Faculty

 

Gerri Brightwell

Gerri Brightwell

Director of Creative Writing; Professor

English Department

844 Gruening Building


Dr. Richard Carr

Dr. Richard Carr

UAF Writing Center Director; Professor

English Department

816 Gruening Building


Chris Coffman

Chris Coffman

English Department Chair; Professor

English Department

824 Gruening Building


Daryl Farmer

Daryl Farmer

Associate Professor

English Department

846 Gruening Building


Eileen M. Harney

Eileen M. Harney

Assistant Professor

English Department

814 Gruening Building


Eric Heyne

Eric Heyne

Professor

English Department

836 Gruening Building

Joseph Holt

Joseph Holt

Term Assistant Professor

English Department

864 Gruening Building

 
Sara Eliza Johnson

Sara Eliza Johnson

Assistant Professor

English Department

820 Gruening Building


Wendy M. Whitehead Martelle

Wendy M. Whitehead Martelle

Assistant Professor

English & Linguistics Departments

Brooks 306D and Gruening 866


Terry Reilly

Terry Reilly

Professor

English Department

842 Gruening Building

Resources and Curriculum Vitae

Jennifer Schell

Jennifer Schell

Professor

English Department

874 Gruening Building


Sarah Stanley

Sarah Stanley

Director of Composition; Associate Professor

English Department

812 Gruening Building

In Memoriam: Burns Cooper

Burns Cooper headshot
The English Department mourns the passing of G. Burns Cooper, Professor of English, after several weeks of hospice care at home surrounded by his family on October 17, 2020. Dr. Cooper arrived at UAF in 1990 as the English Department’s specialist in linguistics. The author of numerous articles and a book on poetry—Mysterious Music: Rhythm and Free Verse (Stanford University Press, 1998)—Dr. Cooper eventually moved into the field of Forensic Linguistics while continuing to teach a wide variety of courses in language and literature. His kind, thoughtful, and collegial presence made him an effective mentor for new faculty and a respected leader within the College of Liberal Arts, where he served as Chair of the English Department (2009-2010), Chair of the Linguistics Program, Interim Chair of Foreign Languages, and Interim Dean (2010-2011). The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner recently published Dr. Cooper's obituary.

 

Emeriti Faculty

Name Specialty and Degree

Susan Blalock

19th 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

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

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