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Geremy Carnes is the Program Director of the English Language and Literature Department. He earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in English Language & Literature from the University of Michigan. Carnes’s teaching and research focus on eighteenth-century British literature and history. His published scholarship examines eighteenth-century literature in the context of religious conflict and anxiety, particularly with regard to English Catholicism and the development of gothic literature.
Professor Cooper’s teaching and research interests center largely on questions of who is (and who is not) an American citizen and how the United States has engaged historically with populations it would much rather avoid. At Lindenwood, he teaches courses in all areas of American literature and heads the program in American Studies. He has a forthcoming book, Veteran Americans: Literature and Citizenship from Revolution to Reconstruction (University of Massachusetts Press, May 2018), that traces the unheralded rise of veteran authors from the early republic through the Civil War. Professor Cooper earned a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and also holds a M.A. from Northwestern University and a B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College.
Susan Edele earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Truman State University, majoring in Mass Communications and minoring in English and secondary education. She earned her Master of Arts in English Composition from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University. She teaches composition courses and creative writing courses. She enjoys flash fiction and nonfiction, as well as short stories and young adult literature. She has published several pieces, including “Blood and Guts” in the Midwest Review (midwestreview.org), and has presented scholarly conference sessions on topics about writing and academic support techniques. Along with teaching, Susan is also the director of the Lindenwood University Writing Center.
Melissa Ridley Elmes
Dr. Melissa Ridley Elmes (B.A., French, The College of William and Mary; M.A., English, Longwood University; Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina Greensboro) is an interdisciplinary literary historian of the medieval period, with particular emphasis on the 10-15th-century Northern European and British Isles literatures and cultures, including Old/Middle English, Welsh, Irish, Anglo-Norman, and Old Norse/Icelandic. Her teaching and research interests include women's and gender studies, violence and trauma, alchemy and magic, monsters and the supernatural, Arthuriana, Chaucer, and outlaws and tricksters. She is an award-winning instructor as well as a high-profile scholar, with recent articles in Arthuriana and Medieval Perspectives and an edited collection of essays on the fairy Melusine (Brill, 2017). Dr. Elmes serves on the advisory boards of a number of scholarly organizations, and is currently a member of the MLA executive forum for Celtic Studies and vice-president of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.
Elizabeth Fleitz is an associate professor of English, specializing in rhetoric and composition. She regularly teaches courses on grammar and the teaching of writing, as well as all levels of first-year writing. She developed the Writing and Professional Communication minor, and also teaches technical and business writing. She received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing from Bowling Green State University in 2009, where she wrote her dissertation studying cookbooks as a multimodal, feminist genre. She has most recently been published in the edited collection Type Matters (Parlor Press, 2017) and was an invited contributor to the University of Michigan Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative's Spring 2017 blog carnival. Dr. Fleitz is the Reviews section editor for the peer-reviewed journal Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.
Tracy Flicek is a three-time Lindenwood alumna and has been part of the university’s community since 2006. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Studies in 2010, a Master of Arts in International Studies in 2011, and a Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 2012. During her time at Lindenwood, she was a member of the Lionettes dance team and Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society. Professor Flicek has been a full-time faculty member since January 2013, specializing in reading and writing instruction for non-native English users. She maintains membership in MidTESOL and TESOL International Association and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Composition and TESOL at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Hollis Carolyn Heyn
Hollis Carolyn Heyn has taught composition and literature courses at Lindenwood University for 21 years as a full time faculty member. As a generalist, her interests range from Medieval and Renaissance British literature to Colonial through Post Modern American literature. Gender and race as explored by William Faulkner are Prof. Heyn’s current topics of study and teaching.
Spencer Hurst has been a barker at Six Flags, interoffice mail delivery person for a defense contractor, janitor in a maternity undergarment factory, transportation manager, director of global logistics, truck loader at UPS, K-12 substitute teacher, university teaching assistant, and English professor, in that order. Along the way he has been a questionable parent, mediocre husband, and as of a little over 2 years ago, a laughably inept grandfather. He hopes there is a forgiving God in heaven. His poetry and stories have appeared in Untamed Ink, Natural Bridge, River King Poetry Supplement, Salamander Magazine, and others. His awards include several poetry prizes sponsored by the St. Louis Poetry Center, an organization he has been a member of since 1997. He has been teaching composition, literature and creative writing at Lindenwood University since 1999.
Elizabeth Killingbeck Pratte
Elizabeth Killingbeck Pratte earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her academic interests include areas of linguistics, such as second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and language identity, as well pedagogy in second language writing and composition.
Dr. Lauren McCoy is an assistant professor in the English department at Lindenwood University. She attended Smith College and the University of St. Andrews as an undergrad and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include gossip, Victorian newspapers and novels, and questions about privacy. Her work has appeared in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Victorian Periodicals Review, and Victorian Review. She teaches classes on writing, literature, and horror films.
Dr. Justine Pas earned a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan. She is associate professor of English and associate dean of the School of Humanities at Lindenwood University’s St. Charles, Mo campus. Her major research interests include American ethnic literature, literature of the Holocaust, and translation studies.
Daniel Plate earned his B.A. in English and philosophy from Taylor University in Indiana. He followed this with an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in literature from Washington University in St. Louis. His dissertation research focused on the effect of positivist ideas in philosophy of science on American literary critics in the 1930s and 1940s, especially in the work of the iconoclastic theorist Kenneth Burke. Throughout his career, Dr. Plate has been absorbed with the interactions among several disciplines: literature, philosophy of language, formal logic, computer science, number theory, and gaming. The last of these, gaming and theories of gaming, is currently at the top of his research interests. Dr. Plate is working to build the creative writing major into a thriving community on campus and has begun recruiting students for a gaming club at Lindenwood, hoping to encourage the pursuit of creativity, writing, gaming, and learning among students and colleagues.
After Professor Melissa Qualls graduated from Northeast Missouri State University with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in philosophy & religion, she taught ESL in Taejon, South Korea. She studied Latin American literature, Indian literature, and Asian literature while earning her master's degree in English at Truman State University, and introduces her students to diverse perspectives and cultures in many of her classes. Currently, she teaches courses in composition, gender studies, existentialism, Latino literature, and world literature.
Dr. Ana Schnellmann (B.A., English, College of St. Benedict, M.A., English, Ohio University, MCERT, Women's Studies, Ohio University, Ph.D., English, Saint Louis University) has been a proud member of the Lindenwood faculty since 1995. She considers herself a generalist, although her specialty is in 19th-century novels, particularly those of women writers. Her research interests include examining the socio/political/psychological aspects of literary works and considering and applying different literary theories to those works. As a dedicated life-long learner, she is currently enrolled in the master's program of Art History at Lindenwood; cross-disciplinary studies allow her to broaden her understanding of various genres and facilitate the teaching of such in the classroom. Dr. Schnellmann has served, and continues to serve, on various committees, but above all else, she loves to teach and is a passionate educator.
Andy Thomason received a B.A. in writing from Lindenwood University, a Master of Liberal Arts and a Master of American Culture Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. He has also completed graduate work in American Studies at Saint Louis University. Professor Thomason has a wide range of interest, but focuses primarily on culture, particularly American culture, and ancient literature with an emphasis in Greek literature.