Clarkston English Faculty & Staff Directory

Dr. Valerie Matthews Dotson

Professor of English

CE-2101

valerie.dotson@gpc.edu

678-891-3996

Course Offerings

  • ENGL 0099 Pre-College Composition

  • ENGL 1101 English Composition I

  • ENGL 1102 English Composition II

  • ENGL 2131 American Literature I (Emphasis on African American Lit)

  • ENGL 2132 American Literature II (Emphasis on African American Lit)

Dr. Valerie Matthews Dotson holds a Ph.D. in English with a major in African American literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While teaching at GPC, her scholarly and creative output has been geared towards her students and community. She is a recipient of the 2010 NISOD Teaching Excellence Award, and she has published several essays in reference books for students of literature. She has also used her musical gifts as a singer / songwriter to enhance her African American literature classes and make community presentations about African American literature and music. Dr. Dotson is a sought-after performer and lecturer, and she has performed at libraries, schools, and churches throughout the southeast. Additionally, she is the featured singer/songwriter on the CD, Soul Sessions: Relationship Advice and Songs for the Soul with clinical psychologist Dr. Alduan Tartt. Dr. Dotson is married to Robert Dotson, III and has two children, Matthew (twelve) and Blythe (five).

Publications
  • Crawford, Valerie Matthews. “The Dahomean.” Facts on File Companion to the American Novel. Ed. Abby Werlock. Vol. 1. New York: Facts on File, 2006. 317-318.

  • ---. “The End of Blackness.” Atlanta Daily World: Celebration of Books Summer 2004: 9.

  • ---. “Frank Yerby (1916—1991).” Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary. Eds. Joseph Flora, Amber Vogel, and Bryan Giemza. Baton Rouge: LSU, 2006. 456.

  • Matthews, Valerie. N. “Caste.” The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs. Eds. Joseph Flora, Lucinda H. MacKethan, and Todd Taylor. Baton Rouge: LSU, 2002. 129-30.

  • ---. “Crisis.” The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People,
    Movements, and Motifs. Eds. Joseph Flora, Lucinda H. MacKethan, and Todd Taylor. Baton Rouge: LSU, 2002. 194.

  • ---. “Getting Happy.” The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs. Eds. Joseph Flora, Lucinda H. MacKethan, and Todd Taylor. Baton Rouge: LSU, 2002. 303-4.

  • ---. “Goines, Donald.” The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature.
    Eds. William L. Andrews, Frances Smith Foster, and Trudier Harris. New York: Oxford, 2001. 171-2.

  • Tartt, Alduan and Val Dotson. Soul Sessions: Relationship Advice and Songs for the Soul. 2009. CD.
    *Five of my original songs [jazz, gospel, and R&B] appear on this CD; I am also the keyboardist and vocalist on each song. Nationally known psychologist and author Alduan Tartt provides relationship advice responses to each of the songs. I routinely sing and teach these musical genres in my African American literature classes since they are presented as literature in the textbook and because they influence literary production.