English Faculty

From award-winning poets and technical writers to novelists and scholars who publish on literature from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, members of the WCU English faculty have practiced the art of writing in both professional and academic settings. They bring a wealth of scholastic, corporate, and organizational experiences to the classroom and encourage students to think critically, communicate effectively, and make the connection between their studies and their professional aspirations.

Faculty Member Degree & Position Areas of Specialty
Laura Wright Ph.D.; Associate Professor; Department Head Postcolonial Lit; Gender Studies
Mary Adams Ph.D.; Associate Professor Biblical & 17th C Lit; Creative Writing (Poetry); Professional Writing
Jim Addison Ph.D.; Professor, retired Fairy Tale; James Joyce; Southern Novel
Marsha Lee Baker Ph.D.; Associate Professor Rhetoric & Composition; Peace and Nonviolence Studies
Melissa Birkhofer Ph.D.; Lecturer U.S. Latina/o Literature
Multiethnic U.S. Literatures
Michael Boatright  Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Director of English Education  English Education 
Margaret Bruder Ph.D.; Lecturer Comparative Literature; Film Studies; American Studies
Erin Callahan Ph.D.; Assistant Professor Linguistics
Catherine Carter Ph.D.; Associate Professor English Education; Creative Writing (Poetry); American Lit
John Chrisman M.A; Lecturer English Rhetoric & Composition
Mae Claxton Ph.D.; Associate Professor Southern Lit; Appalachian Lit; American Lit
Emily Darnell  M.A.; Lecturer  Composition 
Annette Debo Ph.D.; Professor, Graduate Program Director Lit Theory; Modernism; African American Lit; Women's Lit
Robert Donnellan M.A.; Adjunct Rhetoric & Composition
Pam Duncan M.A.; Assistant Professor, Director of Spring Literary Festival Creative Writing (Fiction)
Mimi Fenton Ph.D.; Professor Milton; Early Modern British Lit
Brian Gastle Ph.D.; Professor  Medieval Literature; Business/Tech Writing 
Jennifer Harris M.A.; Lecturer Composition
Elizabeth Heffelfinger Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Director of Motion Picture Studies Film Studies; Post-WWII Lit & Culture; Media & Cultural Studies
Beth Huber Ph.D.; Assistant Professor Rhetorical Theory; Composition Theory; Political Rhetoric
Jeremy Jones M.F.A.; Assistant Professor Creative Nonfiction
Brent Kinser Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Director of Literature Program 19th C Lit (Trans-Atlantic); Digital Humanities
Nate Kreuter Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Director of Writing/Rhetoric/Critical Studies Rhetoric & Composition
Diane Martinez Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Director of Professional Writing Technical Writing 
Rain Newcomb M.A.; Lecturer Compositon
Eleanor Petrone Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Director of TESOL Program TESOL 
Brian Railsback Ph.D.; Professor Steinbeck; Creative Writing (fiction); American Lit
Ron Rash M.A.; Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies Creative Writing (Fiction & Poetry)
Brad Reisinger M.A.; Lecturer Composition
Laura Samal Ph.D.; Lecturer Composition
Sandra Saunders Ph.D.; Visiting Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies 19th C British Lit; Liberal Studies
Andrew Virtue Ph.D.; Assistant Professor Philosophy, Rhetoric; Scientific & Technical Communication
Emily Virtue M.A.; Lecturer English Literature; Writing
Shara Whitford M.A.; Lecturer Composition
Paul Worley Ph.D.; Assistant Professor Latin American Literatures; Cultural and Subaltern Studies
Administrative Staff
Alison Evans  Administrative Support Associate  
Whitney McCall Administrative Support Associate (part time)  
 Emeriti Faculty
Elizabeth Addison    
Jim Addison    
James E. Byer    
R. Stephen Eberly    
Harold Farwell    
William R. Higgins    
M. Marilyn Jody    
Nancy Joyner    
Joseph Meigs    
Gayle Miller    
Terry Neinhuis    
J. Karl Nicholas    
James R. Nicholl    
Newton Smith    

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