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Full-Time English and Modern Languages Faculty

Berenschot, Denis. Associate Professor of Spanish (2004). B.A., Arkansas University at Little Rock, 1988; M.A., Syracuse University, 1990; M.A., American University, 1992; Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park, 1999.

Cantrell, Mark. Associate Professor of English (2009); Director of the Honors Program. B.F.A., University of Georgia, 1993; B.A., University of Georgia, 1996; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005.

Ellzey, Mary Elizabeth. Professor of English (1989); Chair, Department of English and Modern Languages; Co-coordinator, Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. B.A., Carnegie-Mellon University, 1969; M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1971; Ph.D., Catholic University of America, 1988.

Hanrahan, Heidi. Professor of English (2007). B.A., Roanoke College, 1999; M.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2001; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2005.

Krantz, Rachel. Associate Professor of French (2004). B.A., Grinnell College, 1988; M.A., University of Munich, 1993; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001.

Messenger, Carrie. Associate Professor of English (2010). B.A., Yale University, 1994; M.F.A., Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 2000; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010.

Nixon, Timothy K. Professor of English (2006). B.A., Belmont University, 1987; M.A., The College of William and Mary, 1992; Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2005.

Nuredinoski, Yildiz. Clinical Faculty Member (2013). B.A., College of Staten Island CUNY, 2006; M.A., University of Maryland at College Park, 2009.

Pate, James. Assistant Professor of English (2010). B.A., University of Memphis, 1996; M.A., University of Memphis, 1998; M.F.A., Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 2000; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009.

Santana, Brian. Lecturer of English (2015). B.A., University of North Carolina at Asheville, 2003;  M.A., North Carolina State University, 2005; Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2012.

Schiera, Tony. Lecturer of English (2018). B.A., University of New Mexico, 1994; M.A.T., School for International Training, 1998; Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2020.

Stevens, Valerie L. Lecturer of English (2019). B.A., King University, 2009; M.A., James Madison University, 2013; Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2019.

Suárez Büdenbender, Eva-María. Associate Professor of Spanish (2009). M.A., Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 1997; M.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 2005; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2009.

Wenger, Christy I. Associate Professor of English (2011); Director of Rhetoric and Composition. B.A., Susquehanna University, 2004; M.A., Drew University, 2005; Ph.D., Lehigh University, 2011.

Wilson, Christopher.  Lecturer of English (2015).  B.A., Southern Connecticut State University, 2002; M.A., Southern Connecticut State University, 2003; ABD, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Associated English and Modern Languages Faculty

Jarman, Lois. Adjunct Professor of French (2006). B.A., Goucher College, 1982; M.A., Hood College, 2006; DPS, Shenandoah University, 2011.

Lawrenson, William. Adjunct Professor of English (2009). B.A., San Jose State University, 2002; M.A. American University, 2004.

Masini-Larsen, Frederica. Adjunct Professor of Spanish (2018). B.A., Shepherd University, 2012.

Shorr-Parks, Sadie. Adjunct Professor of English (2016). B.A., Syracuse University, 2011; M.F.A., West Virginia University, 2015.

Williams, Cara Snider. Adjunct Professor of English (2013). B.A., Cedarville University, 2002; M.A., University of New Hampshire, 2006; Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2015.

Administrative Staff

Brenda Feltner. Administrative Assistant, B.S., Shepherd College.

Faculty Emeritus

Bufithis, Philip. Professor Emeritus of English (1971). B.A., Elizabethtown College, 1965; Overseas Certificate, Nottingham University, England, 1964; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1967, 1971.

Carter, Charles. Professor Emeritus of English (1972). B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1965; M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1966; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1972.

Lewin, James. Professor Emeritus of English (1995); Coordinator, Minor in Print Journalism. B.A., Oberlin College, 1967; M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1985; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1994.