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.
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Ann Frank Wake
Professor and Chair
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Ann Frank Wake’s interests range from poetry to literary theory to 19th century British literature to international 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.
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 simultaneously, 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
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.
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
Ph.D., Purdue University
Dr. O’Rourke’s scholarship investigates literacy practices in historical, political, and technological contexts. One of her recent articles, which appeared in Midwestern Folklore, uncovered little-known WPA writings by Hilda Satt Polacheck, a former sweatshop laborer whose urban folklore of Chicago’s Near West Side captured the experiences of immigrant and working-class men, women, and children who visited the Hull House settlement in the 1920s and 1930s. Dr. O’Rourke has developed new 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.
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.
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.