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Eric P. Meljac

Dr. Eric P. Meljac

Assistant Professor of English; Director of Creative Writing

Office: Classroom Center, Suite 319M
Email: emeljac@mail.wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2486

Professional Profile

Dr. Meljac joined the Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages in 2014. He received a B.A. in English in 2000 and an M.A. in English in 2002, both at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2013, Dr. Meljac earned a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Meljac maintains a diverse instructional portfolio, teaching courses in contemporary literature and literary theory, as well as diversity literatures. He developed and teaches courses in African literatures and African American literatures. He serves as the co-sponsor to the Chi Theta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, and the faculty advisor for West Texas A&M’s creative writing journal, The Legacy. He is a passionate advocate of Creative Writing, hosting nationally recognized-poets and writing workshops throughout the year.

Research and Creative Activity

With a background in critical theory, Dr. Meljac's research concerns the artistic expressions of literary modernisms in 20th- and 21st-century narratives, as well as more recent work in the field of pedagogy in higher education. He is also deeply invested in the study of aesthetics, especially in poetry. Dr. Meljac has co-founded the High Plains Poetry Project, an organization that reaches beyond the halls of WTAMU into the broader Panhandle community, to help support local and regional poets, and create opportunities for them to hear nationally-recognized poets, including Pushcart Prize-winner George Bilgere, Fulbright Award-winner Denise Duhamel, and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Virginia Tim Seibles.

Dr. Meljac’s essays have been published in the Journal of Modern Literature, The Explicator, the Journal of College Writing, IMPACT: The Journal for the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning, and Literature/Film Quarterly.

Personal Sketch

Residing in Amarillo, Dr. Meljac collects antiques and ephemera from multiple time periods. He is especially proud of the Renaissance-era manuscript collection he has maintained for the past several years. He also has a keen interest in silent film and early photography.