Advisory Council 2019-10-22T11:48:40+00:00

Advisory Council

The Department Advisory Council, a group that was instituted by the state legislature in the Grad Act law, is a group of advisors comprising representatives from academia, business and industry, and the local community. This group serves to help the department to be responsive to the needs of our stakeholders. The council meets once a year to provide feedback and ideas on current departmental issues and future challenges.

Advisory Council 2019-20

R. Allyce Hill Bailey
Attorney, Turner Padget P.A., Columbia, SC. BA English, NSU; JD, Southern University Law School.

Matt Barton
Professor of English, St. Cloud State University, MN. BA English, MA English, NSU. PhD Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Florida.

Angelin Borsics
Senior Editor, Clarkson Potter (imprint of Random House). BA English, MA English, NSU. Editor, 2015 James Beard Foundation Award winners “The Kitchen Cookbook” (general cooking) and “In Her Kitchen” (photography).

Susie Scifres Kuilan Bryant
Associate Dean of Strategic Security and Protection Management, National American University, Rapid City, SD; Brigadier General, U.S. Army Reserve. BA English, MA English, NSU. Former English Instructor, NSU.

Lauren Atterbury Cesar
Assistant Principal, Grand Lake High School, Grand Lake, LA. BA English, NSU; MA Teaching, Louisiana College. 2018-19 Calcasieu Parish Teacher of the Year. Author, multiple volumes in the “Louisiana English Language Arts Guidebook Compatible Workbook” series.

Geoffrey Clegg
Assistant Professor of Business and Technical Writing, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX. BA English, NSU; PhD English Composition & Rhetoric, Northern Illinois University.

Kristen Culver
MA English student and English Graduate Assistant, NSU.

Khirsten Doolan
Ph.D. student, English, University of Louisiana-Lafayette. BA English, MA English, NSU. Former English Graduate Assistant, NSU.

Tish Felts
Training and Communications, Transocean Ltd, Houston, TX. BA English, MA English, NSU.

Andy Ferrell
Chief, Architecture and Engineering, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Natchitoches, LA.

Cheryl Garrett
Ph.D. student, English, University of Alabama. BA English, MA English, NSU. Former English Graduate Assistant, NSU.

Sidney Gilder
BA English and BA Theater (expected May 2020); English student worker, NSU.

Charles “Mac” Hamilton
English Adjunct Instructor, NSU. MA English, MA Adult Education, NSU; M.F.A. Writing, Lindenwood University.

David Horton
English Adjunct Instructor, NSU. MA English, NSU. Former English Graduate Assistant, NSU.

Julie Kane
Professor Emerita of English, NSU. Former Poet Laureate of Louisiana.

Jessica McGrath
Director, Natchitoches Parish Public Library, Natchitoches, LA. BA Elementary Education, NSU; Master’s in Library Science, Texas Woman’s University.

Jeremy Orgeron
BA English, NSU.

Thomas Parrie
Instructor, Southeastern Louisiana University; 2018 Indigenous Writer in Residence at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM. MA English, NSU; MFA, McNeese State University.

Raley Pellittieri
Freelance writer, Hammond, LA. BA English, NSU.

Sherry Talton
Attorney, Jackson Lewis P.C., Seattle, WA. BA English, NSU; MA English, JD University of Texas at Austin. Former member, NSU Debate Team (1994 National Champions).

Ex-officio members

Jim Mischler
Department Head, English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies, NSU.

Suzanne Kucera
Administrative Assistant, English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies, NSU.