English Rhetoric and Writing

Department of English Rhetoric and Writing

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Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing; Department Chair
Evans 225A

Dr. Christina Bucher joined the Berry faculty in 1995 and is currently Associate Professor of English and serving a second term as department chair. Her teaching and research areas include American literature through the early 20th century, African American literature, lesbian/gay/queer literature and first-year writing.

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Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing
Evans Hall 230

Whitney Jordan Adams is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing. She studies the rhetorical construction of white supremacy, focusing on the Alt-Right, Accelerationism, and the rise in white nationalism.

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Professor of English
Evans 215

Christopher Diller began his Berry career as Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing in 1999 and then became an Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing in 2005. He also took on the title of the Writing Center Director in 2005 as well. He became a full professor in 2014.

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Associate Professor of English; Creative Writing
Evans 230

Will Donnelly is an associate professor of English whose short stories and creative essays have appeared widely in print and online. His teaching focuses on fiction writing and on writing for online environments, in addition to courses in composition and rhetoric. He joined the Berry College faculty in 2013.

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Visiting Instructor, English, Rhetoric, and Writing
Evans Hall 213
Dana Professor in English; Creative Writing
Evans 219

Sandra Meek has taught creative writing at Berry since 1996 and is the author of six books of poems, most recently Still (Persea Books, 2020), named a “New & Noteworthy Poetry Book” by The New York Times Book Review. Her creative work centers on the environment and travel.

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Visiting Lecturer of English, Rhetoric and Writing; Director of the Writing Center
Evans 204

MELISSA MULLINS is the Director of the Writing Center and a Lecturer in the Department of English, Rhetoric and Writing. Her research interests are in European fairy tales and folk texts, Illustration, and Translation Theory, as well as the role of Writing Centers in carceral settings.

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Assistant Professor of English; Creative Writing
Evans 213

Clinton Crockett Peters is the author of two books and over fifty published creative nonfiction essays, short stories, and long-form journalism articles. His teaching focus is creative writing, with an emphasis on nonfiction as well as environmental literature. He also teaches YA Literature and RHW courses.

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Associate Professor of English
Evans 231
Visiting Assistant Professor, English, Rhetoric, and Writing
Evans Hall 206F

Dr. Vespa considers himself a poetry teacher who works in the classroom as writing professor as well as on the air and onstage as Jack of Hearts.

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Associate Professor of English
Evans 217

Associate Professor of English, Dr. Jim Watkins, has been teaching at Berry since 1995 and specializes in American Literature and Autobiography Studies. Dr. Watkins also teaches courses in U.S. Southern Literature, Native American Literature, Environmental Literature and First Year Writing. He is also the advisor for Berry’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society.

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