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Amira Akl
Instructor
Ph.D. Bowling Green State University (2014); M.A. University of Toledo (2006); B.A. University of Toledo (2004).
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aakl@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 214 / Box 5053
419-320-0580
http://amiraakl.blogspot.com/
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Dr. Akl loves teaching first and second year composition courses at Tech. Her excitement about writing tends to be contagious. While her expertise is in multimodal composition and digital writing, she also enjoys conducting research in rhetoric and identity--exploring such subjects as race, sexuality, gender. and disability, especially in cyberspace. When she is not pursuing her professional interests, you may find her on horseback or knee-deep in her flower and vegetable gardens.
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Anthony Baker
Professor
PhD University of Louisville (2001); MA University of Louisville (1997); BA Indiana University (1989).
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ABaker@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 310 / Box 5053
931-372-6314
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Tony Baker teaches first-year composition and upper-division and graduate courses in rhetoric, argument, research methods, postmodern literature, graphic novels, and writing pedagogy, in addition to directing the first-year composition program. His research interests include writing pedagogy and graphic novels. He also serves as director of the Upper Cumberland Writing Project, one of Tennessee's three National Writing Project sites.
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Theodore Bohn
Instructor
Ph.D. University of South Dakota
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TBohn@tntech.edu
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Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 256 / Box 5053
931-372-3347
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Paulina Bounds
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Georgia
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pbounds@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 306A / Box 5053
931-372-3763
http://paulinabounds.wix.com/paulinabounds
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My areas of interests are language variation, perceptual dialectology, cultural linguistics, sociolinguistics, and corpus linguistics. I teach Intro to Linguistics, History of English, Discourse/ Corpus Linguistics, and Sociolinguistics. I also teach both levels of composition. I am particularly interested in multimodal composition, transfer, and assessment.
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Michael L Burduck
Professor
Ph.D., The University of Mississippi
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MBurduck@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 314 / Box 5053
931-372-3360
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My areas of specialization include early 19th-century American literature, Poe, Faulkner, and Gothic Literature. In addition to my teaching and research activities, I have been an electric bassist for forty-five years and enjoy playing classic rock (especially 60s-70s British rock, be it dead or alive).
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Kevin Christianson
Professor
BA University of Wisconsin - Madson; PhD University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
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KChristians@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 218B / Box 5053
931-372-3351
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Clothespin: Sister of the nail / that taught it how to crucify a shirt / (c) K Christianson 2001 // American, European, World literature; Poetry as Genre; Literature of Social and Political Conscience; Creative Writing. More than 125 poems, translations, reviews, short fiction, essays published in over 75 national and international literary journals. Two Fulbright awards to teach American Literature in Poland -- Marie Curie-Sklodowska University (Lublin) and Nicholas Copernicus University (Torun). Litwo! Ojczyzno maja! Ty jesteś jak zdrowie, / Ile cię trzeba cenić, ten tylko się dowie, / Kto cię stracił. „Poland – my homeland! Thou art like health / Which we value like wealth / But only after it’s been lost.” Invocation to Mickiewicz’s Master Thadeus. (c) K Christianson 2014
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Mark Creter
Professor
Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1986-1988. Bachelor of Arts in Theatrical Production, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA. 1980-1984.
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MCreter@tntech.edu
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South Hall (SOUT) 225 / Box 5053
931-372-3478
https://www.tntech.edu/cas/english/bdph/
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Mark Harry Creter is a Professor of Theatre for the Tennessee Technological University’s Department of English as well as the artistic director of the campus theatre, the TTU Backdoor Playhouse. Recently he directed productions of She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Recent performances include Ray in Yankee Tavern, Willy in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and Niles in Suicide in B Flat by Sam Shepard (which won Best Production at the 2009 American Association of Community Theatre Festival). He was instrumental in the formation of the Dogwood Shakespeare Festival, which recently celebrated its 10th season in downtown Cookeville, and directed the inaugural production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as successful productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night. In 2008 he received the QEP Award of Excellence in Innovative Instruction with his colleague Andy Smith. He is married to local dance instructor/choreographer and co-owner of the Stage One Dance Studio, Jennifer Dotson-Creter. When they are not collaborating on various theatre or dance projects they are raising their beautiful blue-eyed son Gus.
