Interim Chair, English Department; Instructor
Location: Beltline Campus, Wade Martin Bldg, 416
I am a linguist, with a deep interest in issues of gender, race, and class equality; the writing/thinking/visual connection (composition); English language varieties in the South; Gullah Creole; the history of English and other languages; literature; women's studies; French language and literature; access to higher education in SC. I've served as Director of Women's Studies at UNC Greensboro, Asst. Dir. of Women's Studies, USC; Director of Foundation Relations, USC; Director of Admissions for SC Honors College and Carolina Scholars Program. Also, I worked to develop/direct the SC Osteoporosis Coalition for the DHEC Office of Women's Health. While a university administrator, I taught ESL, French, and women's studies at USC over time; women's studies and graduate sociolinguistics at UNC-G; English composition and literature at Benedict College; ESL (briefly) and English composition and literature at Midlands Technical College (since 2005). Having started a career developing educational opportunities and working for new curricula and societal change, I want to spend the rest of my career teaching full-time in the classroom, with students reaching for opportunities in their lives.
- Midlands Tech Distinguished Lecturer in Arts and Sciences 2013
- Multiple Awards, College of Charleston, 1973
- Fulbright Teaching Award in Women's Studies and Linguistics, 1996 (to Finland)
- National Award for Excellence in Community Health Education (directing a coalition with DHEC Women's Health and volunteers) 2000
- Nominated twice for college presidencies (by a college dean, 2000; and a university trustee, 1994)
- Roles in annual French plays with Alliance Francaise 2008-
- With M. Montgomery, republished L. D. Turner on Gullah (50 yrs) with extensive intro, USC Press, Southern Classic Series 2002
- Published linguistic articles in journals/books on Gullah Creole, and Gender and Language.
- Presented numerous papers on linguistics, women's studies, and development issues.
- Worked to build two university endowments in women's studies (USC 1984-92; UNCG 1992-97)
- Wrote successful National Science Foundation and SC Humanities grants on behalf of USC Women's Studies, 1991-92
- Conducted numerous seminars/consulted in women's studies, linguistics, and women's health; Gullah creole and language varieties
- Ph.D. University of South Carolina, Linguistics 1990
- M.A. University of South Carolina, French 1976
- Diplome d'Etudes Superieures, Universite de Nancy, France 1974
- B.A. College of Charleston, English 1973