News by Mary Margaret Busby April 15, 2016
Brantley included in acknowledgements of national textbook
Mary Brantley, an English instructor on the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus, recently served on the advisory board for the national textbook, "The St. Martin's Guide to Writing"(11th edition Annotated), and her reviews were featured in the acknowledgments section. Not only was her name included in the list of acknowledgments (on p. xiii) in the national student edition, her review of the book was featured on the cover of the complimentary copy sent to instructors.
The portion of Brantley's review featured on the textbook cover said, "I have loved The St. Martin's Guide…because it is solid, comprehensive, and flexible. It does not talk down to students or dumb down the material."
The textbook, written by Rise B. Axelrod and Charles R. Cooper, provides step-by-step writing guides to nine different genres, a rhetoric, an assortment of engaging readings, a research manual, and a handbook. It is available both in hardcopy and online, and since the original version was released in 1985, has been the best-selling college rhetoric.
Brantley, who recently celebrated 30 years of working for Holmes, has been an English instructor on the Ridgeland Campus since it opened its doors in 1985. She has taught English Composition I and II, Honors Composition, and a variety of literature courses. Brantley previously served as Department Chair for the Department of English & Foreign Language, but opted to step down from the role in 2015 and redirect all of her attention back to the classroom. She has also served as coordinator of the Honors Program, Project Director for the Mississippi Humanities Council grants, and on various committees for the college.
Prior to coming to Holmes, Brantley served as English Department Chair, an English and French Instructor, and Yearbook Sponsor for Madison-Ridgeland High School. She also formerly worked as a reserve librarian for the Eudora Welty Library in Jackson. Brantley earned her M.A. in English from the University of Mississippi following the completion of her B.A. in English from Millsaps College.
A former HEADWAE Award recipient, she also received the Mississippi Humanities Council Scholars Award in 1996, was recognized as the Community College Outstanding Faculty Honoree in 1994, was chosen as a Lamplighters honoree in 1991, and was a Mississippi Economic Council Star Teacher in 1980. Brantley served as a lecturer with the Mississippi Humanities Speakers Bureau from 1992-1999, as well.