STACEY GAINES PARHAM
Phone: (334) 683-5201
At Judson College since 2010
"I like to create an atmosphere in my classroom where students feel comfortable and confident sharing their work, a place where I can get to know them on a more personal level through their writing." - Dr. Stacey Parham
•· Ph.D., English, University of Alabama, 2010. Dissertation Topic: Nellie Bly, "The Best Reporter in America:" One Woman's Rhetorical Legacy
•· M.A., English, Mississippi College, 2006. Master's Thesis: Exploring the Tensions between Death and Abandonment: Re-igniting Identity in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea
•· B.A., English, Mississippi College, 2003
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Writing Pedagogy, Writing Center Theory, Literary and Rhetorical Theory, Professional Writing, Progressive Era Reform and Literacy, 20th Century Literature
MEET THE PROFESSOR
Dr. Stacey Parham had plans to be a Dermatologist one day. But her natural love of English and teaching just kept getting in the way. She spent three years as a Biology major in undergrad school at Mississippi College but found constant encouragement from her English professors and friends that pursuing English was her true calling.
"I remember being so jealous of all my English major friends during that time because they would always be talking about which authors they were studying," Dr. Parham recalls. "I had always been an avid reader and found motivation in writing, but I just thought God wanted me to be a doctor."
Amongst so much encouragement, Dr. Parham eventually followed her heart, changing her major from biology to English during her senior year and deciding to pursue a doctorate in English rather than medicine. Now, Dr. Parham has received numerous awards and recognitions, has had her short story and poetry works published in Arrowhead Literary Magazine - a publication of Mississippi College that received a third place award at the Southern Literary Festival in March 2010 - and completed her Ph.D. in English from the University of Alabama. Her greatest accomplishment in her eyes is having received the W.O. Sadler Award for transfer students during the completion of her undergraduate degree at Mississippi College. The W.O. Sadler Award is the highest honor an undergraduate can obtain at Mississippi College for having the highest average. Teaching for her, she says, is a natural role - a rewarding field in which she has the opportunity to watch her students make huge strides in their writing abilities.
Stacey Gaines Parham grew up in Flora, Miss., just outside of Jackson, in an area also known as the "Home of the Petrified Forest." She first flourished as an instructor while teaching a Sunday school class, which she has done now for more than 10 years. She describes herself as the type of teacher who hopes to create an atmosphere in her classroom where students feel comfortable and confident sharing their work. "I like to make writing fun and engaging while also being challenging and productive."
During her time at Judson, Dr. Parham has been impressed with her students' engagement in the classroom, curiosity and devotion to academics. "They have such a strong desire to learn and to be successful. I also find the single-sex academic classroom experience unique - it is an interesting dynamic." In the future of the English Department, Dr. Parham hopes to see increased promotion and utilization of the Writing Lab, and also plans to offer extensive encouragement and counsel to her students about pursuing graduate school.
Dr. Parham now makes her home in McCalla, Ala. with her husband Jason who is an engineer for US Steel. She enjoys seeing musicals - a total of 40 so far - shopping, hiking, traveling to art shows, such as Kentuck and Magic City Art Connection, and painting Acrylic. She and her husband are avid members of the "Friends of Red Mountain Park" group where they support the upcoming construction of Red Mountain Park, a 1,108 acre park that will stretch four-and-a-half miles between the cities of Homewood and Bessemer. The park, once it reaches completion, will give the Birmingham area "more dedicated green space per capita than any city in the country."
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
English Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Alabama - 2007-2010
Institute of Reading Development Teacher, Novato, CA - 2008
College of Continuing Studies Curriculum Editor, University of Alabama - 2008-2009
Management 395 Studio Instructor, University of Alabama - 2007
English Adjunct Professor, Mississippi College, 2005-2006
English Teaching Assistant, Mississippi College - 2003-2005
Composition Committee, UA - 2006-2010
QEP Subcommittee of the Composition Committee, UA - 2008
SELECTED AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS / MEMBERSHIPS
"The Discourse of Ownership in Paule Marshall's Brown Girl, Brownstones." POMPA: Publication of the Mississippi Philological Association. pp. 43-54. 2006
2010 - "From Asylum Exposé to Jail House Confessional: Mixing it up with Nellie Bly." Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Louisville, KY.
2009 - "The ‘Hidden Rhetoric' of Handbooks: Embracing Waves of Instruction, Battling Undercurrents of Pejorative Ideologies." Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). San Francisco, CA.
2007 - "Preparing Writers for the Realities of the Workplace." Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). New Orleans, LA.
2006 - "Uncovering Hidden Narratives for Improved Writing Instruction." 6th Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference. University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
2004 - "Forging a New Identity: The Schizophrenic Self in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's ‘The Yellow Wallpaper.'" Graduate Research Forum. Mississippi College, Clinton, MS.