David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Bryan VescioDr. Bryan Vescio
Department Chair
Professor of English
207 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9721

BA, University of Wisconsin - Madison, MA, University of Virginia, PhD, University of Virginia

Research Interests: 19th and 20th century American literature, Cormac McCarthy, Philosophy and Literature, Critical Theory, Film Studies

Recent Courses Taught: ENG 2200: American Apocalypse, ENG 3400: Early American Literature, ENG 4998: Senior Portfolio

Bio: I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and I spent 13 years teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay before joining HPU’s English Department in 2015. Outside of books, movies, and my family, my passions are the sport of tennis, which I’ve coached at the Division I level, and of course my beloved Green Bay Packers.

Dr. Laura Alexander
Associate Professor of English
213 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9560

BA with Honors in English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Research Interests: Early British Literature and Culture (1600-1900); Philosophy and Literature; Women Writers; Gender Studies

Recent Courses Taught: ENG 4510 "Genre Theory" (Female Gothic); ENG 4520 "Long Eighteenth-Century British Literature"; ENG 4305 "English Traditions" (Seventeenth-Century Literature); ENG 2720 "British Literature to 1800"; ENG 2200 "Early English Women Writers" and ENG 2200 Online, "Fairy Tale Traditions"; ENG 1103; ENG/WGS/GBS 3298 "Women Writing Worldwide"

Bio: Laura Alexander is Associate Professor of English at High Point University, where she teaches courses on early British literature and culture, fairy tales, world literature, and women writers. She has twice held a national fellowship from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for research at the Folger Shakespeare Library. She has written more than thirty articles appearing in books and journals, including SEL: Studies in English Literature 1600-1900, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, Papers on Language and Literature, CEA Critic, and English Studies, among others. She is the author of The Beauty of Melancholy and British Women Writers, 1670-1720, (2020); Fatal Attractions, Abjection, and the Self in Literature from the Restoration to the Romantics, (2019); Lucretian Thought in Late Stuart England: Debates about the Nature of the Soul, (2013); and Dangerous Women, Libertine Epicures, and the Rise of Sensibility, 1670-1730,(2011).
Charmaine CadeauDr. Charmaine Cadeau
Associate Professor of English
Editor in Chief of Apogee Magazine
Co-Director of the Community Writing Center
211 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9630

BA, Trent University, BEd, Queen’s University, MA, University of New Brunswick, PhD, New York State University at Albany

Research Interests: Interarts; contemporary American poetry; pedagogy of writing; Black Mountain College

Recent Courses Taught: Writing Poetry; Advanced Poetry; Creative Nonfiction; Introduction to Creative Writing; Major Authors: Robert Creeley; Community Writing

Dr. Matthew Carlson
Associate Professor of English
208 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9561

BA, Wheaton College, MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests: 19th- and 20th-Century British Literature; Music and Literature; Crime Fiction; Film Studies; Adaptation

Recent Courses Taught: British Literature II, Literary Scotland (Global Experience), FYS: Detective Fiction and the Quest for Knowledge, Colonialism & Postcolonialism, 19th-Century British Literature, 20th-Century British Literature, Modern Irish Literature, Critical Theory

Bio: Born and raised in West Michigan, Dr. Carlson came to HPU in 2012 after completing his graduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition to teaching courses on British literature, he mentors undergraduate research projects and serves as the department’s graduate school liaison. In his spare time, he enjoys watching classic films, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two young children.
Dr. Michael Flatt
Assistant Professor of English
216 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-2849

BA, State University of New York at Buffalo, MFA, University of Colorado, Boulder, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
Dr. Nathan Hedman
Assistant Professor of English and Theatre
Norcross 215
Phone: (336) 841-9076

BA, Seattle Pacific University, MA, St. John's College, MAR, Yale Divinity School, MA, Northwestern University, PhD, Northwestern University

Research Interests: Performance and Philosophy, Secularity, Religion; Enlightenment and Romantic Theatres and Aesthetic Theory.

Recent Courses Taught: History of the Cool; Global Performance; History of Western Theater

Bio: 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. He is a connoisseur of pie and children’s books.

