Dr. Mona Choucair is the first Faculty-in-Residence for South Russell hall, home to the new Impact Living-Learning Center. Dr. Choucair is a Senior Lecturer with dual appointments in the departments of Curriculum & Instruction and English where she teaches American Literature survey courses as well as an Advanced Grammar course in the English department. Within the School of Education, Dr. Choucair teaches Young Adult Literature and Secondary Methods courses and supervises secondary interns. She returned to her alma mater, Baylor University, for her Ph.D. in 1998 and counts herself blessed to be teaching here years later. A native of Munday, TX, Mona received her B.A. in English, as well as a secondary teaching certificate from Baylor, and then taught public school at Waxahachie High School for a number of years. She received her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies of English & Humanities from The University of Dallas.
Dr. Choucair has been a Councilor for the Council for College Teachers of English (CCTE), remains an active member of South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA), and continues her annual role as an invited grader and question leader for Advanced Placement language exams. She is currently working on a book project that suggests that Young Adult Literature must be added to the traditional English curriculum used in secondary schools. An active member of First United Methodist Church, Dr. Choucair enjoys volunteer activities ranging from tutoring in the LEAF literacy project in Waco to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, as well as the One Book One Waco initiatives. Dr. Choucair’s greatest joy comes from daily interactions with her students. In 2008, the senior class of Baylor University honored her with the Collins Outstanding Professor of the Year Award. She directed the Baylor Fall 2013 Study Abroad Program in Maastricht, Netherlands, where she was a visiting professor at the University of Maastricht. Dr. Choucair is honored to serve as Faculty-in-Residence for South Russell hall and the Impact Living-Learning Center.
"I see this important role as a natural extension of what I love to do already-getting to know students. Pro Futuris calls for a unique place for community; I believe our LLC will do just that. I look forward to a transformational experience for both the residents and myself."