Linda Frost and Tyehimba Jess

Linda Frost and Tyehimba Jess
Dr. Linda Frost has been named the founding Dean of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Honors College. She comes to UTC from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, where she holds the positions of Director of the Honors Program and Professor of English.

At EKU, Frost oversaw the revision of the honors curriculum and was the principal investigator on a $200,000 National Science Foundation grant to create the interdisciplinary biological and physical honors science course, SEEing Science in Appalachia.

A member of the Publications Board of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), Frost has published a number of essays in the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council and in 2012, she presented her work at the first international “Evoking Excellence in Higher Education” conference in Groningen, the Netherlands. Her current work-in-progress is Housing Honors, a monograph that includes the first large-scale survey of the physical structures honors occupies across the U.S.

She is the author of Never One Nation: Freaks, Savages, and Whiteness in U.S. Popular Culture, 1850-1870 (University of Minnesota Press, 2005) and Conjoined Twins in Black and White: The Lives of Millie-Christine McKoy and Daisy and Violet Hilton (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009).

She is currently President of the Southern Regional Honors Council and with John Richardson, Director of the University Honors Program at the University of Louisville, co-hosted the annual SRHC conference in Louisville in April 2013.

Frost earned her undergraduate degree in English from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and received her English from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Frost has made numerous national and regional scholarly presentations.

“The Honors College holds great potential for more students at UTC to have an honors experience and joins the prestigious Brock Scholars program… Dr. Frost will spend the next year planning the Honors College,” said Dr. Mary Tanner, Interim Provost


Detroit native Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.”  Professor Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-5 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Professor Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000 – 2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He has also exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TedX Nashville Conference. Tyehimba Jess is an Assistant Professor of English at College of Staten Island.

Scholarship / Publications :
Professor Jess' fiction and poetry have appeared in Beyond The Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First Century; Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art; Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam; Power Lines: Ten Years of Poetry from Chicago's Guild Complex; Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry, Brilliant Corners, Ploughshares; Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora; Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas; Mosaic; Blu Magazine; American Poetry Review; Indiana Review; Nashville Review and 580 Split.


Published on February 20, 2014