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Can you peg the face of an adventurer?

Amid their quests for knowledge, our Department of English and Philosophy faculty have picked up a few stories of their own. They come from the United States, China, Korea and Ireland. They have volunteered for the Peace Corps and earned Fulbright Scholarships. They have collected beached marine animal carcasses, dug graves, repaired pool tables, delivered hair styling products, worked on off-shore oil rigs, painted dorm rooms, made chocolate bunnies. One was the first person to walk into Disney World in 2009. One grew up next door to the Gambino family. Yet another hitchhiked 8,000 miles on $125—in 1971. And yet another played the bagpipes at Jerry Garcia’s funeral.

Together, our faculty members form an eclectic department that offers diverse courses and opportunities for a variety of research projects. You could help a professor find the grave of a long-forgotten poet, help improve grading processes for high school teachers, count how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, explore the relationships between performance and Shakespeare’s plays, tutor international children in local schools, and learn about new ways of cosmopolitan thinking.

At the core of the search for knowledge is passion: for words, stories, ideas. Our faculty members are ready to share their expertise with you, and to set you on the path to your own adventures.

Meet our faculty.

 


FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS


Trites attends national TESOL summit

Latricia Trites Murray State

Dr. Latricia Trites, coordinator of the undergraduate TESOL program and professor of TESOL and English at Murray State University, participated in the 2014 TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., this summer. Read the full story.


Jones tenured, promoted

Rusty Jones

Congratulations to Dr. Rusty Jones, who received tenure and a promotion to associate professor. 

Ted Brown
Ted Brown
Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Professor of English
Areas of Expertise: Renaissance Studies, English Education
Telephone: 270.809.6937
Office: Faculty Hall 100

Staci Stone
Staci Stone
Assistant Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Associate Professor of English
Areas of Expertise: Humanities, Women's Literature, Women's Studies, Film Studies
Telephone: 270.809.4717
Office: Faculty Hall 7C-09 

Sue Sroda
M. Sue Sroda
Chair, English and Philosophy
Director, TESOL Programs
Areas of Expertise: TESOL, Linguistics, ESL/EFL Teacher Training
Telephone: 270.809.4715
Office: Faculty Hall 7C-04




Josh Adair

Josh Adair
Assistant Professor of English
Director, Racer Writing Center
Coordinator, Gender and Diversity Studies
Areas of Expertise: Modern and Contemporary British Literature, Gender Studies

Telephone: 270.809.4540
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-14 



Mike Arneson
Mike Arneson
Lecturer
Areas of Expertise: TESOL, Professional Writing

Telephone: 270.809.6300
Office: Faculty Hall 7A-1


Squire Babcock
Squire Babcock
Associate Professor of English
Areas of Expertise: Creative Writing, Modern and Contemporary Literature, Folklore

Telephone: 270.809.4730
Office: Faculty Hall 7C-16 


Deborah Bell
Deborah Bell
Lecturer
Co-director, Purchase Area Writing Project
Co-coordinator, English Education
Areas of Expertise: English Education, Composition, Writing Instruction

Telephone: 270.809.4725
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-07 


Kevin Binfield

Kevin Binfield
Professor of English
Coordinator, Graduate Studies
Areas of Expertise: British Romanticism, 18th- and 19th-Century British Women's Literature, Laboring-Class Writing, Textual Scholarship

Telephone: 270.809.4541
Office: Faculty Hall 7C-05 



Andrew Black, Murray State, Dept. of English and Philosophy

Andrew Black
Assistant Professor of English
Areas of Expertise: Critical Theory; History of Rhetorical Theory; Long 18th-Century Literature, Philosophy, Religion and Rhetoric; Media Studies

Telephone: 270.809.4718
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-09 



Tim Carter

Tim Carter
Adjunct Faculty
Areas of Expertise: Creative Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, Humanities, American Short Story, Southern Literature

Telephone: 270.809.2406
Office: Faculty Hall 7A-4 



Alicia Carthell
Alicia Carthell
Senior Lecturer
Areas of Expertise: Linguistics and Technical Communication, Cultural Competence for Technical Communication, Rhetoric

Telephone: 270.809.4720
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-11 


Gina Claywell
Gina Claywell
Professor of English
Areas of Expertise: Rhetoric and Composition, Early American Literature, Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Telephone: 270.809.4729
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-06 


Barbara Cobb

Dr. Cobb holds a giant compass.

