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Fort Valley State University Department of English and Foreign Languages


Courses Offered in Spring 2007
Professional and Technical Writing
Student Accomplishments
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Dr. Berlethia J. Pitts


                                                      Department Chair

                           Fort Valley State University

                           232 H. M. Bond Building

                             1005 State University Drive

                             Fort Valley, GA  31030-4313

                              Office: (478) 825-6653   



Office Hours: M/W  9:00 – 1:00

                                                                  T/R 7:25-7:55; 11:00- 2:00

                                                                   F   9:00 – 10:00

                                                                  *and by appointment


A native of Seneca, South Carolina. Joined the faculty of Fort Valley State University fall 2003.



Ph.D. in African American Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA – 2000

Masters in African American Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA – 1996

Masters in English, Clemson University, Clemson, SC – 1993

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, emphasis in Public Relations, University of Georgia, Athens, GA – 1991


Area(s) of Specialization

African American Literary , Cultural and Historical Studies


Courses Taught at FVSU

AFWS 1001 –  Introduction to African World Studies

AFWS 2013 –  Origins of African Thought

ENGL  099 –  Developmental Writing II

ENGL 1001 – English Orientation

ENGL 1101 – Composition I

ENGL 1102 – Composition II

ENGL 2111 – World Literature I

ENGL 2121 – A Survey of English Literature I

ENGL 2122 – A Survey of English Literature II

ENGL 2131 – A Survey of American Literature I

ENGL 3203 –  Technical & Professional Writing Internship I (supervised)

ENGL 3323 – American Romanticism

ENGL 3343 – Contemporary American Literature

ENGL 4113 – Shakespeare

ENGL 4183 – Capstone Senior Seminar (Literature)

FVSU  0100 –  Introduction to the University


Advise                                                             Coach

Writing Track English majors                          Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) Team

The FLAME, student yearbook


Dr. Keith Murphy


Dr. Murphy received a BA in Radio-Television from Morehead State University, a MA in Speech Communication from Miami (Ohio) and a doctorate in Rhetoric from Ohio University.  Keith coached intercollegiate speech and debate for over 15 years.  He taught for seven years at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne before heading south for warmer weather.  He has spent the last ten years teaching Literature, Composition, Speech, Mass Communication and Philosophy for Fort Valley State University in Georgia where he is a full professor in the English Department.  Along the way, Keith has taught at the college level for over 20 years, worked over ten years in radio, and he has worked as an actor, a magician, a webmaster, and a cave guide.  As an author he has penned 2 book chapters, 11 articles for academic journals, 20 articles for academic presentations, 52 articles for reference books, 17 articles for popular magazines and writes as a stringer for  He and his wife Kathy run bunniwerks, a domestic rabbit rescue operation ( and currently care for 14 abandoned or abused buns.  Keith has won numerous awards for teaching, having been named to “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” 4 times.  He received a faculty research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2003.  In December of 2004, he was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel. 

Academic Writing

  • ---.  and Oreta M. Samples.  "Emergency Care of Rabbits:  A Clinical Challenge." Veterinary Technician.  Vol. 25 (5) (May, 2004), 336 - 341. 

  • ---.  "Revisionist Reality:  Alpha Flight 106 and the Marvel Universe."  Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians. (XX, 2000), 1-24.

  • ---. "Little Green Secrets: An Archaeological Examination of the Development of the Roswell Metonym." Storied Lives -- Lived Stories: The Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Narrative (6), Ed. Joachim Knuf. (Lexington, KY: U. of Kentucky) In Press.
  • ---. "The New Verbum: Issues of Ethos and the World Wide Web." Proceedings of the 67th Annual Georgia Communication Association Conference . Ed. Jodeen Ducharme and Guy Warner (1998). 13-29.
  • ---. "The Ultimate Narrowcasting: The World Wide Web's Construction of Credibility as a Narrative Structure." Talking - Writing - Broadcasting: The Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Narrative (5). Ed. Joachim Knuf. (Lexington, KY: U. of Kentucky) In Press.
  • ---. "Curt Flood and Baseball's Reserve Clause: An Examination of Symbolic Martyrdom." The Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians. (XVIII). 1997. 24-40.
  • ---. "The Men In Black: The Use of Narrative to Establish Victimage in Conspiracy Theory." Self and Other: The Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Narrative. Ed. Joachim Knuf. (In Press).
  • ---. "Adversary: The Villain as Defining Moment in Comic Book Narrative." Unity and Diversity: The Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Narrative. Studies in Language and Narrative (4) Ed. Joachim Knuf. (Lexington, KY: U. Kentucky) 243-254.
  • --- . "Magic as Cooperative Deceit." Studies in Popular Culture. (XVI:1) October, 1993. 87-99.
  • --- and Jonathan Tankel . "Collecting Comic Books: A Study of the Fan and Curatorial Consumption." In Theorizing Fandom: Fans, Subculture, and Identity. Ed. Cheryl Harris and Alison Alexander. (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press). 55 - 68.
  • --- and Jonathan Tankel. "The Comic Book as "Micro- Narrative: Superman and the "Crisis at Hand." Accepted for publication in Narrative Horizons: The Proceedings of the First Kentucky Conference on Narrative . Joachim Knuf, Ed.
  • ---. "Global Thermonuclear War as a Communication Exercise." The Journal of the Speech Communication Association of Ohio. Vol. 24 (1986), 129-131.
  • ---. "The Shadows of Boxing." Winning Orations: The Interstate Oratorical Association. 1984, 33-36


