Jun 25, 2024  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 


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Harp, Richard L.
  (1975), Professor; B.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas; M.A., Boston College.

Graduate Coordinator

Nagelhout, Edwin
  (2005), Assistant Professor; B.A., California State University-Fullerton; M.A., Ph.D., Purdue University.

Graduate Faculty

Becker-Leckrone, Megan
  (1999), Associate Professor; B.A., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Irvine.
Bowers, John M.
  (1987), Professor; B.A., Duke University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia; Master of Philosophy, Oxford University.
Brown, Stephen
  (2002), Associate Professor; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A., Ph.D., University of South Florida.
Campbell, Felicia Florine
  (1962), Professor; B.S., M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ph.D., United States International University, San Diego.
Decker, Christopher
  (2004), Assistant Professor; B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Cambridge University.
Engberg, Norma J.
  (1969), Associate Professor; B.A., George Washington University; M.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Erwin, Timothy
  (1990), Associate Professor; A.B., Marquette University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago.
Gajowski, Evelyn
  (1991), Associate Professor; B.A., Cleveland State University; M.A., Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University.
Hafen, Jane
  (1993), Associate Professor; B.A., M.A., Brigham Young University; Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Harter, Carol
  (1995), Professor and President Emerita, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., SUNY Binghamton.
Hickey, Dave
  (1991), Professor; B.A., Texas Christian University; M.A., University of Texas.
Irsfeld, John H.
  (1969), Professor; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas.
Jablonski, Jeffrey
  (2000), Associate Professor; B.A., M.A., State University of New York College at Buffalo; Ph.D., Purdue.
Keelan, Claudia
  (1996), Professor; B.A., Humboldt State University; M.F.A., University of Iowa.
LoLordo, Vincent Nicholas
  (2002), Assistant Professor; B.A., M.A., Dalhousie University; Ph.D., Harvard University.
Mays, Kelly J.
  (2001), Associate Professor; B.A., Emory University; Ph.D., Stanford University.
McCullough, Joseph B.
  (1969), Distinguished Professor; B. Ed., Gonzaga University; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio University.
Moore, Sharon
  (1999), Assistant Professor; B.A., M.A., Roosevelt University; Ph.D., University of Georgia.
Perez, Vincent
  (1999), Associate Professor; B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University.
Rosenberg, Beth Carole
  (1994), Associate Professor; B.A., Douglass College, Rutgers University; M.S., Ph.D., New York University.
Rusche, Philip
  (1998), Associate Professor; B.A., M.A., Emory University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University.
Staggers, Julie
  (2006), Assistant Professor; B.A., University of Washington; M.A., Ph.D., Purdue University.
Stevens, Anne
  (2004), Assistant Professor; B.A., University of Chicago; M.A., Ph.D., New York University.
Stitt, J. Michael
  (1981), Associate Professor; B.A., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University.
Unger, Douglas
  (1991), Professor; B.A., University of Chicago; M.F.A., University of Iowa.
Tillery, Denise
  (2004), Associate Professor; B.A., Ph.D., University of New Mexico; M.A., University of North Carolina.
Unrue, Darlene H.
  (1972), Distinguished Professor; B.A., M.A., Marshall University; Ph.D., Ohio State University.
Unrue, John C.
  (1970), Professor; B.A., M.A., Marshall University; Ph.D., Ohio State University.
Whitney, Charles
  (1988), Professor; B.A., San Francisco State College; Ph.D., City University of New York.
Wiley, Richard
  (1989), Professor; B.A., University of Puget Sound; M.A., Sophia University; M.F.A., University of Iowa.

Professors Emeriti

 Adams, Charles L., Jr.
  (1960-1996), Emeritus Professor; B.A., Michigan State University; M.A., University of Illinois; Ph.D., University of Oregon.
Coburn, W. Leon
  (1969), Associate Professor; B.A., University of New Mexico; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Davis.
Dodge, Robert K.
  (1970), Professor; B.A., Rice University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas.
Geuder, Patricia
  (1966-1989), Emeritus Associate Professor; B.A., M.E., University of Nevada, Reno; Ph.D., University of New Mexico.
Hazen, James F.
  (1971), Professor; B.A., Princeton University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin.
Weinstein, Mark A.
  (1970), Distinguished Professor; B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University.

The Department of English offers programs of study leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The M.A. program involves primarily course work at the graduate level in English and American literature or in language studies. A thesis is optional but is recommended for all students. Work toward this degree is designed to supplement and complete the student’s undergraduate study in the field of English and to familiarize the student with professional standards, methods of research, and modes of thought in the discipline. Possession of this degree normally leads to advancement in the teaching profession for the secondary school or community college teacher, to careers in writing, publishing and editing, or to further study in English at the doctoral level.

The M.F.A. program is designed to be a three-year, intensive studio arts terminal degree with a strong international emphasis and requires the writing of a booklength creative thesis in either fiction or poetry. The objectives of the M.F.A. degree are to enable the student to master the craft of writing in the chosen genre to a publishable level; to train the student in both traditional literary topics and in writing pedagogy to the end of a teaching career at the university, college, or community college level; and to provide for the student an international perspective on both the creation and publication of fiction or poetry and on the teaching and appreciation of literature.

The Ph.D. program is a highly specialized program designed to train students for careers in teaching at the college or university level and to develop in them a capacity for research, original thought, and writing that ordinarily accompanies such careers. The doctoral program is entirely focused on literary study; there is no languagestudy or writing option in it. At the time of admission the student chooses three areas in which to specialize: (1) a chronological period, (2) a literary genre, and (3) either an additional chronological period, a major author chosen from outside of the selected chronological period and approved by the graduate committee, or a special topic approved by the graduate committee. All subsequent course work (which includes a minor in a field or fields related to English) is devoted to developing a high degree of professional competence and knowledge in the three chosen areas of specialization. Such knowledge is tested in qualifying examinations and is also the basis upon which the student writes a doctoral dissertation.

The department, in conjunction with the International Institute of Modern Letters, also offers a program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in English, with a Creative Dissertation. This program centers on the study of English and American literature and is designed to train students for careers in teaching of English at the college or university level, as well as for careers in writing, editing, and publishing. The program of study includes course work in English and Creative Writing, a Qualifying Examination, and a creative Dissertation. Admission is for holders of an MA or MFA. Differences in the requirements for admission and degree requirements between the two Ph.D. programs are indicated below.


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