Department Faculty

Current Faculty and Staff

Retired Faculty and Staff

 

 

 

 

 

Sloan
Amy Sloan
Academic Department Associate
email: asloan@uwlax.edu
office: 433B Wimberly Hall
phone: 785-8295


Background:

Joined UW-L in 2010 as a student working in Financial Aid and officially became a full-time employee December 2011. Attained an Associates Degree from UW-L in May 2012. Joined the English department in August 2012. Previous work as a hair stylist, member service at the La Crosse YMCA, and farming with my parents. 

Other Interests:
My offspring and life partner, hiking, yoga, real food, red wine and dark chocolate. 

 

 

 

Dr. William Barillas
E-mail: wbarillas@uwlax.edu
Office: 425N Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-8305

extended bio

Señor Bop

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in English- American Studies, Michigan State University
M.A. in English- Creative Writing, Michigan State University
B.A. in English, University of Michigan

Research Specialties:

Literature of the Americas, Cultural Geography, Latino/a Literature, Regional Literatures of the United States, Midwest Literature, Romanticism and Literature of Nature, Popular Culture, Poetry

Classes Taught:

Advanced Study of Major Authors
American Realism and Naturalism
Forms of Poetry
Literature of American Ethnic and Minority Cultures
Creative Writing
Literature and the Human Experience
Composition

Other interests:

Piano and guitar, searching for classic soul on vinyl, hiking, bicycling, gardening, travel

 

 

Butterfield

Dr. Bradley Butterfield
E-mail: bbutterfield@uwlax.edu
Office: 431E Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-8308
 

Academic Background:

B.A. in Philosophy and Literature, Johnston Center at the University of Redlands
M.A. in European Studies, Claremont Graduate School
M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Oregon

Publications:

"Discussing Disgrace in a Critical Theory Classroom." Encountering 'Disgrace': Reading and Teaching Coetzee's Novel. Camden House Press (2009).

"Nietzsche, Adorno, and Metaphysics." New Essays on the Frankfurt School. Co-authored with Dr. Carsten Strathausen. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2008).

"Reply to Leonard Wilcox," Postmodern Culture, Vol. 14, Issue 1 (November, 2003)

"The Baudrillardian Symbolic, 9/11 and the War of Good and Evil," Postmodern Culture, Vol. 13, Issue 1 (November 2002)

"Ethical Value and Negative Aesthetics: Reconsidering the Baudrillard-Ballard Connection," PMLA (January 1999) 64-77

"Enlightenment's Other in Patrick Süskind's Perfume: Adorno and the Ineffable Utopia of Modern Art," Comparative Literature Studies 32 (1995): 401-418.

Research Specialties:

Critical Theory after Nietzsche
The Novel
The New Sincerity in music, literature, and film

Courses Taught:

Western Literature II: Enlightenment to Present
Trouble in Utopia
The Novel
Critical Theory
European Literature in Translation
The Sixties
20th Century American Literature
The Graphic Novel
The Art of Memoir
Truth and Beauty in the Contemporary Novel
Paris, Capital of the 19th Century
College Writing
David Foster Wallace
Philosophers and Comedians

Other interests:

Politics, nutrition, film, jazz, Grateful Dead, hip-hop, basketball, disc golf, my little girls Phoebe and Eva.

 

 

Cashion

Prof. Matt Cashion
E-mail: mcashion@uwlax.edu
Office: 425X Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-8297

 

 

Academic Background:

B.A. in English from University of North Carolina - Charlotte
M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of Oregon

Publications:

A novel: How the Sun Shines on Noise (Livingston Press).

Stories and poems have appeared in Passages North, The Sun, Willow Springs, Northwest Review, Fugue, Hawaii Review, storySouth, Wind Magazine, Wisconsin Review, and Asheville Poetry Review.  His poem, "An Hour After Breakfast," appears in the 2009 Anthology The Mysterious Life of the Heart: Stories from The Sun about Passion, Longing, and Love.  He is currently completing his second novel.

Research Specialties:

Creative Writing Pedagogy, Contemporary Fiction and Poetry, Literature of the American South, Working Class Literature.

Courses Taught:

Creative Writing
American Literature II: Since 1865
College Writing

Other interests:

 Running, biking, kayaking, jazz-drumming, blues-harmonica blowing, photography

 

 

Dr. Virginia Crank
E-mail: vcrank@uwlax.edu
Office: 431B Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6933

Personal Website

Academic Background:

Ph.D in English, Rhetoric and Composition from Southern Illinois University

Publications:

“From High School to College: Developing Writing Skills in the Discplines.” The WAC Journal  (Nov. 2012): forthcoming.

“When Process (Theory) Becomes (Consumer) Product: How the Six Traits Fails Teachers.” The Wisconsin English Journal 52.2 (Sept. 2010): 45-53.

“’Doing Disney’ Fosters Media Literacy in Freshmen.” Academic Exchange Quarterly 9.3 (Fall 2005).

“Asynchronous Electronic Peer Response in a Hybrid Basic Writing Classroom.” Teaching Developmental Writing: Background Readings, 2nd Ed.  Ed. Susan Naomi Bernstein.  Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004.

