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Mr. Joshua Akens, Instructor

Office: Root A255; Telephone: 237.4432; E-mail:

Joshua Akens is an Instructor in the Department of English, and before being hired as an Instructor, he was a full-time Lecturer in the Department.  In both positions, Joshua has taught freshman composition courses. Joshua graduated with a BS in English from Indiana State University in 2012, and he later earned his MA in English from Indiana State University in 2014. During his undergraduate and graduate careers at ISU, Joshua worked as Editorial Assistant of Indiana English and as Assistant Editor of Allusions. Joshua’s primary literary interest is medieval literature, specifically the Arthurian Legend.

  • MA, Indiana State University, 2014
  • BS, Indiana State University, 2012
  • AS, Vincennes University, 2010

Dr. Stephanie Alexander, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A249; Telephone: 237.3627; E-mail:

Dr. Stephanie Alexander joined the faculty as a full-time Instructor in 2014. She holds a PhD in English and Women’s and Gender Studies from Louisiana State University, as well as a BS and MA in English from Indiana State University.  She currently serves as the Interim Director of Writing Programs, and she teaches a variety of composition courses in addition to the graduate student teaching practicum.  Her research areas include postcolonial literature, gender studies, and popular culture.  Her work has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies and the New Delta Review.

  • PhD, Louisiana State University, 2014
  • MA, Indiana State University, 2008
  • BS, Indiana State University, 2006

Dr. Amy Ash, Assistant Professor

Office: Root Hall A; Telephone: ; E-Mail:

Amy Ash directs the Indiana State University Creative Writing Program. She serves as the faculty advisor for the Creative Writing Society of ISU and for our student-run literary journal, Allusions. Ash holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University and a PhD from the University of Kansas. Her teaching and research interests include creative writing studies and pedagogy, contemporary poetry and poetics, 20th- and 21st-century American literature, collaborative writing, and hybrid genres. She is the author of The Open Mouth of the Vase, which won the 2013 Cider Press Review Book Award and the 2016 Etchings Press Whirling Prize for poetry. Her work has been published in various journals and anthologies, including Mid-American Review, Harpur Palate, Salamander, and 100 Word Story. Dr. Ash joined the English Department faculty in 2015 as an Assistant Professor.

  • PhD, University of Kansas, 2014
  • MFA, New Mexico State University, 2006
  • BA, New Mexico State University, 2001

Mr. Patrick Barcus, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A254; Telephone: 237.3176; E-mail:

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.

  • MFA, Butler University, 2012
  • MA, Indiana State University 2008
  • BA, Indiana State University 2006

Dr. Laura Bates, Professor

Office: Root Hall A247; Telephone: 237.3141; E-mail:

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).

  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1998
  • MA, The Shakespeare Institute, 1993
  • MA, Northeastern Illinois University, 1992
  • MA, Northeastern Illinois University, 1991
  • BA, Columbia College of Chicago, 1990

Mr. Jack Bonham, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A211; Telephone: 237.8205; E-mail:

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 a concentration in 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.

  • MA, Indiana State University, 2012
  • BS, Indiana State University, 2009

Dr. Keith Byerman, Professor

Office: Root Hall A221; Telephone: 237.3208; E-mail:

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.

  • PhD, Purdue University, 1978
  • MA, Indiana University, 1972
  • BA, Anderson College, 1970

Dr. Emily Capettini, Assistant Professor

​Office: Root Hall A?; Telephone: 237.3160; E-mail:

Before joining the faculty at Indiana State University, Emily Capettini was the Literary Arts Director and Long-Term Resident for Sundress Academy for the Arts, an artist residency and arts collective in Knoxville, Tennessee. Capettini earned her PhD from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she specialized in new fabulism and fiction writing. She is the author of Thistle, winner of Omnidawn’s Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest, and her work has also appeared in places such as Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place (Sundress Publications, 2014). Capettini teaches courses in creative writing, fiction writing, new fabulism, and ghost stories.

  • PhD, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • MA, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • BA, Lake Forest College

Ms. Lillien Chew, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A224; Telephone: 237.3264; E-mail:

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.

