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Dr. Sidney Watson

Professor of English


Dr. Sidney Watson teaches all levels of English courses including Freshman English. She is currently the faculty sponsor for OBU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, and also serves as the president on the national board of Sigma Tau Delta following her service for two years as vice president/president elect and four years as the Southwest Regent (representing Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Arkansas).

Over the years Dr. Watson has won many awards including the Irene D. Elliott Award for Excellence in Teaching award from the University of South Carolina in 1995 and is active as a scholar in various literacy programs in the state. She is also a member of University Baptist Church in Shawnee. Dr. Watson has three sons, Jamie, Robert, and Billy.


B.A., University of South Carolina
M.A., University of South Carolina
Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Dissertation: “Gender, Creativity, and the Author-Publisher Relationship: Edith Wharton at Scribners”

Courses Taught

ENGL 1153: English Exposition and Argument

ENGL 1163: English Composition and Classical Literature

ENGL 2013, 2023: Western Civilization

ENGL 3263: Fiction

ENGL 3513, 3523: Survey of American Literature I and II

ENGL 4623: Major Authors: American Fiction

ENGL 4723: Major Authors: American Poetry

Selected Publications

“Wallace Stevens and the Maternal Art of Poetry.” The Wallace Stevens Journal 22.1 (1998): 72-82.

“Author and Publisher: ‘Radical Writer’ in an ‘Ultra-conservative House.’” F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary Exhibition Catalog. E. Matthew J. Bruccoli. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1996. 21-34.