Faculty

With a 6-to-1 ratio of declared majors to faculty, the average class size is about 19 students. Some literature classes can be 25 or more while creative writing workshops may be 15 or less.

Full-Time Faculty

Christopher Bakken, B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.F.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of Houston. Creative writing, poetry and nonfiction.

James Bulman, B.A., Cornell University; M.A., University of Wales at Aberystwyth; Ph.D., Yale University. Shakespeare, Milton, modern drama.

M. Soledad Caballero, B.A., Appalachian State University; M.A., Ph.D., Tufts University. 18th and 19th century British literature, Gothicism, travel writing.

Matthew Ferrence, B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.F.A., University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D., West Virginia University

D. Alexis Hart,  B.A., The University of Rochester; Ph.D., The University of Georgia

Jennifer Wynne Hellwarth, B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara. Medieval and Renaissance literature.

Jen Julian, B.A., University of Missouri, MFA University of North Carolina Greensboro, PhD University of Missouri

Aline Lo, B.A. Colorado State University; M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison; PhD. University of Wisconsin-Madison

David Miller, A.B., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University. 19th century American literature and culture, American art, American studies.

John MacNeill Miller, A.B., Duke University; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Valerie Sweeney Prince, Ph.D. University of Michigan, M.A. Hampton University

Benjamin Slote, B.A., Northwestern University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University. American literature and culture.

Susan Slote, B.A. Mount Holyoke College; M.A., M.Phil., ABD Yale University

Jennie Votava, Ph.D., Department of English, New York University, M.A., Department of English, New York University


Faculty Publications & Achievements

  • T. S. Eliot Prize in Poetry for After Greece, a book of poems published by Truman State University Press. (Christopher Bakken)
  • Dark Eden: The Swamp in 19th-Century American Culture, published by Cambridge University Press. (David Miller)
  • Listening to ‘The Goophered Grapevine,’ and Hearing Raisins Sing,” published in American Literary History. (Benjamin Slote)
  • “On the Turquoise Tee,” published in the Blue Mesa Review. (Matthew Ferrence)
  • “Latina is an English Word,” published in Pembroke Magazine. (M. Soledad Caballero)
  • Past president of Shakespeare Association of America, also the first faculty member from a liberal arts college to hold the position. (James Bulman)
  • “‘For the Honour of Our Country,’ Maria Dundas Graham and the Romance of Benign Domination,” published in Studies in Travel Writing. (M. Soledad Caballero)
  • Goat Funeral: Poems, published by Sheep Meadow Press. (Christopher Bakken)
  • “Breaking the Filibuster of Race: the Literary Resonance of the Emmett Till Mur-der,” published in Arkansas Review. (Matthew Ferrence)
  • General Editor, Shakespeare in Performance series (36 volumes), published by Manchester University Press. (James Bulman)
  • Editor, American Iconology: New Approaches to 19th-Century Art and Literature, published by Yale University Press. (David Miller)
  • The Reproductive Unconscious in Medieval and Early Modern England, published by Routledge. (Jennifer Hellwarth)
  • Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table, published by University of California Press. (Christopher Bakken)
  • Notable Essay, “Revenge of the Spider King,” Best American Essays, 2014. (Kate McIntyre).
  • “Veterans in College Writing Classes: Understanding and Embracing the Mutual Benefit” published in Generation Vet: Composition, Student Veterans, and the Post-9/11 University by Utah State University Press (Alexis Hart).