Dr. Caleb Corkery

Professor of English

Dr. Caleb Corkery

Contact Information


Office: McComsey 247
Phone: 717-871-7387

Spring 2024

W: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
F: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


  • 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

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 110: English Composition
  • ENGL 241H: Topics in World Literature
  • ENGL 242: Hip Hop Culture
  • ENGL 280: Defining the Color Line
  • ENGL 333: African American Literature I
  • ENGL 334: African American Literature II
  • ENGL 430 Ethnic American Literature since 1945
  • ENGL 442: Drama
  • WRIT 312: Technical Writing
  • AFAM 201: Introduction to African American Studies
  • University 103: Telling Your Story
  • EMGT 603: Professional and Technical Writing for Emergency Managers

University/Program Connections:

  • English Club advisor
  • African American Studies faculty

Passions and Distractions:

  • Theatre
  • Basketball
  • Biking
  • Ultimate frisbee

Sample Publications:

  • “Teaching Dutchman, Chappelle’s Show, and Arguments along the Color Line.” Approaches to Teaching Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman. Eds. Matthew Callihman and Gerald Early. MLA Pedagogy Series. New York: 2018. 167-76.
  • "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.