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A-State Remains Closed Through Friday. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6, due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and regular hours over the weekend.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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(870) 972-3820

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(870) 972-2093

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Associate Professor of English


  • Ph.D. English, Washington State University, 1995
  • M.A. English, San Diego State University, 1988
  • B.A. English, San Diego State University, 1985

Teaching Specialties

  • African American Literature
  • Civil Rights Movement Literature
  • Minority Literature
  • American Literature

Courses Taught

  • African American Literature
  • Civil Rights Movement Film and Literature
  • Minority Literature
  • American Literature
  • Regional American Literature
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Composition

Research Interests

  • " Passage to Slavery, Passage to Freedom: Olaudah Equiano and the Sea." The Midwest Quarterly 47.3 (2006): 209-223.
  • " Civil Rights Movement." Writing African American Women: An Encyclopedia of Literature by and about Women of Color. Ed. Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu. Greenwood Press, 2006.
  • "' It Was a Form of Creativity, Our Going to Central': An Interview with Minnijean Brown Trickey." Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies 36.2 (2005) 90-98.
  • " Louise Meriwether." Black Women in America, second edition. Ed. Darlene Clark Hine. Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • " Intimate History": Storyteller and Audience in Gayl Jones's Corregidora." College Language Association Journal 47.1 (2003): 1-31.
  • "' Poor and Black and Apt to Stay That Way': Gambling on a Sure Thing in Louise Meriwether's Daddy Was a Number Runner." The Midwest Quarterly 45.1 (2003): 49-58.
  • Current Project:
    Civil rights movement literature and film with a particular focus on the 1957 desegregation efforts at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas

Janelle Collins

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2210


Building: Wilson Hall
Room: 313A