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Jill Parrott

Jill Parrott
  • Professor/Associate Chair
  • Ph.D. English, The University of Georgia, 2010
  • M.A. English, Auburn University, 2005
  • B.A., Carson-Newman College, 2003

Bio

Contact Information

  • Department: English
  • Office: Mattox 309
  • Mailing Address: Mattox 101
  • Email: jill.parrott@eku.edu
  • Phone: 859-622-3087
  • Expert Areas: Rhetoric & Composition; Critical Reading & Writing; Writing Program Administration; Curriculum Development; Information Literacy; Intellectual Property & Fair Use; Research Methodologies; Multimodal Composition

Bio

Jill Parrott is a Professor, Associate Chair, and coordinator for First-Year Writing in the English Department. That means she spends a lot of her time trying to find solutions to problems, help faculty be the very best at their jobs, and develop curriculum that students will remember because it was so useful.

Dr. Parrott’s favorite part about her job is getting to do her own research and then using those experiences to help students try their own hand at research to see how fun it can be to create knowledge that would have never existed before if not for your intellectual work! Her students look at her like she’s grown a third arm when she says it, but . . . research really is fun when you’re learning about something interesting to you. She has a few projects going on right now: one focused on the transition from undergraduate work to graduate-level work, one on how better reading leads to better writing, and another on the history of copyright law. Her students right now are working on projects about how graphic novels depict American immigrant experiences, Japanese-American opinions about World War II as shown through literature, and the use of folk tales to escape our reality—so smart!

If you want to hear Dr. Parrott’s voice, you can hear her read her piece called “Some People are Just Born Good Writers” (hint: that’s not true) for the podcast version of Bad Ideas about Writing.

When she’s not writing assignments, creating curriculum, or preparing to lead a workshop, Jill likes to cook: buffalo shrimp with blue cheese risotto is a personal specialty. She is also a hot yoga teacher on the side! She uses hot vinyasa, power yoga, yin, and mindful meditation to be creative, keep healthy, and find focus. Take a deep breath in through the nose and let it go verrrrrry slowly. Namaste.

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