Our Faculty

Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad, Associate Professor, Creative Writing Program Director
Dr. Ahmad 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. 

Email: arahmad@ncat.edu
Phone:(336) 285-3501 
Office: A-427 GCB

Malika Akarramou

Phone: (336) 334-7771

Anwar Alston

Anwar Alston 
Email: afalsto1@ncat.edu
Phone:(336) 334-7764 
Office: A-308 GCB

Melody Andrews

In 2014 Melody Andrews received her MA English & African American Literature. During her tenure at A&T, Melody was an active member of the Graduate Student Advisory Council, the National Association of Black Journalists and the North Carolina Teacher Corps. While pursuing her degree, Melody worked as a graduate assistant for the University Writing Center, as well as the Register & the Ayantee staffs.  Currently Melody teaches English and composition on the high school and collegiate level respectively.

Email: myandrew@aggies.ncat.edu
Phone:(336) 334-7771
Office: A-308 GCB

Brian Barbour

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Shea Bigsby

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Kanika Bryant

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Faye Coleman-McRavion

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Office: 214-D Hodgin Hall

Dr. Jason DePolo, Assistant Professor, Director of Composition 
Dr. DePolo 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 English as a Second Language (ESL). 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. 

Phone:(336) 285.3506
Office:A-433 GCB

Dr. Claudia Drieling, Assistant Professor 

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Office:A-436 GCB

Dr. Samuel Garren, Professor

Dr. Garren is Professor of English. He received his BA from Davidson College, Davidson, NC; and his MA and PhD from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His areas of specialization are American Literature and Modern Poetry. His dissertation was on the longer poems of Kenneth Rexroth, twentieth-century United States poet, critic, and maverick. He has published articles on Rexroth, William Attaway, Jean Toomer, Tijan Sallah, Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Allan Poe, George Orwell, Robert Stone, Robert Hayden, Doris Lessing, Cecil Morris Brown, Gilbert Adair, Georges Perec, Romare Bearden, and Zbigniew Herbert. He has been an Associate Editor of several issues of Explorations: The Twentieth Century, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. He teaches Survey of Humanities, Survey of American Literature I and II, Poetry, and on the graduate level, Major American Writers I and II and Modern American Poetry. He has directed a Master’s Thesis by Julia Charles on the fiction of Charles Chesnutt and served as a member of several Master’s Thesis Committees. His research interests include twentieth and twenty-first American literature, modernism, and illustrations for literary works.

Phone:(336) 285-3509

Jamy Gearhart, Lecturer

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Lakecia Gunthrop

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Dr. Letitia Guran

Dr. Letitia Guran specializes in comparative literature, multi-ethnic American literature with an emphasis on African American topics, post-communist and post-colonial studies. She has published articles about Suzan-Lori Parks and the post-Soul generation, post-communism versus post-colonialism, aesthetics in Eastern Europe, and has forthcoming two articles about Langston Hughes and his memoir, I Wonder as I Wander.Pursuing her interest in Digital Humanities, Dr. Guran has been developing a digital book about Langston Hughes’s trip to Soviet Central Asia, part of her work for a Certificate in DH at UNC Chapel Hill, awarded in 2016. In the English Department at NCA&T she teaches classes in Humanities, African American literature, and world literature.

Forthcoming articles in 2016-17:

  • “The Travelogue as Cross-Cultural Translation: Langston Hughes in Soviet Russia.” Forthcoming in the South Atlantic Review, Fall 2016.

  • “Insurgent Hughes: Negotiating Radical Narratives Digitally.” Forthcoming in MELUS Journal, Spring 2017.

  • Digital humanities project in progress at UNC Chapel Hill—an annotated edition of Langston Hughes’s A Negro Looks at Soviet Central Asia.http://scalar.usc.edu/works/langston-hughes--central-asia/index?t=1465423425058

Phone:(336) 285-5318
Office:A-428 GCB

Dr. Kimberly C. Harper, Assistant Professor, Director of Technical Communication
Dr. Harper is the director of the Technical Writing concentration. She earned her B.A. for North Carolina A&T, her MA in Technical and Scientific Communication from Miami of Ohio, and her PhD in Technical and Professional Discourse from East Carolina Univeristy.  Her goal as an educator is to create an environment that encourages students to experience education as a practice of freedom that helps them realize their own potential. Her research interests include the rhetoric of document design, textbook curriculum, hip-hop studies, and cultural discourse. Dr. Harper's dissertation research examines the treatment of minority cultures in post-secondary humanities textbooks. 

Phone:(336) 285.3518

Marlene Hendricks

Phone:(336) 285-2627
Office:A-451 GCB

James Tate Hill
“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.

Phone:(336) 285-2616
Office:212-A Hodgin Hall

Erica-Brittany Hohrn

Phone:(336) 285-2615
Office:202 Hodgin Hall 

Dr. Moussa Issifou
Dr. Issifou 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.

