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Texas Tech's Department of English houses over 50 full time faculty members in a variety of fields and special interests areas. See the profiles below for more information about each faculty member, their areas of specialization, their publications, and their honors and awards.


Baake, Ken

Ken Baake

Associate Professor | Ph.D. New Mexico State University

Author of the book, Metaphor and Knowledge: The Challenges of Writing Science (SUNY Press 2003), he specializes in the rhetoric of scientific literature.


Baehr, Craig

Craig Baehr

Professor | Ph.D. University of New Mexico

Research interests include hypertext theory, online publishing, online instructional design, report writing, and visual rhetoric. He is the author of Web Development: A Visual-Spatial Approach (2007).


Barrera, Cordelia

Cordelia Barrera

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. University of Texas San Antonio

Barrera specializes in Latina/o literatures and the American Southwest as well as U.S border theory, third space feminist theory, popular culture, and film. She writes movie reviews for the borderlands journal LareDOS, and has published articles and reviews in The Quarterly Review of Film and Video and the Journal of Popular Culture. She is working on a book project that explores cyber technologies, social justice, and forms of oppositional consciousness in borderlands science fiction.


Batra, Kanika

Kanika Batra

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago

Batra specializes in Postcolonial literatures and has special interests in Postcolonial Feminism and Postcolonial Queer Studies. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. In 2001 she published a monograph on Caribbean poetry for the Indira Gandhi National Open University, India. She is working on a book manuscript titled Political Acts: Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship in Postcolonial Drama.


Bauer, Curtis

Curtis Bauer

Associate Professor | M.F.A. Sarah Lawrence College

Bauer specializes in creative writing (poetry) and Spanish translation. His areas of interest are American and world poetry, poetry and fiction in translation and chapbook publishing. His collection of poems, Fence Line, won the 2003 John Ciardi Poetry Prize. His poems, prose and translations have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Rivendell, and Ninth Letter, among others. He has been a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and a Lannan Writer in Residence at IAIA in Santa Fe. He is the publisher of Q Ave Press Chapbooks.


Scott Baugh

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Oklahoma State

Baugh specializes in film/media studies with emphases in Chicana/o and Latin American cultural studies. A second edition of Mediating Chicana/o Culture: Multicultural American Vernacular came out in 2008. His current books projects are Born of Resistance: Cara a Cara Encounters with Chicana/o Visual Culture with Víctor Sorell, and Screening Mestizaje, a study of multicultural aesthetics in American cinema. His articles have appeared in Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Journal of Film & Video, Film & History, and the Columbia Companion to Film and History. His book, Latino American Cinema: An Encyclopedia of Movies, Stars, Concepts, and Trends was published in 2012


Braver, Aaron

Aaron Braver

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. Rutgers

Braver specializes in phonetics, phonology, and their interface, with an emphasis on non-contrastive distinctions.  His research investigates the ways in which speech sounds are organized, produced, perceived, and manipulated by our linguistic system. Much of this work takes place in the laboratory, with both speech production and speech perception experiments.  He has worked on many linguistic phenomena, including incomplete neutralization, flapping, vowel lengthening, emphatic lengthening, and DP-internal ellipsis in English, Japanese, and Spanish, among other languages.


Borshuk, Michael

Michael Borshuk

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Alberta

Specializing in African American literature and cultural studies, Borshuk is the author of Swinging the Vernacular: Jazz and African American Modernist Literature (Routledge, 2006), which won the Texas Tech President's Book Award in 2008, and various essays and encyclopedia entries on African American literature, music, and American modernism.  His current book project is Ugly Beauty: Jazz Performance and Visual Culture.  As well, for ten years, from 1999 to 2009, he wrote on jazz regularly for Coda magazine.




Cargile-Cook, Kelli

Kelli Cargile Cook

Professor | Ph.D. Texas Tech University

Cargile Cook’s research focuses on technical communication pedagogy, online writing pedagogy, web-based training, and technical communication program development and assessment. She co-edited Online Education: Global Questions, Local Answers, which received NCTE Award for Excellence for Best Collection in Technical and Scientific Communication in 2006. Forthcoming from Baywood is a second edited collection: Online Education 2.0: Online Education 2.0: Evolving, Adapting, and Reinventing Online Technical Communication. She also revised the third edition of The Elements of Technical Writing. She is serving currently as president of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, and she served as the president of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication from 2006-2008.


