David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Bryan Vescio

Dr. Bryan Vescio

BA, University of Wisconsin - Madison, MA, University of Virginia, PhD, University of Virginia
Chair and Professor
207 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9721, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Laura Alexander

BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Assistant Professor of English
213 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9560, Fax: (336) 841-6394

Dr. Alexander’s research and teaching areas include early British literature and culture. Her main focus is helping students develop meaningful research interests that lead them to pursue grants, conference presentations, and publishing opportunities.

Dr. Jenn Brandt

BA, Drew University, MA, Bowling Green State University, PhD, University of Rhode Island
Assistant Professor of English and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies
209/210 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9558, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Brandt’s work focuses on gender and cultural studies in contemporary literature, film, and television. She is particularly interested in the ways in which politics have shaped and are reflected in contemporary literature and culture. Her current research projects explore feminism’s relationship to popular culture and the problematics of postfeminism.

Dr. William Carpenter

BA College of New Jersey, MA Kansas State University, PhD University of Kansas
Director of First-Year Programs, David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of English

218 Roberts
Phone: (336) 841-9339

Dr. Carpenter serves as the Director of First-Year Programs, which include First-Year Seminars and the Common Experience. He teaches regularly in the FYS and ENG 1103 programs and researches effective curriculum and pedagogy for first-year students.

Dr. Charmaine Cadeau

BA, Trent University, BEd, Queen’s University, MA, University of New Brunswick, PhD, New York State University at Albany
Assistant Professor of English
211 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9630, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Cadeau works on the Phoenix Reading Series, especially on-campus student readings. She edits our HPU literary magazine, Apogee, in both the printed and digital versions and works with student interns. She is co-director of the Community Writing Center and teaches service learning courses as well as creative writing and poetry courses. Research interests are interarts, contemporary US women’s poetry, new lyric, and theory.

Dr. Matthew Carlson

BA, Wheaton College, MA, UNC-Chapel Hill, PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill
Assistant Professor of English
208 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9561, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Carlson’s research and teaching interests include 19th- and 20th-century British and Irish literature, theories of adaptation and comparative arts, and crime fiction and film. He also mentors undergraduate researchers and serves as the department’s graduate school liaison.

Mr. Matthew Fiander

BA, Elon University, MFA, UNC-Greensboro
430 Smith Library
Phone: (336) 841-9632, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Professor Fiander is interested in the intersection of literature and gender studies, particularly how romantic relationships in literature codify or question gender expectations, as well as an interest in adaptation theory and the study of film in conjunction with literature. Outside of the classroom, he focuses on fiction writing—both novels and short stories—and does research related to music criticism in addition to writing for several outlets.

Dr. Matthew Garite

BA, Syracuse University, MA, Syracuse University, PhD, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
428 Smith Library
Phone: (336) 841-1000, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Garite’s courses explore intersections between popular culture and politics, and usually feature an emphasis on film, music, and genre fiction. His most recent research focuses on contemporary countercultures and the history of utopian thought.

Dr. Joseph Goeke
BA, Southwest Missouri State University, MA, Southwest Missouri State University, PhD, University of South Carolina
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
434 Smith Library
Phone: (336) 841-9633, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr Goeke’s research is geared towards American literature, especially humor and history of the book. He teaches first-year writing, second-year literature, and upper-level American literature, and does creative work in songwriting and fiction.

Dr. Nathan Hedman

BA, Seattle Pacific University, MA, St. John's College, MAR, Yale Divinity School, MA, Northwestern University, PhD, Northwestern University
Assistant Professor of English and Theater
216 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9076, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Hedman serves a joint appointment in the departments of English and Theatre where he teaches courses at intersection of performance and literature. He serves as head historian and dramaturg for the Theatre department, advising on show selection, production, and college community outreach. His research focuses on changing conceptions of the body in philosophy, religion, and theatre in the eighteenth century.

Ms. Michele Johnson

BA, St. Mary's College of Maryland, MFA, George Mason University
450 Smith Library
Phone: (336) 841-9591, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Professor Johnson received her Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Poetry, and her work can be found in various publications. She enjoys working with HPU students in their first year, helping them to build their writing and analytical skills, with an emphasis on self-reflection.

