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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Department

English Department

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College of Arts and Humanities
Language and Literature Bldg., room 423

Fax: 509-963-1561
    See the website for how these programs may be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff

George Drake, PhD

Laila Abdalla, PhD, English Medieval and Renaissance literature
Liahna Armstrong, PhD, American literature, popular culture, film
Patricia Callaghan, DA, rhetoric, world literature, English education
Toni Culjak, PhD, American, world and multicultural literature, film
Bobby Cummings, PhD, rhetoric, English education, computer composition
Loretta Gray, PhD, applied linguistics, composition, TESOL
Charles Xingzhong Li, PhD, linguistics, TESOL, linguistic approaches to literature
Teresa Martin, PhD, English education, women’s literature
Steven Olson, PhD, American literature, film
Paulus Pimomo, PhD, British literature, post colonial studies
Joseph Powell, MFA, creative writing, modern poetry
Gerald J. Stacy, PhD, English Renaissance literature
Christine A. Sutphin, PhD, Victorian literature, English novel, women’s literature

Associate Professors
George Drake, PhD, British literature, literary theory
Christopher Schedler, PhD, American and multicultural literature
Katharine Whitcomb, MFA, creative writing

Assistant Professors
Karen Gookin, MA, general education, technical writing
Virginia Mack, PhD, general education, Irish literature
Lisa Norris, MFA, creative writing

Emeritus Professors
Philip B. Garrison, MA, non-fiction, poetry writing, world, and Chicano literature
Mark W. Halperin, MFA, poetry writing, folk literature, modern poetry
John L. Vifian, PhD 18th century literature, English novel

Senior Lecturers

Stephanie Dringenberg, MA
Ruthi Erdman, MA
Arlo Fleming, MA
Patricia Garrison, MA
Lila Harper, PhD
Robert Schnelle, MA

Steven A. Brooks, MA
Shari Foster, MA
Colin Hester, MFA
Karen Hull, MA
Marisa Humphrey, MA
Melissa Johnson, MA
Anne Joiner, MA (Des Moines)
Kevin Leaverton, MA
Polyxeni Tenerelli, PhD

Theresa Stevens, secretary supervisor

Department Information
The Department of English offers undergraduate and graduate courses in American, British, and world literature, English language and linguistics, English education, film study, and professional and creative writing. The study of English helps students to develop and enhance skills in critical analysis and written and oral communication. English program graduates pursue a variety of careers, including business, education, government, law, publishing, and writing.

Departmental Honors in English
The honors program in English recognizes the superior scholarship of qualified majors. To qualify for the program, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.4 overall and 3.7 in English and be recommended by three faculty members. In addition to their regular course of study, qualified students complete an individual study course culminating in an honors paper. A student whose honors paper is accepted will graduate with departmental honors in English. For additional details, consult the department website.

Bachelor of Arts in English
(NOTE: Students seeking a BA degree must complete one year college/university study or two years high school study of a single foreign language.)



•  Creative Writing Minor 
•  English Language and Literature Major, BA 
•  English Language and Literature Minor 
•  English/Language Arts Teaching Major, BA 
•  English: Writing Specialization 
•  Professional Writing Certificate (ENG) 

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