Carter, Joyce Locke

Joyce Locke Carter

Associate Professor | Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin

Director of Graduate Studies in Technical Communication and Rhetoric.  Incoming chair of the CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication). As a techno-rhetorician, Dr. Carter studies the ways technology (mostly computers and software) affect, enable, and/or modify rhetorical acts. Current research has examined how rhetorical messages compete with each other; Dr. Carter's book Market Matters: Applied Rhetoric Studies and Free Market Competition contains some of these findings.


Clark, Bruce

Bruce Clarke

Paul Whitfield Horn Professor | Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo

Clarke specializes in the coevolution of literary and technoscientific developments in the 19th and 20th centuries. His most recent books are Dora Marsden and Early Modernism: Gender, Individualism, Science; Energy Forms: Allegory and Science in the Era of Classical Thermodynamics; and Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Systems. He is the co-editor of From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature, and Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory.


Cortese, katie

Katie Cortese

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. Florida State University

Her work has earned prizes from River Styx, Silk Road, Narrative Magazine, Seven Hills Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Kingsbury Fellowship and a Tennessee Williams scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, her stories, essays, poems, and interviews have most recently appeared in Gulf Coast, Main Street Rag, Harpur Palate, Third Coast, Carve Magazine, Willow Springs, Passages North, PANK, The Tusculum Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. She edited The Southeast Review from 2010-2013, and has also contributed to the production of Juked and Hayden’s Ferry Review.


Couch, Julie

Julie Nelson Couch

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Brown

Nelson Couch specializes in Middle English literature and the modern reception of medieval literature. She has published on Malory, miracle tales, and retellings of medieval narrative in children's literature. Two recent articles, "Misbehaving God: The Case of the Christ Child in MS Laud Misc. 108 'Infancy of Jesus Christ'," in Mindful Spirits in Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Kirk (Palgrave Macmillan 2006) and "The Vulnerable Hero: Havelok and the Revision of Romance (Chaucer Review, forthcoming) indicate her current interests in the Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108 and the cultural category of childhood in Middle English narrative.


Covington, Dennis

Dennis Covington

Professor | M.F.A Iowa

Covington is author of two novels and three nonfiction books, including Salvation on Sand Mountain, a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award.  His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Esquire, Georgia Review, Redbook, the Oxford American, and other periodicals, and his work has been widely anthologized in the U.S. and translated into eight languages abroad.  His most recent book is Redneck Riviera: Armadillos, Outlaws, and the Demise of an American Dream. He has won the Rea Non-Fiction Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Ransdell, Ann Daghistany

Ann Daghistany Ransdell

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Southern California

Ransdell has published articles on myth criticism and women's studies, and co-edited a book of essays, Spatial Form in Narrative. She won the President's Excellence in Teaching Award. She teaches multi-cultural contemporary literature with emphases in madness, trauma and healing, and graduate classes in Comparative and Victorian Literature.


Desens, Marliss

Marliss Desens

Associate Professor | Ph.D. UCLA

Author of The Bed-Trick in English Renaissance Drama:  Explorations in Gender, Sexuality, and Power. She has published articles on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. She is editing The exemplary Lives and memorable Acts of nine the most worthy Women of the world, etc"  for a volume in the forthcoming edition of The Works of Thomas Heywood (Oxford University Press). She served as Director of Literary Studies 2007-2009, and she is currently serving as Interim Associate Chair of the department.


Sam Dragga

Sam Dragga

Professor | Ph.D. Ohio

Publishes books and articles on ethics in technical communication, technical editing, visual communication, international communication, and first-year composition. Dragga serves as series editor of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication.


Eaton, Angela

Angela Eaton

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Her research interests include technical communication pedagogy and practice, quantitative research methods, grant and proposal writing, and technical editing.


