Chowan University offers a specialized curriculum to prepare students for successful careers in English Education. Students receive a firm foundation in understanding literacy processes to aid continuous growth in and beyond the classroom. English and Language Arts teachers recognize the boundaries of literacy are constantly changing and expanding and know what it means to be a literate citizen in the 21st century.
English education students will take various composition and literature courses examining among others:
Students who complete the English Education program will be well prepared to aid the literacy and writing skills of generations to come!
| G. Kenneth Wolfskill, PhD
Distinguished Professor of English
Chair, Language and Literature
"I enjoy my teaching because it is, first, about language, and it is only through language that ideas and the mind can develop, and, second, it is about ideas and the thinking that occur to human beings in a conversation."
BA - English, English Certification, Samford University, Birmingham, Al, 1967
MA - English, University of Kentucky, Lexington, 1968
PhD - English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1980
Dissertation: The Modern Temper: The Problem of Rationalism in the Works of Ernest Hemingway, Archibald MacLeish, and Robinson Jeffers.
Introduction to Literature Studies
Young Adult Literature
British Romantic Poetry
Modern American Poetry
- Certificate of Merit, Academic Advising, Chowan College, 1991
- Excellence in Teaching Award, Chowan College, 1992
- Order of Lux et Veritas, Chowan College, 1998
- Promotion to Distinguished Professor, Chowan College, 2004
- NEH Summer Seminar: America in the 1930s, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1993
Work for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS):
Since 1993, served as member of 16 Visiting or Off-site Committees to evaluate sister institutions in the South, 3 times coordinating the evaluation of academic programs.
Textbook Development in Literature, Composition, and Grammar:
Have served as consultant to Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and McGraw-Hill in the revision of texts: Lawrence Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, Anna Katsavos and Elizabeth Wheeler’s Complements, Robert DiYanni’s Perspectives, John Hodges’s The Harbrace College Handbook, and John Frederick Nims’s Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry.
“Ernest Hemingway and the Problem of Rationalism,” Forum/Lyceum, Chowan College, 1983.
“The Eyes of Ligeia,” Keynote address to Teachers of English, NC Baptist Colleges and Universities, Mars Hill, NC 1984.
“Pastoral Virtues: The Small Farm in American Literature,” NC Farm Symposium, Elizabeth City, NC, 1984.
“Read Everything Else First,” a review of Guy Davenport’s Every Force Evolves a Form, the Greensboro News and Record, 1987.
“A Tan and Randy Assignment: John D. MacDonald on the Syllabus,” English Teachers, NC Bapt Colleges and Universities, Meredith, Raleigh, 1988.
“A Dreadful Yellow Eye: Why Travis McGee Never Got to TV,” Popular Culture Association, Norfolk, VA, 1991.
“The Poetry (and Art) of the 1930s,” NEH Summer Seminar: America in the 1930s, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1993.
“The Worker’s Voice in Odets’s Waiting for Lefty, Conference on Literature of Leadership, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC, 1996.
“Synecdoche! I’ve been there!: Disunderstood Metaphors,” Rotary Club of Murfreesboro, April 1999.
“A Word for the Practice of Stereotyping,” Keynote Address at Exchange Club of Murfreesboro, annual Book of Golden Deeds Supper, 2000.
“Kenny’s Excellent Adventure: Snorkeling in South Florida,” Rotary Club of Murfreesboro, September 2003.
“Dimensions,” Poem for Faculty Exhibit, Chowan Art Department, April 2004.
“Reader-Response: Bringing Students into the Discussion,” Comer/Literacy Conference, Hertford County Public Schools, March 2005.
“Tell All the Truth, but Tell It Slant: Poetry in Mark Twain’s Era,” Chowan College Interdisciplinary Symposium on Mark Twain, April 2005.
“The Undone Archetype: War Stories and Reality,” Chowan College Interdisciplinary Symposium on War, April 2006.
“The Grotesque South: Flannery O’Conner’s Fiction,” Chowan College Interdisciplinary Symposium on War, April 2007.
“Story Telling: A Layman’s Message,” Murfreesboro United Methodist Church, October 2007.
“The La-de-da Factor and the Appreciation of Literature,” Rotary Club of Murfreesboro, October 2007.
“’O Taste and See’: Attitudes toward the Environment in Literature,” Chowan College Interdisciplinary Symposium on Ecology, April 2008.
“Through a Glass Darkly: A Layman’s Message,” Murfreesboro United Methodist Church, July 2008.
“Slouching Towards Bethlehem: A Layman’s Message,” Murfreesboro United Methodist Church, November 2009.
“The Spirit of the Place: Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico,” Chowan College Interdisciplinary Symposium on Ecology, April 2010.
“Mighty Pretty Collards: A Layman’s Message,” Murfreesboro United Methodist Church, July 2010.
“We Have Heard Angels: A Layman’s Message,” Murfreesboro United Methodist Church, November 2010.
“Buffalo Bill: A Layman’s Message,” Murfreesboro United Methodist Men’s Breakfast, January 2011.
“The Magic Hand of Chance,” Chowan University Salon, April 2011.
- President, North Carolina-Virginia College English Association, 2001-2002
- National Council of Teachers of English
- Modern Language Association
- Association of Departments of English, MLA
- South Atlantic Modern Language Association
- Conference on Christianity and Literature
- American Literature Society
- Popular Culture Association of the South