Jun 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Department

College of Arts and Humanities
Language and Literature Bldg., room 423
Mail Stop 7558
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Faculty and Staff

Katharine Whitcomb, MFA

Bobby Cummings, PhD, rhetoric, English education, computer composition
Loretta Gray, PhD, applied linguistics, composition, TESOL
Charles X. Li, PhD, linguistics, TESOL, linguistic approaches to literature
Lisa Norris, MFA, creative writing
Christopher Schedler, PhD, American and multicultural literature
Katharine Whitcomb, MFA, creative writing, interdisciplinary projects, poetry

Associate Professors
Joshua Welsh, PhD, rhetoric, scientific and technical communication
Maya Zeller, MFA, creative writing

Assistant Professors
M. O’Brien, PhD, postcolonial lit, critical race, interdisciplinary gender, and transnational/transpacific literary studies
Paul Daniel Martin, PhD, writing studies, rhetoric
Cynthia Pengilly, PhD, rhetoric and technical communication
James Seth, PhD, early modern literature, Shakespeare
Sarah Sillin, PhD, American Indian oral and nonfiction literature, English studies, literature and history

Senior Lecturers
Melissa Brouwer, MA
Pedro Xavier Cavazos, MFA
Stephanie Dringenberg, MA
Sonya Dunning, MFA
Ruthi Erdman, MA
Colin Hester, MFA
Karen Hull, MA
Marisa Humphrey, MA
Kevin Leaverton, MA
A.I. Ross, MA
Travis Smith, MA

Joshua Aubol, MA
Taneum Bambrick, MA
Leslee Caul, MA
Paula Collucci, MA
Seanse Ducken, MFA
Erin Fristad, MFA
Kayla Jeffress, MA
Maili Jonas, MA
Kerry O’Connor, MA
Cindy Cecile Reyna, MA
Emma Saucedo, MA
Barry Shelton, PhD
Shannon Wilson, MA

Emeritus Professors
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
George Drake, PhD, British literature, literary theory
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
Lila Harper, PhD
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
Paulus Pimomo, PhD, British literature, post-colonial studies
Robert Schnelle, MA
Gerald J. Stacy, PhD, English Renaissance literature
Christine Sutphin, PhD, British literature
John L. Vifian, PhD 18th century literature, English novel

Rhonda Muller, 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.

Program Outcomes
For information on program outcomes, please go to: www.cwu.edu/mission/assessment-improvement/slo-assessment-plans

Course Offerings
Frequency of course offering information can be found at the department website: www.cwu.edu/english or by contacting the department directly.


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