Phone:(336) 285-2615
Office:A-424 GCB

Dr.Hope Jackson 

Phone:(336) 285-3513
Office:A-434 GCB 

Tiffany Jackson 

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Sharifa Johnson 

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Adri-Anne Jones
B.A., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University 

Phone:(336) 285-3512
Office:A-448 GCB 

Zeba Khan-Thomas 

Alumnus Zeba Khan-Thomas is currently pursuing her doctoral degree from Indiana University, Bloomington in African American and African Diaspora Studies. As an Aggie Alumni, and former English and African American Literature master's student, she was able to prepare herself with a love for reading novels about African and African American lived experiences while attending North Carolina A & T State University, which in turn prepared her for doctoral research. Her current research is related to the Black Soul with a contemporary inference to W.E.B. DuBois' Souls of Black Folk. She examines the Black Soul in various interdisciplinary sub-categories including: phenomenology, gender, literature, rhetoric, and media. 

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Dr. Elon Kulii, Professor 

 Dr. Kulii 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.

Phone:(336) 285-3516
Office: A-452 GCB

Dr. Michele Frucht Levy, Professor Emerita

Dr. Michele Frucht Levy 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. Since 2000 she has explored postcolonial and post-imperial issues in the works of Balkan writers for Cultural Studies, World Literature Today, Nationalities Studies, and Serbian Studies, and has written biographies of contemporary Albanian writers for The Dictionary of Literary Biographies: Twenty-First Century Central and Eastern Europe Writers. Her chapters on Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav history and culture have appeared in Prisoners of War and Forced Labour: Histories of War and Occupation (Cambridge Scholars, 2010), Crimes of State Past and Present (Routledge, 2011), and Life Writing and Politics of Memory in Eastern Europe (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), as has as an essay on Serbian Jewish survivors of the Holocaust in occupied Serbia, in the most recent issue of Serbian Studies. Finally, she continues adding to her over fifty reviews of postcolonial and Balkan literature for World Literature Today and is drafting an essay on double-consciousness and diaspora in Dostoevsky and Tahar Ben Jelloun.

Email: mfrucht45@gmail.com

Veloisa T. Marsh 

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. 

Phone:(336) 285-3521
Office: A-429 GCB

Dr. Gregory Meyerson, Associate Professor 

Dr.  Meyerson 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. 

Phone:(336) 285-3524
Office: A-449 GCB

Dr. Faye Spencer Maor, Associate Professor 

Dr. Maor received the BS degree in Journalism from Florida A&M University, the MA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the PhD in Writing Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Among her publications are Feminism and Composition: A Sourcebook, Lifting Word By Word: The Literacy Legacy of Frances Jackson Coppin and Hallie Quinn Brown and the forthcoming Conscious Reader, Conscious Writer.

Phone:(336) 285-3508 
Office:A-450 GCB

Joaquin Nelson 

Joaquin Nelson, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina received his B.A. in African-American Studies and his Masters of the Arts in English and African-American Literature.  After graduation, he taught for a year at Guilford Technical Community College and currently teaches English at North Carolina A&T.  Also, Joaquin is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, works with the Center for Academic Excellence, and is the campus advisor for Iota Phi Theta. 


Valerie Nieman, Professor 

Professor Nieman teaches creative writing courses including the fiction sequence. She has a new poetry collection, Hotel Worthy. Her novel Blood Clay won the 2012 Eric Hoffer Award in General Fiction. She is also the author of a classic science fiction novel, Neena Gathering, recently reprinted; a collection of short stories, Fidelities; and a debut poetry collection, Wake Wake Wake. Her work has appeared in many journals including The Missouri Review, Connotation Press, New Letters, Poetry, North Carolina Literary Review, and the Kenyon Review. Her work is included in two new anthologies, The Southern Poetry Anthology: North Carolina and 27 Views of Greensboro. She has received an NEA creative writing fellowship, North Carolina Arts Council 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. 

Office:A-432 GCB

Dr. 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 

Office:A-444 GCB


Estella Petteway

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Robert Randolph Jr. , Director of the Univeristy Writing Center

Phone:(336) 334-7764
Office:A-308 GCB

Virgil Renfro

Phone:(336) 285-4481
Office:214-C Hodgin Hall

R. Kevin Rippin

Phone:(336) 285-4480
Office:A-427 GCB

Myrtle Soloman

Phone:(336) 285-3527-4480
Office:A-443 GCB

Dr. Jawana Southerland-Little 

Phone:(336) 285-3514
Office:A-439 GCB

Bryon Turman

Phone:(336) 285-3528
Office:A-445 GCB

Dr. Pauline Uwakweh, Associate Professor 

Dr. Pauline Ada Uwakweh is Associate Professor of Literature and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of English, North Carolina A &T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina. She earned her Ph.D. from Temple University, Philadelphia, where she also worked as a graduate research and teaching assistant in the Department of African American Studies. Dr. Uwakweh has previously taught in the African American Studies department, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria. She is co-author of the book - Engaging the Diaspora: Migration and African Families (Lexington Books, 2014) and has published several articles, book reviews, and book chapters on women in African literature in professional journals, such as Research in African Literatures, African Literature Today, Journal of African Literature Association.  Some of her scholarly work have been published in critical books on African literature, including Emerging African Voices, Emerging Perspectives on Buchi Emecheta, Nwanyibu: Womanbeing in African Literature, and Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo.  

