas)
Dr. McCarthy joined the Gordon State College faculty in 2015. He specializes in late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, Gothic literature, Pre-Raphaelite art and literature, the Decadent movement, and literary theory; his teaching fields include Composition, Humanities, and British Literature.

 

Dr. Caesar Perkowski

Associate Professor of English
(B.A., Brigham Young University, M.A., Ph.D., University of Gdansk)
Dr. Perkowski joined the Gordon State College English faculty in 2007. He specializes in medieval literature and linguistics, and his teaching fields include Composition, Medieval Studies, Humanities and World Literature surveys.

 

Dr. Stephen Powers

Associate Professor of English
(B.A., University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Dr. Powers joined the Gordon State College English faculty in 2007. He specializes in creative writing, Southern literature, and African American literature, and his teaching fields include Composition, American literature surveys, African American literature, and creative writing colloquiums. Prof. Powers is the author of The Follower's Tale (2009), a collection of poems about Dolly Parton published in 2009 by Salmon Poetry.

 

Dr. Stephen Raynie

Professor of English
(B.A., University of Illinois, M.A., University of Missouri--Kansas City, M.A.T., Georgia College and State University, Ph.D., Louisiana State University)
Dr. Raynie joined the Gordon State College faculty in 2001. He specializes in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature and English/Language Arts Pedagogy, and his teaching fields include Composition, Pedagogy, British Literature surveys, Renaissance British Literature, and Eighteenth-Century British Literature. Prof. Raynie has published in national peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous conferences.

 

Dr. LaRonda Sanders-Senu

Assistant Professor of English
(B.A., Winthrop University, M.A., North Carolina State University, Ph.D., University of Tennessee)
Dr. Sanders-Senu joined the Gordon State College faculty in 2001.  She teaches African American Literature, Minority American Literature, and Twentieth Century American Literature.  Her research explores intraracial class dynamics. She examines the recursivity of post-racial rhetoric and its relationship to class conflict throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century. She is also very interested in twenty-first century neo-slave narratives and their contribution to the contemporary African American narrative.

 

Dr. Wesley Venus

Associate Professor of English
(B.A., M.A., Mississippi State University, Ph.D., University of Georgia)
Dr. Venus joined the Gordon State College English faculty in 2010. He specializes in Rhetoric and Composition and in Eighteenth-century British Literature, and his teaching fields include First-year Composition, Advanced Grammar and Composition, and surveys of British literature. Prof. Venus is an assistant reviews editor for Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.

 

Dr. Edward J. Whitelock

Department Head of the Department of Humanities and the Fine & Performing Arts Program
Professor of English

(B.A., M.A., Millersville University, Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
Dr. Whitelock joined the Gordon State College English faculty in 1998. He specializes in nineteenth-century British Literature and Popular Culture Studies, and his teaching fields include Composition, British Romantic and Victorian Literature, and British and American literature surveys. He is co-author, with David Janssen, of Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music (2009) and was named Chair of the Division of Humanities in 2010.

 

Dr. Rhonda V. Wilcox

Professor of English
(B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.A., Ph.D., Duke University)
Dr. Wilcox specializes in nineteenth-century British Literature and Popular Culture Studies, and her teaching fields include Composition, British Romantic and Victorian Literature, British and World literature surveys, Fantasy, Feminism, and Science Fiction. She is the editor of Studies in Popular Culture and coeditor of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association. She is the author of Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2005); she is the coeditor, with David Lavery, of Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2002); with Tanya Cochran, of Investigating Firefly and Serenity: Science Fiction on the Frontier (2008); and with Sue Turnbull, of Investigating Veronica Mars: Essays on the Teen Detective Series (2011). She is a founder and current president of the Whedon Studies Association, past president of the Popular Culture Association in the South, and a co-founding editor of Critical Studies in Television.

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