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  • Sean W. Agriss
    Sean W. Agriss
    Assistant Professor; Director of Secondary English Education; EWU in the High School Faculty Liaison for English
    Patterson 211T
    Phone: 509.359.6863


    Pedagogy, Teaching Methods, Cultural Studies, and Social Theory


    PhD in education with emphasis in Cultural Studies and Social Thought,
    Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, July 2011

    Master of Arts in Liberal Arts, St. Johns College Graduate Institute , Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2003

    Bachelor of Science in English Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, 2000

    Course Taught:

    Teaching Literature to Adolescents

    Department Senior Capstone: Teaching English in Secondary Schools

    Grammar for Teachers

    The composition Process

    The teaching of English in the Elementary Classroom


    Global View of Children's Literature

    Children's Literature

    College Composition: Analysis, Research, and Documentation

    Philosophy and Organization of the American School

    Teaching in America

    Secondary strategies, Management, and Assessment

    Masterpieces of the Western World

    Recent Publications:

    Agriss, S. W. & Reid, A. (in Press). Designing and facilitating year-long, inquiry-based, collaborative professional development networks for high school and higher education English teachers. 16th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education 2018 Conference Proceedings.

    Succesful Transitions to College: A Cross-Sector English and Mathematics Collaboration in the Spokane, Washington Region. (2017). project Toolkit. 

    Agriss, S. W., Alvin, B., Coomes, J., Olson, D., Reid, A., & Young, J. (20`7). Shared problems of practice: A cross-sector English and mathematics collaboration. 15th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Educaiton 2017 COnference Proceedings.

    Agriss S. W., Reid, A., & Young J. (2016). Successful transitions to college: An English language arts k-12/higher education partnership. The Washington Educational Research Association Educational Journal, 8(2).

    Recent Conference Presentations:

    Agriss, S. W. & Reid, A. (2018, January). Designing and facilitating year-long, inquiry-based, collaborative professional development networks for high school and higher education English teachers. Workshop presentation at the 16th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

    Agriss, S. W., alvin, B., Coomes, J., Many, A., Olson, D., Reid, A., Young, J. (2017, May). Collaborative Inquiry-based professional development for high school and college English and math faculty: Design, Implementation, and facilitation. Panel presentation at the 28th Annual Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference, Spokane, WA.

    Agriss, S. W., Inman, L., Reid, A., & Young, J. (2017, March). Rhizomatic improvement communities: Three models of k-16 professional development. Paper presentation at the Conference on College Composition and Communication: Cultivating Capacity, Creating Change, Portland, OR.

    Agriss, S. W., Alvin, B., Reid, A., Commes, J., Young, J., Olson, D., & Many, A. (2017, January). Succesful transitions to college: A cross-sector English and mathematics collaboration. Panel presentation at the 15th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.  



  • Matthew Binney, PhD
    Matthew Binney, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Patterson Hall 211N
    Phone: 509.359.7061

    My Specializations and interests include long 18th century British literature, cosmopolitanism, travel literature, critical theory, moral and political philosophy.


    Auburn University, PhD, 2004

    I am interested particularly in early modern notions of and responses to the foreign in British and European travel accounts and how these inform philosophical and cultural discourse. I am also a Contributing Editor for The Scriblerian:

    Recent Publications

    "The "New" Nature in the Language of Travel: Domingo Navarrete's and John Locke's Natural Law Rhetoric," 1650-1850. Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era (forthcoming)

    "Travel Experience and the 'New' Nature in early English Eighteenth-Century Travel Collections," Revue LISA / LISA e-journal (April 2011).

    "Milton, Locke, and the Early Modern Framework of Cosmopolitan Right," Modern Language Review 105.1 (2010).

    "The Justice of Tom Jones: A Reevaluation of Henry Fielding's Moral Theory," 1650-1850. Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 14 (2007).

    "Late Seventeenth-Century, North American Travel Narratives: Nation-ness and Self-Reflectivity," The Seventeenth Century 21.2 (Autumn 2006): 383-403.

    Courses Taught

    Survey of British Literature I, II, & III
    17th -Century Literature and Culture
    18th -Century Literature and Culture
    Critical Methodologies

  • Lynn C. Briggs, PhD
    Lynn C. Briggs, PhD
    Professor of English
    Patterson Hall 211P
    Phone: 509.359.6744
  • Polly Buckingham
    Polly Buckingham
    Senior Lecturer
    Patterson Hall 203N
    Phone: 509.359.6022


    Creative Writing (poetry and fiction).


    Polly Buckingham's work appears in The Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review, Poetry, Hanging Loose, The North American Review, The Moth, The New Orleans Review, The Chattahoochee Review, The Tampa Review, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship, author of A Year of Silence (winner of the Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award for Fiction from the Florida Review Press), three time Flannery O'Connor finalist, and founding editor of StringTown Press. Polly teaches creative writing at Eastern Washington University and is associate director of Willow Springs Editions, Eastern's student run literary press.

