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English Department Faculty

Mr. Patrick Barcus

Mr. Patrick Barcus

Patrick Barcus (MFA, Butler University) is a full-time Instructor in the Department of English, specializing in first-year Composition courses and Creative Writing. His creative writing focus is in poetry, having published poems in such journals as The Cape Rock and Grasslands Review. He has also published scholarly work in Indiana English and focuses his scholarship on the novels of Kurt Vonnegut and the elements of historical fiction.
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Dr. Laura Bates

Dr. Laura Bates

Laura Bates enjoys teaching a wide range of courses, from Children's Literature to World Literature, Shakespeare, and Crime and Punishment. With a PhD (University of Chicago, 1998) in Comparative Literature, her academic training involved classic world literature alongside contemporary texts and theory. Her dissertation focused on Shakespearean reception, directed by internationally respected scholar David Bevington. She is the author of “Shakespeare Saved My Life”: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard (2013: Sourcebooks).
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Mr. Jack Bonham

Mr. Jack Bonham

Jack Bonham is a native of Terre Haute, Indiana. He earned his Masters of the Arts in English from Indiana State University in the spring of 2012, with an emphasis on creative writing. He currently teaches freshman composition and research classes at ISU, as well as a teaching a poetry class for the Community School of the Arts.
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Dr. Matthew Brennan

Dr. Matthew Brennan

Matt Brennan, Professor of English, majored in English at Grinnell College and then earned an MA and a PhD at the University of Minnesota. Since 1985 he has taught a variety of courses at ISU: freshman writing, poetry writing, world and British literature surveys, literature and the visual arts, and British romanticism. He has published five books of poetry, most recently The House with the Mansard Roof, as well as critical books on Wordsworth, on the Gothic, and on Southern antebellum writer William Gilmore Simms.
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Dr. Keith Byerman

Dr. Keith Byerman

Having earned a PhD in American Studies at Purdue University, Keith Byerman joined the English Department faculty in 1987. He specializes in African American, Southern, and modern American literature. He is the author or editor of eight books, including, most recently, biographical studies of contemporary novelists Clarence Major and John Edgar Wideman.
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Mr. Jeff Carr

Mr. Jeff Carr

Jeff Carr joined the faculty at Indiana State University in the fall of 2011 after previously teaching at Western Kentucky University where he earned his MA in English. His primary area of specialization is American literature and film from 1914-45 with an emphasis on the works of William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Charles Chaplin, but he also has a great interest in Mark Twain and cultural studies. Mr. Carr dabbles in fiction writing as well.
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Ms. Lillien Chew

Ms. Lillien Chew

Lillien Chew (MA, English, 2010) has been a full-time Instructor in the Department of English since 2011. She teaches primarily freshman and junior composition, along with an occasional themed literature course for freshmen. Her areas of interest include Folklore and American Realism and Naturalism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, with a special concentration on Terre Haute native Theodore Dreiser.
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Dr. Steven Connelly

Dr. Steven Connelly

Having earned an MA from the University of Michigan, Steven Connelly joined the faculty in 1966. He earned a PhD from Indiana University in 1976. His scholarly and teaching interests have included twentieth-century British literature, popular culture, science fiction, and especially Irish studies.
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Dr. Brendan Corcoran

Dr. Brendan Corcoran

Brendan Corcoran works on twentieth-century and contemporary Irish and British poetry, as well as trauma theory and literary representations of violence and loss. He teaches courses on modern and contemporary British literature, as well as world literature, war literature, environmental literature, and poetry writing. He is managing editor of Grasslands Review. Having written on Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, Ciaran Carson, Ted Hughes, and John Keats, he is currently writing a book that examines the elegiac poetics of Seamus Heaney.
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Dr. Thomas Derrick

Dr. Thomas Derrick

Tom Derrick teaches a selection of courses in and around the Renaissance, his concentration in graduate school (Harvard 1979) and undergraduate education (Universities of Florida and Michigan). He has edited a sixteenth-century rhetoric book and published a teaching guide to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Continuing interests include the literary criticism of I.A. Richards, Ann Berthoff, and the works of Robert Penn Warren, and Shakespeare. Recent courses include Freshman Writing, the sophomore world literature survey (English 236), Literature and Life on the theme of Hope, junior/senior-level Renaissance literature (English 451), and graduate research methods (English 600).
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Mr. Christopher Dolle

