Ms. Theresa Dickman Associate Professor
Office:Bennett Building 031

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Ms. Theresa Dickman, who has taught at University of the Cumberlands since 1994, completed a BA in English at Wichita State University in 1985. Five years later, she earned an MA in English, emphasizing writing, Renaissance and Shakespearean studies, from the University of Alabama.

For the classroom, Ms. Dickman has developed a course in Science Fiction Literature for ENGL 330 and has demonstrated her creativity in presenting such works as Hamlet and MacBeth.

Courses Taught

ENGL 131 - English Composition I
ENGL 132 - English Composition II
ENGL 330 - Literary Studies: Science Fiction Literature
ENGL 331 - English Literature through 1660
ENGL 335 - American Literature since 1865
Selected Publications and Presentations

“The Influence of Marriage Laws in the Castle of Otranto” Mississippi Philological Association. 1999.

“Life of Shakespeare.” Whitley County Library. 1995.

Ms. Susan Felts Assistant Bursar / Adjunct English Instructor / Adjunct for Intensive English Program
Office:Office of Bursar - Gatliff Building, #120

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Ms. Kathy Fish Professor
Office:Bennett Building 016

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After growing up in the midwest and receiving degrees from William Jewell College and the University of Kansas, Mrs. Kathy Fish joined the faculty at the University of the Cumberlands in 1984.

Mrs. Fish’s literary interests include women’s issues and women’s writing; anything American, particularly the genre of the novel; contemporary novels including mysteries and thrillers; the influence of fairy tales on contemporary literature; writers’ experimentation with narration; and the sociolinguistic area of dialects. She is planning a new course in experimental narration as one of UC’s new Integrated Studies courses. Over the years, she has directed three Presidential Scholars Research projects, two on Appalachian writer Lee Smith, and the other exploring personality disorders in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.

Along with Ms. Linda Carter, Dean of Student Life, Mrs. Fish created INSIGHTS, UC’s freshman orientation program, in 1990 and continues to codirect the program. She was named Outstanding Freshman Advocate by the National Resource Center for Freshman Year Experience in 1998.

Courses Taught

ENGL 131 English Composition I
ENGL 132 English Composition II
ENGL 334 American Literature through 1865
ENGL 335 American Literature since 1865
ENGL 433 Women in Literature
ENGL 439 Descriptive Linguistics
Specialty courses on occasion on such topics as Fairy Tales in Contemporary Literature or Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville
Selected Publications and Presentations

Reviews in Now and Then: The Appalachian Magazine of James Still: Critical Essays on the Dean of Appalachian Literature edited by Ted Olson and Kathy H. Olson, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, The Last Girls by Lee Smith, Harvest by Katherine Landis

Televised interviews on UC’s station of authors Lee Smith and Katherine Landis

International study and teaching in Beijing and Yantai, China with the Consortium for Global Education

Presentations on UC’s Insights program delivered at the Freshman Year Experience Conference, various years; the Student Retention in Small Colleges Conference, various years; the 7th and 8th Annual National Conference on Student Retention

Presentations at the Laurel County Library, London, KY, on Henry David Thoreau, Jane Austen, Barbara Kingsolver, Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry

Presentations on UC’s campus to the Patriot newspaper staff, the Center for Teaching and Learning on Writing for Finals, the Philosophy Club, the History Honor Society of Phi Alpha Theta

Insights Orientations for Faculty / Staff Participants (STRIPES) and Student Mentor Participants (STARs) since the program’s inception in 1990

Dr. Tom Fish Associate Dean / Professor
Office:LIB 20

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Dr. Tom Fish joined the faculty in 1984. He currently serves as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Retention, and Assessment, having previously served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and as Chair of the Department of English.

Although his duties currently are primarily administrative, he enjoys the opportunity to continue to teach such courses as Literary Criticism, Romantic Literature, Victorian Fiction, and Natural History: Observing, Reading, and Writing About Nature. This last is an Integrated Studies course cross-listed with a biology course taught by Dr. Sara Ash.

Dr. Fish’s areas of specialization and research interests include literary criticism, British Romantic and Victorian literature, and the poetry of Robert Browning. He has been an advocate and practitioner for using new media in the classroom. The Appalachian College Association has twice honored Dr. Fish’s achievements, presenting him with the Cutting Edge Award for Teaching with Technology in 1999 and naming him the Teaching with Technology Advocate in English for 2000-2001.