    Recent Publications

    Stories and poems forthcoming in the following literary journals
    The Gettysburg Review
    Hanging Loose
    The Pembroke Review

    Courses Taught

    CRWR 515: Literary Editing and Design: Literary Publishing
    CRWR 417: Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
    CRWR 311: Form and Theory of Fiction
    CRWR 31: Form and Theory of Poetry
    CRWR 417: Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction
    CRWR 315: Advanced Fiction
    CRWR 314: Advanced Poetry
    CRWR 210: Introduction to Creative Writing
    Engl 695B:  Internship: Teach Lit (Intro. to Lit)
    Engl 170: Introduction to Literature             
    Engl 270: Introduction to Fiction
    Engl 271: Introduction to Poetry

  • Teena A. M. Carnegie, PhD
    Teena A. M. Carnegie, PhD
    Patterson Hall 211C
    Phone: 509.359.6037

    Technical Communication and Rhetoric


    University of British Columbia, BA
    University of Waterloo, MA and PhD
    Purdue University Postdoctoral Fellow

    Dr. Carnegie has been teaching at Eastern Washington University since 2003. As director of the technical communication program, she revised the program, transforming it from an option into a BA.  She has served as the Chair of the department (2008-2011), and currently directs the undergradaute and graduate programs in technical communication. Her research interests include program administration, service learning, problem-based pedagogy, information design, and technical communication's role in the information society. She has published in various journals including TCQ, Computers and Composition, Technical Communication, Kairos and Business Communication Quarterly. She is a member of the Association of Teachers in Technical Writing and of the Council of Programs in Scientific and Technical Communication.

    Recent Publications

    (2012) Theoretical foundations for problem solving in design. In E. R. Brumberger & K. M. Northcut (Eds.). Designing texts. Amityville, New York: Baywood.
    Nardone, C.F., Johnson, M.K. & Carnegie, T.A.M., Technical Communication as Problem Solving. (online textbook) Kendall Hunt.
    (2010). Providing RefWorks Training for the University Library. In M.A. Cooksey and K.T. Olivares (Eds.), Quick Hits on Service Learning. (pp. 147-148). Bloomington IN: Indiana UP.
    (2009). Interface as Exordium: The Rhetoric of Interactivity. Computers and Composition (28)2 164-173.
    (2007). Integrating Multiple Contexts into Assessment of U.S. Technical Communication Programs. Technical Communication 54(4) 447-458.

    Courses Taught

    Introduction to Technical Communication
    Professional Writing
    Software Documentation
    Information Design
    Technical Editing
    Proposal Writing
    Grammar for Professional Writers
    Technical Communication Capsotne
    Technical Communication: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy.
    Professional Development in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
    Canadian Literature

  • Kate Crane Ph.D.
    Kate Crane Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    211H Patterson Hall
    Phone: (509) 359-6542
    Fax: 509-359-4269


    Technical Communication, User Experience, User-centered Design, and Rhetoric


    Texas Tech University: Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Ph.D., 2015
    Washington State University: English with emaphasis in  Composition and Rhetoric, MA, 2005
    Washington State University: English, BA, 2003

    Dr. Kate Crane has been an instructor of Composition, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication for over ten years. She was a Provost Fellow at Texas Tech University and earned her Ph.D in Technical Communication and Rhetoric in August 2015. Her specific areas of interest are user research, user-centered design, and usability testing; writing and digital composition pedagogy; technical writing including documentation; grant and proposal writing; and writing assessment.

    Recent Publications

    Still, B. and Crane, K. (2016) Fundamentals of User-Centered Design: A Practical Approach. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
    Wilson, G., Rawlins, J., and Crane, K. (Forthcoming) "Agency in Action: Exploring User Responses and Rhetorical Choices in Interactive Data Displays." Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.
    Crane, K. and Beaudin, A. (2011). "The New Media Lab as a Messy Mash-Up Space in Technical Communication and Rhetoric Instruction." Intercom. 58 (8): 16-18.

    Courses Taught

    Introduction to Technical Communication
    Information Design and Usability
    Instructions and Procedures
    Information Design
    Technical Communication: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy
    Professional Report Writing
    Instructional Design
    College Composition (online)
    Research Writing
    Introduction to Literature

  • Jimmie Coy
    Jimmie Coy
    Jimmie Coy
  • Dana C. Elder, PhD
    Dana C. Elder, PhD
    Professor and Director of University Honors
    Hargreaves Hall 217
    Phone: 509/359-6305

    Washington State University: Rhetoric, Composition, and English Literature, PhD (August 1985)
    University of Washington: Comparative Literature, MA (1975)
    University of Washington: Spanish Language and Literature, BA (1973)

      Dr. Dana C. Elder is proud to serve his talented students and colleagues at EWU. With the insightful and energetic Dori Roberts, he manages the University Honors program. He teaches and is professionally active in classical ethics and rhetoric and in writing pedagogy. A seasoned educator, he has published articles, personal essays, poems, and textbooks. His "Expanding the Role of Personal Writing in the Composition Classroom" received the National Council of Teachers of English TET-YC Best Article of the Year Award for the year 2000. He believes that teachers and writers serve the greater good, and he is especially fond of esoteric Hellenic Greek terms.

      "Of all fair things the autumn, too, is fair." Euripedes quoted in Plutarch's Lives.

