Janene Lewis received her Ph.D. from Texas Christian University in 1999 and has been teaching in the English Department at UMHB since the fall of 2001. Dr. Lewis teaches Contemporary World Literature, Literature and Social Consciousness, and Scientific Writing. Dr. Lewis has been a panel member and director of the UMHB Central Texas Book Club. She has presented several papers at professional conferences such as the National Association of Developmental Educators, the Conference of College Composition and Communication, and the National Council of Teachers of English. Dr. Lewis has also published articles in the Middle Atlantic Writer’s Association Review and the TFW and has co-authored Composition Teaching and Christian Tradition: An Annotated Bibliography for the Rhetoric and Christian Tradition website. She was a member of the National Committee on Best Practices for the Millennial Student. The committee’s findings were published in Network: A Journal of Faculty Development in 2007. In Summer 2014, she received a professional development grant to study best practices in developmental writing. She presented those findings at the meeting of the National Association of Developmental Educators in February 2015. Three years ago, she began sponsoring a creative writing contest in honor of Black History Month, with the winners reading their work at the Windhover Writers' Festival. She has written a scientific writing handbook that is available as an open educational resource. Most recently, Dr. Lewis has developed three online courses for the English department.
Dr. Lewis's personal interests include researching family history and genealogy. She also belongs to several community groups that provide education and support to families with a child on the autism spectrum. In June 2019, she traveled with a group of UMHB students to Lithuania and Poland and hopes to return in the next few years.
Dr. Lewis has been married to her husband Paul for 29 years. They have three daughters: Gabrielle, Olivia, and Alexandra.
Subjects TaughtContemporary World Literature, Scientific Writing, sophomore-level general surveys
Degrees EarnedB.S., M.A., Tarleton State University; Ph.D., Texas Christian University
Dr. Lewis's current interests include scientifc writing, monsters and science in literature, and literature and medicine.