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At UIndy, our award-winning English faculty bring diverse backgrounds and expertise in various writing styles and literary genres. Most have published books and other scholarly works of their own, and can coach you to your highest level of writing ability in the areas you’re passionate about. In the classroom, our professors will help you learn to think creatively, engage with a text, and write with sound grammar, style and clarity.

Dr. Kyoko Amano, associate professor of English

Dr. Kyoko Amano

Associate Professor of English
Department Chair

Esch Hall, 044M
317-788-6163
amano@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
late 19th century American literature; multicultural American literature; Postcolonial literature

Background
Dr. Amano came to UIndy in January of 2003 and served as an associate director of the Honors College from 2009 to 2012.  She was one of the recipients of the Faculty Achievement Award in 2012.

Research Interests
Horatio Alger, Jr., and Louisa May Alcott

Education
PhD, SUNY Binghamton, 2001
Certificate for College Teaching in English, SUNY Binghamton, 2001
Certificate for Advanced Study in English, ISU, 1998
MA, ISU, 1997
MA, English, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan, 1992
BA, English, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan, 1989

Fun facts
I’m a knitter and a former hot air balloon pilot.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Getting to know students and seeing them grow from their freshman year to their senior year.

Dr. Jessica Bannon, Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Jessica Lyn Bannon

Assistant Professor of English

Esch Hall, 044V
317-788-3235
bannonj@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
composition and rhetoric, literacy education, professional writing, writing across the curriculum

Background
Dr. Bannon is originally from Chicago, where she spent a lot of her time at art galleries, museums, music venues, locally owned cafés and used bookstores. She moved to Central Illinois for college and stayed to complete her graduate education. She now lives in Indianapolis with her husband and son.

Research Interests
literacy studies, adult literacy, political discourse, teacher education, writing pedagogy, educational policy

Education
PhD, English with concentration in Writing Studies
MA, English
BA, English, Professional Writing, and Political Science; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fun facts
I helped design and paint two murals publicly displayed in Chicago in the mid 1990s.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Dedication to service learning and community partnerships.

Dr. Jennifer Camden, associate professor of English

Dr. Jennifer Camden

Associate Professor of English
Associate Department Chair
Graduate Program Director

Esch Hall, 044Q
317-788-3234
jcamden@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
19th century British literature, gothic literature, women’s literature, transatlantic studies

Background
Dr. Camden published her first book, Secondary Heroines in Nineteenth-Century British and American Novels, in 2010 and has also published articles on 19th century fiction. She served as the chair of the General Education Task Force for three years; the new General Education program will commence in the fall of 2013. Currently serving as the program director for the Master of Arts in English program.

Research Interests
Currently working on a second book that looks at the representation of Empire in Victorian novels and an article on Varney the Vampire, a Victorian penny dreadful.

Education
PhD, English, The Ohio State University
MA, English, The Ohio State University
BA, English and Theatre, Hollins University (with distinction, summa cum laude)

Fun facts
I had an English accent as a child, but lost it when my family moved back from England to the U.S.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Getting to work with students on their own interests. Students have great opportunities here through Honors projects, M.A. theses, and independent studies to work with faculty one-on-one.

Dr. Jennifer Drake, Dean of College of Arts & Sciences, Professor of English

Dr. Jennifer Drake

Professor of English
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Esch Hall, 233C
317-791-5704
jdrake@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
20th century and contemporary American literature, African American literature and culture, women’s writing and feminist theory, autobiography/self-representation, poetry 

Background
Dr. Drake’s scholarship on third wave feminism has been published by University of Minnesota Press, Palgrave MacMillan and Rowman and Littlefield, and her scholarship on African American poetry and visual art has been published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge Scholars Press and University of Michigan Press. She has also published on topics related to urban teacher education, and has a longstanding commitment to programs that support college attainment and retention for first-generation students. She was a finalist for Teacher of the Year at the University of Indianapolis in 2005, and won the Educational Excellence Award in 1999 at Indiana State University while a faculty member there. In 2009-2012, she received the Faculty Achievement Award from the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education in recognition of leadership in the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program.

