Dr. Randy Mackin 

Dr. Randy Mackin 


DA (2002), Middle Tennessee State University; MA (1988), Austin Peay State University; BS (1980), Austin Peay State University; First Year at MTSU: 1997

Office: KOM 155; Phone/Voice Mail: 904-8155

George Scarbrough, Appaolachian Poet


A member of the faculty since 1997, Dr. Mackin earned the M.A. at Austin Peay State University and his D.A. at MTSU. He teaches courses in general studies English, contemporary Southern literature, and since Spring 2009, a Special Topics in Writing course (English 4670) titled the "Tennessee Literary Project." Students research the lives of Tennessee writers, compose biographies and bibliographies, and conduct interviews with the state's authors. The student work is available online.

A professional journalist since 1982, he still serves as editor of the Buffalo River Review, a weekly newspaper in Linden, Tennessee. In that capacity he is a four time recipient of the Meeman Foundation/UT Press Institute Award for editorial writing, a two time recipient of the Tennessee School Board Association award for education writing, and received a National Newspaper Association award for editorials.

Dr. Mackin serves on the editorial board of Chapter 16 (www.chapter16.org), the online publication of Humanities Tennessee, and as editor of the Tennessee Writers Alliance online literary journal, Maypop (http://tn-writers.org/publications/maypop).

Tennessee Literary Project--MTSU
English 4670, Special Topics in Writing



  • "The Novel: Scarbrough's Prose Voice," Appalachian Studies Conference, Eastern Kentucky University, March 11-13, 2011.
  • "By Way of the Word." George Scarbrough Literary Festival, Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia, October 21-22, 1999.