Faculty & Staff


B. Cole Bennett, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Director of the Writing Center

B.B.A., Harding University, 1989
M.A.T.E.W., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1996
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi, 2002

Phone: 325-674-2406
Email: cole.bennett@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Composition Theory
  • Rhetorical History
  • Service-Learning
  • American Literature



Brian Brown

Email: brian.brown@acu.edu


Dr. Laura Carroll


Laura Carroll, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of First-Year English

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1996
M.A., Marquette University, 1998
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2002

Phone: 325-674-2264
Email: laura.carroll@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Critical theory
  • Rhetoric


Dr. Bill Carroll

William (Bill) Carroll, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.A., Lipscomb University, 1993
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1996
Ph.D., Marquette University, 2005

Phone: 325-674-2556
Email: william.carroll@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • British literature


Karen Cukrowski

Email: kdc00a@acu.edu


Suanna Davis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.S.E.D, Abilene Christian University, 1984 
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1987 
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2000

Phone: 325-674-2976
Email: shd11a@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Rhetoric and composition 
  • Science fiction and fantasy 
  • Old English literature


 Dr. Mikey Delony

Mikee Delony, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.A., University of Houston, 1996
M.A.., University of Houston, 2000
Ph.D., University of Houston, 2007

Phone: 325-674-4856
Email: mxd06b@acu.edu

 Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Medieval literature


Kyle Dickson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of the Digital Media Center

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1993
M.A., Baylor University, 1996
Ph.D., Baylor University, 2001

Phone: 325-674-2263
Email: dicksonk@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Eighteenth-century literature


Jeremy Elliott
Assisstant Professor

Phone: 325-674-2251
Email: jke10a@acu.edu


 Carol Evans

Carol Evans

B.S., Lubbock Christian University, 1984
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1991

Phone: 325-674-2404
Email: evansc@acu.edu



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Albert (Al) Haley
Writer in Residence

B.A., Yale University, 1976
M.F.A., University of Houston, 1993

Phone: 325-674-2262
Email: haleya@acu.edu

 Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Fiction writing
  • Poetry writing


William (Bill) Horn

B.A.S, Abilene Christian University, 1999
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 2005

Phone: 325-674-4938
Email: hornw@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Business and Professional Writing
  • Conflict Resolution


Dr. Dana McMichael

Dana McMichael, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Graduate Advisor

B.A., Oklahoma Christian College, 1983
M.A., Wake Forest University, 1996
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2002

Phone: 325-674-2083
Email: dwm00b@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • American literature


Dr. Steven Moore

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Steven T. Moore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1994
M.A., University of Nebraska, 1996
Ph.D., University of Nebraska, 2007

Phone: 325-674-2403
Email: steven.moore@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • African-American literature


Yann Opsitch

M.A.C.M., Abilene Christian University, 2007
M.A., University of North Texas, 2012

Phone: 325-674-2046
Email: yjo00a@acu.edu


Harland Rall, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.S.Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1974
M.A., University of Cincinnati, 1990
Ph.D. Texas Tech University, 1996

Phone: 325-674-2384
Email: rallh@acu.edu


Sherry Rankin

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Sherry Rankin

B.A., English, Harding University, 1986
B.A., French, Harding University, 1986
M.S., Harding University, 1987
M.A., University of California-Riverside, 1989

Phone: 325-674-2260
Email: rankins@acu.edu


Paul Roggendorff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Director of World Languages

B.A., University of Texas, 1992
B.S., Institute for Christian Studies, Austin, TX, 1993
M.A., University of Memphis, 1996
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2012

Phone: 325-674-2494
Email: par08b@acu.edu

Area of scholarship/expertise:

  • Latin American Literature and culture
  • Argentinian Literature


Dr. Shelly Sanders

Shelly Sanders, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1999
M.A., Emerson University, 2001
Ph.D., University of Texas-Arlington, 2007

Phone: 325-674-4855
Email: mrw95v@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Young adult literature
  • Creative writing
  • Sports writing


Stacy Shenefield

B.A., University of North Texas
M.A., Abilene Christian University

Email: sms10a@acu.edu


Joe Stephenson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.A., Yale University, 1985
M.A., Music, Central Connecticut State University, 1995
M.A., English, University of Connecticut, 2000
Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2007

Phone: 325-674-2887
Email: jfs05b@acu.edu


Carolyn Thompson
Director of the Institute of Intensive English,

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1965
M.A.T., Southwest Texas State University

Phone: 325-674-6905
Email: thompsonc@acu.edu



Jeanine Varner, Ph.D.

B.A., Oklahoma Christian University, 1973
M.A., University of Tennessee, 1975
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1981

Phone: 325-674-2024
Email: jeanine.varner@acu.edu


Beatriz Walker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.A.S., Abilene Christian University, 1996
M.Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1999
M.A., Texas Tech University, 2002
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2005

Phone: 325-674-2140
Email: baw98p@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Spanish Golden Age Literature 
  • Twentieth Century Latin American Literature


Dr. Stephen Weathers

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Stephen R. Weathers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1986
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1987
Ph.D., University of Florida, 1999

Phone: 325-674-2257
Email: weatherss@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Nineteenth-century British literature
  • Fiction writing


Dr. Debbie Williams

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Debbie J. Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1980
M.A., Texas Tech University, 1982
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1996

Phone: 325-674-2263
Email: debbie.williams@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Rhetoric and composition




Debbie Rosser-Spears
Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 325-674-2263
Email: das13b@acu.edu


Activities and Awards

In recent years, department members have held office in the Conference on Christianity and Literature (on both regional and national levels), the Conference of College Teachers of English, the Texas Association of Deans of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the South-Central Renaissance Conference. In addition, they have published numerous articles, book reviews, and short stories; presented original papers, short stories, poems, and lectures; and edited Shadow and Light: Literature and the Life of Faith, an anthology used in colleges and universities nationwide.

Besides producing scholarly and creative writing, our professors have led student groups in study abroad; spoken at ACU Bible Lectureship and the Christian Scholars Conference; served as consultants and guest lecturers at other universities; attended summer seminars sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations; edited major reports for the university; collaborated on books with colleagues from other departments; and developed computer hypertext.

Two have received the Trustees' Award as Teacher of the Year, four have been Honors Program Professor of the Year, three have received teaching awards from ACU colleges, and several have been honored by campus organizations as mentors and role models.

The bottom line: Faculty activities such as these provide rich resources for students majoring in English.  


Our colleague Dr. Jack Welch, professor of English, died of heart failure on July 28, 1996, in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he was completing eight weeks of mission work. He taught fiction writing, world literature, business and professional writing, and other courses and was the author of four books. He was media editor and feature writer for The Christian Chronicle and served as a deacon for the Hillcrest Church of Christ, in Abilene. We miss his sweet spirit, professionalism, generosity to students and colleagues, and Christian example. A scholarship fund has been established as a memorial.

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