Her book reviews appear on the websites of the Washington Independent Review of Books and Africa Access, an organization devoted to improving the quality of children’s books on Africa. She maintains an active interest in children’s literature and is author of a children's novel, Running for Cover (Onwubiko, 2nd ed. Nigeria: Africana First Publishers, 2010). Her research interests include Migration and transnational female Identity, Women, war and conflict in African literature, African Diaspora women's literature, African literature in global education, and Childhood in African literature. Dr. Uwakweh is a 2016 Carnegie African Diaspora Scholars’ Fellow. 


  • Uwakweh, Pauline Ada, Jerono Rotich, and Comfort O.  Okpala eds. Engaging the Diaspora: Migration and African Families. Lexington Books, 2014 

  • ---. " (Re)Configuring African Migration Since the Last Forty Years - Issues, Concepts and Contexts" .  Introductory chapter in  Engaging the Diaspora: Migration and African Families, 2014

  • ---."Negotiating Marriage and Motherhood: A Critical Perspective on the Immigration Narratives of Buchi Emecheta and Chimamanda Adichie" in  Engaging the Diaspora: Migration and African Families,  2014

  • ---. "Reconstructing Masculinity and Femininity in African War Narratives: The Youth in Chimamanda Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun and Gorretti Kyomuhendo's Waiting: A Novel of Uganda at WarJournal of African Literature Association (JALA) 7.1 (Summer/Fall):  82-106, 2012.

  • --- “Breaking Gods: The Narrator as Revelator and Critic of the Postcolonial Condition in Purple Hibiscus.” Emerging African Voices. Ed. Walt Collins. Cambria Press,  2010

  • ---. Speaking in Other Words: Female Subversion as Resistance in Ekwensi’s Beautiful Feathers. The Literary Griot, 11.2, Fall 1999.

  • ---.  Free But Lost: Variations in the Militant’s Song. Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo eds. Ada Azodo and Gay Wilentz. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1999.

  • ---. Carving a Niche: Visions of Gendered Childhood in Buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Price and Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions. African Literature Today, vol. 21, 1998. Eds. Eldred Jones & Majorie Jones

  • ---. Female Choices: The Militant Option in Buchi Emecheta’s Destination Biafra and Alice Walker’s Meridian. Nwanyibu: Womanbeing in African Literature Eds. Phanuel Egejuru and Ketu Katrak. Trenton NJ: Africa World Press, 1997.

  • ---. To Ground the Wandering Muse: A Critique of Buchi Emecheta’s Feminism. Emerging Perspectives on Buchi Emecheta, ed. Marie Umeh. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1996

  • ---. Debunking Patriarchy: The Liberational Quality of Voicing in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions. Research in African Literatures, 26.1(Spring 1995)

  • ---. Afrocentric Perspective on Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Tar Baby. IMHOTEP: An Afrocentric Review, vol.3.1 (Spring 1991)

  • Pauline A. Onwubiko. Running for Cover. Onitsha, Nigeria: Africana First Publishers Inc., 2nd edition, 2010.



  • “Under Fire: African Women in War and Conflict” (Edited book project)

  • “Beyond the Ancestral Tropes: Self-definition and Heritage in Paule Marshall’s  Praisesong for the Widow and Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory “   

  • “Female Identities, Transnationally:  African Women in Chimamanda Adichie’s Americannah and Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street  



  • Carnegie African Diaspora Scholars’ Fellowship,  March 28,  2016
  • ATL Professional Development Travel Grant  NCA&T , November 14, 2014
  • Recipient, Showcase of College of Arts and Sciences’ Faculty Published Works, North Carolina A & T State University, April 16, 2014.
  • First Place Faculty Winner, "Write Your Way to Paradise" Essay Contest,  NCA&T State University Writing Center, Feb. 28, 2014
  • Recipient,  Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, North Carolina A & T State University Spring 2011


Google Scholar Citations

 Carnegie African Diaspora Scholars Fellowship

 “Redeemer’s University selected to host Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow”

The Aggie Report.  Vol. 17(9), May 27, 2016

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LaToya Watson-Brown

Phone:(336) 285-2621
Office:202-C Hodgin Hall 

Dianne Wellington 

Phone:(336) 334-7764

Pamela Richardson-Wilks

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