I taught literature at the university level for thirty-four years, serving as a professor of literature at Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, Florida, King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, and Troy University, Dothan, Alabama. My publications on literature have appeared in such scholarly journals as "Modern Language Quarterly," "Journal of Reading," "Essays in Literature," "TESOL Quarterly," and "Journal of Irish Literature," and on education in "International Review of Education," "Journal of Curriculum Studies," and "The McGill Journal of Education."
I believe that the most effective teaching style is small-group work where students divide into groups of 4-5 and discuss the literary work being studied. This small-group work may be preceded by a brief lecture by the teacher to orient students to the author and the assignment. I use handouts on literary works as homework or as a guide in the small-group work in the class.
Phi Beta Kappa Distinguished Undergraduate Scholar, University of Alabama Outstanding Young Men in America, 1978 Nominated for TESOL/Newbury House Award, 1991 Who's Who in the World, 1993/94 Distinguished Service Award by King Saud University, 1994
I received my B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama, where I was a Phi Beta Kappa and its Distinguished Undergraduate Scholar.
My novel "Nothing/Everything Disconnects/Connects," a murder mystery which has a Middle-East setting, was published in October 2009 and is available through Amazon and Borders. In 2013, I revised it and added notes and commentary to a free online edition of this novel, retitled THE MYSTERIOUS PLUS. It is now available on Google Books and on my website TARVINLIT.COM. For the latter, simply click the link "The Mysterious Plus: Novel." Happy reading! Retired, I now reside in Gadsden, Alabama, my hometown. I can be reached through my website.
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