College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, 2012
Denny C. Plattner Award for Outstanding Non-fiction, Appalachian Heritage, 2009
Nikki Giovanni: A Literary Biography. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2013.
Gloria Naylor: In Search of Sanctuary. New York: Twayne/Macmillan, 1996.
Nikki Giovanni. New York: Twayne/Macmillan, 1992.
Henry James's American Girl: The Embroidery on the Canvas. Madison, Wisconsin & London, England: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1984.
Conversations With Nikki Giovanni. Jackson, Mississippi: The University Press of Mississippi, 1992.
""Tennessean by Birth"." Appalachian Heritage: A Literary Quarterly of the Southern Appalachians. 40.4 (2012): 14-22.
“‘And This Poem Recognizes That’: Embracing Contrarieties in the Poetry of Nikki Giovanni.” In Her Words: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Appalachian Women’s Poetry, ed. by Felicia Mitchell, pp. 112-35. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2002.
"A Nikki Giovanni Chronology." Appalachian Heritage: A Literary Quarterly of the Southern Appalachians. 40.4 (2012): 51-62