Faculty

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.

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

William R. (Rusty) Jones

William R. (Rusty) Jones

Professor of English, Chair of the Murray Shakespeare Festival
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Shakespeare, English Renaissance Poetry and Drama, Renaissance and Restoration Satire

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Josh Adair

Josh Adair

Professor of English, Coordinator of Gender and Diversity Studies
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Modern and Contemporary British Literature, Gender Studies

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Constance Alexander

Constance Alexander

Adjunct Faculty
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Humanities and Creative Writing

Kala Allen-Dunn

Kala Allen-Dunn

Lecturer
Department of English and Philosophy

Kevin Binfield

Kevin Binfield

Professor of English, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: British Romanticism, 18th- and 19th-Century British Women's Literature, Laboring-Class Writing, Textual Scholarship

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Andrew Black

Andrew Black

Associate Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy

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

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Tim Carter

Tim Carter

Adjunct Faculty
Department of English and Philosophy

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

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Alicia J. Carthell

Alicia J. Carthell

Assistant Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Professional and Technical Writing/Communication; Writing and Rhetoric in the Social Sciences; Educational Leadership, Student Success and Retention in Postsecondary Education; Retention of High-Achieving African-American Undergraduate Students at PWIs

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David Cignoni

Adjunct Faculty
Department of English and Philosophy

Gina Claywell

Gina Claywell

Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Rhetoric and Composition, Early American Literature, Nineteenth-Century British Literature

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Sara Cooper

Sara Cooper

Assistant Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Composition, Rhetoric, Pedagogy, New Media

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Judy Crofton

Judy Crofton

Senior Lecturer
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: English Composition, Humanities, American Feminist Literature

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Julie Cyzewski

Julie Cyzewski

Assistant Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: 20th and 21st Century Transnational and Diasporic Literature, Postcolonial Theory, Media Studies

Laura Dawkins

Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: American Literature, Modernism, Race Studies, Gender Studies

Joshua Easterling

Joshua Easterling

Assistant Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Late-medieval English Language, Literature and Culture

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Warren Edminster

Warren Edminster

Professor of English, Director of the Honors College
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Medieval Literature, Professional and Technical Writing

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Gwendolyn Edward

Gwendolyn Edward

Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing)
Department of English and Philosophy

Shimikqua Ellis

Shimikqua Ellis

Assistant Professor of English (Graduate / DA Studies)
Department of English and Philosophy

Stephanie Fulcher

Stephanie Fulcher

Distinguished Practitioner of English Education
Department of English and Philosophy

Zachary Garrett

Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of English and Philosophy

Rory Goggins

Rory Goggins

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Coordinator of the Philosophy Program
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: History of Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Ray Horton

Ray Horton

Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Undergraduate Literature, Faculty Advisor for English Student Organization
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: American Literature, Literature and Religion, Secularization Theory, Contemporary Fiction

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Carrie Jerrell

Carrie Jerrell

Associate Professor of English, Assistant to the Dean for CHFA, Coordinator of Undergraduate Creative Writing
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Creative Writing (Poetry & Nonfiction), Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, Prosody

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Timothy Johns

Timothy Johns

Associate Professor of English, Coordinator of the Jesse Stuart Fellowship
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: World Literature and Cinema, South African Writing, Post-colonial Studies

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T.J. Martinson

Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing)
Department of English and Philosophy

Cara Mathis

Cara Mathis

Lecturer
Department of English and Philosophy

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

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Sally McIntosh

Sally McIntosh

Lecturer
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Composition and Rhetoric

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Vince Medlock

Adjunct Faculty
Department of English and Philosophy

Michael Morgan

Michael Morgan

Associate Professor of English, Co-coordinator of the English Education and Racer Writing Center
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: English Education, TESOL

John Muenzberg

John Muenzberg

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Department of English and Philosophy

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

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Ann Neelon

Ann Neelon

Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Poetry and Poetics, Contemporary World Literature

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Danielle Nielsen

Danielle Nielsen

Associate Professor of English, Dean of the Commonwealth Honors Academy
Department of English and Philosophy

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

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Jeff Osborne

Jeff Osborne

Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Early American Literature, Humanities

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Michelle Panchuk

Michelle Panchuk

Assistant Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy

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Ho Ryong Park

Ho Ryong Park

Associate Professor of English and TESOL, Co-coordinator of the Racer Writing Center
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: TESOL, Computer-Assisted Language, Learning and Teaching Second Language Literacies, Reading Strategies

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Juyoung Song

Juyoung Song

Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Sociolinguistics, Second Language Teacher Education

Sue Sroda

Sue Sroda

Associate Professor of English and TESOL
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: TESOL, Linguistics, ESL/EFL Teacher Training

Latricia Trites

Latricia Trites

Professor of TESOL and English, Director of the TESOL Program
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Reading and Writing Instruction and Assessment, ESL/EFL Teacher Training, Applied Linguistics

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Tim Wallin

Adjunct Faculty
Department of English and Philosophy

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Professional and Technical Writing, Rhetoric, New Media

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Clay Wyatt

Lecturer
Department of English and Philosophy

Saihua Xia

Saihua Xia

Associate Professor of English and TESOL
Department of English and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: ESL/EFL Teacher Training, SLA, Pragmatics, Cognitive Approaches to Second Language Learning

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