Faculty and Staff
Current Faculty Members
Below is a list of the current faculty members in the English Department. Follow the links on their names to find out more about each faculty member and their
- Gail Ivy Berlin, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1985, Professor.
Old and Middle English Language and Literature, Medieval Women, Holocaust Literature.
- Lynne Alvine, Ed.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1990, Professor.
Adolescent Literature, Teaching Composition, Literacy, and Gender.
- Laurel Johnson Black, Ph.D. Miami University of Ohio, 1996, Associate Professor.
Composition, Sociolinguistics, Pedagogy, Assessment, Creative Writing.
- James M. Cahalan, Ph.D. University of Cincinnati, 1982, Professor.
Modern Irish, American and British Literatures, Theory and Pedagogy.
- Carolyn Camp, Ph.D. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1997, Assistant Professor.
American and British Literatures, Novel, Poetry, Critical Theory, Composition.
- Wendy Carse, Ph.D. Tulane University, 1991, Associate Professor.
19th-century British literature, Gothic fiction, Cultural Studies including film.
- Sung-Gay Chow, Ph.D. University of Alabama, 1989, Associate Professor.
Southern Literature, Asian-American Studies.
- Susan M. Comfort, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1994, Associate Professor.
Postcolonial Literature, Feminist Theory & Pedagogy, Gender Studies.
- Chauna Craig, Ph.D. University of Nebraska, 1999,
Creative Writing (Fiction and Nonfiction), Western Literature, Contemporary Fiction, Pedagogy.
- Karen Dandurand, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, 1984, Associate Professor.
19th Century American Literature in Cultural Contexts, Women's Literature, Autobiography, Letters.
- David B. Downing, Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1980, Professor.
Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Pedagogy, American Literature.
- Sharon Deckert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor.
- Reena Dube, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 2001, Assistant Professor.
Film, Film and Literature, Postcolonial Theory and Literature,
Marxist, Feminist Studies.
- Ronald Emerick, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 1975, Professor.
American Fiction, Southern Writers, Technical Writing.
- Anthony Farrington, Ph.D. University of Nebraska, 2003, Assistant Professor.
Creative Writing, Modern and Contemporary American Literature, Aesthetic Theory.
- Jeannine M. Fontaine, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1981, Associate Professor.
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Cognition, TESOL, Language and Literature.
- Susan I. Gatti, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 1989, Professor.
19th and 20th Century American novel, British novel 1918-1945.
- Jerry G. Gebhard, Ed.D. Teachers College-Columbia University, 1985, Professor.
English as a Foreign Language, Cross-Cultural Communication, Teacher Education.
- Janet Goebel, Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1986, Professor.
Medieval, 18th-Century Novel, Bronze Age, 19th-Century Continental, Myth.
- David Hanauer, Ph.D. Bar Ilan University, 1994, Associate Professor.
First and Second Language Literacy, Literature, Second Language Teaching.
- Nancy Hayward, Ph.D. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1991, Associate Professor.
Composition, TESOL, Sociolinguistics, Language/Gender, Discourse Analysis.
- Audra Himes, Assistant Professor.
- Claude Mark Hurlbert, D.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1985, Professor.
Composition Theory and Practice, Rhetorical Traditions, Theories of Literacy.
- Sue Johnson, Ph.D. Michigan State University, 1995, Assistant Professor.
Literacy Learning, Language and Gender Studies, Pedagogy, Reading Theory.
- Jo-Anne Kerr, Ph.D., Assistant Professor.
- Barbara Kraszewski, M.A. Carnegie Mellon University, 1967, Associate Professor.
Short Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Theory, Classical Literature in Translation.
- Chris Kuipers, Ph.D. University of
Comparative Literature, Myth, Classical Lit., Pastoral Lit., Ecocriticism,
- John L. Marsden, Ph.D. Ohio University, 1996, Assistant Professor.
Contemporary British Novel, Modernist, Postmodernist, and Postcolonial Literatures.
