Marsha Walker


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A native of Newton, Miss., Walker joined the Department of Languages and Literature faculty of Johnson C. Smith University in the fall of 2008. She received her M.A. in English (University of Iowa) in 2003 and her B.A. in English with M.S. secondary teacher licensures in English education and Spanish (Jackson State University) in 2001. She will complete her Ph.D. in English (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) in 2011. Her dissertation project is titled "Saturdays Child, Sundays Christ: Radicalism and Redemption in Select Twentieth Century African-American Poems, Plays, and Novels."

As a scholar of 20th century African-American and American literatures, Walkers course offerings, conference presentations and publications revolve around the central themes of religion, race and masculinity. Other research interests include the convergences of scientific and literary communities, performance theory and critical gender studies. Walker also has extensive experiences in working with undergraduate STEM majors as a humanities faculty STEM liaison, HBCU-UP representative, scientific learning communities instructional leader, science in the humanities course developer and Ronald McNair Program cochair.

Currently, Walker serves as faculty sponsor for Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, publications editor of the Treewell Literary Journal and faculty writing associate in the JCSU Writing Studio.

Walkers formal teacher training along with her own personality quirks and ever-abounding spirit have allowed her to use the classroom as her personal stomping ground. Pedagogically, she approaches classroom situations as the facilitator of the constant exchange of ideas and artistic expression. She thrives off the energy and personalities of her students.

Walker is the CEO and president of Collegiate Sisters for Action, Inc., a nonprofit organization geared toward supporting the leadership development and community wellness of women enrolled in higher education.

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