Mr. Christopher Dolle

Christopher Dolle is an Instructor in the Department and teaches courses in freshman composition and technical writing.
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Dr. Raymond Dolle

Dr. Raymond Dolle

With a PhD from Pennsylvania State University, Ray Dolle joined the Department of English in 1986 as a specialist in early American literature. He teaches courses in literary analysis, American literature, and technical writing. His publications include a book, Anne Bradstreet: A Reference Guide, and articles on Captain John Smith in Early American Literature and Culture, the early American literary canon in College Literature, and Ben Franklin in The Early American Review (web). He has been an undergraduate advisor since 1991, chaired the Hazel Tesh Pfennig Committee from 1995 to 2013, and has chaired the Personnel Committee since 2009.
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Ms. Mary Ann Duncan—Administrative Assistant

Ms. Mary Ann Duncan—Administrative Assistant

Mary Ann Duncan began working for the Department in 1976. She assists faculty in the preparation of course materials, coordinates travel contracts, assists the Chairperson with official documents, and prepares materials for the Landini and Schick speaker series. Most importantly, however, she is an invaluable resource person for teachers and students in the Department.
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Ms. Kathy Edwards—Administrative Assistant

Ms. Kathy Edwards—Administrative Assistant

Kathy Edwards joined the Department in 1999. She assists the Chairperson in the daily operation of the main office; prepares required University forms, contracts, reports, and documentation; and manages the arrangements for the Schick lecture series. Most importantly, however, she is an invaluable resource person for teachers and students in the Department.
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Dr. Katherine Fredlund

Dr. Katherine Fredlund

Katherine Fredlund joined the ISU Department of English as an assistant professor in 2012 after receiving her PhD in English (Rhetoric and Writing) at Bowling Green State University. She teaches courses in Composition, Rhetoric, Women’s Studies, and Literature, and she is also an affiliate faculty member of the Gender Studies program. Her research focuses on the intersections of women's rhetoric, feminist theory, and rhetorical theory, as well as the recovery of women's historical texts. Her research has appeared in Rhetoric Review, Feminist Teacher, and The CEA Forum.
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Dr. Robert Goldbort

Dr. Robert Goldbort

Robert Goldbort joined the faculty in 1990, and teaches Technical Writing (English 305T) regularly. His scholarship focuses on scientific writing, rhetoric of science, and literature and science. His publications include articles in English Journal and Journal of Medical Humanities; columns in Journal of Environmental Health and National Forum; entries in Encyclopedia of Literature and Science (2002); and the book Writing for Science (2006, Yale UP).
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Mr. Michael Harrold

Mr. Michael Harrold

Michael Harrold has been an Instructor since 2012, but he has taught composition at Indiana State University since 1997. He graduated from Indiana State University in 1987 with a BS degree in English and minor in Creative Writing and in 1994 with an MA degree in English. His primary teaching responsibilities are English 101, English 105, English 107 and English 305 (both on campus and online). He was Associate Editor or Editor of Indiana English from 1999 to 2004. Michael won the Dean’s Educational Excellence Award in 2000 and the Residential Life Recognition for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Students in 2012.
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Dr. Rosetta Haynes

Dr. Rosetta Haynes

Rosetta Haynes is an Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies. She received her PhD in English from Cornell University in 1996. Her research interests include African American literature, Multicultural American literature, and Women’s literature. Some of her publications include Radical Spiritual Motherhood: Autobiography and Empowerment in Nineteenth-Century African American Women, “Zilpha Elaw’s Serial Domesticity: An Unsentimental Journey,” “Voice, Body and Collaboration: Constructions of Authority in The History of Mary Prince,” and “Intersections of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Experimentation in the Autobiographical Writings of Cherríe Moraga and Maxine Hong Kingston.” In 2002, she received the College of Arts and Sciences Educational Excellence Award for teaching.
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Mr. Charles Hoffman

Mr. Charles Hoffman

Charles Hoffman, Associate Professor of English, came to ISU in 1967 after completing an MA in English, specializing in British Romantic Literature, at the University of Iowa. He has taught courses in freshman and advanced composition, technical writing, introduction to literature, literature and life, journalism, and photojournalism.
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Dr. Jake Jakaitis

