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Dr. Gillian Andersen

Title: Instructor of English

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113P
Phone: 575.562.2335
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Office Hours: MW 2:30 - 3:30; TR 9:00 - 11:00

Education

  • BA, English, The University of Kentucky (1989)
  • BS, Communicative Disorders, Eastern New Mexico University (1999)
  • MA, Technical Communication & Rhetoric, Texas Tech University (2002)
  • PhD, Technical Communication & Rhetoric, Texas Tech University (2014)

Bio

Dr. Andersen has been a full-time faculty member at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) since the Fall of 2002. She brings expertise in technical communication and rhetoric to ENMU, and teaches report writing, technical writing, and English composition. Her other teaching experience includes a composition preparatory course for the Science Technology and Math (STEM) Summer Bridge Program (2014 - current).

Dr. Andersen has extensive experience in online course development and delivery. Her contributions to the community include a grant for the Texas Boys Ranch, and a style guide for "International Amateur-Professional Photoelectric Photometry." She has also edited grant applications for ENMU's Student Veterans Association (SVO).

Dr. Andersen is listed in ENMU's Speakers/Experts Guide for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Research Interests

Dr. Andersen's dissertation, "Co-responsibility in the Undergraduate Technical Communication Service Course: An Ethical Imperative," focuses on ethics in the web-based classroom, and investigates the possibility that the delivery of information in online undergraduate technical communication service courses may be an ethical responsibility that is shared between instructors and students. She continues to do research in Ethics and web-based learning.

Dr. Steve Bellin-Oka

Title: Assistant Professor of English, Graduate Coordinator

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113H
Phone: 575.562.2276
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Education

  • Ph.D., Writing Studies, University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.F.A., Poetry Writing, University of Virginia
  • M.A., Biblical Literature and Languages, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
  • B.A., English and Film, University of Maryland

Bio

I am originally from Baltimore, and have lived in Mississippi, California, and Canada before coming to New Mexico. I teach composition, composition pedagogy, creative writing (especially poetry), and a variety of literature classes. My other teaching interests include film as literature, horror literature, 20th and 21st century American poetry, 16th and 17th century British poetry, utopian and dystopian literature, science fiction, and 20th Japanese film and literature in translation.

Research Interests

Currently, my research interests include graduate student professionalization, the idea of "borders" between science fiction and religion in the work of Margaret Atwood, the representation of Japanese and the Nisei (2nd generation) communities in post-war American film and film noir, and how spirituality is re-conceived by 20th and 21st century American poets in general and specifically in the work of Mary Szybist, Mark Strand, Charles Wright and Franz Wright.

Dr. Micah Donohue

Title: Assistant Professor of English

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113F
Phone: 575.562.2502
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Bio

Micah Donohue received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Pennsylvania State University in 2015. His research focuses on the literatures of the Americas with particular emphasis on contemporary borderland literatures of Mexico and the United States of America. He has published (or has articles under review) on gothic representations of transborder capitalism in the post-NAFTA era; intersections of American and world literature; adaptation as re-creative poetics in film; and textual ambivalences in utopian literature. His current book project explores the political, economic, and cultural intersections of a cyber-gothic aesthetic and the emergent genre of US-Mexican borderlands science fiction in the literary and cinematic works of Alex Rivera, Guillermo Gomez-Pe?a, Guillermo del Toro, Rosaura Sanchez, Beatrice Pita, Guillermo Lavin, and others. At Eastern New Mexico University, he teaches a wide array of courses, including Chicana/o Literature, Literature of the Southwest, Storytelling at the Crossroads, U.S. Literature after 1865, and courses in composition.

Dr. Carol Erwin

Title: Associate Professor of English, Department Chair

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113J
Phone: 575.562.2135
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Education

  • Ph.D. in English with emphasis in 19th century British literature -- Texas Tech University, 2010
  • M.A. in English. Eastern New Mexico University, 2005.
  • B.S.E. with minor in English and TEFL -- Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts, 1994

Bio

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a study of an age of prudery and productivity, it was an investigation into gendered secrets and subversive social codes, it was an ENMU classroom full of waggish comparisons of Romantic poets to Doctor Who...

