Loretta Woodard

Associate professor of English, Director of the Honors Program

B.A. Saint Augustine’s College (1971); M.S. North Carolina A & T State University (1974); Ph.D. Bowling Green State University (1983), where she was a graduate assistant to James Baldwin. Professor Woodard came to Marygrove in 1985 from Saint Augustine’s College. She teaches an advance graduate seminar on the Harlem Renaissance, Introduction to African American Literature, Studies in African American Literature, Selected Writers, Advanced Written and Oral Communications, Fundamentals of Speech, and Interdisciplinary Seminars.

She has published essays and reviews in African American Women Writers, Women in Literature, African American Autobiographers, Writing African American Women, The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary African American Novelists, African American Dramatists, The Encyclopedia of The Harlem Renaissance, The Facts on File Companion to the American Novel, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature, Obsidian II & III, African American Review, and The Journal of African American History. She is an associate editor of Encyclopedia of African American Literature (Facts on File, 2007), for which she received the Authors’ and Editors’ Recognition Award (2007). She was awarded Marygrove’s Presidential Teaching Award (2001), Service Award (2004), Scholarship Award (2008), Outstanding Faculty Support Award (2010), and Outstanding Advisor Award for Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society (2006-2010). She is also the recipient of the Darwin T. Turner Award (2009) and the Septima Clark Award (2003). In 2006, she was a lecturer at several universities in Japan. In 2010, she was an ambassador to South Africa, with a delegation of 17 women in higher education. She is the former president of the African American Literature and Culture Society and maintains the website @ http://aalcs.marygrove.edu/

Research interests

19th and 20th Century African American Literature and Culture, Women’s Literature, Multicultural and Ethnic Literature, Popular Culture, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Oral Communications.


English Overview

English Overview

Marygrove's English program is designed to help students better examine and engage with the world through the development of high-level writing, reading, and critical thinking skills.

Contemporary American Author Lecture Series (CAALS)

Contemporary American Author Lecture Series (CAALS)

The CAALS brings a nationally-known author to Marygrove College each year for a public lecture and a seminar with students.

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