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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

Lecturer

Director of US Latinx Studies Program

Michael Boatright

Associate Professor, Director of English Education

English Education

Jonathan Bradshaw

Assistant Professor

Director of Writing, Rhetoric, and Critical Studies Program.

Emily Brier

Lecturer

Composition

Margaret Bruder

Lecturer

Comparative Literature; Film Studies; American Studies

Erin Callahan

Associate Professor

Director of Graduate TESOL Programs

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

Beth Huber

Associate Professor

Rhetorical Theory; Composition Theory; Political Rhetoric

Jason Huber

Lecturer

Composition

Jeremy Jones

Associate Professor

Creative Nonfiction

Diane Martinez

Associate Professor

Professional and Technical Writing

John McHone

Lecturer

Composition

Miranda Miller

Lecturer

Compostition and Rhetoric

Diana New

Lecturer

Composition and Rhetoric

Eleanor Petrone

Associate Professor

Director of Undergraduate TESOL Programs

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

Andrew Virtue

Associate Professor, Director of Professional Writing

Technical and Professional Writing

Paul Worley

Associate Professor

Director of the BA Program, Assistant Department Head

Laura Wright

Professor

Director of the MA Program

  

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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