Karen Compton, Instructor, started her college teaching career at Emmanuel College in the fall of 2000. In addition to teaching courses in freshman composition, introduction to literature, and American literature, she is also the director of the Academic Resources Center. She completed her B.A. in English and Mass Communication at Winthrop University and her M.A. in English also from Winthrop. Her interests include composition, American literature, and peer tutoring. Her master’s thesis was entitled “Examination of the Microcosm in Katherine Anne Porter’s Ship of Fools, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, and Stephen Crane’s ‘The Open Boat.’” Mrs. Compton and her husband Steve live in Anderson, SC, and have a daughter, Patricia Ann, and a son, Ben.
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Kyle Garrett, Assistant Professor, holds a B.A. in English (2007) and an M.F.A. in creative writing (2010) from the University of Georgia. He joined the English department full-time in 2011. His academic interests include modern American literature, Southern literature, and exposing the laws that govern every true work of art. His personal interests include cooking gourmet meals, playing Settlers of Catan, and church softball. He lives in Royston with his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter, Annabella.
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Stephanie Garrett, Instructor, completed her B.A. in theater at Brenau University (2006) and M.A. in English at the University of Georgia (2010). She began teaching at Emmanuel in 2010. She is the chair of the Theater Arts Committee, directing and producing shows at Emmanuel, and has worked with various theater companies including Florida Studio Theater (Sarasota, FL), the Gainesville Theater Alliance, and the Atlanta branch of Christian Youth Theater. Her interests include directing and acting, the long nineteenth-century (especially Jane Austen), British Romanticism, and Japanese and Korean literature and pop-culture. She enjoys the integration of theater with the study of literature as well as the integration of Christian faith and the arts. She and Mr. Garrett have a beautiful baby daughter, Annabella Jane, and two cats named Momo and Pete. They live in Royston and attend Ekklesia Church.
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Nathan Gilmour, Associate Professor, joined Emmanuel College's English faculty in 2009 and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. His intellectual curiosity wanders afar, and he's been caught teaching classes in Old English, rhetorical theory, European literature, philosophy, and composition. Emmanuel's faculty knows him as the director of Composition Culture, a program dedicated to better teaching through more thoughtful writing. Dr. Gilmour also hosts The Christian Humanist Podcast and Christian Humanist Profiles, two podcast programs from the Christian Humanist Radio Network, and he sponsors the Emmanuel College Christian Humanists, a student organization dedicated to philosophy, theology, and other things human beings do well. When he's not thinking about old books, he enjoys coaching baseball for his son Micah and his daughter Miriam.
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Barbara Goodwin, Associate Professor of English, served as chair of the department from 2002-2012. She was coordinator of the English Education program from its inception in 2001 through 2012. She holds an M.A. in English Education degree from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She has taught at Emmanuel since 1996, having previously taught at Southeastern College in Lakeland, FL, and Evangel College, Springfield, MO. She worked in the Sun–Coast Area Teacher Training Program (SCATT) at the University of South Florida where she wrote materials for the program. She was the recipient of the Master Teacher Award from the State of Florida 1984-1987 and was honored by Emmanuel College in 2002 with the Brady Faculty Award and again in 2007 with the Firebaugh Memorial Faculty Award. She is sponsor of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Her specialties include composition and adolescent American, and 20th century world literature. She and her husband Mark, an adjunct professor in humanities at Anderson University, live near Franklin Springs and have two sons: Scott, who lives in Lexington, GA, and Tim, who, with his wife Kelly, lives in Athens, GA. They dote on their two granddaughters, Olivia and Emma
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Elizabeth Faucett, instructor, earned her B.A. in English from Brenau University in 2010 and her M.A. in Literature from University College Dublin in 2012. She has taught English composition for Brenau University and Toccoa Falls College and has worked as a multimedia intern at Paste and as an administrative intern at Dublin's International Film Festival. Elizabeth also enjoys working with children and helping to foster their relationship with Christ through her work as a Kindermusik educator at Jones Chapel United Methodist. Her interests include British literature, psychoanalytical film theory, gender studies, and science fiction. She enjoys traveling, film, and playing music with friends.
Instructor, earned her B.A. in English from the University of Alabama and her M.S. in Secondary English Education from Jacksonville State University. Cortney has been an adjunct Instructor at Emmanuel since 2012. Before that, she taught 10th grade and senior English at The King’s Academy, a Christian school and one of the top private schools Palm Beach, for five years. She worked as the Critical Thinking coordinator for the English department as well as helped map and develop the writing curriculum for the newly revised English department. Cortney enjoys reading British and American literature, historical fiction, and mythology. She enjoys spending time cooking, playing, and laughing with daughter Lydia, her husband Patrick, and their two dogs Rusty and Sophy.