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Graduate Faculty

Dr. Jeanelle Barrett, Associate Professor, currently serves as head of the Department of English and Languages. She received her B.A. in English from UCO in 1994, her M.A. and Ph.D. in English linguistics from Purdue University in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Dr. Barrett teaches linguistics, grammars and technical writing. She has spoken internationally on her specialty, dialect humor, and attended the Oxford Round Table for ESL in 2006.

Dr. Julie A. Chappell, Associate Professor, holds her Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. She has published an edition and translation of a Middle English Alexander book; authored reviews, essays, and articles on medieval textual studies, medieval mysticism, and early drama; and given readings of and published her creative writings. Her monograph in progress combines her research in English Reformation political and social history, late medieval monastic culture and the Dissolution of the monasteries, book history, and textual studies.

Dr. Sam Dodson, Professor, holds an M.A. from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In his decade at Tarleton he has written three books, two of poetry (After All Those Living Rooms {Morris, 2001} and Ego Killings {The Dean’s List Series, COLFA 2007}) and one scholarly work on modern American poetry (Berryman’s Henry: Living at the Intersection of Need and Art {Rodopi, 2006}). Dr. Dodson has also published numerous poems and scholarly articles while at TSU, including “Frozen Hell: Edith Wharton’s Tragic Offering” in the New Riverside Critical Edition of Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome and Summer. In his tenure at Tarleton he has written, produced, and performed an evolving poetry/musical performance (with accompaniment from student and professional musicians) which he has performed in Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, Omaha, Waco, Granbury, and Stephenville.

Dr. Brian Fehler, Assistant Professor, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, technical writing, and rhetorical history and theory, and he regularly teaches first-year courses in the Presidential Honors Program. He is the author of Calvinist Rhetoric in Nineteenth-Century America (Mellen, 2007) and co-editor of Audience: Theory and Practice (NCTE, forthcoming) as well as articles and book reviews that have appeared in Rhetoric Review, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Christian Scholar’s Review. A regular presenter at national conferences such as Rhetoric Society of America and the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Dr. Fehler earned his Ph.D. in rhetoric from Texas Christian University in 2005.

Dr. Kathleen Mollick, Assistant Professor, earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric, with an emphasis in presidential rhetoric. As Director of the Writing Program, she teaches first-year composition and co-edits The Popken Writer. Dr. Mollick has presented papers in composition theory, political rhetoric, and popular culture at the Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the Conference of College Teachers of English (CCTE), and the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (S/T PCA/ACA).

Dr. Moumin Quazi, Associate Professor, earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Texas. His research interests include 19th and 20th century British literature, critical theory, postcolonial literature, classical literature, creative and technical writing. He edits CCTE Studies and co-edits Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas and Voices, a multicultural journal produced by San Antonio College. He was recently appointed Interim Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Tarleton State. He also serves on the advisory board of the South Asian Review, and is currently writing a book on film director Mira Nair.

Dr. Marilyn Robitaille, Associate Professor, earned her Ph.D. at Texas Woman’s University, in Eighteenth-century British Literature with a Concentration in Rhetoric. Research/Creative interests: Eighteenth-century British Literature and culture, The British Moderns, Milton, the Beatles, Editing, Film, and Creative Writing. She has made presentations and written about Eighteenth-century British literature, English Language-Arts pedagogy, popular culture and advertising, and film studies. Since 1999, she has written a weekly film review column, publishing just over 400 film reviews in Stephenville’s local daily newspaper. She has presented public readings of her poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction at various creative arts venues. Dr. Robitaille is founding co-editor of Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, a publication that showcases the works of writers and graphic artists from across the state. In conjunction with the publication of the journal, she co-directs Langdon Review Weekend, an annual statewide arts festival held at Tarleton’s Langdon Center in Granbury, Texas. Dr. Robitaille is also Director of International Programs. She facilitates study abroad programming and international education initiatives.

Dr. Mark Shipman, Professor, obtained his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Texas. His most recent publication, “Using a Heraclitean Approach to Teaching The Great Gatsby,” appeared in the Modern Language Association’s Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, released in 2008. His current research interests include Arthur Miller’s The Misfits and its depiction of the American West and Fitzgerald’s treatment of aesthetic matters in his short fiction.

Dr. Marcy L. Tanter, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate English Program, earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She specializes in pre-1900 American literature, particularly Emily Dickinson and her circle. Her secondary interest is African American literature and culture. Dr. Tanter has published articles in NEQ, The Emily Dickinson Journal, European Romantic Review and the Oklahoma City University Law Review, among others. She is currently writing a book about Martha Dickinson Bianchi, niece of Emily Dickinson.

Dr. Mallory Young, Professor, received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Most recently her research has focused on women's literature and popular culture. She is co-editor with Dr. Suzanne Ferriss of two books on ”chick” culture, Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction (Routledge 2006) and Chick Flicks: Contemporary Women at the Movies (Routledge 2008).