• Mary Ann Bushman

    Associate Professor of English

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

     If you hear strange sounds coming from the classroom next door, it could be Professor Bushman, who often has her students chant and act out Shakespeare.

    Contact: (309) 556-3244mbushman@iwu.edu

  • 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. 

    Contact: (309) 556-3090wchapman@iwu.edu

  • Joanne Diaz

    Associate Professor of English and Department Chair

    ( 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.

    Contact: (309) 556-3246jdiaz@iwu.edu

  • Kathleen O'Gorman

    Professor of English

    ( 20th- and 21st-century British and Irish literature, 20th- and 21st-century experimental fiction, American and British drama )

    Dr. O is notorious for wearing earrings that reflect the texts she’s teaching, and her short fictions have been published as part of an iPhone app. 

    Contact: (309) 556-3242kogorman@iwu.edu

  • 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.”

    Contact: (309) 556-3352jplath@iwu.edu

  • Brandi Reissenweber

    Assistant 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.

    Contact: (309) 556-3241breissen@iwu.edu

  • Molly Robey

    Assistant 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.

    Contact: (309) 556-3249mrobey@iwu.edu

  • Alison Sainsbury

    Associate Professor of English

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

    Dr. Sainsbury, an avid kayaker who enjoys paddling local lakes, has traveled to Jordan and South Africa in order to enhance some of her most popular courses.   

    Contact: (309) 556-3165asainsb@iwu.edu

  • Dan Terkla

    Professor of English 

    ( Medieval studies, Beat writers, travel narratives, interdisciplinary humanities )

    A serious bicyclist who consults medieval maps and not a Garmin, Dr. Terkla often holds class at his nearby 100-year-old home.

    Contact: (309) 556-3649terkla@iwu.edu

  • Michael Theune

    Professor of English and University Writing Program Director

    ( 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.

    Contact: (309) 556-3168mtheune@iwu.edu


Professors Emeriti

Barbara Bowman
Robert Bray
Lynn DeVore
Pamela Muirhead