English Faculty

Department Chairperson


Bruce Simon

Associate Professor

Princeton University, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 278
Phone: 716-673-3125
Email: simon@fredonia.edu





Our faculty is diverse and offers a wide range of approaches to literature, language, and culture. In addition to having expertise in traditional and contemporary forms of literature across a range of historical periods and theoretical perspectives, faculty in the English department specialize in a variety of fields of study: African-American Studies, American Studies, British Studies, Cultural Studies, Global Studies, Journalism, Postcolonial Studies, and Women's Studies. Our faculty concentrates on excellence in teaching and personal concern for our students. Department faculty have achieved many honors, including Chancellor's Awards for Excellence, President's Award for Excellence, and Distinguished Teaching rank.

Professors in the English Department typically have an open-door policy and welcome students even beyond normal office hours for extra assistance. In addition to teaching, our faculty is active in research and in publishing their research findings in well-respected scholarly journals, anthologies, and books. Faculty members also present scholarly papers at national and international conferences annually; others read their creative work at prestigious state, national, and international venues.

Christi Schmittendorf, Secretary

Office: Fenton 277
Phone: 716-673-3125
Email: christi.schmittendorf@fredonia.edu

Faculty Listing A-Z

Current Faculty

Benjamin Blood,
Senior Adjunct Lecturer

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2018

State University of New York at Fredonia, M.A.

Office: Fenton 250
Phone: 716-673-3845
Email: Benjamin.Blood@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: T 9:30-11 am

I received my M. A. in English from SUNY Fredonia in 2013, and I have been teaching a range of courses from developmental English to composition and literature courses since then. I received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching in 2018. My ongoing research interests include metacognition and its importance in composition classrooms and academic achievement as well as peer review in the composition classroom.


Kenton Brown,
Senior Adjunct Lecturer

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2015

State University of New York at Fredonia, M.A.

Office: Fenton 251
Phone: 716-673-3863
Email: Kenton.Brown@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: MW 7-8 am, 10-11 am, 12-1 pm, 2-3 pm; F 7-8 am, 10-11 am, 12-1 pm; or by appointment


KimMarie Cole,
Associate Professor / Composition Coordinator

University of Wisconsin, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 268
Phone: 716-673-3857
Email: KimMarie.Cole@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: MW 2-4:30 pm; or by appointment

My recent research studies how learning communities that are constructed in and through classroom talk. This research draws from the areas of sociolinguistics, educational linguistics, discourse analysis and second language acquisition.

Tom Craig,
Adjunct Lecturer

State University of New York at Fredonia, M.A.

Office: Fenton 235
Phone: 716-673-3430
Email: Colin.Craig@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: MWF 11 am-12:50 pm

Rebecca Cuthbert

Rebecca Cuthbert,
Adjunct Lecturer

West Virginia University, M.F.A.

Office: Fenton 242
Phone: 716-673-3535
Email: Rebecca.Cuthbert@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: TWTh 12 noon-1:30 pm

Rebecca (Schwab) Cuthbert writes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and articles. Her work has appeared in Brevity, Slipstream, The Future Fire FFX Anthology, and elsewhere, most often reveling in the feminine grotesque. She enjoys teaching writing classes and workshops at the college level and in community settings, with a focus not only on the written product but on the joy of the process. She received her B.A. in English Literature from The University of West Georgia in 2005 and her M.F.A. in Fiction from West Virginia University in 2011.


Anne Fearman,
Adjunct Lecturer

State University of New York at Fredonia, M.A.

Office: Fenton 242A
Phone: 716-673-4721
Email: Anne.Fearman@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: T 10 am-2 pm

Cornelius FitzPatrick

Cornelius FitzPatrick,
Adjunct Lecturer

Colorado State University, M.F.A.

Office: Fenton 246
Phone: 716-673-4714
Email: Cornelius.FitzPatrick@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: TTh 11 am-12:30 pm

Cornelius (Neil) FitzPatrick is a fiction writer with fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and A Public Space, the latter of which published his story, “The Future of Statues,” in issue 23. He graduated with a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from Colorado State University, where he also taught creative writing and composition. He is working on a collection of stories and a novel.