        Recent Publications

        "Footnoting 'Typewriter' at the 65th Annual CCCCs." Teaching English in the Two-Year College 42.3 (March 2015): 304.
        "The Classical Encomium, Too." Rhetoric Review 32.2 (April 2013): 210-214.
        "Next." Teaching English in the Two-Year College 40.3(March 2013): 288.
        "Afterlife." Teaching English in the Two-Year College 40.2 (December 2012): 190.
        "Writing Classical Rhetoric." Rhetoric Review 30.1 (2011): 104-107.

        Recent Conference Presentations

        (International) "Guns and Butter: L.B.J. and the Death of Philia in American Politics." XXV International Conference of Philosophy--July 22-25, 2016. Ancient Olympia, Greece.

        Invited Workshop Speaker. "TYCA PRESENTS Cracking the Books: Integrating Reading and Writing in the Composition Classroom." Conference on College Composition and Communications -March19th, 2014. Indianapolis, IN.

        "The Rational Rhetoric of Faith." Conference on College Composition and Communications -March 2013, Las Vegas, NV.

      • Anthony Flinn, PhD
        Anthony Flinn, PhD
        Professor of English
        Patterson Hall 203M
        Phone: 509.359.4659

        Grinnell College BA
        University of Washington MA and PhD

        I have been teaching at EWU since 1991. I leave winter quarter to serve as Eastern's faculty legislative liaison in Olympia.

        Recent Publications

        Approaching Authority: Transpersonal Gestures in the Poetry of Yeats, Eliot and Williams. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1997.
        "'Laughing at the Names': The Blunting of Male Incursion in Williams' Paterson." The William Carlos Williams Review, Spring 1997.

        Courses Taught

        British and American literature surveys
        Introduction to Poetry
        20th Century Major Authors
        Masterpieces of the Western World

      • Logan Greene, PhD
        Logan Greene, PhD
        Associate Professor, Chair
        Patterson Hall 203P
        Phone: 509.359.2400

        Medieval literature, rhetoric, mythology


        University of New Mexico, PhD in English: Rhetoric and Writing (2004)
        University of Oregon, MA English: Medieval Studies (1974)
        University of California, Berkeley, BA English Literature (1972)

        I have been at Eastern Washington University since 2004 and have taught in the literature, composition, and humanities programs. Since 2012, I have served as chair of the Department of English. My scholarly interests center on the intersection of the spiritual and the material, especially in the forms of religion, mythology, and magic.

        Recent Publications

        "Ritual Entanglements: Magical Objects in Contemporary Wiccan Practice." In The Material Culture of Magic. Under Consideration.

        "The 'Essential' Hélène Cixous." Feminism(s). Ed. R. P. Singh. In press.
        "'Nature, Woman, Goddess': Luce Irigaray and the Language of Difference." Feminism(s). Ed R. P. Singh. In press.
        "Publish, Perish, or Apply for Social Security: Reflections on the Tenure Process." The Road to Tenure: Interviews, Rejections, and Other Humorous Experiences. Ed. Erin Furtak and Ian Renga. Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

        "'My Masculine Part the Poet in Me': The Sexual Rhetoric of Aphra Behn." In-between 16 (2007): 5-21. (Note: This volume was issued in 2010.)
        The Discourse of Hysteria: The Topoi of Humility, Physicality, and Authority in Women's Rhetoric. The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009.
        "'What Does a Woman Want?' Embracing the Goddess in Medieval Romance." Literatura em Debate 2.3 (Dec. 2008), online at

        Courses Taught

        Introduction to Old English
        Survey of Medieval Literature
        Introduction to Religion

      • Reagan Henderson
        Reagan Henderson
        Senior Lecturer
        Patterson Hall 203I


        Composition, Developmental Writing, Drama, and Creative Writing  


        I majored in Drama and in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing at UW. These majors led me to playwriting and directing, and I was able to produce several of my own plays on campus. After a few years pursuing "the dream" in Los Angeles, I went to graduate school at Humboldt State in California and got my master's degree in English with an emphasis in composition and rhetoric. During that time, I squeezed in a Secondary Ed California Teaching Credential program and got my certification in English. These two programs gave me valuable experience teaching composition and literature to a wide array of students-- middle schoolers, high schoolers, college students, adults, and many non-native speakers.  While teaching, I continued writing nonfiction pieces for the local paper and published a few of my short stories in journals. After teaching part-time in Eureka, CA, I moved back to the state of Washington and began teaching as a lecturer at EWU. 

        Courses Taught

        Fundamentals of English Composition

        College Composition: Exposition and Argumentation

        College Composition: Analysis, Research and Documentation

      • Christopher Howell
        Christopher Howell
        Riverpoint One 425
        Phone: 509.359.4966

        English and Creative Writing


        Pacific Lutheran University, 1963-66
        Oregon State University, 1966-68, BA
        Portland State University, 1970-71, MA
        University of Massachusetts, 1971-73, MFA

        I was a military journalist during the Vietnam War, after which I attended graduate school. I worked odd jobs, and was a private investigator for awhile before embarking on a teaching career during which I taught at colleges and universities in Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Kansas. I have published eight full-length collections of poems and have two more forthcoming, plus a collection of essays and an anthology. I have been awarded two National Endowment Creative Writing fellowships, and fellowships from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, the Oregon arts Commission, the King County Arts Commission and the Washington Artist Trust. I have also been awarded the Washington State Governor's Award, the Washington State Book Award, and a number of other prizes and distinctions. I founded Lynx House Press in the mid-'70s and was its director and principal editor for 30 years. I have also been director and senior editor of Eastern Washington University Press, and editor of the journal Willow Springs and several other literary publications.

