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Faculty and Staff

 

Faculty

Dr. Terry L. Beers
Interim Department Chair/Professor
Dr. Terry Beers teaches a variety of subjects, including courses in writing and American literature. His research interests include modern American writing-especially the works of California poet Robinson Jeffers-and the California social novel. Read the full profile »
Dr. Simone Billings
Director of Core Writing; Senior Lecturer in English
Simone J. Billings, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, received her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from Stanford University. Read the full profile »
Dr. Mitali Biswas
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer
Mitali Biswas has been teaching for Santa Clara University as an Adjunct Lecturer since 2003. She also teaches Composition and Rhetoric and Women's Studies at West Valley College. Read the full profile »
Dr. Sherry Booth
Senior Lecturer
Sherryl Booth is a Senior Lecturer where she teaches a variety of courses in Composition and Literature and serves as faculty advisor for the English Club. Read the full profile »
Dr. Phyllis Brown
Associate Provost, Undergraduate Studies; Professor
Phyllis Brown is Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Professor in the Department of English, received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1979 and has been teaching at Santa Clara University since 1982. Read the full profile »
Dr. Michelle Burnham
Department Chair/Professor
Michelle Burnham teaches and publishes in early American literature, Native American literature, transatlantic and transpacific literature, and popular culture. Read the full profile »
Dr. Stephen Carroll
Senior Lecturer
Stephen Carroll is a Senior Lecturer who teaches both core writing and business writing classes. He is the director of the English Department Internship Program. Read the full profile »
Dr. Juliana Chang
Associate Chair/Associate Professor
Associate Professor Juliana Chang teaches Asian American/American Literature, Psychoanalytic Theory, Poetry, and Asian American Women courses. She received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, and has previously taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and at Boston College. Read the full profile »
Kristin Conard
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Kristin Conard is an Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer teaching critical thinking and writing. She studied creative and critical writing for her master's degree from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. Read the full profile »
Dr. Theresa Conefrey
Lecturer
Theresa Conefrey has been teaching at Santa Clara University since 2001. Although she has taught mostly graduate courses in technical writing, and technical presentations in the School of Engineering, she has also taught some undergraduate courses in expository writing, and technical writing in the Departments of English and Civil Engineering. Read the full profile »
Dr. Melissa Donegan
Lecturer
Melissa Donegan is a Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer who teaches courses in Critical Thinking and Writing. Melissa has recently taught courses in nineteenth-century British literature and culture at the University of Iowa. Read the full profile »
Dr. Diane Dreher
Professor
Diane Dreher is a Professor who teaches a wide variety of courses including Renaissance Literature, Spiritual Autobiography, Milton, Shakespeare, Creative Nonfiction and Literature and Religion. Read the full profile »
Dr. Mary Judith Dunbar
Associate Professor
Mary Judith Dunbar is an Associate Professor whose specialty is Shakespeare. She is also affiliated with Women and Gender Studies program. Dr. Dunbar, received her Ph.D. in English and Humanities from Stanford University and has also studied in England at the University of Bristol and the University of London. Read the full profile »
Dr. Marilyn Edelstein
Associate Professor
Marilyn Edelstein is an Associate Professor who specializes in Contemporary Literature and Critical Theory. She is affiliated with the Women and Gender Studies program. Dr. Edelstein has been on the SCU faculty since 1987. She is also a faculty member in the Women's and Gender Studies Program and an Associate with the Center for Multicultural Learning. Read the full profile »
Dr. Eileen Razzari Elrod
Professor
Eileen Razzari Elrod is a Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies, specializing in early and nineteenth-century American literature, with particular interests in autobiography. She teaches American lit and Critical Thinking and Writing. Read the full profile »
Robin Everest
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer
Robin Everest teaches Technical Communications for Engineers in the English Department and Business Communications in the School of Business. She received her BS from UC Berkeley and her MBA from the University of Chicago. Read the full profile »
Dr. Susan Frisbie
Senior Lecturer
Susan Frisbie is a Senior Lecturer who teaches a variety of writing and literature classes reflecting her particular interests: composition, rhetoric (in various genres and media), 19th century British literature, and children's literature. Read the full profile »
Dr. Andrew Garavel S.J.
Associate Professor
Associate Professor Andrew Garavel S.J. teaches courses in Literature and Composition and Rhetoric. He joined the English department in 2005. After his undergraduate education at Fairfield University, he studied philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago, earned a masters degree in English at the University of Chicago, taught at Fairfield College Preparatory School and went on to theological studies at Regis College, University of Toronto. Read the full profile »
Dr. Kirk Glaser
Senior Lecturer
Kirk Glaser is a Senior Lecturer who teaches courses in Critical Thinking and Writing with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Society and the Environment. He also teaches Creative Writing and Poetry and serves as Faculty Advisor to the Santa Clara Review. Read the full profile »
