George Cheatham, Ph.D., has been named Marymount University’s dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He comes to Marymount from Greensboro College in North Carolina, where he was chair of the English Department, professor of English, and assistant dean of the faculty.
Dr. Cheatham taught English at Greensboro College for twenty years, sharing his passion for Shakespeare and for modern American fiction. During his years at Greensboro, his responsibilities included serving as director of the Honors Program, chair of the Humanities Division, study abroad advisor, and editor of the college’s self-study report for reaffirmation of accreditation. Previously, he taught at Eastern Kentucky University.
Through teaching, Dr. Cheatham discovered an interest in the early writings of Ernest Hemingway and has published a number of articles on the author’s short stories and first novel, The Sun Also Rises. His articles on Hemingway, Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O’Connor, Joseph Conrad, and other modern authors have also been published in the Hemingway Review, South Atlantic Review, The Mississippi Quarterly, and Studies in Short Fiction. In addition, he has published a book-length study of renaissance dramatist William Rowley.
From 1993 to the present, Dr. Cheatham has served as the chief consultant and chief reader of the State of Tennessee’s 11th-grade Writing Assessment, part of the state’s Comprehensive Assessment Program. He also has conducted writing workshops and training sessions on scoring for high school teachers across Tennessee. Earlier, he served as chief reader and project director for the Kentucky GED Essay Scoring Project.
He earned his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Hendrix College in Arkansas, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee.