Faculty who teach in our graduate programs include specialists in rhetorical theory, literacy, pedagogy, rural education, ecocriticism, the American west, and various periods of English and American literature. The award-winning faculty includes Fulbright scholars, Spencer Grant scholars, College of Letters and Science distinguished professors, provost’s lecturers, and teaching scholars. The faculty share responsibility in designing and delivering high-quality seminars and online courses and are experienced graduate mentors.

 

 

Faculty Feature:

 Dr. Will Fassbender

Dr. Will Fassbender

Dr. Fassbender’s research centers around digital technologies in secondary English classrooms and the unique reading and compositional practices youth develop online and through social media. He also studies the literacies related to graphic narratives and music in youth culture in addition to exploring the identity work that goes into the “making” of middle and high school English teachers. Dr. Fassbender is interested in novel qualitative inquiry methods that employs video and sound as a tool for multimodal research. He typically works with new materialist philosophies by scholars such as Bruno Latour, Karen Barad, Jane Bennett, and Deleuze & Guattari in order to explore the impact of “things” on the learning experience. Dr. Fassbender’s research has been published in journals such as Voices from the Middle and the International Journal of Research & Method in Education. See https://www.willfassbender.com/ for more information.

 

 


 Dr. Susan Kollin

Dr. Susan Kollin

Dr. Kollin works in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. Her secondary interests include 20th and 21st-century American literature, feminist studies, and western American literature and film. Her recent publications include chapters in the Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the West, Cormac McCarthy in Context, and the Routledge Companion to Native American Literature. She also edited A History of Western American Literature for Cambridge University Press. Dr. Kollin will be on sabbatical in spring 2022.

 

 


 

Meet our Faculty

 

Zack Bean Robert Bennett Kirk Branch Doug Downs
William Fassbender Alex Harmon Rebecca Jones Linda Karell
Susan Kollin Marvin Lansverk Ben Leubner Michelle Miley
Gretchen Minton Kate Ryan Beth Shirley Amy M. Thomas
Allison Wynhoff Olsen