Dr. Jill Goodman Gould
Senior Lecturer/Assistant Director of Writing
Jill Goodman Gould is a Senior Lecturer who teaches Composition and Literature courses. She is the director of the Credential Program for students wishing to teach at the secondary level. Read the full profile »
Allia Griffin
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Allia Ida Griffin currently teaches in the English Department at Santa Clara University. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Literature and Cultural Studies Program at University of California, San Diego. Her research navigates the intersection of literature and performance emerging from the African and Middle Eastern diasporas through narratives of captivity, memory, haunting and nostalgia. Read the full profile »
Dr. Ron Hansen
Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J. Professor
Ron Hansen is the Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J. Professor in the department who specializes in Screenwriting. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska and educated at Creighton University, the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, and Stanford University; at Stanford he held a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship. Read the full profile »
Dr. John Hawley
Professor
John Hawley is a Professor in the English Department. He has taught courses as varied as beginning Composition and Rhetoric to Pan-African Literature, Postcolonial and Commonweatlth Literatures, Contemporary Literature, Introduction to Poetry, Indian Literature and courses in the Women and Gender Studies program Read the full profile »
Dr. Jackie Hendricks
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Jackie Hendricks recently received her Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University, writing a dissertation that focused on literature from medieval England and Scotland, but is best known at Northwestern for teaching a course on Harry Potter. Read the full profile »
Dr. John Hessler
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer
John Hessler has been teaching in the English Department at Santa Clara University since 2009. He received his Ph.D. in English from Stanford University. This year, John is teaching courses in Critical Thinking and Writing. Read the full profile »
Miah Jeffra
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Miah Jeffra earned his MFA in Critical Studies at The California Institute of the Arts, his MA in English from San Francisco State University, and his BA in Theatre, English and Music from Oglethorpe University. He also teaches at San Francisco Art Institute, and is Artistic Director of ShadowLab, an artists network for social justice. Read the full profile »
Maria Judnick
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer
Maria Judnick earned a MA in English from San Jose State University and a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from St. Mary's College of California. She completed her undergraduate work (English major with minors in Art History and Theology) at a WCC rival - Loyola Marymount University. Read the full profile »
Philip Kobylarz
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer
Philip Kobylarz is a teacher and writer of fiction, poetry, book reviews, and essays. He has worked as a journalist and film critic for newspapers in Memphis, TN. His work appears in such publications as Paris Review, Poetry, and The Best American Poetry series. Read the full profile »
Denise Krane
Lecturer, and Director of the HUB Writing Center
Denise Krane is a Renewable Term Lecturer and Interim Director of the HUB Writing Center who teaches courses in Composition and Rhetoric. Denise earned her M.A. in English Literature with a focus on Rhetoric and Composition Pedagogy from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in Comparative Literature as well as a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Davis. Read the full profile »
Jean-Pierre Lacrampe
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Jean-Pierre Lacrampe has taught at St. Mary's College, San Jose State University, Menlo College, and Santa Clara University after receiving his MFA from St. Mary's College and his BA in English from Arizona State University. Read the full profile »
Michael Lasley
Lecturer
Michael Lasley is a Renewable Term Lecturer who teaches courses in Critical Thinking and Writing as well as Advanced Writing courses. He previously taught English courses at Pepperdine University. Read the full profile »
Nicholas Leither
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Nick Leither teaches Critical Thinking and Writing at Santa Clara. He has taught at San Jose State, at UC Berkeley in the post-baccalaureate creative writing program, and at Saint Mary's College, where he was the Associate Director of the Informal Curriculum -directing and producing plays, lectures, and seminars for the Great Books program. Read the full profile »
Kevin Long
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer
Kevin Long is a quarterly adjunct lecturer teaching critical thinking and writing. He earned a master's studying creative writing at the University of Southern California, where he also taught, and received his BA in English from The College of the Holy Cross. Kevin is also currently a graduate student in Santa Clara's counseling psychology program. Read the full profile »
Dr. Cynthia Mahamdi
Senior Lecturer
Cynthia Mahamdi is a Senior Lecturer who teaches Composition and Rhetoric with an emphasis on the representation of US history in historical novels and films. She also teaches Middle Eastern/Islamic literature and film, Cultures and Ideas, and Fiction writing courses. Read the full profile »
Michael S. Malone
Quarterly Adjunct Professor
Michael S. Malone is an author, journalist and television host. After earning two degrees from Santa Clara University, he joined the San Jose Mercury-News as the world's first daily high tech reporter. Read the full profile »
Claudia McIsaac
Senior Lecturer
Claudia Monpere McIsaac is a Senior Lecturer who teaches courses in Composition and Rhetoric and Creative Writing. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and her B.A. in Theatre Arts from U.C. Berkeley. Read the full profile »