Natalie Gerber

Natalie Gerber,

William T. and Charlotte N. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award, 2016

University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 276
Phone: 716-673-3855
Email: Natalie.Gerber@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: T 5-6 pm; W 10 am-12 noon

Natalie Gerber’s research and teaching focus upon 20th-century literature, the English language, poetry and poetics, especially the expressive use of language. She is the author of the book chapter “Getting the Squiggly Tunes Down on the Page: Williams’ Triadic-Line Verse and American Intonation” in Rigor of Beauty: Essays in Commemoration of William Carlos Williams and has published articles on the relationship between the structure of the English language and the style of 20th-century poets in journals such as The William Carlos Williams Review and The Wallace Stevens Journal. Dr. Gerber earned her Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley. She has also helped support national and local poetry endeavors, including the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festivals and Robert Hass’s tenure as U.S. poet laureate.

Sarah Green, Lecturer in Creative Writing, 2017-2019

Sarah Green,

Purdue University, M.F.A.; Ohio University, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 257
Phone: 716-673-3848
Email: Sarah.Green@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: F 11 am-12noon; and by appointment

Sarah Green is an award-winning poet and singer-songwriter who has taught creative writing to everyone from dancers in France to teens in South Boston to painters in Italy. She has over fourteen years of experience teaching undergraduate writers. Her teaching approach prioritizes playful generativity paired with formal technique in an encouraging atmosphere. Her first book of poetry, Earth Science (421 Atlanta) was released in 2016. Dr. Green hails from Massachusetts but most recently, resided in Minneapolis, MN, where she was a member of the English faculty at Hamline University. She has an orange tabby cat named Sidney who is looking forward to exploring Fredonia.

Jeffry Iovannone,
Lecturer / Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies

SUNY Buffalo, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 171A/239
Phone: 716-673-3128
Email: Jeffry.Iovannone@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: MW 2-3 pm (in Fenton 171A); TTh 1-2 pm (in Fenton 239)

Christina Jarvis

Christina Jarvis,

Fredonia College Council Award for Community Engagement, 2015

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007

Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 274
Phone: 716-673-3587
Email: Christina.Jarvis@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: TTh 11 am-12:15 pm, 3:30-4:15 pm; W by appointment

My research and teaching interests include environmental literature, sustainability, 20th-century American literature and culture, war and gender, and American Studies. My past publications include The Male Body at War: American Masculinity during World War II, numerous book chapters and reviews, and articles on twentieth-century literary and historical texts in journals such as Women's Studies, The Southern Quarterly, and The Journal of Men’s Studies, and War, Literature, and the Arts. After many years of service to State University of New York at Fredonia’s Sustainability Committee and FACE Center, I am pleased to be completing a book project on environmental aspects of Kurt Vonnegut’s writings.

Scott Johnston,
Associate Professor

University of Nevada, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 263
Phone: 716-673-3588
Email: Scott.Johnston@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: MW 3:30-4:30 pm; TTh 2-3:30 pm

Shannon Tate Jonas

Shannon Tate Jonas,
Adjunct Lecturer

University of Arkansas, M.F.A.; Western Michigan University, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 247
Phone: 716-673-4716
Email: Shannon.Jonas@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: MW 1-2 pm; F 12-1 pm

Shannon Tate Jonas won the Brick Road Poetry Press Prize with his first book Battle Sleep, published January 2016. He has poems published and forthcoming in various journals, including Barrow Street, Cider Press Review, Cutbank, Diagram, Hotel Amerika, The Iowa Review, Tammy, Third Coast, Typo, and others. His second book, The Rake, has been named a finalist for the 2017 Blue Lynx Press Prize for Poetry and a semi-finalist for the 2017 Berkshire Prize from Tupelo Press. He recently moved from a 19th century farmhouse near the town of Homer, Illinois, to western New York.

David Kaplin

David Kaplin,
Associate Professor

Indiana University, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 232
Phone: 716-673-3852
Email: David.Kaplin@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: MWF 9-10:45 am; T by appointment

On rainy afternoons, you can find me reading the novels I most enjoy -- by Dickens, Gaskell, Trollope, Thackeray, and Eliot -- aloud to myself in a fake British accent. At other times, I'm usually teaching courses in British literature from the Romantic and Victorian periods, comparative and world literature, mystery and detective fiction, and law and literature. My current research centers around lying and its role in national identity formation in nineteenth-century Britain and France. I have also written about the relationship between changing prescriptions for Victorian manliness and the unmanly characters in Trollope's novels; the significance behind first impressions in Dickens's Dombey and Son; and the semiotics of Italo Calvino's hybrid language of tarot cards in The Castle of Crossed Destinies. Every day, I wake up to the realization that I am no longer practicing law, and the resulting smile lasts all day long.