        Recent Publications

        Light's Ladder (U. of Washington Press), 2004
        Just Waking (Lost Horse Press, Sandpoint, ID) 2003
        Memory and Heaven (Eastern Washington U. Press), 1996
        Though Silence: the Ling Wei Texts (True Directions, San Francisco, CA), 1991

        Courses Taught

        Graduate Poetry Workshop
        The Moderns and Modernism
        Internship in Literary Publishing
        Special Topics in Creative Writing, Surrealism
        Special Topics in Creative Writing, The Spy in Literature and Film
        Contemporary World Poetry and Poetics

      • Jonathan Johnson, PhD
        Jonathan Johnson, PhD
        Patterson Hall 211B
        Phone: 509.359.4969

        Creative Writing (Poetry and Nonfiction)


        Northern Michigan University, BA (1990)
        Northern Michigan University, MA (1992)
        Western Michigan University, PhD (1997)

        Jonathan Johnson is the author of the poetry books Mastodon, 80% Complete (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2001) and In the Land We Imagined Ourselves (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2010), and the memoir Hannah and the Mountain: Notes Toward a Wilderness Fatherhood (University of Nebraska Press, 2005). His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, American Poetry: The Next Generation, and numerous other anthologies, as well as Southern Review, Ploughshares, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner. Johnson migrates between a cabin in Idaho; the Lake Superior coastal town of Marquette, Mich.; Scotland and eastern Washington.

        Recent Publications

        In the Land We Imagined Ourselves (Poetry Book)
        Hannah and the Mountain: Notes Toward a Wilderness Fatherhood (Nonfiction Book)
        Mastodon, 80% Complete (Poetry Book)

        May Is an Island (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018)

        Courses Taught

        Poetry workshops (Master of Fine Arts Program and undergraduate)
        Nonfiction workshop (MFA Program)
        Poetry I: Form and Theory (MFA Program)
        Imagination and Wilderness (MFA Program)
        Literature of the Northwest (MFA Program / undergraduate cross-listed)
        Researching and Writing in the Field: Yellowstone (MFA Program / undergraduate cross-listed)

      • Garrett Kenney, PhD
        Garrett Kenney, PhD
        Professor of English/Religious Studies
        Patterson Hall 229G
        Phone: 509.359.6032

        New Testament Studies and Religious Leadership


        Dr. Kenney holds a BA in religious studies from Whitworth College, an MA in religious studies from Gonzaga University and a PhD in leadership studies from Gonzaga University. He has published several books in the field of the New Testament and/or leadership studies. He has taught several honors, humanities and English courses for EWU since 1986.

        Recent Publications

        "Why Religion Matters and the Purposes of Higher Education." Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science (March, 2015)

        "Insights Into the Leadership Dynamics of 2nd John as Informed by Situational, Charismatic, and Transformational Leadership Theories." Journal of Biblical Perspectives on Leadership. Vol 6, No. 1 (2014)

        "What's Going on Here? Spirit or spirit?" The Fourth R, Vol. 24, No. 4, July-August, 2011, 17-24

        Mark's Gospel: Lectures and Lessons (University Press of America, 2007)
        Translating H/holy S/spirit (University Press of America, 2007)
        Leadership in John: An Analysis of the Situation and Strategy of the Gospel and Epistles of John (University Press of America, 2000).

        Courses Taught

        Classics in Literature
        Introduction to Religion
        Great World Views
        East-West Philosophies and Religions
        Literature of the Bible

      • Natalie Kusz
        Natalie Kusz
        Associate Professor, Program Director
        Riverpoint One 425
        Phone: 509.359.4955

        Creative Writing and Nonfiction


        University of Alaska Fairbanks, BA in English
        University of Alaska Fairbanks, MFA in Creative Writing

        Natalie Kusz is the author of the memoir Road Song, and has published essays in Harper's, Threepenny Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and other periodicals. Her work has earned, among other honors, a Whiting Writer's Award, a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the NEA, the Bush Foundation and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. A former faculty member of Bethel College and of Harvard University, she has been at Eastern since 2001.

        Recent Publications

        Ascent: "The Fat Lady's Mirror," Spring 2009
        Scoot Over, Skinny: "On Being Invisible," ©Harcourt Brace, 2005
        Real Simple: "Ready, Set, Go," December/January 2003
        Organic Style: "Homestead Act," July 2003.

        Courses Taught

        Undergraduate Writer's Workshop
        Form and Theory of Literary Nonfiction
        Nonfiction I: Ancient Roots through 19th-century
        Graduate Writer's Workshop

      • Samuel Ligon
        Samuel Ligon
        Professor of English/Creative Writing
        Riverpoint One 425
        Phone: 509.359.4967

        University of Illinois, BA
        University of New Hampshire, MA
        The New School, MFA

        I've taught at EWU since 2004. Before that I taught at Suffolk Community College, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Oakland University. I'm the editor of Willow Springs:

        Recent Publications

        Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. Co-edited with Kate Lebo. Sasquatch Books (2017)  

        Wonderland. Lost Horst Press (2016)
        Among the Dead and Dreaming. Leapfrog Press (2016) 
        Drift and Swerve, stories (Autumn House, 2009);
        Safe in Heaven Dead, a novel (HarperCollins, 2003).
        Stories published in a number of journals, including The Quarterly, New England Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Post Road, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere.

