Literature & Languages Faculty

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Literature & Languages Faculty


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.

Full-Time Faculty

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 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)
  • SPAN 481: SPTP: Hispanic Social Issues (Fall 2013)

Dr. Karen B. Golightly, 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 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 (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)
  • ENG 378: Introduction to Literary Nonfiction (Fall 2014)

Dr. Jeffrey Gross (Department Chair), 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, and The CEA Critic. Dr. Gross is also an RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) certified running coach and avid runner.

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)

Dr. Alison A. Lukowski, Assistant Professor, hails from the northern shore of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and comes to CBU from Chicagoland and Northern Illinois University. She received her B.A. in English and Political Science from Alma College, her M.A. in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago, and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Northern Illinois University. She teaches first-year composition, business communication, and writing for digital media. Alison’s research focuses how rhetoric shapes the development of new media. Currently, she is working on an article about genre and gender in Wikipedia. She is also working on her book project about the rhetoric of revolution in new media discourse. Her research interests include digital rhetoric, new media studies, history of rhetoric, women and rhetoric, and first-year composition. Dr. Lukowski serves as Writing Program Administrator.

Dr. Lukowski's Recent Upper-Division Courses

  • ENG 462: SPTP: The Rhetoric of Revolution and Rebellion (Spring 2017)
  • ENG 303: Digital Rhetoric (Fall 2016)
  • ENG 300: Rhetoric and Communications Theory (Spring 2016)
  • ENG 371: Business Communications (Spring, Summer, and Fall 2016)
  • ENG 489: ECC Capstone Internship (Spring 2016, Spring 2017)

Dr. Vincent O’Neill, Professor, received his B.A. (Hons) and his M.A. from the University of Windsor, Canada, and his Ph.D. from University College of the University of London, England, specializing in Tudor and Renaissance studies. He has served on numerous university and departmental committees, including the Rank and Tenure Committee, the Faculty Review Committee, the Sabbatical Committee, the Career Center Advisory Board, and the Faculty Policy Committee, among others. He teaches a variety of courses, including Shakespeare, Prose and Poetry of the English Renaissance, Modern Poetry, British Survey, etc. He has published widely in various poetry journals and is negotiating the publication of books of his poetry. He pursues an interest in French Symbolism and its influence on poetry in English. 

Dr. O'Neill's Recent Upper-Division Courses

  • ENG 441: Shakespeare (Spring 2017)
  • ENG 352: Modern Poetry (Spring 2016)
  • ENG 442: Renaissance Literature (Fall 2015)

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)

Sarah K. Woods, Language Center Coordinator, studied and taught Spanish in Mississippi and at the University of Mississippi, where she received her master’s 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 programing for CBU students.

Dr. Ann Marie Wranovix, Professor in Literature and Languages, was born in Memphis, but grew up on a small farm near Jackson, Tennessee, along with her eight younger brothers and sisters. "On the farm I learned that I much preferred reading a book to chopping cotton or picking butterbeans, and I’ve been reading books ever since." Her love of literature led her to Vanderbilt University, where she was a double major in English and history. After receiving her B.A. at Vanderbilt, she earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University, where she wrote her dissertation on Shakespeare’s history plays. She teaches a variety of courses, mostly in classical, medieval, and early modern literature, and also in the honors program. During the past few years, she has pursued research interests in memoir and spiritual autobiography as well as several modern and contemporary fiction writers, including Lee Smith and Gail Godwin.

Dr. Wranovix's Recent Upper-Division Courses

  • ENG 463: SPTP: Dante (Fall 2016)
  • ENG 440: Chaucer (Spring 2016)
  • ENG 467: Honors SPTP: Detective Fiction (Fall 2015)
  • ENG 386: SPTP: Greek Literature in Translation (Spring 2015)
  • ENG 432: Medieval Literature (Fall 2014)
  • ENG 380: SPTP: Reading King Lear (Spring 2014)

Additional Department Personnel


Olivia Clark, Adjunct Instructor (English)

Darren Elzie, Adjunct Instructor (English)

Christiane Gilbert, Adjunct Instructor (French)

Dr. Rachel Leigh Smith, Adjunct Instructor (English)

Tania Traller, Adjunct Instructor (Spanish)

Telissah Williams, Adjunct Instructor (Spanish)