Dr. Trudier Harris was the first African American to be hired in a tenure-eligible position at William & Mary and to earn tenure here. She taught in the English department from 1973-1979, before moving on to UNC Chapel Hill where she became the J. Carlyle Sitterson Distinguished Professor of English. She currently holds the position of University Distinguished Research Professor, Department of English, the University of Alabama. Dr. Harris revisited William & Mary in September, 2017, as the Sara and Jess Cloud Distinguished Lecturer. She will receive an honorary degree during William & Mary’s 2018 Charter Day Ceremony.