Associate Professor of English
Chair, African American Studies Program
African American Literature and Theory
19th Century American Literature
PhD English, Loyola University Chicago
MA English, Governors State University
BA English, University of Illinois at Chicago
English 100: English Composition
English 110: Introduction to Literary Studies English 203: Early American Literature
English 216: African American Literature I
English 217: African American Literature II
English 218: Blues Women in African American Literature
English 235: Introduction to Creative Writing English 310: The African Novel in English
English 312: Black Metropolis
English 325: Black Literature of the 60s
English 351: Gender and Literature
First-Year Studies: African American Literary Voices
First-Year Studies: Richard Wright & the Chicago Renaissance
Afam 110: Introduction to African American Studies
“I Earns my Struttin’ Shoes: Blues Women and Leadership.” Black Womanist Leadership: Tracing the Motherline. Ed. Dr. Toni King et.al. Suny Press, 2011.
“Angela Jackson.” Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers. Volume 1. Ed. Yolanda Williams Page. Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2007.
Four entries: “The Last Poets,” “The Harlem Renaissance,” Haki Madhubuti,” “The Bean Eaters.” Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry. ed. Burt Kimmelman. Facts on File, 2004.
“In Our Own Voices: Liberating Race From the Margins.” Included in English Studies: Learning Climates That Cultivate Racial and Ethnic Diversity. Victor Villanueva and Shelli B. Fowler, eds. American Association of Higher Education, 2002. 171-175.
“Who You Callin a Lady?: Resisting Sexual Definition in The Color Purple.” Griot: Official Journal of the Southern Conference on Afro-American Studies, Inc. 21.2 (2002) 8-16.
Four entries: “The Last Poets,” “The Harlem Renaissance,” Haki Madhubuti,” “The Bean Eaters.” Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry. ed. Burt Kimmelman. Facts on File, Inc., 2004.
“Unlearning Racism: The Classroom as Community.” Eric Clearinghouse, Indiana University, 2001.
Review of Deborah E. McDowell, “The Changing Same”: Black Women’s Literature, Criticism, and Theory (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995), for Rocky Mountain Review of Language & Literature 50.2 (1996): 197-98.
“Street Corner Village” (fiction)
“A Story to Pass On.” South Loop Review. Volume 8. Creative Nonfiction. Ed. Nancy Beckett. Columbia College Chicago, 2005. 131-136.
“God’s Work.” U.S. Catholic Magazine. Feb. 1995: 26-27. (fiction)
“Calvin Jones: Painter.” COLORLINES Magazine Dec. 1992: 14. (non-fiction)
“Momma’s Legacy.” NOMMO 3 Anthology. Ed. Toni McConnell. Chicago: OBAhouse Press, 1992. 73-74. (poetry)
“You Really Think So, God?” COLORLINES Magazine Dec. 1990: 17. (fiction)
“We Wuz Kids Together.” NOMMO 2 Anthology. Ed. Toni McConnell. Chicago: OBAhouse Press, 1990. 38. (poetry)
“Shop Talk.” NOMMO Anthology. Ed. Carole A. Parks. Chicago: OBAhouse Press, 1987. 167-175. (play excerpt)
“Unlearning Racism: The Classroom as Community.” Paper delivered at the NCTE conference in Milwaukee, WI, 2000.
“African American Female Authors: An Overview.” Paper presented at the African American Women in the Arts Conference sponsored by ETA Creative Arts Foundation, 1991.
Just Tell the Story. A play reading held at ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Chicago, IL. 1989.
Shop Talk. A play reading held at Columbia College Theatre in Chicago and later at ETA Creative Arts Foundation, also in Chicago, IL. 1987.
Awards and Honors
Trustee Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership, 2007. Annual selection of one faculty member.
Great Teacher Award, 2001. Annual college-wide selection of one faculty member by Senior Class.
Summer Research Award, 2000, 2001, 2002. Grant-in-aid for junior faculty, Lake Forest College.
African American Women in the Arts Play Festival 2nd Place Winner, Sponsored by the ETA Creative Arts Foundation, 1991.
Hoyt W. Fuller Play Festival Winner, Sponsored by The African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, 1987.