Illinois Wesleyan

English Faculty

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Wes Chapman

Associate Professor of English

( Literary theory, poetry, modernism, postmodernism )

Dr. Chapman enjoys composing for acoustic guitar almost as much as he likes asking students to question what they know. 

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Joanne Diaz

Professor of English

( Creative writing--poetry, early modern literature )

When she’s not busy writing poems, Professor Diaz can be found chasing down the dropped “R” in the Boston accent.

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James Plath

Professor of English, R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair of English

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

Professor Plath ran with the bulls in Pamplona and was the featured scholar on a Travel Channel show, “Hemingway in Key West.”

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Brandi Reissenweber

Associate Professor of English

(Creative writing--fiction)

Living in Jack Kerouac’s former home, traveling across Sudan, or exploring local trails in search of a quiet spot, Professor Reissenweber always can be seen with a good book.

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Molly Robey

Associate Professor of English

(19th- and early 20th-century American literature, religion and literature, women's writing, African American literature)

A connoisseur of living history museums, 1990s music, and “classic” reality television, Professor Robey boasts an impressive presidential memorabilia collection.

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Michael Theune

Robert Harrington Professor of English,  University Writing Program Director, and Department Chair

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

Professor Theune’s love of surprises—in jokes, mysteries, The Prestige has led him, often with student assistants, to explore the art of the twist in poetry.

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Adjunct Assistant Professors

Diana Jaher


Adjunct Instructors

Kathleen Zurkowski


Professors Emeriti

Mary Ann Bushman
Barbara Bowman
Robert Bray
Lynn DeVore
Pamela Muirhead 
Alison Sainsbury
Dan Terkla



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