Kevin L. Cole, Ph.D.

Professor, English

Kevin Cole received his B.A. and M.A. in literature from Texas A&M University (1991 and 1993) and the Ph.D. in literature from Baylor University (1999). He has taught at USF since 1999. He teaches  LAR 111 and 112; Literature and the Critical Imagination, including an all-outdoor section; the early and later Survey of British Literature courses; Shakespeare; Slave Narratives; Race and Religion in the American Imagination; and AHE 524 (Quality in Higher Education). His book of poetry "Late Summer Plums" was published in 2016; his most recent play, Loving Arms, was produced in February 2020; he is currently at work on other plays and works of fiction. Since 2010 he has been in the Peer Review Corps of the Higher Learning Commission, has been chairing teams since 2016, and acts in several other capacities for the Commission. 


  • B.A., English, Texas A&M, 1991
  • M.A., English, Texas A&M University, 1993
  • Ph.D., English, Baylor, 1999

Courses Taught

  • LAR111 - Western Intellectual Traditions
  • LAR112 - Western Intellectual Traditions
  • ENG200 - Introduction to Literature
  • ENG221 - Survey of Later British Literature
  • ENG322 - Shakespeare
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  • ART 210 - Art History
  • ENG450 - Colloquium
  • ENG490 - Special Topics
  • ENG226 - American Slave Narratives
  • ENG223 - Survey of Later British Masterpieces
  • ENG220 - Global Literature Survey
  • ENG 395: RACE AND RELIGION IN THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION - Race and Religion in the American Imagination

Professional Memberships

College English Association
Higher Learning Commission National Peer Review Corps


  • Generalist; Poetry; Freshman Experience; Art History 14th Century to 20th


Research interests include but are not limited to: blindness in literature and art; slave narratives; the art of Richard Diebenkorn; liberal arts education; pedgogy related to outdoors education

Scholarships and Creative Work

  • Several articles and presentations on various literary subjects in academic journals; presentations at the annual conference of the HLC
  • Late Summer Plums. Scurfpea Press, 2016
  • Loving Arms (play)--staged reading in 2018 and full production in 2020
  • Loving Arms--Full production, February 2020
  • Emily and Michael, Staged Reading Summer 2019

Service/Volunteer Work


Directed USF Research Symposium, 2008 - 2018

Annually organize USF-led service at The Banquet 

Volunteer at children's schools