Category: New Faculty Profile

  • Meet Professor Rani Crowe!

    Assistant Professor Rani Crowe has been making and performing her own work for over twenty years, from stand-up comedy and solo performance art, to multimedia installations and filmmaking. This semester, she is teaching one section of ENG 310: Screenwriting and two sections of ENG 425: Film Studies. How would you describe your perspective on teaching? […]

  • Meet Dr. Rebecca Manery!

    Dr. Rebecca Manery received her MFA in Creative Writing at Bennington College, as well as her MA in Literacy Education from Northeastern Illinois University. Dr. Manery has recently earned her doctorate in English and Education from the University of Michigan. This semester, she is teaching four sections of ENG 103: Rhetoric and Writing. How would […]

  • Meet Dr. Jeff Spanke!

    The English Department would like to introduce you to Dr. Jeff Spanke: How would you describe your perspective on teaching? I think that teaching is first of all a reciprocal enterprise. So I don’t like the idea that there’s a person with knowledge that gives that knowledge or gifts that knowledge to students who are […]

  • Meet Professor Allison Layfield!

    The English Department would like to introduce you to Professor Allison Layfield!   Professor Layfield sees the classroom as a time for brainstorming and collaboration. Her goal in the classroom is to get students to think and actively participate in class discussion. She also wants her students to think about the discussions at home and then write about […]

  • Katy Didden

    Dr Katy Didden earned her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, her MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her PhD from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. This semester she’s teaching one section of ENG 285 and one section of ENG 408.  How would you describe yourself as a teacher? […]

  • Jennifer Bryan

    Dr Jennifer Bryan received her BA in English with minors in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received an MFA in fiction from Bowling Green State University and a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This semester, she’s teaching four sections of Eng 103.  How would you describe yourself as a […]

  • Michael Begnal

    Michael Begnal received his BA from Penn State University, and went on to earn his MFA from North Carolina State University. This semester he is teaching four sections of Eng 103: Rhetoric and Writing.  How would you describe yourself as a teacher? I tend to combine a number of different modes, variously employing Socratic seminar-style discussion, […]

  • Emily Rutter

    Dr. Rutter received her BA in History from UNC-Chapel Hill, then went on to earn her MA in English from North Carolina State University. She then earned her Ph.D. in English from Duquesne University. This semester, she is teaching one section of ENG 230 Reading and Writing About Literature and one section of ENG 250 […]

  • Kathryn Gardiner

    Kathryn Gardiner graduated from Ball State’s Telecommunications program in 2001, and went on to earn her MFA in Screenwriting and Film Studies from Hollins University in Virginia in 2007. This year, she’s teaching three sections of ENG 310 and one section of ENG 410, our Screenwriting and Advanced Screenwriting classes.  How would you describe yourself […]

  • Meet Your New Faculty Members!

    Come fall, there will be new faces in the halls of Robert Bell. Here are three of them! Poetry: Dr. Katy Didden Katy Didden grew up in Washington D.C., and has lived in many cities across the U.S., including Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis, and Eugene.  She holds degrees from Washington University, the University of Maryland, […]