BETHANY, W.Va. - David A. Jolliffe, Bethany College graduate with the Class of 1974, was recently appointed to the Brown Chair in English Literacy at the University of Arkansas. Jolliffe will direct programs to increase literacy in Arkansas, such as community-based tutoring, professional development workshops for teachers, summer workshops and reading programs.
A native of New Martinsville, W.Va., Jolliffe has been a member of the Bethany College Alumni Council since 2003.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and taught at Bethany as an English and Theatre Instructor from 1980-1981. Active in the Department of Theatre during his undergraduate years, Jolliffe returned to direct productions at the College in 1975, 1976, and 1981, while he was teaching at Wheeling Park High School.
In 1980, he received his Master of Arts degree in English from West Virginia University, and in 1984, earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jolliffe has authored or co-authored numerous books on writing and rhetoric. He is currently the chief reader for the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition examination and serves as a consultant to the Gates Foundation High School Redesign Initiative.
Jolliffe has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at The American University in Cairo, Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and most recently, Professor of English at DePaul University.
His position will begin on July 1.