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Kim McKay

Associate Professor of English, Department Chair

Kim McKay began teaching at ESU in 1988 and is currently the Chair of the English Department.

After earning her B.S. in English from ESU, she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at Lehigh University. Her Master's thesis compares the original text of South African playwright Athol Fugard's play The Blood Knot with its live Broadway production. Her dissertation explores the Bildungsroman genre through a narratological perspective. Most recently, she is engaged in research and writing about contemporary Arabic literature.

She specializes in modern and contemporary literature and language study, teaching English Grammar and Linguistics on a regular basis for the department.

A New Jersey transplant, Dr. McKay has lived in her adopted town of Stroudsburg since she was 17, making her as close to a local as she could be, without actually being one.

Education:
B.S, 1984, East Stroudsburg University
M.A., 1987, Lehigh University
Ph.D., 1990, Lehigh University

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Allan Benn

Professor of English

Education:
B.A., 1974, Mercer University
M.A., 1976, Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D., 1983, Case Western Reserve University

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Bill Broun

Associate Professor of English

A novelist, short-story writer, and widely published journalist, Bill Broun teaches professional and creative writing at ESU at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a special interest in journalism and digital media.

He serves as faculty adviser to the student newspaper, the Stroud Courier, and he assists with the Master’s in Professional and Digital Media Writing, a program he helped design.

Before coming to ESU in 2006, Broun spent many years as a news reporter, music journalist, and news editor, including long stints as the editor of several weekly newspapers in Texas. In London, he was employed as a copyeditor at a host of British newspapers and magazines, with staff positions at the Guardian and Architects’ Journal. Immediately before teaching at ESU, he was a lecturer in writing for four years at Yale University.

His byline has appeared in Alternative Press Magazine, the Washington Post, New York Times, the Times (London), the Times Literary Supplement, as well as specialty publications such as the Architects’ Journal and Publishers Weekly.

His debut novel, Night of The Animals (Ecco/HarperCollins), will appear in July 2016. His short fiction has appeared in major literary journals, including the Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, and Open City.

Broun lives in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, and on Twitter at @Broun.

Education:
B.A., 1989, Miami University of Ohio
M.A., 1993, Miami University of Ohio
M.F.A., 1998, University of Houston

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Stacey Burch

Instructor of English

Stacey Burch arrived at East Stroudsburg University in the fall of 2015. Here at ESU, she teaches English Composition, Literature Analysis, College Writing, Technical Writing, Teaching of English, and works closely with the education department advising student teachers in the field.

Stacey’s teaching career began in 1995 at Pleasant Valley High School. She also taught English at Emmaus High School and Dieruff High School respectively, advising Drama and Yearbook. In 2006, she transitioned to Lehigh Carbon Community College, teaching Developmental Writing, Literature, College Composition, and Technical Writing courses for the credit division. As a member of the second-year pilot team of the Accelerated Learning Program at LCCC, she presented Fast Forwarding Developmental Education: Creating an English Accelerated Learning Program for The Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators 2015 Annual Conference. In addition to credit courses at LCCC, she taught GED and ESL courses for the non-credit division concurrently working as a Student Success counselor in the Next Step to Success program, a part of Allentown’s Weed and Seed initiative.

Education:
B.A., 1992, East Stroudsburg University
M.Ed., 2010, DeSales University

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Andrew Crooke

Instructor of English

Andrew Crooke teaches literature and writing courses at East Stroudsburg University, where he joined the English Department in 2015. He has also taught at Moravian College, Temple University, Widener University, and the College of New Jersey. His research and teaching focus on American literature, with special interests in modernism, contemporary fiction, multiethnic studies, place-based writing, and photo-textual representations of poverty. He has published several parts of his dissertation, In Praise of Peasants: Ways of Seeing the Rural Poor in the Work of James Agee, Walker Evans, John Berger, and Jean Mohr.

