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Dr. Ruth Ellen Porter, Director


Phone: (256) 782-8269

A native of Virginia, Dr. Ruth Ellen Porter holds the Ph.D. degree in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her specialties within the comparative framework are Russian, Spanish, and American/English language and literature. Dr. Porter also holds baccalaureate degrees in Communication, Biology, and English from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and a master's degree in English Writing from Hollins University.

Dr. Porter has taught and served as an academic administrator at both state universities and liberal arts colleges. Dr. Porter's administrative training, skills, and interests include academic assessment and strategic planning, curriculum design, interdisciplinary and global studies, as well as a number of topics relating to future directions in higher education. Her academic literary specialties include medieval French and Spanish women's literature, nineteenth century Russian and American literature, and various aspects of literary theory. With her broad education and commitment to interdisciplinary work, Dr. Porter is particularly interested in programs that connect science and technology with humanistic studies. She is dedicated to professional writing programs and foreign language for the professions. Dr. Porter is also deeply interested in intellectual history and philosophy.

Dr. Porter has a commitment to liberal studies founded in the American tradition but with a contemporary, global perspective. She has traveled and worked abroad, and believes that students from the United States should also be exposed to the diversity and complexity of the contemporary world.

Dr. Porter and her staff are eager to assist faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences with any of their concerns relating to assessment and strategic initiatives.

Sherry Cosper, Secretary


Phone: (256) 782-8335

Sherry Cosper serves as the secretary for Academic Services.  She brings an impressive array of experience and business skills to her work in the Department of Academic Services in the College of Arts and Sciences.  She enjoys learning about the work of the College of Arts and Sciences.  She is enthusiastic about the continuing work of the department. 

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