Sharon James McGee returned to her hometown and to ETSU in July 2018 as Dean of Graduate
Studies and professor in Literature and Language (English, Rhetoric and Writing).
After earning her BA from the University of Tennessee, Dr. McGee pursued her MA in
English at ETSU where supportive faculty helped her find her scholarly passion and
encouraged her to pursue a top doctoral program. After receiving her PhD from Purdue
University, she worked briefly at Kansas State University before moving to Southern
Illinois University Edwardsville where she was a faculty member for 16.5 years in
the Department of English Language and Literature and served as department chair for
the last 6.5 years. In the graduate specialization in rhetoric and writing, she taught
research methods, composition pedagogy, composition practicum, theory and practice
of teaching basic writing, and writing across the curriculum. At the undergraduate
level, she taught composition 1 and 2, intermediate composition, argument, technical
writing, scientific writing, grammar, TESL, and linguistics—and on occasion a general
education literature course. She served as the advisor for the rhetoric and writing
graduate program and undergraduate minor. She left SIUE to become associate dean of
the Graduate School at Western Carolina University.
Dr. McGee is the co-author of three books, Feminist Empirical Research: Emerging Perspectives;
Discord & Direction: The Postmodern Writing Program Administrator; and Writing and
School Reform: Writing Instruction in the Age of Common Core State Standards and Standardized
Testing. She has also published in College Composition and Communication (CCC), Rhetoric
Review and contributed chapters to several edited collections.