ELC Faculty

dept 2013

Associate Professor Antonio Barrenechea. B.A., Fordham University; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University. Comparative literature, literature of the Americas, film studies, literary theory.

Associate Professor Paul D. Fallon. B.S., M.S., Georgetown University; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University. Linguistics, phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, writing systems, Cushitic linguistics.

Professor Chris Foss. B.A., Concordia College (Moorhead, MN); M.A., Northeastern University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison. Nineteenth-century British literature, disability studies. ON SABBATICAL SPRING 2015.

Assistant Professor Kate Haffey. B.S., Ohio University; M.A., Marquette University; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 20th century British literature, queer theory, narrative theory, and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Adjunct Instructor Luke Johnson. B.A., Elon University; M.F.A., Hollins University. Creative writing, poetry, creative nonfiction. Website.

Professor Teresa A. Kennedy. Director, Simpson Program in Medieval Studies. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Catholic University of America. Medieval literature, Renaissance literature.

Assistant Professor Benjamin J. LaBreche. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Yale University. English literature and history of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, related continental and classical literatures, politics, gender.

Assistant Professor Janie Lee.  B.A., Ewha Women’s University; M.A, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara.  Sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, linguistic anthropology, Asian American Studies.  Website.

Associate Professor Eric G. Lorentzen. B.A., Rowan University; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. Nineteenth-century British literature, British novel, cultural studies, critical pedagogy/literacy studies, narrative/literary theory, Dickens, and the short story.

Associate Professor Maya Mathur. Associate Department Chair.  B.A., St. Stephen’s College, India. M.A., Ph.D., The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Renaissance literature, cultural studies, comedy and genre theory, gender studies.

Professor Marie E. McAllister. B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Princeton University. Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, travel literature, literature and medicine.

Professor John T. Morello. Associate Provost. A.B., College of William and Mary; M.A., Northern Illinois University; Ph.D., Wayne State University. Public speaking, argumentation and debate, political communication, rhetoric, small group communication.

Professor Timothy M. O’Donnell. Associate Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Success.  Director of Debate. B.A., M.A., Wake Forest University; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Public argument, debate, rhetoric of science, and rhetorical theory and criticism.

Lecturer Jessy J. Ohl. B.S., Kansas State University; M.A., The University of Alabama; Ph.D., The University of Nebraska. Political communication, the rhetoric of war, rhetorical theory, democratic deliberation and facilitation.  Website.

Adjunct Instructor Araceli “Shelly” Palomino, B.A., M.A., California State University San Bernardino. Public Speaking, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication.

Professor Judith A. Parker. B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University. Linguistics, especially psycholinguistics, acoustic phonetics, speech processing, dyslexia, and women’s studies.

Assistant Professor Jon Pineda. B.A., James Madison University; M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University. Creative writing, fiction and poetry.

Associate Professor P. Anand Rao. Director of the Speaking Intensive Program and the Speaking Center.   B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Rhetorical theory and criticism, visual rhetoric, public argument, and rhetoric of science.

Associate Professor Colin Rafferty. B.A., Kansas State University; M.A., Iowa State University; M.F.A., The University of Alabama. Creative writing, creative nonfiction.

Associate Professor Gary Richards.  Department Chair.  B.A., Trinity University (San Antonio); M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. U.S. literature, twentieth- and twenty-first-century U.S. fiction and drama, southern literature, African American literature, and gender and sexuality studies. ON SABBATICAL  2014-2015.

Professor Mary B. Rigsby. Interim Department Chair. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Temple University. Early American literature, literary theory, women’s studies.

Professor Warren G. Rochelle. B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.S., Columbia University; M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Rhetoric and composition (theory, history, pedagogy), science fiction and fantasy, 20th-century American literature, creative writing.  Website.

Professor Mara N. Scanlon. B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison. Modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, Asian American literature, genre theory, women’s literature, ethics and literature, digital humanities.  Website. 

Senior Lecturer Constance F. Smith. B.A., University of Maryland; M.A., University of Pennsylvania. Short fiction, Shakespeare, poetry, women’s studies.

Associate Professor Clarence (Danny) W. Tweedy III. B.A., Virginia Military Institute; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kentucky. African American literature.

Adjunct Instructor Elizabeth Wade. B.A., Davidson College; M.A., Ph.D. University of Alabama.  American Literature, Creative Writing, and Editing.

Adjunct Instructor Duncan Warner. B.A., McGill University; M.A., University of Toronto; A.B.D., University of Sussex; A.B.D., University of Toronto; TESL Cert., Concordia University.  Modernism, Shakespeare, Wittgenstein, 18th-Century British novel.

Associate Professor Zach Whalen. B.A., Carson-Newman College; M.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Florida. New media studies, digital textual studies, comics/graphic narrative, narratology.  Website.