Dr. Preselfannie E. Whitfield McDaniels currently serves as Professor of English and Graduate Dean at Jackson State University. She is former Chair of the Department of English, Foreign Languages, & Speech Communications in the College of Liberal Arts. She received a bachelor of arts from Jackson State University, a master’s degree from Mississippi College and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, with all degrees in English.  McDaniels is an active researcher, who has published in the areas of portfolio pedagogy, capstone pedagogy, service-learning integration and 20th Century American and African American literature. She serves as co-editor (with Dr. Helen Chukwuma) of the 2016 book Meeting Points in Black/Africana Women’s Literature (Africa World Press, Trenton, NJ), and she has published articles in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Reflections: A Service Learning JournalJournal of Ethnic American Literature, International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association (POMPA) Journal, Black Magnolias: A Literary Journal, and The Researcher, and chapters in  Presenting Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature (Palgrave, Tara Green, editor), Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV (Rutgers, Jervette R. Ward, editor), Constructing the Literary Self: Race and Gender in 20th Century Literature (Cambridge Scholars, Patsy Daniels, editor) and Redefining Liberal Arts Education (Univ. Press of MS, Robert Luckett, editor). She has served as HBCU Committee Chair for the College Language Association and is the current Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Humanities Council Board. She is married to Hinds County Judge Johnnie McDaniels, and they have 2 sons: John and Jaylen.

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