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Steve Surles



Library 212
319-296-2329 x1713




Spring 2014—Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30–10:00am
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30–10:30am and 1:15–2:00pm

Courses I Teach

  • ENG105 Composition I
  • ENG106 Composition II
  • DRA107 Theatrical Arts and Society
  • LIT101 Introduction to Literature
  • LIT145 Shakespeare
  • HIS117 and HIS 118 Western Civilization I and II


1979 BA English, Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC)
Minor: Professional Writing
Minor: History (British/European)
1984 MA English, Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC)
Thesis/Concentration: American Lit 1900-1950 Thesis Focus: Edith Wharton
1990 ABD PhD, University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS)
Concentration Areas: Shakespeare, British Literature 1850-1950, American Literature,
Mark Twain

About Me

I am a native of North Carolina and came to Hawkeye Community College in 1994. I taught at two community colleges in North Carolina before coming to Hawkeye. Before that I was a journalist (sportswriter) and won a South Carolina Press Association Award for Feature Writing in 1982. I also have a background in college athletics sports information and promotions and even worked as a publicity director for a professional boxer. In the past, mostly in the 1990s, I read academic papers and research projects at conferences in Lafayette, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; Louisville, Kentucky; Jackson, Mississippi; Terre Haute, Indiana; and York, England. Subjects in my research experience included topics on Jack the Ripper, Robert Coover, films by John Huston, baseball, Shakespeare, and Percy Shelley. I have some TESOL experience in the UK and have headed statewide committees regarding college transfer issues while in North Carolina. In my years at Hawkeye, I have served nearly six years combined as chair of the communications department. Students can usually get me off the subject in my classes by getting me to talk about baseball or The Beatles (my all-time favorite music group)!

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