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Ms. Corliss Marie Badeaux, Director of the Write to Excellence Center, Instructor of English

Ms. Corliss Marie Badeaux, Director of the Write to Excellence Center, Instructor of English

B.A., M.A., M.F.A. McNeese State University

Corliss Marie Badeaux

Drew Hall, 234

(337) 562-4206

Special Responsibilities

  • Director, Write To Excellence Center (WTEC) (
  • Administrative Advisory Council
  • Faculty Advisor for the International Student Association
  • Student Advocacy Group
  • Freshman-Sophomore Committee, Department of English and Foreign Languages
  • ESLI Oversight Committee
  • Assessment and gathering of data for Freshman English courses for benchmarking, QEP, and SACS Report 
  • Assistance to Freshman-Sophomore English Director in providing professional development for ENFL graduate assistants
  • Training of tutors in assisting other students with writing for all disciplines, especially focusing on students with special needs and on English Language Learners


Violet Howell Endowed Professorship

Teaching and Research Interests 

  • Fiction Writing
  • Advanced Composition (Ethics, Zeitgeist)
  • Advanced Grammar
  • Folk Music Research, including Cajun French music as it crossed the border into Texas. Studies of recording studios in Port Arthur, Texas, and Lake Charles, Louisiana, areas.

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • South Central Modern Language Association
  • Louisiana Folklore Society
  • McNeese State University's League of Nations member
  • Secretary, Council for International Concerns/Calcasieu Cinema International. This group is active in coordinating, with other campus groups and community/civic groups and individuals, presentations and other events that are of interest for the international population of Lake Charles (at the university and in the wider community). Since 2011, CIC/CCI has been organizing public viewings of international films with guided discussions to enhance communication across cultures.
  • Secretary, The International Club of Southwest Louisiana. This group addresses various needs of the international community on the local level. An offshoot of the group is the St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Center, which aids community members with immigration needs as well as communication and job-related skills. IC of SWLA partners with other community groups to foster positive relations between people of different cultural backgrounds.

Selected Works

  • Bridging the Gap: Developing Academic Writing Skills. Sulphur, OK: Fountainhead Press, 2007 (with Dr. Delma McLeod-Porter and Shonell Bacon)
  • Bridging the Gap: Research and Writing. Sulphur, OK: Fountainhead Press, 2006 (with Dr. Delma McLeod-Porter and Shonell Bacon)
  • Bridging the Gap: Learning to Write Effectively. Sulphur, OK: Fountainhead Press, 2005 (with Dr. Delma McLeod-Porter et al.)

  • "A Collaborative Essay: Documenting Individual and Community Responses to Hurricane Rita."Louisiana Folklore Miscellany Fall 2007 (with Dr. Keagan LeJeune, Dr. Stella Nesanovich, and Wendy Whelan-Stewart)
  • "Annotated Bibliography Regarding the Louisiana Neutral Zone or No Man's Land." (with Dr. Keagan LeJeune and Wendy Whelan-Stewart). Part of a larger project, "Louisiana's Frontier: A Summary Report to Five Parishes West of the Cultural Survey of the Region," in conjunction with a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, also involving other folklife researchers in the state (Spring 2007)

  • "The Boy with Cartoon Vision," Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 2004
  • "The 13th Buzz," McNeese State University (Part of graduating MFA candidates' presentation)
  • "Roads," McNeese State University, Women's Studies Brown Bag Lunch Readings
  • "Girl of Light," excerpt published in McNeese Women's Studies Newsletter, Spring 2002
  • "The Boy with Cartoon Vision," Texas Writers Association conference, Beaumont, Texas, Fall 2002