John Kijinski,

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 256
Phone: 716-673-3849
Email: John.Kijinski@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: M 3-4 pm; T 9-10 am; Th 9-11 am


Daniel Laurie,

Adjunct Lecturer

State University of New York at Fredonia, M.A.

Office: Fenton 238
Phone: 673-3846
Email: Daniel.Laurie@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: MW 2-3 pm; TTh 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Saundra Liggins

Saundra Liggins,
Associate Professor

University of California, San Diego, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 264
Phone: 716-673-3858
Email: Saundra.Liggins@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: T 9:30-10:30; W 9:30 am-12 noon; TTh 9:30-11:30 am

My research/teaching interests are in women's literature, African American literature and culture, and gothic literature.

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Heather McEntarfer,
Assistant Professor

University of Pittsburgh, M.F.A.; University at Buffalo, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 240
Phone: 716-673-3859
Email: Heather.McEntarfer@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: TTh 9:30 am-12 noon; and by appointment

My research interests focus largely on gender and sexuality in education, particularly teacher education. I am also interested in teaching about diversity more broadly, in the ways narrative writing and reading can be a part of that instruction, and in the transition between high school and college writing for working-class college students.

Susan McGee

Susan McGee,
Senior Adjunct Lecturer

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2015

SUNY at Binghamton, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 236
Phone: 716-673-3529
Email: Susan.McGee@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: MWF 9-10 am; T 10 am-12 noon

Shannon McRae

Shannon McRae,
Professor / Coordinator of Film Studies

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2016

University of Washington, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 275
Phone: 716-673-3529
Email: Shannon.Mcrae@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: MWF 11 am-1 pm

The research areas I trained in are transatlantic Modernism, medieval Irish literature and culture, virtual communities, and gender theory from a mainly psychoanalytic perspective. I love teaching about the spiritual and mythological undercurrents of world literatures, the relationship between literature and history, and non-literary texts, especially film. My current book project is about early twentieth-century small town American tourist attractions as expressions of spiritual desire--because it is an interesting topic, and it's a way of justifying my passion for road trips. I take a lot of road trips, on my motorcycle and in my big blue camper van named Vera Cruise.

Jeanette McVicker

Jeanette McVicker,

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013

President's Award for Excellence, 2008

Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, Romania, 1991-1992

SUNY at Binghamton, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 241
Phone: 716-673-3861
Email: Jeanette.McVicker@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: T 10-11 am; W 1:30-2:30 pm; Th 12:30-1:30 pm; and by appointment

My current research interests include 1) exploring the impact of US news coverage on subjectivity, citizenship and democracy both in the US and abroad, particularly since 9/11 and the ‘war on terror’; 2) the corporatization of the university in the US and its impact on curricular innovation, pedagogy, scholarship, and governance. Ongoing interests include engagement with the work of Virginia Woolf and modernist studies generally, as well as women's studies generally; contemporary critical and cultural theory and media studies, culture and politics during the 1960s; issues pertaining to the news media and the First Amendment.

Eric Schlich

Eric Schlich,

Bowling Green State University, M.F.A.; Florida State University, Ph.D. candidate

Office: Fenton 255
Phone: 716-673-3854
Email: Eric.Schlich@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: MW 2:30-3 pm, 4:30-5 pm; T 4-5

Eric Schlich is a fiction writer whose stories often take a speculative or fantastical bent with a dash of humor. He is at work on a novel set in a Biblical theme park, Eli Harpo’s Adventure to the Afterlife, and a collection of stories featuring American dystopias. He’s taught workshops in fiction and nonfiction at Bowling Green State University, where he received his M.F.A., and Florida State University, where he’s pursuing his Ph.D. In his writing courses, he encourages students to follow their curiosity and write not only what they know, but what they want to know. Often the most engaging work comes from a place of discovery. Some topics Schlich researched for past stories include: lucid dreaming, Irish keeners, Margaret Hamilton and the filming of The Wizard of Oz, parallel universes, the sex studies of Alfred Kinsey, and Titanic replicas. Quantum Convention, his first collection of stories, will be published by University of North Texas Press in November 2018.

