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Spring 2016

Chair and Staff
   Dr. Rob Wallace
   Hill Hall 207
   (304) 766-4114

Office Hours
Monday  12:30-2:00
Tuesday  12:30-2:00
Wednesday  12:30-2:00
Thursday  12:30-2:00
Robert M. Wallace holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize, and a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His creative writing has appeared in many publications, most recently in North Carolina Literary Review Online, and his first collection of poetry, Hawk on a Power Line, was published by Louisiana Literature Press in 2015. His scholarly writing has appeared in several journals, notably English Education, and he has spoken at the conferences for College Composition and Communication and the National Council of Teachers of English. He researches, writes, and speaks on the best practices for teaching and evaluating writing, especially the relationship between those practices and what motivates students to read and write in their everyday lives. He continues to explore these subjects in his teaching of composition and upper-level writing courses at West Virginia State University.
   Ms. Betsy L. Allen
   Administrative Secretary, Senior
   Hill Hall 226
   (304) 766-3127

Office Hours
Monday  8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30
Tuesday  8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30
Wednesday  8:00-12:30, 1:30-4:30
Thursday  8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30
Friday  8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30
English Faculty
   Dr. Tim Alderman
   Associate Professor
   Hill Hall 202
   (304) 766-3071

Office Hours
Monday 12:00-1:00
Tuesday  3:30 - 4:30
Wednesday 12:00-1:00; 3:30 - 4:30
Thursday  12:30 - 1:30
Friday  by appt.
Tim Alderman earned his undergraduate degree in English from Duquesne University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Purdue University, where his field was modern American and British literature, with a dissertation on American and British short story collections. At WVSU he has taught freshman composition I and II, Introduction to Literature, Writing for Business and Other Professions, General Education 100 (for which he contributed to and edited the textbook for several years) and 200, as well as Contemporary American Literature, and the English Senior Seminar, among other courses in Mark Twain and mystery and detective fiction. Formerly he also served as Chair of the English Department, the General Education program, and the Faculty Senate.
   Prof. Karen Anderson
   Hill Hall 206
   (304) 766-3074

Office Hours
Monday 10:45-12:15
Wednesday 10:45-12:15
Thursday 12:30-2:30
Karen Anderson, MA, MLS, has a BA in English, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Iowa and writing published in periodicals including Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies and the International Reading Association’s Reading Today. At UCLA, her Library and Information Science curriculum included graduate course work in the Department of Theater, Film, and Television, an internship with the American Film Institute library, and a research assistantship at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. While completing her Marshall University MA, Literature and Culture emphasis, she served on the planning committee for the program/course Moving Toward Freedom: Slavery and Resistance and as adjunct faculty teaching human diversity classes at WVSU. She has formerly taught business and technical writing at WVSU, in addition to her present duties teaching composition and introductory literature while recruiting and supervising lab assistants in the English Department computer/multimedia classrooms. The department’s decade-long partnership with Kanawha County Public Library’s book discussion programs began with her first role as facilitator in 2004; all programs she has presented emphasize the intersection of literature and film. Professor Anderson’s prior professional experience includes teaching K-12 and serving as academic reference librarian, print publicist, and advertising copywriter.
   Dr. Jessica Barnes-Pietruszynski
   Associate Professor
   Hill Hall 234
   (304) 766-3077

Office Hours
Tuesday 8:30 - 9:30; 11:00 - 2:30
Thursday 8:30 - 9:30; 11:00 - 2:30
Jessica Barnes-Pietruszynski received her PhD in English Studies from Illinois State University with a specialization in 19th Century British Literature and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. She is a peer reviewer for Nineteenth Century Gender Studies, an online journal, and a co-written chapter, “Two Strikes Against: The Development of a Writing Major at West Virginia State University – An Appalachian Historically Black College” is coming out in the book Undergraduate Writing Majors: Eighteen Program published by Utah State University Press in the Fall 2014. She is WVSU’s 2013 Outstanding Teacher of the Year and the Faculty Advisor for The Yellow Jacket, WVSU’s student newspaper. Dr. Barnes-Pietriuszynski is also a member of the West Virginia Developmental Task Force, a statewide collaboration working to create and revise Developmental Education classes. She is also the English Department Honors Advisor.
  Prof. Renae Bonnett
   Hill Hall 220
   (304) 766-3101

Office Hours
Monday 11:00 - 12:30
Tuesday 11:00 - 12:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 12:30
Thursday 11:00 - 12:30
   Dr. Arnold M. Hartstein
   Hill Hall 216
   (304) 766-3069

Office Hours
Tuesday  8:30-10:45
Thursday  8:30-10:45
Arnold M. Hartstein earned his B.A. in English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and his M.A and Ph.D. at The Ohio State University. His primary interest is nineteenth-century British literature. At WVSU he has taught Freshman Composition, Introduction to Literature, and a variety of British literature courses including Medieval, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern. He has also taught General Education 100 (Origins) and was a member of the committee that designed the content and text for that course. He has served as Chair of the English Department, the Program Review Committee, and the Promotion and Tenure Committee.
   Dr. Carol Taylor Johnson
   Associate Professor
   Hill Hall 214
   (304) 766-3070

