Felicia Mitchell is a poet and writer whose interests in textual and multicultural intersections inform her classroom dynamic. In the classroom, she challenges students to think creatively, work collaboratively, and write papers and poems they will be proud of for years to come. This work with students includes courses in writing, linguistics, poetry, creative writing, and literature. Along with teaching, Mitchell coordinates the services of the writing center and works with writing proficiency across the curriculum. Along with advising students interested in the English major, Mitchell also loves to help students design individualized areas of concentration (self-designed majors).
Mitchell has published her poems widely since arriving to teach at Emory & Henry College in 1987. Her most recent book of poems is Waltzing with Horses (Press 53, 2014). Along with publishing poetry, Mitchell has published articles based in explorations of poetry, pedagogy, and women’s studies. She edited the scholarly book Her Words: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Appalachian Women’s Poetry for the University of Tennessee Press (2002). Her interest in Appalachian literature is also reflected in “Startling Morals: Teaching Ecofiction with Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer,” which appears in Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region (edited by Theresa Burriss and Patricia Gantt, Athens: Ohio University Press, 2013).
In recognition of her service to students and the college, she has received a McConnell Award, a Sears Roebuck Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence and Professional Leadership, and the William Carrington Finch Award for Faculty Excellence. Grants include fellowships for residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Salzburg Seminar as well Mellon research grants, Berger Foundation travel grants, and Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges Technology grant.