Ms. Cathy Akers-Jordan

Lecturer; Webmaster for English Dept.; Director of the Marian E. Wright Computer Writing Classroom

Campus Phone: (810) 762-3477


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Master of Liberal Studies, American Culture, University of Michigan-Flint, December 1998

Thesis: Ellery Queen: Forgotten Master Detective.  (A critical study of the works of Frederick Dannay and Manfred B. Lee and their influence on the detective fiction genre.)

Bachelor of Arts, English and Psychology (double-major), University of Michigan-Flint, January 1986

Post graduate work in
~ Teaching Online
~ Problems in Teaching English
~ Rhetorical Theory and the Teaching of Writing
~ Computers and Writing: Theory and Practice
~ Composition Theory

Specializations/Areas of Interest

Writing: Technical Writing, Web Page Design

Literature: Detective/Mystery Fiction, Medieval Literature, The Lord of the Rings, Ray Bradbury

History: RMS Titanic, Egyptology

Publications/Current Research

Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal by Samuel Halpern, Cathy Akers-Jordan, George Behe, Bruce Beveridge, Mark Chirnside, Tad Fitch, Dave Gittens, Steve Hall, Lester J. Mitcham, Capt. Charles Weeks, and Bill Wormstedt. Forward by J. Kent Layton. The History Press, 2012. Promotional web site.

"The Light of Stars: Frodo's Elvish Air." Presented at Mythcon 37, The Mythopoeic Society’s Annual Conference XXXVII, University of Oklahoma, Norman OK, 4-7 August 2006.

“Fairy Princess or Tragic Heroine? The Metamorphosis of Arwen Undómiel in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Films.” Tolkien in Film: Essays on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings. Janet B. Croft, ed. San Francisco: Mythopoeic Press, 2004.

“True Course.” with Captain Charles Weeks, Jr. The Encyclopedia Titanica. <> December 9, 2003. (This is a Titanic research site which also publishes new research. You do not have to be a member to use the Encyclopedia or read the articles.)

Courses I Teach

Eng. 111 College Rhetoric
Eng. 112 Critical Reading & Writing
Eng. 299 Detective Fiction
Eng./Com. 338 Business Communications
Eng. 345 Technical Writing
Eng. 354 Public and Professional Writing
Eng. 390 Directed Reading
Eng. 391 Advanced Technical Writing
Eng. 399 Directed Expository Writing