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  Dec 13, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

English Department

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College of Arts and Humanities
Language and Literature Bldg., room 423
Mail Stop 7558
Fax: 509-963-1561
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Faculty and Staff

George Drake, PhD

Liahna Armstrong, PhD, American literature, popular culture, film
Bobby Cummings, PhD, rhetoric, English education, computer composition
George Drake, PhD, British literature, literary theory
Loretta Gray, PhD, applied linguistics, composition, TESOL
Charles Xingzhong Li, PhD, linguistics, TESOL, linguistic approaches to literature
Lisa Norris, MFA, creative writing
Paulus Pimomo, PhD, British literature, post-colonial studies
Christopher Schedler, PhD, American and multicultural literature
Christine Sutphin, PhD, Victorian literature, English novel, women’s literature
Katharine Whitcomb, MFA, creative writing

Assistant Professor
Michelle O’Brien, PhD, postcolonial lit, critical race, interdisciplinary gender, and transnational/transpacific literary studies
Cynthia Pengilly, PhD, rhetoric and technical communication
Zachary VandeZande, PhD, creative writing-fiction
Joshua Welsh, PhD, rhetoric, scientific and technical communication
Maya Zeller, MFA, creative writing

Emeritus Professors
Patricia Callaghan, DA, rhetoric, world literature, English education
Toni Culjak, PhD, American, world and multicultural literature, film
Philip B. Garrison, MA, non-fiction, poetry writing, world, and Chicano literature
Karen Gookin, MA, general education, technical writing
Mark W. Halperin, MFA, poetry writing, folk literature, modern poetry
Virginia Mack, PhD, general education, Irish literature
Teresa Martin, PhD, English education, women’s literature
Steven Olson, PhD, American literature, film
Joseph Powell, MFA, creative writing, modern poetry
Gerald J. Stacy, PhD, English Renaissance literature
John L. Vifian, PhD 18th century literature, English novel

Senior Lecturers
Stephanie Dringenberg, MA
Ruthi Erdman, MA
Lila Harper, PhD
Colin Hester, MFA
Karen Hull, MA
Marisa Humphrey, MA
Kevin Leaverton, MA
Matthew Martinson, MA
Amanda Ross, MA
Robert Schnelle, MA

Melissa Brouwer, MA
Pedro Xavier Cavazos, MFA
Catherine Day, MA
Sonya Dunning, MFA
Seanse Ducken, MFA
Steven Horowitz, MFA
Kayla Jeffress, MA
Maili Jonas, MA
Alexis Renfro, MA
Cindy Reyna, MA
Peter Rampa, MA
Emma Saucedo, MA
Travis Smith, MA
Amy Strole, MA
James Tyler Thomas, MA
Shannon Wilson, PhD

Vickie Winegar, secretary supervisor
Krislon Rhynes, office assistant III

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 world language.)


    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)CertificateMinor


      English (ENG)

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