Associate Professor of English
Assistant Director of LCSR and Senior Symposium
Before coming to Lynchburg College in 1997, I was a high school teacher. I have taught classes in composition, literature, technical writing, and creative writing at Lynchburg College, Central Virginia Community College and the Virginia Military Institute. In addition to teaching, I have worked as a writing tutor and consultant at VMI and Washington and Lee University.
Degrees and Certifications
- AB in Communication-Sociology
1985 Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
- MEd in English Education
1993 Lynchburg College
- PhD student at Virginia Tech; ASPECT: Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought
Although my background and academic pursuits are interdisciplinary, I am primarily interested in teaching composition. My current scholarly work deals with minority responses to oppression. Included in that work is a long-time interest and scholarly focus on Harlem-Renaissance poet Anne Spencer. I served on the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum Board for many years and have integrated service learning (and primary source research!) into my English classes as we explore the life, writings, and historical time period of this poet who spent nearly all of her life in Lynchburg.
Publications, Presentations, and Research
- Anne Spencer: “Ah, how poets sing and die!”: A collection of her poems with commentary by Nina V. Salmon.Lynchburg, VA: Warwick House, 2001.
- “Search and Service: Developing Community Resources at the Anne Spencer House and Garden.” Community-Based Learning and the Work of Literature. Ed. Susan Danielson and Ann Marie Fallon. Bolton, MA: Anker, 2007.
Entry in VFH online encyclopedia:
- “Anne Spencer.” Virginia Online Encyclopedia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 2008.
- “Gift of Life” and “I’m Special” both entries in Lifting Women’s Voices. Ed. Margaret Rose, Jeanne Person, Abagail Nelson, and Jenny Te Paa. Morehouse Publishing, 2009.
I currently teach Composition I and II and Senior Symposium and serve as the Assistant Director of the LCSR Program.
My husband Jerry teaches AP US history at E.C. Glass and coaches cross country. We have three sons, Marshall, Patrick, and Harris and two standard poodles, Sally and Jenny. I am active in the Episcopal Church and serve as the faculty advisor of the Canterbury Club, the LC Episcopal student club.