Dr. Gyasi Francisco

Associate Professor of English
B.A. in English Literature (Palm Beach Atlantic University)
M.A. in English Literature (University of Rochester)
M.A. in Multicultural Literature and Literacies (Florida Atlantic University)
Ph.D. in English Literature (University of Rochester)

“On Constructive Anger” in Ruminate Magazine

My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: The community at Johnson is incredibly warm and inviting. Faculty and students made such an effort to get to know me and help me during my first semester. I will always be grateful for that.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Watch true crime shows and knit. I am slowly becoming the old lady I was born to be.

In my classes, students can expect: Focused and thoughtful chaos. The majority of the things we read in my classes are strange (because we read a lot of science fiction), and they challenge the way we perceive the world and the people around us. I love hearing my students’ thoughts and reactions to the weird stuff I make them read.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Try to establish and maintain a routine or schedule as soon as you can. College is a time when you want to say “yes” to everything because there are so many opportunities. However, that leads to burnout very quickly. If you have a schedule, if you learn how to plan, then you’ll learn when it’s appropriate to say “yes.”

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Empathetic, curious, and kind. I think the beauty of literature is that it enables us to immerse ourselves in someone else’s experience. It gives us access to someone else’s reality. I think understanding the “why?” and “how?” that makes a person who they are better prepares us to reach all nations.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: Studying literature or composition and rhetoric teaches you how to debate, think through implications and outcomes, anticipate objections, and create connections between different schools of thought.

A quote that influences how I live is:

“All manner of things shall be well.” – Julian of Norwich

“Let nothing upset you/ Let nothing startle you./ All things pass; / God does not change.” – St. Teresa of Avila