Dr. Cruz Medina
Assistant Professor
Cruz Medina earned his PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English at the University of Arizona. Critical in approach, his research and teaching analyze rhetoric regarding race, ethnicity, and technology, by focusing on culturally relevant literacy practices that include writing in and outside the classroom. Read the full profile »
Dr. Robert Michalski
Lecturer
Robert Michalski is a Lecturer who teaches courses in Composition and Rhetoric. Dr. Michalski got his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Read the full profile »
Dr. Christine Montgomery
Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow
Christine Montgomery is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of English at Santa Clara University. Transnational in approach, her research and teaching explore discourses of race, gender, performativity, and freedom in nineteenth-and twentieth-century American and African-American literature along with contemporary Anglophone Caribbean literature. Read the full profile »
Tim Myers
Senior Lecturer
Tim Myers is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department and the Department of Education. Tim J. Myers has over 32 years' experience as a classroom and university teacher in English and education, was a university teacher educator for 17 years, and is now full-time in English. He's been a professional storyteller for 30 years-is the oldest of eleven children-and can actually whistle and hum at the same time. Read the full profile »
Dr. Aparajita Nanda
Lecturer
Aparajita Nanda is a Lecturer who teaches courses in Critical Thinking & Writing. She received her PhD in English at Jadavpur University under Dr Kitty Scoular Datta, Department of English, Oxford Open University, UK. Read the full profile »
Loring Pfeiffer
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer
Loring Pfeiffer is a Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer who teaches Critical Thinking and Writing. She is a doctoral candidate in the English department at the University of Pittsburgh, from which she also holds an M.A. Read the full profile »
Dr. Don Riccomini
Lecturer
Don Riccomini is a Lecturer in the department teaching Composition and Rhetoric and Writing for Engineers as well as Argumentation. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has over twenty years experience in the high technology industry as a manager and director for a large computer company. Read the full profile »
Dr. Theodore Rynes S.J.
Assistant Professor
Theodore Rynes S.J. is an Assistant Professor whose specialty includes Literature and Religion courses, 18th Century British Literature and Western Culture. Read the full profile »
Dr. Tricia Serviss
Assistant Professor
Tricia Serviss earned her PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric in the Writing Program at Syracuse University in 2010. Tricia happily joins the English faculty at SCU in 2014 after spending four years at Auburn University where she served as the Founding Director of the Community Writing Center of Auburn and the Associate Director of the Composition Program. Read the full profile »
Stefanie Silva
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer
Stefanie Silva is a quarterly adjunct lecturer who teaches critical thinking and writing. She earned her MFA in Poetry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she also taught, and received her BA in English at Santa Clara University. Read the full profile »
Dr. Maura Tarnoff
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Maura Tarnoff received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, where she specialized in late medieval and early modern English literature. She has taught courses in medieval and early modern literature and culture, women's studies, poetry, world literature, and rhetoric and composition at the University of Virginia, Macalester College, and Saint Louis University's Madrid Campus. Read the full profile »
Dr. Robin Tremblay-McGaw
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Robin Tremblay-McGaw comes to us from having recently taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and Bard College in the Language and Thinking Program. She holds a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire; an M.A. from San Francisco State University; an M.L.I.S. from the University of California Berkeley; and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Read the full profile »
Dr. Juan Velasco
Associate Professor
Juan Velasco, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages, teaches courses in contemporary Latin American and Chicano/a Literature, and Film. He received his first Ph.D. in 1992 from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Read the full profile »
Dr. Julia Voss
Assistant Professor
Julia Voss studies composition and literacy and teaches classes in college writing and digital composing. She has also taught scientific, business, and technical writing and worked as a writing consultant. Read the full profile »
Dr. Cory Wade
Senior Lecturer
Cory Wade is a Senior Lecturer in the department. She specializes in courses in Western Culture, English Literature and the History of the English Language. Read the full profile »
Dr. Jeff Zorn
Senior Lecturer
Senior Lecturer Jeff Zorn has taught at Santa Clara since 1974. In addition to Composition and Rhetoric courses he teaches Argumentation, and Writing for Teachers. Read the full profile »
 

Staff

 
Jefferson L. Dela Cruz
Jefferson was born in Stockton California, the youngest of seven siblings. He attended California Polytechnic State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications. Read the full profile »
Jessica Norred
Office Manager
Jessica Norred received her Bachelors of Science in Business from San Jose State University. She came to Santa Clara University in 2006 where she started working in the Arts and Sciences Deans office. Jessica now is the Office Manager in the English Department. Read the full profile »
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