Ph.D. University of South Carolina
M.F.A., University of Arkansas
M.A., Eastern Washington State
B.A., Beloit College
Nelljean M. Rice, the Director of First Year Experience, is also an Associate Professor in the
Department of English, Journalism, and Communication. She has taught at Coastal since 1988.
Her areas of specialty include Children's and Young Adult literature, British and American
poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Asian Literature in Translation, and First Year Writing classes.
Additionally, Dr. Rice helped establish the minor in Women's and Gender Studies, of which she
was the program director until 2005.
Dr Rice's latest publication is "Jack and the Beingstalk: Finally (Mis)understanding the
metaphor, or, the Katrina Effect" published on the BABEL web site. BABEL is a group
developed by members of the Southeastern Medieval Association to discuss the conjunctions
between Medieval and Modern Humanisms. Dr. Rice's monograph, A New Matrix for
Modernism: A Study of the Lives and Poetry of Charlotte Mew and Anna Wickham was
published by Routledge in 2003.
Agatha started at Coastal Carolina University in 1989 as adjunct faculty in the Wall School of
Business teaching Introduction to Business, Human Resource Management, Organizational
Behavior and Fundamentals of Management. She was also the Director of the Marine Science
for Junior Scholars Program from 1990 to 1992. Prior to turning her career to academics, she
had nine years of managerial experience in a fortune five hundred company where she started
as an executive trainee and worked her way up the corporate ladder in numerous executive
Director, Learning Assistance Centers
M.A., Appalachian State University
B.A., Appalachian State University
Brianne Parker joined the Learning Assistance Centers staff as the director in January 2009.
She began her career at Coastal Carolina University as a first-year academic advisor in
education and mathematics in June 2006 after working for three years at Appalachian State
University with University Tutorial Services. Since joining the University community, Brianne
has been involved in teaching UNIV 110: First-Year Experience and the development of
UNIV 105: Academic Improvement hour for students in academic trouble. She received her
master’s degree in College Student Development in 2004 and her undergraduate degree in
Management with a minor in International Business in 2001 from Appalachian State University.