Arts & Sciences


Dr. Gerri Adams


Photo of Doctor Gerri Adams with a waterfall in the backgroundWhen I chose to study English as a foreign language in the fifth grade back in my home country of Bulgaria, I didn’t for a moment imagine that one day I would be teaching it in the beautiful mountains and foothills of Western North Carolina.

After high school, I landed an exciting job at the American Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, where I met my husband, Scott. Upon arriving in the States, I immediately enrolled at the local community college to take transfer classes before attending Montreat College and receiving a bachelor’s degree in English. My educational journey led to a master’s degree in the Humanities from California State University-Dominguez Hills and a PhD in Education from Capella University. Later, I received a second master’s degree in English with a concentration in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures from East Carolina University. I continue to pursue new academic interests. Currently, I’m working on a certification in health education.

To stay abreast of emerging trends, I am member of several professional organizations, including the National Council of Teachers of English, the Jane Austen Society of North America, and the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

At Western Piedmont, I have taught courses in English composition, professional writing, African American literature, Western World literature, British literature, and storytelling. In addition to teaching, I advise students and have served the college community on various committees and as head of the English and Humanities Department. One of the committees on which I serve organizes the Fall Speakers Forum, an annual event at WPCC focusing on a current topic and featuring compelling speakers. If you haven’t been to one, you absolutely must come next time! It’s free and open to everyone.

My teaching philosophy is constantly evolving. Conversing with colleagues, reading research articles, and reflecting on my own experiences are the main sources of its continuous development. Similar to many fellow educators, I believe that the ultimate end of education is empowerment. Finding ways to engage and empower learners has been my goal for the past 17 years.

I am married to a “Mad Dog” Marine, and we have one son, Victor. Both are hard-core Duke fans. Our latest family member is a rescue Rhodesian Ridgeback named Doc.


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