English Faculty

Dr. Phillip Ernstmeyer (pernstm2) teaches Sophomore English. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is assistant coordinator of the Writing Center, and sponsor for both Philosophy Club and Political Activism Club.

Carol Lombardi (clombard) teaches two sections of Journalism, is the Gargoyle advisor and works for the Advancement Office. She earned a B.A. from the State University of New York at Oswego and an M.S. from the University of Illinois.

Elizabeth Majerus (emajerus) is the Executive Teacher in the department of English. She teaches The Nineteenth-Century Novel, Non-Fiction Writing, Poetry, Native-American and Chicano Literature, and Creative Writing. She earned her B.A. in English and Integrated Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The blogs for her classes are the following:

Matt Mitchell (mtmitch) teaches the Twentieth-Century Novel, Nonfiction Writing, History as Fiction, and the Short Story classes to juniors and seniors. He earned his B.A. in English at Rutgers University in 1994 and his M.A. in English at the University of Illinois in 1997. He also teaches courses on the Coming-of-Age Novel and African American Literature. He is the recipient of the 2016 Ella Leppert Award. His current class blogs are: www.mitchell-goodbyetwentiethcentury.blogspot.com and www.nonfiction2017.blogspot.com.

Steve Rayburn (srayburn) is a Teaching Associate in English. He holds a B.A. in English from Lambuth College, a M.A. in English and American Literature from Ohio University, and completed doctoral course work at The University of Mississippi. Currently he teaches Freshman English and a Junior/Senior Seminar. He is also the sponsor of the Current Events Club and serves as a faculty representative on PFO. For Freshman English, course information may be found at unifroshenglish.wordpress.com.

Kathleen Rodems (krodems) teaches Subfreshman English along with Gender Studies and Non-Fiction Writing. She earned her B.A. at the University of Illinois at Springfield and her M.A. at Eastern Illinois University.

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