Alexis Brooks de Vita is Professor of English with a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Comparative Literature
(University of Colorado at Boulder). Her areas of specialization include Women’s Literature,
Literary Criticism, Film Studies, and African and African Diaspora Literatures (in
English, French, Italian, and Spanish). Professor Brooks de Vita’s published works
include analyses, translations, and novels. Two of her recent novels include Left
Hand of the Moon and The Third Book of Joy: Burning Streams. Her essays are included
in journals such as The Griot, English Language Notes, and Journal of the Fantastic
in Arts. Professor Brooks de Vita’s professional affiliations include the College
Language Association, National Association of African American Studies, International
Association for the Fantastic in Arts, and National Research Council of Ford Fellows,
Charlene Evans is Professor of English with teaching and research specializations in Nineteenth
Century American Literature, African American Women’s Literature, and American Southern
Writers. She holds the Ph.D. in English (Rice University) and two Master of Arts degrees
(Rice University and Atlanta University/Clark Atlanta University). Professor Evans
has published in journals such as The Griot, Language and Literature, and The Suno
Review, among others. Her book publications include an edited collection of essays
on President Barack Obama and a text entitled, I Say What I Mean: Writing to Learn/Learning
to Write. Professor Evans’ professional affiliations include the Hermann Park Conservancy
(TX), Houston Center for Independent Living, and Lambda Iota English Honor Society,
Albertina Walker-Hugheyis Assistant Professor of English. She holds the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies
(University of Cincinnati) and the Master of Arts in English (University of Florida).
Professor Hughey specializes in Rhetoric and Discourse Studies with an emphasis in
discourse structures and use. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in English
composition, advanced writing, rhetorical criticism, linguistics, history and theory
of the English language, and Southern Literature. She has published articles on art
as socio-cultural discourse and visual-print literacy (Dialogues: Arts in the Midwest),
and the role of public narratives in cross-cultural civic engagement (Higher Education
Arbolina Jennings is Assistant Professor of English and Associate Director of the Quality Enhancement
Plan (QEP). She also serves as Co-Chair of the TSU Subcommittee on General Education.
Professor Jennings is also involved with several committees of the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board (THECB). She teaches a variety of courses to include Latin American
Literature, World Literature, and History and Theory of the English Language. Her
scholarly work and publications are centered on Latin American fiction and fiction-film
interrelationships. Professor Jennings holds a Master of Arts in English (New York
University) and a Bachelor of Arts in English (Notre Dame College).
Donna L. Kilgore is Instructor of English. She holds the Master of Arts in English (Texas Southern
University) and Bachelor of Arts in English (Huston-Tillotson University). Her specialization
areas are Creative Writing and Composition. Professor Kilgore has certificates of
completion in a number of Creative Writing Workshops to include those from InPrint,
Inc.; Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, NYC; Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival;
and the Black Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College.
Iris Lancaster is Assistant Professor of English. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Literacy (Texas
A & M) and a Master of Arts in English (Texas Southern University). Professor Lancaster
teaches Composition and Rhetoric courses as well as American Literature. Her specialization
area is American Literature, 1899-1946. Professor Lancaster’s publications include
work in the collection, The Street: A Critical Response to Ann Petry and an article
on composition, literature, and classical rhetoric in the Louisiana English Journal.
Her memberships and affiliations include the Modern Language Association, National
Council of Black Studies, and College Language Association.
Ronald C. Samples is Associate Professor of English. He holds the Ph.D. in English (Rice University)
and the Master of Arts in English (Texas Southern University). Professor Samples’
areas of specialization include the American Novel, American Literature to 1910, and
the work of Henry James. He is a charter member of The Henry James Society and holds
membership in many professional organizations to include the College Language Association,
Southern Conference of African American Studies, Conference of College Teachers of
English, among others. Professor Samples’ published work includes a text, By Precept
and Example: An Illustrated Guide to Analysis and Composition.
Michael Sollars is Associate Professor of English. He holds the Ph.D. in English from the University
of Missouri in Kansas City. His specialization areas include modernism, literary theory,
existentialism, aesthetics, and theater as literature. Professor Sollars is the editor
of the two-volume, The Companion to the World Novel, 1900 to the Present and the five-volume,
The Encyclopedia of Literary Characters. Prior to his academic career, Professor Sollars
was a professional editor, writer and publisher of medical journals.
Billy Joe Turner is Assistant Professor of English. He holds the Master of Arts degree in English
(University of Virginia) and Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Texas Southern University).
Professor Turner’s areas of specialization are American Literature (Beginning to the
20th century), Advanced Composition and Grammar, and World Literary Studies. His essays
have been published in Cultural Arts Review and Journal of the American Studies Association
Michael Zeitler is Associate Professor of English and holds the Ph.D. and Master of Arts in English
(Johns Hopkins University). His area of specialization is British Literature. Professor
Zeitler’s book publications include Representations of Culture: Thomas Hardy’s Wessex
and Victorian Anthropology and an edited collection of essays on President Barack
Obama. He has published essays in the following journals, among others—The Journal
of Theory and Practice, Litera: A Journal of Western Literature, EAPSU Online: A Journal
of Creative and Critical Work, and The Hardy Review. Professor Zeitler holds memberships
in the Modern Language Association, Victorian Interdisciplinary Society of the Western
United States, College English Association, College Language Association, John Steinbeck
Society, and Conference of College Teachers of English, among others.