Carmen Acevedo Butcher is a professor of English and

Scholar-in-Residence at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. She serves

as a commentator for Georgia Public Broadcasting and has also appeared

on GPB’s Georgia Gazette and The Issue. She writes for Christianity Today, Christian History & Biography, Kyria, and The Well, and has also written for Cambridge University Press, Western Michigan University’s Medieval Institute, Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History,

and others. In addition to writing articles and giving local, national,

and international lectures, she is the author of books on medieval

literature, Christian mystics, and linguistics. Her translation of The Cloud of Unknowing with the Book of Privy Counsel won the 46th annual Georgia Author of the Year Award,

the oldest literary awards in the Southeastern United States. She has

also published a Lenten devotional featuring classic Christian authors, Following Christ: A Lenten Reader to Stretch Your Soul, as well as God of Mercy: Ælfric’s Sermons and Theology with Mercer University Press; also A Little Daily Wisdom (formerly Incandescence: 365 Readings with Women Mystics), Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader, and Man of Blessing: A Life of St. Benedict

with Paraclete Press. With John Algeo, she has published the fifth and

sixth editions of classic linguistic textbooks on the History of the

English Language: Problems in the Origins and Development of the English Language

and Answer Key with Cengage Learning / Wadsworth. She is working on

the seventh edition of these classic linguistic textbooks, including Origins and Development of the English Language. Dr.

Butcher’s books are well-reviewed and often reprinted and re-issued.

For her Georgia Public Broadcasting commentaries, see the “Georgia Public Broadcasting Commentator” link above and click on these dates: November 16, 2008 (4:00 p.m.);

November 15 (noon); October 15, 2008; October 8, 2008; September 8,

2008; June 13, 2008; May 24, 2008; and May 23, 2008.



Dr. Butcher was the 2006 Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year

for Georgia and received the 2007 President’s Award for Excellence in

Teaching and Scholarship at Shorter University. She has been a Fulbright

scholar and lecturer twice. She was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at

Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea for the 2004-2005 academic year,

and she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of London from

1989-1991, conducting research in the British Library, the Bodleian, and

other Oxbridge libraries. While a Fulbright Scholar at University

College London, she was under the supervision of the late Professor John

McNeal Hodgson. Dr. Butcher studied with John T. Algeo at the

University of Georgia, earning a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, Phi Beta

Kappa, and a Graduate Student Teaching Award. She also studied at

Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg as a Rotary International Graduate

Scholar. A summa cum laude graduate of Shorter College, Carmen was

senior class president, a Whitworth-Muldrow Language and Literature

scholar, member of Alpha Chi honor society, and recipient of the Louie

D. Newton leadership and service award. Dr. Butcher is an honor graduate

of Cherokee High School in Canton, Georgia. Her most unbelievable

Fulbright moment was meeting Queen Elizabeth.