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Ms. Marianne Worthington
Associate Professor of Communication Arts

M. Worthington

Ms. Marianne Worthington, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, is an alumna of Carson-Newman College, having earned a B.A. in Communication Arts in 1984. She completed an M.A. in Speech Communication at Ball State University in 1985 and joined the faculty of Cumberland College in 1990.

Ms. Worthington is an active scholar of Appalachian studies and is presently the Reviews Editor of Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, published by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University. She chairs the Advisory Board for the Center for Educational Service to Appalachia, based at Carson-Newman College. Her professional memberships reflect her multiple areas of interest: she is a member of the Appalachian Studies Association, the Appalachian Writers Association, the Kentucky Communication Association, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, the Southern Humanities Council, and Popular Culture in the South.

Courses Taught

  • COMM 130 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 230 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • COMM 332 Small Group Communication
  • COMM 337 Communication Criticism
  • COMM 432 Theories of Persuasion
  • COMM 490 Special Topics in Communication: Communication, Culture, and Gender


Publications and Presentations

"Constancy and Change: The Appalachian Community in the Short Stories of Chris Holbrook and Elaine Fowler Palencia," Appalachian Studies Association, March 2001.

Organizer and Moderator: "Listening to the Voices of the Mountains: Readings by Four Appalachian Authors," Appalachian Studies Association, March 2001.

"Home Schooling," Mossy Creek Reader 10 (2001): 18-24.

Review of Among Believers, by Ron Rash. Appalachian Heritage 28.4 (2000): 61-64.

"Chronicle." Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine 17.3 (2000): 21.

Review of Brier Country: Stories from Blue Valley, by Elaine Fowler Palencia. Appalachian Heritage 28.2. (2000): 66-70.

"Setting Kentucky Straight: The Short Fiction of Chris Offutt and Chris Holbrook." Mossy Creek Reader 9 (2000): 41-49.

Review of Creeker: A Woman’s Journey, by Linda Scott DeRosier. Appalachian Heritage 28.1 (2000): 61-64.

"’Pleasure Out of Telling’: The Use and Function of Voice Poems in the Adult Fiction of George Ella Lyon," South Atlantic Modern Language Association, November 2000.

"Interview with Scott Russell Sanders, 9th Annual Palmer Lecturer at Cumberland College," Television Interview produced for TV-3 Williamsburg, Ky, October 2000.

"Women and Appalachian Literature," Lecture presented to Appalachian Culture Class, Cumberland College, September 2000.

Review of To Leave My Heart at Cattletsburg, by Billy C. Clark. Appalachian Heritage 27.4 (1999): 74-75.

Review of The Chinese Poet Awakens, by Jeff Daniel Marion. Appalachian Heritage 27.1 (1999): 50-54.

Review of Home Fires, by Linda Parsons. Appalachian Heritage 25.3 (1997): 68-70.

"Junk Mail, MTV, Soap Operas and the Contemporary Persuasion Class." Building for the Future: Proceedings of the 1996 Kentucky Communication Association Annual Conference, September 20-21, 1996. Ed. Kevin T. Jones. Azusa, CA: Azusa Pacific University, January 1997. 4-9.