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Caramine White, B.A.

Associate Professor, Language and Literature

Education

  • B.A., Latin and Psychology, Duke University
  • M.A., English, Old Dominion University
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Teaching Exchange Scholarship to teach in Banska, Bystrica, Slovakia, 2004-2005
  • Excellence in Teaching Honor Roll, Guilford Technical Community College, 2000-2003
  • Hayes-Taylor Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1992
  • United States Naval Reserved Officer Training Corps Scholarship, Duke University, 1985
  • Valedictorian, Broadwater Academy, 1984
  • First Place in Virginia, CAV Latin test, 1983

Classes Taught

  • Freshman Composition I
  • Freshman Composition II
  • British Literature Survey I
  • British Literature Survey II
  • World Literature
  • American Literature Survey I
  • American Literature Survey II
  • American Women Writers
  • African American Literature
  • Restoration and 18th Century Literature
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Toni Morrison Seminar
  • American Short Story
  • Developmental English
  • IB 11th grade English

Research Interests

Irish Studies, specifically, Roddy Doyle; 19th century British literature, 20th century American literature

Teaching Philosophy

My philosophy of teaching is simple: to enable my students to learn using any means possible. I find most students learn best when they are in a comfortable atmosphere, so I make my classroom and my demeanor as inviting as possible. Indeed, many of my students liken my class to a family and are sorry for the semester's end (or at least, they tell me they're sorry!) We laugh a lot, do a great deal of group work, and discuss as often as possible. I lecture only when necessary, and instead try to reach as many different students with as many different teaching methods as I can. I liken my passion for teaching to my passion for running: As a runner, when I take off my sweaty shoes, I am always glad I went running--no matter how many hills or rabid dogs I encountered. As a teacher, no matter how many rabid students I faced--(and we all know they're out there!)--at the end of the day, I am always glad I got to teach.

I take the commandment to love my neighbor very seriously. To that effect, I try to show this love to everyone with whom I come into contact, especially to my students. I love my students. I consider loving them to be part of my job. I regularly have students and their families over to my house for lunch and dinner; I have given bridal showers for them; I have used my and my family's connections to find jobs for them; and I stay in contact with them for years after they have graduated.

Biography

Dr. Caramine White, Associate Professor of English at Regent University in Virginia Beach, has a great deal of experience teaching both American and British literature, as well as lower- and upper-level composition courses. A native of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, she double majored in Latin and Psychology at Duke University. Having earned an NROTC scholarship to Duke, she served as an operations officer in the United States Navy before returning to school to earn her MA in English at Old Dominion University. She was offered the Hayes-Taylor Fellowship at UNC-Greensboro, where she completed her PhD, focusing on contemporary British and American literature. Dr. White taught for ten years in Greensboro, NC before accepting her current position at Regent University. In addition to teaching, Dr. White has also published extensively. In 2001, Syracuse University Press published Reading Roddy Doyle, an examination of the Irish Booker prize winner's first five novels. In 2006, Rowman and Littlefield published Running Naked Through the Streets, which chronicles the year Dr. White spent as a Fulbright scholar teaching American literature at a university in the former-Communist country Slovakia. In 2012, Glasnevin Press published her follow-up to her first book, Reading More of Roddy Doyle. In addition to the three books, Dr. White also publishes extensively in newspapers and magazines, both regional and international, and is a frequent contributor to the Virginian Pilot. Dr. White currently is an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church, where she is currently the president of the Parish Counsel. She attends Mass every day, and volunteers for many organizations. She serves on the Board of Governors for the Virginia Opera, as a board member for the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society, and on a committee for Virginia Supportive Housing. In her spare time, Dr. White is an avid long distance runner and has completed thirteen marathons, one full Iron Man triathlon, two half Iron Man triathlons, and numerous half marathons. She has been married for seven years to bankruptcy lawyer Paul Campsen, a partner at Kaufman and Canoles law firm. She and Paul live in the Ghent area of Norfolk with their two beloved (and educated) pound puppies, Phoebe and Chester, and their one cat, Naomi. Dr. White is an enthusiastic and committed animal advocate. Dr. White is also a member of the Mayflower Society and the Jamestowne Society, both of which only accept members with ancestors who were on the Mayflower or one of the early settlers in the Jamestown Settlement, respectively.

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