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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Department

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College of Arts and Humanities
Language and Literature Building, room 423

Fax: 509-963-1561
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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
George Drake, PhD, British literature, literary theory
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
Christopher Schedler, PhD, American and multicultural literature
Christine A. Sutphin, PhD, Victorian literature, English novel, women’s literature
Katharine Whitcomb, MFA, creative writing

Associate Professors
Lisa Norris, MFA, creative writing
Joshua Welsh, PhD, rhetoric, scientific and technical communication

Assistant Professor
Karen Gookin, MA, general education, technical 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
Virginia Mack, PhD, general education, Irish literature
Gerald J. Stacy, PhD, English Renaissance literature
John L. Vifian, PhD 18th century literature, English novel

Senior Lecturers

Kent DaVault, MA
Stephanie Dringenberg, MA
Ruthi Erdman, MA
Patricia Garrison, MA
Lila Harper, PhD
Colin Hester, MFA
Karen Hull, MA
Marisa Humphrey, MA
Kevin Leaverton, MA
Robert Schnelle, MA

Melissa Brouwer, MA
Mindie Dieu, PhD
Shari Foster, MA
Eugene R. Hutchins, MA
Joseph J.P. Johnson, MA
Melissa Johnson, MA
Anne Joiner, MA (Des Moines)
Elizabeth Kelly, MA (online)
Matthew Martinson, MA
Amanda Ross, MA
Travis Smith, MA


Theresa Stevens, secretary supervisor
Jo Richards, office assistant III

Department Information
The English department offers two options for the master of arts degree: master of arts, English (literature) and master of arts, English (TESOL - teaching English to speakers of other languages).


    Master of Arts



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