Barbara Mather Cobb
Professor of English
Coordinator, Liberal Arts Program
Areas of Expertise: 16th- and 17th-Century British Literature, Continental Renaissance Literature 

Telephone: 270.809.4538
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-15 


Judy Crofton
Judy Bush Crofton
Lecturer
Areas of Expertise: English Composition, Humanities, American Feminist Literature

Telephone: 270.809.4724
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-09 


Dean Davenport
Dean Davenport

Adjunct Faculty
Areas of Expertise: Ethics, Business Ethics, Logic, History of Philosophy



Laura Dawkins
Laura Dawkins
Professor of English
Areas of Expertise: American Literature, Modernism, Race Studies, Gender Studies

Telephone: 270.809.3418
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-08 


Warren Edminster

Warren Edminster
Professor of English
Director, University Honors Program
Areas of Expertise: Medieval Literature, Professional and Technical Writing

Telephone: 270.809.5274
Office: Lowry 304-A



Cynthia Gayman
Cynthia Gayman
Professor of Philosophy
Areas of Expertise: 20th-Century European Philosophy, American Pragmatism, Feminism

Telephone: 270.809.2396
Office: Faculty Hall 7C-11 


Rory Goggins
Rory Goggins
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Coordinator, Philosophy Program
Areas of Expertise: History of Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Telephone: 270.809.4549
Office: Faculty Hall 7C-19 


Riley Hanick
Riley Hanick
Visiting Professor-in-Residence
Watkins Chair in Creative Writing

Areas of Expertise: Nonfiction Writing, The Essay

Telephone: 270.809.4671
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-16



Marilyn Harris

Marilyn Harris
Lecturer
Areas of Expertise: Rhetoric and Composition, Modern Minority Fiction, Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Telephone: 270.809.4731
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-05 



Roy Helton
Roy Helton
Associate Professor of English
Coordinator, Humanities Program
Areas of Expertise: Victorian Literature, Composition, Advanced Expository Writing

Telephone: 270.809.4716
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-13


Ron Hopper
Ron Hopper
Adjunct Faculty
Areas of Expertise: Composition, Distance Learning, Humanities

Telephone: 270.809.2406
Office: Faculty Hall 7A-4


Carrie Jerrell
Carrie Jerrell
Assistant Professor of English
Associate Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing
Coordinator, Undergraduate Creative Writing
Areas of Expertise: Creative Writing: Poetry, Creative Writing: Nonfiction, Modern & Contemporary Poetry

Telephone: 270.809.4723
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-04


Timothy Johns
Timothy Johns

Associate Professor of English
Coordinator, Jesse Stuart Fellowship
Areas of Expertise: World Literature and Cinema, South African Writing, Post-colonial Studies

Telephone: 270.809.4722
Office: Faculty Hall 7C-06


William "Rusty" Jones
William "Rusty" Jones
Associate Professor of English
Chair, Murray Shakespeare Festival
Areas of Expertise: Shakespeare, English Renaissance Poetry and Drama, Renaissance and Restoration Satire

Telephone: 270.809.2397
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-01


Kevin Kritsch Murray State Department of English and Philosophy
Kevin Kritsch
Visiting Assistant Professor
Areas of Expertise: Old & Middle English, Old Norse, Old & Middle High German, Old & Middle Irish, Middle Welsh, Medieval Latin Hagiography, Arthurian Romance

Telephone: 270.809.3064
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-02


Bernard Lewis
Bernard Lewis
Adjunct Faculty
Areas of Expertise: Composition, Humanities

Telephone: 270.809.4726
Office: Faculty Hall 7A-05


Cara Mathis

Cara Mathis
Lecturer
Areas of Expertise: Western Humanities, Composition, Research, Writing Across the Disciplines