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Ann Siegle Drege,
Associate Professor / English Education Program Coordinator

University of North Dakota, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 258
Phone: 716-673-3851
Email: Ann.SiegleDrege@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: T 12:30-2:30 pm; W 1-3 pm; Th 12:30-1:30 pm

My interests include Drama in the Classroom, Active Pedagogy, Modern and Contemporary Dramatic Literature, Issues in English Education, Dramatic Comedy.

Bruce Simon

Bruce Simon,
Associate Professor / Chairperson

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2018

Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, Japan, 2006-2007

Princeton University, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 278
Phone: 716-673-3125
Email: Bruce.Simon@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: MTWTh 11 am-12 noon; TTh 2-3:30 pm; F by appointment

My research and teaching interests span the range of U.S. literatures and their intersections with American studies, black studies, critical race/ethnicity studies, and postcolonial studies. Although my primary research focus is on pre-Civil War America, I'm also interested in the history and governance of higher education, the nature of academic and intellectual work, the structure and status of the profession, and the conditions of teaching and learning. For more about me, please see my website and my academic blog, Citizen of Somewhere Else.

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Susan Spangler,
Associate Professor

Illinois State University, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 266
Phone: 716-673-3862
Email: Susan.Spangler@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: M 1-3 pm; W 12-3 pm

My ongoing research interests focus on regression under stress in student teachers and issues in composition and rhetoric, particularly writing assessment. My pedagogical interests include contact zones, small group instructional diagnosis, and teaching for social justice. To view information on my current courses and my teaching portfolio, click on my name and you’ll be directed to my website.

Emily VanDette

Emily VanDette,
Associate Professor

Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 269
Phone: 716-673-3850
Email: Emily.VanDette@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: TTh 8:30-9:30 am; W 9 am-12 noon; F by appointment

My primary area is 19th-century American literature, with a special focus on the recovery of women's literature. My first book, Sibling Romance in American Fiction, 1835-1900, examines the trope of brother-sister attachment in 19th-century American novels. My current project, "Voices of the Voiceless: Animal Advocacy in American Literature, 1866-1918," explores the role of literature in shaping the formative era of the animal welfare movement in the U.S.

Birger Vanwesenbeeck

Birger Vanwesenbeeck,

Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, Turkey, 2018-2019

William T. and Charlotte N. Hagan Young Scholar Award, 2017

University at Buffalo, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 237
Phone: 716-673-3847
Email: Birger.Vanwesenbeeck@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: on leave AY 2018-2019

My primary teaching and research interests lie in twentieth-century American literature and culture, Critical Theory, and World Literature. I am the co-editor of William Gaddis: ‘The Last of Something’ and I have published scholarly articles on Gaddis and Thomas Pynchon. My current research is a comparative project that focuses on the connections between ekphrasis (the vivid description of a work of art in literature) and the process of mourning from antiquity to the present.


Ici Vanwesenbeeck,
Associate Professor

Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, Albania, 2017

Fredonia Global Initiative Award, 2017

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2016

Office: Fenton 279
Phone: 716-673-3125
Email: Iclal.Vanwesenbeeck@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: online in Fall 2018 (TTh 10 am-12 noon; and by appointment; ask for Skype ID from Prof. Vanwesenbeeck via email or contact department secretary)

Early modern literature.

Melinda Wendell

Melinda Wendell,
Senior Lecturer

State University of New York at Fredonia, M.A.

Office: Fenton 254
Phone: 716-673-3844
Email: Melinda.Wendell@fredonia.edu

Office Hours: M 2-3 pm; T 8:30-9:30 am, 4-5 pm; W 2-3 pm; Th 8:30-9:30 am

I teach and develop courses for early childhood and childhood education majors. My goal is to nurture a love of reading and writing in my students that they will pass along to their students when they have classrooms of their own. My teaching and research areas include Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, Children's Literature, Early Adolescent Literature, and Poetry Workshops for grades K-6.

