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
- PhD in Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought, Virginia Tech, 2016
- MEd in English Education, Lynchburg College, 1993
- AB in Communication-Sociology, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, 1985
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
- Paved with Good Intentions: The Road to Racial Unity in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
- 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.
Honors and Awards
- Phi Kappa Phi, Love of Learning Award, 2013
- Delta Kappa Gamma, International Scholarship recipient, 2012
- Elsie Ervin Bock Award for Excellence in Citizenship, 2010
My husband Jerry taught for many years at Brookville and E.C. Glass high schools. We have three sons, Marshall, Patrick, and Harris and a standard poodle, Sally. I am active in the Episcopal Church and serve as the faculty advisor of the Canterbury Club, the LC Episcopal student club.