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Writing Center Staff

Dr. Paula Brown, Writing Center Coordinator

Degrees: Bachelors in English, Auburn University, 1985
Masters in English, Auburn University, 1989
PhD in English, University of Tennessee, 1994

Biography: Dr. Brown was Assistant Director of the Writing Center at the University of Tennessee before she moved to the mountains of North Carolina and became the Lees McRae Writing Center Director. While she was working up there, she was invited to participate in Writing Across the Curriculum Summer Workshops at Charleston University in West Virginia as well as Cornell University’s Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines in Ithaca, New York. After moving to Louisiana, Dr. Brown worked at ULM briefly before coming to Tech. Interests: dogs, cats, gardening, fish-keeping, hiking, bicycling, drawing, translating German, and reading (not necessarily in that order).

Five favorite authors: Jane Austen, John Ruskin, Terry Pratchett, Susanna Clarke, and Fyodor Dostoyevski. Dr. Brown is also a J.K. Rowling and Selma Lagerlof fan. She advises anyone interested in children's literature to read Harold Bloom’s rather vicious attack on Harry Potter in the Wall Street Journal, if only to learn how the enemy thinks. (http://wrt-brooke.syr.edu/courses/205.03/bloom.html). She adds that Alan Jacobs’ defense of Rowling in First Things (http://www.hp-lexicon.org/essays/essay-harry-potters-magic.html) is also worth a peek.

Dr. Brown works with a writing assistant staff of graduate students and upper division undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellent writing skills in their English classes and are highly recommended to Dr. Brown by English faculty who have evaluated their abilities.