Matthews Hall (MATT) 152
Andrea Harris joined the faculty of the Tech English Department in 2018. Prior to teaching Composition at Tennessee Tech, Andrea taught English Composition, English Literature, and Women's and Gender Studies at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has created and taught both online and traditional-delivery university courses on a wide range of topics, including media literacy, multicultural literature, writing for healing and survival, contemporary women writers, feminism and Christianity, violence against women in literature and film, television's sheroes and superwomen, motherhood in modern literature, violent women in film, and zombies and gender in popular culture.
While at Wright State, Andrea co-coached the national award-winning Wright State Ethics Bowl Debate Team and was a joint recipient of the university's Teaching Innovation Grant. She also received the university's Writing Across the Curriculum's Excellence in Teaching with Writing Award and the university's Instructor of the Year Presidential Award for Excellence. In 2010, Andrea was awarded the Heart of Gold by Dayton's Lambda Chapter of the Eta Phi Beta Sorority for her campus and community work with survivors of sexual violence. As an advocate for the survivors of sexual violence, she has served on the Board of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, as well as on multiple state, local, and campus task forces to prevent sexual violence and better support survivors.
Andrea's areas of interest in research and scholarship include gender-based violence, motherhood studies, disability studies, and zombies in post-apocalyptic literature and media. In addition to online publications, campus publications, and conference proceedings, her work appears in such anthologies as Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Post-Apocalyptic TV and Film; Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence; We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song; The Journey of Healing: Wisdom from the Survivors of Abuse; A Cup of Comfort for Single Mothers; and Special Gifts: Women Writers on the Heartache, the Happiness, and the Hope of Raising a Special Needs Child.