Meet Our Faculty
Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad, Associate Professor, is director of the Creative Writing Program. Her awards and honors include Headlands Center for the Arts Residency, NC Arts Council Artist Grant, NC ACLU Board, Human Rights Medal (social justice), Margaret Walker Alexander Award, Robert Frost Prize, Southern Literary Festival Prize, two Janef Preston Prizes (Academy of American Poets), and nomination for NC State Poet Laureate, 2009. Her publications include from fsBooks: the color of memory, 1997; necessary kindling, 2001; anthologies: Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont, 2010; Home is Where: An Anthology of African American Poets from the Carolinas, 2011; and journals including The Black Scholar, Obsidian, Ikon, and African American Review.
Dr. Jane Gibson Brown, Associate Professor, holds a BA from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC; an MA from Vanderbilt University; and an MA and PhD from the University of Dallas. She started the program in technical writing and is currently the Director of Technical Writing. She is proud that the technical writing program is the only one of its kind in an HBCU in the country. She hopes that an M.A. program in technical writing will soon follow. Dr. Brown has taught English 435-The Novel, and Humanities 200. Her interest is in writing poetry and she will be published in February in an anthology, Fire and Chocolate, a publication of the Writers Group of the Triad.
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Dr. Jason DePolo, Assistant Professor, is Director of the Composition Program and Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the English Department. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Sociolinguistics, Composition, Literacy Studies, and ESL (English as a Second Language). He has served North Carolina A&T State University for 14 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Composition and TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His research concentrations are in Composition Studies, Applied Linguistics, and Critical Discourse Analysis.
Dr. Claudia Drieling, Assistant Professor
Hannah Free B.S., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University
Dr. Samuel Garren, Professor, B.A., Davidson College; M.A., Ph.D., Louisiana State University
James Tate “J.T.” Hill received his M.F.A. in fiction from UNC Greensboro, and his M.A. in English and creative writing from Hollins University. Originally from West Virginia, he also earned an M.A. in literature from West Virginia University. He has published fiction in Story Quarterly, Sonora Review, The Texas Review, The South Carolina Review, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. Former fiction editor of The Greensboro Review, his book reviews and interviews appear regularly in Bookslut, a leading online literary magazine. He has been a faculty member at North Carolina A & T since 2004, teaching Composition, Critical Writing, Thematic Speaking and Writing, and Humanities.
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Dr. Moussa Issifou, Assistant Professor, is the director for student success in the English Department. He also teaches composition and literature courses. He has taught in Togo and Gabon. His dissertation at UNCG was “Hybridizing Political Criticism in the Postcolonial African Novel: Magical Realism as Aesthetics of Necessity.” His research interests include African and Pan-African Literatures, Postcolonial Literatures and Theory, African-American Literatures, and Contemporary African Politics. He received his B.A. and M.A. in English and African Literature at Université du Benin, Togo (now Université de Lomé) respectively in 1994 and 1996.
Hope Jackson, B.A., M.A., North Carolina A&T State University
Adri-Anne Jones, B.A., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University
Dr. Elon Kulii, Professor, received his BA degree in English from Winston-Salem State University and his MS in English Education from North Carolina A&T State University. Later, he received his PhD in folklore from Indiana University, with concentrations in English and African-American studies. Dr. Kulii has published numerous articles on folklore and literature. At present, he serves as MAT director and as coordinator for teacher education in English.
Dr. Michele Frucht Levy, Professor, has published on major Russian and European writers, among them Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Conrad, D. H. Lawrence, and Garcia-Lorca, in journals such as Modern Fiction Studies and Conradiana, and most recently on Balkan literature and history, including:‘The Last Bullet for the Last Serb’: The Ustaša Genocide against Serbs: 1941-1945,” Nationalities Papers, “A Conversation with Luljeta Lleshanaku,” World Literature Today, and “‘Neither One Thing Nor The Other’: Passing for Croat in Vedrana Rudan’s Night,” Cultural Logic. She also reviews new texts from Africa, the Balkans, and their diaspora, for World Literature Today.
Veloisa Marsh has been teaching Technical Writing at North Carolina A&T State University since 2001. Her technical writing teaching career began at the University of Memphis, where she earned her MA in Professional Writing. Upon joining the faculty at NCA&T, she assisted in establishing the Technical Writing concentration. At present, she teaches Writing for Science and Technology, the signature course of the concentration. She also teaches Feature Writing and Technical Editing for Technical Journals, Designing and Testing User Documents, and Writing for the Health Professional, all of which she developed. Recently, she organized and started the technical writing club (TWIS) for which she is now the advisor.
Dr. Gregory Meyerson, Associate Professor, teaches critical theory and advanced composition, both “writing in the discipline” and Advanced Composition for non-English majors, a course he has made into a writing course on energy. He also teaches American Literature, Introduction to Literature, and Humanities. Outside of the English Department, he has taught “Introduction to Race, Class and Culture” and “The Energy/Environmental Crisis.” He has published peer-reviewed essays on Richard Wright, William Faulkner, T.C. Boyle and Steve Yarbrough. He has written peer-reviewed Marxist analyses of post structuralism, critical race theory, and the current economic/energy/environmental crisis. He is coauthor of It Could Happen Here: Fascism and the Decline of Pax Americana (forthcoming from Pluto Press) and his last two essays are “Post-Marxism as Compromise Formation,” and "Moment of Transition: Structural Crisis and the Case for a Democratic Socialist Party," written with Michael Roberto (NC A&T History Department), and Jamey Essex and Jeff Noonan from Windsor University. These essays are found in the electronic journal Cultural Logic.
Valerie Nieman, Associate Professor, teaches creative writing courses including the fiction sequence. Her novel Blood Clay won the 2012 Eric Hoffer Award in General Fiction. She is also the author of recently republished science fiction novel, Neena Gathering; a collection of short stories, Fidelities; and a poetry collection, Wake Wake Wake. Her work has appeared in many journals including New Letters, Poetry, North Carolina Literary Review, and the Kenyon Review, and in several anthologies. She has received an NEA creative writing fellowship and other prizes including the Nazim Hikmet, Greg Grummer and Byron Herbert Reece poetry prizes. She holds a BS in journalism from West Virginia University and an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She serves as poetry editor of Prime Number magazine and recently completed her fourth novel.
Jeffery Parker, Professor, B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; M.A., North Carolina A&T State University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina
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Robert Randolph Jr., Director of the University Writing Center
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R. Kevin Rippin
Chad Rohrbacher, Assistant Professor, received his MFA from Louisiana State University in screenwriting and poetry. He’s published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in national journals and magazines and academic papers concerning the teaching of composition. He’s been awarded an Ohio Arts Council grant, a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship, and has placed in a number of well-known national screenwriting competitions. His first novel, Karma Backlash, was published by Snubnose Press in 2012.
Pauline Uwakweh, Assistant Professor, earned her Ph.D. in Literature from Temple University, Philadelphia. She has taught in the department of African American Studies, University of Cincinnati, and the department of English and Literary Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria. She has published articles on women in Research in African Literatures and African Literature Today, and also in critical books on African literature, including Emerging Perspectives on Buchi Emecheta, Nwanyibu: Womanbeing in African Literature, Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo, and Emerging African Voices.Uwakweh is the author of a children’s novel, Running For Cover(Onwubiko, 2nd ed. Nigeria: Africana First Publishers, 2010). She is a reviewer for Plenum: Journal of International Studies, and her research interests include female militancy in African and African Diaspora women's literature, migrant African identity and culture in the Diaspora, African literature in global education, and childhood in African literature.
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