Amelia J. Simmons (M.Ed.), instructor of English and Reading at East Georgia State College, will present her paper titled America’s Debt to the African-American Language, at the 11th Annual Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures on March 27-28, 2014. The conference will be held at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah.
“I am very pleased to represent EGSC and the Humanities Department at this upcoming conference,” added Simmons.
SECCLL (Southeast Coastal Conference Languages & Literatures) is a scholarly conference gathering either the last week in March or the first week in April attracting scholars from the region and beyond. SECCLL is oriented toward the participation of scholars from both public and private institutions of higher education. It is a collegiate, informal and respectful environment marked by a rigorous and productive exchange among academics.
SECCLL has also created The Coastal Review, an online, open access, peer-reviewed and indexed journal that is published annually by the Department of Foreign Languages at Georgia Southern University. Any person that presents a paper at this annual conference may submit a revised version of a presentation for possible inclusion in the journal.
Simmons has been an Instructor of English and Reading at EGSC since 2011. She has served for twelve years as an educator of students on the secondary and post-secondary levels. Simmons served for ten years as an English teacher at Burke County High School before joining EGSC. Simmons research interests include issues related to teaching through the use of instructional strategies; linguistic variations in the rural South; African American literature and its role within the classroom; the survival of Greek Mythology in our youth; and the great symbolism embedded in American Literature classics. She is the daughter of Thad and Diane Simmons of Statesboro. Her father works in Statesboro at GH Tool and Mold. She was the 1997 Valedictorian of Bulloch Academy and the 2001 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Georgia Southern University.