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Jimmy Guignard: English Professor

By Leslie Barnes

The road to professorship

As an assistant professor and Director of Composition at Mansfield University, Jimmy Guignard spends most of his days buried in English and writing. From teaching composition, advanced writing, composition pedagogy, professional writing and environmental literature to answering student emails, making agendas, writing minutes and much more, Guignard is immersed in his English Ph.D.

Jimmy Guignard got his Masters in English at Western Carolina University in 1999. From there, he went straight to the University of Nevada, where he got his Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Composition and Rhetoric. Jimmy married his wife, Lilace, the summer before they moved to Nevada, and they had one child, Gabe (5 years), while he was in grad school. They had their second child, Gloria (2 years), once they arrived in Mansfield. When he is not with his family, he is riding or racing one of his four bikes or learning how to process poultry.

Guignard’s accomplishments

In his work as an assistant professor and Director of Composition, Guignard has had many opportunities to present his ideas. He has given papers at the Conference on College Composition and Communication as well as at local Pennsylvania conferences. He has presented a lecture called “The Role of the Liberal Arts Education in a Time of Environmental Crisis” as a part of the Faculty Lecture Series, and he has participated in roundtables at the annual Focus the Nation conference. Guignard is also co-editing a collection of essays called "Literature, Writing, and the Natural World."

A loyal alumnus

Being at Western Carolina University was an important experience in Guignard’s life. He was very happy that Western required him to write a master's thesis, because many other schools don’t require masters students to write a thesis. The rigor of the English program at WCU taught him how to focus and to learn that “you can create large volumes of good work and still be fun to be around.” He also loved the amount of instruction and support that Western provides, stating that “the faculty expected a lot of the students and the students, usually, rose to the challenge.” He made a lot of great friends, both faculty and students.

His advice for uture Western students?“Do everything you can do, accomplish your work, and have fun doing it.”

These profiles were created by the Karen Greenstone's English 303 class (spring 2009)
and edited for the web by Mary Adams's English 303 class (summer 2009).

Students in Mary Adams's English 303 class (fall 2009) wrote additional profiles.