Office Hours
Monday 11:00 - 12:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00; 1:00-3:00
   Dr. Thomas Kiddie
   Associate Professor
   Wallace Hall 227 / Hill Hall 227
   (304) 766-3170 / (304) 766-4116

Office Hours
Monday  10:00-4:00 (Wallace)
Tuesday  1:30-3:00 (Hill)
Wednesday  10:00-4:00 (Wallace)
Thursday  10:00-4:00 (Wallace)
Friday  by appt.
Thomas Kiddie received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University, specializing respectively in Classics and Renaissance Studies (Platonism and Neoplatonism) and in nineteenth-century European, North American, and South American literature. His dissertation, Eros and Ataraxy: A Study of Love and Pleasure in the Fiction of Zola, Cambaceres, and Fontane, was published by Garland Publishing in 1988. In addition, Dr. Kiddie studied Computer Science and worked for Bell Labs/Bellcore/Telcordia Technologies for almost 30 years as a software engineer, technical writer, and business manager. His primary teaching responsibilities reside within WVSU’s technical writing program, and he has published several articles in the field. He is also a peer reviewer for Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. He is currently studying representations of masculinity in Hispanic, Anglophone, and Francophone Caribbean literature. Dr. Kiddie’s complete CV can be found here.
   Dr. Barbara Ladner
   Hill Hall 230
   (304) 766-4113

Office Hours
Monday by appt.
Tuesday 12:15 - 2:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 11:30
Thursday 12:15 - 2:00
Friday  by appt.
Barbara Ladner earned her B.A. in English from Rice University, in Houston, Texas, and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut. She taught at the University of California at Berkeley and Marshall University before joining the Department of English at West Virginia State University in 1991. She has also worked in university public relations at Columbia University and the Marshall University Graduate College, and in editing for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and a number of publishing companies in New York City. At WVSU, she has worked as assistant dean of the Governor’s Honors Academy in 1995 and 1996, was coordinator of General Education from 1998 to 2006, chaired the Department of English from 2008 to 2010, and was dean of the College of Arts and Humanities from July 2010 to August 2013.
   Dr. Anne McConnell
   Associate Professor
   Hill Hall 205
   (304) 766-3073

Office Hours
Tuesday 12:15 - 1:45
Thursday  9:00 - 11:00; 12:15-1:45
Anne McConnell earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado. She specializes in 20th century European and Hispanic literature and critical theory, although her most recent work has taken her into the world of 21st century American literature. McConnell published her first book, Approaching Disappearance, at Dalkey Archive Press in 2013. The book focuses on the work French writer Maurice Blanchot, and also engages short works by Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, and Nathalie Sarraute. At WVSU, McConnell teaches the cycle of World Literature courses, in addition to literary criticism.
Dr. Mbuulih Ngenge
Associate Professor
Hill Hall 201
(304) 766-3079

Office Hours
Monday  12:30-1:45
Tuesday  11:00 - 12:15
Wednesday  12:30-1:45
Thursday  11:00 - 12:15
Dr. Jeffrey Pietruszynski
Associate Professor & Coordinator of General Education
Hill Hall 233
(304) 766-3075

Office Hours
Monday  8:30-9:30; 11:00-12:30
Wednesday  8:30-9:30; 11:00-12:30
Friday  by appointment
Jeff Pietruszynski holds a Doctorate in English Studies from Illinois State University and is an Associate Professor of English at West Virginia State University. In his current position, he is the appointed the Coordinator of General Education and Director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching. His research interests include pedagogical investigation and role of English Studies in higher education. Although his specialization is in Early Modern Literature (From Spenser to Milton), he also spends time working to advance the study of writing and composition in both first-year and major specific curriculum.
   Dr. Kent Shaw
   Assistant Professor
   Hill Hall 203
   (304) 766-3056

Office Hours
Tuesday 12:30 - 2:00; 3:15 - 4:45
Thursday 12:30 - 2:00; 3:15 - 4:45
Kent Shaw received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from University of Houston and his MFA from Washington University. His first book, Calenture, was published by University of Tampa Press in 2008. His poems have since appeared in The Believer, Ploughshares, Boston Review, Colorado Review, PEN America and elsewhere. In addition to teaching creative writing at West Virginia State University, he teaches a poetry workshop at the Summer Writers Institute at Washington University. He is also a poetry editor with Better Magazine and regularly reviews contemporary poetry at The Rumpus.
   Dr. Lan Wang
   Assistant Professor
   202 Campbell Conference Center
   (304) 766-3055

Office Hours
Monday  10:00-2:00
Tuesday  10:00-2:00
Wednesday  10:00-2:00
Lan Wang earned her Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Composition and TESOL. She earned her MA in Applied Linguistics and ESL from Georgia State University. She also received two BAs in China. One is in English from Hebei University, and the other is in Law from China University of Political Science and Law. Lan Wang has intensive teaching experience in both ESL and EFL settings. She used to teach at SUNY Fredonia before joining West Virginia State University. Her research interests include L2 writing, writing center theory and practice, L2 writing tutoring, second language acquisition, TESOL methodology, L2 assessment, intercultural communication, and pragmatics. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, photography, and painting.
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