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Kristen Deiter
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in English, State University of New York at Binghamton
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kdeiter@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 216B / Box 5053
931-372-3328
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My research interests include Shakespeare; Medieval and Early Modern English literature (drama, poetry, and prose) and culture; representations of place in literature; and historicist, geographical, and cognitive approaches to literature. At Tennessee Tech, I have taught Special Topics: The Renaissance in England, Introduction to Graduate Studies, Literary Criticism and Theory, History of the English Language, Milton, Mythology, Introduction to English Methods and Research, Honors British Literature, British Literature, and Writing I.
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William Fisk
Instructor
MA English, TTU, 1980 BA English, TTU, 1978
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WFisk@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 218A / Box 5053
931-372-3349
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Teach courses in Professional Communications: Oral Presentations, Technical Writing, Information Design, and Web Design
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Paullett Golden
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Texas A&M-Commerce (2005); M.A. Sam Houston State University (2002); B.A. Sam Houston State University (2000)
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PGolden@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 212A / Box 5053
931-372-3338
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Dr. Golden's degree is in Composition and Rhetoric with a specialization in Writing Center Studies. Her academic passions include rhetorical argumentation, technical communication, composition, undergraduate and interdisciplinary research methods, and writing pedagogy.
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Graham Kash
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Ph.D in Folklore, Indiana University, B.A and M.A. in English, Vanderbilt University
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GKash@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 318A / Box 5053
931-372-3314
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I have been at Tennessee Tech since 1963. I have taught literature and composition. Presently teaching folklore and several kinds of speech, including coaching the speech and debate team. Have helped our speakers to win many awards, often 100 or more a year. Member of committees for undergraduate curriculum, and scholarships. Have taught literature on a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Bordeaux, France. Parle francais (speak French).
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Peggy Kilgore
Adjunct Faculty
BA English/Art History Maryville College, Maryville, TN; MA English/Creative Writing, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
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PLKilgore@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 214 / Box 5053
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Ms. Kilgore teaches ESL, Writing I & II, World lit, American lit, and British lit. She co-founded and co-directs the Tech Buddies program, which matches domestic and international students for friendship and cultural exchange. When she is not at Tech she can usually be found in her garden/sanctuary that she shares with her dog, cats, and various raccoon and opossums. She also enjoys reading, viewing films, and cooking.
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Shirley Laird
Professor
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SLaird@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 207 / Box 5053
931-372-3348
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Josephine McQuail
Professor
Ph.D., English, U.C. Berkeley; M.A., B.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Virginia
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JMcQuail@tntech.edu
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South Hall (SOUT) 238 / Box 5053
931-372-6207
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Dr. Josephine A. McQuail is Professor of English at TTU. She was recently awarded a Non-instructional research grant (sabbatical) which she is using to research William Blake and James Joyce in London, England. Other grants and awards she has received include the Hal E. Ramer award in 2013, given by Women in Higher Education in Tennessee, which enabled her to deliver a paper on the New Zealand writer Janet Frame at the Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA) in Auckland, NZ. Summer 2014, she received a URECA! grant to accompany a TTU undergraduate student to London, where they both delivered papers at the Literary London conference. She serves as a Trustee in the William Blake Society of St. James Piccadilly, London. At U.C. Berkeley she was awarded a Maude Fife Fellowship, and her Master's thesis at University of Virginia won the Department of English Emily Clark Balch essay award. She served as Executive Director of the Northeast Modern Language Association, a regional division of the Modern Language Association, 2003-2006. She is an officer in the state and in the national American Association of University Professors. She also serves as President of the TTU Tennessee Education Association. She is active as well in the United Campus Workers. Recent publications include " ' How can Life be still?': Teaching Janet Frame's _A State of Siege_ and Virginia Woolf's _To the Lighthouse_" which appears in _Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature_; "Contingent Realities for Women: National and Regional Trends," in the summer 2014 _Modern Language Studies_; and “The Burden of Science in Huxley’s _Brave New World_,” which appears in the book _Critical Insights_: _Brave New World_, edited by M. Keith Booker and published by Grey House in 2013.