Dr. Jake Jakaitis

Jake Jakaitis earned his PhD in English at the University of Illinois in 1988 and joined the faculty at ISU in the same academic year. He has published articles on Don DeLillo and Philip K. Dick and, with James F. Wurtz, edited Crossing Boundaries in Graphic Narrative: Essays on Forms, Series, and Genres (2012). He teaches courses in science fiction, multicultural American literature, 19th- and 20th-century American literature, and literary theory and criticism.
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Dr. Kathleen (Kit) Kincade

Dr. Kathleen (Kit) Kincade

Kit Kincade is Professor of English. Her books include an edition of Defoe’s Essay on the History and Reality of Apparitions and the Valancourt Press edition of Clara Reeve’s Old English Baron, as well as a co-edited collection of essays Topographies of the Imagination: New Approaches to Daniel Defoe. Her articles on Daniel Defoe, Jane Austen, and Maria Edgeworth have appeared in a number of recent essay collections. She is the Managing Editor of the Stoke Newington Daniel Defoe edition series, published by AMS Press and she is Book Review Editor for The Eighteenth-Century Novel.
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Dr. Susan Latta

Dr. Susan Latta

Susan Latta (PhD, English: Rhetoric and Composition/Literary Theory, Purdue, 1995) is an Associate Professor in the Department and currently serves as Director of Writing Programs. She regularly teaches classes on grammar, the history of English, composition theory, and literary criticism; she also designed and taught the Department’s online technical writing class. She has had articles on composition, language, and media appear in scholarly publications including English Journal, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and English Leadership Quarterly and in book collections published both in the United States and Europe.
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Dr. Katherine Lee

Dr. Katherine Lee

Katherine Lee earned her BA in English at Indiana University, and her MA and PhD at the University of Missouri-Columbia. An Assistant Professor with research interests in American literature and popular culture, gender studies, and race studies, she has published essays on Asian American literature, women's autobiography, Chappelle's Show, The Sopranos, and Sex and the City. Her current projects include an analysis of sequels in popular culture inspired by "canonical" literature.
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Mr. Mark Lewandowski

Mr. Mark Lewandowski

Mark Lewandowski is the author of the short story collection, Halibut Rodeo released by All Things That Matter Press. His stories and essays have appeared in many journals, and have been listed as Notable in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best American Travel Writing, and twice in The Best American Essays. He's also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. “Positioning,” a short film based on his script, was produced by Cinemantrix in 2009. It premiered at the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival, and has since screened at eight other festivals. After graduating from Wichita State University with an MFA in Creative Writing, he joined the Peace Corps and taught English in Poland. In 1999, he received a Fulbright Grant to teach American Studies and Creative Writing at Siauliai University in Lithuania. Follow his blog at Halibut Rodeo.
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Dr. Miriam Mattsey

Dr. Miriam Mattsey

Dr. Miriam (Maia) Mattsey earned a BS from the University of Michigan and an MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She worked as a medical doctor in Indianapolis before making a professional transition to English. She has been teaching English courses at ISU since 2008, when she began graduate studies. She obtained her MA in English with a Specialization in Literature from ISU in 2010. As an Instructor, she primarily teaches composition courses: Freshman Writing I, Freshman Writing II, and Technical Writing. She teaches Technical Writing in the traditional classroom format and in an online version. Her interests also include modern American literature and poetry, and she currently teaches a Literature and Human Experience course that explores themes of friendship and acceptance. In 2010, Dr. Mattsey wrote “Growing Pains,” a review of a book of poetry by Susan Millar DuMars. Mattsey’s review was published in the South Carolina Review. Dr. Mattsey received the ISU Residential Life Award in 2012.
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Mr. Aaron Michael Morales

Mr. Aaron Michael Morales

Aaron Michael Morales, Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies, holds an MFA from Purdue University (2003). Currently, he serves as Co-Coordinator for Gender Studies. He primarily teaches Fiction Writing, Introduction to Creative Writing, and Contemporary Literature courses that deal with masculinity, working class, and Latino literatures. His first novel, Drowning Tucson, was released by Coffee House Press in 2010. He is also the author of American Mashup: A Popular Culture Reader (Pearson 2012). Professor Morales is currently at work on his second novel, Eat Your Children, as well as a collection of short fiction. His work has appeared in Passages North, Superstition Review, Another Chicago Magazine, PALABRA, and other places.
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Dr. Robert Perrin

