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Jackson Center

Director - Sara Sanders

Director Dr. Sara Sanders Sara Sanders is Professor of English and Kearns Palmetto Professor at Coastal Carolina University. Sara joined the faculty at Coastal Carolina University in 1987 and has held administrative posts including Chair of the English Department (2004-2007) and Director of the Honors Program (1992-1996).  She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of South Carolina and is a consulting Medical Humanist with the Palliative Care Team at Conway Medical Center.  In March 2011 Sara was invited to give a keynote address on illness narratives at the University of Texas Pan American “Bioethics in Health Care” conference.  Sara is vice-president of the Board of Directors of The Humanities Council SC. She recently participated in the National Federation for Humanities Councils Humanities on the Hill advocacy program in Washington, DC as a member of the state delegation for SC.  Sara has been trained as a facilitator the Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR); she is a member of the CCR national network which includes educators K-PhD, medical caregivers, community leaders and philanthropists who are committed to furthering a national conversation about “reclaiming integrity and courage in professional and public life.”  Sara was co-recipient of an assessment grant from the Center for Courage and Renewal to explore story as a means of assessment for the Center's programs.  Sara and her husband, Stephen Nagle, co-edited English in the Southern United States (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and were joint recipients of the 2003 SC Governor's Award for the Humanities.  Sara received a Fulbright grant to teach at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland 1989-90, and was a visiting member of the summer faculty in the MATESL program at St. Michael's College in Vermont 1995-2008. Sara has received United States Information Agency grants to work with English teachers in Poland, Uruguay, Italy, and Russia.