Dr. Cara Kozma

BA, Evergreen State College, MA, Portland State University, PhD, Wayne State University
Assistant Professor of English
203 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9643, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Kozma serves as assistant director of the HPU Service Learning Program and co-director of the Community Writing Center. Her research and classes focus on literature and issues of globalization and critical pedagogy.

Dr. Cheryl Marsh

BFA, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, MA, Western Carolina University, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
450 Smith Library
Phone: (336) 841-9592, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Marsh’s research and teaching interests include 19th and 20th century transatlantic literature, with an emphasis on poetry and poetics; aesthetic theory; and identity studies. She teaches composition courses that explore writing through a social justice pedagogy and literature courses that examine the reciprocal relationship between art and culture.

Dr. Holly Middleton

BA, Sam Houston State University, MA, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor of English
206 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9456, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Middleton is interested in how social, economic, and cultural contexts shape literary practices and how they are valued. Her research interests are the history and politics of literacy and SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) projects on academic writing.

Dr. Jacob Paul

BA, SUNY Buffalo, MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts, PhD, University of Utah
Assistant Professor of English
212 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9559

Dr. Paul’s teaching interests are creative writing, theory, and transnational lit. Research interests are comparative postmodernisms, narrative theory, and Milton. Jacob works on the Phoenix Festival and Reader’s Series and helps bring 8-10 authors and scholars to school each year.

Dr. Melissa Richard

BS, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, MA, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
318-B Wilson Commerce
Phone: (336) 841-9358, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Richard teaches first-year composition and various literature courses. Her research and teaching interests veer toward Victorian literature (19th Century British) and contemporary Victoriana; working-class studies and academic labor issues; women’s and gender studies; global and intersectional identity politics and theory; digital pedagogy and creative non-fiction.

Dr. Donna Scheidt

BA, University of Chicago, JD, Harvard Law School, PhD, University of Michigan
Assistant Professor of English
202 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9139, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Scheidt’s research and teaching involves language and decision making (especially judicial opinions); law and literature; and undergraduate research and library-writing program collaborations. She is a campus pre-law advisor.

Dr. Matthew Schneider

BA, University of California – Berkeley, MA, University of Chicago, PhD, University of California – Los Angeles
Associate Dean, David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of English
121 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9073

Dr. Leah Schweitzer

BFA, UNC-Greensboro, MA, University of Maryland, PhD, University of Louisville
Associate Professor of English
215 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9106, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Schweitzer is director of the HPU Writing Center. She trains students to be peer tutors, to conduct workshops to present to small groups across campus. Her areas of research include digital storytelling, technology and writing, and writing center practices. She is currently at work on a book manuscript addressing how technology needs to change our basic assumptions about many things.

Ms. Georgeanna Sellers

BA, UNC-Greensboro, MA, UNC-Greensboro
Assistant Professor of English
204 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9657, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Professor Sellers has taught a variety of courses, including composition and sophomore general education literature courses. Her courses often focus on twentieth-century literature and culture. She coordinates the Phoenix Literary Festival, the department awards for scholarly and creative writing, and the Gleaton Scholarship.

Dr. Kirstin Squint

BA, Eureka College, MA, Miami University, PhD, Louisiana State University
Assistant Professor of English
214 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9645, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Squint teaches 20th and 21st century American literature, especially US multiethnic and Southern, and has mentored undergraduate research projects investigating works of African American and American Indian literature. She has published articles in MELUS, Mississippi Quarterly: A Journal of Southern Cultures, Studies in American Humor, Brujula, and others. She is currently completing a monograph on the works of Choctaw author, LeAnne Howe.

Dr. Karen Summers

BA, Salem College, MA, UNC- Charlotte, PhD, UNC-Greensboro
201 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9348, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Dr. Summers’ specialty is medieval literature. Research interests include ecoliterature, including literary depictions of the relationship between the human and non-human worlds. In the medieval women’s literature class, students have the opportunity to work with original manuscripts from the 1300s-present.

Ms. Allison Walker

BA, Appalachian State University, MFA, University of Alaska Anchorage
436 Smith Library
Phone: (336) 841-9146, Fax: (336) 888-6394

Professor Walker’s research interests include the Medical Humanities, literary Darwinism, STEAM-driven pedagogy, and the impact of the digital Humanities on student writing processes. In her spare time, she writes found and post-confessional poetry.
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Ms. Dana Yates

BS, High Point University
Office Manager
241 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9401, Fax: (336) 888-6331


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