Meet our Core Faculty

 

Dr. Gillian Bauer Gillian Bauer
Instructor of English
Ph.D. English, Loyola University Chicago

Phone: (217) 206-8332
Office: UHB 3069

Teaching Concentration: Composition; American Literature; Gothic Fiction; Class in American Literature.

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Donna Alfano Bussell

BussellDonna_000Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. English, Columbia University

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

Teaching Concentration: Chaucer, Arthurian literature, medieval hagiography (saints’ lives), romance, and liturgy;  Tolkien; History of the English Language; Introduction to Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Digital Humanities: Research Methods.

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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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Adam ClayAdam Clay
Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D. English, Western Michigan University

Phone: (217) 206-8406
Office: UHB 3071

Teaching Concentration: Creative Writing (with an emphasis in Poetry).

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Sarah L. CollinsSarah L. Collins
Writing Specialist, The Learning Hub
Instructor, English Department
MA English, University of Illinois Springfield

Phone: (217) 206-8477
Office: BRK 455

Teaching Concentration: Freshman Composition; Film Studies.

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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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Dr. Stephanie HedgeStephanie Hedge
Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D. English, Rhetoric and Composition, Ball State University

Phone: (217) 206-8141
Office: UHB 3074

Teaching Concentration: Rhetoric and Composition; Digital Literacies; Freshman Composition; Writing Pedagogies and Practices.

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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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