Dr. Annette Graves

Associate Professor of English nagraves@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in Religion, University of Iowa
MA in English, University of Iowa
EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, University of West Florida


As the coordinator of the English and intercultural studies (EIS) major, Dr. Annette Graves infuses her classes with a heart for missions and her passion for Jesus Christ. Dr. Graves teaches College Reading and Writing, English Composition I and II, Introduction to Literature, Advanced Grammar and Advanced Creative Nonfiction for the Department of English and Foreign Languages. She also advises and supervises the internship of all EIS majors. In 2013, Dr. Graves initiated and co-led the SEU English department’s first literary study tour of England, a short-term study abroad option for SEU undergraduates interested in fulfilling general education humanities course requirements with international experiences. Dr. Graves also serves as the faculty sponsor of the Timothy Project, an SEU student organization providing mentoring opportunities for students with a call to missions, and leads a Connect group.

Prior to her position with SEU, Dr. Graves taught English at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa and Centerville, Iowa. She coordinated the TESOL certification program at the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry in Pensacola, Florida, from 2001 to 2005. She taught English as a foreign language (EFL) in Ramallah, Palestine and Ammon, Jordan (2000), and was senior instructor of EFL at the University of West Florida from 2006 to 2009. Dr. Graves was acting director of the Intensive English Program at UWF in 2009 and director of the Ashland Center for English Studies at Ashland University in 2009–2010. She has authored several articles on education for trade magazines in homeschooling and was a supervising teacher for home educators in the state of Iowa from 1993 to 1998. Dr. Graves is a member of the George MacDonald Literary Society, the National Association for Developmental Education, the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education and TESOL, the International Association for English Language Professionals. She and her husband, Andrew, are ordained ministers with Liberty Network (a cell of Church Foundational Network). They maintain membership with Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida, while supporting local, student-inspired ministry outreaches, such as Heart of the Father Ministries.

The Graves have five children. Their youngest daughter, Alexandra, is a May 2013 graduate of SEU and currently serves as an English teacher in Tanzania. Their son Philip is currently an interdisciplinary studies major at SEU.