School of Humanities

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Faculty and Staff

  • Administration

    Paul Thompson HeadshotH. Paul Thompson, Jr., Ph.D.

    Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences
    Chair of the Department of History
    Professor of History

    Dr. H. Paul Thompson, Jr. received his doctorate in American history from Emory University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. He is a diversity fellow of The Riley Institute at Furman University and an alum of Leadership Greenville class 44. Prior to teaching at NGU, Thompson had a 13-year career as a public school teacher and taught history at Lander University. His teaching and research interests include the 19th-century temperance movement, African American history, and the history of Christianity in America. He is also the 2015 NGU recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, given by the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities. He is author of A Most Stirring and Significant Episode: Religion and the Rise and Fall of Prohibition in Black Atlanta, 1865-1887 and articles in various encyclopedias. Thompson also considers himself a foodie and enjoys eating at fine restaurants and traveling in his spare time.


    Cheryl Collier HeadshotCheryl Collier, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean of Humanities
    Chair of the Department of English
    Professor of English

    Dr. Cheryl Collier serves as a professor of English and as the chair of the English Department at NGU. A graduate of the University of Georgia, where she earned both her master’s and doctorate degrees, Collier joined the NGU English Department in 1999, after serving as an assistant professor of English at Clemson University. Collier’s special areas of academic interest are early, modern, and contemporary American literature; Southern Literature; William Faulkner; and creative writing. She loves working one on one with students and counts it a privilege and a blessing to fulfill the call to teach at NGU. She is the recipient of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award. Collier is a board member of Palmetto Conservative Alliance, and she serves as a women’s Bible study teacher at her church. When she’s not grading essays or preparing for classes, Collier enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband, Darryl, and their son, Ethan.

English Beside Experienced & Faithful Writers

Jeffrey W. King, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
James Washick, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Hiewon Shin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Gregory Bruce, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of English | Honors Professor
Angela Bullard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Becky Thompson, EdD
Professor of English
Lucas Nossaman
Assistant Professor
Cheryl Collier, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Haley Gambrell, M.A.
Instructor
Jenna Garrett
Assistant English Professor
Rachel M. Roberts, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English

History Beside Experienced & Faithful Historians

Brendan J.J. Payne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
David Bell, MA
Instructor of History
Kayla Black, EdD
Associate Professor of Honors and History
Paul Yandle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Paul Thompson, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor of History
Jeff Cook, Ph.D.
Professor of History

Language Beside Experienced & Faithful Teachers

Michelle Heard, M.A.
Spanish Instructor
Jeremy Parks
Instructor, American Sign Language
Keris Suttles, M.A.
Instructor of Spanish and Linguistics
Ben Coates, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish
Liliane Toss, Ph.D.
Professor of French
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