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John Minichillo
Instructor
Ph.D. English / creative writing, The University of Southern Mississippi, 1999. MFA English / creative writing, Western Michigan University, 1995. BA English, Loyola University of Chicago, 1990.
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jminichillo@tntech.edu
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Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 256 / Box 5053
931-372-3347
http://thesnowwhale.com/
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John's novel, The Snow Whale, was an Independent Publishers Book Awards regional gold medalist for the West / Pacific, an Orion Book Prize notable, a Hey Small Press! "Best of 2011" selection, and a Chicagao Center for Photography and Literature "Best of the Best" selection for 2012. Hey Small Press! called The Snow Whale, "the funniest book we reviewed all year." He is the recipient of a Tennessee Individual Artists Grant, and his short fiction has appeared widely, with two stories selected for the Wigleaf Top Fifty Very Short Fictions of 2012. He teaches the general education English courses Writing I and Writing II. He lives in Nashville with his wife and son.
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Susan Moynihan
Instructor
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SMoynihan@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 203A / Box 5053
931-372-3909
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Linda Null
Professor
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LNull@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 312B / Box 5053
931-372-3345
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Michael ORourke
Professor
MFA, University of Iowa; MA, University of Iowa; BA, Colorado State University
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MORourke@tntech.edu
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Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 343 / Box 5053
931-372-3047
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I teach American Literature, using a war theme, and three different creative writing courses: Introduction to Creative Writing, Creative Writing--Fiction, and Creative Writing--Essay. My narrative essays have appeared in a wide range of literary journals. My book is PAUL BUNYAN LIVES! AND OTHER TALES FROM THE NATURAL WORLD.
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Theodore Pelton
Chairperson
MA, English/Creative Writing, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1986; PhD, English, SUNY at Buffalo, 1993.
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TPelton@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 320 / Box 5053
931-372-3049
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Dr. Ted Pelton is an author, scholar, and publisher, as well as Professor and Chair of English at Tennessee Tech. His areas of specialization include American Literature (particularly the 19th century), Fiction Writing, Contemporary Fiction, and The Novel. Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts individual fellowship in Fiction and an Isherwood Fellowship, among other awards, and twice a finalist for the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, he is the author of four books - a short story collection, two novellas, and a full-length novel - as well as numerous essays, articles, and reviews. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Short Fiction, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Gargoyle, and The &Now Awards 3. He also founded the nonprofit fiction press Starcherone ("start-your-own") Books, and remains on its Board.
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Kristin Pickering
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Ph.D.--English, Rhetoric and Composition (1997) University of South Carolina; M.A.--English, Rhetoric and Composition (1993) University of South Carolina
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KPickering@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 312A / Box 5053
931-372-6568
http://iweb.tntech.edu/kwalker/website/index.html
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Dr. Kristin Pickering directs the Professional Communication concentration within the English Department. Her research interests include disciplinary communication, activity theory, workplace consulting, ethics in Professional Communication, visual literacy, and oral communication. Dr. Pickering serves also as the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication on campus.
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Elizabeth Powell
Instructor
PhD: University of Louisville, Rhetoric and Composition
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epowell@tntech.edu
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Matthews Hall (MATT) 138 / Box 5053
931-372-6443
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Research interests: Engineering communication, technical communications, student success
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Jennifer Rideout
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Pursuing PhD in English at MTSU. M.A. in English at TTU, 1995.
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jrideout@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 307B / Box 5053
931-372-6569
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With her interest in international literature and culture, Ms. Rideout's doctoral work focuses on Anglophone literature, particularly of India, Africa, the Caribbean, and New Zealand. She has taught Freshman Composition and American, British, and World Literature survey courses at TTU since 1995.
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Elizabeth Robinson
Instructor
M.A. in English
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erobinson@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 218C / Box 5053
931-372-3350
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I teach ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, and American Literature.
