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Office: Areas of Expertise: American Literature, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Women’s War Literature


Mary Carney, Professor of English, directs the University of North Georgia’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership. She enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students in a shared pursuit of clear, persuasive writing and insightful reading. In addition to first-year writing, she teaches American literature surveys, American Modernism, and Literary Research and Writing. Mentoring students on research projects is a particular joy. 

Carney co-directs the University System of Georgia's SoTL Fellows Program and serves as chair-elect of the USG’s LEAP Georgia. She serves on the editorial board of Edith Wharton Review and was co-treasurer of the international Edith Wharton Society. She has chaired the Georgia Consortium for Teaching and Learning -- Regents Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning (GA-CTL RAC). She directed the Honors Program at Gainesville and Oconee from 2009-2012. 

Her research interests focus on American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning. Carney has provided the annual bibliographic article on Wharton for American Literary Scholarship since 2016. Carney co-authored with Laura Ng "Scholarly Personal Narrative in the SoTL Tent" in TLI: Teaching and Learning InquiryShe has a chapter in Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism entitled “The Cosmopolitan at War: Edith Wharton and Transnational Material Culture.” For The Journal of Faculty Development, she and her colleagues Laura Ng and Thomas Cooper published "Professional Development Amid Change: Fostering Academic Excellence and Faculty Productivity at Teaching-Intensive Universities." On the topic of gender and information technology, Carney provided a chapter in Privilege and Prejudice: Twenty Years with the Invisible Knapsack. For the Southern Quarterly, her article "Gothic Undercurrents in the Novels of Lewis Nordan" explores horror and resilience in Nordan’s American South. Carney's chapter in Postmodern Approaches to the Short Story examines gendered roles in Wharton's war stories. For The Emily Dickinson Journal, she contributed "Dickinson's Poetic Revelations: Variants as Process." Other essays and reviews appear in such publications as the Edith Wharton Review and the Association of American Colleges and Universities' Peer Review

Courses Taught

English 6140/3140: Literary Research and Writing
English 3675: American Modernism
English 2131 and 2132: Survey of American Literature I and II (Online, Hybrid, and Face-to-Face)
English 2111 and 2112: Survey of World Literature I and II
English 2122: Survey of English Literature II
English 1101 and 1102: First-Year Composition (Honors, Online, Hybrid, and Face-to-Face)

Special Topics: Studies in Culture: War, Technology, and Media
Study Abroad: Americans Abroad (Innsbruck, Austria)
Professional and Technical Communication


  • Ph.D., English, University of Georgia, 2002
  • M.A., English, University of Georgia, 1993
  • B.A., English, Louisiana State University, 1982

Research/Special Interests

Edith Wharton, American Realism and Naturalism, Modernism, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Selected Publications

  • “Scholarly Personal Narrative in the SoTL Tent.” TLI: Teaching and Learning Inquiry. Forthcoming 2017. Print. Co-authored with Laura Ng.
  • “The Cosmopolitan at War: Edith Wharton and Transnational Material Culture.” Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism. Eds. Meredith Goldsmith and Emily Orlando. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2016. 187-209. Print.
  • “Professional Development Amid Change: Fostering Academic Excellence and Faculty Productivity at Teaching-Intensive Universities.” The Journal of Faculty Development 30.2 (2016): 27–35. Print. Co-authored with Laura Ng and Thomas Cooper.
  •  “Unpacking the Computer Backpack: Gender Privilege in Information and Communications Technology.” Privilege and Prejudice: Twenty Years with the Invisible Knapsack, ed. Karen Weekes. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2009. 110-27. Print.
  • “Gothic Undercurrents in the Novels of Lewis Nordan.” Southern Quarterly 41:3 (spring 2003): 78-91. Print.
  •  “Edith Wharton’s Short Fiction of War: The Politics of ‘Coming Home.’” Postmodern Approaches to the Short Story, ed. Mary H. Rohrberger. NY: Garland P, 2003, 109-120. Print.
  •  “Dickinson’s Poetic Revelations: Variants as Process.” The Emily Dickinson Journal 5.2 (1996): 134-38. Print.

Editorial Positions

  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (IJTLHE), 2014-2016
  • Editorial Board Member, The Edith Wharton Review, 2012-present

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