College of Arts and Sciences

Writing Faculty

“You fail only if you stop writing.”
-  Ray Bradbury

Faculty (A-N)

Barbara Ashwood, Assistant Professor

Phone: (309) 298-2431
Email: b-ashwood@wiu.edu
Office: 009 Simpkins Hall

Research/Interests:

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Composition
  • Gender Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • 20th Century Drama and Literature

Neil Baird, Associate Professor & University Writing Center Director

Phone: (309) 298-2815
Email: np-baird@wiu.edu
Office: 326 Simpkins Hall

Research/Interests:

  • Writing Transfer
  • Writing Centers
  • Research Methods
  • Online Rhetoric

Dan BarclayDan Barclay, Instructor

Phone: ( 309) 298-2639
Email: d-barclay@wiu.edu
Office: 138B Simpkins Hall

Research/Interests

  • Composition
  • American Studies
  • Liberal Arts

fernandez Jose Fernandez, Assistant
Professor

Phone: (309) 298-1042
Email: jo-fernandez@wiu.edu
Office: 008 Simpkins Hall

Research/Interests:
  • Composition Studies
  • 19th- and 20th-century American Literature
  • Multi-Ethnic Literature

Jerry Hansen, Instructor

Phone: (309) 298-1113
Email: ja-hansen@wiu.edu
Office: 222 Simpkins Hall

Research/Interests:

  • Composition
  • History of Rock and Roll
  • Gardening
  • The JFK and Lincoln Assassinations
  • Creative Writing
  • Genealogy

Barb LawhornBarbara Lawhorn (Harroun), Assistant
Professor

Phone: (309) 255-2754
Email: bc-harroun@wiu.edu
Office: 216 Simpkins Hall

Research/Interests:

  • Creative Writing
  • Developmental Writing
  • Literacy Activism
  • Reading
  • Running
  • Collaborating

Magdelyn Helwig, Assistant
Professor & Writing Program
Director

Phone: (309) 298-2136
Email: mh-helwig@wiu.edu
Office: 127 Simpkins Hall

Research/Interests:

  • Verbal-Visual Collaboration
  • Writing Program Administration
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Poetry
  • Creative Writing

Bill Knox, Professor

Phone: (309) 298-2505
Email: wl-knox@wiu.edu
Office: 013 Simpkins Hall

Research/Interests:

  • Composition
  • Teaching Writing
  • Cultural Sustainability
  • Beat Generation Literature

Faculty (O-Z)

Kathleen O'Donnell-Brown, Instructor

Phone: (309) 298-1426
Email: k-odonnell-brown@wiu.edu
Office: 317 Simpkins Hall

Brenda Porter, Instructor

Phone: (309) QC x 66023
Email: bm-porter@wiu.edu
Office: QC Complex 2207

Research/Interests:

  • Composition Pedagogy
  • Ecocomposition
  • Great Books
  • Leisure Experiences and Learning

Penny Rigg (Clause), Instructor

Phone: (309) 255-6341
Email: pa-rigg@wiu.edu
Office: 213 Simpkins Hall

Research/Interests:

  • Composition Pedagogy
  • Writing
  • Reading mysteries/thrillers
  • Slave Narratives

William Thompson, Professor

Phone: (309) 298-1218
Email: wa-thompson@wiu.edu
Office: Malpass Library, SI 138C

Research/Interests:

  • Labor Issues in Academia
  • Poetry
  • Photography

Christy Wherley, Instructor

Phone: (309) 298-2502
Email: cm-wherley@wiu.edu
Office: 213 Simpkins Hall

Research/Interests:

  • Composition Studies
  • Mentoring Students and Student Teachers
  • Young Adult Fiction

Alisha White, Assistant Professor

Phone: (309) 298-1548
Email: a-white2@wiu.edu
Office: 226C Simpkins Hall

Research/Interest:

  • Young Adult Literature
  • Disability Studies
  • Secondary English Education
  • Arts Based Research

 

Jacque Wilson-Jordan Jacque Wilson-Jordan,
Assistant Professor

Phone:  (309) 298-2440
Email: j-wilson-jordan@wiu.edu
Office: 023 Simpkins Hall

Research/Interests:

  • Developmental Writing
  • The American Short Story
  • Folk Music

Rebecca Wort, Instructor

Phone:  (309) 298-2757
Email: rl-wort@wiu.edu
Office: 138A Simpkins Hall

 

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