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Delores Stephens

Belinda White Professor of English


A native Virginian, E. Delores B. Stephens holds degrees from Spelman College (B.A. in English) from which she graduated as valedictorian; Atlanta University from which she holds the M.A. in English and American Literature (thesis published in the microfilm collection of the University of Kentucky); and from Emory University (Ph.D. in English).  In addition, she earned a certificate for completion of a summer of academic work in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of London and a Testamur (one year) from the University of Exeter (Great Britain) for study of British literature –Shakespeare and Twentieth-Century Writers. 

Before joining the faculty at Morehouse College in 1964, she was on the faculty at the Atlanta School of Business and at Norfolk State University. At Morehouse, she served as director of the English Fundamentals Program and on various departmental committees. In 1976, she moved to Dillard University for two years to hold a joint appointment:  associate professor of English and director of Governmental Relations.  She earned certification through the Grantsmanship Center of California.  She represented Dillard at the Lily Foundation Symposium at Colorado College and at various conferences throughout the country.  In 1979, she rejoined the Department of English at Morehouse, rising to the rank of full professor, serving as chair for seven years, and serving in many capacities -- including member of the first College Appointments, Promotions and Retention Committee, as a faculty representative on the College Board of Trustees, and as participant in conferences for chairs and administrators, including on an advisory committee on writing for the New York University Faculty Resource Center, where she participated in others of its summer sessions. She attended, as spouse, a conference at the University of Nottingham (Great Britain) that allowed her to do research in the university library. While on sabbatical in 1993-94, she conducted research at and taught in the Department of English at Indiana University –Purdue University, Indianapolis.  While chair at Morehouse, she was elected to the Executive Committee of  the Association of Departments of English (ADE), co-authored an article for its journal, and participated in its summer institutes; she also served on ADE sessions at Modern Language Association (MLA) Conventions.  She also served as an associate editor of the Journal of Negro History.

Dr. Stephens was also appointed  as facilitator for the Humanities departments in the planning of the restructuring that led to the establishment of the present three divisions and deanships.  She has served as a member of the faculty of the Honors Program and as a member of its Advisory Board, participating as presenter and as sponsor of student presenters at regional and national conventions.  She is a charter member of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, organized at Morehouse in 1976, was recognized by the national office as the Upsilon Nu Chapter (Morehouse) sponsor for twenty years of service in 1996, and will be recognized at the 2012 national convention on the chapter’s thirty-fifth anniversary. For many years,  she served as reader for the Educational Testing Services (ETS) for AP examinations and for the testing and validation of the SAT Writing Examination.  She has served, numerous times, as moderator for student panels at the convention, as sponsor of Morehouse student presenters at twenty conventions, as a reviewer of submissions for the organization’s publications, and still serves as a member of the Scholarship Awards Committee.  She has been  a mentor (to the first Rhodes Scholar from Morehouse) in the Dana Scholars Program, a partnership with Duke University, and continues as a mentor  to a Morehouse student in the UNCF-Mellon Fellows Program.

Her professional memberships include the National Association of Teachers of English (NCTE), MLA, the American Shakespeare Association, the Alice Childress Society (charter member), the Charles Chesnutt Society (charter member), the National Honors Program, and the College Language Association (CLA).  She has presented papers at CLA, at the International Conference of Caribbean Literature (ICCL), and at National Honors Programs conventions.  She has published articles in Callaloo, and  in collections of essays such In Praise of Our Teachers:  A Multicultural Tribute to Those Who Inspired Us, and in Father Songs: Testimonies by African-American Sons and Daughters.  She is also a free-lance speechwriter, counting as clients several local and national public figures. Her teaching fields are British and World Literature and composition.  Her areas of research are prose fiction –novels and memoirs -- and writing by and about women.

Her community service activities include appointment to, service as vice chair of, and continued membership on the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Board of Trustees; alumna of the United Way of Metro Atlanta V.I.P. program, membership in the Johnnetta B. Cole Society and as an annual agency-reviewer for the United Way;  as a past president of a Links, Inc. chapter; as co-chair of the Parents of Black Students at the University of Georgia (then a support group for retention); as keynote speaker on Women’s Day Programs; and as a volunteer with several ministries in her church, Cascade United Methodist Church.