Research Specialties:

Writing Pedagogy

Courses Taught:

Director of the Writing Center

Introduction to College Writing (Eng 050)
College Writing I (Eng 110)
American Literature I (Eng 201)
American Literature II (Eng 202)
Writing Tutor Practicum (Eng 299)
Writing for Teachers (Eng 306)
Prose Style and Editing (Eng 313)
Language Studies for Secondary Teachers (Eng 334)
Teaching and Learning English in Secondary School (English 405)
Introduction to Teaching Writing (English 433)
Advanced Seminar in Rhetoric and Writing: Studies in Authorship and Collaboration (Eng 497)

Other interests:

Contemporary fiction, food writing, cooking, vegetable gardening, yoga, travel

 

 

Cruthfield

Dr. Susan Crutchfield

Department Chairperson
E-mail: scrutchfield@uwlax.edu
Office: 433A Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6943

extended bio

Crutchfield

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (1997)
M.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (1992)
B.A. in English, Bryn Mawr College, (1989)

Publications:

“Deliverance—1919,” Encyclopedia of American Disability History, ed. Susan Burch and Paul K. Longmore. New York: Facts on File, 2009.

“’Play[ing] her part correctly’:  Helen Keller as Vaudevillian Freak.”  Disability Studies Quarterly  25.3 (2005).
 
Rev. of Reversing the Lens:  Ethnicity, Race, Gender, and Sexuality Through Film, ed. Jun Xing and Lane Ryo Hirabayashi. Ethnic Studies Review  26.2 (2004).
 
"The Noble Ruined Body:  Blindness and Visual Prosthetics in Three Science Fiction Films."  Screening Disability. Ed. Christopher Smit and Anthony Enns. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2001.
 
Editor (with Marcy Epstein).  Points of Contact:  Disability, Art, and Culture.  Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 2000.

"Touching Scenes and Finishing Touches: Blindness in the Slasher Film." Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media.  Ed. Christopher Sharrett. Detroit:  Wayne State University Press, 1999.

Research Specialties:

Film Studies, Disability Studies, Popular Culture, Western Drama, Feminist Theory

Classes Taught:

College Writing I
Literature and Human Society: Disability in Literature
Drama and Film
Women and Popular Culture
Foundations for Literary Studies
Studies in Film and Literature
Women and Hollywood Film
Classical Greek Drama
Literature and Human Society: Disability in Literature, Drama, and Film 
Women Authors

Other interests:

 Flower-gardening, movie-watching, knitting, running, child-rearing

 

 

Dr. Kimberly DeFazio
E-mail: kdefazio@uwlax.edu
Office: 425Q Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6939

Academic Background:

Ph.D., English, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
M.A., English, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY
B.A., English and Textual Studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Recent Publications and Conferences:

"Melancholia and Posthumanist Metaphysics" in Stories in Post-Human Cultures. Edited by Adam L. Brackin and Natacha Guyot. Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013.

The City of the Senses. New York: Palgrave, 2011.

"The Aesthetics of Empire: Affect and the Universality of Consumption." Confronting Universalities: Aesthetics and Politics Under the Sign of Globalisation. Eds. Mads Anders Baggesgaard & Jakob Ladegaard.  Aarhus University Press, 2011.

“New Materialism and Cultural Critique.” Special Session Chair. Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Boston, MA.  January 5, 2013.

“Material Events: de Man, Badiou, and Romantic Disaster.” International Conference on Romanticism.  Tempe, AZ. November 9, 2012.

Research Specialties:

Romanticism, 19th Century British Literature, 19th Century American Literature, the City, Visual Culture, Cultural Theory 

Courses Taught:

ENG 110: College Writing I
ENG 204: English Literature II
ENG 367: 19th Century English Literature
ENG 484: Literary Capstone

 

 

Natalie Eschenbaum

Dr. Natalie Katerina Eschenbaum
E-mail: neschenbaum@uwlax.edu
Office:  431C Wimberly Hall
Phone:  785-8660

Academic Background:

Emory University (Atlanta, GA), PhD in English, 2006
Tulane University (New Orleans, LA), BA in English, minor in Philosophy, 1997

Recent Publications:

Review of Loving in Verse, by Stephen Guy-Bray. University of Toronto Quarterly (Winter 2007/2008)

“Ghostly Metaphysicality: A Manuscript Variant of Robert Herrick’s ‘The Apparition,’” Notes & Queries (June 2005)

Recent Conference Presentations:

“Desiring Disgust in Robert Herrick’s Epigrams,” Disgust in Early Modern Literature, Panel Organizer and Presenter, Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (March 2012)

“Robert Herrick and the Five (or Six) Senses,” The Senses in Early Modern England, 1485-1668, The London Renaissance Seminar (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Birkbeck, University of London), London, United Kingdom (October 2011)

“Sex, Sense, and Reason in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,”Shakespeare and the Rejection of Sexuality Seminar, Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, Bellevue, Washington (April 2011)

Research Specialties:

16th and 17th Century English Literature, Subject/Object Studies, Sensation Studies, Disgust Studies, Shakespeare and Film, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Courses Taught: 

ENG 110 (College Writing I)
ENG 203 (English Literature I),
ENG 301 (Foundations for Literary Study),
ENG 362 (The English Renaissance),
ENG 363 (Shakespeare I),
ENG 364 (Shakespeare II),
ENG 464 (Milton)

Other Interests:

Yoga, World Travel, Hiking, Baking, Movie Watching

 

 

Rebekah Fowler

Dr. Rebekah M. Fowler
E-mail:rfowler@uwlax.edu
Office: 425K Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-8300

 

Academic Background:

Ph.D. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.A. University of Illinois at Springfield
B.S. Illinois State University

Recent Conference Presentations:

"How to Do Satire: Old Irish Satire as Ritual Speech Act." 44th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. (May 7-10, 2009).

