Alice Lloyd College’s Humanities Division houses the academic disciplines of English, Art, Drama, Speech, and Music and offers additional coursework in Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Religion, and Spanish.
By serving as the foundation for ALC’s liberal arts education, the humanities promote the theoretical investigation of the human condition by fostering critical thinking, personal expression, and academic inquiry in its students through the acts of writing, reading, performance, and research. Because of their philosophical orientation, humanities courses most often analyze aesthetic traditions and cultural values within a socio-historical context by a faculty dedicated to providing a student-centered education in the classroom.
Besides regular coursework, the Humanities Division also provides many extracurricular opportunities on ALC’s campus. Students may compete in the Billie and Curtis Owens Writing Contest and the James V. Mongiardo Speech Competition, sing as members of The Voices of Appalachia choir, act in campus-sponsored plays, or learn the craft of spinning clay for pottery. Such opportunities allow students to explore a variety of disciplines in the humanities, which add to their understanding of themselves, their culture, and their place in the world.
Majors / Minors Offered
Voices of Appalachia
The Alice Lloyd College Theatre Club
The Billie and Curtis Owens Literary Society
Spinning Pottery with Michael Ware
The Billie and Curtis Owens Writing Contest
The James V. Mongiardo Speech Competition
Meet Our Faculty
Mr. Michael Ware
Michael Ware was born and raised in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and attended school in nearby Lancaster. He received his Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Millersville State University, and then moved to Kentucky to attend Morehead State University. After receiving his Masters in Studio Arts in 1974, he accepted a teaching position at the Hindman Settlement School. In addition, Michael taught art to levels K-12 in both Knott and Letcher counties from 1975-1991. After a year off from public school teaching, he joined the faculty at Alice Lloyd College in 1992, where he now teaches art for the school’s education majors, as well as classes in the humanities. Michael has been instrumental in implementing Alice Lloyd College’s Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) and currently serves as Chair of the Humanities Division. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Appalachian Artisan Center and is very involved in the workshops and planning for Center.
Michael creates his pottery on a potter’s wheel from stoneware clays. He often decorates his forms with images such as dogwood flowers, influenced by the woods near his home. Michael’s pottery can regularly be found at the Appalachian Artisan Center, Marie Stewart Craft Shop, and Alice Lloyd College bookstore.
Mrs. Charlene Bentley
Charlene Bentley, a native of Pippa Passes, is Assistant Professor of Psychology and English, as well as the College’s Retention Counselor. She received her A.A. from Alice Lloyd College, B.A. from the University of Kentucky, M.A. from Morehead State University, and has since done additional graduate work at Morehead. Since joining the ALC faculty in 1987, she has taught courses in freshman composition, public speaking, American literature, linguistics, and introductory psychology as well as adolescent and abnormal psychology. Her hobbies include knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, and hiking. She is a juried artisan in textiles at the Appalachian Artisan Center and the Marie Stewart Craft Shop in Hindman and in recent years has enjoyed sharing the needle arts with the ALC community by teaching free classes in knitting and crochet.
Dr. Claude Crum
He has published fiction in Appalachian Heritage, The Chaffin Journal, Appalachian Journal, and Modern Mountain Magazine. He’s also published three books, a critical study of Kentucky writer James Still entitled River of Words: James Still’s Literary Legacy (2007, Wind Publications), a writing textbook entitled With Pen in Hand: Becoming a Better Writer (2005, Parkway Publications), and a novel titled Only Son (2008, Livingston Press). Only Son has received positive reviews in the Alabama Writer’s Forum and in Foreword magazine.
Dr. Crum teaches various courses in the English Department: freshman composition, literary criticism, survey of American literature I and II, nineteenth century American literature, creative writing, and advanced composition.
In his free time, he enjoys fishing and playing his banjo.
Dr. Rodger Cunningham
Rodger Cunningham, a native of Kenova, WV, is a graduate of Marshall University (BA, English) and Indiana University (PhD, Comparative Literature). His book Apples on the Flood: Minority Discourse and Appalachia won the prestigious Weatherford Award for the best nonfiction book on Appalachia for 1987. He is also the author of twenty-five published essays in the field and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Appalachian Studies. He has taught at ALC since 2001. He has a wife, Deborah, who also teaches English, and a daughter, Jessica, a self-employed writer. His interests include reading and walking.
Dr. Charles Mullins
Charles K. Mullins, a native of Hazard, KY, is Assistant Professor of Speech and Theatre. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University (B.A., Speech and Theatre Arts, M.S., Recreation and Leisure Studies, Ed.D., Educational Leadership) and the University of Kentucky (M.A., Theatre Arts). Prior to joining the faculty at Alice Lloyd College, Dr. Mullins worked in administration at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky for twelve years, in addition to teaching as an adjunct faculty member in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health Sciences. He also taught as an instructor at South Georgia State College located in Douglas and Waycross, Georgia. His leisure interests include camping, hiking, playing the ukulele, and American pop culture trivia.
Dr. Cindy Salmons
Dr. Cindy Salmons is an Assistant Professor of English and co-chair of the English Department. She joined the faculty at ALC in 2008. Her areas of study include 20th Century American Literature, Women’s Literature, and Appalachian Literature. Her doctoral dissertation, “‘Strength to do what we can’: Sacrifice and Empowerment in Appalachian Women’s Literature,” combines these interests and was completed at the University of Kentucky in 2012, where she also completed a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies. She earned a Master’s Degree from Marshall University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Alice Lloyd College. Her other areas of teaching interest include Composition (introductory and advanced), 19th Century American Literature, African American Literature, and Technical Writing. She won the Alice Lloyd College Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 2015. She attended The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Seminar on Slave Narratives in American Literature and History, held on the campus of Yale University, in June 2016.