Education:
B.A., 2001, Cornell University
M.A., 2011, University of Iowa
Ph.D., 2013, University of Iowa

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Kathleen Duguay

Professor of English

Kathleen Duguay earned her Ph.D. at the University at Albany—SUNY. She joined the faculty at East Stroudsburg University in 1997 where she has taught a variety of writing and literature courses. Her areas of interest are world literature, composition and rhetoric, and computer-assisted instruction. In the last five years she has developed several distance education offerings of English department courses. She has published in the area of computers and writing and presented conference papers on topics in both world literature and composition theory and practice.

Education:
B.A., 1981, North Adams State College
M.A., 1985, SUNY at Binghamton
Ph.D., 1997, SUNY at Albany

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Erica Dymond

Instructor of English

Dr. Erica Joan Dymond came to East Stroudsburg University in 2013. Prior to this, she taught film and literature for ten years at Lehigh University with concurrent teaching at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

As a result of her academic achievements, Dr. Dymond attended Lehigh University's Ph.D. program on a full teaching fellowship. In her time at Lehigh, Dr. Dymond was also awarded a senior teaching fellowship which granted her advanced classes in film and literature.

Dr. Dymond has been a consulting editor for the peer-reviewed, academic journal The Explicator since 2011. She has also acted as a manuscript reviewer for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and a peer-reviewer for Focal Press.

Horror film theory is Dr. Dymond's specialty. The majority of her research resides in this area. Other areas of expertise include: art house and international cinema, Gothic-period literature, British Romantic poetry, and postcolonial theory.

When not behind the podium, Dr. Dymond enjoys losing countless hours in World of Warcraft ("For the Horde!"), dissecting The Walking Dead, and seeking the wisdom of Louis C. K.

Education:
B.A., 1995, Marywood University
M.A., 2000, University of Scranton
Ph.D., 2009,Lehigh University

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Sandra Eckard

Associate Professor of English

Sandy Eckard began at East Stroudsburg University in 2005. She has also taught at West Virginia University and Frostburg State University. While at FSU, she served as a Reading Specialist, coordinated tutoring and study skills programs, and taught literature and writing.

Dr. Eckard directs the Writing Studio here at ESU, the hot-spot for writing tutoring on campus. In addition, she works with education students and teaches a variety of writing and literature courses. Her specialty is teaching with popular culture. In addition to presenting and publishing on tutoring pedagogy, she has published her dissertation, The Ties that Bind: Storytelling as a Teaching Tool for Composition Classrooms and Writing Centers.

Her latest book, from Rowman and Littlefield Education, is titled Yin and Yang in the English Classroom: Teaching with Popular Culture Texts.

Education:
B.A., 1994, Frostburg State University
M.A., 1996, West Virginia University
Ph.D., 2001, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Adam Evans

Instructor of English

Adam Evans has taught in the ESU English Department since 2014. Previously, he taught writing and literature at Temple University, La Salle University, the Community College of Philadelphia, and SUNY Orange Community College. His interests include the literature of social movements, nonfiction writing on the importance of culture and tradition, and Hemingway. He has also dabbled in food writing as a blogger and a contributor to vice.com. In addition to haunting the dreams of students, he strikes fear into the hearts of trout and squirrel as an avid fisherman and hunter.

Education:
B.A., 2004, SUNY at Albany
M.A., 2013,Temple University

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Jeffrey Hotz

Associate Professor of English

Jeffrey Hotz has been a faculty member in the English Department at East Stroudsburg University since 2007. His main area of specialization is early American literature. He is the author of Divergent Visions, Contested Spaces: The Early United States through the Lens of Travel (Routledge, 2006), a study of real and imagined travels in the Early Republic and the antebellum period. He is currently finishing a book on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s late career, the period from 1861 until the poet’s death in 1882. In 2015, he was awarded the Diana Korzenik Research Fellowship from the Friends of the Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site to research the letters and journals of Frances Elizabeth Appleton Longfellow, the wife of the poet.

Education:
B.A., 1994, Georgetown University
M.A., 1997, Georgetown University
Ph.D., 2004, George Washington University

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Amanda Lagoe

Instructor of English

Amanda Lagoe began teaching composition courses at East Stroudsburg University in fall 2016. She has also taught at Saint Francis University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and St. Bonaventure University.

