Victoria Knierim Delchamps
Assistant Professor
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
204 Russell Hall

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Victoria Delchamps lived in Nashville, Tennessee, for 16 years before moving to the Birmingham area. While in Nashville, she worked as a freelance writer and editor, earned her Bachelor of Arts in English at Tennessee State University, and worked as the Director of the Mt. Juliet Public Library. In 2003, she returned to school to earn her Master of Arts in English at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) where she received both the Wolf Graduate Writing Award and the Peck Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She began her teaching career at MTSU where she taught Expository Writing and served as Co-Director of the Developmental Studies Writing Lab.

Delchamps began teaching Communications Arts at Samford University in 2006. She served as Assistant Director of the Communication Resource Center until 2009. In 2010, she was named Coordinator of Academic Enrichment for the Howard College of Arts and Sciences where she directed the BACHE Cultural Passport Program, served as academic liaison for the English Language Learner Institute, and coordinated the John Howard Scholars Program. She was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2016 and joined the English Department faculty in 2019.

Delchamps’ current scholarly interests include examinations of rhetorical power, writing pedagogy, especially as it relates to metacognition and critical thinking, and interdisciplinary death studies. She recently traveled to the UK to present a paper on the politics of death at the University of Bath, and her students research themes related to “Death, Dying, and Faith” in her Communication Arts classes.

Outside the classroom, Delchamps enjoys reading mystery novels, gardening, and doing crafts with her five grandchildren. She and her husband, Al, love to travel and are active members at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Alabaster.

Degrees and Certifications

B.A. in English, Tennessee State University, 1993

M.A. in English, Middle Tennessee State University, 2005

Scholarly Interests

Writing Studies – Writing Pedagogy

Death Studies – The Politics of Death 

Children’s Literature

Nineteenth Century American Literature - Women’s Studies

Academic Publications

 “Mina Shaughnessy.” Compbiblio: Leaders and Influences in Composition Theory and Practice. Ed. Allison D. Smith and Trixie G. Smith. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead, 2007.

Communication Arts: A Student’s Guide. 4th Edition. Samford University Press, 2012. Co-editor and Contributor.

Selected Presentations

“Appropriating the Living and the Dead: the ‘Martyred Heroines’ of the American Civil Rights Movement.” Centre for Death & Society (CDAS) Conference 2018: The Politics of Death. University of Bath, UK. June 2018. 

“’Death, Dying, and Faith’” in a First-Year Writing Seminar: Using Reformation Theology to Teach Threshold Concepts in Writing Studies.” Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition: Teaching the Reformations. Samford University. October 6-8, 2016.

“Turning Big Ideas into Best Practices through Communication and Collaboration.” International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education        (IAPCHE). Calvin College. Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. June 4-6, 2015.

 “‘It is more than just a grade.’ Redefining Success for Student Writers.” The 67th Annual Conference of the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama    (ACETA). Fairhope, AL. March 13-14, 2015.

 “Exposing the Rhetoric of First-Year Writing Students by Examining the Power and Limitations of Autobiography through a Rhetorical Analysis of Augustine’s Confessions using ‘Book Four’ of De Doctrina Christiana.” Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition: Augustine across the Curriculum. Samford University. October 2-4, 2014.

“Beyond Little Women: The Extraordinary Life of Louisa May Alcott.” Shelby County Library System. Birmingham, AL. Sept. 15, 2011.

“The Writers’ Studio: Creating a Safe Space for Beginning Writers.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Chicago, IL. March 22-25, 2006.

“Complex Gender Legacies of Alcott’s Little Women.” Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA), Milwaukee, WI. November 10-13, 2005.

Professional Memberships

Center for Death and Society (CDAS)

Modern Language Association (MLA)

National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)