 Faris, Michael

Michael J. Faris

Assistant Professor | Ph.D Penn State University

Dr. Michael J. Faris’s research interests include digital rhetoric and literacy practices, social media, digital privacy, mobile technologies, feminist and queer rhetorics, and composition and technical communication pedagogy. His current book project investigates how users understand and manage their social privacy in social media environments, arguing for a literacies perspective for managing privacy online. He has conducted research on integrating iPads in technical writing classrooms; on using social media in writing classes; and on how graduate students understand and use coffee shops as writing spaces for their dissertations.

Dr. Faris is also the Social Media Co-Coordinator for the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing and an assistant editor for Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.


Hawkins, Ann

Ann R. Hawkins

Professor | Ph.D. Kentucky

Hawkins specializes in British Nineteenth-century Book History and Textual Studies; she is the series editor for Ashgate Publisher's Studies in Publishing History: Manuscript, Print, and Digital. A two-time winner of the TTU Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher award, Hawkins has published Romantic Women Writers Reviewed, 1788-1792, a 9-volume series which collects and edits reviews written of women published in the British periodical press (Pickering & Chatto, 2011-13). She published scholarly editions of three nineteenth-century novels as well as articles on Disraeli, nineteenth-century women poets, and Lord Byron. She has edited the well-received collection on pedagogy, Teaching Bibliography, Textual Criticism, and Book History as well as co-edited, with Maura Ives, Women Writers and the Artifacts of Celebrity in the Long Nineteenth-century  (Ashgate, 2012). She continues work on a book manuscript, “Byron and the Shakespeare Trade,” part of the research for which was featured in an exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library in fall 2007.


Hackenbracht, Ryan

Ryan Hackenbracht

Assistant Professor | Ph.D.

The Pennsylvania State UniversityHackenbracht specializes in early modern British poetry, prose, and drama. His current book project, National Reckonings: The Last Judgment and National Identity in Milton’s England, examines the relationship between nationhood, eschatology, and literary form and genre during the English Revolution and Restoration. His research interests include: Milton and early modern poetry, the English Revolution, Thomas Hobbes and political philosophy, Henry Vaughan and royalist writing, book history and print culture, religion and literature, apocalypticism, and church history. Hackenbracht is a recipient of the Albert C. Labriola Award from the Milton Society of America, and his work has recently appeared in Studies in Philology and Renaissance and Reformation.


Hooley, Matt

Matt Hooley

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

Matt Hooley writes and teaches about American and Native American modernism, ethnic studies, settler colonial studies, and ecopoetics. Currently, he's working on a book project, titled Unsettled: Minneapolis, Native Modernism, and the Settler State, which theorizes 19th and 20th century Native writing in the context of American settler modernity. He's published essays and reviews on modern Ojibwe writers Gerald Vizenor, David Treuer, Louise Erdrich, and William Warren. And he's beginning a new project that examines obscured landscapes of ecological catastrophe in Native America (including Crandon Mine, Monument Valley, and fisheries on the Pacific Rim) as physical and metaphorical structures through which American empire persists outside the coordinates of the politically visible.


Hurst, Mary Jane

Mary Jane Hurst

Professor | Ph.D. Maryland

Professor of English and American Council on Education Fellow, Hurst previously served as Executive Director of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest, Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, and Faculty Assistant to the President.  The recipient of the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and of the Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award, she is a member of the Teaching Academy and teaches classes in linguistics and American literature.  Most of her research deals with language in literature, but her three books and more than three dozen articles, essays, and reviews cover a variety of topics in linguistics, literature, and other professional issues.[


Kim, Min-Joo

Min-Joo Kim

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Massachusetts-Amherst

Kim specializes in theoretical syntax and semantics, with secondary specialty in language acquisition and pragmatics. Her research aims to deepen our understanding of how linguistic systems work together with context to derive sentence meanings. She has worked on various linguistic phenomena including wh-movement, relativization, polarity, and Case in English, Korean, Japanese, and Russian, among others.[


Kimball, Miles

Miles Kimball

Professor | Ph.D. University of Kentuck

yKimball is the author of Document Design: A Guide for Technical Communicators (Bedford-St. Martin's 2008) and The Web Portfolio Guide (Longman 2003), as well as a variety of articles on the history of technical communication, information graphics, intersections of technical communication and culture, and web portfolios. In 2009-2010 he was the President of the College English Association. Kimball is currently serving as the Interim Chair for the Department of Communication Studies.


