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The Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy operate on both the Oxford and Jackson campuses. The Schools of Dentistry, Health Related Professionals and Medicine, and the Health Sciences Graduate School, are based in Jackson only. (Additional healthcare programs are available through the School of Applied Sciences on the Oxford campus.) Other than these exceptions, the schools above are on the Oxford campus.

Faculty Profile

Derrick Avin Harriell

African American Studies Program
Director of African American Studies, Otillie Schillig Associate Professor of English, African American Studies, and Creative Writing
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211 Longstreet Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-5977
Joined UM: August 16, 2012

Brief Bio

Derrick Harriell is the director of the Master of Fine Arts-Creative Writing Program and assistant professor of English and African-American Studies at UM. He holds a Ph.D. in English, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (2012) and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Chicago State University. He's worked as assistant poetry editor for Third World Press and The Cream City Review and has taught community writing workshops for individuals of all ages, including senior citizens. A two-time Pushcart Nominee, Harriell's poems have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. Cotton (Aquarius Press-Willow Books 2010) is his first collection of poems. He is the author of three collections of poetry & was the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 2014 Poetry Award Winner. His essays and book reviews have been published widely.


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2012)

Committee Memberships

Grad. School Recruiting Fellowship Rev.
Ad Hoc Committee


Dr. Mike L. Edmonds New Scholar Award