Dr. Jorgette Mauzerall

Associate Professor of English


Horace M. Bond Rm. 227

Phone: 478-825-6684


Office Hours: M/F 1:00-3:00

T/Thur. 12:30-3:30

* and by appointment

Jorgette Mauzerall has been a member of the Department of English and Foreign  languages since 1995. She was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the Northern Virginia area. earning her B.A. at George Washington University. After teaching private high schools for several years, she earned her PhD at the University of Virginia and an adjunct instructor at George Mason University. Dr Mauzerall's areas of expertise and interest are 19th and early 20th century British Literature, American Romanticism, the novel, D.H. Lawrence, and gender studies.

At Fort Valley, Dr. Mauzerall has taught graduate courses in British and American Literature, a Senior Seminar in Major Women Authors, Modern British Literature, British Romanticism, Victorian Literature, American Romanticism, Genre: Fiction, Genre: Poetry, Major Authors, both halves of the surveys in British Literature and the first half of the survey of American Literature. She also has extensive experience in the teaching of composition and, as Co-Chair of the Freshman English Committee, helps oversee the administration and development of the composition program.

Dr. Mauzerall's professional experience includes numerous presentations at professional conferences, such as those of the Modern Language Association, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and Southern Conference on British Studies.

In 2005, Dr. Mauzerall received two nominations for, and was listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.


Dr. Anna Holloway

Anna R. Holloway, Professor of English, received her B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin , Madison , and her Ph.D. in English from Kent State University , with Victorian literature, American Realism and English Romanticism as her major areas. She also earned graduate credits from the Institute for Teaching Technical Communication, Jackson State University and the Denver Publishing Institute, University of Denver, and she attended institutes in journalism such as the Dow Editing Seminar, Poynter Institute, and the American Press Institute. She served as coordinator of the Mass Communications Program from 1990-1996. She has presented papers recently on detective fiction, online instruction, and teaching the Maya epic, Popol Vuh; she has articles published on detective fiction and on Georgia authors Adrienne Bond and Raymond Andrews, a page in the New York Times College Teaching resource section, and a number of published poems, along with other publications.

 Dr. Holloway is the recipient of the John W. Davidson faculty award for 2000 and the President’s Trailblazer’s Award from FVSU in 2006, she was a Governor’s Teaching Fellow in 1995-96, and she has been a course developer and instructor for the University System of Georgia’s online core, eCore™, along with other experiences related to online instruction. In her department, Dr. Holloway has served as English Curriculum Committee Chair, major area assessment coordinator, and academic advisor, while developing and teaching online courses for the department. She is a member of Georgia Council of Teachers of English, North East Modern Language Association, International Association of Business Communicators, and the Southern British Studies Conference along with other organizations. Dr. Holloway is currently serving as the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Extended Education and Coordinator of Online Instruction.


Jane Harrell Winston

Retired assistant Professor

Currently serving as an adjunct Professor

English 1108 

Department of Languages and Foreign Languages

LS READ 0098

Department of Learning Support

825-6649, room 229, Horace Mann Bond Building

Office Hours:  MWF 10:00-12:00 or by appointment,



BS in Education, Indiana University

MS in Education, Fort Valley State University

Specialist credential in Learning Disabilities (University of California, Sacramento)

Reading add-on (Mercer University)

Published four Anthologies the result of a refereed contest: Voices of Michigan, An Anthology of Michigan Authors

Currently write a newspaper column for the Houston Daily Journal

Active in Community Theatre and have appeared on stage in Perry and Warner Robins.

Member of American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the founder of their 5th grade book club through Houston County known as GRITS (Girls Read It Together in School.)