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Bonnie Smith Whitehouse

Bonnie Smith
 Whitehouse (B.A. Sewanee, M.A. University of Tennessee, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) is a Professor of English specializing in writing and rhetoric. She writes in the genre of creative nonfiction, and she studies how reading and writing inform understandings of politics, nature, and identity. As a citizen, she has a special interest in educational access and equity, and this interest has led her to integrate service-learning with a local adult literacy organization into several of her classes. She has written about ways so-called common readers report reading popular novels have "changed" their lives in the context of mass literacy movements, and she is at work on a study stemming from her interest in the ancient Greek peripatetic tradition. (Peripatetic means "given to walking about.") Dr. Smith Whitehouse cares deeply about the English major and Belmont's core curriculum, and she appreciates crafting a First-Year Seminar syllabus as much as she values mentoring an M.A. student writing a thesis. When she's not at Belmont, Dr. Smith enjoys hiking, playing bridge, local politics, listening to folk and alternative country music, cooking, painting, and talking about books with her book club. Dr. Smith Whitehouse serves as President of the Faculty Senate.