English Department Faculty

Department Chairperson


Bruce Simon

Associate Professor

Princeton University, Ph.D.

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

Associate Chairperson

Natalie Gerber

Associate Professor

University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 279
Phone: 716-673-3125
Email: gerber@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: American Studies, African-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.

Barbara Sheldon, Secretary

Office: Fenton 277
Phone: 716-673-3125
Email: barbara.sheldon@fredonia.edu

Faculty Listing A-Z

Full-Time Faculty


Terry Brown,
Professor / Provost

University of Florida, Ph.D.
Office: Maytum 801
Phone: 716-673-3335
Email: Terry.brown@fredonia.edu


KimMarie Cole,
Associate Professor / Coordinator for English as a Second Language / Composition Coordinator

University of Wisconsin, Ph.D.

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

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.

Natalie Gerber

Natalie Gerber,
Associate Professor / Associate Chair

University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.

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

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.

Virginia Horvath

Virginia Horvath,
Professor / President, The State University of New York at Fredonia

Kent State University, Ph.D.

Office: President's Office, Fenton 138
Phone: 716-673-3456
Email: Virginia.Horvath@fredonia.edu

Christina Jarvis,

Sabbatical 2014-2015 Academic Year

Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D.
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007

Office: Fenton 235
Phone: 716-673-3430
Email: Christina.Jarvis@fredonia.edu

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 SUNY Fredonia’s Sustainability Committee and FACE Center, I am pleased to be starting a new book project on Kurt Vonnegut’s writings and sustainability. I will be on sabbatical leave until Fall 2015.


Scott Johnston,
Associate Professor

University of Nevada, Ph.D.

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

David Kaplin

David Kaplin,
Associate Professor

Indiana University, Ph.D.

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

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: Maytum 806
Phone: 716-673-3174
Email: John.Kijinski@fredonia.edu

Saundra Liggins,
Associate Professor

University of California, San Diego, Ph.D.

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

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

Heather McEntarfer,
Assistant Professor

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

Office: Fenton 258
Phone: 716-673-3859
Email: Heather.McEntarfer@fredonia.edu

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.

Shannon McRae

Shannon McRae,
Coordinator of American Studies and Film Studies

University of Washington, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 257
Phone: 716-673-3848
Email: Shannon.Mcrae@fredonia.edu

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,
Professor / Advanced Program Coordinator for the English Graduate Program

SUNY at Binghamton, Ph.D.
President's Award for Excellence, 2008
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013

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

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.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil,

Ohio State University, M.F.A.
Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award, 2004
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2006

Office: Fenton 236
Phone: 716-673-3450
Email: nezhukum@fredonia.edu

My research interests include: poetry and creative non-fiction, environmental literature, eco-criticism, mythology, and Asian-American literatures. As a writer and teacher of creative writing, I'm particularly drawn to voices that have an entwined relationship to landscape and supposition.

Dustin Parsons

Dustin Parsons,
Associate Professor

Bowling Green State University, M.F.A.;
Kansas State University, M.A.

Office: Fenton 255
Phone: 716-673-3854
Email: Dustin.Parsons@fredonia.edu

My research interests include the role of place in fiction and nonfiction. My work reflects this interest as well as an interest in lyric prose and its role in storytelling. Included in my teaching interests are contemporary American short fiction, American Studies, poetry, and the novel.

Ann Siegle Drege,
Associate Professor

University of North Dakota, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 279
Phone: 716-673-3125
Email: Ann.SiegleDrege@fredonia.edu

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 / Chair

Princeton University, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 265
Phone: 716-673-3856
Email: Bruce.Simon@fredonia.edu

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.

Susan Spangler,
Associate Professor / Coordinator for English
Adolescence Education

Illinois State University, Ph.D.

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

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,
Associate Professor

Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 279
Phone: 716-673-3125
Email: Emily.VanDette@fredonia.edu

My primary area is 19th-century American literature, and my research focuses especially 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 a range of 19th-century American novels. I have begun to work on a new project that focuses on the role of the antebellum "Scribbling Women" in American literary history. I mostly teach American literature classes, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, including Realism and Naturalism in American Literature, American Literary Landmarks, and "Scribbling Women": 19th-century American Women Writers. I also enjoy teaching the undergraduate capstone course, Senior Seminar.