Emeriti (recently retired faculty)

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Minda Rae Amiran,
Professor Emeritus

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ph.D.

Email: Amiran@fredonia.edu


Joan Burke,
Professor Emeritus

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1996

University of Maryland, Ph.D.

Email: Joan.Burke@fredonia.edu

P. Courts

Patrick L. Courts,
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1986

Michigan State University, Ph.D.

Email: plcourts@netsync.net

P. Deakin

Penelope Deakin,
Professor Emeritus

R. Deming

Robert H. Deming,
Professor Emeritus

University of Wisconsin, Ph.D.

Albert Dunn

Albert A. Dunn,
Associate Professor Emeritus

Professor Albert Anthony Dunn passed away on June 22, 2007. He received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Virginia, and was awarded The SUNY Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence in 1980. In 2009 a Day of Poetry and Prose was held in his memory, and a scholarship and book grant in his name were established through the Fredonia College Foundation. The 10th annual Albert A. Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose was held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 12:00 to 4:30 pm in Fenton 105. Donations raised funds for the Albert A. Dunn Memorial Scholarship and Book Grant(s). The family welcomes remembrances and can be reached at leibadunn@gmail.com.

James Huffman

James Huffman,
Professor Emeritus

Michigan State University, Ph. D.

Email: jchuffman@adelphia.net

David Lunde

David Lunde,
Professor Emeritus

University of Iowa, M.F.A.


Karen Mills-Courts,
Professor Emeritus

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1993

University at Buffalo, Ph.D.

Terry Mosher

Terence D. Mosher,
Associate Professor Emeritus

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1983

University of Michigan, Ph.D.

Email: Terence.Mosher@fredonia.edu

Dr. Mosher retired in 2012. His research focused on Thoreau and his heirs, literature of the northern forest, agrarian literature, and students as ecocritics. Also, be sure to check out Dr. Mosher's "Creature Feature", a series of short works on local wild life.

Mac Nelson

Malcolm Nelson,
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1975

Northwestern University, Ph.D.

Email: Malcolm.Nelson@fredonia.edu

I was born at an early age and fell in love with lyric poetry and Elizabethan drama in college. Still love 'em, still prefer teaching them to anything else. Research interests have included Robin Hood, seventeenth century catches, canons and glees, New England gravestones and burying grounds, (and currently) American Indian literature, the American Road, wilderness,Yellowstone, and the American West. My most recent book is TWENTY WEST: The Great Road Across America, 2008."

John Ramsey

John S. Ramsey,
Professor Emeritus

University of Maryland, Ph.D.

E-mail: jsramsey@adelphia.net

R. Schweik

Robert Schweik,
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus

University of Notre Dame, Ph.D.

In memoriam: Professor Schweik died October 2006. Remembrances may be addressed to the chair of the department for his family. A memorial page can also be found here.


George Sebouhian,
Professor Emeritus

Ohio State University, Ph.D.

Email: Sebouhia@infolink.com


Doug Shepard,
Professor Emeritus

University of Iowa, Ph.D.

Dr. Douglas H. Shepard retired from the English Department in 1985 and is a researcher for the Darwin R. Barker Library and Museum in Fredonia.

Email: wshepard@netsync.net

J. Shokoff

James Shokoff,
Professor Emeritus

University of Illinois, Ph.D.

Email: James.Shokoff@fredonia.edu

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Theodore L. Steinberg,
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Emeritus

SUNY Chancellor's Research Award, 2005
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1996
President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1987

University of Illinois, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 275
Phone: 716-673-3529
Email: Theodore.Steinberg@fredonia.edu

My research interests are medieval and Renaissance literatures and Judaica. My teaching interests are universal, but of course you can’t say that. So my teaching interests are making early literatures come alive for students and showing students how these literatures are relevant to their lives.

John Stinson

John J. Stinson,
Professor Emeritus

Kasling Lecturer, 2000

New York University, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 241
Phone: 716-673-3861
Email: John.Stinson@fredonia.edu


Jacqueline Trace,
Professor Emeritus

University of Massachusetts, Ph.D.

S. Warner

Stephen Warner,
Professor Emeritus

Indiana University, Ph.D.

E-mail: Stephen.Warner@fredonia.edu

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