Ann Parker is a Lecturer in the English, Technical Communication, and Media Arts department and the Assistant Director of the University Honors Program. She teaches English 1101, 1102, Honors 1102, and American Literature as well as Irish Literature.
Ann has presented around the country at various conferences such as the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Collegiate Honors Conference, the Two-Year College Association, and Student Success in Composition. She has presented in a variety of areas including practical pedagogical use of visual texts in the composition classroom, an area which she continues to research and incorporate into her own writing classes. Some of her visual literacy assignments may be found in the instructor’s handbooks for Seeing and Writing 4, a popular college-level textbook. Ann also promotes service learning as part of a college student’s educational experience, and she takes her Honors composition students to serve breakfast at a homeless shelter each spring. She also has coordinated the Honors Composition class' annual Photo Exhibition and Sale, which raises money for local, national, and international charities. As a result of this experience, she published an article in 2007 entitled “Service Learning in the Composition Classroom: What Difference Does It Make?” in the Honors in Practice academic journal for Honors programs around the country. She has also presented on panels at the NCHC conferences annually since 2007, speaking on alternative assessment methods, classroom discussion practices, the inclusion of innovative service learning assignments in the Honors composition classroom as well as issues within the Honors learning and social communities.
Ann is a graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is married to a mechanical engineer and is mother to a daughter, a college junior who is majoring in Equestrian Studies in Pennsylvania, and a son who starts his freshman year at the University of South Carolina this fall. Her hobbies, outside of grading papers, include reading, gardening, working with Our Pal’s Place, a dog rescue and education organization, and playing with her own two dogs.