General Studies

Dr. Yaw Adu-Gyamfi

Title:

Professor of English & Department Chair

Biography:

Dr. Yaw Adu-Gyamfi joined Liberty in 1999 after teaching for 6 years at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, where he also received his M.A and Ph. D in English.   He is currently a Professor of English, overseeing online English courses as well as the development of new online English courses and programs.  He was instrumental in moving the English Distance Learning Program from a correspondence program to a fully online program.  As well, he has spearheaded the addition of several new online English courses and programs, including an Education M. Ed. with concentration in English.  He is active in scholarly research, publications, and professional development, and has recently co-authored a mini anthology for Pearson Publishing, titled Literature and Spirituality.  He enjoys mission work too.  He and his wife of over 20 years, Adwoa, have three sons; his utmost desire is to use his talents to serve God and to teach from a Christian perspective.

Education:

  • Ph. D.: University of Saskatchewan
  • M. A.:  University of Saskatchewan
  • B. A (Hon.) (English/Law): University of Science and Technology (Ghana)

Projects/University Service:

Teaching and Course Development

  • African-American Literature
  • Studies in African-American Literature
  • Slave Narratives
  • Advanced Studies in World Literature
  • Studies in World Literature
  • Literature and Composition
  • Grammar and Composition
  • Subject Matter Expert, Liberty Online ENGL 101, 102, and 637
  • Graduate and Honors Theses Supervision

Publications and Presentations

  • Adu-Gyamfi, Yaw, and Mark Schmidt.  Literature and Spirituality. Pearson/Longman Essential Literature Series. Boston: Longman, 2011. Print.
  • “Orality in Writing: Its Cultural and Political Significance in Wole Soyinka's Ogun Abibiman.”  Research in African Literatures 33.3 (Fall 2002): 104-124. Print.
  • "Wole Soyinka's 'Dawn' and the Cults of Ogun."  ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 28. 4 (October 1997): 73-89. Print.
  • Rev. of Prentice Hall Reference Guide 9th ed, by Muriel Harris. Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2013. (invitation based on professional recognition).
  • Panelist/Reviewer (invited); ActivelyLearn. 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Focus Group. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Reviewer (invited); Pearson Literature and the Writing Process. 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Focus Group, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Panelist/Reviewer (Invited), Penguin Guide to Literature. 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Focus Group, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Rev. of Prentice Hall Reference Guide 8th ed, by Muriel Harris. Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2011. (invitation based on professional recognition).
  • Rev. of Writing Without Formulas, by William Thelin. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. (invitation based on professional recognition).
  • Rev. of Pearson MyCompLab. Pearson Online Learning Resource for Composition Courses: www.mycomplab.com.
  • Rev. of Pearson MyLiteratureLab. Pearson Online Learning Resource for Literature Courses: www.myliteraturelab.com
  • Rev. of LiteraActive by Bedford/St. Martin’s. CD-ROM. First Edition ©2005.
  • “Double Writing: Strategy for Communicating Within and Between Cultures.” Paper presented at the Communicating Across Boundaries Conference. Saskatoon, Canada. September 24-26, 1999.
  • “Major Elements of African Culture, Literature, and History.”  Lecture Delivered at Lynchburg College.  Lynchburg, VA., March 17, 2000.
  • Grammar and Composition Worktext and Audio CD: Liberty University Distance Learning Program.  Lynchburg: Liberty University, 2005.
  • Composition and Literature (Blackboard): Liberty University Distance Learning Program. Lynchburg: Liberty University, 2004.