Student & Faculty News


  • Professor Bryon D. Turman published an article titled, "The Gateway to NC Hip-Hop" in YES! Weekly. He presented a "History of Hip Hop" at T. Wingate Andrews High School located in High Point, NC and participated in the Black University 2017 HBCU Summit: For the Culture last fall. The Summit was held at Winston Salem State University, and his presentation was titled, "Hip Hop and Cultural Intersectionality." In addition to his presentations about Hip Hop, he was invited by the Department of  Nursing to give a presentation to students about academic success. His presentation was titled, "3 D's of Academic Success.He is currently the ongoing Coach for the NC A&T Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team. The team won 1st Place at the National Qualifying Tournament, which was held at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) on February 3, 2018.
  • Interim Chair, Val Nieman completed edits on a novel, To the Bones, which was excerpted in Monkeybicycle and is under final consideration at West Virginia University Press for Spring 2019 publication. Her novel-in-verse, The Leopard Lady Speaks, is scheduled for publication in Fall 2019.  She taught a poetry workshop at the North Carolina Writers Network Spring Conference and won the Flyleaf Books annual poetry competition. She has a personal essay forthcoming in O.Henry magazine as well as poems in Border Crossing, The Cortland Review, and Chautauqua.  
  • Technical Writing Concentration student Donte Johnson has accepted a summer co-op internship with the Michelin company. Donte will work as a Global Marketing and Sales Intern at the Greenville, South Carolina plant.  

  • Creative Writing faculty Kevin Rippin's full length poetry manuscript, "Amber Drive," was selected for publication by Main Street Rag Press. The book is scheduled to be printed by late summer/early fall of 2018.

  • Dr. Kimberly Harper was selected as a 2018 Scholars for the Dream Travel Award recipient by the Conference on College Composition and Communication. This year's conference took place in Kansas, City, Missouri. Dr. Harper's presentation focused on Technical Communication the Age of #BlackLivesMatter. 

  • Dr. Hope Jackson and Dr. Robert Randolph presented their research at the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication this year in Kansas, City, Missouri. Their panel titled, "The Revolution WILL Be Televised: The Recognition of Agency through Social Justice Tactics in Deplorable Discourse Analysis," included Dr. Karen Keaton-Jackson from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. 

  • University Center Writing Director Robert Randolph successfully defended his dissertation titled, "What Moves at the Margins: Black Queer Poetics and the Critical Imagination," on February 28, 2018. 

  • Dr. Letitia Guran's article, "The Travelogue as Cross-Cultural Translation: Langston Hughes in Soviet Russia" was selected for publication by the South Atlantic Review. The spring 2018 edition is available online at