With specialists in literature, rhetoric, creative writing, and language, our department is able to offer a range of upper-division courses to support the development of our majors in English, English for Corporate Communications, and Creative Writing. Moreover, our diverse range of courses appeals to students from across CBU's campus. All of our full-time faculty teach freshman and sophomore-level courses, including first-year composition and general education literature. These courses have small class sizes and student-centered environments.
Dr. Kevin Chovanec, Assistant Professor, studies early modern literature, focusing particularly on intellectual history, book history, religion and literature, the Renaissance theater, and digital humanities. He did his undergraduate work at Marquette University in his hometown, Milwaukee, WI, where a particularly engaging Shakespeare course converted him from a Computer Science major to an English major; he received his MA from the University of Chicago and his Ph. D. from the University of North Carolina. In his research, he is fascinated by sites of cultural exchange, and, relatedly, the technologies that facilitate it – whether codex or computer, the sonnet or a blog. In early modern literature, this might comprise seventeenth-century English players performing Shakespeare in English for German-speaking audiences, or multilingual poetry collections celebrating learned humanist rulers. In the classroom, this interest has manifested itself in service-learning classes that build digital exhibits of student activism on campus or partner with local high school students to adapt Shakespeare. In all his work, he is curious about how the circulation of art and ideas across linguistic and cultural borders gives shape to both ourselves and our communities.
Dr. Karen B. Golightly (Department Chair), Associate Professor, specializes in Victorian literature and creative writing. She received her B.A. from Rhodes College in 1989, her M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Memphis in 1994, and her Ph.D. in 19th century Irish and British literature from Southern Illinois University in 2007. She is the faculty sponsor of CBU's literary journal, Castings, the advisor of the Creative Writing Club, the Director of the Creative Writing Program, and the Director of Fresh Reads, CBU’s summer reading experience for incoming freshmen. She also teaches a variety of courses at CBU, including first-year composition, survey of literature, creative writing, and several Victorian literature classes. Her main area of research is 19th-century Irish folklore and culture.
Dr. Golightly's Recent Upper-Division Courses
- ENG 376: Creative Writing Workshop (Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016)
- ENG 401: Poetry Workshop (Fall 2016)
- ENG 451: Fiction Workshop (Fall 2015)
- ENG 462: SPTP: Victorian Literature - Crime and Horror (Spring 2015, Fall 2017)
- ENG 378: Introduction to Literary Nonfiction (Fall 2014)
Federico C. Gomez Uroz, Assistant Professor, has been at CBU since 2004. Before CBU, he studied and worked in Spain and then at the University of Memphis, where he got his master's in Romance Languages. In addition to teaching, he designs and develops online/hybrid language courses. He combines his background in psychology, romance languages, and instructional design to explore the applications of game theory and gamification in the learning of foreign languages. He also works in the development of educational games for this purpose. When he is not working, he enjoys film, board games, and traveling.
Professor Gomez's Recent Upper-Division Courses
- SPAN 302: Composition and Conversation II (Spring 2017, Spring 2015)
- SPAN 301: Composition and Conversation I (Fall 2016, Fall 2014)
- SPAN 316: Business Spanish (Spring 2016)
- SPAN 387: SPTP: Hispanic Culture Through Film (Fall 2015, Fall 2017)
- SPAN 481: SPTP: Hispanic Social Issues (Fall 2013)
Dr. Jeffrey Gross, Associate Professor, specializes in American literary and cultural studies, antebellum American literature, literature and democracy, the American novel, social theory, and composition theory. His work looks at the intersections of literature with political, historical, and social contexts that affected citizenship and civic identity in the antebellum period. At CBU, Dr. Gross teaches courses in American Literature, General Education literature, and first-year composition. Originally from Jamestown, NY, Dr. Gross received his B.A. in English from Canisius College, a Jesuit institution in Buffalo, NY. He holds an M.A. in English from Indiana State University, where he also received the College of Arts and Science’s Dean’s Educational Excellence Award for his teaching, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, focusing on 19th Century American Studies. At UK, he received numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the Graduate School’s Dissertation Year Fellowship, the Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award, and the College of Arts and Science’s Certificate for Outstanding Teaching. Gross researches democracy and legal personhood in the Antebellum U.S. His work has appeared in the South Atlantic Review, The CEA Forum, The CEA Critic, and Present Tense. Dr. Gross is also an RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) certified running coach and avid runner. You can learn more about him on his website.
