Jim Pickard is originally from the Washington D.C. area and moved south to study 20th Century American Literature. He teaches rhetoric and composition with an emphasis on mass media and pop culture texts.

Research and Creative Interests: Dissertation work includes chapters on Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter S Thompson, Art Spiegelman, and Chuck Palaniuk. Creative interests include literature, film, television, music, travel, gambling, fishing, backpacking, and nightlife.

Teaching Interests: 19th and 20th Century American Literature. Pop Culture and Mass Media.

Teaching Approach: I work to integrate my classroom with the world outside as much as possible by regular use of non­traditional texts: pop culture, television, film, and music.

Why did you become an English professor? Because I love literature and have a talent for writing. When I tried teaching, I found the interactions with students even more rewarding than I imagined.

What do you expect of students? Beyond the basics of attendance and meeting assignment deadlines, students must expect to participate in our discussions. As my teaching style pushes students to challenge the world, I expect the best will show the world to me with a new and creative light.

What's something about you that might surprise your students? Take my class and find out.