Department of English

Scott Simkins

Scott Simkins Senior Lecturer
8070 Haley Center
Personal web site

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 10:00-12:00 pm via virtual
  • Thursday 10:00-12:00 pm via virtual


Scott Simkins earned his Master’s Degree in Literature from the College of William & Mary in 1990 and his Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006.  He specializes in 20th-century American Literature and at Auburn University he has taught the World Literature, the American Literature, and the Core Composition sequences as well as 19th-Century American Literature and Business Writing.

Recent Conferences:

"A Synergistic Approach to Active Learning in Large Classes: Aligning Classroom, Students, and Online Components with Mutually Reinforcing Strategies” –at the Minnesota eLearning Summit, August 1, 2018.‚Äč

“Re-designing the Core Literature Classroom for Active Learning: Engaging the Wide Spectrum of Preparedness.”—presented at the 3rd Biennial National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Aug. 2015.

“Changing the Culture of Learning One Class at a Time”—poster session at Educause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Feb. 2014.

Representative Publications

  • “Myth as Talisman: Adaptive Teleology in The Winter of Our Discontent” in The Steinbeck Review Fall 2007.
  • Review of Robert B. Harmon’s Tracking John Steinbeck: A Bibliographer’s Perspective for The Steinbeck Review Fall 2007.
  • Entries on “About Ed Ricketts,” The Harvest Gypsies, A Russian Journal, and others for A Steinbeck Encyclopedia, 2006.
  • Review of Suzanne K. Sherman's Comedies Useful and Charles Watson's History of Southern Drama for Theatre Survey. May 1999. 

Last Updated: September 02, 2020