        Courses Taught

        Graduate and undergraduate fiction workshops
        Form and theory of fiction
        Literary editing and design

      • Paul Lindholdt, PhD
        Paul Lindholdt, PhD
        Professor of English
        Patterson Hall 203J
        Phone: 509.359.2812
        Fax: 509.359.4269

        American literature, environmental studies, creative writing


        • Penn State University, PhD, 1985

        • Western Washington University, MA and BA, 1980 and 1978

          Worked through university as a homebuilder, industrial waste recycler, Teamster, and longshoreman. Have won awards from Academy of American Poets, Society of Professional Journalists, and Washington Center for the Book. Published books, book chapters, articles, essays, op-eds, columns, reviews, and poems. Serve on editorial advisory boards for Journal of Ecocriticism (University of British Columbia) and European Journal of American Culture (University of Kent, UK). 

        • Informal Biography


         Recent Publications





        Courses Taught

        • Graduate Research in Literature

        • Ecocriticisms
        • Faulkner / Frost

        • Whitman / Dickinson

        • American Literature I & II

        • The Graphic Novel

        Colonial Traveler book cover Cascadia Wild book cover Cowichan Indians book cover Common Ground book cover Canoe and the Saddle book cover Earshot book cover Ecocriticism book coverthe Spokane River book cover

      • Tracey McHenry, PhD
        Tracey McHenry, PhD
        Associate Professor of English
        Patterson Hall 211Q
        Phone: 509.359.2829

        Grammar, Linguistics, English as Second Language, World Englishes


        University of Portland, BA in English Literature
        Purdue University, MA and PhD English linguistics with specialization in ESL and cultural studies

        Before coming to Eastern in 2000, Dr. McHenry taught at Purdue University and the University of Portland. While she often works with graduate students in Rhetoric & Technical Communication and TESL, her passion is introducing undergraduates to the joys of language study in her linguistics, grammar, and history of English courses. Her research interests are the politics of grammar education, Native American language issues, World Englishes, and non-native speakers as ESL teachers.

        Recent Publications

        2009: Review of English in the World:Global Rules, Global Roles. World Englishes. 28 (1), 138-140.
        2005: "Non-Native Speakers of English as ESL Professionals: An Update on the Issues." WAESOL Newsletter 30 (3),10-11.
        2002: "World Englishes and Teaching English as a Second Language." World Englishes 21, 449-455.
        2002: "Technology and Native American Language Renewal." Language Learning and Technology 6 (2), 102-115. Online at 

        Courses Taught

        Language Structure and Use
        Grammar for Teachers
        Modern Grammar
        History of the English Language
        Research Methods 

      • Jamie Tobias Neely
        Jamie Tobias Neely
        Associate Professor of Journalism, Program Director
        Patterson Hall 211F
        Phone: 509.359.7056

        News commentary, editorial writing, feature writing, editing and column writing


        University of Wyoming, BA,
        Eastern Washington University, MFA,
        Gonzaga, MA

        Jamie Tobias Neely directs the journalism program at Eastern Washington University, where she has taught since 2007. Previously, she served as a professional journalist for more than 25 years, most recently as an associate editor and member of the editorial board for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. She continues to write op-ed commentary for The Spokseman-Review. Her journalism has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists' Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism awards, Best of the West, the C.B. Blethen Memorial Award and Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press awards.

        Recent Publications

        "Families Need More Support," op-ed column, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., Dec. 5, 2010
        The Moderns and Modernism
        "Even Here, It Gets Better," op-ed column, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., Nov. 7, 2010
        "Another Vet, A New Struggle," op-ed column, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., Oct. 10, 2010
        "Finally, Army Offers to Help Colonel," op-ed column, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., Sept. 19, 2010

        Courses Taught

        News Writing
        Mass News Media
        Magazine Article Writing
        Critical Writing

        News Design

        Journalism Senior Capstone

      • LaVona L. Reeves, PhD
        LaVona L. Reeves, PhD
        Professor of English and Women's & Gender Studies; MATESL Program Director
        Patterson Hall 211I
        Phone: 509.359.7060

        Linguistics, Women's Literature, Composition, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


        University of Nebraska, BA: French (History and English emphases)
        Columbia University, MA: Languages & Literature (TESOL)
        Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PhD: English/Linguistics and Rhetoric

        MATESL founder, LaVona Reeves, has taught in New York Cityand Boise Public Schools, Boise State University, the University of Wyoming, Osaka University and Harvard University. As President of TESOL affiliate, Washington Association for the Education of Speakers of Other Languages, she initiated a teaching award to honor deceased co-founder of the undergraduate TESL Program, Sally Wellman. Dr. Reeves works closely with graduate students conducting original research in her writing classes and has published in composition, TESOL, literature and gender studies. Awarded EWU Professor of the Year in 2007, she has also been widely recognized for university and community service.