  • MA, Indiana State University, 2010
  • BS, Indiana State University, 2007

Dr. Brendan Corcoran, Associate Professor

Office: Root Hall A227; Telephone: 237.3142; E-mail:

In 1989, Brendan Corcoran received his BA in the Humanities from Yale University. He then served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala from 1989-1991. On returning to the US, he completed an MA in poetry writing from The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars (1995). He received his doctorate in English from Emory University in 2003 and began teaching that same year in ISU’s Department of English. Corcoran works on twentieth-century and contemporary Irish and British poetry, Irish Studies, and literary representations of violence and loss. Current scholarship focuses on Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon and other contemporary Northern Irish poets. His research and teaching interests include modern and contemporary British literature, the elegy, environmental literature and writing about climate change, Romantic poetry, war literature, world literature, and poetry writing.

  • PhD, Emory University, 2003
  • MA, The Johns Hopkins University, 1995
  • BA, Yale University, 1989

Dr. Raymond Dolle, Associate Professor

Office: Root Hall A286; Telephone: 237.3172; E-mail:

With a PhD from The 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 (U of Delaware P), the early American literary canon in College Literature, and Ben Franklin in The Early American Review. His focus is now community engagement as editor of Ryves Youth Center Magazine and faculty government as Chair (2016–2018) of the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Council. In Spring 2017, he was selected for the CAS Excellence in Education Award for Service.

  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 1985
  • MA, Pennsylvania State University, 1981
  • BA, North Adams State College, 1978

Dr. Chris Drew, Assistant Professor

Office: Root Hall A229; Telephone: 237.3429; E-mail:

Chris Drew joined the ISU Department of English in 2014 after completing his PhD in English at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He also holds an MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University and an MA in teaching from Oakland City University. He has taught a variety of subjects in the department, including teaching methods, creative writing, literature, composition, and grammar. He also supervises the department’s English Teaching major, as well as its dual credit and NCTE accreditation programs. His writing and research have appeared in English Leadership Quarterly, The Journal of Creative Writing Studies, Mad River Review, Floyd Shine, The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language AssociationBellevue Literary Review, and Quarterly West. He was named a 2017–18 NCTE/CEL Emerging Leaders Fellow, and he co-edited the anthology Dispatches from the Classroom: Graduate Students on Creative Writing Pedagogy.

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, 2014
  • MFA, Oregon State University, 2007
  • MA, Oakland City University, 2000
  • BS, University of Evansville, 1999

Ms. Mary Ann Duncan, Administrative Assistant

Office: Root Hall A261; Telephone: 237.3164; E-mail:

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.

Ms. Kathy Edwards, Administrative Assistant

Office: Root Hall A265; Telephone: 237.3161; E-mail:

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

Ms. Elaine Farrugia, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A250; Telephone: 237.2067; E-mail:

Elaine Farrugia is a full-time Instructor in the Department of English. She earned her MFA in Fiction from Arizona State University in 2006 and has since taught a variety of courses in composition, creative writing, and creative nonfiction. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Puerto del Sol and Another Chicago Magazine, and her current writing projects reflect her experience as the child of Maltese immigrants.

Dr. Robert Goldbort, Professor

Office: Root Hall A212; Telephone: 237.3270; E-mail:

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).

  • PhD, Michigan State University, 1989
  • MA, Michigan State University, 1981
  • MS, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1975
  • BS, SUNY Stony Brook, 1971

Mr. Michael Harrold, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A230; Telephone: 237.3149; E-mail:

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.

  • MA, Indiana State University, 1994
  • BA, Indiana State University, 1987

Dr. Rosetta Haynes, Professor

Office: Root Hall A226; Telephone: 237.3143; E-mail:

Rosetta Haynes is a Professor of English and Gender Studies.  She received her Ph. D. 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.

  • PhD, Cornell University, 1996
  • MA, Cornell University, 1993
  • BA, Fisk University, 1986

Dr. Jake Jakaitis, Professor

Office: Root Hall A209; Telephone: 237.3269; E-mail:

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.

  • PhD, University of Illinois—Urbana, 1990
  • AM, University of Illinois, 1976
  • AB, University of Illinois, 1974

Dr. Kathleen (Kit) Kincade, Professor

Office: Root Hall A206; Telephone: 237.3173; E-mail:

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.