Dr. Lagoe graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a B.A. in English in 2005. In 2008, she earned her M.A. from St. Bonaventure University, and in 2015, she received her Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she specialized in 19th-century British fiction. Her dissertation focused on the evolution of the governess’ depiction in Victorian literature. Her research interests include both British and American gothic fiction, sensation fiction, Victorian women writers, neo-Victorian fiction, and horror fiction.

Education:
B.A., 2005, SUNY Potsdam
M.A., 2008, St. Bonaventure University
Ph.D., 2015, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Cynthia Leenerts

Associate Professor of English

Cynthia Leenerts came to East Stroudsburg University in 2005. She had previously taught at The George Washington University, as well as at George Mason University and at Northern Virginia Community College.

Dr. Leenerts teaches postcolonial literature, as well as literary criticism and theory, 19th- and 20th-century British literatures, and a wide variety of other courses, including 17th-century British literature, graphic novel, biblical literature, and beginning and advanced composition. As well as serving on the editorial board of South Asian Review, she has co-edited (with George Bozzini) Literature Without Borders: International Literature in English for Student Writers (Prentice-Hall, 2001) and (with Lopamudra Basu) Passage to Manhattan: Critical Essays on Meena Alexander (Cambridge Scholars, 2009). She is currently at work on Swaraj Sita, Dalit Draupadi: Rewriting India's Epic Heroines, as well as in the early stages of a follow-on to Literature Without Borders.

Moreover, carrying out her strong interest in the language, literature, and cultures of China, as well as in helping ESU build and develop relationships with our Chinese sister schools, Dr. Leenerts is also currently a student of Chinese, deeply enjoying her dual role at ESU.

Education:
B.A., 1987, George Mason University
M.A., 1990, George Mason University
Ph.D., 1997, George Washington University

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Richard Madigan

Associate Professor of English

Rick Madigan came to East Stroudsburg University in 1994. He has also taught at Central Arizona College and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Madigan teaches English composition classes, creative writing workshops, and classes in modern and contemporary literature with an emphasis on American and Irish poetry. He has published poems in Poetry, Ploughshares, North American Review, Antioch Review, Crazyhorse and Ekphrasis. He won an Academy of American poets prize while at the University of New Orleans, and a Lilly Fellowship at Indiana University, from which he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing.

Education:
B.A., 1974, University of Florida
M.F.A., 1990, Indiana University

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Jan Selving

Assistant Professor of English

Jan Selving has been teaching at ESU since 2002. Among the classes she teaches are Intro to Creative Writing, Women in Literature, Reviewing the Arts, and Senior Sem. in Creative Writing. She also teaches Visual Rhetoric and Writing in the Genres for the graduate program in Professional and Digital Media Writing.

Selving was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a state rich in environmental and cultural diversity, and a place that has had a major impact on her poetry. The changing desert landscape and the varied intersections of Latino, Pueblo, and Anglo cultures are among her main areas of interest. Selving has also written many poems in response to art, largely due to her background in art history and her work as a visual artist. Her paintings, assemblages, and works on paper have appeared in regional and national galleries.

Selving’s poems have been published in a number of national literary magazines, including Crazyhorse, Ploughshares, Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, Sou’wester, and Ekphrasis. She is currently working on a volume of ekphrastic poetry based on Medieval, Expressionist, and contemporary art.

Education:
B.A., 1990, Indiana University
M.F.A., 1994, Arizona State University

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Jill Silvius

Instructor of English

Jill E. Silvius, instructor of English, began teaching a variety of composition and literature courses at East Stroudsburg University in fall '09. She has also taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

She graduated from Moravian College with a B.A. in English and a minor in education in 2003, when she was awarded the English Prize. In 2005, she earned her M.A. from Kutztown University, and in 2009, she received a Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on the gendering of postmodern landscapes in novels by British authors John Fowles and Julian Barnes.

