This fall, the Belmont English Department added three tenure-track faculty members to its ranks. Each hire was the result of a national search that began in 2012 and concluded in the spring of 2013. The new faculty, pictured at left (L to R), are Joel Overall, Jayme Yeo, and Susan Finch. Please join in welcoming these new members of the department!
Joel Overall (Ph.D., Texas Christian University) has teaching and research interests that include rhetorical theory, composition, multimodal rhetoric, new media, Kenneth Burke studies, and the rhetoric of music.
Jayme Yeo (Ph.D, Rice University) researches Renaissance devotional poetry, nationalism, and civil unrest, and also works in gender studies and early travel narratives. Her research has inspired service-learning courses that pair poetry with activism, and she has also taught courses in Shakespeare, film, and modern British literature. Her writing courses often ask students to analyze culture through literary metaphors, including one that investigates monsters as figures of cultural anxiety and desire. Her work has appeared in Intersections: Yearbook for Early Modern Studies and Literature and Theology.
Susan Finch (Ph.D., Florida State University) specializes in Creative Writing with an emphasis in fiction. She writes both fiction and nonfiction, and her work has appeared in Carve, The Louisville Review, PANK Magazine, The Portland Review, among others. Her research interests include the novel, the short story, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature.