Dr. Lillian Purdy

Dr. Lillian Purdy

Professor of English, Director of the Bridge Program, Coordinator of Academic Advising, Interim Director of the Library, Faculty Athletics Representative

(318) 487-7517

About Dr. Lillian Purdy

Lillian Purdy joined the LC faculty in 1986 and served in the library until 2001. She was initially a Government Documents/Media Librarian; later, her responsibilities were expanded to include Circulation and Interlibrary Loans.  She was an active member of the Louisiana Library Association and attended state conferences as well as two Southeastern Library Association conferences.

In 2001, she moved to the English Department and began teaching freshman courses.  That same year, she was appointed Coordinator of CC100–the freshman orientation program.  She served in that role from 2001-2005. For the past 15 years, she has been an adviser for undeclared majors. She has a passion for assisting these students as they decide on their major and for helping them achieve academic success.

Dr. Purdy serves as the Director of the Bridge Program and academic counselor for probationary students. In May 2020, she was appointed the Interim Director of the Library.

She and her husband Luke have been married since 1988, and they have one grown son, Jay.  They are active at Emmanuel Baptist Church, where she works with the 4th-6th grade children’s choir.  She also serves on various church committees, including personnel and public relations, and she is a substitute pianist for a small church in the community. She is a member of the Friends of the Rapides Parish Library, and she is past president of the board of the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

She holds the J.E. Hixson Professorship in English.

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

British Women Writers’ Conference
Lexington, Kentucky April 2007
Presented a paper:  “Fanny Trollope and Travel Writing”

RELIC: Creole Writing in Louisiana
6-session presentation sponsored by Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH)
Co-presenter at Concordia Parish Library, Vidalia, Louisiana 2006

The Louisiana Short Story
Rapides Public Library, Alexandria, Louisiana March 2015
4-session presentation and discussion sponsored by Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH)

Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Rapides Public Library, Alexandria, Louisiana March 2016
4-session presentation and discussion sponsored by Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH)

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Rapides Public Library, Alexandria, Lousiana, October 2016
4-session presentation and discussion

SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Assoc)
Jacksonville, Florida, November 4-5, 2016
Presented a paper: Mary E. Griffith’s Three Hundred Years Hence: Creating a Utopia for the Chosen Few

Colonial Dames of America
Alexandria, Louisiana, May 3, 2017
Guest Speaker, Presentation on Kate Chopin

PrimeTime Inc.
Rapides Public Library
Glenmora, Louisiana, September 19, 2017
Served as Guest Scholar for children’s reading program

SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Assoc)
Atlanta, Georgia, November 3-4, 2017
Presented a paper: Teaching Shakespeare’s Othello in a Disney’s Beauty and the Beast World.

Rapides Reads
Keynote Speaker for the Rapides Parish Library’s “Rapides Reads”
Spoke about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and led a community group discussion
October 4, 2018

SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Assoc)
Birmingham, Alabama, November 2018
Retention: What’s Good for the Student is Good for the College”

Keynote Speaker for the Rapides Parish Library’s “Rapides Reads”
Spoke about the life of Mary Shelley and led a community group discussion
October 2019

PUBLICATIONS

“Mary Griffith’s Three Hundred Years’ Hence: Utopia, Women, and Marriage”

American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Education

  • PhD University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • MA Northwestern State University
  • MLS Vanderbilt University
  • BBA Belmont College

Academic Programs

  • BA English
  • BA English Education