Name: Dr. Emily Williams, Chair
Phone: 713.313.7957
Email: williamsea@tsu.edu
Faculty Profiles

Brooks De VitaAlexis 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, among others.

Brooksdevitaa@tsu.edu
713-313-6702

Charlene EvansCharlene 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, among others.

Evans_ct@tsu.edu
713-313-7094

Albertina Walker-HugheyAlbertina 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 Exchange).

Hugheyal@tsu.edu
713-313-1354

Arbolina JenningsArbolina 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).

Jennings_al@tsu.edu
713-313-7661

Donna KilgoreDonna 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.

Kimble_dk@tsu.edu
713-313-7536

Iris LancasterIris 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.

Lancasterim@tsu.edu
713-313-7653

Ronald SamplesRonald 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.

Samples_rc@tsu.edu
713-313-7218

Michael SollarsMichael 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.

Sollars_md@tsu.edu
713-313-7654

Billy Joe TurnerBilly 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 of Texas.

Turner_bj@tsu.edu
713-313-7659

Michael ZeitlerMichael 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.

Zeitlerma@tsu.edu
713-313-7413