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Negussie AbebeNegussie Abebe is a Visiting Professor originally from Ethiopia. He received his BA and MA degrees in the Teaching of English from Addis Ababa University. In Ethiopia, he taught Freshman English, Sophomore English, Advanced Composition, and Research Writing Methods. He was also department chair in one of the universities where he had been teaching. He has written English grammar books for high school students and has also translated several novels. Since coming to the United States, Mr. Abebe has been teaching at Texas Southern University, DeVry University, and Lonestar Colleges. | 713-313-7660
Martin BellerMartin Beller is a Visiting Assistant Professor. He earned his MA in Folklore and his PhD in Literature at The Ohio State University. In addition to teaching at New York University, Long Island University, and the University of Houston, Dr. Beller was a high school teacher for ten years, four of them at YES Prep in Houston. He is co-author of Interpreting Poetry, and has published critical articles on Shakespeare, Chaucer, and other topics in Medieval and Renaissance English literature. He has also published or presented papers on Dickinson and Whitman, and on 19th Century European novelists (Stendhal, Flaubert, Tolstoy). | 713-313-7536
LaToya Douglas-ButlerLaToya Douglas-Butler Butler is a Visiting Professor and holds a BA and MA in English from Texas Southern University. Her teaching career began in 2001, and she possesses experience in Developmental Reading, Writing and freshman level English courses on both the community college and university levels. Since the fall of 2014, she has served as Co-Director of Freshman English 131 and 132. She is a member of the Enrollment, Retention and Graduation Rates committee (English Department), and her organization affiliation includes NADE (National Association for Developmental Education). Overall, her primary goal is to provide students with an engaging and productive learning environment that fosters creativity and self-direction. | 713-313-7723
Kimberly FainKimberly Fain is a Visiting Professor and licensed attorney. Fain holds a JD from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, a MA from Texas Southern University, and a BA degree from Texas A&M University at College Station. Fain has received writing and teaching fellowships and awards from organizations and universities such as ABYDOS, Houston Teachers Institute at University of Houston’s Honors College, Norman Mailer, Rice University, and the SAYPO (St. Agnes Young Professional Organization). She is a regular on The Ellison Report heard on WEAA FM Baltimore radio. Her publications include books, book reviews, essays, and chapters in various journals and presses, such as Buffalo Journal of Gender, JSTOR Daily, Law & Social Policy, McFarland, Modern Fiction Studies, National Book Review, Ploughshares, Scarecrow, and Southern Studies. Lastly, Fain has served as Associate Editor of World Literary Review and has published two books: Black Hollywood: From Butlers to Superheroes, the Changing Role of African American Men in the Movies (Praeger, 2015) and Colson Whitehead: The Postracial Voice of Contemporary Literature (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). | 713-313-7021
Kimberly FainJames H. Ford Jr. is a Visiting Professor. Ford is a native Houstonian, who received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University. James holds two Master’s Degrees, one in Clinical Psychology, and one in English from Texas Southern University. He is presently working on a Doctors Degree in Counseling from Texas Southern University. James is a writer and storyteller, having been published in journals of Humanities, Technical, Educational, and creative issues. Additionally, James has been a featured storyteller locally and nationally. | 713-313-4338
Donna HarmonDonna Harmon is a Visiting Professor at TSU and a native Houstonian. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston with an undergraduate degree and a MA in Literature from the University of Houston. She served as a public school teacher for 12 years. Professor Harmon is a published poet and playwright. In 1987, The Young People’s Drama Workshop produced her play, And Where Was Adam? In 1995, she published her master's thesis in a book of poetry entitled, Bitchin. Her play Uncle Nate Needs to Be Born Again was produced. Her ongoing mission is to teach, write and to produce creative works with great messages that teach healthy life lessons. | 713-313-7669
Hakeem HarrisHakeem Harris is a Visiting Professor who joined Texas Southern University in Fall 2003. He has served on the Faculty-Student Disciplinary Committee and as assistant Director of MTM Writing Clinic, and advisor for campus organization. Professor Hakeem received his BA and MA in English from Jackson State University, and will receive his MA in Communications from Texas Southern University. Hakeem’s teaching interests include first year composition, African American Literature and rhetoric and literacy. His primary research interests are in the field of African American Literature and Shakespeare. Specifically, he is interested in examining the influence of poverty and violence, at the family and community levels, on the social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive and academic development of children and youth in literature. Hakeem also aspires to write and produce films and television programs. Hakeem resides with his family in Houston, TX. In his free time, he practices yoga, coaches youth basketball for NBA player Rashard Lewis, and explores the city for good vegetarian cuisine and instances of public art. | 713-313-4390
