Faculty and Staff

Vidhu Aggarwal

Vidhu Aggarwal

Associate Professor of English (2005; 2011); B.A., University of Chicago; M.A., 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.

E-mail: vaggarwal@rollins.edu

 Bill Boles

William Boles

Professor of English (1995; 2006); 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.

Curriculum Vitae

E-mail: wboles@rollins.edu

 martha cheng

Martha Cheng

Associate Professor (2003; 2009); 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.

E-mail: mcheng@rollins.edu
 Lori Coffae

Lori Coffae

Lecturer (2011); B.A. Literature, University of Florida; M.A. Technical Writing, University of Central Florida; Ph.D., Rhetoric and Professional Communication, 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.

Email: lcoffae@rollins.edu

 Ed Cohen

Edward Cohen

William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English (1967; 1979); 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.

Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: ecohen@rollins.edu

 Phil Deaver

Philip Deaver

Writer in Residence and Professor of English, (1998; 2009); B.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.

Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: pdeaver@rollins.edu
Web site: http://www.philipfdeaver.com/
 Fleming

Patrick C. Fleming

Visiting Assistant Professor (2012); B. A., Pomona College; M. A., Ph.D, University of Virginia.

Professor Fleming’s teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century British literature, the history of the novel, children’s literature, Romanticism, and digital humanities. He has published and presented about Sarah Fielding, Victorian periodicals, Charles Dickens, the psychology of learning in the Victorian period, and teaching the Harry Potter novels to college students.

E-mail: pfleming@rollins.edu
Curriculum Vitae
 Matthew Forsythe

Matthew Forsythe

Lecturer (2011); 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.

E-mail: mforsythe@rollins.edu
 Carol Frost

Carol Frost

Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Professor of English (2008); 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).

Curriculum Vitae
 Jill Jones

 Jill Jones

Professor of English (1996); B.A., 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.

E-mail: jcjones@rollins.edu
 Lezlie Laws

Lezlie Laws

Professor Emerita of English, (1989; 1999); B.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.

Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: llaws@rollins.edu
Web site: http://www.lezlielaws.com
 Lucy Littler

Lucy R. Littler

Lecturer (2011); 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.
 
E-mail: llittler@rollins.edu
Jessica Love

Jessica Love

Administrative Assistant (2013); B.A., University of Central Florida

E-mail: jlove@rollins.edu

 Jana Mathews

Jana Mathews

Assistant Professor of English (2010); 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.

E-mail: jmathews@rollins.edu

 Alan Nordstrom

 Alan Nordstrom

Professor of English (1970; 1986); A.B., Yale University; M.A., 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.

Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: anordstrom@rollins.edu
Web site: http://alan-nordstrom.blogspot.com (verses, essays, photos)
 Maurice O'Sullivan

 

Maurice O’Sullivan

Professor of English, (1975; 1980) and Kenneth Curry Chair in Literature; A.B., Fairfield University; M.A., 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).

E-mail: mosullivan@rollins.edu
Website: http://myweb.rollins.edu/mosullivan/

 

 Twila Papay

Twila Papay

Professor of English and Writing (1985; 1991); B.A., Clarion University of Pennsylvania; M.A., 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.

E-mail: tpapay@rollins.edu
 Paul Reich

Paul Reich

Assistant Professor (2007); A.B., English and History, Rollins College; M.A., American Studies, Purdue University; Ph.D., American Studies, 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.

E-mail: preich@rollins.edu
Emily Russell

Emily Russell

Associate Professor of English (2007; 2013); B.A., Cornell University; M.A., 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.

E-mail: erussell@rollins.edu

 Anne Zimmermann

Anne Zimmermann

Rollins Lecturer (2007); B.A., English, Westminster College; M.F.A., Poetry, Purdue University; Ph.D. (expected 2009), American Literature, Purdue University

E-mail: azimmermann@rollins.edu

 

Emeritus Faculty

Barbara Carson 

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.
 Maggie Dunn

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

 

Steve Phelan

Professor of English (1971-2007); A.B., The Pontifical College Josephinum; Ph.D., The Ohio State University

 

E-mail: sphelan@rollins.edu
Website: http://myweb.rollins.edu/sphelan/
Song of Wekiva Ebook version: http://scholarship.rollins.edu/as_facpub/31/  

 Thaddeus Seymour

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

Jean West

Irving Bacheller Chair of Creative Writing (1972-1997); M.F.A., Cornell University.