"'Wip faerie forth y-nome': Fairy Abduction as Metaphor in Sir Orfeo." Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. (March 5-7, 2009)

"Absolutist Tendencies: Philanax and Philip Sidney's Anti-Absolutism." AEGIS Graduate Conference, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL (April 10-11, 2009).

"'Liberty and Union Now and Forever': Marianne Moore and Marriage." Midwest Conference for Language, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL (March 30-31, 2007).

Areas of Specialization:

Old and Middle English Literature

Research Interests:

The High and Late Middle Ages; Chaucer; Medieval Romance; Affective Piety; Theories of Emotions and Affect; Gender Studies; Theories of Authenticity

Classes Taught:

Western Literature I (ENG 205)
College Writing I (ENG 110)

 

 

Ryan Friesen

Dr. Ryan Friesen
E-mail: rfriesen@uwlax.edu
Office: 425W Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-8307

 

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in English, University of Leeds
M.A. in Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
M.A. in English, Winona State University
B.A. in History and English, Winona State University

Publications:

Supernatural Fiction in Early Modern Drama and Culture (Sussex Academic Press)

Research Specialty: 

Early modern drama, Shakespeare, Marlowe, supernatural and occult theme in literature.

Classes Taught:

College Writing I
Literature and Human Society (Graphic Fiction)
British Literature I,
Shakespeare,
English courses in the Academic Success Institute.

Other Interests:

Raising my daughter, exploring the world of obscure cigars and alcoholic beverages from the far reaches of the globe, occultism.

 

 

Gappa

"...looking back, all th' Eastern side beheld Of Paradise, so late thir happie seat," PL.XII.641-2.

Dr. Richard Gappa
E-mail: gappa.rich@uwlax.edu
Office: 425L Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6923

 

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in English, St. Louis University
M.A. in English, University of Colorado - Boulder
A.B. English and History, Regis College

Research Specialties:

International Folklore, English Recusant Writers, Historical Children's Writers

Classes Taught:

Milton
16th and 17th Century English Literature
Children's Literature
Young Adult Literature
Current Trends in Literature for Children and Young Adults
English Survey General Education Courses

Other interests:

Golf, backpacking, baseball, all things physical

 

 

 

Dr. James Gray
E-mail: jgray@uwlax.edu
Office: 431G Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6944

 

 

 


Handtke

Mr. Bruce Handtke
E-mail: bhandtke@uwlax.edu
Office: 431D Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6937

 

 

Academic Background:

M.A. Western Illinois University (1984)
B.A. Western Illinois University (1981)

Research Specialties:

Composition and Rhetoric

Courses Taught:

College Writing,
Fundamentals of Writing,
Writing For Literature

 

 Hart

Dr. David Hart
E-mail: dhart@uwlax.edu
Office: 425V Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-8302

Personal Website

 

 

 

 

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in English, Cultural Studies, University of Florida
M.A. in English, Literary Theory and Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon University
M.A. in English, Angelo State University
Secondary Teacher Certification in English, University of Texas - Austin
B.B.A. in Management, University of North Texas

Publications:

“Making a Mockery of Mimicry: Salman Rushdie’s Shame.” Postcolonial Text 4.4 (2008) [Fall 2009]

“Louise Bennett,” “Linton Kwesi Johnson,” “Mervyn Morris,” “Mutabaruka,” “Mikey Smith,” and “West Indies Federation” in Africa and the Americas (2008)

“On Behalf of Harry/Harriet: Teaching Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven,” Radical Teacher 80 (2008)

“Caribbean Chronotopes: From Exile to Agency,” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal 2.2 (2004)

"Erosion, Noise and Hurricanes: A Review of Kamau Brathwaite's A History of the Voice: The Development of Anglophone Caribbean Poetry" Revista Mexicana del Caribe 6.12 (2001)

Research Specialties:

Postcolonial Studies, Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Culture, Globalization Studies, Folklore, Exilic Narratives

Courses Taught:

ENG 110: College Writing
ENG 200: Caribbean Literature and Culture
ENG 204: British Literature and Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries
ENG 357: World Literatures: Migrations of Folklore
ENG 368: 20th Century British Literature
ENG 469: Postcolonial Literature

Other interests:

Creative Writing, American and British Literature, guitar, biking, and walking the dog

 

 

Hart

Dr. Karen (Stuart) Hart
E-mail: khart@uwlax.edu
Office: 425I
Phone: 785-6931

 

 

 

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in Literature, University of California, San Diego M.A. in German Literature, University of California, San Diego

B.A. in Literature and Writing, University of California, San Diego

Research Specialties:

World and Diasporic Literatures, Essayism and Utopian Forms of Writing, Modernism, German Literature and the work of Robert Musil, Post-colonial Theory, Fairytales and Storytelling

Courses Taught:

College Writing I (ENG110)
Literature and Human Experience: The Communal Ownership of Fairy Tales (ENG200)
Myth and Modern Literature (HON205)
German Literature in Translation (MLG299)

Other interests:

Creative writing, cooking, knitting, hiking, biking, skiing, and walking the cat and dog

 

 

 

Sara Heaser

Ms. Sara Heaser
E-mail: sheaser@uwlax.edu
Office: 425U Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6941

 

 

 

Academic Background:

MA, Literature & Language Studies, Winona State University ('12)

BA, English: Rhetoric & Writing Emphasis, TESOL Minor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse ('07)

Research Interests:

ESL acquisition, multimodal rhetoric, new literacies, creative nonfiction

Courses Taught:

English 110: College Writing I

English 303: Advanced Composition

Other interests:

Triathlons and road races, wine, traveling, jam bands, volunteering with the Coulee Region Literacy Council, boating, my son Will, Andalucia 

 

Pandit 

Dr. Lalita Pandit Hogan
E-mail: lhogan@uwlax.edu
Office: 425J Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6946

 

Academic Background
Ph.D. English, State University of New York at Buffalo
M.A English, State University of New York at Buffalo
M.Phil. Himachel Predesh University, Shimla, India
M.A. English and B.Ed., Kashmir University, Srinagar, India
B.A English, Political Science, Sanskrit, Kashmir University, Srinagar, India

Publications:

Books, special issues, co-editor and contributing author:

Indian Cinema. Special Issue. Projections: Journal of Movies and Mind. 3: 2 (Winter 2009)

Cognitive Shakespeare: Criticism and Theory in the Age of Neuroscience. Special Issue. College Literature. vol. 33: no. 1 (Winter 2006).

Rabindranath Tagore: Universality and Tradition. Madison, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Associated University Presses, 2003
Comparative Poetics: Non-Western Traditions in Literary Theory. Special Issue. College Literature. vol. 23: no.1 (Feb. 1996).

Literary India: Comparative Studies in Aesthetics, Colonialism and Culture. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1995

Criticism and Lacan: Essays in Dialogue on Language, Structure, and the Unconscious. Athens, Georgia: the University of Georgia Press, 1990

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

“Prophesying with Accents Terrible: Emotion and Appraisal in Macbeth,” Towards a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts. Ed. Frederick Aldama. Austin, Texas: the University of Texas Press, 2009. 465-520

“Color and Artefact Emotion in Alternative Cinema: A Comparative Analysis of Gabbeh, Mirch Masla, and Meenaxi: A Tale of 3 Cities.” Indian Cinema, 2009

“From Despair to Wonder: Scenes of Transcendence in Indian Cinema.” Projections: Journal of Movies and Mind. vol.2. no.1 (Summer 2008). 78-94

“Von der Verzweiflung zum Staunen: Szenen der Transcendenz im indischen Kino.” Trans. Anne Bartsch. In Audiovisuelle Emotionen. Köln: Von Halem Verlag, 2007.

“Emotion, Perception, and Anagnorisis in Comedy of Errors.” Cognitive Shakespeare, 2006. 94:126

“Orientalism and Anxiety of Influence: Seeking Sakuntala in Goethe’s Faust.” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. vol. 2: nos.1& 2. (Fall 2004).

“Patriarchy and Paranoia: Imaginary Infidelity in Uttararamcharita and The Winter’s Tale.” Literary India, 1995. 103-131.

“Dhvani and the “Full Word”: Suggestion and Signification from Abhinavagupta to Jacques Lacan.” Comparative Poetics, 1996. 142-163.

“Language in the Textual Unconscious: Shakespeare, Ovid, and Saxo Grammaticus.” Criticism and Lacan (1990). 248-26. Reprint. Classical and Medieval Literature. vol. 58 (2004). 305-313

Research Specialties:

Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature, Critical Theory, Cognitive Theory, Studies in Emotion and Narrative, Indian Film and Literature, Comparative Aesthetics and Postcolonial Theory

Courses Taught:

Shakespeare I and II, Critical Theory, Renaissance Literature, Anglophone Postcolonial Literature, surveys in International Studies in Literature, British Literature, Western Literature, American Literature, Literature and Human Experience and Freshman Writing.
 

 

 

Jessee

Dr. Sharon Jessee
Faculty Advisor for English Honors Society
E-mail: sjessee@uwlax.edu
Office: 431H Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6942

 

 

Academic Background:

1986 PhD in English, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma
1975 MA in English, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1973 BA in English, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Research Specialties:

American Literature after 1945, especially postmodern, African American, and Chicano/a literature. Recent research focuses on Toni Morrison.

Courses Taught:

Literature and Human Experience Course: Mythologies of Modern Memory
Foundations for Literary Studies
Various 300 and 400-level courses in American literature
Major Authors: William Faulkner & Toni Morrison
Urban Ethnic Literature
Literature Capstone
Writing for Business, Management, and the Professions

 

Dr. Heidi Jones
E-mail: hjones@uwlax.edu
Office: 431F Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6922

 

Academic Background:

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy Education, University of Minnesota, 2013

 M.A., English Language and Literature, Winona State University, 2008

 B.S., Communication Arts and Literature (Teaching), Winona State University, 2003

 Recent Publications and Conferences:

Jones, H.  (2014, June). Working-class Teachers Navigating the Middle Class Normality of Public Schooling. Paper Presentation at the How Class Works Conference (Sponsored by the Center for Working Class Life), SUNY-Stonybrook, NY.

Jones, H., Vagle, M., Jones, S., Thiel, J., Coffee, A., and Clements, C.  (2014, June). Reading Class in Children's and Young Adult Literature: Using Texts as a Took for Challenging ASsumptions of Social Class Normality in K-12 Classrooms.Interaction Session a the How Class Works Conference (Sponsored by the Center for Working Class Life), SUNY-Stonybrook, NY. 

Jones, H.  (2014, January). Social Mobility and Education: Examining Working-class Teacher Lives In and Out of the Classroom. Paper Presentation at the National Council for Teachers of English Assembly for Research Conference, Elmhurst, IL

Jones, H.  (2013, November) Working-class English teachers constructing figured worlds. Paper Presentation at the National Council for Teachers of English, Research Strand, Boston, MA.

Mason, A., Martel, J., Wang, F., Jones, H. and Hoelscher, M. (2013, February) Four perspectives on teacher identity. Panel Presentation at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Orlando, FL.

Vagle, M., Jones, H. and Coffee, A. (2012, October) Electric bills, waste-paper baskets and social-class sensitive pedagogy, Workshop at the 1st Annual Twin Cities Social Justice Curriculum Fair, Minneapolis, MN.

Research Specialties:

Critical Literacy, Teacher Identity, Teacher Education, Urban Education, Intersections of Social Class and Literacy Learning, Politics of Education, Writing Pedagogy, Digital and Multimodal Literacies, Sociocultural Theory, Critical Discourse Analysis.

Courses Taught:

English 110: College Writing 
English 341: Adolescent Literature
English 405: Teaching and Learning English in the Secondary School

 

 

 

Konas

"Show business is my life."

Dr. Gary Konas
E-mail: gkonas@uwlax.edu
Office: 425P Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6945

Personal Website

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in English, University of California - Davis
M.A. in Creative Writing, University of California - Davis
M.S. in Wine Chemistry, University of California - Davis
B.S. in Mathematics, University of California - Davis

Publications:

Neil Simon: A Casebook
Numerous scholarly and popular articles

Research Specialties:

American Literature, Drama, Musical Theatre, Computer Technology, Film History

Courses Taught:

American Literature: 1865 to Present
Reality Literature
American Drama
Modern Drama
Drama: Ancient Greece to Present
"Yanks vs. Brits" (Anglo-American Drama)
Feature-Article Writing
Technical Writing
Writing in the Sciences

Other interests:

Professional theatre organist, wine collector, longtime Mac guy, English department webmaster (1999–2010)

 

 

Dr. Bryan Kopp
E-mail: bkopp@uwlax.edu
Office: 426G Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6936

Faculty Website

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (August 2000)
M.A. in English, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (May 1993)
B.A. in English with a Minor in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire (May 1991)

Positions:

Writing Programs Coordinator, Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning
Associate Director, Lesson Study Project

Click here for current courses, office hours, and other information

 

 

 

Mr. Joel Kopplin
E-mail: jkopplin@uwlax.edu
Office: 427Y Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6927

 

 

 

 

Lan

Dr. Haixia Lan
E-mail: hlan@uwlax.edu
Office: 425R Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6935

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in English specializing in Rhetoric and Composition and Literary Theory, Purdue University (1993)

Research Specialties:

Rhetorical Invention, Comparative and Contrastive Rhetoric

Courses Taught:

ENG 110: College Writing
ENG 306: Writing for Teachers
ENG 333: Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing
ENG 337: The Rhetorics of Style
ENG 434: Chinese Discourse: Different Ways of Thinking and Writing
ENG 413: Language Studies for Secondary Teachers (ENG334), Writing Portfolio)
ENG 496: Seminar in Rhetoric and Writing Studies

Director of the Writing Center

 

 Stephen Mann

Dr. Stephen Mann
E-mail:smann@uwlax.edu
Office: 425M Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6923

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of South Carolina (concentration: sociolinguistics)
M.A. in Linguistics, University of South Carolina (concentration: sociolinguistics)
B.A. in French and Russian, La Salle University

Selected Publications:

“Conducting fieldwork with 'vulnerable populations.'” To appear in Christine Mallinson, Becky Childs, & Gerard Van Herk (eds.), Data collection in sociolinguistics: Methods and applications. Routledge. Forthcoming.

2012. "Speaker attitude as a predictive factor in listener perception of gay men's speech.” Journal of Language and Sexuality 1. 206-230.

2011. “Drag queens’ use of language and the performance of blurred gendered and racial identities.” Journal of Homosexuality 58. 793-811.

Recent Conference Presentations:

“Expanding the 'urban' / 'rural' binary: Evidence from listener perceptions of gay male speakers of Southern American English.” Sociolinguistics Symposium 19, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany. (Aug. 21-24, 2012)

“The effect of family of origin and created kinship network strength on gay men's attitudes toward and use of Gay American English.” Lavender Languages and Linguistics 19, American University, Washington, DC. (Feb. 10-12, 2012)

Research Specialties:

sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, language & sexuality, language & gender, language attitudes, folk dialectology, social varieties of American English, language & identity

Courses Taught:

College Writing I (ENG 110)
Modern English Grammars (ENG 332)
Introduction to Linguistics (ENG 432/532)

Other Interests: 

cooking, playing the saxophone, attending theater and music events, hiking, NFL football

 

Marie Moeller

Dr. Marie Moeller
E-mail: mmoeller@uwlax.edu
Office: 425O Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6928

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in Professional/Technical Writing and Rhetoric, Illinois State University
M.A. in Feminist Rhetorics and Women's Autobiography, Illinois State University
B.A. in English at Buena Vista University

Recent Publications:

Moeller, Marie, Darci Thoune, and Bryan Kopp. “What? We’re a Writing Emphasis?: The Rhetoric and Writing Emphasis at The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.” 19 Program Profiles. Eds. Greg Giberson, Lori Ostergaard, and Jim Nugent. Logan, UT: Utah State UP.  Forthcoming, 2013.

“Pushing Boundaries of Normalcy: Employing Critical Disability Studies in Analyzing Medical Charity Websites.”  Rhetorical AccessAbility. Charles H. Sides Technical Communication Series. Ed. Lisa Meloncon. Amityville, NY: Baywood, 2012. 67-89.

“Ctrl+Alt+Delete: Rebooting Contingent Faculty’s Marginalized Status in Online Writing Courses.” Forum: Special Issue on Contingent Faculty. College English. 73:4 (2011): 450-464.

Research Specialties:

Issues of Gender and Disability in Technical/Professional Writing
Feminist Rhetorics
Writing Pedagogy
Online Education

Courses Taught:

College Writing I (110)
Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions (307)
Technical Writing (308)
Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing Studies (333)
Introduction to Professional Writing (335) 
Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition (497)

Other interests:

Baking, Film, Piano, Vintage Cookbooks, Basketball (playing and watching)

 

 

Dr. Jennifer Mohlenhoff-Baggett
E-mail:jmohlenhoff-baggett@uwlax.edu
Office: 425I Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6931

 

Academic Background:

B.A. with Honors in English with French Literature, Stanford University (1991)
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Cornell University (1997)

Research Specialties:

pedagogy of teaching composition, integrating creative writing into traditional composition courses

Courses Taught:

College Writing I (110/112)
Modern Languages 299

Other interests: Hiking, baking, reading, writing short fiction and non-fiction

 

 

Kate Parker

Dr. Kate Parker
E-mail: kparker@uwlax.edu
Office: 426C Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-8304

 

Academic Background:

Ph.D in English and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis (2011)
M.A. in English and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis (2005);
M.A. in English, Bucknell University (2004)

Publications and Conferences: 

Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered (co-edited with Courtney Weiss Smith, Wesleyan University). Bucknell University Press, 2013.

"James Thomson and the Affective Body in/of The Seasons," for a special issue of Studies in the Literary Imagination, "James Thomson'sThe Seasons, Textuality, and Print Culture," edited by Sandro Jung (in-progress)

"Communal Sexuality: Mutual Pleasure in Sade's La philosophie dans le boudoir," Eighteenth-Century Fiction (forthcoming, Winter 2012-2013).

Research Specialties:

Eighteenth-century French and British literature, sexuality studies, feminist criticism, intersections between poetry and the novel in the eighteenth century

Courses Taught:

ENG 110
ENG 203

Other Interests:

my daughter E and partner J; sampling vegan food; gardening; being outside (preferably with my dogs, ideally near water and maybe involving a snack); women's health activism

 

 

Pribek

Dr. Thomas Pribek
E-mail: tpribek@uwlax.edu
Office: 426F Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6934

extended bio

 

 

 

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in American Literature and History, University of Wisconsin - Madison (1987)
M.A. in American Studies, University of Minnesota (1978)
B.S. in English and Mass Communications, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (1976)

Research Specialties:

Pre-1900 American Literature, Wisconsin/Midwest Literature, Journalism and Mass Communication

Courses Taught:

ENG 110: College Writing I
ENG 201/202: American Literature Survey
ENG 307: Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions
ENG 321: Advanced Writing about Literature
ENG 325: News Reporting and Editing
ENG 455: American Literature Before 1800 (ENG455)
ENG 465: The American Renaissance
ENG 475: American Literature Between Two Wars
ENG 479: The American Novel

 

Adam Putz

Dr. Adam Putz
E-mail: aputz@uwlax.edu
Office: 425Y Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6927

Academic Background:

Warwick (Ph.D)
Minnesota (M.A., B.A. cum laude)

Publications and Conferences:

The Celtic Revival in Shakespeare's Wake: Appropriation and Cultural Politics in Dublin, 1867-1922 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

"'Milk for the pussens': Animality in James Joyce's Ulysses", 54th Annual Convention of the M/MLA, Cincinnati, OH, 8-11 November 2012

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on 'James Joyce's Ulysses: Texts and Contexts', Trinity College, Dublin, 18 June - 20 July 2012

"Continental Thinking, Continental Living: W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, and the Cultural Politics of Appropriating Shakespeare", in The Politics of Irish Writing, ed. by Kateřina Jenčová, et al. (Prague: Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, 2010)

Research Specialties: 

Aesthetics and the Modernist novel; Critical Theory; Cultural politics and postcolonial writing; Ecocriticism and animal studies; Irish drama and poetry; Pedagogical uses of performance; Public value of the arts and humanities; Shakespeare adaptation and appropriation

Courses Taught:

College Writing I (ENG110), Literature and Human Experience (ENG 200)

Other interests:

Art history; Continental philosophy; Creative writing; European travel

 

 

Mr. Luke Schaaf
E-mail:lschaaf@uwlax.edu
Office: 431I Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6948

 

Academic Background:

2008 M.A. English | St. Cloud State University
2001 WI Teacher Certification English & History (Grades 7-12) | UW-Superior
1996 B.A. English | St. John's University

Publications:

Contributor – Rhetoric and Composition Wikibook – “Writing for the Web” editing and cover design: Poetry Selections – Upper Mississippi Harvest & Kaleidoscope literary magazines: 2007-2008.

Research Specialties:

Rhetoric & Composition, Modern American Literature, Creative Writing

Courses Taught:

ENG 110: College Writing I
ENG 202: American Literature II

Other interests:

Music, Art, Nature, Gardening, Cooking, Poetry

 

 

Steiner

Dr. Lindsay Steiner
E-mail: lsteiner@uwlax.edu
Office: 425Q Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6929

 

Academic Background: 
Ph.D. in Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice, Kent State University (2013)
M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition, Kent State University (2009)
B.S. in Visual Communication, Ohio University (2003)


Conference Presentations: 
"The Mechanization of Arrangement: Repositioning a Classical Rhetorical Canon for Contemporary Composing Situations" at the Computers & Writing Conference, May 2013

"Sharing, Commenting, and Collaborating through Google Docs" at the 6th Annual Northeast Ohio Writing Centers Association Conference, October 2012

"Composers' Decisions in One Creative Process at an In-House Marketing Firm" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2012

"Designing Visual Rhetoric: Articulating Argument through Document Design" at the Writing Research Across Borders II Conference, February 2011

"Crafting Identity: Ethos in 140 Characters" at the Computers and Writing Conference, May 2010

Research Specialties: 
Professional and Technical Communication
Visual Rhetoric and Document Design
Writing Technologies
New Media
Qualitative Research

Courses Taught: 
Writing for Management, Public Relations, and the Professions (ENG 307)
College Writing I (ENG 110)

 

 

 

Stobb

Dr. William Stobb 
E-mail:wstobb@uwlax.edu
Office: 426E Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6924

 

Academic Background:

Ph.D. English from University of Nevada, Reno

Publications and Conferences:
Five published poetry collections including two with Penguin Books, Absentia (2011) and the National Poetry Series selection Nervous Systems(2007).  

Research Specialties:

Creative Writing, Poetry, Composition and Rhetoric

Courses Taught:

ENG 110: College Writing I
ENG 305: Creative Writing
English 343: Creative Nonfiction
English 499: Forms of Poetry

Other interests:

biking, basketball, gardening, music, travel.

 

 

Dr. Kelly Sultzbach
E-mail: ksultzbach@uwlax.edu
Office: 425T Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6930

Academic Background:

University of Oregon, Ph.D. (2008)
UC Davis, J.D. (1998)
Yale University, B.A. (1994)

Publications:

“Modernist English Fiction.” Solicited chapter for A Cambridge History of Literature and the Environment.  Louise Westling, ed.  The project was invited by and currently under review at Cambridge UP, no publication date is yet available. 

"The Contrary Nature of Christina Rossetti's Goblin Fruits." Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism. Special Issue: "Victorian Ecology." John Parham, ed. Vol. 14, Summer 2011. 39-56.

"The Chiasmic Embrace of the Natural World in Eudora Welty's Delta Wedding." Southern Literary Journal. 42.1 (2009): 88-101.

Smith, Bennett, ed. Free Speech: A Casebook for Writers. Brian Millington, Kelly Sultzbach, Ben Waller, asst. eds. Casebook Series of the University of Oregon Composition Program. Eugene: U Oregon P, 2008.

"The Fertile Potential of Virginia Woolf's Environmental Ethic." Woolf and the Art of Exploration: Selected Papers from the Fifteenth International Conference on Virginia Woolf. (Peer-reviewed.) Helen Southworth and Elisa Kay Sparks, eds. Clemson: Clemson U Digital P, 2006. 71-77.

Research Specialties:

20th Century British Literature
20th Century American Literature
Questions of Place: wild, rural, urban, town, suburban, pastoral, foreign, home, local, global
Ecocriticism and cultural/historical issues related to representing the environment and other non-human animals
Merleau-Ponty's ecophenomenology and embodied knowledge

Courses Taught:

College Writing I (ENG110)
College Composition, Advanced Placement (ENG 112)
British Literature II (ENG204)
Literature & the Human Experience: "Modern Literature & the Animal Mind"  (ENG 200)
British Lit. After 1900:  “Green Thoughts in a Grey World: Questions of Environment, Trauma, and the Formation of New Identities in 20th & 21st C. British Literature & Culture” (ENG 368)
Environmental Literature:  "Environmental Literature from Wordsworth's 'Michael' to Herzog's Grizzly Man" (ENG 445)

Other interests:

Hiking, camping, classic films from the 1930s & 40s, and sampling other people's cooking

 

 

Dr. Darci Thoune
E-mail: dthoune@uwlax.edu
Office:  425L Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6921

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville (2006)
Master’s Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Louisville (2005)
M.A. in English, University of Louisville (2001)
B.A. in English, Central Michigan University (1996)
 

Publications:

With Connie Kendall and Deborah Kirkman, “An Assessment Narrative—The University of Kentucky.” The NCTE-WPA White Paper on Writing Assessment in Colleges and Universities. http://www.wpacouncil.org/UK
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“Coming to Terms: Discovering our Rhetorical Values through Writing Program Assessment,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA (March 2009).

