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A. Franklin Parks
B.A., Salisbury University
Dr. A. Franklin Parks passed away unexpectedly in November 2014. The English Department is saddened by this loss, and misses his humor, his professionalism, and his inspired teaching.
Frank Parks, the recipient of all three of the Frostburg State University Faculty Achievement Awards, joined the English Faculty in 1978. He has co-authored three books on writing and composition, one of which has gone through five editions, as well as co-edited a collection of essays on Maryland history and literature. His latest solo scholarly work is entitled William Parks: The Colonial Printer in the Transatlantic World of the Eighteenth Century, published by Pennsylvania State University Press in 2012. He is also the author of scholarly and popular articles in professional journals, biographical dictionaries, and magazines.
Dr. Parks is a member of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies; the East Central American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies; the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing; and the Early American Society. As a member of these organizations, he has given papers at their annual conferences and at meetings of affiliated organizations in the U.S. and internationally in such places as Oxford, UK; Venice, Italy; Helsinki, Finland; Montreal, Canada; and Leiden, Netherlands.
As a faculty member in the FSU English Department, Dr. Parks teaches an assortment of professional writing, literature, and creative writing courses. He also coordinates the Public Relations and Journalism minors and chairs the department Assessment Committee. In addition to his teaching and advising, Dr. Parks has also served as acting chair of the department on occasion and for the period from 1993 to 1997 served as Associate Provost and Acting Provost of the University.
Despite his professional work and administrative experience, Dr. Parks’s first love is teaching and working with students.