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Carmen Acevedo Butcher

Office Address: 
M14 Wheeler Hall
Office Hours: 
MW 2:30-3:30 in Wheeler M14, & by appointment

Carmen Acevedo Butcher has a Ph.D. from The University of Georgia, Phi Beta Kappa. Teaching courses in first-year composition, advanced composition, advanced grammar, professional communication, history of the English language, poetry, creative nonfiction, publishing and editing, and British literature, she received the Carnegie Foundation/CASE Georgia Professor of the Year and other teaching awards. She has taught at universities on the east coast, and she was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at Sogang University in Seoul for a year. She has a 120-hour TESOL certificate from Kennesaw State University. She also studied as a Fulbright Scholar at University College London and as a Rotary Graduate Scholar at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.

In addition to teaching at Berkeley, she has published with John Algeo a history of the English language textbook Origins and Development of the English Language. In 2018 Shambhala Publications added her translation of the fourteenth-century masterpiece of mysticism, The Cloud of Unknowing (2009), to their new Shambhala Pocket Library series. She has written and lectured widely on the topics of linguistics, medieval literature, and women mystics and has translated other classics, including Ælfric’s tenth-century sermons, Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader, Man of Blessing: A Life of Benedict, and A Little Daily Wisdom, among others.

She and her students were interviewed by BBC World Service journalist Robin Lustig for "The Future of English: Dialects and Evolution." As part of her Lecturer Teaching Fellowship, she created teaching websites on Weebly and on Tumblr. You are invited to explore those at Engaging Gen Z and Creative Space and to visit her at her homepage and Shambhala Author Page