Meet the faculty and staff of the Rollins Department of English.
B.A. University of Chicago
M.A. University of Southern California
Ph.D. University of Southern California
Professor Aggarwal’s field is contemporary and modernist poetry and poetics, with specialties in visual culture and Anglophone literatures. Her poetry and photo-text works have appeared in a number of journals.
B.A. Wake Forest
M.A. University of Maine
Ph.D. University of Tennessee
Professor Boles' field is Dramatic Literature with a special emphasis in Contemporary American and British drama, and he is the Director of Darkness Visible Radio Theatre. He has published essays and reviews on Martin McDonagh, Wendy Wasserstein, Samuel Beckett, Shelagh Delaney, and The Second Shepherd's Play.
B.A. Christendom College
M.A. Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University
Professor Cheng's field is rhetoric. Her areas of teaching and research include rhetorical theory, argumentation, visual rhetoric, discourse studies, and professional writing. She has published and presented papers on practical reasoning, narrative manifestations of ethos, and rhetorical strategies in self-help discourse.
Dr. Coffae's research and teaching interests include Medical Rhetoric; Professional Writing; Argument; and the Rhetoric of Humor. She has published and presented papers on Technology and Literacy; First-Year Composition and Student Identity; and Training Healthcare Professionals.
Professor Cohen's primary field is Victorian studies. His major publications include Works and Criticism of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1969), The Henley-Stevenson Quarrel (1974), Ebenezer Cooke: The Sotweed Canon (1975), and A Song of Glasgow Town: The Collected Poems of Marion Bernstein (2013). He has held research fellowships at the Henry E. Huntington Library, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh University, and the National Humanities Center.
Professor Deaver teaches Creative Writing and Contemporary American Short Fiction. His publications include the story collection Silent Retreats (winner, Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction), which includes "Arcola Girls" (O. Henry Prize Stories, 1988), and a poetry collection, How Men Pray. He has edited an anthology of baseball essays, Scoring from Second: Writers on Baseball and co-edited an anthology of the work of nationally significant local writers, The Orlando Group and Friends.
BA, University of Georgia
MFA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Before coming to Rollins, Mr. Driggers taught writing and humanities at UNC Asheville from 2001-2012; he also served as director of creative writing in his final year there. He has also authored two plays, many short stories, some of which have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Rapid River Review, and in the 2010 Saints and Sinners Festival Anthology of new fiction. His collection of Southern Gothic novellas, Lovesick, will be published by Kensington Press in April 2015.
B.A. Calvin College
M.A. University of Tennessee
Ph.D. University of Georgia
Dr. Forsythe specializes in writing fiction and creative nonfiction. In addition to writing workshops, he teaches courses on American literature, the wilderness, and reading & writing about sports. His research interests include the fragmentation in early American literature and the elusive narrator in 20th century fiction.
Professor Frost teaches poetry and directs Winter with the Writers. Along with essays in aesthetics, her poetry publications include Honeycomb (2010), The Queen’s Desertion (2006), I Will Say Beauty (2003), Love and Scorn (2000), New and Selected Poems (2000), Venus and Don Juan (1996), and Pure (1993).
Professor Jones' teaching interests include 19th and 20th century American literature, African American literature, women writers, and autobiography. She is the former editor of The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature.
B.A. North Carolina State University
M.A. Appalachian State University
Ph.D. Florida State University
Dr. Littler’s field is twentieth-century American literature. Her research and teaching interests include American exceptionalism and the meanings of race in contemporary American culture.
Dr. Mathews’ research and teaching focus on the literature and culture of medieval England, with concentrations in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century alliterative poetry, legal studies, textual culture, and kingship. Essays have appeared in journals and edited collections published by Bedford St. Martins, the University of Michigan and Cornell University presses. In addition, she was co-author (with English major Zack Uliasz and Rollins alumnus Mark Miller) of "The Royal Celebration," a 90-minute high-tech stage adaptation of the One Thousand and One Nights legends at Arabian Nights dinner theater in Orlando.
Professor Nordstrom's area of specialty is the English Renaissance, and his teaching includes Shakespearean and Renaissance literature, major English writings, and personal essay writing.
His publications include The Good Life, According to Me; Come, Spirit; Ped-Antics and Soul Search Sonnets.
Professor O'Sullivan specializes in 18th-century English literature, minority literature, popular culture, and Florida studies.
In addition to articles on literature and pedagogy, he has published The Florida Reader (1991); Florida in Poetry (1995); Smith's Book of Job (1996); Crime Fiction and Films in the Sunshine State (1997); Shakespeare's Other Lives (1997); Elizabeth and Orange Pulp (2000); Shakespeare Plays the Classroom (2003).
Professor Reich's areas of teaching and research include late 19th and 20th century American literature, African American literature, the American West, interdisciplinary studies and popular culture.
Professor Russell's field is American literature with an emphasis in 20th and 21st century fiction, the multiethnic novel, and theories of embodiment. Her book, Reading Embodied Citizenship: Disability, Narrative, and the Body Politic (Rutgers University Press, 2011), is part of the Mellon Foundation's American Literatures Initiative
B.A., Clarion University of Pennsylvania
M.A.. Purdue University
Ph.D. Purdue University
Professor Papay specializes in composition and rhetorical analysis, personal and travel writing, journal studies, science fiction, and romantic literature. She has widely published on rhetoric, pedagogy, science fiction, and eighteenth and nineteenth century literature.
Professor Laws specializes in rhetoric, composition theory and literary non-fiction. She has published essays on rhetorical theory and creative non-fiction.