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The Program

English StudentsIf you love to read, the literature program gives you a chance to study fiction, poetry, and drama from a range of historical periods. 

Whether you’d like to improve your ability to understand what you read, learn to analyze and interpret any text, or improve your sense of history through literature and writing, we are prepared to take you to imagined places that will enlarge your intellectual world.

If you want to teach English at the high school level, we have a program tailored to your needs. 

We also offer both a major and a minor in literature.  

We encourage literature majors to submit their critical essays to Amalgam and to apply for Endeavor Awards for Research and Creativity which may provide funding to do advanced research at other major libraries around the country. If you are interested in learning to be an editor, or you have creative writing skills, there are internships available at Southern Indiana Review as well as opportunities to work on other student publications.

For more information, contact Julia Galbus, Associate Chair of English, Email: jgalbus, or Stephen Spencer, Chair of English, Email: spencer.

The Faculty

Patty Aakhus

Patricia Aakhus - Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing, Director of International Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, University of California at Santa Cruz
  • Masters of Fine Arts, Vermont College
  • Books: The Voyage of Mael Duin’s Curragh (fiction, Storyline Press, Wolfhound Press, 1992) Daughter of the Boyne (fiction, Wolfhound Press, 1993) Sorrows of Tara (fiction, Wolfhound Press, 1995)
  • Personal webpage...

Leisa Belleau

Leisa Ann Belleau - Instructor of English

Molly Brost

Molly Brost - Assistant Professor of English

Charles Conaway

Charles Conaway - Assistant Professor of English

Julia Galbus

Julia Galbus - Associate Professor of English

Betty Hart

Betty Hart - Professor of English

Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw

Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw - Associate Professor of English

Dr. Michael Kearns

Michael Kearns - Professor of English

Jill Kinkade

Jill Kinkade - Instructor of English

S. Elizabeth Passmore

S. Elizabeth Passmore - Assistant Professor of English

Oana Popescu-Sandu

Oana Popescu-Sandu - Assistant Professor of English

Nicole Louise Reid

Nicole Louise Reid - Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

Thomas Rivers

Thomas Rivers - Professor of English

Martha Smith

Martha Smith - Instructor of English

Stephen Spencer

Stephen Spencer - Professor of English

Paula Von Loewenfeldt

Paula Von Loewenfeldt - Assistant Professor of English