University of South Florida
College of Arts and Sciences
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Email: janerose (at) usf.edu
While I am an Associate Professor in the Department of English, I currently serve as the Director of USF Early University Programs. I am also the Ombuds officer for the Sarasota-Manatee Campus. Over that past twenty years, I have been mostly involved with academic administration. From 2006 to 2020, I led two colleges on the USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus: first as Dean of Arts and Sciences and then as Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Prior to joining USF, I served as Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs; Interim Chair of the Department of English, Speech, and Journalism; and Director of Women’s Studies at Georgia College & State University.
Throughout my career, I have taught a wide variety of courses in American literature, covering all periods and genres. With a focus on expanding the canon, I have developed and taught courses on women and ethnic minority writers, as well as interdisciplinary courses that cross-listed with women’s studies and humanities. Among the topics courses that I teach is one that examines the corpus of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison.
My scholarship is in the area of feminist theory and criticism, with publications focused on the critical recovery of nineteenth-century women writers. My work is probably most known for contributing to recovery and reassessment of American realist Rebecca Harding Davis. My current project is reassessment of historical novelist Mary Johnston as a progressive feminist through a scholarly edited reprint of her little-known volume The Wanderers.
A globe-trotter at heart, another passion I have is internationalizing the curriculum. I have taught and lectured in China, Japan, India, and the Czech Republic. For several summers I led students on study-abroad in Italy. I also led development of a cultural immersion study-abroad program for USF students in Mexico. Recently, a Japanese studies fellowship enabled me to begin development of a course on Japanese culture through fiction and film.