B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Southeastern University
M.A. in English and Creative Writing, Southern New Hampshire University
Hannah Benefield is passionate about the transformative process of writing and is committed to preparing students to think deeply and creatively and to apply what they learn practically. She began teaching for the Department of Humanities as an adjunct in the fall of 2017 and joined the department full-time in July 2018, teaching English Composition, Creative Writing, and Advanced Fiction.
Professor Benefield worked as a writing tutor and later trained tutors as the Academic Success Coordinator in ACE, the learning center at Southeastern University. These experiences taught her how to guide students in finding patterns within their writing and to dig into the common issues that students face when developing as writers.
In the classroom, Professor Benefield is dedicated to helping students rewrite the script for their literary identities, showing them the beauty of constructive peer feedback, and connecting their creativity to the real world.
During her graduate studies, Professor Benefield conducted research in the fields of writing and literature, including the publishing industry, fiction and poetry composition, and modern and realist literature. In addition, she completed a 33,500-word novella to satisfy the thesis requirement for her degree. Her short story, “Rumination,” was published in the online literary journal “Typishly” in November 2017.