Telephone: 270.809.4539
Office: Faculty Hall 7C-15



Sally McIntosh

Sally J. McIntosh
Lecturer
Areas of Expertise: Composition and Rhetoric

Telephone: 270.809.4728
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-20 



Will Miller

William W. Miller
Lecturer
Areas of Expertise: Composition and Creative Writing

Telephone: 270.809.4846
Office: Faculty Hall 7A-06



Michael Morgan
Michael Morgan
Professor of English
Co-coordinator: English Education
Areas of Expertise: English Education, TESOL

Telephone: 270.809.4536
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-18


John Muenzberg
John Muenzberg
Lecturer of Philosophy
Areas of Expertise: British Empiricism, Early Modern Philosophy, Ethics, Humanities

Telephone: 270.809.4542
Office: Faculty Hall 7C-18


Peter Murphy
Peter Murphy
Professor of English
Director, University Studies Program
Areas of Expertise: 19th- and 20th-Century American Literature, Gender Studies and Feminism, Radical Political Philosophy

Telephone: 270.809.7064
Office: Faculty Hall 7C-12 


Ann Neelon

Ann Neelon
Professor of English
Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing
Areas of Expertise: Poetry and Poetics, Contemporary World Literature

Telephone: 270.809.4713
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-17 



Danielle Nielsen

Danielle Nielsen
Assistant Professor of English
Areas of Expertise: Rhetoric and Composition, Professional and Technical Communication, Victorian and 20th-Century British Literature, Literature of the Empire, Gender and Language, Print Culture and New Media

Telephone: 270.809.2407
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-5



Jeffrey Osborne
Jeff Osborne
Associate Professor of English
Areas of Expertise: Early American Literature, Humanities

Telephone: 270.809.4544
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-11


Ho Ryong Park, Murray State

Ho Ryong Park
Assistant Professor of English (TESOL)
Areas of Expertise: TESOL, Computer-Assisted Language, Learning and Teaching Second Language Literacies, Reading Strategies

Telephone: 270.809.4532
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-21


Pamela Johnson Parker, photo courtesy of Jon Erickson, Vanderbilt University

Photo courtesy of Jon Erickson, Vanderbilt University

Pamela Johnson Parker
Adjunct Faculty
Areas of Expertise: Creative Writing, Contemporary American Poetry, Forms of Fiction, Ekphrasis and Literary Pictoralism

Telephone: 270.809.2401
Office: Faculty Hall 7A


Dale Ray Phillips
Dale Ray Phillips
Assistant Professor
Areas of Expertise: Creative Writing, Humanities, Rhetoric and Composition

Telephone: 270.809.4710
Office: Faculty Hall 7C-13 


Helen Roulston
Helen Roulston
Associate Professor of English
Areas of Expertise: Film and Literature, History of Cinema, English Composition and Research

Telephone: 270.809.4712
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-10


 JuYoung Song
Juyoung Song
Assistant Professor of English
Areas of Expertise: Sociolinguistics, Second Language Teacher Education

Telephone: 270.809.2409
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-03


Latricia Trites
Latricia Trites
Professor of TESOL and English
Coordinator, Undergraduate TESOL Programs
Areas of Expertise: Reading and Writing Instruction and Assessment, ESL/EFL Teacher Training, Applied Linguistics

Telephone: 270.809.4721
Office: Faculty Hall 7C-07


Paul Walker

Paul Walker
Associate Professor of English
Co-director, Purchase Area Writing Project
Coordinator, First-Year Composition
Areas of Expertise: Professional and Technical Writing, Rhetoric, New Media

Telephone: 270.809.4533
Office: Faculty Hall 7C-20



W. Keith Winkler

W. Keith Winkler
Adjunct Faculty
Areas of Expertise: English Composition, History of the English Language

Telephone: 270.809.2278
Office: Faculty Hall 7A-7 



Saihua Xia
Saihua Xia
Associate Professor of English
Areas of Expertise: ESL/EFL Teacher Training, SLA, Pragmatics, Cognitive Approaches to Second Language Learning

Telephone: 270.809.4548
Office: Faculty Hall 7B-12 

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