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English Faculty

From award-winning poets and technical writers to novelists and scholars who publish on literature from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, members of the WCU English faculty have practiced the art of writing in both professional and academic settings. They bring a wealth of scholastic, corporate, and organizational experiences to the classroom and encourage students to think critically, communicate effectively, and make the connection between their studies and their professional aspirations.

19th-C British Lit; Liberal Studies​

Brent Kinser

Professor, Department Head

19th-C British Lit.; Digital Humanities

Mary Adams

Associate Professor

Biblical & 17th-C Lit; Creative Writing (Poetry); Professional Writing

Melissa Birkhofer

Lecturer

U.S. Latina/o Lit; Multiethnic U.S. Lit

Michael Boatright

Associate Professor, Director of English Education

English Education

Jonathan Bradshaw

Assistant Professor

Rhetoric & Composition

Margaret Bruder

Assistant Professor

Comparative Literature; Film Studies; American Studies

Erin Callahan

Assistant Professor

Linguistics

Catherine Carter

Professor

English Education; Creative Writing (Poetry); American Lit

John Chrisman

Lecturer

English Rhetoric & Composition

Mae Claxton

Professor

Southern Lit; Appalachian Lit; American Lit

Annette Debo

Professor

Lit Theory; Modernism; African American Lit; Women's Lit

Robert Donnellan

Lecturer

Rhetoric & Composition

Pam Duncan

Associate Professor

Creative Writing (Fiction)

Mimi Fenton

Professor

Milton; Early Modern British Lit

Brian Gastle

Professor

Medieval Literature; Business/Tech Writing

Jennifer Harris

Lecturer

Composition

Elizabeth Heffelfinger

Associate Professor, Director of Motion Picture Studies

Film Studies; Post-WWII Lit & Culture; Media & Cultural Studies

Beth Huber

Associate Professor

Rhetorical Theory; Composition Theory; Political Rhetoric

Jason Huber

Lecturer

Composition

Jeremy Jones

Associate Professor

Creative Nonfiction

Diane Martinez

Associate Professor

Technical Writing

Miranda Miller

Lecturer

Compostition and Rhetoric

Diana New

Lecturer

Composition and Rhetoric

Eleanor Petrone

Associate Professor, Director of TESOL Program

TESOL

Brian Railsback

Professor

Steinbeck; Creative Writing (fiction); American Lit

Ron Rash

Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies

Creative Writing (Fiction & Poetry)

Travis Rountree

Associate Professor

Composition & Rhetoric

Sandra Saunders

Visiting Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies

19th-C British Lit; Liberal Studies

Andrew Virtue

Associate Professor, Director of Professional Writing

Technical and Professional Writing

Paul Worley

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director

Latin American Lit; Cultural and Subaltern Studies

Laura Wright

Professor

Postcolonial Lit; Gender Studies

  

Administrative Staff
Maggie Ashley Administrative Support Associate
Whitney McCall Administrative Support Associate (part time)

  

Emeriti Faculty
Elizabeth Addison
James Addison
Marsha Lee Baker
James E. Byer
R. Stephen Eberly
William R. Higgins
M. Marilyn Jody
Nancy Joyner
Gayle Miller
Terry Neinhuis
J. Karl Nicholas
James R. Nicholl
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