M.A. English Midwestern State University (1995)
Betty Carroll teaches freshman English but specializes in developmental reading and writing classes at the freshman and senior levels. She has taught diverse groups of students with ADD/ADHD, non-compliant behavior, and other disabilities as well as mainstreaming other students who struggle with English skills into regular college courses. She says that her years of experience have taught her the values of encouragement and patience. She uses differentiated instruction, technology, and multi-sensory lessons to help meet the needs of her diverse students. She is currently an advocate for AVATAR and stresses the importance of vertical alignment across the curriculum from K to college and is working with the local junior high and high schools to help create a “teacher-help- teacher” program where lessons, ideas, and questions are shared.
Ph.D. University of Denver (1994)
Dr. Fields’s book, Craft and Anti-Craft in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (2001), concerns medieval rhetoric, usage of the term craeft/craft in Old and Middle English, proto-humanist epistemology, and Latin precedents in Cicero, Augustine, Boethius, and Aquinas. His present research concerns Gregory the Great, Venerable Bede, and Aelfric, as well as interlinear Latin/OE Psalters and the Harrowing of Hell tradition. Dr. Fields teaches Medieval and Renaissance literatures and special topics on fantasy, including Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles, and Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Starting fall 2014 his introductory composition courses will feature discussion of fantasy ideas: e.g., the speaker for the dead motif in Ender’s Game and transformation of the dead in The Hunger Games.
Ph.D. Texas Woman's University (2009)
Kristen Garrison specializes in Rhetoric and Composition, with specializations in feminist rhetoric, pedagogy, and writing center scholarship. Her work has been published in journals such as Praxis, South Central Review, and Review of Communication, and she has published book chapters in edited collections. Dr. Garrison currently is researching Margaret Fuller’s rhetorical practices, as well as pedagogical approaches to teaching dialogue in the writing classroom.
Ph.D. University of Texas-Dallas (2011)
Raised in rural Archer County Texas, Greg Giddings graduated from Midwestern State University with a BBA in Accounting in 1985. He followed his undergrad education with several years of basketball abroad, with stops in Sweden, Israel, and Australia. Upon returning stateside, Giddings earned an MA in English at MSU and began his teaching career at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Eventually, Giddings returned to MSU, as both English instructor and basketball coach. After seven years, Giddings retired from coaching and returned to teaching full time, eventually completing a Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas – Dallas. Dr. Giddings’s research interests include southern authors Pat Conroy, Barry Hannah, and Larry Brown. Dr. Giddings’s recent article, “The Love Song of Larry J. McMurtry: The Last Picture Show,” originally published in JASAT, can be found online as well at Center & Main: Stories from the Heart of McMurtry Country.
Ph.D. University of Kansas (2010)
Todd Giles is author of articles on a wide array of American authors ranging from Herman Melville and Willa Cather to Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, with articles appearing in journals such as Philosophy and Literature, The Journal of Beat Studies, and American Literary Realism. His interests include postmodern American literature, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, critical theory, the Beats and Black Mountain poets, ecocriticism, American Modernism (esp. Stein, Williams, and Hemingway), contemporary Native American and African American literature, the Transcendentalism of Thoreau and Whitman, and the cross-fertilization of the visual arts, literature, and music. Dr. Giles is currently working on his monograph titled Dharma Beat, which explores the influence of Zen Buddhism on post-WWII Beat poetry. He is also Associate and Book Review Editor of the William Carlos Williams Review.
M.A. Midwestern State University (1993)
Becky Green is MSU born and raised. From sitting in class as a college freshman to teaching college freshmen, Becky has made MSU home and welcomes students to the family. She has a heart for students who are not college ready, so her focus is developmental reading and writing. As the Developmental Curriculum Coordinator for the English Department, Becky is responsible for turning state mandates into student learning. Currently, she is researching and implementing workshops in the reading-writing classroom.
Ph.D. Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Texas Tech University (2010)
Sally Henschel specializes in technical and professional communication, rhetoric of technology, and information design. Her work has been published or accepted for publication in a variety of journals including Technical Communication, Programmatic Perspectives, Intercom, Kairos, and the Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas. Dr. Henschel currently is researching programmatic issues in technical and professional communication and trends in the communication core curriculum.
Ph.D. University of Oklahoma (1978)
Dr. Hoffman has an extensive background in drama, public speaking and 19th, 20th and 21st century American Literature. He has taught most of the dramatic literature curses offered by the department since 1968. He has also taught Russian Literature in Translation, Ethnic Voice, Satire, Comedy and American Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism. He has presented papers on the novels of Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller at more than 20 conferences in America and Canada. He has published articles on Vonnegut in Clockwork Worlds(Greenwood Press) and the Midwestern Quarterly. Additionally, he has edited three volumes of poetry by William Doty. He developed an original teaching device at MSU which he terms a “Dramalogue,” in which he assumes the role of a character from the literature he teaches. He has variously appeared in classrooms as Captain Ahab from Moby Dick, Muley Graves from Grapes of Wrath,and the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale from The Scarlet Letter. Prior to teaching English at MSU, he was Director of Experimental Theatre at Ball State University and Technical Director of the Branding Iron Theatre at West Texas A&M.
