English and Philosophy Department
Dr. Mary Paniccia Carden
Mary Paniccia Carden received her doctorate from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She taught at SUNY Binghamton and Southeastern Oklahoma State University before joining the Edinboro faculty in 2002. She teaches courses ranging from composition to literature survey courses to advanced seminars for majors. She is currently chairperson of the department of English and Philosophy.
Dr. Carden’s research interests are varied. She is the author of Sons and Daughters of Self-Made Men: Improvising Gender, Place, Nation in American Literature (Bucknell UP 2010) and co-editor of Doubled Plots: Romance and History (U of Mississippi Press 203). Dr. Carden has published articles on authors including William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Jane Smiley, Alice McDermott, and Jack Kerouac in scholarly journals such as Twentieth Century Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, Contemporary Literature, and African-American Review.
She specializes in modern and contemporary American literature, autobiography, and literature by women. Dr. Carden is currently at work on a manuscript addressing the autobiographical practices of Beat-associated women writers. In 2010, she was named Edinboro University’s Scholar of the Year.
Dr. Robert W. Holderer joined Edinboro in 1993. Previously, he was director of developmental programs at Barton County Community College from 1990-93. Before that he taught Spanish, French and English at the junior high level from 1972-76, was an associate professor of Spanish and English professor at Pillsbury College in Owatonna, Minn. from 1976-81, and chair of the department of English and foreign languages at Maranatha College from 1981-86. He attended Oklahoma State University in 1986-92 where he earned a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in writing assessment. His dissertation focused on writing assessment. He also has a MEPD from the University of Wisconsin: Whitewater (1986), a Master of Arts in Spanish from Middlebury College (1976) and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Houghton College (1972) with teaching certification in Spanish, French, and English.
Besides being assistant chair of the department of English and philosophy, Dr. Holderer is also director of the writing center. He has taught classes in business writing, technical writing, traditional grammar, and adolescent literature. His research interests are in writing center theory and administration, writing assessment, teaching strategies for students who have learning disabilities and students who speak English as a second language. He has both presentations and publications dealing with writing centers, censorship, writing assessment, and learning disabilities. He has served on the board of the Hispanic Council of Erie, PA and currently serves on the board of the Bethesda Home for Children in Meadville, PA. He is organist at Abiding Hope Lutheran Church.
Professor Carrie Hohmann Campbell has taught English composition at Edinboro University for five years. She graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in English literature and creative writing and received an MFA in poetry from New York University. At NYU, she taught creative writing to NYU undergraduate students and to Goldwater Hospital patients as a Goldwater Fellow.
Since coming to EU, Professor Campbell has worked on Chimera (Edinboro's award-winning undergraduate journal of art and literature) and is the current faculty literary advisor for the journal. She also helps first year students acclimate to college life and their chosen major as the freshman coordinator for the English & Philosophy department. While at Edinboro, she has taught composition, research, and creative writing courses, and will be teaching a graphic novel-themed English 101 course this fall.
Her poetry has appeared in several national journals, such as Salt Hill, Forklift, Ohio, H_NGM_N, and most recently The Bridge Literary Journal and First Class Lit. Her chapbook incongruent:someday was published by dancing girl press in 2014.
Outside of her professional career she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening and raising chickens with her husband, dog and cat on a dirt road near Titusville.
Dr. John Cussen joined the EU faculty in 2000. Prior to his arrival at EU, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati and taught for five years in South Korea, primarily in the University of Maryland’s Asian Division but also at Konkuk University--Seoul. At EU he teaches courses in literature and writing.
Dr. Cussen has been the recipient of a Fulbright Award to India, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute fellowship, three Latin American Studies summer library research fellowships (Cornell University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Pittsburgh) and three Pennsylvania Humanities Council grants.
