Carol Osborne - Coastal Carolina University
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Carol Osborne

Director, Academic and Community Outreach

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Burroughs & Chapin Center(BCMW) 105

Program Affiliations

American Studies, Master of Liberal Arts, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Division of Academic and Community Outreach


Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 1998
M.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 1990
M.A.T. in Teaching (Secondary English), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1978
B.A. in Education (Secondary English) with Honors in English, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1976.


After receiving an M.A.T. in English Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Carol Osborne taught in the high schools of Virginia Beach for twelve years. A scholarship to the University of Virginia proved an irresistible temptation to leave an established career for the challenges of graduate study. Once Dr. Osborne completed her doctorate in 1998, she accepted a position in the English Department of Murray State University, and soon became Director of Humanities at that institution. Hoping to combine her practical and academic experience (and to return to the coast), she began teaching in the M.A.T. Program at Coastal in 2002. In the fall of 2007, however, she transferred to her true academic home, the English Department, where she taught courses in contemporary literature, Chinese literature, media and culture, popular fiction, and adolescent literature. Dr. Osborne’s publications address a range of topics: popular culture phenomena (e.g., the zoot suit craze and board games); pedagogical concerns; and the influence of T.S. Eliot on Virginia Woolf. Her articles on Margaret Atwood’s fiction have appeared in Frontiers; LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory; and Signs. After a brief time as Chair of the English Department, Dr. Osborne served five years as the Associate Dean for the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. In May of 2016, she accepted her current position as Director of Academic and Community Outreach, overseeing the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Coastal Carolina Kids’ Camps, Continuing Education.

Interesting Facts

Dr. Osborne traveled to China with the Fulbright Hayes Seminars Abroad program in 2009 and taught at universities in Weihai and Xi’an in 2013 and 2014. She is now taking courses in art studio and art history in her spare time.

Teaching Areas

Contemporary literature, media and cultural studies, popular fiction and popular culture, adolescent literature, English Education

Research Areas

Contemporary literature, teaching and learning, popular culture