Dr. Debra Cains

Deborah Cains, PhD

Professor of Composition & Rhetoric
Academic & Creative Writing Specialist
Intercultural Experience: USA


 

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, English: Composition & Rhetoric, Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • Master of Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Specialization in English Language Arts, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, USA
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Composite Secondary Education, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, USA

Doctoral Dissertation

  • Classical Rhetoric and Africana Studies : Challenges to the Contemporary Canon

Master's Thesis

  • Why Writing Textbooks Do Not Work; What Does Work?

Academic Experiences 

  • Adjunct Professor, English, Herzing University, New Orleans, LA
  • Professor, English, ITT Technical Institute, St.Rose, LA
  • Adjunct Professor, English, Southern New Hampshire Online,
  • Assistant Professor, English, Southern University at New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Teaching Specializations

  • English Composition
  • Academic Writing
  • Creative Writing

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Instructor, Summer Writing and Reading Clinic, Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA
  • Teacher, Literacy Workshop for Adults, Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA
  • Administrative Assistant, Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA

Publications

  • The Life of Percy Murphy Griffin: the Struggles and Victories of a Black Civil Rights Activist from Plaquemines Parish.  Phoenix, LA : P.M.G. Foundation, 1995.
  • Women on the Porch, Excell Educational Services, 2011
  • "Yes, Dr. Christian." ChickenBones: Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes.  
  • "Life is a Journey." ChickenBones: Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
  • "A Mission." ChickenBones: Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes.  
  • "Memories of Marcus B. Christian: New Orleans Poet, Historian, Educator." ChickenBones: Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes.  
  • "Marcus B. Christian - A Literary Soldier." ChickenBones: Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes.  

Presentations 

  • The Importance of Place - Past and Present. National Council of Teachers of English Research Assembly 2014. February. Winter Conference, Xavier University New Orleans, LA.
  • Writing: Perils, Promise, and Place.  National Council of Teachers of English Research Assembly 2012. February.  Winter Conference. University of Alabama.
  • Writing Biography Sketches : Southern Conference on Afro-American Research and Elements of Academic Writing Workshop November 2010 National Conference. Houston, TX
  • The Journey Metaphor in Richard Wright’s Big Boy Leaves Home.  Modern Language Association National Conference, Memphis, TN 2000.

Membership in Academic Organizations

  • Editor, SUNO Review
  • National Council of Teachers of English

Languages

  • English, native proficiency
  • Spanish, elementary proficiency