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Bonnie Smith Whitehouse



Bonnie Smith Whitehouse (B.A. Sewanee: The University of the South, M.A. University of Tennessee, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) is a Professor of English specializing in writing and rhetoric. She writes in the genre of creative nonfiction, and she studies how reading and writing inform understandings of politics, nature, and identity. As a citizen, she has a special interest in educational access and equity, and this interest has led her to integrate service-learning with a local adult literacy organization into several of her classes. Dr. Smith Whitehouse cares deeply about the English major and Belmont's core curriculum, and she appreciates crafting a First-Year Seminar syllabus as much as she values mentoring an M.A. student writing a thesis. She has written about ways so-called common readers report reading popular novels have "changed" their lives in the context of mass literacy movements.  Her book, Afoot and Lighthearted: A Mindful Walking Log, will be published with Clarkson Potter (Penguin Random House) in 2019 and is designed to unleash the power of walking for creativity, well-being and adventure in the digital age. Afoot and Lighthearted is inspired by Dr. Smith Whitehouse’s experience teaching a BELL Core Interdisciplinary Learning Community Course, The Adventures of Writers Who Walk, a course paired with Dr. Holly Huddleston’s Health & Fitness Concepts. Dr. Smith Whitehouse serves on the boards of the Hillsboro West End Neighborhood Association and St. Augustine’s Episcopal Chapel at Vanderbilt.

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