Ohio University Eastern has hired Pamela B. June, Ph.D., as assistant professor of English. June brings a focus on American women's literature, and she has taught literature and composition at the university level for six years.
June holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in English Literature and Criticism from Indiana University, Pennsylvania, where she taught for three years. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, June has spent the past three years teaching at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia.
June's teaching experience in Georgia earned recognition, including the Students' Faculty Choice Award for Teaching Excellence (Georgia Regents University Summer Program) as well as a nomination for the Teacher of the Year Award at Paine College.
June also remains very active in scholarship. She has published a book and several peer-reviewed articles. For the past three years, she has presented her research at the National Women's Studies Association Conference, and also attended twenty academic conferences nation-wide. Recently, June had the opportunity to interview Pulitzer-Prize winning author Alice Walker, and she hopes to publish the interview and some scholarship based on this experience.
Dr. Paul Abraham, Ohio University Eastern dean, is thrilled to have June on board. "Pamela has extensive and impressive experiences from her graduate and post-graduate work to support her appointment at the Eastern Campus," he said. "Besides expertise in the core areas of composition and literature, elements of Pamela's teaching and scholarly work are inter-disciplinary in nature. That's always a huge asset in demonstrating to students the importance and benefit of thinking beyond the borders of their own discipline."
While June deeply enjoyed her time in the south, she is more than happy to return north. "It's amazing how engrained in one's consciousness a landscape can become," June observes. "When I came to the Ohio Valley, I realized how much I had been missing the mountains back home. It has been wonderful to return to this environment and to be much closer to my family. I was very glad indeed when Ohio University Eastern extended an offer."
June hopes her experiences in other states will provide beneficial perspectives to the students at OUE. "I am passionate about teaching and am always looking for ways to connect with the students."
June and her husband, Steven Whitlinger, who is a biologist, reside in Wheeling, WV.