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The Department of English faculty has a broad range of professional competence in the study of literature and language, and its members are trained to teach courses in U.S. and British literature, linguistics, American culture, film, creative writing, journalism, and composition. The department believes the study and teaching of literature and language to be an important means of preserving and vitalizing our humanistic tradition.



Hadara Bar-Nadav

Associate Professor


John Cyril Barton

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies & Advisor


Virginia Blanton

Professor
English Department Co-Chair


Michelle Boisseau

Professor
Associate Editor of BkMk Press


Norma Cantú

Professor
Latina/Latino Studies Program


Joan Dean

Curators’ Teaching Professor


Stephen John Dilks

Professor
Director of Composition


Laurie Ellinghausen

Associate Professor


Jennifer Frangos

Associate Professor


Crystal Gorham Doss

Full-time Lecturer
Director of Composition


Jane Greer

Associate Professor


Nicole Higgins

Full-time Lecturer
Undergraduate Advisor


Christie Hodgen

Associate Professor
Director of Creative Writing


Sheila Honig

Full-time Lecturer


Katie Kline

Full-time Lecturer
Director, Greater Kansas City Writing Project


Cynthia Jones

Full-time Lecturer
Classical and Ancient Studies


Daniel Mahala

Associate Professor


Ben Moats

Full-time Lecturer
Undergraduate Advisor


Jennifer Phegley

Professor
English Department Co-Chair


Michael Pritchett

Associate Professor


Jeffrey Rydberg-Cox

Professor
Director, Classical & Ancient Studies


Elpida Scott

Full-time Lecturer
Assistant Director of Classical & Ancient Studies


Anthony Sze-Fai Shiu

Associate Professor
I.Ph.D. Coordinator


Robert Stewart

Assistant Research Professor
Editor, New Letters & BkMk Press


Thomas Stroik

Professor


Whitney Terrell

New Letters Writer-in-Residence
Director of the Writers at Work reading series


Henrietta Wood

Assistant Teaching Professor
Undergraduate Advisor


Jacqueline Wood

Associate Professor
Black Studies Program


Ralph Berets

Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Michigan


Bob Farnsworth

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Tulane University


Moira Ferguson

Professor Emerita
Ph.D., University of Washington


Daniel F. Jaffe

Professor Emeritus
M.A., University of Michigan


James McKinley

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Michigan


David Ray

Professor Emeritus
M.A., University of Chicago


James A. Reeds

Associate Professor Emeritus
James Reed Honored: Presidential Thanks for Art's Rescue


Jonas Spatz

Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Indiana University


Lois Spatz

Professor Emerita
Ph.D., Indiana University


Linda Ehrsam Voigts

Curators' Professor Emerita
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
E-mail


David H. Weinglass

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., Kansas State University
B.A., St. Catharine's College, Cambridge


Robert F. Wilson, Jr.

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin



April Austin

Ph.D., UMKC
Lecturer
E-mail

 

Liz Cook

Student
Lecturer


Alison Coupland

I.Ph.D. Student
Lecturer
Illus Davis Fellow
E-mail


Scott Ditzler

M.A., UMKC, with Creative
Writing Emphasis
Lecturer
E-mail


Thomas Ferrel

I.Ph.D. Student
Lecturer
E-mail

 

Miun Gleeson

I.Ph.D. Student
Lecturer
Email

 

Kristin Huston

I.Ph.D. Student
Lecturer
E-mail


Ali Jordan

Student
Lecturer
E-mail

 

L. Michael McCloud

I.Ph.D. Student
Ilus Davis Fellow
E-mail

 


Cheryl Metzger

M.A., UMKC
Lecturer
E-mail

 

Rachel Rumpf

Student
Lecturer
E-mail

 

Liz Tascio

M.F.A., UMKC
Lecturer
E-mail

 

Michael Wexler

Student
Lecturer
E-mail

 

Craig Workman

I.Ph.D Student
Lecturer
E-mail

English Department GT Office:

7 Cockefair Hall
816-235-1150

 

Peter Bayless

E-mail

 

Autumn Cahill

E-mail

 

Nicole Casady

E-mail

 

Derek Cowsert

E-mail

 

Joseph DiCandeloro

E-mail

 

Zach Hoskins

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Elizabeth Jacquinot

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Desiree Long

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Sarah McClure

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Jonathan Nevins

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Bonnie Rupp

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Jordan Sells

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Shannon Stover

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Michael Wexler

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Amanda Wicks

E-mail


 

Department Co-Chair

Dr. Virginia Blanton
Cockefair Hall 107
816-235-2365
E-mail


Department Co-Chair

Dr. Jennifer Phegley
Cockefair Hall 107
816-235-2365
E-mail


Director of Undergraduate Studies and Adviser

Dr. Jennifer Frangos
Cockefair Hall 120
816-235-2559
E-mail


Director of Composition

Dr. Dan Mahala
Cockefair Hall 118
816-235-2556
E-mail

 

Director of the GKCWP

Katie Kline
816-235-2554
E-mail

Director of Creative Writing

Dr. Christie Hodgen
Cockefair Hall 112
816-235-5974
E-mail


Director of Graduate Studies and Adviser

Dr. John Barton
Cockefair Hall 112
816-235-5206
E-mail


I.Ph.D. Coordinator

Dr. Anthony Shiu
Cockefair Hall 117
816-235-5205
E-mail


Coordinator of Writing Assessment

Henrietta Rix Wood
Cockefair Hall 12
Phone: 816-235-6991
E-mail


Administrative Assistant

Sherry Neuerburg
Phone: 816-235-1307
Fax: 816-235-1308
E-mail