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Faculty & Staff

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Jason Blum
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

My primary research interests involve theory and method in religious studies, as well as substantive topics at the intersections of religion and philosophy, such as mysticism, the relationship between science and religion, and ethics and religion.

Rebeca Fernandez

Rebeca Fernández (Multilingual Student Writing Coordinator)
Ed.D., Ed.M. Harvard University

My areas of interest include English for specific purposes, computer assisted language learning, teacher education, writing in the disciplines, and bilingual language and literacy acquisition.

Van Hillard

Van E. Hillard (Director)
Ph.D. University of Cincinnati

I have taught in the fields of Rhetoric and Writing Studies for the past 30 years, 16 of them spent at Duke University, where I directed the university Writing Program. My interests include visual rhetorics, deliberative writing, and the operations of public memory. I have published essays on civic rhetoric, U.S. literacy education, and public memorials.


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Elizabeth White
Administrative Assistant

My primary responsibilities include assistance with the course catalog, budget management, event planning and supply management. I also assist with bringing talented writers, teachers and guest lecturers to campus, enriching the cultural life of our students and the surrounding community.

Affiliated Faculty

Shireen Campbell, Professor of English
Suzanne Churchill, Professor of English
Britta Crandall, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies
Scott Denham, Professor of German Studies
Amanda Ewington, Professor of Russian Studies
Maria Fackler, Associate Professor of English
Brenda Flanagan, Professor of English
Trent Foley, Professor of Religion
Gabriel Ford, Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Ann Fox, Professor of English
Rick Gay, Professor of Education
Burkhard Henke, Professor of German Studies
Onita Vaz-Hooper, Associate Professor English
Katie Horowitz, Visiting Assistant Professor
Randy Ingram, Professor of English
Marija Jankovic, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Gayle Kaufman, Professor of Sociology
Peter Krentz, Professor of History
Cynthia Lewis, Professor of English
Andrew Lustig, Professor of Religion
Ben Mangrum, Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Maggie McCarthy, Professor of German Studies
Sean McKeever, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Paul Miller, Associate Professor of English 
Randy Nelson, Professor of English
Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor of Political Science and Chinese Studies
Dave Robb, Professor of Philosophy
Susan Roberts, Professor of Political Science
Brian Shaw, Professor of Political Science
Greg Snyder, Professor of Religion
Paul Studtmann, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Lauren Stutts, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
Kristen Thompson, Assistant Professor of Physics
Roman Utkin, Assistant Professor Russian Studies Department 
John Wertheimer, Professor of History
Anne Wills, Associate Professor of Religion
John Yukich, Associate Professor of Physics
Syed Rizwan Zamir, Associate Professor of Religious Studies