Faculty & Staff

 

B. Cole Bennett, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Professor
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
Instructor

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


 

 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
Instructor

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
Professor
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
Instructor

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
Instructor

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
Instructor

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
Instructor

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
Instructor
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.
Professor

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

 

Staff

 
 

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.  

Tribute

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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