His peer-reviewed essays on Colombian García Márquez, Peruvian Vargas Llosa, Irishmen Yeats, Joyce and Beckett and Americans Theroux and Lahiri have appeared in Journal of Modern Literature, Religion and the Arts, Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies, The College English Association Critic, The New Hibernia Review, Studies in Travel Writing, The Yeats Journal of Korea, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, JEAL: Journal of Ethnic American Literature, and other places.
His short stories have appeared in Confrontation, Fiction, Ascent, Cincinnati Magazine, Potpourri, Ambergris and elsewhere.
His book reviews and book review essays have appeared in JAS: Journal of Asian Studies, The North Dakota Quarterly, World Literature Today, The Southern Humanities Review, India Currents, Studies in Short Fiction, the Irish Literary Supplement, 20th-Century Literature, Full Stop, Rain Taxi, Ithaca Times, and the Erie Times-News.
His current research chiefly concerns contemporary immigrant American fiction.
Dr. Deborah DuBartell graduated with a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Arts from the same institution and a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude with High Distinction from the University of Rochester. She has been on the faculty of Edinboro University since 1991.
Dr. DuBartell’s research foci include historical linguistics, discourse studies and computer-mediated communication. She has presented papers before the Academy of Sciences of Czechoslovakia, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the International Association for Dialogue Analysis in Prague, the UK Cognitive Linguistics Association in England, at conferences sponsored by the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University in Finland and at Georgetown University Round Tables in Linguistics. Her work has been published in Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Finland and the US.
Since 2009, she has served as a state and local judge for the United States Academic Decathlon and Academic Sports League. She judges Pennsylvania high school students’ academic performances in the Speech and Interview Competitions and represents judges at the Academic Sports League Celebrations held at the end of the academic year. In addition, she has served as the troop leader for Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania Daisy and Brownie Troops and as a GSWPA delegate to the annual conventions for service units in Cambridge Springs and Edinboro.
Dr. Corbin Fowler has been teaching at Edinboro University since 1990 and has been a full-time philosophy professor for 37 years. He has published articles in professional journals, given professional presentations at many academic conferences in the states and in
Professor Maggie Fry spent 20 years working as a freelance writer and reporter and wrote over one thousand newspaper and magazine articles for Rodale Press, Seattle Weekly, and the Erie Times News. Before coming to Edinboro in 2009, she taught composition and public speaking for four years at Thiel College in Greenville, PA, where she also served as faculty advisor for the campus newspaper. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in 2013.
In addition to teaching and writing, she loves farming and raises chickens, pigs, and produce, as well as sheep and goats on occasion. She is also a hand-spinner and weaver. She has two daughters, Linnea Nordstrom, who lives and works in Norway, and Emily Fry who lives at home.
Dr. Bonnie Gaarden was born and raised in suburban Cleveland. She received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English literature from Ohio University, where her favored subjects were medieval, Renaissance and romantic literature. She later obtained a Master of Arts in theology from Ashland Theological Seminary, with particular attention to the doctrinal wars of the Reformation. During her doctoral studies at SUNY Buffalo (Ph. D. English literature) she developed a strong interest in myth and fantasy (including that aimed at children) and the application of Jungian psychological theory to the analysis of both.
Dr. Gaarden has taught at Ohio University, Ashland College and Mercyhurst (when it was a college) in addition to Edinboro University, where she has been on the faculty since 1988, teaching primarily literature of the Bible and mythology in addition to the freshman composition sequence. Her scholarship includes Jungian analyses of The Wind in the Willows and the Twilight Saga, for the journals Children’s Literature and Extrapolation respectively. But most of her publications to date have focused on the works of George MacDonald, a prolific Victorian Scot who pioneered adult fantasy-writing in English, profoundly influencing the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Her articles on MacDonald have appeared in Victorian Newsletter, Mythlore, Studies in the Novel, Scottish Studies Review and North Wind. In 2011 she published a book, The Christian Goddess: Archetype and Theology in the Fantasies of George MacDonald, with Fairley Dickinson University Press.