Dr. Fish has also been an advocate for strengthening institutional assessment as a means for strengthening the educational experience of students. As part of this endeavor, he has helped develop a number of new undergraduate and graduate programs at the University. He has also participated repeatedly in the work of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), contributing to the University’s re-accreditation efforts, serving as a peer reviewer for SACSCOC, and presenting at the organization’s annual meeting.

Dr. Fish earned the B.A. in English at Iowa State University in 1974, followed by the M.A. in English in 1978 and the Ph.D. in English in 1981, both of the latter from the University of Kansas.

Selected Publications

• Fifth-Year Report. Prepared for SACS with Dr. Larry Cockrum, et al. University of the Cumberlands. 2012.
• Quality Enhancement Plan. Prepared for SACS with Dr. Robert Dunston, et al. University of the Cumberlands. 2006.
• Compliance Certification Audit. Prepared for SACS with Dr. Robert Dunston, et al. University of the Cumberlands. 2005.
• The LitCrit Web. A Web Resource on Literary Criticism prepared with Jennifer Perkins. Initially funded by an ACA Faculty-Student Research Grant. 1999. http://english.ucumberlands.edu/litcritweb/.
• Editor, Institutional Self-Study. For SACS. Cumberland College. 1994.
• “’Be Whole and Sole Yourself’: The Quest fot Selfhood in ‘Bishop Blougram’s Apology.” South Atlantic Review 56.1 (1991): 17-34.
• “Questing for the ‘Base of Being’: The Role of Epiphany in Prince Hohenstiel-Schwangau.” South Atlantic Review 56.1 (1991): 17-34.
• “’Action in Character’: The Epiphanies of Pippa Passes. Studies in English Literature 25 (1985): 345-64.
• “Browning and Mr. Sludge: The Vista and the Impasse of Character.” Studies in Browning and His Circle 11.2 (Fall 1983): 61-76.

Selected Presentations
• “Effectively Pursuing and Managing Substantive Change.” Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. December 7, 2009.
• “Focusing Institutional Culture: Engaging Students through Critical Thinking.” With Anita Bowman, Tom Fish, and Susan Weaver. Appalachian College Association Summit, Abingdon, VA. Fall 2007.
• “Teaching English to Teachers of English.” With Bob Dunston and Tom Fish. Consortium for Global Education, Yantai, China. Summer 2007.
• “Managing Reaffirmation on a Small College Campus.” Co-presenter with Dr. Bob Dunston and Dr. Don Good, SACS Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. December 11, 2006.
• Various Presentations to university faculty, staff, students and trustees on SACS reaccreditation activities. 2003-2006.
• “Pedagogical Problems and Solutions: New Media in the English Classroom.” ACA Technology and Learning Conference. October 2001.
• “Teaching and Writing with the New Media.” Presentation to Delta Kappa Gamma (Honor Society for Woman Educators). September 2001. Appalachian College Association (ACA) Workshop. Georgetown University. Summer 2000.
• “Developing Web Resources in English.” ACA Workshop, Georgetown University, Summer 2000.
• “Using FrontPage for Course Websites.” ACA Technology and Learning Conference. October 2000.
• “Using Listservs to Facilitate Learning.” ACA Technology and Learning Conference. October 1999.
• “Developing an Archival Website to Teach Literary Theory.” ACA Technology and Learning Conference. October 1999.
• “Strategies for Teaching British Literature and Culture with New Media.” ACA Technology and Learning Conference. October 1998.
• “Composition with CommonSpace.” ACA Technology and Learning Conference. October 1998.
• “Nurturing Faculty for Efforts in Retention. Co-presenter with Jane Carter. National Conference on Student Retention. Williamsburg, VA. October 1-4, 1995.
• “Earthsea Revisited: Sexual Politics in Ursula LeGuin’s Tehanu.” Popular Culture Association. Louisville, KY. March 18, 1992
• “Coping with Chaos: Raising Arizona.” Literature and Film Conference. Florida State University. February 1990.
• “’Andrea del Sarto’: ‘Action in Character’ in the Dramatic Monologue.” Modern Language Association Convention. New York, NY. December 28, 1986.
• “Cather’s The Professor’s House and the American Midlife Crisis.” Scholar’s Choice. Kentucky Humanities Council and the Laurel County Public Library. London, KY. October 14, 1986.
• “Self Reliant Madness: Theroux on Thoreau.” A study of Paul Theroux’s The Mosquito Coast. Popular Culture Association. Atlanta, GA. April 1986.
• “Carlylean Echoes: Heroism in All the King’s Men.” Popular Culture Association. Louisville, KY. April 1985.