Dr. Robert Perrin

Robert Perrin (PhD, University of Illinois) is Professor of English and Chairperson of the Department. While at ISU, he has taught rhetoric and composition courses (from freshman to graduate levels), as well as British drama; he currently teaches Writing for Teachers and English Teaching Methods. He is the author of six college textbooks on writing and research and has received the Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award (1991), the College's Distinguished Professor Award (1992), the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research and Creativity Award (2008), and the ICEA Scholar/Teacher Award (2008).
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Dr. Mandy Reid

Dr. Mandy Reid

Mandy Reid joined the Department of English in 2005 after earning a MA and a PhD from Rice University. She regularly teaches courses on popular literature, American women writers, composition, and Women’s Studies, and she is an Affiliate member of Gender Studies. Some of her work has appeared in Early Popular Visual Studies and Nineteenth-Century Contexts. In 2013, she was awarded the Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award.
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Ms. Heather Roberts

Ms. Heather Roberts

Heather Roberts has been a full-time member of the Indiana State University English department as an Instructor since the fall of 2011. Heather Roberts earned her BA in English with double minors in Psychology and French in 2005 from Indiana State University and then earned her MA in English, emphasis in literature, in 2009 from Indiana State University as well. Currently, she teaches composition courses for freshmen and juniors as well as the Foundational Studies introductory literature course, Literature and Human Experience. She also is the English coordinator for the University’s LEAP program, an intense summer bridge course for incoming freshmen students. Heather Roberts has a book review in The Eighteenth-Century Novel and one forthcoming in The Journal of Monsters and the Monstrous.
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Dr. Michael Shelden

Dr. Michael Shelden

Michael Shelden (PhD, Indiana University) is the author of several biographies, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Orwell: The Authorized Biography, which was also a New York Times Notable Book. His study of Mark Twain’s final years, Man in White, was chosen as one of the best books of 2010 by the Christian Science Monitor and the Library Journal. For fifteen years, he was a features writer for the London Daily Telegraph, and for ten years he served as a fiction critic for the Baltimore Sun. His work has also appeared in The Shakespeare Quarterly, Victorian Studies, and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His most recent book—Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill—was published in 2013 by Simon & Schuster.
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Ms. Jessica Singleton

Ms. Jessica Singleton

Jessica Singleton joined the Department as an Instructor in 2012 after receiving her BS in English Education, with a minor in History, from the University of Evansville (2009) and her MA in English, with a concentration in English and American literature, from Indiana State University (2012). While at ISU, she has taught freshman composition courses that focus on developmental writing skills and research methods.
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Mr. Tom Weller

Mr. Tom Weller

Tom Weller has served as ISU’s Student Support Services writing specialist since 2001, teaching freshman writing and creative writing classes. He received an MA in fiction writing from Indiana State in 1998 and his fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including Silk Road, Booth, Evening Street Review, Midwestern Gothic, Epiphany, Litro, Bite: An Anthology of Flash Fiction, and One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: Fifty Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories.
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Ms. Maggie Wheeler

Ms. Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler is a graduate of the Butler University MFA program and has had fiction published in Punchnel’s, Word River, and Indiana English. She is an Instructor in the Department of English at Indiana State University where she teaches Advanced Composition and Creative Writing. In addition to writing and teaching, she is a volunteer with the Terre Haute Humane Society where she is the Outreach/Education Coordinator. She resides in Terre Haute, Indiana, with her husband and three rescue dogs.
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Dr. James Wurtz

Dr. James Wurtz

James F. Wurtz received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame, where he wrote his dissertation on Irish modernism and the Gothic. He teaches courses on 19th- and 20th-century British and Irish writing, as well as literary theory and criticism, and rhetoric and composition. He has published articles on James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, World War I and graphic narrative, and Batman. He has also edited a new critical edition of the Irish writer J. S Le Fanu’s first novel, The Cock and Anchor: Being a Chronicle of Old Dublin City, published by Valancourt Books, and co-edited a collection of essays on graphic narrative, published by McFarland Books. His current research interests include graphic narrative, Steampunk, and Neo-Victorian writing and art.
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