Faculty & Staff

Meet the faculty and staff of the Rollins Department of English.


Vidhu Aggarwal
Associate Professor of English
Carnegie Hall - Room 102
T. 407.646.2387

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.

William Boles
Professor of English
Carnegie Hall - Room 106
T. 407.646.2216

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.

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Victoria Brown
Assistant Professor
Carnegie Hall - Room 115
T. 407.646.2047
Martha Cheng
Associate Professor
Orlando Hall - Room 135
T. 407.646.2603

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.

Lori Coffae
Orlando Hall - Room 110
T. 407.646.2377
B.A. University of Florida
M.A. University of Central Florida
Ph.D. New Mexico State University

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.

Edward Cohen
Carnegie Hall - Room 104
T. 407.646.2425
B.A. University of Maryland
M.A. University of Iowa
Ph.D. University of New Mexico

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.

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Philip F. Deaver
T. 407.646.2107
Visit WebsiteB.A. St. Joseph’s College
M.A. Ball State University
Ed.D. University of Virginia

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.

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James Driggers
Orlando Hall - Room 104
T: 407.646.2629

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.

Matthew Forsythe
Assistant Professor
Orlando Hall - Room 106
T. 407.691.1341

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.

Carol Frost
Carnegie Hall - Room 138
T. 407.646.2839
B.A. SUNY, Oneonta
M.A. Syracuse University

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).

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Jill Jones
Carneige Hall - Room 136
T. 407.646.2528
B.A. University of New Hampshire
M.A. University of New Hampshire
Ph.D. Tufts University

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.

Lucy Littler
Orlando Hall - Room 102
T. 407.646.2502

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.

Jana Mathews
Assistant Professor of English
Carnegie Hall - Room 113
T. 407.646.2666
B.A. Brigham Young University
M.A. University of Colorado-Boulder
Ph.D. Duke University

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.

Alan Nordstrom
Carnegie Hall - Room 103
T. 407.646.2324
Visit WebsiteA.B. Yale University
M.A. University of Michigan
Ph.D. University of Michigan

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.

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Maurice O'Sullivan
Carnegie Hall - Room 105
T. 407.646.2662
Visit WebsiteA.B. Fairfield University
M.A. Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University

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).

Amy Parziale
Visiting Professor
Carnegie Hall - Room 204
Paul Reich
Associate Professor
Carnegie Hall – Room 101
T. 407.691.1273
A.B. Rollins College
M.A. Purdue University
Ph.D. Purdue University

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.

Emily Russell
Associate Professor
Carnegie Hall - Room 114
T. 407.691.1340
B.A. Cornell University
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

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

Kristin Winet
Assistant Professor
Carnegie Hall - Room 137
T. 407.646.1931
Anne Zimmermann
Orlando Hall – Room 211
T. 407.691.1705
B.A. Westminster College
M.F.A. Purdue University


Jessica Love
Administrative Assistant
Carnegie Hall - Room 201
T. 407.646.2666

Emeritus Faculty

Barbara Carson
Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Professor of English (1979-2007)
B.A., Florida State University
M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Margaret “Maggie” Dunn
Professor of English, and Coordinator of English Major and Minor in the Hamilton Holt School (1989-2008)
B.A. and M.A., Stetson University
Ph.D., Indiana University at Bloomington.
Steve Phelan
Professor of English (1971-2007)
Visit WebsiteA.B., The Pontifical College Josephinum
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Thaddeus Seymour
Professor of English and President Emeritus, (1978-1990)
B.A. University of California at Berkeley
M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jean West
Irving Bacheller Chair of Creative Writing (1972-1997)
M.F.A., Cornell University
Twila Papay

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.

Lezlie Laws
Professor Emerita of English
Visit WebsiteB.A. University of Missouri
M.A. North Texas State University
Ph.D. University of Missouri

Professor Laws specializes in rhetoric, composition theory and literary non-fiction. She has published essays on rhetorical theory and creative non-fiction.

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Department of English
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1000 Holt Ave. – 2766
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T. 407.646.2666