Mike Odom received his Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina where he studied the literary and religious culture of the American South. He has published articles in the Southern Literary Journal, Flannery O’Connor Review, and South Atlantic Review. With over a decade of secondary and postsecondary English teaching experience, Mike seeks to cultivate a stimulating academic environment in his courses at BMCC.
American Literature, Southern Studies, Religious Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
Ph.D. English, University of South Carolina
- English Composition is the standard freshman writing course. The course introduces students to academic writing. By its conclusion, students will be ready for English 201 and for the writing they will be asked to do in advanced courses across the curriculum. Students completing ENG 101 will have mastered the fundamentals of college-level reading and writing, including developing a thesis-driven response to the writing of others and following the basic conventions of citation and documentation. They will have practiced what Mike Rose calls the "habits of mind" necessary for success in college and in the larger world: summarizing, classifying, comparing, contrasting, and analyzing. Students will be introduced to basic research methods and MLA documentation and complete a research project. Students are required to take a departmental final exam that requires the composition of a 500 word, thesis-driven essay in conversation with two designated texts.
Prerequisite: Pass the CAT-R and CAT-W or Accuplacer tests
- This course presents a global approach to literature by introducing prose, poetry and drama representative of different cultures and historical periods, from the 17th century to the present. Students engage in close readings of individual texts and contextual/comparative analyses. Written and spoken activities are designed to enhance students? appreciation of literature and their awareness of the ways it arises from, shapes, and reflects the world?s cultures.
Research and Projects
Southern Strategies: Narrative Negotiation in the Evangelical South
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
PSC – CUNY Research Award
Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellow
Joel Myerson Fellow in American Letters
Flannery O’Connor Collections Fellow
Sarah Gordon Award
James Dickey Award for Scholarly Writing