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Dr. Edwards
Walter F. Edwards
Ph.D, Director

Born in Guyana, South America, Dr. Edwards earned a BA in English at the University of Guyana. He continued his education in England, earning an MA in Linguistics in English Language Teaching at University of Lancaster, England, and his Ph.D. in Language and Linguistics at University of York, England. At Wayne State University Dr. Edwards teaches several courses in linguistics. His research interests and publications include Guyanese Creole studies, African American Vernacular English, the sociolinguistics of rap lyrics and language and culture. Dr. Edwards was formerly Director of the Linguistics program, Assistant and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs, interim chair of the English Department at WSU. As the Humanities Center Director, Dr. Edwards manages all aspects of the Center's work and chairs the Advisory Board.

Dr. Edwards can be reached at (313) 577-5471 or walter.edwards@wayne.edu.

Jennifer Leonard
Jennifer Leornard
Administrative Assistant

Jennifer joined the Humanites Center in 2004. She can be reached at aa7076@wayne.edu or at (313) 577-5471.


Shamira Tellis
Student Assistant

Shamira joined the Humanities Center as a Student Assistant in August 2012. She is a junior majoring in Pre-Nursing, studying to earn a Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN).

Shamira can be reached at eu7918@wayne.edu or (313) 577-5471



Sharaya(Texas) Solomon
Student Assistant

Sharaya(Texas) joined the Humanities Center as a Student Assistant in August 2017. She received her undergrad degree in Public Relations and New Media from Wayne State University (May 2017). Now in graduate school in the College of Education she is studying Learning, Design and Technology.

Sharaya(Texas) can be reached at Ew2821@wayne.edu or (248) 579-3532


Shu Wang
Webmaster and Student Assistant

Shu joined the Humanities Center as a Webmaster in September 2017. She is a Master's student in Computer Science, studying to earn a Master's of Science in Computer Science Degree, her expected graduation date is December 2018.

Shu can be reached at shuwang@wayne.edu or (313) 577-5471