Bio

Mona M. Choucair, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer with a dual appointment in the School of Education and the College of Arts & Sciences in the English Department. Dr. Choucair teaches American Literature survey courses as well as an Advanced Grammar course in the English department and teaches Young Adult Literature and Secondary Methods courses in the School of Education. She also supervises secondary teaching interns. She has been a Councilor for the Council for College Teachers of English, is an active member of South Central Modern Language Association, and continues her annual role as an invited grader and question leader for The College Board, specifically in the Advanced Placement English language exams.

A native of Munday, Texas, Dr. Choucair received her B.A. in English as well as a secondary teaching certificate from Baylor and taught at Waxahachie High School for a number of years. She received her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies of English & Humanities from The University of Dallas and her Ph.D. from Baylor.

In 2008, Baylor University honored Dr. Choucair with the Collins Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, an award that is selected by a vote of the university’s senior class.

She directed the Baylor Fall 2013 Study Abroad Program in Maastricht, Netherlands, where she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Maastricht, teaching classes on American Short Stories and Contemporary Women Writers. In July 2015, she taught British literature in the Baylor in Great Britain summer study abroad program.

She is currently working on a book project that suggests that Young Adult Literature must be added to the traditional English curriculum used in secondary schools. Another research interest involves Contemporary Minority Women writers. Dr. Choucair wrote her dissertation, titled “Whose Culture Are You Bearing: Searching for Self,” on Toni Morrison’s novels, including Beloved, Song of Solomon, and Paradise. She has taught a Toni Morrison Novels seminar.

Dr. Choucair serves as a Faculty in Residence for the School of Education Living Learning Center, housed in South Russell Hall. She said she sees this important role as a natural extension of what she alredy loves to do—getting to know students. She believes that the LLC provides the unique place for community that is called for by Baylor’s Pro Futuris.

Dr. Choucair is an active member of First United Methodist Church and enjoys volunteer activities ranging from tutoring in the LEAF literacy project in Waco to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, as well as the One Book One Waco initiatives.