Dr. Joyce M Jarrett Dr. Joyce M Jarrett Professor Location:Armstrong Hall123 Phone:757-728-6280 Expertise:Literary Studies, Rhetoric & Composition

Courses Taught:

ENG 101/102 (Written Communication), ENG 201 (Traditional Grammar), ENG 208 (Introduction to Literary Studies), ENG 220 (Writing Research Papers), ENG 313 (African American Literature), ENG 320 (Advanced Writing Theory and Practice), ENG 420 (Senior Thesis), ENG 503 (Composition for Graduate Students) and EDU 556 (Methods of English Instruction in Secondary Schools). 


Bachelor of Arts (1972) and Master of Arts (1976) degrees from Tennessee State University and her doctorate (1983) from Vanderbilt University.

Research and Scholarship Interests:

She is co-author of two textbooks: PATHWAYS:  A TEXT FOR DEVELOPING WRITERS (Macmillan and Allyn & Bacon) and HERITAGE:  AFRICAN AMERICAN READINGS FOR WRITING (Prentice-Hall).  Dr. Jarrett is especially interested in therapeutic writing (using literature and writing as forms of empowerment) and in studying literature produced during the Civil Rights Movement. She  is currently writing a book that  chronicles her internal struggles during the turbulent years of Civil Rights Movement in her hometown of Meridian, MS.  

Dr. Joyce M. Jarrett also holds the Hampton University Old Dominion Endowed Professorship. Over her more than 30-year tenure at Hampton, Dr. Jarrett’s professional distinctions have been numerous and varied.  She was the HU recipient of the Sears Roebuck National Undergraduate Teaching Award and was a campus faculty nominee for the Virginia Outstanding Teaching Award. In addition to teaching, she was a member of the SAT and CLEP national writing committees; a reader for College Board and ETS writing exams; and a site visitor to dozens of institutions within the Middle States and Southern Association accrediting regions. She has also held administrative posts to include Department chair, Executive Assistant to the President, and University Provost.