Dr. Caroline Carvill teaches American literature, specializing in 20th-century American literature, American fiction, service learning, and active learning. She received the American Society for Engineering Education Liberal Education Division's Sterling Olmsted Award for her contributions to educating engineering students. As a classroom project, Dr. Carvill had her students volunteer at local non-profit agencies and subsequently write newspaper articles about the agencies. Another project has students constructing a Habitat for Humanity house on campus. Her own community service has included serving as president of the Council on Domestic Abuse and Planned Parenthood of Southern Indiana Advisory Council. During her time at Rose-Hulman, she has received the Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award and the Honorary Alumni Award, and has served as department head, associate dean of faculty, and faculty representative to the Board of Trustees, and led several institute faculty committees. A native of Arkansas, she is a proud fan of the University of Arkansas.

Academic Degrees

  • BA, University of Arkansas, 1980
  • MA, University of Arkansas, 1983
  • PhD, University of Arkansas, 1989

Awards & Honors

  • Olmsted Award, ASEE Liberal Education Division, 2007
  • Honorary Alumnus, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Alumni Association, 2003
  • Dean's Outstanding Teaching Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1994

Research Experiences

  • Southern fiction
  • Active learning and classroom practice

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Williams, J., Carville, C., House, R., Livingston, J., and Watt, A., “The Grandest Challenge: Models for Communication Development in Technical Contexts,” ASEE Annual Conference, June 2014
  • Invited Speaker, McCullers Criticism Today Panel, Carlson McCullers Conference, Columbus, Georgia, February 2011
  • You Might as Well Listen to the Chain Gang: The Ballad of the Sad Café,” Reflections in a Critical Eye: Essays on Carson McCullers, University Press of America, 2007
  • “Feminist and Gender Criticism,” A Companion to William Faulkner Studies, Greenwood Press, 2003 
  • The Dixie Association: Where Jefferson Davis and Martin Luther King Intersect,” Baseball/Literature/Culture: Essays, 1995-2001, September 2003

Teaching Interests

  • 20th century American literature
  • American fiction
  • Southern literature
  • Composition
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