Hazel Arnett Ervin received her PhD in African American Literature from Howard University. She has earned leadership certificates from the Hampton University Leadership Summit and the American Council on Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education. Ervin has numerous years of experience as both high school and college educator, and has promoted a student-centered model of teaching and learning. In 2011, Ervin was appointed by the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known also as the Nation’s Report Card, to help “set achievement levels” for writing in American education. Internationally recognised for her monographs, articles and scholarly editions on writer Ann Petry, she is also known for her theoretical publications on African American literature, especially African American Literary Criticism and The Handbook of African American Literature. She is the recipient of the Fulbright award and fellowships from Mellon, NEH, and the WYE Institute, and was named in Who’s Who in Black America and Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. She currently serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.Lois Jamison Sheer, an administrator, assistant professor, and consultant in higher education, is the Director of the Academic Success Center and Co-Director of the Student Tuition Assistance and Readiness Tract Summer Bridge Program, both at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has received awards and recognitions for teaching and leadership, including a Distinguished Teaching Award, inclusions in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who Among American Educators, and leadership achievements in curriculum development. She is the founder of the Christian Book Discussion Group, a community-based literary guild, and currently Vice President of the HBCU – General Education Alliance, Inc. Dr Sheer received her PhD in Reading from Georgia State University.