 Selzer King, Abigail

Abigail Selzer King

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. Purdue

Abigail Selzer King studies organizing and rhetoric, especially as these topics connect more broadly to the communication of identities, genders, nationalisms, and meanings of work. Her research explores these concepts through interpretive and qualitative methods including rhetorical criticism, argumentation analysis, microhistory, and computer-assisted qualitative data analysis. Abigail has received the Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award from the National Communication Association, the Outstanding Thesis Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication Language and Gender, and top paper awards from both the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association. Her research has appeared in journals including Argumentation & Advocacy, Computers & Education, and Visual Communication Quarterly.


Koerber, Amy

Amy Koerber

Professor | Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Research interests include health communication, rhetoric of science and technology, women's studies, and Internet studies.


Kolosov, Jacqueline

Jacqueline Kolosov

Professor | Ph.D. New York University

Kolosov's interests include poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction (literary and young adult). Her poetry collections include Vago and Modigliani's Muse as well as five chapbooks. Her young adult novels are The Red Queen's Daughter, A Sweet Disorder, and Grace from China. She has co-edited 2 anthologies of contemporary women's prose. Her awards include an NEA Literature Fellowship (2008) in Prose. Her poetry, prose, and critical writing have appeared in journals including Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Orion, The Writer's Chronicle, and The Missouri Review.



Marta Kvande

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Delaware

Kvande specializes in eighteenth-century British literature, with particular interests in women writers, the history of the novel, narrative, the Gothic, and the history of the book.  She has published articles on Eliza Haywood, Jane Barker, and Delarivière Manley in SEL and The Eighteenth-Century Novel and has an article on Charlotte Lennox and theories of reading in the collection Masters of the Marketplace as well as an article on Jane Barker’s Exilius in the collection New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century British Fiction.  Her article on Haywood, Richardson, and attitudes toward manuscript and print cultures is forthcoming in Eighteenth-Century Studies.  Her co-edited collection, Everyday Revolutions: Eighteenth Century Women Transforming Public and Private, is published by the University of Delaware Press.  She is currently working on a book project titled Negotiating Print and Manuscript in the Eighteenth-Century Novel.




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

Dr. Kristen R. Moore works at the intersection of public rhetoric and technical communication, focusing specifically on the ways diverse communities might be served by critical theories, inclusive rhetorics, and activist scholarship. Of particular interest for Dr. Moore's research is the ways that seemingly mundane institutional infrastructure might serve as a site of institutional and social change. She is currently working with Dr. Natasha Jones (University of New Mexico) on a research project that collects, reviews, and geo-maps inclusive scholarship and programs in technical communication. 

Dr. Moore serves on the Diversity Committee for the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication and works on the Women in Tech Comm Initiative for the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. 


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.


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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.



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John Samson

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Cornell

The author of White Lies: Melville’s Narratives of Fact, Samson is concerned with historical and theoretical approaches to American novels and non-fictional prose narratives. He currently coordinates the TTU Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society.


Shelton, Jen

Jen Shelton

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Vanderbilt

Shelton has published essays on incest as a narrative structure in works of Joyce, Woolf and Nabokov.


Shu, Yuan

Yuan Shu

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Indiana

Shu specializes in contemporary American literature with an emphasis on postmodern American fiction, Vietnam War literature, and Asian American literature. His research interest includes nationalism and globalization theory, technology and discourse, as well as critical and comparative race studies. He is the director of the Texas Tech Comparative Literature program and has published in journals varying from Cultural Critique to MELUS.


