Celestine Davis

Teaching Instructor
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Celestine Davis joined East Carolina University as a Teaching Instructor in 2017. She graduated from East Carolina University with a B.A. in English with minors in pedagogy and art. She continued there to earn an M.A. in English Studies with a focus on rhetoric while earning a graduate certificate in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures. As a graduate teaching assistant, Celestine had the opportunity to teach Introduction to Film and Appreciating Literature. She is interested in pedagogies focused on increasing critical thinking, cultural literacy, and student engagement. As a native Eastern North Carolinian, Celestine is interested in decreasing the disparity of access to literacy tools for economic survival and academic achievement in rural areas and for the disenfranchised everywhere. She is an avid volunteer community arts promoter who facilitates workshops, readings, and other outlets for poets and other writers. She is a co-founder and the festival director of the regional film festival, Down East Flick Fest.


  • B.A. East Carolina University
  • M.A. East Carolina University
  • MTL Graduate Certificate East Carolina University

Research Interests

  • Student identity and motivation for academic writing
  • Universal Design of Learning
  • Critical Theory
  • Indigenous Literature of the Americas
  • Pre-1970 Expat Literature
  • “Blaxploitation” Film Genre

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 1100: Writing Foundations
  • ENGL ENGL 2201: Writing Across the Disciplines

    Selected Publications and Presentations

    • Promoting Inclusivity through Conscious Writing Choices,” 2019
    • “Everyday Use: A Case for Expanding the Practice of Alternative Literacies in the Writing Classroom,” 2018.
    • Minimizing Bias in First-Year Writing,” (Co-presenter, Sarah Servie Knoll), 2011.
    • “Micro-Writing, Critical Thinking, and the First-year Student,” 2011.
    • “Not Looking for Mr. Good Bar: Feminizing the Monomyth in Nadine Gordimer’s ‘The Pick Up,’” 2011.
    • “Outer Space: Digital Text Changing the Performance Landscape of First-Year Writing,” 2010.
    • “Holding Mirrors: African American Women Abolitionists and the White Mistress,” 2010.