Dr. Thomas Albritton came to High Point University in the fall of 1989. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in English from Wake Forest University, and his Ph. D. in English Education from The Florida State University. He taught high school English in Tallahassee, FL, before taking a research position in the Department of Education at The University of Chicago, and then an instructorship in the Department of Education at Wake Forest University. During his tenure at HPU, Dr. Albritton has served on the faculty of both the School of Education and the Department of English.
In addition to his teaching duties, he has directed the Honors Program (1994-2000) and chaired the English Department (2005-2008), and has been a member of numerous university committees, including the Teacher Education Council, Faculty Council, Assessment Advisory Board, Study Abroad Committee, and Global Studies Committee. In the spring of 1999, he received one of his most prized honors as a faculty member, HPU’s Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching/Service Award.
He presents regularly at state and national conferences on topics related adolescent literacy and pop culture, and the educational qualities of children’s and adolescent literary classics. His recent teaching responsibilities include “Literature for Children and Adolescents,” “Literacy in the Content Areas,” “Children’s Literature and Story Traditions Across the Anglo-Phonic World,” and four First Year Seminars (“Learning and Growing Up with Children’s Educational Television,” “Images of Teachers in Film, Fiction and TV,” “Books That Changed the Classroom,” and “The Neverland Variations: Telling and Retelling British Children’s Literary Classics”).
He is the Program Coordinator for Secondary English licensure.