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Mike Odom (he/him)

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Contact Information

315b English Bldg

Office Hours

Spring 2024: Thursdays 11:30-1:00
Senior Instructor


Mike Odom received his B.A. in English Language and Literature from Mississippi State University in 1996 and attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, focusing on American fiction between 1870 and the present day, the literature of the southern United States, African-American literature, postmodernism, and narratology.  He has been a member of the Specialized Faculty at the U of I since 2003, and including his years as a Teaching Assistant in the graduate program, he has a combined 27 years of post-secondary teaching experience.  He has recently served as the Specialized Faculty Assistant Director of Rhetoric, and he is currently serving as the Vice-President of the Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition.  

Awards and Honors

English Department Teaching Award for Non-Tenure Faculty, 2009-10

Rhetoric Program Award for Excellence in Writing Instruction (Specialized Faculty), 2022

English Department Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2022-2023


Courses Taught

ENGL 109: Intro to Fiction
ENGL 116: Intro to American Literature 
ENGL 200: Intro to the Study of Literature and Culture 
ENGL 251: American Novel Since 1914 
ENGL 256: Survey of American Lit II
ENGL 259/AFRO 259/CWL 259: Afro-American Literature I 
ENGL 300: Faulkner and the American South

RHET 101: Principles of Writing
RHET 102: Principles of Research
RHET 105: Writing and Research
RHET 233: Advanced Rhetoric and Composition

Additional Campus Affiliations

Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition