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Faculty Of The Department Of English

Amanda Adams, Associate Professor of English

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Amanda Adams joined the faculty at Muskingum in 2010, after teaching at Miami University and Temple University. She has a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania (2001) and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (2007). Her specialty is nineteenth-century literature, with a focus on transatlantic culture and gender. Recent publications include a book, Performing Authorship in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Lecture Tour (Ashgate Press, 2014), and articles on nineteenth-century literature in the journals Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations and American Literary Realism. She teaches Masterpieces of Literature, American literature surveys, nineteenth-century literature, Arts and Humanities in Western Culture, composition, and other courses.

Andre DeCuir, Associate Professor of English

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Dr. DeCuir joined Muskingum in 1997. His Ph.D. is from the University of Kentucky, and he specializes in Victorian literature. He teaches composition, Masterpieces of Literature, developmental English, business and technical writing, Arts and Humanities in Western Culture, Romantic and Victorian literature, History of the British Novel, senior seminar, and topics classes on writers such as Dickens and the Brontes. He has presented and published on these writers, and he is a recipient of the William Rainey Harper Award for Scholarship. He enjoys painting and writing short stories and plays.

Donna M. Edsall, Professor of English

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Dr. Edsall joined the Muskingum faculty in 1989. She has a Ph.D. from Ohio University in Athens, specializing in Medieval literature. She teaches composition, masterpieces of literature, the British literature surveys, Chaucer, and Medieval literature courses. She serves as the coordinator of the university's art and humanities course (IDIS 275), and she is the editor-in-chief of the university catalog. She is a past recipient of the university's award for Excellence in Teaching and also the Cora I. Orr Service Award. The author of Unified Vision: The Art of Jianmin Dou and co-author of A Song of the Seasons: Paintings by Jianmin Dou, her interests are eclectic. Her play, Making Sausage, was performed on Muskingum's campus in October 2007. Most recently she has published a textbook called Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo: A Textbook for Language Structure and Usage.

Kekoa Kaluhiokalani, Associate Professor of English

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Dr. Kaluhiokalani has a master's degree from Brigham Young University (Utah) in British Literature, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (2001) in English and Anglo/Irish literature. He has a special interest in theater and interdisciplinary studies. Dr. Kaluhiokalani teaches composition, masterpieces of literature, non-western literature, twentieth-century British fiction, and IDIS 275: Arts and Humanities in Western Culture.

Jane Varley, Chair and Professor of English

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Dr. Varley has a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota and an M.A. from the University of Idaho. Her specialization is poetry, and she teaches creative writing, literature, composition, and journalism. She is a past winner of the William Oxley Thompson Excellence in Teaching Award and a two-time William Rainey Harper Scholarship Award winner. Her publications include a book of creative non-fiction, Flood Stage and Rising [U of Neb. P], and a chapbook of poetry, Sketches at the Naesti Bar [Finishing Line P]. She co-wrote and edited You Must Play to Win, a memoir by National Fastpitch Hall of Fame member and legendary NCAA D-III coach Donna Newberry [McDonald & Woodward]. Dr. Varley has taught at Muskingum since 2000, and she lives in New Concord with her husband, Gary Atkins of the Admissions Office, and their daughter Iris.   

Vivian Wagner, Associate Professor of English

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Dr. Wagner is an award-winning writer who has taught at Muskingum since 2003. She received her Ph.D. in English, focusing on American literature, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996, and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, McSweeney's, The Pinch, The Kenyon Review, Zone 3, Silk Road Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Entrepreneur, Narratively, Arizona Quarterly, Genre, and many other publications. She is also the author of Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music. She has won Muskingum's William Rainey Harper Scholarship Award, a Peter Taylor Nonfiction Fellowship to The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and a first-place award for feature writing from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. One of her essays, "Under the Gun," was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2007, and she was named a semi-finalist in the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards Contest. She teaches composition, masterpieces of literature, creative nonfiction writing, American literature, and public relations writing.


Jane Wells, Associate Professor of English

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Dr. Wells has a Ph.D. from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (2002) and a master's from the University of South Carolina (1994). She comes to Muskingum from Belmont University in Tennessee, where she was an associate professor and director of the graduate program in English. She now serves as the Muskingum University Renaissance literature specialist and teaches composition, masterpieces of literature, Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and senior seminar.

Meghan Wynne, Assistant Professor of English

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Professor Wynne has an MFA from The Ohio State University (2001). Twice she has received an Individual Excellence Grant from the Ohio Arts Council for her fiction. Her short-stories have appeared in The Sun, Southern Indiana Review, StoryQuarterly, and The Journal. She advises the school yearbook and teaches composition, masterpieces of literature, and post-modern literature.