Robert Kilgore, PhD

Robert Kilgore, PhD  

Associate Professor of English

Library Room 260
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: 843-208-8210
Robert Kilgore, PhD

Hi. I'm Rob Kilgore, and I'm an associate professor of English at USCB. 

My current work (teaching, research, service) engages the intersections among premodern literary texts, poetry, critical race theory, literacy and pedagogy, educational institutions, critical university studies, and the English profession -- which is a fancy way of saying I care deeply about poetry, and I care deeply about work, and I care deeply about how poetry and work have happened and do happen – for students and for teachers. 

My background helps explain: I have a BA in English and an MBA in Human Resources Management from Virginia Tech, and an MA and PhD from USC Columbia in English (major: Renaissance lit; minor: critical theory). I have work experience in health care administration, was a department chair and dean here at USCB, and currently serve as the president of USCB’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors. I’ve taught college courses for over 20 years now (and since 2007 at USCB). 

Each semester I teach students in Composition and Rhetoric courses and in various rotating courses: British literatures to the 18th Century, Workplace Writing, Shakespeare, Tudor Literature, 17th-Century Literature, Chaucer, and Literary Theory. 

I look forward to those sparkling moments when people work together, and when students find their breakthroughs and claim their educations (Adrienne Rich).


  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research

PhD in English. University of South Carolina 2008

MA in English, Majoring in British Literature Before 1660. University of South Carolina 2003

Master of Business Administration. Virginia Tech 1998

BA in English. Virginia Tech 1996

  • ENGL B101 - Composition & Rhetoric
  • ENGL B263 - Intro to Workplace Writing
  • ENGL B461 - Early Shakespeare
  • Early Modern Literature
  • Premodern Critical Race Studies
  • Critical University Studies
  • Writing and Literature Pedagogy
  • Workplace Writing and Culture