Dr. Tamara Powell is Director of Distance Education for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences She received her B.A. in English literature in 1992 from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas; her M.A. in English literature in 1994 from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and her Ph.D. in English (focusing on contemporary multiethnic American narratives) in 1999 from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. In 2001 she received a Graduate Certificate in Developing and Delivering Distance Education from the Louisiana Consortium for the Advancement of Distance Education (LaCADE), Louisiana Board of Regents, Baton Rouge, LA.
Throughout her work with electronic learning she has written and worked on more than one million dollars in grants; delivered over 100 hours of group training and many more hours of one-on-one training; and created many web and training resources for faculty and students, including Louisiana Tech's Online Writing Lab (OWL). Tammy joined Kennesaw State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2009. Research interests include instructional technology and ethnic American literature. Recent publications include Queer Exoticism: Searching Outside for Inner Truth (co-editor); "The Awakening" in The Explicator; "Dude Writes Like a Lady: A Lesbian Hiccup in The Glass Menagerie" in POMPA 2008; and "Lord of Allusions: Reading Percival Everett's Erasure Through African American Literary History" in Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Her paper entitled "Delivering Effective Faculty Training: A Course and Methods to Prepare Faculty to Teach Online" won the 2010 "Best Paper" award at the Second International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning. The program she designed, developed, and implemented to train faculty to teach online in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at KSU won the 2010 Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching.