Charmion Gustke's courses focus on the interdisciplinary practices of writing, reading, and community action. Her scholarly interest include the intersection of poscolonial theory and American literature, Empire Studies (particularly South African Literature), and the work, both fiction and nonfiction, of Willa Cather, on which Dr. Gustke has published articles. In the summer of 2012 she was awarded a James Woodress Research Grant from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln to explore Cather's later work in light of the Great Depression. She is a member of the MLA, the American Literature Associatin, the Willa Cather Foundation and The Society for the Study of Southern Literature. She is acting secretary for the Dismas Board of Directors and sponsors the Belmont Community Garden in her continued support of local sustainable food practices.