Darton State College Humanities Department | Bio - Ronald "Wayne" , Jr.
Humanities Faculty & Staff
Dr. Ronald W. Partridge, Jr. "Wayne"
Dr. Wayne Partridge joined the Darton College Humanities faculty full-time in 2011 as an assistant professor of English. Before that, he occasionally taught classes at Darton part-time while a high school English teacher and athletics coach.
Before becoming an educator, Dr. Partridge spent fourteen years in journalism, writing and editing for newspapers such as The Albany Herald, The Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader, and the Columbus (Georgia) Ledger-Enquirer, picking up a few awards along the way for his investigative reporting and feature writing. He has written articles for several national magazines, including Men’s Health, and his poetry has been published by Other Poetry Editions. He earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Oxford, in Oxford, England, and has recently finished writing his first novel and started on a second.
As one might expect for an English teacher, Dr. Partridge’s interests include reading and writing. He is also a competitive rower, having founded the Auburn University Rowing Club while an undergraduate there, and rowing with Christ Church Boat Club while at Oxford. Also while at Oxford, Dr. Partridge ran (slowly) for the Oxford University Cross-Country Club, for which he served as a college representative, and he earned the equivalent of a “varsity letter” for representing the University against Cambridge in the annual Gliding Club Varsity Competition. Dr. Partridge served as a medic in the U.S. Air Force and earned his flight instructor license during his off-duty time. He gave flying lessons and towed banners over beaches and ACC and SEC football games to help pay college tuition.
He and his wife, Leslie, share their home with a clingy Weimaraner and a chocolate Lab.