Faulkner University


Contact Information

office: 427 brooks hall
address: Faulkner University
5345 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, Alabama 36109
phone: 334-386-7225
E-mail: jwright@faulkner.edu

Summary of Qualifications

  • doctor of philosophy in English (specialties in medieval & renaissance literature)
  • master of liberal arts (emphases in history and English literature)
  • experience tutoring students in composition and creative writing
  • experience directing a writing center, which included hiring, training, etc.
  • experience developing new courses:
    • graduate shakespeare survey
    • chaucer and medieval studies
    • western cultural heritage series
  • experience teaching developmental English and English composition
  • experience teaching undergraduate and graduate English literature courses
  • experience directing great books honors college theses
  • experience editing ungraduate and graduate theses
  • experience sponsoring a chapter of sigma tau delta, the English honor society
  • experience editing and writing work-related projects (e.g., proposals, policies)
  • experience editing and writing for privately-owned businesses
  • experience editing, writing, and presenting for non-profit organizations
  • experience advising and registering students
  • experience recruiting prospective students
  • experience assisting in hiring adjunct faculty
  • experience evaluating adjunct faculty
  • experience advising adjunct faculty
  • experience compiling student evaluation data


Doctor of philosophy (2006). university of alabama.

Major: English with specializations in medieval and Renaissance literature.
Dissertation: Drunkenness Unmakes the Man: Self-Destructive Drinking in Shakespeare

master of liberal arts (1998). auburn university montgomery.

Major: History and English literature.

Bachelor of science (1995). Troy state university montgomery.

Major: English.

Associate of arts (1987). Faulkner university.

Major: General Studies.

high school diploma (1985) ft. madison high school, ft. madison, iowa.

Major: General Studies.


Continuing Education-Professional Development (Recent)

Spring 2008 Attended Faulkner's Great Books Honors College Annual Conference
Fall 2007 Attended fictional reading and author Q & A at Huntingdon College
Fall 2007 Participated in Faulkner's Faith in the Academy Books & Culture Group
Spring 2007 Participated in Faulkner's Faith in the Academy Books & Culture Group
Spring 2007 Participated in Alabama Shakespeare Festival seminar on Henry VI.
Spring 2007 Toured Alabama Shakespeare Festival (green room, wardrobe, etc.)
Spring 2007 Attended Henry VI and Richard III plays at Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Spring 2007 Participated in Faulkner workshop on developing PowerPoint presentations.
Spring 2007 Participated in seminar on students' learning styles at Faulkner University.
Fall 2006 Completed and defended dissertation. Degree conferred December 2006.
Fall 2006 Attended symposium sponsored by Faulkner's Great Books Honors College.
Fall 2006 Attended University of Alabama's Hudson Strode Program lecture: "Theory
Change," presented by Professor Jeffrey Williams, of Carnegie-Mellon University.
Spring 2006 Attended University of Alabama's Hudson Strode Program lecture: "Why Surveys
Matter: The Norton Anthology of English Literature. and the Emotion of Multitude,"
presented by Stephen Greenblatt.
Spring 2005 Attended University of Alabama's Hudson Strode Seminar Series:
"Les Enfants Terribles."
Spring 2005 Extensive reading in early Anglo-Saxon and medieval literature and literary criticism
in preparation for preliminary exam at the University of Alabama.


Specialization Areas

Providing instruction in medieval and Renaissance English literature

Providing instruction in English composition.


Current Experience

associate professor, English department. Faulkner University. August 2007 - Present.

Description: Teach courses in composition and English literature. Perform faculty duties, such as committee service, student advisement, career guidance, and registration.

assistant professor, English department. Faulkner university. August 2003 - July 2007.

Description: Teach courses in composition and English literature. Perform faculty duties, such as committee service and course development. Perform duties as Director of the Writing Center, such as hiring and training tutors, scheduling, and student tutoring.

faculty, Military Education department. Faulkner university. August 2000 - July 2003.

Description: Teach courses in composition and English and American literature. Perform faculty duties, such as advising and registration, assisting in hiring adjunct faculty, evaluating adjunct faculty in the classroom, compiling student evaluation data, and serving as a faculty liaison to resolve conflicts between faculty and students.

Previous Experience

Adjunct instructor, Faulkner university. May 2000 – July 2000.

Description: Teach English Literature Survey 1.

Adjunct instructor, Auburn university Montgomery. May 2000 – July 2000.

Description: Teach English Composition 1.

GTA, English Department. University of Alabama . August 1999-May 2000.

Description: Teach courses in English composition.

Writing center tutor, University of Alabama. August 1999- May 2000.

Description: Tutor undergraduate and graduate students in English composition.

Adjunct instructor, Faulkner university. August 1996- December 1996.

Description: Teach developmental English.


1999 Hudson Strode Summer Research Grant, University of Alabama
1998 Hudson Strode Fellowship, University of Alabama
1997 Who's Who Among Students, Auburn University Montgomery
1995 Benjamin B. Williams Scholarship, Auburn University Montgomery


Activities: University Service

Faulkner University
Committee Service:

Excellence in Teaching Committee


Western Cultural Heritage 2 Committee

Sigma Tau Delta Sponsor 2007-2008
Participate in or attend Bible Lectureship Series 2005-2008
Serve in Chapel Services 2003-2008
Student Missions Support:

Contributed to student fund-raising for missions


Sponsored students for missions seminar

Student Welfare:

"Adoptive parent" of multiple students


Activities: Community Service

Landmark church of Christ

Serve on Worship Team


Edit PowerPoint Presentations


Life Group Leader or Assistant Leader


Bible class teacher (toddlers & adults)

Father Walter's Children's Nursing Home

Speaker at annual fundraiser gala


Sponsor of annual Southern Fried Fun fundraiser


Speaker at annual Southern Fried Fun fundraiser

Children's Hospital, Birmingham

Participant in fundraiser (radio interview)

Boy Scouts

Contributor to scout projects/fundraisers

Halcyon Boulevard Neighborhood Association 2006-2008

Contributing Member


Activities: Professional Services (Recent)

Emun (a provider of business automation software products)September 2005

Edited and revised text for the corporation's website and marketing brochures without compensation.

Activities: Professional Associations

Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society 2007-2008

Member and Chapter Sponsor

Publications and Presentations*

Drunkenness Unmakes the Man: Self-Destructive Drinking in Shakespeare. Diss. U of Alabama, 2006. Ann Arbor: UMI, 2007.

Member of editorial team for Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge": An Annotated Critical Edition. Ed. Robert C. Evans. West Cornwall, CT: Locust Hill, 2003.

Entries "John Day" and "George Cavendish" in Tudor England: An Encyclopedia. Eds. Arthur F. Kinney and David W. Swain. New York: Garland, 2001.

Member of editorial team for Kate Chopin's Short Fiction: A Critical Companion. Ed. Robert C. Evans. West Cornwall, CT: Locust Hill, 2001.

Contributor of literary analysis to Close Readings: Analyses of Short Fiction from Multiple Perspectives by Students of Auburn University Montgomery. Ed. Robert C. Evans. Montgomery, AL: Court Street, 2001.

*See Jonathan Wright's Website for more publications.


Graduate Courses Taught

Shakespeare Survey


Undergraduate Courses Taught

Developmental English

English Composition 1

English Composition 2

American Literature 1

English Literature 1

English Literature 2

Western Cultural Heritage 2

British Writers Since 1800

Shakespeare Survey

Chaucer and Medieval Studies


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