        Recent Publications

        "Action Research, Community, and Hope: Thich Nhat Hanh, bell hooks, and Post-modernity." WAESOL World. 2011.
        "'Buckled Up Inside': Teaching ELLs About Disabilities." WAESOL World. Spring 2010. id=dhdsbdqf_8crp4n9hc
        "Self-Doubt and an Ethic of Care Inspire Women Leaders." Women in Higher Education (Sarah Gibbard Cook).
        "Minimizing Writing Apprehension in the Learner-Centered Classroom." The English Journal 86,6.

        Courses Taught

        Composition for Multi-lingual Writers
        Women, Literature, and Social Change
        Grammar for Teachers
        Second Language Acquisition
        Second Language Curriculum Design and Assessment
        Modern Language Methodology

      • Elizabeth Rognes
        Elizabeth Rognes
        Patterson Hall 203K
        Academic Interests:

        Composition, creative writing, media literacy, classical and popular music, language acquisition, feminist theory, queer theory


        Eastern Washington University, MFA Creative Writing, Nonfiction (2011)

        Hamline University, Certificate of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (2007)

        St. Catherine University, BA Music (2005)

        I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Catherine University, a Certificate of Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Hamline University, and a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Creative Nonfiction from Eastern Washington University. I have taught at Spokane Falls Community College, North Idaho College, and Eastern Washington University, and I worked as a Writer-in-Residence for GetLit! Programs at River City Leadership Academy. As a teacher, writer, and musician, I am especially interested in the intersections of performance, rhetoric, and media literacy.

        Courses Taught:

        College Composition: Exposition & Argumentation

        College Composition: Analysis, Research, and Documentation

        Introduction to Creative Writing

        Mass Media (SFCC)


      • Kathy Rowley
        Kathy Rowley
        Patterson Hall 211O
        Phone: 209.499.6358

        Kathy L. Rowley currently works as a lecturer at Eastern Washington University. She received her bachelors of fine arts in graphic design from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California followed by her master's degree in English with an emphasis on rhetoric and teaching writing from California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California. Currently, she is continuing graduate work at Eastern in technical communication.

        Early in her career as a graphic designer, Kathy not only designed for web and print materials but moved into an office management position with Professional Video and Sound where she handled both accounting and administrative positions. After acceptance into the graduate program at CSU Stanislaus, Kathy worked as a CSU Stanislaus Teaching Assistant from 2008-2011. She also was employed as Assistant Writing Center Director in 2010, where she initiated the proposal of and received $102,000 through a Title V Grant from the state of California. This funding was used to upgrade the Writing Center to ADA compliance as well as bringing in computer stations with laptops; waiting room furniture; and additional round tables and chairs with wheels.

        At EWU, Kathy has taught English Composition 100, 101, and 201; English 205 Introduction to Technical Communication; and for Eastern Scholarly Academy. Her service work includes volunteer responder in the Writers' Center and teaching technology workshops for the composition program. Kathy's continued research and conference presentations involve developing informed pedagogy and curriculum for English composition and technical communication courses.


        ·         Student Empowerment and New Media

        ·         Rhetoric of Composition Spaces

        ·         Techno-Feminism and Gendered-Biased Technology

        ·         Online Discussion as Praxis

      • Grant Smith, PhD
        Grant Smith, PhD
        Professor of English / Humanities Coordinator
        Patterson Hall 229I
        Phone: 509.359.6023

        Shakespeare, Comparative Literature and Onomastics


        Reed College, BA in Literature
        University of Nevada, MA in English Language
        University of Delaware, PhD in Renaissance Literature

        Dr. Smith came to Eastern in 1968, served as chair of the English Department from 1978-1984, coordinator of humanities since 1979, and interim vice provost 1987-1988. He has initiated 13 different courses of his own as well as numerous programs, e.g., religious studies, MFA in creative writing, rhetoric and technical writing. While vice provost he initiated the Spokane Consortium for Minority Outreach and has been the recipient of major grants. In the early '80s he was the local TV host and scriptwriter for Here's Shakespeare, introducing the BBC productions. He has served on numerous boards, e.g., Spokane Symphony, has an international reputation in onomastics and is frequently interviewed by national media.

        SPECIAL RECOGNITION:  "Distinguished Visiting Professor," Belarusian State University, September 3-17,2015. Keynote speaker at four international conferences (see below).  

        Recent Publications

        Smith, G. (2018). "Symbolic meanings in the names of Midsummer Night's Dream." Regional'naja onomastika: problemy i perspektivy issledovanija: selected scientific articles / Ed. A.M. Mezenko. - Vitebsk: VGU im. Masherova,  260-266.

        Smith, G. (2017) "An elaboration on the symbolicmeanings of names," Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Names and Naming, Ed by Oliviu Felecan. Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Colectia Universitas, 35-45, ISSN: 2501-0727.

        Smith, G. (2017).  "The semiotic meanings of names," Onomastica: A journal devoted to the theory and interpretation of proper names, Yearbook LXI/I. Kraków: Polska Akademia Nauk Komitet Jezykoznawstwa Instytut Jezyka Polskiego, 111-118.