Jo Beth Benton HarrisJo Beth Benton Harris is a Visiting Professor in English with a PhD (Capella University) and Master of Science (University of Houston). Dr. Harris teaches Composition and Rhetoric courses as well as an upper level - The Teaching of English course. Her specialization areas include online instruction in writing, reading, and foundations courses. Dr. Harris brings experience in creative and technical writing and the use of effective online learning strategies. She has worked in the field of education in the Houston Independent School District in all areas of instruction and school administration. She has served as an English teacher for the Gifted and Talented Program, Teacher Technologist, Technology Training Specialist, and other areas. Dr. Harris has provided presentations on differentiated instruction, positive behavior management and effective online instructional writing and reading methodologies. Her research interests include the impact of effective online instructional pedagogy for the development of outstanding readers and writers.        | 713-313-7910
Austin JamesAustin James is a Visiting Professor who loves to teach and learn. His formal education includes a BA from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, an MBA from the University of Dallas, and a Master of Fine Arts from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. He believes in students. Professor James is a painter, poet, and professor. He has published several books on poetry and painting through Lawrence and Crane. He ran an art gallery for ten years (2001-2010) in Houston, TX. | 713-313-7667
Avery JohnsonAvery Johnson is a Visiting Professor of English. He completed undergraduate studies at Alcorn State University and holds the MA in English with an emphasis on African American literary studies at Texas Southern University. He has several years of teaching experience in both collegiate and secondary education classroom atmospheres. His associations include the College Language Association and the National Association of Black Journalists. His interests consist of the triple parallel studies of African, African-American, and Ancient Egyptian Literature and the plight of the female perspective as presented through a comparative study of novels by diasporic women writers of African  descent.               | 713-313-6743
Jennifer JulianJennifer L. Julian is a Visiting Professor. Julian is also a double alum of Texas Southern University, a Jack Yates graduate, and a lover of literature. Professor Julian holds a BA in English with a minor in Computer Science – Local Area Networking and MA in English with a focus on Gothic Literature in the African Diaspora. Her interests lay in the creative exploration of African American literature in cross-genre media. She writes short stories, novels, and poetry, some of which have been published in an anthology: Tales in Firelight and Shadow. She is a member of NuRoots Creative Writers and the Mahogany Writer’s Exchange. Professor Julian is an active participant in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). | 713-313-1323
Nadhim-MosaNadhim Mosa is a Visiting Professor. Mosa completed undergraduate studies at the University of Baghdad and holds MA in English with an emphasis on Modern Studies of Literature at Texas Southern University. He has several years of teaching experience in both collegiate and tutoring atmospheres. He provided services in translation—Arabic-English and English-Arabic. He worked as a cultural advisor on social and linguistic issues for eight years. His interests consist of parallel studies of Ancient Mythology and its archetypal images that suggest topics for the evolutionists. | 713-313-7672

Josie Pickens-DecaturJosie Pickens-Decatur is a Visiting Professor. She received both her BA and MA in English from Texas Southern University. In addition to teaching in the Department of English at TSU, Ms. Pickens-Decatur is an activist, journalist, and cultural critic whose work focuses primarily on race and gender. She writes regularly for Ebony Magazine, both print and digital editions. Her essays have also been featured at The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Root, Mic News, and The Rumpus’.    | 713-313-4353

Albert Uriah Turner. JrAlbert Uriah Turner, Jr. is a Boston native who earned his PhD in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Texas Southern University. Dr. Turner teaches courses in African American literature, American literature, literary theory, World literature, creative writing, and composition. His scholarly interests include post-Civil Rights era African American films and historical novels about slavery, African American masculinities and the construction of heroes, and representations of the rhetoric of minority speech communities in 20th century and contemporary American fictions. His recent publications include a study of Walter Mosley’s detective fiction, an analysis of Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father, and poetry. | 713-313-7616
Tiffany L. WareTiffany L. Ware is Visiting Professor in English Composition and Reading. She earned her BA in English/Education from Texas Southern University and her MLA from Houston Baptist University. Professor Ware serves as the Director of Minnie Metters Writing Lab.         | 713-313-1070
Emily TuckEmily Tuck has a BA in English literature from the University of Texas with a minor in Classical languages (Latin and Greek) and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin Madison with an emphasis in Rare Books and Special Collections. In addition, she has 48 hours of graduate level coursework in English Literature, Medieval Latin, Art History, European History, and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and the University of St. Thomas. She worked as an editor for a worldwide publisher of trade books, as a Curator of Rare Books and Prints, and as Data Standards Manager at the Museum of Fine Arts. She has curated numerous exhibitions of books and prints, initiated a popular city-wide lyceum lecture series (so faculty from area universities could share their research interests with the public), and helped to bring the annual ABAA (Antiquarian Book and Print) fair to Houston. Her areas of interest include Medieval, Reformation, and Early Modern English literature. | 713-313-7402