Congratulations to the Following Faculty on their Promotions to Senior Lecturer

August 19, 2015

Congratulations to the five faculty members on their promotions. Thank you to Jessica Enoch, Shirley Logan, Rebecca Sommer, Joseph Wappel, and Scott Wible for their assistance in recommending these promotions.

Kelly Cresap has been teaching in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Maryland since 2003. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, where he also served as Director of First-Year Writing, and he has authored Pop Trickster Fool: Warhol Performs Naivete (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2004) as well as a 2013 article in Texas Studies in Literature and Language on John Fowles’s Daniel Martin. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Kelly has led workshops on active learning, the kinetic classroom, and professional writing at Maryland as well as at the Pentagon, NASA-Goddard, the Smithsonian Institute, and Montgomery College’s Mental Health Department.


Pamela Gerhardt served as a Faculty Coordinator in the Professional Writing Program from 2007 to 2011, and she designed and currently teaches English 398R: Narrative Nonfiction. She earned an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 1993, and she has written professionally for 25 years for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, and Baltimore Sun. Her 2013 book Lucky That Way (Univ. of Missouri Press) won the 2014 American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Outstanding Book Prize in the memoir category. In addition to her journalism work and teaching, Pamela has served as a professional writing instructor and consultant for NASA, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the American Chemical Society, and Shire Pharmaceutical, USA.


Rebecca Holden, who earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, regularly teaches English 398N: Writing for Non-Profit Organizations in the Professional Writing Program. In addition to her teaching, she publishes literary scholarship in the area of feminist science fiction. She has published essays and critical reviews on various science fiction writers in Foundation, Women of Other Worlds: Excursions through Science Fiction and Feminism, and Science Fiction Studies. Most recently, she co-edited and contributed to a critical anthology with Nisi Shawl titled Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler (Aqueduct Press, 2013). Rebecca is also a published photographer and poet.


Michele Mason has been teaching rhetoric, writing, and communication courses at the University of Maryland since 1992, including English 393: Technical Writing and English 398V: Writing for the Environment in the Professional Writing Program as well as American Abolitionist Debate and the History of American Public Address in the Communication department. She earned her Ph.D. in rhetoric at UMD in 2008 under the direction of Robert Gaines, completing her dissertation on Nannie H. Burroughs’ rhetorical leadership during the inter-war period. Her dissertation project was supported in part through a Winnemore Dissertation Fellowship from MITH. She has delivered academic conference presentations on Nannie Burroughs, the rhetorical canon of delivery, African American rhetoric, nineteenth-century rhetorical education, and the uses of technology in performing historical research.

Caroline Wilkins has taught in the English department since 1991 and the Professional Writing Program since 1999. She studied literature at Wesleyan University, George Mason University, and the University of Maryland, and she has presented at many conferences on topics ranging from transgression and visuality to Harold Pinter and 18th-century women’s literature. Caroline designed and teaches English 398A: Writing for the Arts in the Professional Writing Program, through which she also organizes professional development events that connect 398A students with alumni currently working in the arts.