Research Interests
African American poetry and poetics, literary texts that engage and/or incorporate other art forms, literary and cultural hybridity, the “misfits” of women’s literature.

Education
PhD, English (American Literature and Culture), State University of New York at Binghamton
MA, English (Literature and Creative Writing), State University of New York at Binghamton
BA, Religious Studies, Brown University 

Fun facts
I’ve lived on both coasts, and have traveled to India, Nepal, Thailand, Japan, and Indonesia as well as Mexico and Europe.  I love exploring the cuisines of various regions and cultures.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The students and my colleagues. 

Dr. Bill Dynes, English professor and department chair

Dr. William R. Dynes

Professor of English
Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Esch Hall, 044D
317-788-3512
dynes@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
Shakespeare, drama, science fiction

Background
Dr. Dynes has been a professor at UIndy since 1991 and became department chair in 2007. He has been teaching online courses since 2001, including a weekly videoconference course with students in Israel and freshman composition course with high school students around Indiana. He has also been recognized for his teaching by the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education and was nominated twice for UIndy’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ award.

Research Interests
Early modern English drama, “Space Opera” science fiction

Education
PhD, English Language and Literature, The University of Michigan
MA, English Language and Literature, The University of Michigan
BA, English Language and Literature, The University of Michigan

Fun facts
I had no declared major in college until I spent my junior year in London, England. There, I fell in love with English literature and, especially, Shakespeare. That experience set me on the right course!

Favorite thing about UIndy
The sense of community, especially in the classroom – I love getting to know my students as individuals.

Carrie Kilfoil, Assistant Professor, English Department

Dr. Carrie Kilfoil

Assistant Professor of English
Esch Hall, 044R
317-791-5715
kilfoilc@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
rhetoric and composition, composition and linguistics, multilingual writing, 19th century British literature

Background
Dr. Kilfoil started at UIndy in August 2014 and serves as the coordinator of the English placement exams. Her research focuses on language diversity and writing teacher training, the theory and practice of translingual and plurilingual pedagogies in the U.S. and Europe, and the material conditions of writing teaching and research. Her work has appeared in JAC, the edited collection Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education: From Theory to Practice, and Rhetoric Review.

Research Interests
language differences in higher education; writing teacher training and professionalization; contemporary adaptations of 19th century British novels

Education
PhD, Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville
MA, English Literature, University of Kentucky
BA, English Literature and History, Miami University

Fun facts
I used to be a professional yoga instructor.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Getting to work with a diverse population of students.

Dr. Richard Marshall Jr., associate professor of English

Dr. Richard M. Marshall Jr.

Associate Professor of English
Writing Lab Director

Esch Hall, 044T
317-788-3240
marshall@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
American literature, utopian studies, composition

Background
Dr. Marshall has taught literature, composition, and directed the Writing Lab since 1983. 

Research Interests
The Shakers in literature and history, historical fiction, American slave narratives and literature about slavery.

Education
PhD, English, Purdue University 
MA, English, Duquesne University (Pittsburgh)
BA, English, Bethany College (WV)

Fun facts
When I am not reading or writing, I am usually cooking, doing old house renovation or watching sports (often combining that last activity with one of the first two–I have not yet simultaneously undertaken the first two!)

Favorite thing about UIndy
UIndy’s small size allows students and faculty to see, converse with and get to know each other outside the classroom.

Molly Martin, Associate Professor, English Department

Dr. Molly Martin

Associate Professor of English
Graduate Programs Director
Esch Hall, 044D
317-788-3241
martinma@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
Medieval literature and language (Old and Middle English), gender studies

Background
Molly has published several articles and one book (Vision and Gender in Malory's Morte Darthur) on Arthurian literature, Chaucer, gender, vision, and space. She is the associate editor of Arthuriana. She also volunteers with Indy Reads.

Research Interests
Arthurian literature, castles, space, vision, medieval travel literature, medieval maps and geography

Education
PhD, English, Purdue University
MA, English, Purdue University
BA, English and Classics, Vanderbilt University

Fun facts
In high school, I ran the projectors at a (very old school) movie theater.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The students. And the canal!

