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The English faculty at Elmhurst College consists of superb professors with wide-ranging areas of expertise, representing a cross-section of diverse fields of study. Approachable and energetic, our faculty employs a variety of teaching methods and tools to create a learning environment in which each student can rise to his or her potential. Our small classes and our caring atmosphere guarantee that you will get the personal attention you need to develop your talents.

Want to know more? See our faculty profiles, below. Or, contact a professor directly.

Full-time Faculty
Ann Frank Wake
Tina S. Kazan
Nicholas Behm
Dianne L. Chambers
Janice Tuck Lively
Mary Kay Mulvaney
Bridget K. O’Rourke
Ron Wiginton
Lance Wilcox

Ann Frank Wake
Professor and Chair
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Frank Wake’s teaching and research interests range from poetry to literary theory to 19th-century British literature to intercultural studies. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has chaired the English department, served as poetry editor of River Oak Review and co-coordiated the College’s intercultural studies program.

Tina S. Kazan
Associate Professor, Writing Program Director
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Kazan specializes in composition studies, contemporary rhetorical and critical theory, feminist pedagogy and popular culture.

Nicholas Behm
Associate Professor
Ph.D, Arizona State University
Dr. Behm studies and teaches composition pedagogy and theory, ancient rhetoric, postmodern rhetorical theory, and critical race theory.

Dianne L. Chambers
Professor
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Chambers specializes in the teaching of English, American literature, modernism and postmodernism, women’s writing, late 19th-century Chicago women’s clubs, literary theory, and young adult and children’s literature.

Janice Tuck Lively
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Lively specializes in fiction writing, creative non-fiction writing, multicultural and post-colonial literature and American literature from 1865-moderism—with a particular interest in the literature of the Harlem Renaissance, 19th and 20th century female writers, and African-American folklore. Dr. Lively also seres as a faculty advisor to Elmhurst College's literary arts journal, MiddleWestern Voice.

Mary Kay Mulvaney
Professor and Director of the Honors Program
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Mulvaney has published and presented numerous times on composition and rhetorical theory and on the nature of academic writing. She also teaches numerous overseas courses, including one in London and Oxford.

Bridget K. O’Rourke
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Purdue University

Dr. O’Rourke’s scholarship investigates literacy practices in historical, political, and technological contexts, and she teaches courses on literacy and writing. In addition, she serves as a consultant to the College’s Writing Center and as faculty advisor to the College’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.

Ron Wiginton
Professor
Ph.D., Florida State University

Dr. Wiginton serves as the faculty advisor to the student newspaper, The Leader, and is active at the state and national levels in organizations that serve as advocates for the collegiate press. Among his teaching and research interests are journalism, creative writing, 20th-century American literature and multicultural/postcolonial literature.

Lance Wilcox
Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Dr. Wilcox's research and teaching interests include 18th-century British literature, with a focus on Samuel Johnson and the Jacobin novelists, and the literature of the American Civil War. 

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