UAF Department of English Contact Information

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Faculty

Samantha Botz

Samantha Botz

Assistant Professor of British Literature

English Department

GRUE 844

Dr. Samantha Botz will be joining the UAF English faculty in Fall 2023. We will update Dr. Botz's profile with more information then.

Gerri Brightwell

Gerri Brightwell

Director of Creative Writing; Professor

English Department

GRUE 844

Chris Coffman

Chris Coffman

Professor

English Department

GRUE 854 (Chair) | GRUE 858 (Faculty)

Daryl Farmer

Daryl Farmer

Professor

English Department

GRUE 816

Eileen M. Harney

Eileen M. Harney

Associate Professor

English Department

GRUE 814

Joseph Holt

Joseph Holt

Assistant Professor

English Department

GRUE 838

Sara Eliza Johnson

Sara Eliza Johnson

Associate Professor

English Department

GRUE 820

Terry Reilly

Terry Reilly

Professor

English Department

GRUE 842

Jennifer Schell

Jennifer Schell

Professor

English Department

GRUE 874

Sarah Stanley

Sarah Stanley

English Department Chair; Director of Composition; Associate Professor

English Department

GRUE 812

Jericho Williams

Jericho Williams

Assistant Professor of American Literature

English Department

GRUE 846

 

 

Lecturers

Hans Burger

BA Creative Writing, Western Washington University; MA/MFA, Literature and creative Writing, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Carolyn Mousseau

BA, Spanish with focus on teaching, University of Alaska Fairbanks, MA, Applied Linguistics, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Gayle Hammons

BA English, Humboldt State University: MAT, Teaching of English, University of Alaska Juneau.

Katherine Stealey-Bouta

BA English and History, Wake Forest University, NC; MA English, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Secondary Teaching Certificate in Language Arts and History, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

Derek M. Hinckley

B.A., Colgate University, concentration in Political Science with a minor concentration Creative Writing, M.F.A., University of Alaska Fairbanks, concentration in Non-fiction Creative Writing.

Carolyn Stice

BA English, Randolph Macon Woman's College; MFA, Creative Writing, University of Alaska Fairbanks; PhD, English University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Grete Mjolsnes

BA, English, University of Alaska Anchorage; MA, English, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Maureen Sullivan

BA English, Loyola University Chicago; MA Literature, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

 

 

New Emeriti Faculty: Rich Carr and Eric Heyne

 

In Spring 2023, Professors Rich Carr and Eric Heyne retired after sixty-five years of combined service to the English Department and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Their contributions are numerous. Rich Carr taught literature from all over the globe, from ancient through contemporary times, and his research focused on Australian literature and culture, as well as writing from the larger Pacific region. He served as Director of the UAF Writing Center for more than twenty-five years, and he was Chair of the English Department for ten years. Eric Heyne taught courses in American literature, critical theory, and literature of the Circumpolar North. He served as Faculty Senate President, Chair of the English Department, and Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He published scholarship in Modern Fiction Studies, Narrative, Critique, and elsewhere, and he is author of the poetry collection Fish the Dead Water Hard (Cirque Press, 2021).


A profile photo of Dr. Rich Carr. He looks like a nice friend
Dr. Rich Carr
A profile photo of Eric Heyne. He is smiling, very happy.
Dr. Eric Heyne

 

Emeriti Faculty

 

Susan Blalock

9th and 20th Century British literature, Narrative Theory

Ph.D., University of Texas, 1983

Mark Box

Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Romantic-era British Literature

D. Phil., Oxford University, 1985

Rich Carr

Literature of Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania; Scandinavian Literature; Victorian & Edwardian Literature; European Fiction: Modern & Post-modern

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

G. Burns Cooper

Linguistics

Ph.D., University of Texas

Lillian Corti

Comparative Literature, African Studies, Psychoanalytic Theory

PhD., The Graduate School of The City University of New York, 1984

Joseph Dupras

Nineteenth-century British Literature, Literary Criticism

Ph.D., State University of New York Binghamton, 1975

Eric Heyne

American literature, critical theory, Alaskan and northern literature

Ph.D., Ohio State University

Len Kamerling Dramatic Writing; Filmmaking (Documentary and Ethnographic); former Curator of Film at the University of Alaska Museum of the North

MFA, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Janis Lull

Shakespeare and 17th-Century British Literature

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1983

John Morgan

Creative Writing, Poetry

MFA, University of Iowa, 1967

James Ruppert
Native American Literature, Alaska Native Oral Narrative
 
M.A. (English), Purdue University, 1972
Ph.D. (English), U. of New Mexico, 1981
Michael Schuldiner

Early American Literature, Holocaust Literature

M. Phil., Cambridge University, 2000
Ph.D., Kent State University, 1979

Peggy Shumaker

 Creative Writing, Poetry

MFA, Arizona, 1979

Frank Soos

Creative Writing, Fiction

M.F.A., University of Arkansas, 1981

Russell Stratton

Medieval Literature and Chaucer

Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi, 1979

Cynthia Walker

20th-Century British Literature

Ph.D., Purdue University, 1974

 

 

 

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Graduate students in English are traditionally offered teaching assistantships, which include tuition reimbursement, pedagogical training, and classroom experience. Our teaching assistants typically teach one course per semester under the supervision of the Director of Composition and an assigned faculty mentor. In addition, TAs assist five hours per week in the Writing Center.

Blume, Rachel (MFA)

areas of study: Fiction

Bolton, Elizabeth (MFA)

she / her
areas of study
: Creative Nonfiction, Community Writing, Feminist Pedagogies

Coble, Audrey (MFA)

they / them
areas of study
: Creative Nonfiction, Disability Studies, Digital Humanities

Allen, Emma (MA)

Cosman, Delcenia (MFA)

Mike Degen Jr.

 
Dominick, Matthew (MFA)

he / him
areas of
study: Genre and Literary Fiction, the Short Story, Screenwriting

Feeley, Fidelis (MFA)

Ferguson, Lia (MFA)

she / her
areas of study
: Fiction, The Short Story,  STS

Amber Fratesi

she/her
areas of study: Fiction, Novel Writing, Composition and Rhetoric

Ayden Harris

all pronouns
areas of study:
Fiction, long form narratives and novels, Editing

Kitts, Kathy (MFA)

she / her
areas of
study: Creative Writing

Knuth, Jacob (MFA)

he / him
areas of study
: Poetry, Songwriting 

 
McIntyre, Nóra (MFA)

any pronouns
areas of study
: Creative Writing (Cross-Genre)

Melendez, Manuel A. (MFA)

he / him
areas of study: Poetry, Desire, Ecopocalypses

 
Ott, Tim (MFA)

he / him
areas of study
: Fiction Writing, Russian Literature, Truth and Creativity

Rutherford, Julia (MFA)

she / her
areas of study
: Creative Nonfiction, Editing and Publishing

 
Shomler, Zeke (MFA/MA)

he / him
areas of study
: Poetry Writing, Philosophy in Literature