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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Profile

 
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 Montgomery, Marilyn   Name:  Marilyn Montgomery 
Title:  Instructor of English 
Education:
M.A., English, Limestone College, Gaffney, S.C.
B.A., English, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Office:  216 Bancroft Hall  
Phone:  803/323-2485 
E-mail:  montgomerym@winthrop.edu  
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Area(s):
American Literature, Technical Communication, Teaching Technical Writing, Design

Professor Montgomery is an instructor in the Department of English at Winthrop. She teaches academic writing, CRWT 201, and technical communication along with some occasional literature courses. In addition, Montgomery supervises the Department of English internships. She also serves as a tutor in the LEAP Program. She received her M.A. in English from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she then taught for seven years. She currently is working on her doctorate in technical communication and rhetoric from Texas Tech University.

Montgomery got her start as a technical writer and designer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. From there, she formed Successful Business Strategies as a limited liability company.  Since her time at Oak Ridge, she has been an independent contractor for companies such as Krystal Company, Roadway Services, BASF, Deering-Milligan, Dupont du Nemours, Monsanto, Vulcan Iron Works, Astec Industries, and The Tennessee Aquarium. Montgomery has continued to teach at the college level simultaneously, which she admits is her passion. She has taught at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Akron University, Chattanooga State Technical Community College, and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

On her more creative side, Montgomery developed and wrote all literature for the national public-school-based Victor Program, which is a part of the national nonprofit organization known as the National Center for Youth Issues (STARS and The Victor Team).  In this capacity, she has published numerous children’s books with a focus to promote self-worth and positive self-esteem among children in grades K-5. The most popular and the best-selling of these books are They Call Him Four Eyes, Absolutely No Contest, and No Dress Rehearsal – which also can be found in some Books-a-Million, Barnes & Noble, and WaldenKids stores. Most of this series of books is used nationally by various family centers which aim to assist parents and other influential adults' ways to approach and engage children who face extreme family-related challenges, peer pressure, and societal stress. One such organization is the Pathfinder Family Life Center of North Dakota. Montgomery has donated a great deal of lecture time in support of governmental and private assistance to at-risk young people, including those with drug- and alcohol-related issues, physically and emotionally abused children, or those under external pressures caused by living conditions. 

Montgomery is a member of the Society for Technical Communication, College English Association, and the Philological Association of the Carolinas. She has presented papers at CEA conferences as well as PAC.