Daphne Thompson

Associate Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences


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Professor Daphne Thompson
I am energized by the process of mentoring students in first-year and advanced composition courses and fostering their engagement in the culture of higher education.“

Bio

Discovering the etymology of the word sheriff ("shire" plus "reeve") cast a spell over Daphne Thompson at age 15 that has never been broken. However, as an aspiring first-generation college student, she naively failed to comprehend the spell such words as “fixin’ to,” “mash that button,” and other Southern colloquialisms also could have cast over her had it not been for sensitive academic mentors in college who coaxed her along the initial steps on my path to self-actualization.

Through the journey of leaving some of her home language behind, entering the foreign land of academic discourse, working in/directing a writing center and teaching, Thompson has evolved into an educator who is energized by the process of mentoring students in first-year and advanced composition courses and fostering their engagement in the culture of higher education, so they can also experience the life-changing opportunities of a college education. 

Thompson also has a passion for leading students to become aware of the pervasive effect rhetoric has had on them in the past, is having on them in the present and, most importantly, will have on them in the future, especially the impact on first-generation students living in a society colored by rhetoric’s reach. Nelson Mandela’s words, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” inspire Thompson to make a positive difference in the lives of her students.

Publications

  • “Emily Dickinson’s Prescient Stages of Grief,” Emily Dickinson International Society, May/June 2018 Bulletin. Editor: Dan Manheim.

Presentations

  • “Revising Composition for Experiential Learning,” 2010 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
  • “Wipe Out that Wastrel Writer’s Block,” 2013 Southeastern Writing Centers Association Conference
  • “Metacognition Workshops Tame the Tidal Wave of Brain-based Changes,” 2011 Southeastern Writing Centers Association Conference