Dr. Thomas Frazier Department Chair, Professor
Office:Bennett Building 019

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Dr. Tom Frazier is a native of Evarts, Kentucky, and earned the BA in English and history from Cumberland College, the MA in English from Eastern Kentucky University, and DA in English from Middle Tennessee State University. Upon his honorable discharge from the US Air Force, Dr. Frazier came to Cumberland College as Director of Promotions and Part-Time English Instructor.

In 1985 and 1990, Dr. Frazier was awarded James Still Fellowships for Advanced Studies at the University of Kentucky. In 1987, the Cumberland college faculty designated him Honored Professor, and in 2004 recent alumni voted him the J. B. Fuqua Excellence in Teaching Award. While pursuing his doctorate, Dr. Frazier was awarded doctoral fellowships at Middle Tennessee State University and, in 1996 Evarts High School named him to its Alumni Hall of Honor. For several summers Dr. Frazier taught in University of the Cumberlands London Summer Program at Imperial College.

Courses Commonly Taught

ENGL 131 English Composition I
ENGL 132 English Composition II
ENGL 330 Literary Studies
ENGL 334 American Literature through 1865
ENGL 335 American Literature since 1865
ENGL 437 British and American Authors
ENGL 438 Advanced Writing
BUOL 539 Research and Report Writing (on-line)
Selected Publications and Presentations

“Buk and the Feds: Governmental Surveillance of Poet Charles Bukowsk.i” PCAS. 2010.

“Writer to Author: Stephen King and His Interpretation of His Audience.” PCAS. 2009.

“Never Forgetting Martha: Naratologicallyu Applying the Ethan/Martha Subtext in John Ford’s The Searchers.” ACA/PCA.2004.

“James Still: The Man, His Work, His Plac.,” Kentucky Monthly. 2001.

“Coal Mining, Literature, and the Naturalistic Motif: An Overview.” Caverns of the Night: Coal Mining in Art, Literature and Film. William B. Theising,. Ed. 2000.

“The Concept of New Death in Hemingway’s Spanish Short Stories.” Conference on Hemingway and War. U. S. Air Force Academy. 2000.

“Blue-Haired Posse” (a story). Journal of Kentucky Studie., 1996.

“Hemingway’s Poetry.” International Hemingway/Fitzgerald Conference, Paris. 1994.
“John Steinbeck’s Translation of Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur. Fifth Annual International Popular Culture Conference. Oxford University. 1995

Dr. Cristy Hall Associate Professor
Office:Bennett Building 009
Phone:(606) 539-4476

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Dr. Cristy Lynn Hall is a native of Viper, KY in Perry County. After completing her BA from Cumberland College in 2001 with a double major in English and Communication Arts, she earned an MA in English from Western Kentucky University in 2003 and a PhD from Middle Tennessee State University in 2010. She joined the full-time faculty at UC in the fall of 2011.

At MTSU, Dr. Hall specialized in British Literature and completed an ecological-themed dissertation on romantic poet William Wordsworth. While pursuing her doctorate, she presented twice at the International Conference on Romanticism and was the recipient of the William R. Woolf Graduate Writing Award and the John N. McDaniel Excellence in Teaching Award. She was also awarded a doctoral fellowship.


ENGL 131: English Composition I
ENGL132: English Composition II
ENGL 333: English Literature 1660-1830
ENGL 332: English Literature since 1830
ENGL 532: Methods & Materials of Teaching English
ENGL 534: Studies in British Literature Wordsworth

“Stephen North.” A Guide to Leaders in Composition. Eds. Allison D. Smith, Trixie G. Smith, and Karen Wright.
2008 CCCC “Writing Realities, Changing Realities.” Research Network Forum, participant. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 2-8. “Listening, Negotiating, Liberating: a Cognitive Approach for Postmodern Times.”

The 2007 Re-visioning Conference. MTSU, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. April 2007. “The Ultimate Gift: Offerings of Self in the Sermons of John Donne”

The 2006 International Conference on Romanticism. "Engaged Romanticism: Romanticism as Praxis." Nov. 9-12, 2006. Arizona State University. Tempe, Arizona. "Portrait of a Wounded Artist: Supernatural Alternatives to Christianity in Shelley's ‘The Witch of Atlas.’"

