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Bob Hanley

Vice Provost for Academic Advising, Professor of English, and Chair of English
Academic Background
Bachelor of Arts, Clemson University, English
Master of Arts, Clemson University, English
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Georgia, English Education
Phone Number:
(864) 231-2007
Bob Hanley

Bob believes English majors have the opportunity to pursue a host of fields.

“Because we promote in this discipline the development of writing, reading, speaking, critical thinking, as well as interpersonal skills, English majors are in high demand by employers that span careers in business, education, ministry, public relations, politics, law, and the list continues.”

He enjoys the opportunity for continuous learning through and with his students. “Christian higher education allows me the opportunity to teach English within the religious framework of Christianity. Through an integration of faith and discipline, I am able to explore the values and ideas of past and present literature in the context of Christian principles.”

What classes do you teach at Anderson

Composition and Communication I and II, History of the English Language, World Literature I and II

What year did you start teaching at AU

1985 (1979 part time)

Why teach at AU?

I enjoy the family atmosphere at Anderson, where faculty, staff and students work together in a vibrant, collegial atmosphere seasoned by our Christian faith. I am blessed to able to share my favorite subject with students and serve as a catalyst for their growth as writers, readers, speakers and thinkers.


Writing poetry and music, reading, playing guitar

Notable achievements outside of discipline

Has secured several grants, including $400,000 from HUD for community improvement and $20,000 from the S.C. Highway Safety Department.

People might be interested to know I...

Am a member of the S.C. School Improvement Council and past president of both the S.C Council of Teachers of English and S.C. College Personnel Association.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

In my class, students will experience a variety of learning opportunities. We emphasize active learning, where students work individually and in groups to tackle challenging topics, explore new subject areas, and to share and debate ideas. The teacher is both leader and facilitator and students are provided the opportunity to develop team skills and leadership skills.


Hanley, Bob. 2014. College unbound: insights into today’s college students (book review). Palmetto Practitioner fall issue.

Cohen, E.G., et al. 2004. Teaching cooperative learning: the challenge for teacher education. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Hanley, Bob. 2000. The selective tradition literature: teacher education’s role in bridging the gender gap. The Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina fall issue.

Hanley, Bob, et al. 1999. The six R’s of reader response: an integrative approach to reading in the content areas. Reading Matters fall issue.

Hanley, Bob. 1999-2000. Meeting the needs of the multicultural classroom. Carolina English Teacher.