Visiting Instructor
Humanities Building 216
(205) 934-8591

Research and Teaching Interests: Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Nonfiction, American and British Literature

Amy CatesOffice Hours: By appointment

  • B.A., Auburn University, English
  • M.A., University of Montevallo, English
I am fortunate to be able to bring my love of writing to the college classroom, as my entire professional life has been devoted to writing in one way or another. I currently teach both freshman composition and survey literature courses. I was honored to receive the Walter Mayfield Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award in 2017.

My master’s thesis was an inspection of a small collection of published works and personal correspondence by Keats and Shelley from 1815 to 1820. Using the lens of Plato’s criticism and theories, this project examined the Romantic poets’ agendas and strategies in poetic production as a response to the philosopher’s dialogues.

I have always enjoyed a lively dialogue, and I incorporate a great deal of discussion into all my classes. At the most essential level, composition courses are designed to help students shape their writing processes. I seek to enhance those processes by building a sense of community within the classroom. This approach creates opportunities for students to share their perspectives in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Discussion also guides my literature survey classes, as students take ownership of their understanding and learning through close reading, engaged listening, and deep inquiry. Interactive class meetings involve a combination of guided small-group discussions that precede and/or follow class-wide dialogue.

I am currently revising a collection of essays and creative non-fiction. When I am not reading, writing, or teaching, I tend to start DIY projects that require skills I don’t yet have.