Linda Earls began teaching at Chesapeake College in 1995 as an adjunct faculty instructor to the English department but was hired as a full-time professor in 1997 (teaching reading, composition, and literature courses, particularly American and African American literature). 

She frequently co-teaches American literature with American history professors, as she believes the two courses go “hand in glove.” A lover of history, she has an extensive collection of Civil War letters, and since childhood has been fascinated visiting and reading anything pertaining to the war.

A native of the Eastern Shore, Earls shares her passion for making history “come alive” with her students by traveling with them to locations such as Cedar Hill in Washington, D.C. (former home of Frederick Douglass); the Wye House & Plantation (where Douglass was kept as a slave); the Edgar Allan Poe House in Baltimore; and many other local sites.

She received her BA in English and her MA in Literature from Salisbury University, and worked on her Ph.D. in American Literature at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 

Trace the lives and journey of Eastern Shore slaves in the time of Frederick Douglass.
Examine Civil War soldiers’ letters home and decode historical memorabilia. Within the "casual" comments, what was really being said?