Dr. Jason King


Dr. Jason King, associate professor of English and director of basic writing, is also an Abilene native and a Hardin-Simmons alumnus. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from HSU, specializing in literature, and he completed his Ph.D. at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, specializing in rhetoric and composition. King’s dissertation focuses on the emergence and proliferation of autism advocacy in online writing spaces.

While at TCU, he received the Jim Corder Fellowship, the Tate Prize in for Scholarship in Composition Studies, and the TCU Composition Program Teacher of the Year Award (2009). He also served as production editor for the journal Composition Studies and as the assistant director of the New Media Writing Studio.

At HSU, King enjoys teaching a wide variety of English courses. He regularly teaches core curriculum courses such Freshman Writing I & II, and World Literature, as well as Writing Pedagogy, Advanced Grammar & Style, and Linguistics courses for those pursuing teaching certifications. He also teaches other upper-level English electives, such as Shakespeare, Literary Theory, and Dystopian Literature.

King serves as the faculty sponsor for HSU’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Arts, English/Philosophy, Hardin-Simmons University, 1999
  • Master of Arts, English, Hardin-Simmons University, 2002
  • Doctor of Philosophy, English, Texas Christian University, 2009
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