Dr. Gross's Recent Upper-Division Courses
- ENG 468: SPTP: The Black Atlantic and African Diaspora in Literature and Culture (Spring 2017)
- ENG 341: Nineteenth-Century American Novel (Fall 2016)
- ENG 464: SPTP: America's Gilded Age(s) in Literature and Culture (Fall 2015)
- ENG 394: Honors SPTP: American Masculinities (Spring 2015)
- ENG 361: African American Literature (Fall 2014)
- ENG 332: Survey of American Literature II (Spring 2014)
- ENG 331; Survey of American Literature I (Fall 2013, Fall 2017)
Dr. Karyna McGlynn, Assistant Professor, hails from Austin, TX. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Seattle University, her M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Michigan in 2007, and her Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from University of Houston in 2015. Dr. McGlynn is the author of Hothouse (Sarabande Books 2017), and I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl (Sarabande Books 2009). Her poems have recently appeared in The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, Ninth Letter, Georgia Review, Witness, and The Academy of American Poet’s Poem-A-Day. Karyna’s teaching and research interests include poetry in performance, humor writing, creative nonfiction, the female gothic, and literary translation. In her spare time, she enjoys swing dancing, stand-up comedy, and flipping through dusty bins of vinyl. You can learn more about her on her website.
Dr. McGlynn's Recent Upper-Division Courses
- ENG 378: Literary Nonfiction Workshop (Fall 2017)
Dr. Clayann Gilliam Panetta, Professor, received her B.A. from Blue Mountain College; and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Old Dominion University. Her specialty area is rhetoric and composition. As such a practitioner, she teaches a variety of writing courses, including First-Year Composition, Advanced Composition, Scientific/Technical Writing, Business Communications, and Rhetoric and Power. She also directs the CBU Writing and Communications Corner. Her primary research interests include Contrastive Rhetoric and varying aspects of Rhetorical Power.
Dr. Panetta's Recent Upper-Division Courses
- ENG 371: Business Communications (Spring 2017)
- ENG 488: Writing Center Practicum (Fall 2016)
- ENG 301: Intercultural Communication (Spring 2016)
- ENG 373: Advanced Composition (Fall 2014)
Dr. Juliette Paul, Assistant Professor, joined the Department of Literature and Languages in the fall of 2016. She is a scholar and teacher of Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature and culture. Her areas of specialty include Early American literature, print and religious culture, transatlantic studies, and the study of manuscripts, which are handwritten texts. Dr. Paul’s current book project, entitled British Devotion and the Writing of Early America, demonstrates the American origins of eighteenth-century British novels and poems. She has assisted in editing the Cambridge edition of Jonathan Swift’s poems. With students and colleagues, Dr. Paul has developed and contributed to digital humanities projects. In her spare time, she enjoys reading literary criticism, journaling, running, hiking, and being with family.
Dr. Paul's Recent Upper-Division Course
- ENG 445: Romantic Prose and Poetry (Spring 2017)
Dr. Tawny LeBouef Tullia, Assistant Professor, was born and raised in very south Louisiana. She studied as an artist to earn her B.F.A. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. After earning her M.A. in English with a concentration in literature, Tawny earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric at Texas Woman’s University. She is also completing an M.A. in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies.
Dr. Tullia studies sport and rhetoric at the intersections of race and gender, building community in the classroom and professional spaces, and the affect intuitions (connaissance and conocimiento) have on our reading practices. She is currently working on a co-written piece on authenticity in the classroom and a large collaborative project regarding Serena Williams as an icon. Her research interests include critical theory; rhetoric, sport, and gender studies; philosophies of becoming; affect theory; as well as modern and contemporary American literature and poetry. Dr. Tullia teaches in CBU’s English for Corporate Communications program.
Dr. Tullia's Recent Upper-Division Course
- English 332: American Literature From 1865 (Spring 2018)
- English 371: Professional Communication (in rotation)
- English 380: Rhetoric and Critical Race Theory (Fall 2018)
- English 300: Topics in Rhetorical Theory (Spring 2019)
- English 304: Rhetorics, Pop Culture, and Sport (Fall 2019)
Sarah K. Woods, Full-Time Instructor and Language Center Coordinator, studied and taught Spanish in Mississippi and at the University of Mississippi, where she received her M.A. in Spanish Literature. Before pursuing her master’s, Sarah received her B.A. in International Studies and Spanish through the Croft Institute of International Studies at the University of Mississippi. In addition to teaching, Sarah has always had a passion for study abroad and cultural exchange. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Uruguay and Bolivia. Her time in South America granted her the opportunity to study Portuguese, further advance her Spanish skills, and gain cultural awareness. Through study abroad and independent research she composed her thesis, Analysis of Infant and Maternal Mortality as Indicators of Health Care Utilization by Indigenous Women in La Paz, Bolivia: The Importance of Cultural Access. As the Language Center Coordinator, Sarah hopes to develop language and cultural centered programming for CBU students.
Additional Department Personnel
Olivia Clark, Adjunct Instructor (English)
Vicki Dabney, Adjunct Instructor (English)
Christiane Gilbert, Adjunct Instructor (French)
Melanie Hawkins, Adjunct Instructor (English)
Kerry Hollis Goff, Adjunct Instructor (English)
Kristian O'Hare, Ph.D., Adjunct Instructor (English)
Telissah Williams, Adjunct Instructor (Spanish)