Clark Atlanta University
Department of English and Modern Languages
223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.
Room 100 - Haven Warren – English Faculty
Room 325 Sage Bacote Hall – Modern Language Faculty
Atlanta, Georgia  30314
Phone: (404) 880-6733
Georgene Bess Montgomery, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Interim Chair
Department of English and Modern Languages
(404) 880-6109
A member of the Department of English (and Modern Languages) since 2002, Dr. Georgene Bess Montgomery, an associate professor, specializes in African Diasporic Literature and traditional African spirituality/religion.  Her book The Spirit and the Word:  A Theory of Spirituality in Africana Literary Criticism utilizes a method informed by the ideas and worldview of Ifa, an ancient African spiritual tradition, to unlock deeper levels of meaning in the writings of African peoples and thus provide a powerful new way of reading Africana literary texts.  An active scholar, Dr. Bess Montgomery presents at conferences and publishes widely.  She is also former president of the National Council of Black Studies where she serves on the board and chairs the Student Committee. She serves as assistant editor of the International Journal of Black Studies and reviews manuscripts for several journals and publishers.
Rosalind Arthur, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University, 2003
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Sage Bacote Hall, Room 327
(404) 880-8456
Timothy Askew, Ph.D., Emory University
Professor/Aldridge-McMillan Scholar
Haven Warren Hall, 130A

Full Professor of English and Humanities at Clark Atlanta University, Dr. Timothy Askew is the Founding President of the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and was the Lead Petitioner for the university who brought Phi Kappa Phi to Clark Atlanta University in 2013. A National Endowment for the Humanities scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Askew teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in American Literature, African American Literature, Autobiography and Biography, Southern Literature, Advanced Grammar and Composition, and specialty courses in English and Humanities. A renown scholar and lecturer on the famous song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," Dr. Askew is an Aldridge/McMillan Scholar at Clark Atlanta University for overall excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service, the highest award given to a faculty member. His notable books are Cultural Hegemony and African American Patriotism:  An Analysis of the song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing,"  Refreshing The American Literary Canon, and Abbeville Road.

Paul M. Brown, Ph.D., Emory University 1988
Associate Professor French/Director of International Education
Sage Bacote Hall, Room 323
(404) 880-6302
Kelly Delong, Ph. D., Georgia State University
Associate Professor
Creative Writing and American Literature
(404) 880-8171
Dr. Kelly Delong is the author of the novel The Poor Sucker and the non-fiction book The Freshman Year at an HBCU.  His short stories are T Sun, Evansville Review, Jabberwock Review, The MacGuffin, Roanoke Review and Willow Review, among others. He has won the Agnes Scott Fiction award, and the Georgia State University Fiction award.  He has also been a finalist for the Spokane Prize in St. Contest and the St. Lawrence Book Award.
Jaime M. Ferrán, PhD., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2003
Associate Professor of Spanish
Sage Bacote Hall, Room 307
(404) 880-8788
Dr. Ferrán has a Ph.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Spanish Literature. A native of Syracuse, NY, he has also lived in Spain. His research focuses on Spanish poetry from the 20th century. He is interested in interdisciplinary topics such as literature and cities, Postmodern theory, the visual arts and cultural history.
Laurent Monye, Ph.D. Universitê Nancy 2 France
Professor of French
Sage Bacote Hall, Room 308
(404) 880-6364
Gwendolyn Morgan, M.A., Atlanta University
Assistant Professor
English Composition
(404) 880-8852
Viktor Osinubi, Ph.D., University Lancaster UK,
Professor, Linguistics and Post-Colonial Studies
(404) 880-8176
Dr. Viktor Osinubi, a tenured Full Professor of English in the Department, has served as Director of the University’s Doctor of Arts degree in Humanities and the founding Director of the Ph.D. degree in Humanities. He has also served as an Interim Chair of the Department of English. An engaging teacher and published scholar, Dr. Osinubi works with students as their advisor and mentor, including working with them on research projects. He has served as director or advisor of more than 20 doctoral dissertations, 10 M.A. theses and over 20 undergraduate senior research projects. Dr. Osinubi has been elected twice as the national president of Charles Waddell Chesnutt Association, an author’s society for the study of works written by a respected African-American author and essayist. He has also served as Chair of Clark Atlanta University Faculty Assembly. As a life-long learner, Dr. Osinubi decided to expand his knowledge and skills beyond the humanities; consequently, he completed an MPA postdoctoral study at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy, Georgia State University, Atlanta. In his spare time, Dr. Osinubi writes poetry to express his creative imagination, as well as telling stories of everyday living experiences and anxieties.
Tamala Simmons-Rigby, DAH
Visiting Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator
(40) 880-6717
Yosalida Rivero-Zartizky, Ph.D. The University of Arizona
Associate Professor of Spanish
Peninsular Literature, Digital Literature, Cultural Studies
Alma D. Walker Vinyard, Ed. D. University of Tennessee
Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator
(404) 880-6163
Alma D. Walker Vinyard is Associate Profess or English, the former chair of the English Department and also former Chair of the Faculty Assembly. She has also served on the Strategic Academic Committee, and the University Senate. Dr. Vinyard received the first Aldridge McMillian Faculty Merit Award for her Outstanding Service 2000. Dr. Vinyard teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses.

Tikenya Foster-Singletary, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Assistant Professor
African American literature, American literature, and popular culture
Haven Warren Hall 115A

An experienced instructor and scholar, Dr. Foster-Singletary has research interests in African American literature, American literature, and television and popular culture. She teaches a wide range of  undergraduate and graduate courses in literature and writing.  In addition, she is a frequent presenter at conferences by the College Language Association and the Popular Culture Association of the South. Her work has been published in MAWA Review, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, and Southern Quarterly; her essays on literature and television have been included in a number of essay collections. She is co-editor of an edited volume focused on the work of playwright and novelist Pearl Cleage entitled Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood. Published by McFarland Press, the collection features essays on the writer’s prose work as well as an interview. It is the only book-length consideration of Cleage’s work. In 2019 Dr. Foster-Singletary was selected as a Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow.