Dr. Owen Elmore

Dr. Owen Elmore

Professor of English

"I teach the development of mental tools: analytical reading, critical thinking, clear and organized writing. These tools, developed, lead to success in all professions."

Degrees held:

  • Ph.D. – Auburn University, 2003
  • MA – University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1995
  • BA – Athens University, 1988

Career highlights:

"At Play in the Fields of the War: Southern Literature as Memorial Art." Crossroads 2009: A Southern Culture Annual. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2009.
"William Faulkner and the Mithraic Midwife." The Journal of International Women's Studies. November 2008.
"'The Stereoptic Whole': The Fictional Resolution of the South in William Faulkner," Themes of Conflict in the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature of the American South. Ed. Ben P. Robertson. New York: Mellen Press, 2007. 299-317.
"'Typee and Moby Dick." The Explicator. 65.2 (2007): 85-88.
"Apophasis, Aletheia: William Faulkner's The Hamlet." Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship. 4.1 (2007): 71-83.
"Roman Polanski's Macbeth: Constantly Augmenting Inwardness." Theater Southwest: The Journal of the Southwest Theater and Film Association. E-2 (2007).
"Malachite Sunbird and Red Dwarf Star." Arabesques Review. 2.2 (2006): 83-89.

Mark Eugene Howard Endowed Professorship, 2006-08.

In which online degree program(s) do you teach?

BA English

Which classes do you teach online?

ENGL 1001, ENGL 1002, ENGL 2031, ENGL 3072

Why did you start teaching?

I served in the Peace Corps in southern Africa from 1989 to 1992. When you join, the Peace Corps places you in a job. They chose high school teacher for me. The experience of trying to become a teacher is what made me into one. I've never wanted to anything else since.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

"It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning." Claude Bernard

What's your best advice for someone who is returning to finish an undergraduate degree?

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Mahatma Gandhi

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The Marrow of Tradition by Charles Chesnutt

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?

I don't teach a profession; I teach the development of mental tools: analytical reading, critical thinking, clear and organized writing. These tools, developed, lead to success in all professions.

How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

I don't think online learning will affect education. Rather, I think education will affect how to learn online. The Socratic Method is Western education; we have built a 2,500-year-old culture using it and nothing else like it exists in any culture in the world. Time and experience will teach technology how to adapt in order to make the virtual classroom the best Socratic space possible.

What can earning a bachelor's degree do for a working adult?

A job without a degree may pay the bills this month, but it's higher education that pays for your future. Living life without a college degree can often mean living paycheck-to-paycheck for one's entire career -- running your energy out each day, week, month, and year on someone else's treadmill. But every minute spent in work toward a college degree is time and effort spent moving forward down one's own path, the path to success for self, success for family (even or especially for family who might not be born yet), and, by extension, success for community.

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