Doctor of Philosophy in American Literature and Creative Writing, Florida State University
Master of Fine Arts, Florida State University
Bachelor of Arts in English and History, University of Alabama

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Jacquelyn Markham

Jacquelyn Markham, PhD

College of Liberal Arts


"I enjoy guiding my students through the empowerment process that is a result of learning."

Dr. Jacquelyn Markham is an Associate Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. She received her Doctorate in American Literature and Creative Writing specializing in Poetry and her Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Florida State University. Her Bachelor of Arts in English and History is from University of Alabama. Dr. Markham has mentored countless writers, including non-native writers, in diverse academic and community settings and has taught at The University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University, Florida State University, and regional campuses of the University of South Carolina, among others. She has conducted workshops for state poetry societies and regional writing organizations as well as served as a humanities scholar in local libraries. Her poetry has been published in literary journals nationwide. She says, “I love to see students learn, grow, and be inspired. At Ashford, with a diverse student body of adult learners, I enjoy guiding my students through the empowerment process that is a result of learning. I am delighted to begin a new phase with Ashford and share my experience with students nationwide.” In her spare time, she enjoys painting, photography, and playing flute.

Recent Publications, Presentations and Awards

The Complete Poetry of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1884-1935: Together With Commentary and Notes, The Edwin Mellen Press, New York & Wales, July, 2014. Awarded the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship.

“Out West: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and her Adventurous Literary Friends,” American Literature Association (ALA) annual conference, Boston, May 2015.

“Victim to Vision: Transformation of Self in the Poetry of Charlotte Perkins Gilman,” American Literature Association (ALA) Poetry Symposium, Savannah, October, 2014.

Peering Into The Iris: An Ancestral Journey, original poetry and prose, A Culture Connections Book, partially funded by South Carolina Arts Commission, 2008.

Awards: Three Georgia Council for the Arts Grants for Literary Merit (1988-90); Kentucky Women's Foundation Award (1991); South Carolina Arts Commission Community Arts Grant (2008); finalist, Salem College Rita Dove Award, 2012.

Invited Lecturer: “Julia Peterkin Lecture,” South Carolina Women Writers, Humanities Scholar, February, 2008