Sharon D. Raynor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and the Mott University Distinguished Professor (2010-2013) at Johnson C. Smith University
Sharon D. Raynor is currently the Director of the Honors College and an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. She completed her doctorate degree in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in August 2003. She received both her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and her Master of Arts degree in Multicultural Literature at East Carolina University. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled Shattered Silence and Restored Souls: Bearing Witness and Testifying to Trauma and "Truth" in the Narratives of Black Vietnam Veterans.
Since 1999, she has written and directed two oral history projects sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council -- Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans and Soldier-to-Soldier: Men and Women Share Their Legacy of War. She is also a Humanities Council Road Scholar and a presenter for the Council's Let’s Talk About It book discussion program.
As a Road Scholar Raynor has conducted numerous community forums highlighting the work involved in the veterans oral history projects. As a member of the American Folklore Society and the Oral History Project, she has conducted several oral history workshops and programs. She teaches classes in and publishes in the areas of Vietnam War Studies, Multicultural and Contemporary Literature, Women’s Studies and African American Studies.
Raynor has been a participant in UNCF/Mellon International Faculty Seminar in South Africa, New York University (NYU) Summer and Winter Seminars and Symposiums, the International Faculty Development Seminar sponsored by the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) in Dakar, Senegal (West Africa) and the Cape Verde Islands and a Salzburg Seminar Fellow at the Salzburg Institute in Austria. She is also an Executive Board Member for the Southern Humanities Council Conference. She is the 2007 recipient of the Johnson C. Smith University Par Excellence Teaching Award. She has published in CLA Journal, Dos Passos Review, Who’s Who in Contemporary Women’s Writing, Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, From Around the World: Secular Authors and Biblical Perspectives, The Encyclopedia of African American Folklore, and The Encyclopedia of African American Literature. She also co-authored The Yancy Years: The Age of Infrastructure, Technology, and Restoration.