Dr. Karen B. Golightly (Department Chair), Associate Professor, specializes in Victorian literature and creative writing. She received her B.A. from Rhodes College in 1989, her M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Memphis in 1994, and her Ph.D. in 19th century Irish and British literature from Southern Illinois University in 2007. She is the faculty sponsor of CBU's literary journal, Castings, the advisor of the Creative Writing Club, the Director of the Creative Writing Program, and the Director of Fresh Reads, CBU’s summer reading experience for incoming freshmen. She also teaches a variety of courses at CBU, including first-year composition, survey of literature, creative writing, and several Victorian literature classes. Her main area of research is 19th-century Irish folklore and culture.