Pierson Named New Assistant Professor of English

Katricia G. Pierson is a new assistant professor of English at William Woods University.


Pierson earned her B.A. in English and journalism secondary education at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. She completed her M.A. in English and her Ph.D. in English at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.


Most recently an assistant professor of English at Pikeville College in Kentucky, she also was a graduate student instructor for the Department of English at the University of Arkansas, a tutor at the Quality Writing Center at the University of Arkansas and a classroom teacher for Foyil Public Schools in Foyil, Okla.


Pierson served as sponsor for Sigma Tau Delta and the parliamentary debate team at Pikeville College and as secretary-treasurer of the Kentucky Forensics Association. She also was president and secretary of Graduate Students in English Organization at the University of Arkansas and president of Foyil Classroom Teachers Association.


Fluent in six languages (Spanish, Middle English, Old English, German, Latin and Old Icelandic), her memberships include the Medieval Academy of America, the Modern Language Association and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.


Pierson has been the recipient of a Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant and an Arts Development Grant, both from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; a travel grant and two curriculum development grants from the Appalachian Colleges Association, and a Leadership Education Advancing Development Award.


She is married to Michael Pierson and they have an 11-year-old daughter, Mera. The Piersons are residents of Fulton.