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T. Gilchrist White

Dr. Gilchrist White grew up in North Carolina and first majored in history. She graduated from the University of North Carolina–Asheville with a Bachelor of Arts in history and a minor in English and graduated from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro with a Master of Arts in American history specializing in early American history and museum studies. As part of her history graduate degree, she designed an exhibit of costumes at a historic home in Greensboro. After taking a year off for traveling by sailboat on the East coast of the U.S., she moved to Texas. She graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont with a Master of Arts in English specializing in the English Renaissance, and she graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition. Dr. White enjoys reading, traveling and watching selected TV and streaming shows.

Teaching philosophy: Learning is best achieved when students become engaged with the material and discover information on their own. Students also need interaction with other learners through discussions, debates, collaboration and evaluation. Individual learners also need to reflect on their learning—to evaluate his/her past experiences and how they relate to his/her present situation, and to plan for future learning and growth. A teacher’s job is to help learners with this ongoing process.


Ph. D., Rhetoric and Composition
Texas Woman’s University, December 1998

M.A., English
Lamar University, August 1991

M.A., History
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, May 1977

B.A., History, with Distinction
University of North Carolina at Asheville, May 1975

COM Courses

  • U.S. History I and II
  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • British Literature I
  • British Literature II
  • World Literature I
  • World Literature II

Teaching Experience

College of the Mainland, 1999-present

Instructor, Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages
Texas Woman’s University, 1998-1999

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages
Texas Woman’s University, 1993-1998

Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of English
University of North Texas, 1992-1993

Instructor, Department of English and Foreign Languages
Lamar University, 1991-1992

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of English and Foreign Languages
Lamar University, 1989-1991

Courses taught at other institutions:

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Honors Composition I and II
  • Studies in Fiction
  • Shakespeare
  • British Literary Masterpieces to 1750
  • British Literary Masterpieces 1750 to Present
  • Developmental Writing

Professional Highlights

Presentations, Publications and Service

"Students Framing Themselves as Critics and Creators.” Co-presenter. Lilley Conference, Austin. Jan. 5-7, 2017.

CCTE President, 2013-2014

“‘Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came’: The Heroic Aspects of Stephen King’s Gunslinger.” Pop Culture Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta. April 12-15, 2006.

“Welcome, New Kid on the Block, Now Go Fix the Writing Program.” CCCC Annual Meeting, Chicago. March 20-24, 2002.

“Moving the Office Conference to the Writing Center.” ERIC Clearing House for Community Colleges database. 2002.

“‘The Author’s Farce’; Or, Henry Fielding’s Drama as Persuasive Rhetoric,” CCTE Studies, 1996: 85-92.

“‘Tush for Justice’: Adultery and Outspokenness in John Webster’s The White Devil,” CCTE Studies, 1993: 71-77.

“A ‘Kind’ Punishment for Adultery in Thomas Heywood’s A Woman Killed with Kindness,” Mount Olive Review, Spring 1992: 37-45.

“‘Like Juno’s Swans’: Rosalind and Celia in As You Like It,” CCTE Studies, 1991: 5-11.