        Smith, G. (2016). "Theoretical foundations of literary onomastics," In:Handbook of Names and Namimg. Ed. Carole Hough, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 295-309.   

        Smith, G. (2009) "A Semiotic Theory of Names." Onoma 41, 15-26.
        Smith, G. (2009) "Ethnic, Class, and Occupational Identities in Shakespeare's Names." Proceedings, 23rd International Congress of Onomastic Sciences, Names in Contact: Names in a Multi-Lingual, Multi-Cultural, Multi-Ethnic World. York University, Toronto.
        Smith, G. "Sea Names and the Preservation of Ecosystems." Proceedings, The Fifthteenth International Seminar on Sea Names. The 32nd International Geographical Congress Special Session. Sung Ji Mun Hwa Sa [Publishing Co.] (2009): 73-81.
        Smith, G. "Names as Art: An Introduction." Onoma 40 (2005 [printed 2008]): 7-26.

        Courses Taught

        Introduction to Poetry
        Classics in Literature
        Masterpieces of the Western World
        Arts and Ideas
        Western Tradition

      • Gregory Spatz
        Gregory Spatz
        668 N. Riverpoint #259
        Phone: 509.828-1310

        Creative Writing - Fiction


        Haverford College, BA
        University of New Hampshire, MA
        University of Iowa Writers Workshop, MFA

        Gregory Spatz is the author of the novels Fiddler's Dream and No One But Us, and of a story collection, Wonderful Tricks. His stories have appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Iowa Review, EpochSanta Monica Review, Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, and New England Review. He is the recipient of a Michener Fellowship, an Iowa Arts Fellowship, and a Washington State Book Award and three Washington State Artist Trust grants; he also plays the fiddle in the JUNO-nominated bluegrass band John Reischman and the Jaybirds. He teaches semi-regularly on the faculty at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers as well as at EWU.

        Recent Publications

        Short stories: "String," Epoch; "The Bowmaker's Cats," Kenyon Review; "Stay Away," The New England Review. Novella: "Time Trials," Santa Monica Review. Novel: Fiddler's Dream (SMU)

        Courses Taught

        Form and Theory of Fiction
        Creative Writing Workshop, Undergraduate
        Graduate Writing Workshop, Fiction
        Fiction II-The Short Form
        Fiction III-Selected Topics in Craft

      • Henry-York Steiner, PhD
        Henry-York Steiner, PhD
        Professor of English
        Patterson Hall 229H
        Phone: 509.359.2896

        English literature Generalist, Religious Studies, Humanities, Classical literature, Mythology, Folklore


        Grinnell College, BA, 1956
        Yale University, MA, 1957
        University of Oregon, PhD, 1963
        Instructor, Grinnell College, 1957-59
        Instructor, University of Oregon, 1959-63
        Assistant Professor, Yankton College, 1962-64
        Assistant Professor, Grinnell College, 1964-68
        Associate Professor, Eastern Washington University, 1968-77
        Professor, Eastern Washington University, 1977-
        Head, Department of English, Yankton College, 1963-64
        Associate Dean of the Faculty, Grinnell College, 1965-68
        Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Eastern Washington University, 1968-77
        Interim Dean of Honors-1993-94

        Recent Publications

        "The Decline of Logger Poetry," Proceedings of the Western States Folklore Association, 2010.
        "Fantasy and Myth in Cross-Cultural Education", Proceedings of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, October, l998.
        "Folklore and Superstition in Contemporary America. Courtship and Wedding Rituals." Mukagawa English Review(Japan), Spring, 1999.
        Hellenism, Inhumanism, and Wilderness in the Poetry of Robinson Jeffers." Robinson Jeffers Association, April, 2001.

        Courses Taught

        The Intellectual Tradition of the Ancient World
        Perspectives on Death
        The Human Prospect
        Studies in Epic Fantasy/Mythology
        Introduction to Poetry
        History of Criticism and Literary Theory

      • William Stimson, PhD
        William Stimson, PhD
        Professor of Journalism
        Patterson Hall 211G
        Phone: 509.359.6034

        Newspaper and magazine journalism


        BA - Eastern Washington University
        MA and PhD in history - Washington State University

        I have 20 years experience in newspaper and magazine journalism as reporter and editor. I have taught in the EWU Journalism Program since 1989.


        "Depression-Era Spokane," The Pacific Northwest Inlander, May 6, 2009
        "The Fate of the Inland Northwest's Inhabitants," The Pacific Northwest Inlander
        "Spokane's First Family," Washington CEO Magazine, November, 2007.

        Instilling Spirit: Students and Citizenship at Washington State 1892-1942 (Washington State University Press, 2015).

        Courses Taught

        News and Feature Writing

      • Rachel Toor
        Rachel Toor
        Riverpoint One 425

        Creative Nonfiction


        Yale University, AB (1984)
        University of Montana, MFA (2006)

        Formerly acquisitions editor at Oxford and Duke University Presses and admissions officer at Duke.

        Recent Publications

        Misunderstood, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016
        On the Road to Find Out, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
        Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running, University of Nebraska Press, 2008.
        The Pig and I, Penguin/Plume/University of Nebraska Press 2009.
        Admissions Confidential, St. Martin's Press, 2001.
        Columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education and Running Times magazine.

