A professor speaks to a group of students sitting in the film viewing room with black and white film on the screen over his shoulder.

Deborah Vause, Ph.D.


  • A.A. Brevard College (1976)
  • B.A. North Carolina State University (1979)
  • M.A. North Carolina State University (1986)
  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1993)


  • Fantasy Literature
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Environmental Literature
  • British and European Literature
  • First-year Writing

Research Interests

  • History of British and American English
  • Linguistics and pedagogy
  • Contemporary fantasy literature
  • Ecocriticism

Recent Publications

  • Vause, Deborah J. and Julie S. Amberg. Making Language Matter: Teaching Resources for Meeting the Common Core State Standards at the High School Level. New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2013.
  • “The Classics.” Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions. Edited by Nina P. Azari, Anne Runehov, and Luis Oviedo. Springer. Online publication. November 2012.
  • American English: History, Structure, and Usage. Co-author with Julie Amberg. Cambridge University Press. November, 2009.
  • “Teaching Variation: Using IM in the Introductory Linguistics Classroom.” Co-author with Julie Amberg. American Speech. 83.2(2008): 230-237.