As is apparent in the increasing love of BBC productions like Sherlock Holmes and Downtown Abbey, the Victorian setting captures our imagination. It allows us to chuckle at exaggerated constructions of romance, gender, social class, and search for individual meaning among consistent changes in government and economy. Perhaps we travel back in time, at least in our imaginations, to see how we might rewrite our future now and how to enjoy ourselves along that journey. Because of my experiences working on a ranch and attended a small conservative church, I became quite interested in representations of the working-classes and gender roles in England as the country shifted from its final stages of an agrarian economy,

Research Interests

The laboring body is a conflicted site in the Victorian time period for it could connote either disease and riot or health and productivity, depending on its setting. My literary research projects examines how violence is gendered and includes examinations of illustrations of the working classes in Punch and the novels of Elizabeth Braddon, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, and Anthony Trollope. My other research interest is decreasing the gap between high school and college expectations. I've co-authored a developmental college writing curriculum, Writing in Patterns, and have presented elements of this approach at the NCTE Conference.

Rodrigo Figueroa Obregon

Title: SPAN Faculty 9/10 mo

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113C
Phone: 575.562.2149
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Opal Greer

Title: Instructor of English, Writing Program Director

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113I
Phone: 575.562.2171
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Cheryll Hendershot

Title: Instructor of English

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113M
Phone: 575.562.2992
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Alisha Johnson

Title: Department Secretary

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 117
Phone: 575.562.2423
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Gloria Jurado

Title: Instructor of Spanish

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113B
Phone: 575.562.2138
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Dr. Michael Rizza

Title: Assistant Professor of English

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113E
Phone: 575.562.2329
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Education

  • Ph.D. in 20th Century American Literature from the University of South Carolina. 2010
  • MA in Creative Writing, in Fiction. Temple University. 1998
  • BA in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. Rutgers University. 1994

Bio

Michael James Rizza, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at ENMU. He is the author of the award-winning novel Cartilage and Skin (2013) and a peer-reviewed monograph The Topographical Imagination of Jameson, Baudrillard, and Foucault (2015). He has published academic articles on Don DeLillo, Milan Kundera, Harold Frederic, Adrienne Rich, and Hamlin Garland. His short fiction has appeared in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Switchback, and Curbside Splendor. He has won various awards for his writing, including a fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction. He is currently at work on a novel called Heirs to the Dead Author and a book-length study of postmodern masculinity in the works of DeLillo, Auster, and others.

Carol Singletary

Title: Instructor of English and Writing Center Coordinator

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113K
Phone: 575.562.2432
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Education

  • BA in History-California State University Chico
  • MA in Teaching-Grand Canyon University

Bio

I grew up all along the Pacific coast, from Juneau, Alaska to Southern California. I married my husband (whom I met when we both worked at Philmont Scout Ranch here in New Mexico) and we moved to Clovis where I taught high school English and journalism for 24 years. I became a Certified Journalism Educator and a National Board Certified Teacher, and I have a Master of Arts in Teaching.

I became frustrated with the emphasis on standardized tests and on test prep that was occurring in K-12 education, so I made the change to Eastern in 2013. My emphasis here has been teaching developmental English since my high school background provides an excellent resource for understanding students transitioning to the University.

Research Interests

I am currently researching the level of preparation our students have before they come to the University, and whether or not New Mexico's change to Common Core State Standards is making a difference in that preparation.

Dr. Linda Sumption

Title: Associate Professor of English

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113D
Phone: 575.562.2136
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Dr. David Sweeten

Title: Assistant Professor of English

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113G
Phone: 575.562.2501
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Bio

I am originally from southeast Texas, but have spent the last decade in the Midwest woefully away from Mexican food and kolaches. I teach Shakespeare, Medieval literature, composition, and a range of other courses. My teaching interests also include Romantic poetry, the classical tradition, drama, graphic novels, gaming (of the video and tabletop varieties), and a range of other exquisitely nerdy fandoms. I am interested in how the media we consume ? whether it be literature, film, or games ? reflects our desires and fears, and how interactive media heightens this effect. When need arises, I am capable of reciting Middle English poetry, baking solid oatmeal raisin cookies, or teaching Renaissance dance.

Currently, my research focuses on how economic thought is used in medieval literature to negotiate social bonds in a period of societal uncertainty, specifically in matters of marriage. I specifically work with Middle English poets like Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, William Langland, and the Pearl poet.

Bea Villa

Title: American Language and Culture Director/Instructor

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113A
Phone: 575.562.2987
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Office Hours: M: 1-3pm T and R: 10-12pm

Education

  • Bachelors of English 2009
  • Masters of English 2012