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Susan Lang

Professor | Ph.D. Emory

Research interests include computer-based instruction in composition and literature, intellectual property issues, hypertext, and textual theory.


McFadden, Brian

Brian McFadden

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Notre Dame

McFadden studies marvels and miracle stories in Old English and Anglo-Latin prose, especially the concept of the monstrous.  He has edited a special issue of Religion and Literature on visions of the other world and has published articles on Beowulf, the Letter of Alexander to Aristotle, the Venerable Bede's Ecclesiastical History, the Liber Monstrorum, the Exeter Book Physiologusand Phoenix, the Old English lives of St. Margaret, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s use of Anglo-Saxon monster lore in his fiction; he also has an article forthcoming on the Exeter Book riddles in their tenth-century context.  His book project discusses the compilation of the Beowulf manuscript in the context of tenth-century English social changes.



Roger McNamara

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago

McNamara specializes in Postcolonial literature, with an emphasis on South Asian fiction. His research interests include Cultural Marxism and Postcolonial Theory. He has published articles on South Asian writing, and he is at present working on a book project that explores the impact of secularism on the aesthetics of writers belonging to racial and ethnic minority groups in South Asia.


Moore, Kristen

Kristen Moore

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. Purdue

Moore specializes in technical communication in the public sphere, especially public policy and participation. Additionally, she studies critical and rhetorical methodologies and  the rhetorics of race and gender in technical communication and STEM fields. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Technical and Written Communication and Learning, Media, and Technology. She is currently working on two article-length manuscripts that situate African American women's rhetorics within technical communication and transportation planning. Her most current research project investigates a Lubbock-based urban planning project, focusing on the mediation of citizen participation through technological and institutional infrastructures.

Mullen, Mary

Mary Mullen

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

Mullen's research examines the relationship between history, literature, and politics with a particular emphasis on nineteenth-century English and Irish writing. Her current book project considers anachronisms in nineteenth-century English and Irish novels. It demonstrates how the novel's narrative form – long associated with linear development and shared national time – unsettles the progressive plotting of imperial history and the homogeneous, empty time of the nation. Work from this project is forthcoming in Victoriographies and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. She has published additional research on the politics of historical time in Victorian Poetry. In addition to her work on nineteenth-century literature, Mullen is interested in the public humanities, public education, and contemporary theory.


Patterson, Jill

Jill Patterson

Professor | Ph.D. Oklahoma State

Patterson has been the recipient of a Texas Writers' League Fellowship and two Kimmel-Harding Nelson residencies.  Her fiction and nonfiction have most recently appeared in Colorado Review; Quarterly West; Fourth Genre; Image: Art, Faith, Mystery; Carolina Quarterly; and other journals, as well as in anthologies published by Texas Christian University Press, Texas A&M University Press, and Texas Tech University Press.  She founded and continues to edit Iron Horse Literary Review, which is published six times a year.  She currently serves as production manager for Creative Nonfiction, the first literary journal dedicated solely to narrative nonfiction, and serves as Case Storyteller/Consultant for the West Texas Regional Public Defenders Office for Capital Cases.


Poch, John

John Poch

Professor | Ph.D. University of North Texas

He was the Colgate University Creative Writing Fellow from 2000-2001 and was the 2007 Thornton Writer-in-Residence at Lynchburg College. His most recent book, Dolls, was released in September 2009 with Orchises Press.  Two Men Fighting with a Knife (Story Line Press 2008) won the Donald Justice Award. His first book, Poems, was published in January 2004 by Orchises Press and was a finalist for the PEN/Osterweil prize.  The Essential Hockey Haiku (a poetry/fiction collaboration with Chad Davidson) was published by St. Martin’s Press in Fall 2006.  A limited edition letterpress/art book, Ghost Towns of the Enchanted Circle was published by Flying Horse Editions in 2007. Poch was a recipient of the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize in 1998.    He is the editor of 32 Poems Magazine


Purinton, Marjean

Marjean Purinton

Professor | Ph.D. Texas A&M

Author of Romantic Ideology Unmasked: The Mentally Constructed Tyrannies in Dramas of William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and Joanna Baillie, and the forthcoming Staging Grotesques and Ghosts: British Romantic Techno-gothic Drama, as well as articles on Romantic drama, early 19th-century women writers, feminist theory and pedagogy.  A member of the Teaching Academy and a recipient of a President's Excellence in Teaching Award, she teaches in the Women's Studies Program and is the Teaching Section Editor for the online project British Women Playwrights Around 1800.  She is past President of the International Conference on Romanticism.


Rice, Rich

Rich Rice

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Ball State University

His research interests include contemporary composition and rhetoric, new media and professional writing, TA training, portfolio assessment, distance education, and service learning.


Rickly, Rebecca

Rebecca Rickly

Professor | Ph.D. Ball State University

Her research interests include gender and communication, online and oral discourse analysis, methods and methodology, theories of rhetoric(s), and literacy issues.


 Rukavina, A

Alison Rukavina

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. University of Alberta

Alison Rukavina (Ph.D. University of Alberta, 2007) specializes in nineteenth-century British and colonial literature and print culture. She is particularly interested in the transnational and global circulation of books and people in the nineteenth century. She published The Development of the International Book Trade, 1870-1895: Tangled Networks in 2010 and is currently writing her second book on iconic Canadian Mountie Sam Steele and the dysfunctional publishing history of his memoir. Reviews editor for the Bibliographical Society of Canada’s journal, she has published on the nineteenth-century international book trade, nineteenth-century Australian and British book trades, Canadian print culture and book history, social network theory, and author/publisher relations.