Women and Creativity. Hosted by: The Marquette University Women’s Studies Program Mar. 23-25, 2006. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Ann Yearsley and the Poetry of Working-Class Aesthetics.”

Nineteenth Century Literature and the Cultural Moment. “The Softer Side of Wordsworth: A Response to James H. Averill’s Wordsworth and the Poetry of Human Suffering.” Mar. 31- April 1, 2006. University of South Carolina, Columbia.

The 2006 Re-visioning Conference, MTSU, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. April 2006.

“Portrait of a Haunted Home: Revisiting the Ghosts of Emily Dickinson’s Troubled Past.”

The 2005 International Conference on Romanticism. “Romantic Metamorphoses and Transformations.” Oct. 13-16, 2005. Colorado College. “Inside Locked Doors: Images of Dysfunctional Family Life in Poe’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’”

The 2005 Re-visioning Conference, MTSU, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. April 2005. “Innocent Angel or Bad-Boy Rebel?: Exploring Nineteenth-Century Perceptions of Childhood in Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

Southeastern Writing Center Association Annual Conference.“Writing as Learning: Understanding and Promoting Intellectual Growth and Critical Thinking in the Writing Center.” Feb. 10-12, 2005. Charleston, South Carolina.“Whose Paper Is It?: Exploring Ownership in Writing Across the Disciplines.”

Dr. Gina Herring Professor
Office:Bennett Building 011
Phone:(606) 539-4249

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Dr. Herring graduated from Freed-Hardeman College in 1978 with a BA in English and history. In 1980, she earned an MA in English from University of Memphis, followed by a PhD in English from Auburn University in 1988.

Dr. Herring. a frequent presenter at professional conferences and author of numerous critical articles, specializes in literary modernism, popular culture, women’s studies, contemporary literature, and Kentucky, Southern, and Appalachian literature and culture. She has been a member of the University of the Cumberlands faculty since 1990.

Courses Taught

ENGL 131 - English Composition I
ENGL 132 - English Composition II
ENGL 334 - American Literature through 1865
ENGL 335 - American Literature since 1865
ENGL 333 - English Literature since 1830
ENGL 432 - Studies in Modern Literature: fiction, drama, poetry
ENGL 437 - Studies in British and American Authors; Modern Irish - Writers; Jane Austin

Selected Publications and Presentations

“The Feminine Mystique and Elizabeth Madox Roberts.” Appalachian Journal. 2001

“Climbing Paradox Mountain: The Short Fiction of Robert Morgan.” Appalachian Journal. 2000.

“Recovering the Past by Exploring the Future: The Short Fiction of Robert Morgan and Fred Chappell.” Appalachian Studies Conference. 2001.

“Montgomery Girls: Memory, Mythology, and the Lives of Zelda Fitzgerald and Emily Hillman Paterson. Southern Women Writer’s Conference. 2000.

“It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels: Rebellion Against the Patriarchy in Lee Smith’s The Devil’s Dream.” Women’s Studies Conference. Wesleyan College, Macon, GA. 1999,

“Sentimental Journey: Janice Holt Giles Finds a Career But No Immortality in Appalachia.” Appalachian Journal. 1999.

“Spiritual Quest and the Power of Place in Saving Grace and Salvation on Sand Mountain. Appalachian Studies Conference. 1998.

“The Beguiled: Misogynist Myth or Feminist Fable?” Literature/Film Quarterly. 1998.

Review. Wingless Flight: Appalachian Women in Fiction. Appalachian Journal. 1997.

“Regionalism and the Short Fiction of New Southerners Mary Hood and Mary Ward Brown.” Southern Humanities Conference. 1996.

Dr. Jolly Sharp Professor
Office:Bennett Building 010
Phone:(606) 539-4415

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Dr. Jolly Sharp, a native of Williamsburg, Kentucky, graduated from Cumberland College in 1974 with a BA in English.  In 1988, she earned an MA in English from Wright State University, and was invited to return to Cumberland as a member of the faculty in 1991.  In 2008, Dr. Sharp completed the requirements for her PhD in English from Middle Tennessee State University, where she specialized in the works of Flannery O’Connor.

