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Rosemary Fisk

Rosemary Mims Fisk


Associate Dean of Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of English


  • B.A., Samford University
  • M.A., Duke University
  • Ph.D., Rice University


 Dr. Rosemary Fisk has taught at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, since 1984. She holds an M.A. in English from Duke University and Ph.D. in English from Rice University, specializing in 19th Century American literature. In 2011 she was named Fulbright Scholar to work on general education reform in the Hong Kong public universities and was hosted by Lingnan University. She served as President of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society (2012-14) and organized two conferences: Transatlanticism in American Literature: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe at Oxford University, UK, in 2006; and Hawthorne in the Berkshires at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2014. Besides teaching American literature, Dr. Fisk has been Associate Dean of Howard College Arts and Sciences since 2001 and administers the core and general education programs. She is co-editor of the two-volume anthology Cultural Perspectives: A Sourcebook. Over the past decade she has led study abroad trips to Myanmar.  In February 2013 she participated with representatives from ten American universities in an historic delegation to Myanmar led by the Institute of International Education. The delegation created an umbrella partnership to allow these universities special access to emerging Myanmar universities. Samford is the only participant from the South.

Each spring she organizes the Old Howard 100 century bike ride across three counties of the Black Belt to commemorate the university’s beginnings as Howard College in Marion in 1841 and to benefit Sowing Seeds of Hope, an organization devoted to improving the quality of life in Perry County. She and her husband, Howard Walthall, a professor at Cumberland School of Law, enjoy gardening with native plants and being in the outdoors.


Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Honors Professor of the Year, 2003
  • Executive Council of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society
  • J. William Fulbright Scholarship, February 2010

Contact Information

Howard College of Arts and Sciences

English Department

Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Office: DIV 301N

Phone: (205) 726-2995

Fax: (205) 726-2112