Department of English - About Our Faculty & Staff

About Our Faculty & Staff

Michelle Bonanno
Senior Lecturer for English

Expertise

  • Communication
  • Psychology
  • Rhetorical power of mass media
  • Writing

Education

  • M.A., Communication, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2004
  • B.A., Psychology, Fort Lewis College, 2001

Contact:

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Michelle Bonanno is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Susan Cannata
Professor of English

Areas of expertise

  • British literature
  • Young adult literature
  • Honors education

Education

  • Ph.D.  University of New Mexico
  • M.A.   Boston University
  • B.L.S. Boston University

Contact:

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Dr. Susan Cannata is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Nancy Cardona
Associate Professor of English

Expertise

  • African-American Literature
  • Chicana/o Literature and Cultural Production
  • 20th Century American Literature
  • Post-Colonial Theory
  • Literature by Women of Color
  • Border Studies
  • Chicana/o Studies

Education: 

  • Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, 2000
  • B.A., St. Mary’s University, 1991

Contact:

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Dr. Nancy Cardona is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Shawn Fullmer
Associate Professor of English

Expertise

  • English Education
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Composition
  • Nature Writing
  • Rhetorical Theory

Education

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, University of Nevada - Reno, 2001
  • M.A., English, Utah State University, 1996
  • B.A., English, Utah State University, 1993
  • B.A., Journalism, Utah State University, 1993

Contact:

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Dr. Shawn Fullmer is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Jennifer Gehrman-Seis
Professor of English

Expertise

  • American Literature
  • Women's Literature
  • 19th Century American Women Writers
  • Feminist Theory
  • English Education
  • Adolescent Literature
  • Literature of the Environment

Education

  • Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1991
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1988

Contact:

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Dr. Jennifer Gehrman-Seis is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Ana Hale
Senior Lecturer for English

Expertise

  • Academic Writing
  • African American Studies
  • Critical Multicultural Studies
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Environmental Issues
  • History

Education

  • M.S., Writing and Literature, Utah State University, 2005    
  • B.A., English, University of California, Berkley, 1971

Contact:

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Ana Hale is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Larry Hartsfield
Professor of English

Expertise

  • American literature
  • Ecocritical theory
  • Literary and media theory
  • Literature of the environment
  • Media studies
  • Mid-19th to early 20th century American cultural history
  • Popular culture
  • Shakespeare

Education

  • Ph.D., American Civilization, University of Texas at Austin, 1982
  • M.A., English, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1976
  • B.A., English, Abilene Christian University, 1974

Contact:

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Dr. Larry Hartsfield is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Erik Juergensmeyer
Associate Professor for English

Expertise

  • How rhetoric and writing can improve communication for the public good
  • Argumentation
  • Community-based learning and research 
  • Conflict resolution

Education

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, University of Arizona
  • M.A., English (Emphasis: Rhetoric and Composition), Georgia State University
  • B.A., Political Science, Emory University

Contact:

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Dr. Erik Juergensmeyer is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Bobbi Maiers
Adjunct Instructor of English

Expertise

  • Creative nonfiction writing
  • Journalism and media studies
  • Literature 
  • Editing
  • Composition

Education

  • M.F.A., Creative Nonfiction Writing, Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program
  • B.A., Professional Writing, University of Colorado

Contact:

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Bobbi Maiers is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Michele Malach
Chair and Associate Professor of English

Expertise

  • Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Stereotyping
  • Media History and Criticism
  • Radio
  • Literary and Media Theory
  • Queer Theory

Education

  • Ph.D., The University of Texas, Austin, 2000
  • M.A., Auburn University, 1988
  • B.A., Auburn University, 1986

Contact:

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Dr. Michele Malach is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Steven J. Meyers
Senior Lecturer in English

Areas of expertise

  • Creative Writing
  • Literature of the Environment
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Photography (film and digital)
  • Art History

Education
MS (NASAD accredited MFA) Photography - Illinois Institute of Design (academic concentrations in philosophy and art history)

BA Wheaton College, Illinois - Psychology

Contact:

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Steven J. Meyers is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Candace Nadon
Assistant Professor of English

Expertise

  • Fiction
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Women’s literature
  • Literature of place
  • Literature of the West

Education

  • Ph.D., English, Georgia State University, 2013
  • MFA, Creative Writing, University of Southern Maine Stonecoast, 2005
  • B.A., English, Fort Lewis College, 1997

Contact:

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Dr. Candace Nadon is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Faron Scott
Professor of English

Expertise

  • Journalism
  • Folklore
  • Media Law
  • Media Ethics
  • Gender, Race, and Class in Media
  • Media Theory

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia, 1992
  • M.A., University of Missouri, Columbia, 1986
  • B.A., Southern Illinois University, 1983

Contact:

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Dr. Faron Scott is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Stacey Sotosky
Assistant Professor of English

Interests

  • Documentary filmmaking 
  • Multimedia production 
  • Motion graphics and animation 
  • Media literacy 
  • Broadcast journalism 
  • Cultural studies 
  • Interdisciplinary studies 
  • Performance cinema

Education

  • M.F.A., University of Denver, 2008
  • B.A., Fort Lewis College, 2002

Contact:

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Stacey Sotosky is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Jillian Wenburg
Assistant Professor

Expertise 

  • Writing & composition 
  • Twentieth century American literature 
  • Literature of the West 
  • History of the American west 

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, English and History with a focus on American literature and history, 2015
  • M.A., University of Nebraska, English Literature, 2006
  • B.A., University of Nebraska, English Language and Literature, 2005

Contact:

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Dr. Jillian Wenburg is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Visiting Faculty

Bobbi Maier
Visiting Instructor of English
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Jason Shafer
Visiting Instructor of English
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Staff

Dawn Widen
Administrative Guru for English, History, and Sociology
230 Noble Hall
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Emeritus Faculty

Delilah Orr, Professor of English