Dr. Sharp has been frequently recognized for outstanding achievement in teaching.  The University of the Cumberlands Student Government Association has twice recognized her, designating her Honored Professor in 1996 and 2000.  She received the J. B. Fuqua Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001 and 2003.  In 2007, Dr. Sharp received the Excellence in Teaching Award from University of the Cumberlands.  In 2003, she was named Teacher Who Made a Difference Award.  University of Kentucky College of Education. In 2014, Dr. Sharp was the recipient of the Miles Community Service Award from UC.

Dr. Sharp’s teaching and research interests include Renaissance literature, Christian literature, and works of John Milton, Jesse Stuart, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O’Connor.

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 131 English Composition I
  • ENGL 132 English Composition II
  • ENGL 334 American Literature through 1865
  • ENGL 335 American Literature since 1865
  • ENGL 332 English Literature 1660-1830
  • ENGL 333 English Literature since 1830
  • ENGL 437 British and American Authors: John Milton; Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty
  • INSIGHTS Freshman Orientation
  • Literature of Growing Up in the South
  • Humor in Southern Literature,
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne and Flannery O’Connor
  • O’Connor
  • Literature of Growing Up in the South

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Eye Sight to Insight in Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Parker’s Back.’” SAMLA.  1995.

  • “Diabolic Power: McCarthy’s Judge and  Milton’s  Satan.”  ACA/PCA. 2004

  • Panel: “Developing Women’s Power in the Classroom”  and Paper: “Imagery of Angels and Women.”  Women and Power Conference.  MTSU.  2005

  • “Beveled Vision.”  O’Connor and Other Georgia Writers Conference.” GCSU.  2006

  • “Grace Lumpkin’s Crusty Bread: A Social Commentary.  PCA/ACA. 2006.

  • "Joy Hopewell and Flannery O'Connor: Duality Disposition"

  • PCAS/ACAS, Wilmington, NC - 2009

  • “A Beastly Non-Beauty: Flannery O’Connor’s Southern Belle”

  • PCAS/ACAS, Savannah, GA – 2010

  • Chaired session: “The South: Representations of Southern 

  • Women” – PCAS/ACAS, Savannah, GA - 2010

  • Dr. Sharp's book "Between the House and the Chicken Yard:" The Masks of Flannery O’Connor was released by Mercer University Press October 2011.

  • “Flannery and Hulga: Marked Disposition” - Flannery O’Connor Startling Figures Conference, Milledgeville, GA, April 2011

  • “Revealing and Concealing the Masts of Flannery O’Connor” – UC Faculty Colloquium – November 2011

  • “Asking Questions and Hearing Voices: Fostering Critical Thinking in General Education English Courses” - Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning, Greensboro, NC – Feb. 2012 (Co-presentation with Professor Kathy Fish)

  • “Flannery O’Connor’s Fictional Black Southern Myth” – PCAS/ACAS, Nashville, TN, September 2013

  • “Fragmented Lives in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tales” – PCAS/ACAS, Savannah, GA, October 2013

  • “Strange Bedfellows: Institutional Initiative and Assessment Spawn Creativity” with other UC faculty – Pedagogicon conference, Richmond, KY, May 2014

  • “Flannery O’Connor’s Fictional Southern Myths” – Flannery O’Connor International Conference: the Mystery of Place, All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland, July 2014

Ms. Jamey Temple Associate Professor
Office:Bennett Building

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Jamey Temple joined the department of English and Modern Foreign Languages full time in 2008 after having taught in the department on an adjunct basis. Prior to joining the English faculty, Ms. Temple worked in the University’s offices of Media Relations and Sports Information. In addition to teaching various English classes, Ms. Temple is the managing editor of the student and alumni journal Pensworth.

Ms. Temple earned her BS in Communication Arts at University of the Cumberlands in 2003 and her MFA in creative writing at Spalding University in 2007.

Courses Taught

ENGL 130 - Fundamentals of College Writing
ENGL 131 - English Composition I
ENGL 132 - English Composition II
ENGL 239 – Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 339 – Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 340—Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 341—Creative Writing: Poetry
ENGL 404 – Integrated Studies: The Wounded Storyteller
ENGL 440—Advanced Fiction Writing
ENGL 441—Advanced Poetry
ENOL 550 – Creative Writing


Ms. Temple’s prose and poetry have appeared in several publications including Kudzu, Still: The Journal, Kentucky Monthly, The Path, and Repurposed Magazine.  Her chapbook was a finalist for Newfound Journal’s Prose Prize in 2016, and her short story “Keeping House” was nominated for Best of the Net.