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Faculty Profiles

Dan Albergotti

Dan Albergotti teaches poetry.  He has published books (The Boatloads, a full-length collection, and Charon’s Manifest, a chapbook), won prizes (the 2007 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the 2005 Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Chapbook Competition, the 2005 Oneiros Press Poetry Broadside Contest, and a Pushcart Prize), published widely in journals (too many to name), and edited journals himself (currently, Waccamaw at www.waccamawjournal.com).

Maria K. Bachman

Maria K. Bachman maintains an enviable level of productivity.  While serving as English Department Master of Ceremonies, she also teaches Victorian literature, produces edited collections as a rapid clip, and wins prizes for teaching and scholarship — most recently, Coastal Carolina University's HTC Distinguished Teacher Scholar Lecturer Award in 2012.

Jen Boyle

Jen Boyle defines what it means to be postmedieval.  She has published Anamorphosis in Early Modern Literature: Mediation and Affect (2010) as well as articles and book chapters on new media, perceptual technics and affect, transversal theory and film, and embodiment, technoculture and sexuality. She has a website where you can try to keep pace with the startling range of her activities and interests. 

Becky Childs

Becky Childs is a sociolinguist who writes about issues such as linguistic variation and local identity, especially in the Appalachian South.  Her most recent publication is “Safe Harbour: Ethics and accessibility in sociolinguistic corpus building.” If you don’t know how cool this stuff is, you should talk with her. 

Daniel Ennis

Daniel Ennis has plans.  In the cartoon show Pinky and the Brain, Pinky always asks his friend Brain “What are we going to do today Brain?”  And Brain always answers, “The same thing we do every day, Pinky.  Try to take over the world!”  Dan Ennis is like that.  And as Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, he gets opportunities to make that happen.

Veronica Gerald

Veronica Gerald speaks and performs extensively about Gullah culture.  Co-author of The Ultimate Gullah Cookbook, she performs Miss Addie Mae Goback, a one-woman show in which an 80-year old woman tells a series of stories from the lives of Gullah slaves, their children and their children.  Since 2003 she has been a  Federal Commissioner on the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor Commission.

Steve Hamelman

Steven Hamelman teaches courses in American literature, literary and media theory, and composition, and you will never meet anybody with a deeper or more passionate commitment to the life of the mind.  But he has also published extensively on pop culture, including But Is It Garbage? On Rock and Trash (2004).  The range of his expertise is wider than you know.  Professor Hamelman will take you seriously if you take yourself seriously.

Daniel Hasty

Daniel Hasty came to CCU in 2012, so he still has that new car smell. Daniel is a sociolinguist specializing in syntactic variation with a focus on Southern United States English.  He’s published a remarkable amount for one so young.  He has work in press at Lingua and a chapter in a book entitled Microparametric Variation in North America. He has also published two articles in the University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics. His studies of language attitudes in the South have appeared in Tributaries: Journal of the Alabama Folklife Association as well as the forthcoming collection Speaking of Alabama: Language History, Diversity and Change to be published by the University of Alabama Press.

David Kellogg

David Kellogg began professional life as a poet but could not handle the pressures of fame and harassment by the paparazzi.  He turned, therefore, to technical writing and its alternate beauties.  He may be the only person to have published in both Science and Prairie Schooner.  He has many contradictions, best  captured by the image of a fountain pen in a pocket protector. 

Ray Moye

Ray Moye is moved by things medieval,
by day translating the toughest of texts
conducting classes in the knowledge of kennings,
in darkness dreaming of riding Ducatis,
the wisps of his beard whipped by wind-howl.

Jason Ockert

Jason Ockert is the author of the short story collection, Rabbit Punches, and the forthcoming collection, Neighbors of Nothing, which won the 2010 Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest. His stories have been published in the Oxford American, The Iowa Review, Ecotone, One Story, and other journals. Jason's work has been included in the anthologies New Stories from the South, The Best American Mystery Stories, and nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award in short fiction.  What do you what to know?  He’s a writer’s writer’s writer.

Joe Oestreich

CCU’s creative nonfiction specialist, Joe Oestreich is the author of the memoir, Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll. His work has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Ninth Letter, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. He has been awarded a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, honored by The Atlantic Monthly, and shortlisted in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007, The Best American Essays 2008 and 2009, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses 2010.   

Kate Faber Oestreich

Kate Faber Oestreich teaches literature, composition, and new media.  Her dissertation is entitled Fashioning Chastity: British Marriage Plots and the Tailoring of Desire, 1789-1928, which you’ll have to ask her about.  Seriously.  In 2011 she was invited to be a guest lecturer at Beijing
Culture and Language University.

Anna Oldfield

Anna Oldfield is an itinerant traveller, sometime advisor to the Bukhara Khanate, rumored to have been seen simultaneously in Moscow and Carthage on December 5, 1877.

Denise Paster

Denise Paster, an Assistant Professor of English in Composition and Rhetoric, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Dr. Paster's scholarly interests include writing program administration, reflective and inquiry-based pedagogies, and teaching writing with emerging technologies.  She loves teaching writing and her dog.

Tripthi Pillai

Tripthi Pillai, Bazaar-Master and Assistant Professor of English, came to CCU in 2010.  She holds a Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago, teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, and has exquisite taste in shoes. 

Cynthia Port

Cynthia Port can be seen in the Edwards Building at odd hours of the night, where she is hatching a plan to produce Age, Culture, and the Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal.  She teaches courses in British and Irish literature, modernism, literary and cultural theory, theories of gender and sexuality, postcolonial literature, time in literature, and age studies, among others.  

Daniel Cross Turner

Daniel Cross Turner’s areas of expertise are modern and contemporary American literature, Southern literature, poetry, and film. And hats. Lots of hats. Fedoras, homburgs, panamas, outbacks, porkpies, pith helmets, you name it. Also, he has written a really totally great book, Southern Crossings: Poetry, Memory, and the Transcultural South, for $43.00 brand-new/hardback from the University of Tennessee Press, amazon.com (ships FREE with SuperSaver Shipping), as well as other fine online booksellers. And he’s the Adviser for the awesome new interdisciplinary minor in SOUTHERN STUDIES—just ask, and he’ll tell you all about it!