Biography"I love being able to expose students to literature in ways that make their worlds larger and I love the fact that I learn from them as well."
Dr. J. Gabriel Scala is an Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. She has a PhD in English from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University, a Bachelor’s degree in English from Methodist University, and an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Fayetteville Technical Community College. She taught English at the secondary level from 1997-2000 and has been teaching at the post-secondary level since 2001. Dr. Scala has instructed at the University of Memphis, University of Mississippi, Lebanon Valley College, Delta State University, Chadron State College, and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. She works in editing and publishing, and has held positions as the managing editor of Mid-American Review, the founder and poetry editor of Valley Humanities Review, the coordinating editor of Creative Nonfiction Books, and the co-editor of Tapestry. She also has served as a board member of The Willa Cather Foundation and Vox Press. Dr. Scala says, “My favorite thing about teaching is, hands down, working with students. I love being able to expose students to literature in ways that make their worlds larger and I love the fact that I learn from them as well. I’ve never taught a class in which a student didn’t surprise me with some fresh new approach to a text or insight that hadn’t occurred to me or, in some cases, to any of the scholars currently working in the field. The fact that Ashford makes this opportunity available to such a wide spectrum of students is one of my favorite things about the University.” Dr. Scala lives in Richmond, VA with her dog, Huck.