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Dr. Mary Lamb

Professor and Chair

Office: Arts & Sciences G-110E
College of Arts & Sciences


Mary R. Lamb is professor and chair of English at Clayton State University. From 2008-2017, she was director of first-year writing at Clayton State, where she instituted ePortfolio assessment. From 2000-2008, she was a lecturer and then senior lecturer at Georgia State University in the department of English and served as assistant director of lower division studies. Before completing her Ph.D. in English, she taught at Henry County High School in McDonough, GA and Decatur High School in Decatur, GA. She was awarded the Clayton State University Tommy Clonts’ University Professorship for teaching, scholarship, and dedication to improving public education. She was on the founding and governing board, and now serves on the advisory board, of The Museum School of Avondale Estates, a DeKalb County K-8 charter school, awarded the top charter school in the state 2019r, by GCSA.


Ph D, English, Texas Christian University, 2001

MA, English, Georgia State University, 1994

BA, English, Furman University, 1987

Awards and Honors

CSU Nomination for Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award for Dept. or Program, Clayton State University, Honor, 2016

Faculty Ally of the Year, Gay-Straight Alliance at Clayton State, Award, 2010

Ph.D. with Distinction, Texas Christian University, Honor, 2001

Intellectual Contributions

Mary Lamb, Winner Takes All: The Cultural Work of American Writing Contests, Cambridge Scholars Publishing – 2013

Mary Lamb, Teaching Nonfiction through Rhetorical Reading, English Journal, NCTE – March 2010

Mary Lamb, "Introduction", Cambridge Scholars Publishing – 2013

Mary Lamb, Contested Writing: Reconceptualizing Literacy Competitions, Cambridge Scholars Publishing – February 7 2013

Mary Lamb, Jennifer Parrott, Digital Reading and Writing in Composition Studies, Routledge, Taylor and Francis – April 2019

Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Mary Lamb, Sipai Klein, Peer Academic Mentors in First-Year Writing, Department of Education, Federal, 91000, Funded –  October 2016 to September 2021

Service to the University & University System of Georgia

University, Accreditation Reaffirmation Committee , Chairperson –  January 10 2022 to Present

University System, Board of Regents Advisory Council for English, Committee Member –  July 1 2017 to Present