Division of Languages and Literature

We humans use language to understand others and to be understood ourselves. We write literature in order to express our loftiest goals and ideals, our deepest fears, and every aspect of life in between. So the study of language and literature, either in English or in a foreign language, is a superb pathway to understanding real people and to communicating well with them.

All the majors in the division – English, Spanish, Writing Communication, and Teaching English as a Second Language – sharpen students’ skills in interpreting and expressing ideas through carefully crafted language. In varying degrees, all nurture an awareness of culture and an understanding of differences of culture and worldview.

These majors make great preparation for careers as diverse as law, ministry, teaching, journalism, public relations, publishing, management, politics, social work, diplomacy, tourism, and labor relations. Simply put, studying in this division can prepare you well for any work involving interpreting texts, crafting the written word or interacting with people.

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Sam Overstreet

Professor of English, Ralph S. Collins Professor in the Humanities, Chair, Division of Languages & Literature
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Dr. Susan Schneibel

Professor of Comparative Literature
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Dr. Geoff Mitchell

Associate Professor of Spanish
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Dr. Will Phillips

Associate Professor of English
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Dr. Kelly Battles

Assistant Professor of English
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Mrs. Lynn Coning

Assistant Professor of English
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Mr. Scott Steele

Assistant Professor of English
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Mr. Kim Trevathan

Assistant Professor of Writing/Communication
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Mr. Dan Hickman

Instructor of Spanish
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Ms. Jan Taylor

Instructor of English Composition
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Dr. Kristin Robertson

Visiting Instructor of English
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Ms. Laura Atwood

Adjunct Instructor of Spanish
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Ms. Debra Cardell

Adjunct Instructor of English
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Ms. Laura Cline

Adjunct Instructor of English
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Ms. Janelle Coleman

Adjunct Instructor of Spanish
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Mr. Ted Higgs

Adjunct Instructor of English and PT CIE Instructor
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Mr. Damon Murrah

Adjunct Instructor of English
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Mr. Nathaniel Norman

Adjunct Instructor of English
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Ms. Emily Pace

Adjunct Instructor of French
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Ms. Lisa Parker

Adjunct Instructor of Spanish
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Dr. Asami Segi

Adjunct Instructor of Japanese
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Ms. Kirsten Sheppard

Director of International Education
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Ms. Carolyn Potter

Administrative Assistant