Professor Vicki Collins, who earned her B.S. at East Tennessee State University and M.A. at the College of Mount St. Joseph, is a senior instructor who has been teaching English at USCA since 1989. The recipient of the 2015 University Service Award and the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, she is the Director of USCA’s Writing Room.
A certified ESOL instructor, Professor Collins helps to teach courses for international students. Her academic interests include Appalachian literature and the canonical works of Tennessee Williams and Kate Chopin. In addition to her regular course load for the Department of English, she also teaches Critical Inquiry (CI), Honors courses, and a variety of topics for The Academy of Lifelong Learning.
Both her poetry and prose have appeared in The Southern Poetry Anthology: North Carolina, Kakalak, MoonShine Review, Windhover, and multiple Old Mountain Press anthologies. Her book is titled The Silent Appalachian: Wordless Mountaineers in Fiction, Film, and Television, published by McFarland & Company Publishers.
Professor Collins was born in North Carolina and reared in East Tennessee. A lifelong writer, she is an active member of the Authors Club of Augusta, the Augusta Poetry Group, the North Carolina Writers Network, the Poetry Society of South Carolina, and the Asheville Writers’ Workshop.