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Dr. Jim Shimkus

Title: Assistant Professor of English
Phone: 678-717-2231
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Office: Nesbitt 4136, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Composition Theory and Pedagogy, Writing Center Studies

Courses Taught

During his time at Georgia State, Jim taught English 1101, 1102, and 1103; English 2130: Intro to American Literature; English 3260: Studies in Popular Culture; English 3090: History, Theory, Practice of Expository Writing; and English 4200: America as Essay: Latin Americans and America (co-taught with Dr. Jeremy Paden).

At UNG, Jim has taught ENGL 1101, 1102, 3120: Introduction to Rhetorical Theory, and 3910/3915: Tutoring Composition.

Education

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, Georgia State University, 2012
  • M.A., Literature, Georgia State University, 2006
  • A.B.J., Journalism, University of Georgia, 1993

Research/Special Interests

Jim's interests include Composition Pedagogy, Writing Center Studies, and Speculative Fiction.

Publications

Scholarly

"Eudora Welty Seen and Heard: An Annotated Checklist of Audio and Visual Recordings." Eudora Welty Newsletter 31.1 (Winter 2007): 24-26.

"Author and Artist: Welty and Charles Alston." Eudora Welty Newsletter 31.1 (Winter 2007): 1-5.

"The Habit of Sir Rabbit: Harris, Hurston, and Welty." Eudora Welty Newsletter 30.2 (Summer 2006): 6-9.

"King MacLain Awakens as Finn MacCool." Eudora Welty Newsletter 29.1 (Winter 2005): 15-18.

"Delta Wedding and the Many Faces of 'Abdul the Bulbul Amir.'" Eudora Welty Newsletter 28.1 (Winter 2004): 6-9.

"King MacLain: King of the Wood." Eudora Welty Newsletter 27.2 (Summer 2003): 13-15.

"The Habit of Sir Rabbit: Harris, Hurston, and Welty." Eudora Welty Review 1: 107-13. (Reprint)

Fiction

"Noonday Devil." New Mythos Legends, 1999 (Won Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 2000).

"One Last Drag." Frontiers of Terror, 2002 (Won Contest 1996).

Work Experience

Teaching

Assistant Professor, University of North Georgia, January 2014 to present.

Lecturer, University of North Georgia, August 2013 to January 2014.

Full-Time Temporary Instructor, University of North Georgia, August 2012 to August 2013.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Georgia State University, Department of English, August 2007 to January 2012.

Adjunct Instructor, Georgia Military College, January 2005 to March 2006, and January 2010 to April 2011.

Writing Center Teaching/Administrative

Director of Writing Programming, Writing Center, University of North Georgia, September 2015 to present.

Director, Writing Fellows Program Pilot, University of North Georgia, August-December 2015.

Writing Center Coordinator, Georgia Military College, January 2010 to April 2011.

Writing Studio Reader, Georgia State University, Department of English, January 2006 to August 2009. (Tutoring, Online tutoring, Mentoring, Workshop leader)

Assistant Writing Center Coordinator, Georgia Military College, June 2004 to March 2006.

Corporate Work Experience

Contract Analyst, Delta Dental Insurance Company, September 1995 to January 2004.

Assistant Manager, CFA division, Professional Book Distributors, May 1995 to September 1995.

Customer Service Representative, Professional Book Distributors, February 1994 to May 1995.

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