Jessica Higgins
Instructor of English
237-A Couch
Phone: (336) 841-2866

BA, Bemidji State University, MA, Bemidji State Universit
Erica Horhn
Instructor of English
249-B Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9632

BA, Baldwin-Wallace College, MA, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Cara KozmaDr. Cara Kozma
Associate Professor of English
Assistant Director of the HPU Service Learning Program
Co-Director of the Community Writing Center
203 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9643

BA, Evergreen State College, MA, Portland State University, PhD, Wayne State University

Research Interests: Service Learning; Composition Pedagogy; Community Publishing; Globalization

Recent Courses Taught: ENG 4140: Community Writing; ENG 2121: Intro to Writing Studies; English 3920: World Literature; English 2230: Literature and Community

Bio: Dr. Kozma also serves as the Assistant Director of Service Learning and the co-director of the Community Writing Center. She enjoys traveling and spends most of her time chasing after her two young sons.

Virginia PiperDr. Virginia Leclercq
Assistant Professor of English and French
201 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9785

BA, Concordia College, MA, University of Oregon, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests: Victorian literature and culture; Nineteenth-century British novel; Nineteenth-century French novel; Nineteenth- & twentieth-century British literature; Nineteenth-century visual culture; Literary theory and criticism; Formalism; Aesthetics; Critical theory; Gender and sexuality; Theory and history of the novel; Narrative theory; World literature; Russian literature; French language, literature, and culture; the short story.

Recent courses taught: English 2200: Nineteenth-Century Short Stories, English 3500: Approaches to Britich Literature – Charles Dickens and the Novel Imagination, French 1010 and 1020: Basic Skills Acquisition I, French 2020: Intermediate French II, and France Today (Global Experience Maymester)

Bio: Dr. Leclercq holds a joint appointment in the departments of English and World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, where she teaches courses on nineteenth-century British and French literature, French language and culture, and world literature. Her most recent project explores a new theory of novel form in works by Charles Dickens, Henry James, Emily Brontë, Emile Zola, and Victor Hugo. When not teaching, researching, or reading, Dr. Leclercq loves traveling and listening to jazz.
Dr. Holly Middleton
Associate Professor of English
Director of First-Year Writing
206 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9456

BA, Sam Houston State University, MA, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests: 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. She is also a founding co-editor of the online open-access journal, Literacy in Composition Studies

Recent Courses Taught: "College Writing and Public Life" (ENG 1103), "Style" (ENG 3115), "Literacy and Technology" (ENG 3114), "Imagining the Past" (ENG 2200)
Dr. Lynne Murray
Instructor of English
249-A Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9469

BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MEd, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Dr. Timothy O'Keefe
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
214 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9591

BA, Middlebury College, MFA, Johns Hopkins University, PhD, University of Utah
Dr. Jacob Paul
Associate Professor of English
212 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9559

BA, SUNY Buffalo, MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts, PhD, University of Utah

Research Interests: Creative Writing: Fiction, CNF, Collaborative Ephemera, Ethics of Representation, Comparative Postmodernisms

Recent Courses Taught: Experimental American Literature (4570), Advanced Techniques in Fiction (4111), Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop (3111), Intermediate Creative Nonfiction Workshop (3113), Introduction to Creative Writing (2122).

Dr. Melissa Richard
Instructor of English
251 Couch
Phone: (336) 841-9358

BS, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, MA, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Research Interests: Victorian literature and culture; women's and gender studies; working-class studies; digital humanities; academic labor issues

Recent Courses Taught: ENG/GBS/WGS 3298: Women Writing Worldwide; ENG 1103: College Writing and Public Life ("Just" Communities Online); ENG 2200: Neo-Victorian Literature

Bio: Dr. Richard (pronounced ree-shard) was voted Most Friendly of her high school senior class, a title that she argues is somewhat at odds with her lifelong tendency toward "loud" introversion. Besides working with the fantastic students she encounters in her classes at HPU, she enjoys reading, dancing, photography, and coffee.

