Humanities Faculty & Staff
Elizabeth Perkins, Dean
Before teaching college English, Enoch “Shane” Smith took a circuitous route to an education career. Shane was born in Gainesville, Georgia, where he graduated high school, but the wanderlust and a thirst for adventure took him from his home state to the far western horizon.
Shane earned two BA degrees from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas while working as a dice and blackjack dealer at one of the Las Vegas Strip’s super casinos. With English and Film degrees under his belt, Shane moved further west to sunny Southern California. While there, Shane earned his MFA in creative writing from Chapman University with an emphasis in screenwriting. While enrolled at Chapman, Shane worked for the Magic Kingdom at Disneyland. After college, Shane got some exposure to the film industry while working with a talent management agency and in the story development department of a small film company.
Eventually, Shane felt that it was time to return home to Georgia. He moved to Atlanta in 2008, where he enrolled in the graduate English program at Georgia State University. He earned his MA in English Literature and is still enrolled at GSU in pursuit of his PhD. Shane’s doctoral dissertation will examine Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of story “re-accentuation” and how many important narratives are surviving, dying, or gaining a surprising new life in the film and internet ages.
Shane’s eclectic, unique background coupled with his passions for writing and narrative has served him well as a college English teacher. He teaches everything from developmental English composition to American and British literature. While Shane has lived in glamorous places like Las Vegas and Southern California, he feels like he’s found a home in Albany and at Darton State College.