- Lea Masiello, Ph.D. University of Cincinnati, 1983, Professor.
Oral Literature, Writing, American Literature, National Parks and Nature Writing.
- Donald McAndrew, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1982, Professor.
Composition Theory and Practice, Writing Conferencing, Qualitative Research.
- Catherine McClenahan, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1979, Assistant Professor.
18th and 19th Century British Literature, Women's Studies, Speculative Fiction.
Miller, Ph.D., University of New Mexico,
2005, Assistant Professor.
Secondary English Education, Critical Pedagogy, Spacetime/Hybridity Theory and Teacher Identity, Social Justice Issues.
Jean Nienkamp, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1994, Associate Professor.
Rhetorical History and Theory, Argumentation, Composition, and Literacy Studies.
Linda Norris, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 1992, Associate Professor.
Secondary English Education, Media Literacy, Professional Development.
Christopher Orchard, D.Phil. University of Oxford, 1994, Associate Professor.
Shakespeare, Early Modern British Literature, Transatlantic Studies, Theory.
Gian S. Pagnucci, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 1995, Professor.
& Research, Technical Writing, Technology and Literacy, Composition Pedagogy.
Tina Perdue, D.A. University of Michigan, 1984, Associate Professor.
Humor Writing, Basic Writing, Popular Literature, Pedagogy.
Heather Powers, Ph.D. University of California-Irving, 1999,
18th and 19th Century British Literature, Critical Theory, Popular Culture.
Ben Rafoth, Ed.D. University of Georgia, 1984, Professor.
Composition Theory and Pedagogy, Writing Centers, Research Methods.
Lilia Savova, Ph.D. Sofia University (Bulgaria), 1988, Professor.
Teacher Education, Second Language Teaching, Linguistics, Instructional Design, Technology.
Mike Sell, Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1997,
Modern Drama, Avant-Garde, Performance Studies, Black Arts Movement.
Ronald G. Shafer, Ph.D. Duquesne University, 1975, Professor.
16th and 17th Century British Literature.
Kenneth Sherwood, Ph. D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 2001, Assistant Professor.
20th Century American Poetry, Ethnopoetics, Theory and Writing.
Helen Sitler, Ph.D. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1997, Associate Professor.
Composition and Reading Pedagogy, Teacher Development.
Thomas J. Slater, Ph.D. Oklahoma State University, 1985, Associate Professor.
American Silent Film, Film and Literature, Film Theory and Language.
Ronald F. Smits, Ph.D. Ball State University, 1978, Professor.
Poetry, Composition, Teaching of Composition, Literature.
Rosalee Stilwell, Ph.D. Bowling Green State University, 1998, Associate Professor.
Rhetoric: the Study of Power and Persuasion in Human Discourse.
Dan J. Tannacito, Ph.D. University of Oregon, 1972, Professor.
Second Language Acquisition and Literacy, Intensive English Programs
Judith Haqan Villa, Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 1996, Associate Professor.
Popular Culture and Film, Multicultural and Women's Literature, Writing Pedagogy.
Elaine Ware, Ph.D. Bowling Green State University, 1982, Associate Professor.
Student Literacy and Technology, Popular Culture.
Veronica Watson, Ph.D. Rice University, 1997, Associate Professor.
African American Literature/Culture, Slave Narratives, Social Construction of Race.
Susan Welsh, Ph.D. Drew University, 1986, Associate Professor.
Composition and Rhetoric, American, The Essay.
Michael M. Williamson, Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1984, Professor.
Writing Assessment, Technology and Literacy, Research Methodology, Historical Research.
Michael T. Williamson, Ph.D. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1996, Associate Professor.
19th Century British Literature, Poetry, Composition, and Travel Writing.
Cheryl Wilson, Ph.D. University of Delaware.
19th Century British Literature, Women's Literature.
Lingyan Yang, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2000,
Asian American/Diasporic Cultural Criticism/Literature, Critical Theories, Minority Literature.