Dr. Donna Scheidt
Assistant Professor of English
Pre-Law Advisor
202 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9139

BA, University of Chicago, JD, Harvard Law School, PhD, University of Michigan

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.

Research Interests: Undergraduate research and writing (relationships between research and writing, longitudinal study of), legal rhetoric (especially how legal professionals use extra-legal materials and arguments--e.g., literary, ethical)

Recent Courses Taught: Advanced Study in Rhetoric/Literacy: Rhetorical History, Theory, and Criticism (ENG 4114), Print Artifacts: Literature, Law, and Narrative (ENG 4720), Style (ENG 3115), Introduction to Writing Studies (ENG 2121), Critical Reading and Interpretation: Law and Literature (ENG 2200), College Writing and Public Life (ENG 1103), First-Year Seminar: Law, Rhetoric, and Culture (FYS 1000)

Bio: When not teaching, researching, or advising undergraduates on law school or independent research projects, Dr. Scheidt enjoys playing the violin with area orchestras, hiking with her spouse (science writer/editor Rob Frederick), and hanging out at the dog park with her labraheeler (Kalani).

Dr. Matthew Schneider
Associate Dean, David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of English
251-B Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9073

BA, University of California – Berkeley, MA, University of Chicago, PhD, University of California – Los Angeles

Research Interests: 19th century British literature; music and literature; popular culture and literature

Recent Courses Taught: First Year Seminar: The Beatles and the English Poetic Tradition; Nineteenth-century British Literature

Bio: A former chair of the English department at HPU, Dr. Schneider currently directs the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning and oversees learning outcomes assessment for the university’s general education curriculum.

Dr. Kirstin Squint
Associate Professor of English
Phone: (336) 841-9645

BA, Eureka College, MA, Miami University, PhD, Louisiana State University

Dr. Squint is serving as the Whichard Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at East Carolina University (2019-2021)
Dr. Erin Trauth
Assistant Professor of English
209 Norcross
Phone: (336) 841-9657

BS, University of North Florida, MFA, University of South Florida, PhD, Texas Tech University

Research Interests: Professional Writing, Technical Writing, Public Writing; Public Health Communication; Service Learning; Composition Pedagogy; Rhetoric of Health and Medicine

Recent Courses Taught: ENG 1103: College Writing and Public Life; ENG 2135: Technical Writing; ENG 2125: Introduction to Public and Professional Writing
Ms. Allison Walker
Instructor of English
249 Couch
Phone: (336) 841-9146

BA, Appalachian State University, MFA, University of Alaska Anchorage

Research Interests: Interdisciplinary, narrative medicine, medical humanities, literary Darwinism, undergraduate research and creative works, service learning, scholarship of teaching and learning, digital humanities, empathy, beekeeping
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HPU Lifelines

Recent Courses Taught: ENG 1101, 1102, 1103, 2130, 2200, 2200, 2200 OL, 2230 SL, 2888, FYS 1000

Bio: In her spare time, Allison likes to run barefoot with her husband, harvest honey from her backyard bees, play violin with her daughter, and volunteer as a vet tech for the Feral Cat Assistance Program of Guilford County.

Beth Ann WayDr. Beth Ann Way
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
225 Phillips Hall
Phone: (336) 841-9812

BA, Wake Forest University, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MA, University of Durham (England), PhD, University of Georgia

Research Interests: 18th- and 19th-century British literature and culture, British and Global Romanticism, Mary Shelley, Science and Literature, Genre Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Recent Courses Taught: ENG 1103: The Danger of a Single Story, ENG 2200: Coming-of-Age Stories

Bio: Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Way moved to North Carolina in 2004. She taught English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses at Wake Forest University and Salem College before joining HPU’s English Department in 2020. As a dyed in the wool Romanticist—especially Scottish wool—Dr. Way has traveled to the United Kingdom for research, conference presentations, and hiking in the footsteps of British Romantic writers. In her free time, Dr. Way enjoys spending time with her husband and children, reading, running, exploring her Scottish ancestry, and cheering on her beloved Georgia Bulldogs.


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