Ph.D. University of Denver (1981)
Robert Johnson serves as graduate coordinator while teaching composition and literature (eighteenth-century, Victorians, Modern, and genre—e.g., the novel). He has placed critical essays and reviews and has focused, in recent time, on short stories. Latest placements are stories in Short Story (“Ghost”) and Kestrel (“A Man’s Reach”).
PhD Candidate Texas A&M University-Commerce
Melissa Nivens specializes in composition and literacy studies. Her current project involves archival research and women’s literacy. She presented a portion of this research entitled, “Domestic Literacy: Open Reflections from the Home Management House” at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Rhetoric in which she explores a collection of Depression-Era home economics student writings as rhetorical artifacts that reveal the value of women’s voices and the significance of their lived educational experiences. Mrs. Nivens teaches a first-year writing course where students explore the pleasures and politics of food through reading works by prominent food writers like Michael Pollan and writing about food related issues.
Ph.D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1973)
Dave Rankin has published articles on metaphor (Journal of College Composition and Communication), syntax and style (international journal Language and Style), redundancy in the structure of language and art (proceedings, Sixth International Conference on Computers in the Humanities ), the information theoretical structure of English (proceedings, Seventh International Conference on Computers in the Humanities. He wrote the scripts for and was the on-camera host for 24 ½ -hour television programs on transformational grammar for South Carolina Educational Television. He co-authored with Earl Wilcox a college textbook, Fundamentals of Fiction (published by Allyn and Bacon in 1976 and republished by University Press of America in 1993). His teaching and scholarly interests include linguistics, history of the English language, information theory, computer analysis of language, and structural influences of language on thought and culture. He recently completed his book manuscript titled ConSequences: How Language Structure Shaped Western Thought and Culture, and is working with Dr. Jeff Hood (Department of Mathematics) on computer analysis of historical changes in word frequency distributions in English.
Ph.D. University of Nebraska (2012)
Dr. John Schulze is a creative writer who publishes as Penn Stewart. He is the author of the novel Fertile Ground, and he has published numerous short stories. His primary focus is on fiction—long and short forms—however, he is also interested in and publishes creative nonfiction, poetry, and photography. Dr. Schulze's academic interests are varied but are mainly concerned with Contemporary World Literature and Native American Literature. With regards to Contemporary World Literature, his focus is on texts from authors such as Vassanji, Ondaatje, Coetzee, Gordimer, Walcott, Soyinka, Achebe, and theorists such as Fannon, Said, Bhabha, and Kortenaar to further his understanding of the colonial, the postcolonial, and the liminal, that transitional and transcendent state of existence of in-betweenness. With regard to Native American Literature, his interest is primarily contemporary, focusing on texts from authors such as Silko, Boyden, Harjo, Owens, Erdrich (and many others), and theorist and historians such as Deloria (Sr. and Jr.), Kaye, and Coleman.
Dr. Schulze's pedagogical approaches align with a central aspect of MSU's mission statement: "The understanding that students gain of themselves, others, and the social and natural world prepares them to contribute constructively to society through their work and through their private lives."
Ph.D. Columbia University (2006)
Kirsten Lodge has published three books: Translating the Early Poetry of Velimir Khlebnikov; The Dedalus Book of Russian Decadence; and Solitude, Vanity, Night: An Anthology of Czech Decadent Poetry. Her current research is on Russian and Czech Decadence in the European context (late Romantic and early Modernist art and literature). She has published articles on Russian and Czech Decadence and Symbolism, Czech Romanticism, Russian Futurism, Anton Chekhov, and Nikolai Gogol. In addition, she has translated Czech literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, Russian poetry, and Czech literary scholarship. She is currently completing a new translation of Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground with primary contextual materials, and her translation of the Czech Decadent novel A Gothic Soul is forthcoming. She lived and studied in Europe for ten years and taught at Columbia University, Drew University (NJ), Montclair State University (NJ), the University of Lüneberg (Germany), and the School for International Training (Prague).
Ph.D. Purdue University (2008)
Nathan Jun specializes in 19th and 20th century philosophy and political philosophy, with special emphasis on the history of 19th and early 20th century radical philosophy. He has published articles and reviews in a variety of journals and is the author Anarchism and Political Modernity (2010) as well as the co-editor of Revolutionary Hope: Essays in Honor of William L. McBride (with Shane Wahl, 2013); Without Borders or Limits: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Anarchist Studies (with Jorell Melendez, 2013); Deleuze and Ethics (with Daniel Smith, 2011); and New Perspectives on Anarchism (with Shane Wahl, 2009). Dr. Jun is currently working on his second monograph, tentatively entitled The Immortal Idea: A Philosophical Defense of Anarchism.