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Steve Surles

Courses I Teach

  • ENG 105: Composition I
  • ENG 106: Composition II
  • DRA 107: Theatrical Arts and Society
  • LIT 101: Introduction to Literature
  • LIT 145: Shakespeare
  • HIS 117 and  HIS 118 Western Civilization I and II

Spring 2014 Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday - 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, Thursday  - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Thursday  - 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Education

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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