Languages & Literature – Faculty

Jerome Billingsley Jack Phillips Donna Buford Watts
Susan Allen Ford Patricia Roberts
Bill Hays Michael C. Smith
Don Allan Mitchell Jeff Smithpeters
Renelda L. Owen Clint Tibbs
Sally F. Paulson James Tomek



Jerome Billingsley
Instructor of English

Office: 244 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4551


M.S. Univesity of Illinois
M.A. University of Mississippi
B.A. Delta State University
Courses Taught:
Composition Introduction to Literature
Expository Writing

Research Interests:
          Library Science, Foreign Film


Susan Allen Ford
Professor of English, Writing Center Coordinator

Office: 259 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4082

Ph.D. University of Michigan
M.A. University of Michigan
B.A. Kenyon College
Courses Taught:
Composition (including Advanced) British Literature
Jane Austen Detective Fiction
Approaches to Tutoring Writers The British Novel
The Romantic Period The Gothic Period

Scholarly Interests:
          Jane Austen and her contemporaries, Shakespeare in the 18th and 19th centuries, Detective Fiction
          Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal & Persuasions On-Line



Bill Hays
Professor of English

 hays Office: 258 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4084
Email: whays@deltastate.eduD.A. University of Mississippi
M.A. Eastern Kentucky University
B.A. Eastern Kentucky University
Courses Taught:
Creative Writing American Literature
Film Studies
Scholarly Interests:
Fiction & Poetry Writing


Don Allan Mitchell
Associate Professor of English, Interim Chair of the Division of Languages & Literature

DonAllanMitchellHeadshot Office: 202 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4091
Email: amitchell@deltastate.eduM.F.A. University of Mississippi
B.A. University of Virginia
Courses Taught:
Modern American Drama History of Literature of the Blues
Expository Writing Introduction to Literature

Research Interests:
          Blues Literature, Mississippi Literature



Renelda L. Owen
Instructor of English

Renelda Owen Office: 256 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4063

M.A. University of Mississippi
B.A. Blue Mountain College
Courses Taught:
Composition Introduction to Literature



Sally F. Paulson
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Office: 243 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4079

Ph.D. University of Memphis
J.D.  University of Kentucky
M.A. University of Illinois
B.A. University of Illinois
Courses Taught:
Public Speaking Business Communication
Persuasion Communication Theory
Gender Communication Mass Communication
Performance Studies Small Group Communications



Jack Phillips
Instructor of English

Office: 254 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4068
Email: jphilips@deltastate.eduAdvanced Study University of Mississippi
M.Ed. in English Delta State University
B.S.E. in English Delta State University
Courses Taught:
Composition Introduction to Literature
Expository Writing American Literature
British Literature



Patricia Roberts
Associate Professor of Journalism, Coordinator of the Journalism Program,
Advisor to the Delta Statement

Office: 245 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4468
Email: proberts@deltastate.eduM.S. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
B.A. Douglass College of Rutgers University
Courses Taught:
Writing for the Mass Media News Reporting
Editing for Print Media Print Layout and Design
Investigative Reporting History of Journalism
Feature Writing Newspaper Workshop
Internship in Journalism Special Topics in Journalism


Michael C. Smith
Assistant Professor of English, Editor of Tapestry

Office:152 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4089
Email: mcsmith@deltastate.eduM.F.A. University of Notre Dame
M.A. Hollins College
B.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Courses Taught:
Advanced Poetry Writing Introduction to Literature
Poetry Writing Workshop American Literature II
Literary Magazine Workshop Contemporary Literature
“Deals with the Devil:” Faustian Literature Composition

Please visit “Mike Smith’s Multiverse” for information on published books and upcoming readings.



Jeff Smithpeters
Associate Professor of English
Faculty Senator
Secretary of the Delta State Chapter of American Association of University Professors

Office: 246 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4062

Ph.D. Louisiana State University
M.A.  University of Arkansas
B.A.  Ouachita Baptist University
Courses Taught:
American Literature I & II Expository Writing
Southern Literature Toni Morrison
Novels of the U.S. Civil War Writers of the Mississippi Delta



Clint Tibbs
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Office: 224 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4085

Ph.D. The Catholic University of America
M.A. The Catholic University of America
B.A. Delta State University, History
Courses Taught:
The History of Western Philosophy I Western Relligions
The History of Western Philosophy II Eastern Religions
Introduction to Philosophy Ethics
Philosophy of Religion Biomedical Ethics
Logic A History of Women Philosophers
Research Interests:
Biblical studies, early church history, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution, the history of science, theories of consciousness, and the interface between science, religion, philosophy, and the paranormal



James Tomek
Professor of French

Office: 233 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4077

Web Page: Duke University
M.T.S. Spring Hill College
M.A Duke University
A.B. St. Peters College
Courses Taught:
French Language, Literature, and Film – all levels Introduction to Literature (English)
Interdisciplinary courses (Film, Poetry, and Painting)


Donna Buford Watts
Adjunct Instructor of English

Office: 250 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4076

Advanced Study Oxford University & Vanderbilt University
M.A. University of Alabama
B.A. University of Mississippi
Courses Taught:
Composition Introduction to Literature
Developmental Writing



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Foreign Language Lab Handbook Journalism Languages & Literature: Welcome Scholarship Information Students
Tapestry Visiting Writers Writing Center Writing Proficiency Exam

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