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Dr. Sidney Watson

Professor of English

Office Location Owens Hall, 202
Phone (Office) 405.585.4244
OBU Mailbox # 61307


Dr. Sidney Watson is a specialist in 20th-century literature and literature by women, who also teaches all levels of English courses including Freshman English. She is currently one of the faculty sponsors for OBU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. She is very active at the national level of Sigma Tau Delta, currently serving on the Past Presidents' Council and a number of committees.

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 2113: Introduction to American Studies
  • ENGL 4403, Transatlantic Modernism
  • ENGL 4413, Contemporary Literature
  • ENGL 4643, Topics in the Novel or Short Story

Publications and Presentations

“Wharton, Cather, and the Creative Self as Sacred Space,” Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, Abilene Christian University--Dallas, October 2017

“Wharton’s Declaration of Independence: The Contest Over the Image of Eliot.” Conference of the Edith Wharton Society. University of Roehampton-Surrey. Surrey, England. July 2003.

“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.