Name: Dr. Emily Williams, Chair
Charlene Taylor Evans, Ph.D.
Department of English
As one of the senior members of the Department of English, I have thirty-five (35) years of experience at Texas Southern University , with seventeen (17) years in the classroom, and six (6) years as department head of English and foreign languages. I attained the rank of tenured professor and currently serve as director of the graduate program in English. I recently returned to the department after an eleven (11) year stint in central administration at the University. My administrative positions include executive assistant to the President, executive vice president, senior vice president of university relations, chief of staff, and ombudsperson; I managed various institutional units including athletics, information technology, marketing and communications, development, external affairs, governmental relations, human resources, public safety, and alumni affairs.
I earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas; a master’s degree from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia; and a master’s and doctoral degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas. All of my degrees are in English; my area of specialization is nineteenth century American literature and the focus of my master’s thesis is “The Unspoken Heroine in William Faulkner’s THE SOUND AND THE FURY and my doctoral dissertation is Anti-racism Motifs in Mark Twain’s THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
Currently, I am working with colleagues to increase and enhance the English department’s master’s program; my primary research interests and areas in which I have done research/publications are women’s literature, Native American literature, West African literature, African American literature, nineteenth century American literature, and developmental or transitional studies. I recently co-edited and wrote an essay in a critical anthology on President Barack Obama’s Dreams from my Father and contributed five (5) biographical essays in Dr. Merline Pitre’s soon to be released Handbook of Texas.
My honors include, but are not limited to, the following: Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship recipient from the National Endowment for the Humanities; participated in the Governor’s Executive Development Program, Class XVIII, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, UT Austin in conjunction with the Office of the Governor, State of Texas; received partial scholarship to attend the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; served as member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Committee on OCR Issues related to Texas Southern University and Prairie View A & M University