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Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages Faculty

Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages

 Dr. Alexander Hunt

Dr. Alexander Hunt

Professor of English; the Haley Endowed Professor of Western Studies

Dr. Alexander Hunt's Bio


 Andrew Reynolds

Dr. Andrew Reynolds

Associate Professor of Spanish; Director of the Spanish Program

Dr. Andrew Reynolds's Bio


 Bonney Macdonald

Dr. Bonney MacDonald

Professor of English

“The West is the geography of hope.”
- Wallace Stegner

Dr. Bonney MacDonald's Bio



Bonnie Roos

Dr. Bonnie Roos

Professor of English; Director of English Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Bonnie Roos's Bio


Casey Pleming

Casey J. Pleming

Instructor of English

Ms. Casey J. Pleming's Bio



Daniel Bloom

Dr. Daniel Bloom

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Daniel Bloom's Bio




Daniel Helbert

Dr. Daniel Helbert

Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Daniel Helbert's Bio


Dr. David Hart

Dr. David Hart

Associate Professor of Philosophy

"The Ideas are just as little enthroned above our heads as they reside inside them; they walk among us and step up to us."  -- Martin Buber

Dr. David Hart's Bio


Eric P. Meljac

Eric P. Meljac

Assistant Professor of English

“To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive (by the limitless expansion of the ego, by emotive submersion) and impoverished (by the codes on which love diminishes and levels it).” --Roland Barthes

Dr. Eric Meljac's Bio



Dr. Martin Jacobsen

Dr. Martin Jacobsen

Associate Professor of English

"Studying English allows us to look beneath the surface of language and see the human drama unfold, to learn that most of what we think we know probably isn't really so. I sum up studying English—studying period—with the following maxim: We learn more from questioning answers than we do from answering questions."

Dr. Martin Jacobsen's Bio

 Dr. Matthew Harrison

Dr. Matthew Harrison

Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 Endowed Assistant Professor of Shakespeare

Dr. Matthew Harrison's Bio



 Dr. Monica Smith

Dr. Monica Hart

Associate Professor of English;  Director, Office of Writing Programs

 "When I first enrolled in graduate school, I thought I was going to specialize in the 20th-century American novel. But then I took Victorian Literature, and before I knew it, I had a degree in 19th-century British poetry. Just goes to show what one class can do!"

Dr. Monica Hart's Bio


 Dr. Patricia Tyrer

Dr. Patricia Tyrer

Professor of English; Director of English Graduate Studies

"If you looked in my high school year book under 'future plans,' you would see 'English Teacher' because I've been certain that I wanted to teach English since I was a teenager. I find teaching to be both a challenge and a joy, and I take pleasure in discussing everything from writing to literature to the latest films with my students, and I learn as much from them as they learn from me."

Dr. Patricia Tyrer's Bio

RayLene Dysert

RayLene Dysert

Instructor of English

Ms. RayLene Dysert's Bio


Ryan Brooks

Dr. Ryan M. Brooks

Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Ryan Brooks's Bio


Sandra Davdson

Sandra Davidson

Instructor of Spanish

Ms. Sandra Davidson's Bio



 Dr. Steven Severn

Dr. Stephen Severn

Professor of English;  Department Head for English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages

 "Students who enroll in my classes can expect to work hard, write frequently, and in doing so, gain a greater understanding of the language that they use everyday.  This knowledge will prepare them for success in whatever professional field or academic discipline that they pursue."

Dr. Stephen Severn's Bio


 Susan Amos

Susan Amos

Instructor of Spanish




Theresa Trela

Theresa Trela

Lecturer in English

"My students can expect fairness, fireworks and an intense relationship with the power of the written word.  Believe it or not, grammar can be sexy."

Ms. Theresa Trela's Bio


Timothy Foster

Timothy Foster

Assistant Professor of Spanish

“Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.”
[“Traveler, there is no path, the path is made by walking.”]

-Antonio Machado, Proverbios y cantares XXI

Dr. Timothy Foster's Bio