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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.

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


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


Catherine Carter


English Education; Creative Writing (Poetry); American Lit

John Chrisman


English Rhetoric & Composition

Mae Claxton


Southern Lit; Appalachian Lit; American Lit

Annette Debo


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

Robert Donnellan


Rhetoric & Composition

Pam Duncan

Associate Professor

Creative Writing (Fiction)

Mimi Fenton


Milton; Early Modern British Lit

Brian Gastle


Medieval Literature; Business/Tech Writing

Jennifer Harris



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



Jeremy Jones

Associate Professor

Creative Nonfiction

Diane Martinez

Associate Professor

Technical Writing

Miranda Miller


Compostition and Rhetoric

Diana New


Composition and Rhetoric

Eleanor Petrone

Associate Professor, Director of TESOL Program


Brian Railsback


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


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

Elizabeth Heffelfinger

William R. Higgins

M. Marilyn Jody

Nancy Joyner

Gayle Miller

Terry Neinhuis

J. Karl Nicholas

James R. Nicholl

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