WALNUT RIDGE – Joshua Richards will join the English faculty at Williams Baptist College starting this fall. Richards, a specialist in American and English literature, has teaching experience on three continents and an extensive background in research.
“We had any number of outstanding candidates, but Richards was a clear first choice,” said Kenneth Startup, academic dean at Williams. “We’re deeply gratified to have a young scholar of this caliber join our faculty.”
Richards comes to Williams from Shantou University in China, where he has been associate professor of foreign languages and literature, and he previously served on the English faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He was also a postgraduate tutor and lecturer at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
He holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of St. Andrews and a master’s degree in English from Florida Atlantic University. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both English and physics from Ouachita Baptist University.
“In 2013, he received the Fathman Prize for Young Scholars from the T. S. Eliot Society, and Dr. Richards also has a fine record of publication and scholarly presentations,” Startup noted.
The Williams English department offers majors in both English and secondary English education. Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge.