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Merrilee Cunningham

Merrilee Cunningham

Professor Emeritus of English 

Office: S1094
(713) 221-8107
cunninghamm@uhd.edu

 At University of Houston-Downtown and the University of Houston, she has developed and taught courses in the Honors Program.  She also coaches UHD’s award-winning Model UN Team and works for the State Department to design curricula and programs in Serbia and Macedonia.

B.A. Northwestern University 1966; Creative Writing

M.A. Marshall University English

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 1978 ; Area of Study: Renaissance Literature


​ENG 1302: Composition II
ENG 2301: World Lit: Ancient to 17th C.
ENG 3313: Studies in Dramatic Literature

​Summary of Qualifications:

Dr. Cunningham earned a PhD in English Literature from Vanderbilt University and an MA in English from Marshall University.  Her coursework gave her particular expertise in British literature of all periods. She has presented and published on literature and pedagogy for several decades.  She is also a published poet.  At University of Houston-Downtown and the University of Houston, she has developed and taught courses in the Honors Program.  She also coaches UHD’s award-winning Model UN Team and works for the State Department to design curricula and programs in Serbia and Macedonia.  She is well-qualified to teach at all levels of the curriculum.

Research

Shakespeare, World Mythology, Renaissance Drama, Studies in Poetry, Survey of World Literature I and II, Composition.

In Press: "Beowulf's Weapons" Cambridge Scholars. Cambridge, England. 2015.

"The Epic Narrator in Milton's Paradise Regained." Renaissance and Reformation, Toronto, Spring, 1978, Pp. 215-229

"Teaching Shakespeare and Writing Literary Criticism in an Open Admissions University." Eric, Spring 1979.

"Teaching Shakespeare in an Open Door Institution," Published Proceedings of the Canadian Council of College Teachers of English, Winter 1982, Published in From Seed to Harvest, Kathleen Whale and Trevar Gambull, eds., CCTE Monographs and Special Publications. 1983. Pp.82 - 87.

"The Humanities: Democratic or Elitist," published in Humanities Education, Spring, 1986, a Publication of the National Association of the Humanities, University of Minnesota, Duluth.


Recognitions

Honors College Faculty  2015 UHD

Honors College Faculty and Advisory Board  1993-Present UH Central

Outstanding Teaching Award, 1981, University of Houston Downtown

Instructor, Learner's Community Grant courses, 2000

Assistant Chair, Dept. of English 1978-9

Acting Director of the Writing Laboratory, English 1978-9

Instructor of Teachers, Peace Corps Colombia, 1967-69

Coach, Model UN Team; Arab  League Team  2001-2015

 

Awards:

Honors College Faculty  2015 UHD

Honors College Faculty and Advisory Board  1993-Present UH Central

Outstanding Teaching Award, 1981, University of Houston-Downtown

Outstanding Teaching Award, 1990, University of Houston-Downtown

Virginia Poetry Society Contest 1967

Writer-in-Residence, United States Dept. of State, June 12. through July 5, 2008. Belgrade, Serbia and Skopje, Macedonia.

Cultural Envoy, Dept. of State,   Serbia , June – August 2009 Macedonia

Cultural Envoy, Dept. of State, Macedonia June – August 2010 Macedonia

Advisor, Dept. of State,  June – August  – August,  Macedonia, Serbia 2011-Present 2015

 
 
 
     

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