Ph.D., English, Georgia State University, 1992
Dr. Pearl McHaney serves as the Associate Dean for the Fine Arts academic area and an associate professor in the Department of English. She has been teaching American and Southern literature at GSU since 1998. Her scholarly work focuses on Eudora Welty, and she has written or edited four books about Welty’s writings and photography. She is the editor of the annual Eudora Welty Review, a peer-reviewed journal that she transformed from its original form as a newsletter. She has two books in progress, plus a commissioned essay for the Cambridge Companion to Southern Literature. She is a GSU alumna, having completed her Ph.D. here in 1992.
A former teacher at the Galloway School and other schools, McHaney has been active in teacher education initiatives at Georgia State. She served two terms as the chair of the university’s Professional Educational Council and, along with colleague Renee Schatteman, created an outreach program for K-12 teachers called Conversations among Partners in Learning, now in its 12th year. She and Schatteman won an NEH Summer Institute for Teachers grant in 2002.
Dr. McHaney has been active in international programs development as well, originating and directing the college’s student and faculty exchange program with the University of Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines in France.