English and Creative Writing Faculty

Professor Tom Bailey earned a Ph.D. in English literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He teaches creative writing and has published three books: a novel, a book on the teaching of fiction writing and a collection of short fiction.

Professor Gary Fincke holds a Ph.D. from Kent State University. A prolific and award-winning author of poetry and prose, he teaches creative writing courses in poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and directs the Susquehanna University Writers Institute.

Professor Laurence Roth has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He teaches courses in American literature, American-Jewish literature, Jewish studies and 20th-century ethnic American literatures. He is the author of a book on American Jewish detective fiction and is the coordinator of the university’s Jewish studies program and the publishing and editing minor.

Associate Professor Susan R. Bowers earned her Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. A former journalist, she has published on American poetry and contemporary fiction. Her courses include modern and contemporary British, Irish and American literature and women’s literature.

Associate Professor Andrew Hubbell, department head, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park. He teaches courses in 19th-century British literature, environmental literature, travel literature, narrative theory in novels and film, the romance novel, urban culture and literature, and rhetoric and composition. He has published on Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, John Milton, food history, the literature of Antarctic exploration and 19th-century environmentalism. His current book project, Byron's Nature, examines Byron's environmentalism.

Associate Professor Karla Kelsey completed her Ph.D. in creative writing and literary studies at the University of Denver. She has published three books of poetry, poetry translations and essays in criticism. In spring 2011, she won a Fulbright Scholarship to teach poetry in Budapest.

Associate Professor Karen Mura earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and is a former assistant editor of the Middle English Dictionary. The department’s medievalist and paleographer, she also teaches courses in women’s writing, the history of the English language and contemporary world literature.

Associate Professor Glen Retief, a native of South Africa, obtained a Ph.D. from Florida State University. He teaches advanced courses in memoir, personal essay and travel writing; introductory courses in creative nonfiction; occasional fiction workshops; and literature courses. He publishes essays and fiction, and his memoir, The Jack Bank, was published by St. Martin's Press.

Associate Professor Randy Robertson holds a Ph.D. from Washington University, a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia. He teaches courses on 17th- and 18th-century literature, the novel, the history of the book, travel writing and the Enlightenment. He is the author of a book on censorship in 17th-century Britain.

Associate Professor Rachana Sachdev holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She teaches courses on issues of race, gender, sexuality and immigration in 20th-century American, 17th-century British and American, and ethnic literatures. She edited Teaching South East Asia and China Observed, a scholarly collection of essays. She is completing her book, Representations of Infanticide, on Renaissance portrayals of the east.

Associate Professor Amy Winans earned her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. The department’s expert on American literature before the 20th century, she teaches courses in American literature, African-American studies, women's writing, and rhetoric and composition. She is associate director of the honors program.

Assistant Professor Catherine Zobal Dent earned her Ph.D. in English language and literature from Binghamton University with a concentration in fiction. She published a collection of short stories in 2014 and is working on her novel, Dina, and a creative nonfiction book about long-distance hiking. She teaches a range of writing courses.

Assistant Professor Angelique Nixon (on leave 2014-15) holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Florida, with a certificate in women's studies and gender research. She is in the process of completing her first scholarly book, Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Literature and Culture, which examines the material effects of tourism and neocolonialism on Caribbean culture and identity. She teaches courses in Caribbean and African diaspora literature.

Assistant Professor Betsy L. Verhoeven received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver. She is the coordinator of writing and thinking, and she teaches composition and rhetoric, including the first-year Writing and Thinking class and upper-division courses in the rhetoric of popular culture, American identity and environmentalism. Scholarly interests include writing in the disciplines and the history of rhetoric, especially the newspaper rhetoric of women and laboring classes during the American Revolution.

Assistant Professor Silas Dent Zobal earned his Ph.D. in English language and literature from Binghamton University with a concentration in fiction. His current scholarship projects include two novels, work which was supported by a 2008 Creative Writing Fellowship in Fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches fiction, writing and literature courses.