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.
Professor of English, St. Cloud State University, MN. BA English, MA English, NSU. PhD Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Florida.
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.
Assistant Professor of Business and Technical Writing, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX. BA English, NSU; PhD English Composition & Rhetoric, Northern Illinois University.
MA English student and English Graduate Assistant, NSU.
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.
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.
English Adjunct Instructor, NSU. MA English, NSU. Former English Graduate Assistant, NSU.
Professor Emerita 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.
BA English, NSU.
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.
Freelance writer, Hammond, LA. BA English, 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 Head, English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies, NSU.
Administrative Assistant, English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies, NSU.