Department of English Faculty and Staff

Full-time Faculty


Robert Bray, R. Forrest Colwell Professor of American Literature

19th century American poetry, Anglophone Caribbean literature, Abraham Lincoln


Mary Ann Bushman, Associate Professor of English and IWU Writing Program Director and Acting Department Chair

Shakespeare, humanities, Renaissance literature, British poetry
(medieval-18th century)

Wes Chapman, Associate Professor of English

Literary theory, poetry, modernism, postmodernism

Lynn DeVore, Associate Professor of English

Creative writing (fiction), modernism, contemporary American literature


Joanne Diaz, Assistant Professor of English

Creative writing (poetry), early modern literature

Pamela Muirhead, Associate Professor of English

19th and 20th century American literature, African American literature

Dr. O'Gorman Sabbatical

Kathleen O'Gorman, Professor of English

20th century British and Irish literature, 20th century Latin American fiction, 20th century experimental fiction, 20th century women writers, American drama


James Plath, Professor of English

Journalism, creative writing (fiction), film, American literature since 1850

Alison Sainsbury, Associate Professor of English

Post-colonial literature, British Imperialist discourse, women's studies, creative non-fiction

Dan Terkla, Professor of English and Humanities Coordinator

Medieval studies, Beat writers, travel narratives, interdisciplinary humanities

Michael Theune, Associate Professor of English

Creative writing (poetry), contemporary American poetry, British romanticism


Visiting and Adjunct Faculty

Brandi Reissenweber, Adjunct Instructor of English


Molly Robey, Visiting Assistant Professor of English


Bobbie Silk, Adjunct Instructor of English

Professors Emeriti
Barbara Bowman
James McGowan


Office Coordinator: Kathie Bradley

Student Assistants:  James Buebe, Rhiannon Dam, Jeff Leukom, wRenRuthven (Iggy) Romack, and Jasmine Wright