I came to UNCP in 2003. I grew up in Florida and went to a tiny liberal arts college there (New College of Florida), then got my Ph.D. at a giant Midwestern land grant university (University of Wisconsin-Madison). UNCP is halfway between those two extremes, and North Carolina's climate and culture are right in between as well. I love living and teaching here. Close contact with students, and the Pembroke "personal touch," are vital to my success and happiness in the classroom, and I wouldn't be able to get that anywhere else in the same way.
My research focuses on nineteenth-century British literature, particularly novels by women authors. I have presented and published on many female authors, both famous and obscure: Jane Austen, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Margaret Oliphant, and Charlotte Yonge. I teach Victorian Literature, Women's Literature, British Literature, Literary Genres, and Composition I and II here at Pembroke. I find that my best research has often arisen directly out of my teaching, and I owe more than one conference paper or article to conversations with my students. My teaching is student-centered, and I particularly enjoy the Plus One format of composition. I also teach Freshman Seminar for the university, and I enjoy advising freshmen. I'm happy to talk to students any time, about life, literature, language, careers, science fiction, biking, computers, cats, or kids.
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