        Courses Taught

        Creative Nonfiction workshop
        Form and Theory of Nonfiction
        Senior Creative Writing Capstone
        Graduate Electives in Nonfiction
        Form and Theory of Fiction

      • Beth E. Torgerson, PhD
        Beth E. Torgerson, PhD
        Associate Professor of English; Co-Director of English Secondary Education
        Patterson Hall 211R
        Phone: 509.359.6038

        The Brontës, Harriet Martineau, Thomas Hardy, and Victorian Literature, Women and Literature


        Montana State University, BA in English, BA in French
        University of New Mexico, MA
        University of Nebraska-Lincoln, PhD

        Dr. Torgerson has taught at Eastern Washington University since 2006. Prior to that, she taught at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. Her book, Reading the Brontë Body: Disease, Desire, and the Constraints of Culture, analyzes the Brontës' novels, placing them within the larger historical context of Victorian medicine and culture.

        Recent Publications

        Reading the Brontë Body: Disease, Desire and the Constraints of Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005; reissued in paperback edition, 2010)
        "Gift-Giving and Community in Cather's The Song of the Lark."Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark. Ed. Debra L. Cumberland. (Rodopi, 2010)
        Rev. of The Doctor in the Victorian Novel: Family Practices, by Tabitha Sparks. Victorian Review (Forthcoming, June 2011)
        Rev. of A Brontë Encyclopedia, by Robert Barnard and Louise Barnard. Nineteenth-Century Literature 63.3 (December 2008): 417-420.

        Courses Taught

        Senior Capstone: Literature
        Literary Eras: Victorian Literature
        Major Literary Figures: The Brontës
        Major Literary Figures: Thomas Hardy
        The Composition Process
        Literary London (Honors Spring Break Study Abroad Program)
        Women, Literature, and Social Change
        Survey of British Literature III, from Victorians to Present
        Introduction to Literature

      • Christina A. Valeo, PhD
        Christina A. Valeo, PhD
        Associate Professor of English
        Patterson Hall 211S
        Phone: 509.359.6179

        British Romantic Literature
        C19 British Literature
        English Education
        Children's Literature


        Chris Valeo earned her BA from Brown University in 1992, and her MA in teaching English in 1992. She taught high school English in Montana for five years (Hays/LodgePole High School 1992-1994, Havre High School 1994-1997), leaving to pursue graduate-level work in literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MA 1999, PhD 2003). She joined the faculty of Eastern in 2003. Her current research and teaching interests include British literature, English pedagogy, children's literature and popular romance.

        Recent Publications

        "Nora Roberts and Serial Magic." New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction. Sarah S.G. Frantz and Eric Murphy  Selinger, eds. McFarland Publishing, 2011. Forthcoming.
        "Charlotte Smith's American Indian Encounters." Engaged Romanticism: Romanticism as Praxis. Ed. Mark Lussier and Bruce Matsunaga. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008. 
        "Books That Will Help Us Ride Out the Testing Storm." InLand: A Journal for Teachers of English Language Arts. Fall 2008. Co-authored with Marilyn Carpenter.
        "Books that Talk Technology and More." InLand: A Journal for Teachers of English Language Arts. Spring 2008. Co- authored with Marilyn Carpenter.

        Courses Taught

        Introduction to Fiction
        Children's Literature
        A Global View Through Children's Literature
        Romantic Era Literature
        English Education Capstone

      • Philip Weller, PhD
        Philip Weller, PhD
        Patterson Hall 211K
        Phone: 509.359.7057

        Shakespeare and Renaissance English Literature


        University of Puget Sound - BA in English (1963)
        Washington State University - MA in English Literature (1965)
        Kent State University - PhD in English Literature (1969)

        I have spent my whole career here at Eastern Washington University. I have had primary responsibility for the Shakespeare class since about 1971, and have enjoyed every quarter and the vast majority of days and minutes; I hope many of my students have similar feelings. I have also taught and still teach the earlier English literature surveys - everything up to the Victorian period. I try to involve students in discussion, and I try to test fairly. I like students who show up on time and stay off the phone.

        Recent Publications

        I have annotated editions of popular Shakespeare plays on Shakespeare Navigators, my website.

        Courses Taught

        Survey of British Literature
        Masterpieces of the Western World

      • Justin Young, PhD
        Justin Young, PhD
        Associate Professor, Director of English Composition Program & Writers' Center
        Patterson Hall 229A
        Phone: 509.359.7062


        Literacy, Writing Pedagogy, Digital Composition. Dr. Young is particularly interested in how writing instruction and writing center support can better prepare students across the K-16 continuum to communicate effectively in both print and in digital environments and to succeed in college. Forthcoming publications include two articles focused on writing and reading instruction across the curriculum in relation to the changes writing instructors will need to consider as states implement the Common Core State Standards.


        Dr. Young has taught writing and directed writing centers across the country, including in New York City, Oklahoma, and California. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and a M.A. from the City College of New York (CUNY).

        Selected Courses Taught

        ENGL 511: Composition Pedagogy: Theory and Practice

        ENGL 694: Practicum: Teaching First-year Composition

        ENGL 697: Practicum: Teaching Advanced Composition

        ENGL 201: Advanced Composition

        ENGL 101: First-Year Composition

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