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Donnalynn Hess

Donnalynn Hess

Division of Teacher Education
School of Education and Human Services



  • MEd, English, Bob Jones University
  • MA, Dramatic Production, Bob Jones University
  • BS, Social Studies Education, Bob Jones University


  • Children's Literature (Ed 366)
  • Teaching Adolescent Literature (Ed 347)


Donnalynn Hess has over 45 years of publishing and classroom experience. In addition to college teaching, Ms. Hess has written textbooks and novels, produced a variety of digital resources, and presented multiple workshops at various state conventions and local organizations.

A member of the education faculty since 1990, Ms. Hess also serves as Director of Education for the Museum and Gallery at Bob Jones University. Over the past 20 years she and her educational staff have provided interdisciplinary lessons and programs and digital resources for more than 40,000 public and private school students. She has also taught numerous continuing education courses for Furman University's Olli program.  These venues--which use art as a lens to explore literature, history, science, mathematics, and design—have been especially valuable in building community relationships and in helping fellow educators meet the increasing demands of a visual culture.

In her spare time, Ms. Hess enjoys reading, exploring museums, and theater excursions with friends.