Mary Wayne Watson, Ph.D.

Mary Wayne Watson

Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nash Community College, great niece of John Charles McNeill

Mary Wayne Watson received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and her MA from UNC-Chapel Hill. She decided to create the John Charles McNeill seminar at the urging of her childhood neighbor in Wagram (Scotland County), who pressed her to present a reading to a small group of John Charles McNeill devotees. The reading was so well received that it seemed fitting for her, as McNeill’s great niece, to continue to spread the word, to carry the torch. After all, her parents and their generation who had kept McNeill’s work alive were now dead. Creating this presentation motivated Dr. Watson to look further into the landscape and traditions that were common to both McNeill and historian Gerald W. Johnson. Watson has taught English at all levels of public education, including middle and high school in NC and Virginia; James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, and now at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount. She teaches English composition, research writing, American and British literature, and film.

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