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About the Faculty
Cathryn McCarthy Donahue, Ph.D.
Chairperson
Associate Professor of English
Areas of Interest
  • Medieval literature
  • Medieval women
  • Medieval mysticism
  • Hagiography  
Heather Alumbaugh, Ph.D.
Director of the Honors Program
Co-Coordinator of the Women's Studies Minor
Associate Professor of English 
Areas of Interest
  • American literature (specifically 20th-21st centuries American literature)
  • Latino literature
  • Women's literature
Rob Jacklosky 2013 Robert Jacklosky, Ph.D.
Director of Writing
Professor of English 
Areas of Interest 
  • Victorian literature (Dickens, George Eliot, Matthew Arnold)
  • Shakepeare
  • Frank Sinatra and popular culture of the 1940s
  • Creative writing and contemporary fiction
Lynne Bongiovanni 2013 Lynne A. Bongiovanni, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Areas of Interest
  • James Joyce
  • The colonial commodity in Modern British Fiction
Tania M. Friedel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Areas of Interest 
  • Expository writing
  • American literature
  • African American literature  
Cia Kessler, M.S., Ph.D. Cand.  
Instructor of Practice English


Anthony Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Areas of Interest
  • Fiction
  • Prose narrative
  • Creative writing
Barbara Smith Barbara A. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Areas of Interest
  • Writing pedagogy
  • Integrated courses
  • Women's studies
Sarah Stevenson Sarah L. Stevenson, Ph.D.
Dean of the Undergraduate College
Associate Professor of English
Areas of Interest 
  • Women dramatists
  • Contemporary drama
  • Core Curriculum and First Year Experience Programs  
Jackie Zubeck Jacqueline Zubeck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Areas of Interest
  • American literature (Don DeLillo and Flannery O'Connor)
  • Dostoevsky and Russian culture
  • War stories

                                Anne Denise Brennan, S.C., Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of English
Denis G. Mahoney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus of English
Patricia Noone, S.C., Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of English