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Rhonda L. Reymond

Interim Director, Associate Professor of Art History
Rhonda Reymond earned her BFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design and her MA and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Georgia.  Reymond’s research focuses on visual culture of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.  She is currently researching the professional training of African American artists working in academic traditions between 1865-1945.  Her work has been published in Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem: The Achievement of African American Writers, Artists, and Thinkers, 1880-1914and her article, “Looking in: Albert A. Smith’s Use of Repoussoir in Cover Illustrations for the Crisis and Opportunity Magazines,” is in a special visual culture edition of American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism and Bibliography.  Forthcoming is her chapter “Reevaluating African American Art Before the Harlem Renaissance" in African American Literature in Transition, 1900-1910. Ed. by Shirley Moody-Turner. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. 

Geoffrey Hilsabeck

Community Engagement Fellow, Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Geoffrey Hilsabeck is the author of Riddles, Etc. (The Song Cave, 2017). His poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, The Believer, Seneca Review, and elsewhere. He joined the English Department as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2018.

Ann Pancake


Ann Pancake is the author of three award-winning books of fiction set in West Virginia, Given Ground (University Press of New England, 2001), Strange As This Weather Has Been (Counterpoint 2007), and Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley (Counterpoint 2015).  She earned her PhD in English Literature from the University of Washington, and her academic work focuses on social class issues, Appalachian Studies, and environment literature.  Her stories, essays, scholarly articles, and journalism have appeared in venues like Orion, The Georgia Review, Poets and Writers, The Journal of Appalachian Studies, and New Stories from the South, the Year’s Best.