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.
2018-20 Advisory Council members:
R. Allyce Hill Bailey
Attorney, Turner Padget P.A., Columbia, SC. BA English NSU; JD Southern University Law School.
Professor of English, St. Cloud State University, MN. BA English, MA English, NSU. PhD Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Florida.
Editor, Clarkson Potter (Random House). BA English, MA English NSU. Editor, 2015 James Beard Foundation Award winners “The Kitchn Cookbook” (general cooking) and “In Her Kitchn” (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
English teacher, Iowa High School, Iowa, 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.
Assistant Professor of Business and Technical Writing, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX. BA English NSU; PhD, English Composition & Rhetoric, Northern Illinois University.
Ph.D. student, English, University of Louisiana-Lafayette. BA English, MA English, NSU. Former English Graduate Assistant, NSU.
Training and Communications, Transocean Ltd, Houston, TX. BA English, MA English, NSU.
Chief, Architecture and Engineering, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Natchitoches, LA.
Ph.D. student, English, University of Alabama. BA English, MA English, NSU. Former English Graduate Assistant, NSU.
Chief of Staff, City of West Monroe, LA. Former President, West Monroe/West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce. BA Journalism (minor in French), MA English, NSU.
English Graduate Assistant, NSU (2017-present). MA English, NSU (December 2018).
Professor Emeritus of English, NSU. Former Poet Laureate of Louisiana.
Director, Natchitoches Parish Public Library, Natchitoches, LA. BA Elementary Education, NSU; Master’s in Library Science, Texas Woman’s University.
French tutor, Foreign Language Resource Center, NSU (2017-present). BA English, NSU (May 2020).
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.
Editor, Enterprise and Interstate Progress, Mansfield, LA. BA English, NSU.
STEAM Center Administrator for the Allen, Texas school district; contributing author, “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” BA English, MA Educational Leadership, NSU.
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).
Department Chair, English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies, NSU.
Administrative Assistant, English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies, NSU.