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Meet our Core Faculty

“I’m not a teacher: only a fellow-traveller of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead—ahead of myself as well as you.”

- George Bernard Shaw


Donna Alfano BussellBussellDonna_000
Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. English, Columbia University

Phone: (217) 206-8091
Office: UHB 3072

Teaching Concentration: Chaucer, Anglo-Norman literature, medieval hagiography, medieval drama and liturgy, Women in the Middle Ages, Arthurian Literature and the Crusades, Insular politics and the rhetoric of devotion in the Middle Ages.
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Meagan CassUIS-cass
Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D. English: The University of Louisiana

Phone: (217) 206-8358
Office: UHB 3062

Teaching Concentration: Creative Writing (with an emphasis in fiction), Contemporary American and British literature, Composition, ghost stories, Women’s Literature and Feminist Theory, sports literature.
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Sara CordellCordellSara
Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. English, University of Missouri

Phone: (217) 206-7213
Office: UHB 3066

Teaching Concentration: Nineteenth-Century British Literature, literary theory.
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Lan DongDongLan
Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Phone: (217) 206-8334
Office: UHB 3074
Teaching Concentration: Asian American literature and film, Comparative Literature, Popular Culture, Children’s Literature
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Tena Helton
HeltonTinaAssociate Professor of English
Chair, English Department
Director of First Year Writing Program

Ph.D. English (American Literature), Louisiana State University

Phone: (217) 206-7441
Office: UHB 3070

Teaching Concentration: American Literature and Culture, Writing, Film.
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Elizabeth L. JoneselizabethJones
Instructor, English Department
MA English, George Mason University

Phone: (217) 206-6779
Office: UHB 3050

Teaching Concentration: Freshman Composition

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Ethan LewisEthanLewis
Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. English, Boston College

Phone: (217) 206-7436
Office: UHB 3068

Teaching Concentration: Shakespeare, seventeenth-century literature, modern and contemporary poetry.
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James Ottery
OtteryJim_000Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. English, University of Missouri

Phone: (217) 206-7443
Office: UHB 3076

Teaching Concentration: History and theories of composition and rhetoric, literary theory, American Indian Literature.
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