Pellissippi State Art Department
Writing on board

Patricia Ireland, M.A.

Assistant Professor
Strawberry Plains 2709
Spring 2017 schedule
        Patricia Ireland

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 1010 - English Composition I
  • ENGL 1020 - English Composition II
  • ENGL 2120 - Modern American Literature


  • M.A. English (Creative Writing Concentration).
    Specialties: Southern Literature, African American Literature.
    The University of Tennessee/Knoxville.

  • B.A. English (Creative Writing Concentration; Africana Studies Minor), summa cum laude. The University of Tennessee/Knoxville, Outstanding Graduate in English, Phi Beta Kappa, Charles and Frances Mangam Academic Merit Scholarship.

  • Undergraduate Studies: Glendale College, Los Angeles, CA.

    • Scholar’s Program; Dean’s Honor, Tye Veden Scholarship for Academic Excellence, College Scholar’s Director’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence.


  • “Appalachian Eyes,” (fiction)
  • “The Gospel According to Rails” (poem)
  • “Mid Life Industry in Georgia” (poem)
  • “Whistle’s Lullaby” (poem)
  • “The Queen of Sunday” (creative nonfiction)
  • “Periphery Poem,” (poem)
  • “The House Where Time Stops,” (poem)
  • “Mammalia, the Beautiful,” (poem)
  • “The Death of Chairman Meow,” (fiction)
  • “The Brambles,” (fiction)

Teaching Philosophy

In my view, a spirit of reciprocity is essential to good teaching because such a philosophy applies to every interaction of life, not just to those we encounter in the classroom. We may demonstrate reciprocal awareness through meaningful classroom discussion that allows for diversity, evolution of thought, and an interchange of ideas and knowledge. In this manner, a teacher models the love of learning, embodying the concept that learning is a joyful, never-ending process. At the same time, as instructors who exemplify such a model, we must accept the unnerving fact that our craft can never be mastered finally and totally since learning never ends. Our ongoing challenge to discover truth serves as a source of constant humility from day to day.