Kevin McKelvey, Department of English

Kevin McKelvey

Assistant Professor of English

Esch Hall, 044N
317-788-2018
mckelveyk@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
poetry; fiction; nonfiction; professional writing; editing and publishing; service learning; web writing; nonprofit writing; technical writing; contemporary Midwestern literature; wilderness studies; sustainability; contemporary Scottish, English, and Irish poetry and fiction

Background
McKelvey grew up outside Lebanon, Indiana, and attended DePauw University. Before coming to UIndy, he taught full time at Purdue University and part time at IUPUI and DePauw University. Currently, he’s a member of the Big Car Collective and active in the organization’s place-making initiatives at Service Center for Contemporary Culture and Community and other places around the city. He also serves as a board vice-president for Second Story, a local organization that helps kids with creative writing.

Research Interests
poems of place (Deam Wilderness, Wabash River and its tributaries, urban natural areas), novel-in-progress on Midwestern till plains, professional writing, service learning, digital writing and publishing

Education
MFA, Creative Writing, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2004

Fun facts
I have ridden my bike across the state of Indiana. And I'm interested in gardening, farming, carpentry and landscape architecture.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Students’ interest in working and learning in the community, many of them first-generation students.

Michael Milam, Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Michael Milam

Assistant Professor of English

Esch Hall, 044X
317-788-2072
milamm@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
comparative literature and composition

Background
Dr. Milam has taught in Russia for two years and in China for five years. His publications include A Handbook for Writing in the Humanities and Business Writing for the Global Market

Research Interests
European literature, Chinese literature

Education
PhD, Comparative Literature, Indiana University
MA, Comparative Literature, Indiana University
BA, English, Western Washington University                

Fun facts
I once lectured on American culture near the Arctic Circle in Siberia.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Teaching in China.

Dr. Karen Newman, assistant professor of English

Dr. Karen Newman

Assistant Professor of English

Esch Hall, 044
317-791-5911
newmankl@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
English as a Second Language, TESOL, language teacher education

Background
Dr. Newman has spent nearly 20 years of her life outside of the U.S. in Africa, Europe and Asia, and assisted in establishing the new teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) program at UIndy. Her academic work focuses on TESOL and language teacher education, and she has offered numerous courses, workshops and presentations in Germany, Austria, Chile, Korea, Canada, China and the U.S. She has directed a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Education grant to educate secondary content teachers in integrating ESL into their teaching practice and is currently working on a book about teaching English in China.

Research Interests
international education, Chinese English education, nonnative English speaking teachers, teacher education

Education
PhD, Language Education, Indiana University
MA, German, Indiana University
BA, German and Psychology, University of California, Irvine

Fun facts
I enjoy playing tennis, running, water aerobics and yoga. I recently ran a marathon with one of my students and am always looking for new training partners!

Favorite thing about UIndy
Teaching at a small university with a growing population of international students and international initiatives, and my amazing and inspirational colleagues.

Dr. Elizabeth Weber, associate professor of English

Dr. Elizabeth Weber

Associate Professor of English
Faculty Advisor for Etchings
Director of the Kellogg Writers Series

Esch Hall, 044K
317-788-3373
eweber@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
creative writing, poetry, contemporary American literature, Native American literature, literary criticism, memoir

Background
Dr. Weber has published three books of poetry, Small Mercies, The Burning House, and Porthole Views of the World: Watercolors and Poems. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines such as: The Florida Review, The Graham House Poetry Review, Calyx, and more.  Her poem, “City Generation,” was chosen to be part of Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail. She teaches creative writing courses and directs the Kellogg Writers Series.

Research Interests
contemporary American poetry, Native American literature, Vietnam War, memoir, mystery fiction, creative writing

Education
PhD, Literature and Creative Writing, SUNY, Binghamton
MFA, Creative Writing, University of Montana
BA, German, University of Minnesota

Fun facts
I love to go kayaking. 

Favorite thing about UIndy
My students.