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The English faculty at Elmhurst College consists of superb professionals with wide-ranging areas of expertise, representing an excellent cross-section of diverse fields of study. Approachable and energetic, our faculty employs a variety of teaching methods and tools to create a learning environment in which each student can rise to his or her potential. Our small classes and our caring atmosphere guarantee that you will get the personal attention you need to develop your talents.

Want to know more? See our faculty profiles, below. Or, contact a professor directly.

Full-time Faculty
Ann Frank Wake
Tina S. Kazan
Nicholas Behm
Dianne L. Chambers
Janice Fodor
Janice Tuck Lively
Mary Kay Mulvaney
Bridget K. O’Rourke
Ron Wiginton
Lance Wilcox
Mary Zambreno

Ann Frank Wake
Professor and Chair
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Frank Wake’s interests range from poetry to literary theory to 19th century British literature to intercultural studies. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has served as poetry editor of River Oak Review and co-coordiated the College’s intercultural studies program. She is currently studying British women's aesthetics of the Romantic and Victorian periods and exploring how globalization impacted these periods.

Tina S. Kazan
Associate Professor, Writing Program Administrator
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Kazan specializes in composition studies, contemporary rhetorical and critical theory, feminist pedagogy and popular culture.

Nicholas Behm
Associate Professor
Ph.D, Arizona State University
Dr. Behm studies composition pedagogy and theory, ancient rhetoric, postmodern rhetorical theory, and critical race theory. His dissertation applies critical race theory, whiteness theory, and critical discourse analysis to examine how first-year composition textbooks may reinforce white privilege and maintain white hegemony. Currently, Dr. Behm is working on several projects, including book chapters on racism and writing assessment, an edited collection on writing program administration, and articles discussing the personal essay and critical race consciousness.

Dianne L. Chambers
Professor
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Chambers specializes in the following areas: teaching of English, American literature, modernism and postmodernism, women’s writing, late 19th-century Chicago women’s clubs, literary theory, and young adult and children’s literature.

Janice Fodor
Professor
D.Ed., Northern Illinois University

Dr. Fodor specializes in beginning writers and drama. She also serves as director of the College’s Learning Center.

Janice Tuck Lively
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Lively specializes in fiction writing, creative non-fiction writing, multicultural and post-colonial literature and American literature from 1865-moderism—with a particular interest in the literature of the Harlem Renaissance, 19th and 20th century female writers, and African-American folklore. The focus of her fiction and scholarship in the intersectionality of race, gender and class and the polarizing conflicts it produces. Dr. Lively also seres as a faculty advisor to Elmhurst College's literary arts journal, MiddleWestern Voice.

Mary Kay Mulvaney
Professor and Director of the Honors Program
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Mulvaney has published and presented numerous times on composition and rhetorical theory and on the nature of academic writing. Recently, she co-authored the college-level textbook Academic Writing: Genres, Samples, and Resources. She teaches numerous overseas courses, including one in London and Oxford, and she is currently co-editing a monograph for the National Collegiate Honors Council on Honors and International Education.

Bridget K. O’Rourke
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Purdue University

Dr. O’Rourke’s scholarship investigates literacy practices in historical, political, and technological contexts. Dr. O’Rourke has developed courses in literacy and writing at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition, she serves as a consultant to the College’s Writing Center and as faculty advisor to the College’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.

Ron Wiginton
Professor
Ph.D., Florida State University

Dr. Wiginton serves as the faculty advisor to the student newspaper, The Leader, and is active at the state and national levels in organizations that serve as advocates for the collegiate press. Among the subjects he teaches are journalism, creative writing, 20th-century American literature and multicultural/postcolonial literature. Dr. Wiginton publlshes short fiction, magazine articles, and talks for radio.

Lance Wilcox
Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Dr. Wilcox's interests include 18th-century British literature, with a focus on Samuel Johnson and the Jacobin novelists, and the literature of the American Civil War. He has written many articles, conference talks, and book reviews in British literature and given presentations on writings from the Civil War, including Lincoln's speeches and Whitman's poetry. Dr. Wilcox own poetry has been published in The South Dakota Review and The South Carolina Review as well as other journals.

Mary Zambreno
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Dr. Zambreno's interests span historical linguistics, old and middle English literature, Renaissance literature, contemporary literature and modern fantasy literature. She has published extensively in the field of adolescent fiction.

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