Dr. Trela Anderson has over twenty years of experience as a writing instructor. Her teaching and research interests include Composition studies, reading and literacy instruction, African American literature, and creative nonfiction. Her publications range from a memoir of her relationship with her maternal grandmother entitled The Cinderella Stories: Lessons I Learned From my Grandmother, A Spiritual Memoir and a commentary on the effectiveness of peer review in The Chronicle of Higher Education to articles on reading instruction and literacy among college students published in the Journal of College Reading and Learning and the Journal of College Literacy and Learning. Also, she has presented scholarly papers at several national conferences, including the College Reading and Learning Association Conference, the College English Association Conference, the National Association of African American Studies Conference, and the Lilly Conference on College Teaching.
From August 2005 to April 2018, Trela served as English Department faculty at Fayetteville State University where she was Department Chair for three years and Director of the university’s Reading Across the Curriculum program (a Title III grant-supported program) for five years. Trela holds a B.A. in English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an M.A. in English from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.