Dr. Caleb Corkery

Associate Professor of English/Writing Studies & African-American Literature

Dr. Caleb Corkery

Contact Information


Office: Chryst 206
Phone: (717) 871-7387

Spring 2021

M: 4:00-5:00
T: 2:30-4:30
F: 12:00-2:00
Comments: Zoom Office hours link:  https://millersville.zoom.us/j/7941319270


  • B.A., Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.F.A., Brooklyn College
  • M.A., University of Maryland College Park
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park


  • Literacy Narratives
  • Multicultural issues surrounding literacy
  • African American literature and rhetorical traditions
  • Writing pedagogy


Chester Himes, David Mamet

University/Program Connections

  • English Department Assistant Chair
  • English Club co-advisor
  • African American Studies faculty
  • Center for Disaster and Research and Education faculty

Passions & Distractions

  • Theatre
  • Basketball
  • Biking
  • Ultimate frisbee

Courses Taught

  • English 110: English Composition
  • ENGL 241H Topics in World Literature
  • English 312: Technical Writing
  • English 333: African American Literature I
  • English 334: African American Literature II
  • English 280: Defining the Color Line
  • English 442: Drama
  • University 103: Telling Your Story
  • EMGT 603: Professional and Technical Writing for Emergency Managers

Sample Publication

  • "Amiri Baraka and Arguments along the Color Line: Using Dave Chappelle to Understand Dutchman."  Approaches to Teaching Amiri Baraka's Dutchman. MLA Pedagogy Series.  2014.
  • "What Paltry Learning in Dumb Books! Teaching the Power of Oral Narrative."  Teaching Africa: A Guide for the 21st Century.  Eds. Brandon D. Lundy and Solomon Negash.  Indiana University Press.  2013.  156-162.
  • "Citizen Orator in the West African Savannah."  Rhetoric in Rest of the West.  Ed. Shane Borrowman, Robert Lively, and Marcia Kmetz.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2010.  119-138.
  • "Rhetoric of Race: Critical Pedagogy without Resistance."  Teaching English in the Two-Year College 36.3 (March 2009): 244-256.
  • "'Who Taught You Like That!?' A Study of Communicative Role Models and Academic Literacy Skills."  Composition Forum 19 (Spring 2009).
  • "Richard Wright and His White Audience: How the Author's Persona Gave Native Son Historical Significance."  In Richard Wright's Native Son.  Ed. Anna Maria Fraile.  Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007.  3-20.