Dr. Scurlock is Dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, and Senior Fellow of the Luckyday Residential College. Dr. Scurlock became a faculty member at the University of Mississippi in 1996 and has taught honors courses for over 16 years. Prior to being named Dean, Dr. Scurlock was also the Director of African American Studies. She is a native of Memphis and earned her BA in English from the University of Tennessee and M.A. and Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University of Ohio. Dr. Scurlock has published numerous articles and reviews of African American literature in signal publications. Her excellence in teaching is notable, being named the College of Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year in 2003, UM Humanities Teacher of the Year, and the Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award in 2011. A 2013-2014 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow, Dr. Scurlock has also been recognized by the Mississippi House of Representatives for her work to promote diversity.