Snead, Jennifer

Jennifer Snead

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. Duke

Snead specializes in eighteenth-century British and transatlantic literature and culture. Her primary research interests within the field are print culture, religion, and popular literacy. She has published and presented articles and papers on the work of Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, John Wesley, and Edward Young (among others). Her current book project investigates the impact of the Evangelical Revival on popular literacy and the concept of literature during the second half of the century.


Spurgeon, Sara

Sara Spurgeon

Professor | Ph.D. University of Arizona

Spurgeon works in literatures of the American West and Southwest as well as nature/environmental writing, gender studies, and postcolonial theory.  She is the author of Exploding the Western: Myths of Empire on the Postmodern Frontier, co-author of Writing the Southwest, and editor of the forthcoming anthology Cormac McCarthy. She has published a monograph on Ana Castillo, and essays on Cormac McCarthy, Martin Cruz Smith, feminist theory in the borderlands, the relationship between literature, water policy, and public discourse in the American West, and a co-authored essay on the film Brokeback Mountain. She serves on the Executive Council of the Western Literature Association, the Advisory Board of the Western Writers Series, and the Editorial Board of the journal Western American Literature.


Brian Still

Associate Professor | Ph.D. University of South Dakota

Still's research interests include medical discourse, theories of technology, online communities, Internet activism, medical discourse, techno-pedagogy, theories of technology, and open source issues.


Wenthe, William

William Wenthe

Professor | Ph.D. Virginia

Wenthe has written three books of poems: Words Before Dawn (forthcoming LSU Press, 2012; Not Till We Are Lost (2003); and Birds of Hoboken (1995). Not Till We Are Lost won the Best Book of Poetry Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. He has published poems in journals including Poetry, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Tin House, Orion, TriQuarterly, and The Southern Review. In addition, he teaches 20th Century British Poetry and has written articles on Yeats, H. D., poetic form and literary theory. 


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James Whitlark

Professor | Ph.D. Chicago

Whitlark's field of specialization is Religions in Literature, and has won the New Professor and President’s Excellence in Teaching awards. His publications include two authored books, Illuminated Fantasy: From Blake’s Visions to Recent Graphic Fiction and Behind the Great Wall: A Post-Jungian Approach to Kafkaesque Literature, a co-edited book, and fifty-five articles in addition to the studies presented at his electronic journal http://human-threshold-systems.whitlarks.com


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Allison Whitney

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. University of Chicago

Whitney specializes in studies of film technology, genre cinema, and the relationship between technological history and film form.  She has published on race and class in American maternal melodrama, colonial narratives in science fiction, contemporary horror films, religion and cinema, sonic literacy, and dance in Weimar film culture in such journals as The Journal of Film & Video,Music, Sound and The Moving Image, and Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. She is currently working on a book on the history of IMAX film, and she is engaged in research on the representation of space exploration in cinema. She is also developing a project on oral histories of film exhibition culture in Texas and the Southwest.


 Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. New Mexico StateUniversity

Greg Wilson is interested in innovation—how messy problems become clear ideas and useful technologies.

He enjoys working with and within technical communities to understand how ideas come to fruition. His research interests include technical and professional communication, rhetoric of science, cultural studies, ethnography in technical settings, and interdisciplinary problem solving. Before joining the faculty at Texas Tech, Wilson was an assistant professor at Iowa State University, and before that he was a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory. At Los Alamos, he worked on a team of social scientists within the Statistical Sciences group to build qualitative reliability models of complex engineered systems.

Wilson is on the board of directors and is past president of the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology (ARST).


Zdenek, Sean

Sean Zdenek

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon

Sean Zdenek's research interests include disability and web accessibility studies, closed captioning, deaf studies, sound studies, and methods of rhetorical criticism. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in disability studies, web accessibility, document design, sound studies, report writing, multimodal composition, developing instructional materials, style, and rhetorical criticism. He has published articles in Disability Studies Quarterly, Technical Communication Quarterly, Computers and Composition Online, Discourse and Society, and others. His book, Reading Sounds: Accessing Popular Culture Through the Lens of Closed-Captioned Media, is scheduled to be published in 2015 by The University of Chicago Press.






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