Research Interests:

Instructor identity, personal writing, literacy practices, composition history, composition pedagogy, performance theory, assessment, writing program administration, feminist theory, creative non-fiction, mother-daughter fiction, memoir, food writing, and life writing.

Courses Taught:

English 110

Other interests:

All things gastronomical, cultivating domesticity, travel, junk shops, and exploring my new midwestern environs.

 

 

Dr. Jan D. Wellik
Email: jwellik@uwlax.edu
Office: 425U Wimberly
Personal website:
www.EcoExpressions.org

 

Academic Background:

EdD, Educational Leadership: Hamline University, St. Paul, MN – 2013
 
MA, English: Middlebury College, VT – 2009
 
BA, English: State University of New York at Albany – 1999

Publications:

Nature Writing Field Guide for Teachers, 2007

Environmental Writing Projects: Empowering Students, Documenting the Natural World, Green Teacher 85, Summer 2009

Recent Conference Presentations & Workshops:

Sacred Places Writing Workshop – Franciscan Spirituality Center, Sept. 2013, La Crosse, WI

Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education, 2013 – La Crosse, WI

Northwest Earth Institute Conference, 2013 – La Crosse, WI

UWL Conference on Teaching & Learning – Aug. 28, 2012. Lesson Study: Improving Group Discussions Using a Human Continuum

Minnesota Association for Environmental Education, 2011

John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference, June 2010 –– SUNY Oneonta

Midwest Renewable Energy Association, 2010 – WI

 Research Specialties:

Expressive writing and environmental writing in K-12; Writing therapy

 Personal Interests:

Running, creative writing, hiking, kayaking, leading community writing workshops & teaching nature writing.

 

 

 

Dr. Robert Wilkie
E-mail: rwilkie@uwlax.edu
Office: 426D
Phone: 785-6920

 

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in English, University at Albany, SUNY (2008)
B.A. in English, Hofstra University (1996)

Recent Publications:

"Posthuman 'Visions' and the (Un)Seeing of Class" in Stories in Post-Human Cultures. Edited by Adam L. Brackin and Natacha Guyot. Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013.

The Digital Condition: Class and Culture in the Information Network. New York: Fordham University Press, 2011.

"The Daydreams of iPod Capitalism" in Post Industrial Society (4 Volumes). London, UK: Sage Publications, 2010.

"The 'Open' Ideology of Digital Culture" in Transforming Culture in the Digital Age. Tartu, Estonia: Estonian National Museum, Estonian Literary Museum, University of Tartu, 2010.

Recent Conference Presentations:

"Posthuman 'Visions' and the (Un)Seeing of Class." 8th Global Conference: Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace and Science Fiction. July 19, 2013. Oxford, United Kingdom.

"The Spontaneous Ideology of Systems: Posthuman Specificity and Class Totality." Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. September 29, 2012. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"Gaming Ideology: Labor and Class in the 'Ludo Economy'." Class/Aesthetics/Worlds Conference. October 15, 2011. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"The 'Posthuman' Eye: Class, Ethics, and the Digital Image." Versatile Image: Photography in the Era of Web 2.0 Conference. June 24-26, 2011. Sunderland, England.

Research Specialties:

Writing and Technology; Digital and Visual Culture; Cultural and Critical Theory; Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature and Culture

Courses Taught:

English 110: College Writing I ("Global Americas")
English 200: Literature and Human Experience ("The Networked Life")
English 303: College Writing II ("Analyzing the Signs of Life")
English 304: Writing in the Arts and Humanities ("Writing in the Posthumanities")
English 327: Publishing in a Digital Age
English 413: Writing Portfolio ("Memory, Archive, History")
English 497: Seminar in Rhetoric and Writing Studies ("Android Rhetoric")

 

 

Dr. Joseph Young
E-mail: jyoung@uwlax.edu
Office: 425F Wimberly Hall
Phone: 785-6932

 

 

 

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in English, University of Nebraska (1984)
M.A. in English Literature, University of Nebraska - Lincoln (1978)
B.A. in History, University of Nebraska - Lincoln (1973)

Publications:

Erasing Public Memory: Race, Aesthetic, and Cultural Amnesia in the Americas. Mercer University Press, 2007.

Race and the Foundations of Knowledge: Cultural Amnesia in the Academy. University of Illinois Press, 2006.

Black Novelists as White Racist: The Myth of Black Inferiority in the Novels of Oscar Micheaux. Greenwood Press, 1989.

Research Specialties:

African American Literature; African Literature; Plains Literature; Native American Literature; Medieval Literature.

Courses Taught:

African American Literature; Composition.

Other interests:

His 1986 Lincoln City Library Foundation Oscar Micheaux Lecture was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and sponsored in part by The Nebraska Literary Heritage Association.

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