Birger Vanwesenbeeck

Birger Vanwesenbeeck,
Associate Professor / Graduate Coordinator

University at Buffalo, Ph.D.

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

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.


Iclal Vanwesenbeeck,
Associate Professor

Office: Fenton 240
Phone: 716-673-3850
Email: Iclal.Vanwesenbeeck@fredonia.edu

Early modern literature.

Melinda Wendell

Melinda Wendell,

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

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

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.

Adjunct Faculty


Kenton Brown, Lecturer

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

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


Tom Craig, Lecturer

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

Office: Fenton 250
Phone: 716-673-3845
Email: Colin.Craig@fredonia.edu


Luke Daly, Lecturer

Minnesota State University at Mankato, M.F.A.

Office: Fenton 246
Phone: 716-673-4714
Email: James.Daly@fredonia.edu


Anne Fearman, Lecturer

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

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


Jeffry Iovannone, Lecturer

SUNY Buffalo, Ph.D.

Office: Fenton 258
Phone: 716-673-3851
Email: Jeffry.Iovannone@fredonia.edu


Daniel Laurie, Lecturer

State University of New York at Fredonia M.A.

Office: Fenton 268
Phone: 673-3857
Email: Daniel.Laurie@fredonia.edu

Susan McGee

Susan McGee, Lecturer

SUNY at Binghamton, Ph.D.
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2015 

Office: Fenton 247
Phone: 716-673-4716
Email: Susan.McGee@fredonia.edu

Kathryn Moore

Kathryn Moore, Lecturer

Buffalo State University, M.A.

Office: Fenton 250
Phone: 716-673-3845
Email: kathryn.moore@fredonia.edu

Graduate Assistant



Margaret Drzewiecki

Margaret is a first-year student in the MA English program. Her interests include the American Romanticism movement and the literature that emerged during that time period, as well as the way literature affects and is affected by identity. Margaret’s current assignment for the graduate assistantship is working in Archives & Special Collections at Reed Library.


Stephine Hunt

Stephineis a first-year student in the MA English program. Her interests include contemporary American literature, ecocriticism, and the effects of these studies on the constructs of feminine roles within American literature. As a graduate assistant, Stephine assists Dr. Emily VanDette in her research on the historical role of literature in the U.S. animal advocacy movement and helps the department in its endeavors to update and maintain the department website and social media presence.


Katie Szwejbka

Katie is in her first year of the MA English Literature program. Her research reevaluates creative writing pedagogy for at-risk learners. Other interests include feminism and literary representations of mental illness. As a graduate assistant, Katie is utilizing her research and professional-writing skills to help the department with various initiatives related to alumni outreach, writing assessment, and the English Education program.

Emeriti, recently retired Faculty

Questions? (716) 673-3125
State University of New York at Fredonia


Minda Rae Amiran,
Professor Emeritus

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ph.D.

Email: Amiran@fredonia.edu


Joan Burke,
Professor Emeritus

University of Maryland, Ph.D.
President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1996

Email: Joan.Burke@fredonia.edu

P. Courts

Patrick L. Courts,
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus

Michigan State University, Ph.D.
President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1986

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 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. This year the 7th annual Albert A. Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 12-4:30pm in Bartlett Theater. Reading fees and donations raise funds for the Albert A. Dunn Scholarship and Book Grant(s). Listening is free. Participation forms will be available at the English Dept. office in February. 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

University at Buffalo, Ph.D.
President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1993

Terry Mosher

Terence D. Mosher,
Associate Professor Emeritus

University of Michigan, Ph.D.
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1983

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"s. A series of short works on local wild life.

Mac Nelson

Malcolm Nelson,
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus

Northwestern University, Ph.D.
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1975

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

Theodore L. Steinberg,
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Emeritus

University of Illinois, Ph.D.
SUNY Chancellor's Research Award, 2005
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1996
President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1987

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

New York University, Ph.D.
Kasling Lecturer, 2000

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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