She is the author of articles in Pennsylvania English, Medieval Feminist Forum, and Victorian Newsletter. Silvius has served as the manager of the Writing Center at Kutztown University and as a teaching assistant for Johns Hopkins University's summer academic program, Center for Talented Youth. In her community, she is on the board of directors for the Blue Mountain Community Library and volunteers there, as well as at a senior living community.

Education:
B.A., 2003, Moravian College
M.A., 2005, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., 2009, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Elizabeth Leigh Smith

Associate Professor of English

Leigh Smith came to East Stroudsburg University in 2002. She has also taught at Stephen F. Austin State University, Houston Community College, and the University of Houston, where she earned her MA and PhD in English Literature, specializing in medieval English literature.

At ESU, Smith teaches upper-level courses in Old and Middle English and Medieval European literature and advanced major-writer courses in Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Tolkien. She also teaches both Composition and Composition Skills and a variety of General Education courses including Romance and Literature of War as well as the sophomore survey in early British literature.

Smith has published works on Middle English hagiography and romance, Shakespeare, and Tolkien. Most recently her article “‘The matter that you read’: Saxo Grammaticus as a Source for Shakespeare and a Resource for Teachers of Hamlet” appeared in The Year’s Work in Medievalism in 2014. She has delivered over 30 academic conference papers on Chaucer, Malory, Tolkien, and Middle English hagiography. Most recently, her paper entitled “‘Suget to happes variaunce’: John Walton’s Boethius as a Possible Source for Malory” has been accepted for the International Congress on Medieval Studies in 2016.

Education:
B.A., 1991, Rice University
M.A., 1994, University of Houston
Ph.D., 1999, University of Houston

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Craig Strete

Assistant Professor of English

Education:
B.A., 1975, Wright State University
M.F.A., 1978, University of California at Irvine

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Nancy VanArsdale

Professor of English

Dr. Nancy VanArsdale earned her Ph.D. in English from New York University. She co-edited Approaches to Teaching F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, a volume in the noteworthy MLA series. Having completed a graduate business certificate program, VanArsdale previously worked as a professional writer and consultant at Time Inc. Her research interests include American literature, modernism, and professional writing trends related to advertising, public relations, and corporate communication. She began her ESU career in 1990 and chaired the English Department from 1998-2014. VanArsdale has also served as President of ESU-APSCUF, the faculty association, since 1998.

Education:
B.A., 1979, Bucknell University
M.A., 1981, New York University
Ph.D., 1991, New York University

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Holly Wells

Assistant Professor of English

Holly Wells came to East Stroudsburg University in 2013, after teaching at Youngstown State, Kent State, Texas Lutheran, and Concordia University of Texas. Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Wells worked as a technical and marketing communications writer for several different companies.

At ESU, Dr. Wells is the coordinator of the Graduate Program in Professional and Digital Media Writing. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in professional writing, research methods, and document design, with an occasional foray into literature. Her research interests include gender issues in STEM, feminist critical studies, and popular culture and pedagogy; she regularly writes and presents in these areas.

Education:
B.A., 1988, Youngstown State University
M.A., 2001, Youngstown State University
Ph.D., 2012, Kent State University

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Kim McKay, Department Chair
Associate Professor of English

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Stroud Hall 309 A
Allan Benn
Professor of English

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Bill Broun
Associate Professor of English

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Stacey Burch
Instructor of English

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Andrew Crooke
Instructor of English

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Kathleen Duguay
Professor of English

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Erica Dymond
Instructor of English

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Sandra Eckard
Associate Professor of English

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Adam Evans
Instructor of English

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Jeffrey Hotz
Associate Professor of English

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Amanda Lagoe
Instructor of English

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Cynthia Leenerts
Associate Professor of English

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Richard Madigan
Associate Professor of English

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Jan Selving
Assistant Professor of English

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Jill Silvius
Instructor of English

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Elizabeth Leigh Smith
Associate Professor of English

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Craig Strete
Assistant Professor of English

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Nancy VanArsdale
Professor of English

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Holly Wells
Assistant Professor of English

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Secretary
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