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Program Directors and Faculty

Program Directors and Faculty


Mary Nell Higley, Director of Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program and Teaching Associate in Chemistry

Contact Information

Phone: 404-471-6550
Office Location: Bullock Science Center G03W


Additional Faculty


Melissa Fay Greene, Kirk Distinguished Writer in Residence

Melissa Fay Greene is the author of six books of nonfiction: "Praying for Sheetrock" (1991), "The Temple Bombing" (1996), "Last Man Out" (2003), "There is No Me Without You" (2006), "No Biking in the House Without a Helmet" (2011), and "The Underdogs" (2016). The newest is an expansion of "Wonder Dog," a 2012 New York Times Magazine feature story that became one of the most popular, most shared New York Times Magazine articles of the year.

Greene's work has been translated into 15 languages and has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Book Award nominations, a National Book Critics Circle Award nomination, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the "Chicago Tribune" Heartland Prize, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, the ACLU National Civil Liberties Award, the Hadassah Myrtle Wreath Award, Elle Magazine's Readers' Prize, the Salon Book Prize, a Lyndhurst Foundation Fellowship a Dog Writers of America Award, and induction into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. She has contributed to the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Newsweek, LIF, MS, and other periodicals. "Praying For Sheetrock" was named one of the Top 100 Works of American Journalism of the 20th century and appears on Entertainment Weekly's list of "The New Classics - The 100 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." "The Temple Bombing" was adapted as a stage play by Atlanta's Alliance Theater, which had its world premiere in February 2017.

A native of Macon, Georgia, childhood resident of Dayton, Ohio, and 1975 graduate of Oberlin College, Greene and her husband, defense attorney Don Samuel, live in Atlanta and are the parents of nine and grandparents of one.

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Mina Ivanova, Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing and Digital Communication

Mina Ivanova earned a Ph.D. in rhetoric and politics from the Department of Communication at Georgia State University. She teaches public speaking at Agnes Scott College. Her current scholarship is situated at the intersection of rhetorical studies, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. Her dissertation, “To (A)void: Rhetorical Shifts, Significant Absences, and Absent Signification in the Bush Administration’s Justificatory War Rhetoric,” isolates the largely unconscious rhetorical and ideological means with which war was justified before, during and after, the U.S. 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Originally from Bulgaria, Ivanova studied English/Comparative Literature and Linguistics at Sofia University. She holds a master’s degree in Communication from Villanova University, where her theoretical interests shifted towards collective identification, public memory, and the question of rhetorical agency and subjectivity. Her work has appeared in the volume "Venomous Speech: Problems with American Political Discourse on the Right and Left" (Praeger 2013) and, more recently, in the international "Journal of Rhetoric and Communications" and in the "Quarterly Journal of Speech."


Paul Wallace, Instructor in Physics