  • PhD, Louisiana State University, 1998
  • MA, Louisiana State University, 1993
  • Certificate Book Publishing—Howard University Press, 1993
  • BA, University of California—Riverside, 1988

Dr. Katherine Lee, Associate Professor

Office: Root Hall A258; Telephone: 237.3276; E-mail:

Katherine Lee earned her BA in English at Indiana University, and her MA and PhD at the University of Missouri-Columbia. An Associate 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.

  • PhD, University of Missouri—Columbia, 2001
  • MA, University of Missouri—Columbia, 1995
  • BA, Indiana University, 1992

Mr. Mark Lewandowski, Professor

Office: Root Hall A218; Telephone: 237.8552; E-mail:

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.

Dr. Miriam Mattsey, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A284; Telephone: 237.4367; E-mail:

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 Concentration 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

  • MA, Indiana State University, 2010
  • MD, University of Illinois—Chicago, 2001
  • BA, University of Michigan, 1995

Dr. Robert Perrin, Professor and Chairperson

Office: Root Hall A266; Telephone: 237.3160; E-mail:

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), and the President's Medal (2018)..

  • PhD, University of Illinois, 1981
  • MA, Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville, 1975
  • BA and BS in Ed, Eastern Illinois University, 1971

Dr. Mandy Reid, Associate Professor

Office: Root Hall A253; Telephone: 237.3151; E-mail:

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.

  • PhD, Rice University, 2005
  • MA, English, Rice University, 2003
  • BA, Trinity University, 1999

Ms. Heather Roberts, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A208; Telephone: 237.7797; E-mail:

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.

  • MA, Indiana State University, 2009
  • BA, Indiana State University, 2005

Mr. Daniel Skoglund, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A248; Telephone: 237.3146; E-mail:

Having previously taught at Shaw University in North Carolina, Daniel Skoglund (MA - Winona State University) is a full-time English Instructor who joined Indiana State University in the Fall of 2016. His research interests include disability studies, composition and rhetoric, and early modern drama. He has published work on pedagogical approaches to Shakespeare.  He enjoys spending his spare time tinkering with creative writing and professional audio.

  • MA, Winona State University, 2013
  • BA, Winona State University, 2011

Dr. Michael Shelden, Professor

Office: Root Hall A256; Telephone: 237.3150; E-mail:

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.

  • PhD, Indiana University, 1979
  • MA, Indiana University, 1975
  • BA, University of Nebraska, 1973

Ms. Jessica Singleton, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A281; Telephone: 237.4444; E-mail:

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.

  • MA, Indiana State University, 2012
  • BA, University of Evansville, 2009

Ms. Robin Voll, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A213; Telephone: 237.8529; E-mail:

After earning her MA in English at ISU in 2012, Robin Voll joined the Department of English as a Lecturer in 2013 and became an Instructor in 2016. She teaches freshman and junior courses in composition, rhetoric, and research, themed literature courses for freshmen, and History of the English Language. 

  • MA, Indiana State University, 2012
  • BS, Indiana State University, 2005

Dr. Shandi Wagner, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A216; Telephone: 2373274; E-mail:

Dr. Shandi Wagner joined the faculty at Indiana State University in the fall of 2016. Her research interests include nineteenth-century British literature, fairy-tale studies, and gender studies. Her article “Seeds of Subversion in Mary de Morgan’s ‘The Seeds of Love’” was published in Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies in 2015. One of her current projects is an interdisciplinary anthology entitled Women Writing Wonder: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Proto-feminist Fairy Tales by Women in France, Germany, & Great Britain.

  • PhD, Wayne State University, 2015
  • MA, University of St. Thomas, 2011
  • BA, University of St. Thomas, 2009

Ms. Maggie Wheeler, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A282; Telephone: 237.3170; E-mail:

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.

  • MFA, Butler University, 2012
  • MA, Indiana State University, 2001
  • BA, Indiana State University, 1990

Mr. J. D. Wireman, Instructor

Office: Root Hall A225; Telephone: 237.4307; E-mail:

J. D. Wireman is an Instructor in the Department of English and has taught composition courses at Indiana State University since 2004.

  • MA, University of Wyoming, 1995
  • BS, Eastern Michigan University, 1992

Dr. James Wurtz, Associate Professor

Office: Root Hall A207; Telephone: 237.3135; E-mail:

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. 

  • PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2005
  • MA, University of Notre Dame, 2003
  • BA, John Carroll University, 1999