Assistant Professor
email
Humanities Building 224-B1
(205) 934-4250

Research and Teaching Interests: The Essay, Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Nonfiction, Spoken Word Poetry, Dystopian Literature

Melba Major. Office Hours: By appointment

Education:

  • BA, Union Institute & University — Vermont College, Writing & Literature
  • MA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Rhetoric & Composition
  • MFA, Antioch University Los Angeles, Creative Nonfiction

I specialize in creative nonfiction with a particular focus on the essay. My final project at Vermont College explored the significant role personal narrative plays in human existence. While at Antioch University Los Angeles, I examined how storytelling works to create social justice and began writing a collection of essays. Pieces related to this collection have appeared in The Citron Review, Southern Women’s Review, Lunch Ticket, and the G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South) Anthology. Immediately after receiving my MFA, I entered UAB’s graduate program in English, where my attention shifted to rhetoric and composition and the art of teaching.

I view composition classes as entry-level courses in the exciting, complex, viable genre of nonfiction. In designing my classes, I tailor readings and assignments to students’ interests, incorporate contemporary creative nonfiction texts, and employ modified creative writing practices. Not only do my classes teach students various ways of acquiring, analyzing, and evaluating information, they also afford them the opportunity to confront new ideas and different points of view, while developing their unique voices and increasing their authority as writers.

When not teaching, reading, and writing, I enjoy gallivanting with my phenomenal canine companion Nikita.


  • Intro to College English
  • Intro to Freshman Writing I & II
  • English Composition I & II
  • Special Topics: Dystopian Literature
Essays:
Poems:
  • “Where I’m From,” G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South): An Anthology of Southern Queer Womyn’s Voices and Their Allies, Poet On Watch and Amber N. Williams, eds. (Freeverse Publishing, 2013), 2.
  • “The Atrocity of Sunsets,” Southern Women’s Review 6 (No. 6, 2013): 42.
  • UAB Lavender Inclusion Award, Spring 2017
  • Walt Mayfield Teaching Award Committee, Spring 2017
  • Managing Editor of PoemMemoirStory, Fall 2014 - Fall 2015
  • Judge for the EH 091 section of the Peggy Jolly Award for Excellence in English Composition, 2014
  • UAB Sterne Grant for Creative Nonfiction Library Acquisitions, 2013
  • “The Wild Things” nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize
  • Freshman Composition Committee, Fall 2013–present
  • EH 091 Teacher Collaborative, Fall 2013–present
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • UAB Faculty SafeZone Advisory Board Member, June 2015–present
  • UAB Faculty SafeZone Volunteer, Fall 2013–present