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Laurie Rodrigues
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PhD, University of Rhode Island (2013); MA, Boston College (2007); BA, Worcester State University (2005)
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lrodrigues@tntech.edu
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Matthews Hall (MATT) 138 / Box 5053
931-372-6443
https://tntech.academia.edu/LaurieRodrigues
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My areas of specialization include 20th and 21st-century American, native and ethnic cultures & literatures, as well as critical theory. I also have research and teaching backgrounds in early American literatures and ephemera. As for interests, I have a penchant for film studies (1970s to today, American and British) and visual theory. Recently, I've become interested in thinking through the concept digital humanities with my students. This came into play toward the end of Honors American Literature (ENGL 2130), which I taught during Spring 2013. And this fall, my 1020 students and I are working together to protract this theme, writing/ thinking about the impact of the digital world on the way we think and learn.
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Nicholas Ryan
Instructor
Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre - Technical Production from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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NRyan@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 001C / Box 5053
931-372-3660
http://www.nryantd.com/
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"I regard theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being." - Oscar Wilde
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Tom Saya
Professor
MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro 1994, MA in English from Indiana University 1989, BA in English from Indiana University 1983
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TSaya@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 304A / Box 5053
931-372-6271
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caught / between my storm and inside windows / a blur of wings / its brownish-orange abdomen / swollen in the strong vein of sun / bobbing shadow across my floor // confused by the clear surfaces / crawling toward me / to the top of the pane / then flying down / and crawling toward the outdoors / buzzing and bumping / against the blossoms / it cannot reach // if it would only search / the edges of the glass / I say to myself / the aluminum borders / it's simple / "Look" I shout / pointing to the thin opening / at the sill
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Andrew Smith
Instructor
MA Literature, MTSU, 1999; BA Literature, Wayne State, 1994; Master of Theological Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School, anticipated May 2015.
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ASmith@tntech.edu
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New Hall North (NEWN) 352 / Box 5215
931-372-6300
https://sites.google.com/site/professorandysmith/
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Based out of the Tree House Living and Learning Village in New Hall North where he serves as the Faculty Head, Mr. Smith is an experienced, award-winning instructor committed to the scholastic success and creative expression of all students enrolled in his general education English (and other) courses. Co-founder of the Living Writers Project and recent recipient of the Thurston Banks Award from the Ohio Valley Conference, Andrew Smith is a teacher, preacher, DJ, poet, blogger, and activist. His book collection of "poems, prayers, and preaching," Beat Is Beatitude was published in 2013.
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Matthew Stenson
Instructor
Ph.D. in English from University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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sstenson@tntech.edu
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Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 257 / Box 5053
-372-3164
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Matthew Scott Stenson's teaching and research interests include pre-1830 British literature (especially Shakespeare, Milton, and the Romantics), Writing 1 and 2, the history of rhetoric and of powerful ideas, literary theory, poetry, and significant World religious literature such as the Bible and the Book of Mormon. He lives in Cookeville with his wife and daughter. Dr. Stenson is a Visiting Instructor of English.
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Agapi Theodorou-Shapiro
Instructor
Ph.D. Middle Tennessee State University (2013); M.A. SUNY College at Brockport (2006); B.A. Nazareth College of Rochester (2003)
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ashapiro@tntech.edu
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Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 257 / Box 5053
931-372-3164
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Agapi Theodorou-Shapiro specializes in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Composition and Rhetoric, with a particular interest in feminist rhetorical theories, writing pedagogy, and American literature and culture. She teaches ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020.
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Brian Williams
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011); M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004); B.A. Northwestern University (2002)
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bjwilliams@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 212B / Box 5053
931-372-3346
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My research and teaching focus on 20th and 21st century American literature, with a specialization in contemporary American war fiction. My research interests include trauma theory, narrative theory, and the ways narratives impact and shape national identity. I have taught ENGL 1010 (Writing 1), ENGL 2130 (American Literature), ENGL 4340 (The American War Novel), ENGL 4330 (20th Century American Literature), and ENGL 6640 (Trauma and the Nation).

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Linda Fisk
Administrative Associate 3
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LFisk@tntech.edu
English
Henderson Hall (HEND) 320 / Box 5053
931-372-3343
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Crystal Browne
Administrative Associate 2
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COrban@tntech.edu
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Henderson Hall (HEND) 320 / Box 5053
931-372-3663