Harry Bayne, Professor
Office Location: Ellis 233
Phone: (864) 587-4381
Biography: Dr. Bayne received his BA and MA degrees from Clemson University and his PhD from the University of Mississippi. His research and teaching interests include American literature, 1900-1945; Southern literature, 1829-1965, particularly Poe, Glasgow, Faulkner, Wright, Welty, Williams, O’Connor, and writers and artists of the Charleston Renascence; British literature, 1785-1920, especially Romantic, Victorian, Decadent, and World War I poetry; African-American literature; Gothic literature; and film as a literary genre. Dr. Bayne is also the advisor for The Blue Granite Review, Spartanburg Methodist’s College literary magazine.
Joyce Coggins, Adjunct Professor
Office Location: 231 Ellis
Biography: Ms. Coggins received her BA in English from Western Carolina University and her MEd in English from Converse College. Ms. Coggins’s recent research has focused developing effective strategies for developmental vocabulary instruction at the 2-Year College and teaches courses on academic writing, developmental reading, college success, and British Literature.
Litasha Dennis, Professor
Office Location: 232 Ellis
Phone: (864) 587-4215
Biography: Dr. Dennis received her BA and MA degrees in English from Winthrop University and a PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Dennis teaches American literature, Composition, and Writing Fundamentals. Her research interests are in 20th Century American literature and Race and Gender issues. In her spare time, Dr. Dennis enjoys trying new recipes and reading.
“I enjoy teaching at SMC because it feels like very purpose driven work to me. Because of our mission to give students a chance who might not be given one elsewhere, I feel like I am doing real work that matters and that empowers the larger community. Often times the only difference between our students and students at other schools is that nobody has consistently made our students believe in themselves and believe that they can be greater than they think in the classroom.”
Kelly Neil, Professor
Office Location: 221 Ellis
Phone: (864) 587-4290
Biography: Dr. Neil received her BA and MA degrees in English from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and her PhD in British Literature from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Neil teaches courses in composition and literature, including British Literature 201: Beginnings to the Eighteenth Century. Her research interests include early modern drama including Shakespeare, women writers, and early modern law and politics. When Dr. Neil isn’t reading Shakespeare, she is usually cooking or walking her dog, a husky-mix named Lucy.
“I was drawn to SMC because it is a place that fosters meaningful relationships between students and professors within the model of a liberal arts education. In my composition and literature classes, I urge students to take advantage of that liberal arts education by making connections between the wider world and the things we do and read in class.”
Bethany Perkins, Professor
Office Location: 222 Ellis
Phone: (864) 587-4257
Biography: Dr. Perkins is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her undergraduate work at LSU and received a Master’s Degree from UNC-W and Ph.D. from UNC-G. Her scholarly interests include southern regionalism, international studies, women’s studies and popular culture. She lives in Spartanburg with her husband, daughter, three dogs, a cat, two pet rats, a flock of chickens and a pond full of fish. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing students practice new ways of analyzing and thinking.
Jonathan Sedberry, Professor
Office Location: 223 Ellis
Office Hours: T: 8-11, W 8-9, R: 8-11; F: 8-9; and by appointment
Phone: (864) 587-4255
Biography: Dr. Sedberry received his BA in English and Communication Studies from Wofford College, and he received both his MA in English (American Literature) and his PhD in English (Major Field: Twentieth-Century American Literature; Minor Field: Twentieth-Century Commonwealth Literature) from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Sedberry’s research interests include Literature of the AIDS epidemic, GLBTQ literature, the Beat Generation, and counterculture. Dr. Sedberry is the co-founder, co-organizer, and member of SMC’s Safe ALLY Zone. In his spare time, Dr. Sedberry enjoys running, hiking, and mountain biking.
“SMC allows me to work closely with a diverse student body and to observe the rapid maturation students experience during their two years with us.”
Malinda Willard, Adjunct Professor
Office Location: Ellis 235
Biography: Dr. Willard received her BA degree from Converse College and her MA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina. Her specialty is American Literature, and her dissertation was a comparison, contrast of Jonathan Edwards and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Dr. Willard has also taught at Converse College and North Greenville University. She is an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, where she sings in the Chancel Choir. She is also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators and have served as president of the local Eta Chapter.