Since coming to Edinboro in the fall of 2001, Robert Bernard Hass, who holds both a Ph.D. in English literature and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, has integrated disciplines in his professional life. He is the author of Going by Contraries: Robert Frost’s Conflict with Science (University of Virginia Press, 2002), which was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title in 2004. He is also the author of the poetry collection, Counting Thunder (David Robert Books, 2008) and is currently co-editing The Letters of Robert Frost with Edinboro colleague Donald Sheehy for Harvard University Press. His poems and articles on modern and Victorian literature have appeared in many leading journals, including Poetry, Sewanee Review, Agni, Studies in English Literature and the Journal of Modern Literature. He has won an Academy of American Poets Prize, an Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals Award and a fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He serves on the editorial boards of Twentieth-Century Literature and the Robert Frost Review. He was named EU's Educator of the Year in 2008.
When not pursuing his professional studies, he prefers to fly fish, climb mountains, cook, garden and adventure with his son, Matthew. His greatest satisfaction, however, is beating Professor Baher Ghosheh and Tennis Coach Lee Underwood on the tennis court.
Dr. William Hunter recently completed his 20th year of teaching at Edinboro University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from DePauw University and a Master of Arts and PhD from Purdue University with a dissertation on the use of quilting as a metaphor in contemporary African American women's fiction.
He teaches courses in American, African American, and genre literature. He has recently published work on Frederick Douglass and J. K. Rowling. He is currently working on a project concerning African American Postmodern fiction.
In addition to his teaching and research at EU, he also teaches courses in beginning theology at Grace Church and attends a countless number of his children's activities.
Elisabeth Joyce conducts research in two disciplines: literary criticism and online communities. The criticism work has led to two books, one on the relationship of the poetry of Marianne Moore to the visual arts (Bucknell UP, 1999), and the other on Susan Howe’s poetry and questions of space (Bucknell UP, 2010). She has also written on the poetry of Ron Silliman, Michael Heller, William Bronk, Rae Armantrout, Alice Notley, Denise Levertov and Charles Olson, among others. She is currently working on Phenomenology and John Ashbery’s poetry.
A master’s degree in human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University led to work on online communities, particularly on policy formation and application in Wikipedia. She is currently studying self-efficacy in online cancer support groups and the impact of self-disclosure on deliberations in Wikipedia’s governance.
At Edinboro University, Dr. Joyce is the coordinator for Student Learning Outcomes Assessment and chair of the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research.
She is a member of the National Ski Patrol at Mt. Pleasant Ski Area and is married to a sculptor. She has two children.
A voracious reader since devouring Fun With Dick and Jane in the first grade, John Repp still loves nothing more than wallowing in a book. He debuted as a writer at age nine, composing with his mother’s black fountain pen an Alamo-esque epic in which a plucky band of French Legionnaires slaughters most of a Saracen army before meeting its inevitable doom. The next summer, his authorial career continued with a tale modeled on the baseball novels of John R. Tunis and typed on the family’s venerable Underwood.
Before landing his first full-time teaching position in 1986, Professor Repp worked as a gravedigger, groundskeeper, house-painter, storekeeper, retail clerk, typist-for-hire, egg-packer, billing manager, woodcutter, export clerk, and part-time university instructor. He began publishing in literary periodicals in 1979 and has since seen into print fifteen books or chapbooks, as well as over 300 individual poems, short stories, essays, and book reviews. He has taught writing and literature at Edinboro University since August, 1991.
Professor Repp enjoys public recognition as much as anyone, but his deepest pleasures are private, among them making his own sentences sing and being present when students do the same.
Dr. Paul Rovang graduated with a PhD in English from Michigan State University in 1991. His graduate education focused on medieval and Renaissance literature with a secondary focus on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Before coming to Edinboro University in 1995, he taught at Fukui University in Japan and Northwest College in Washington.
His main teaching interests at Edinboro University include ancient, classical, medieval, and Renaissance literatures, ESL, and mythology. In addition to many presentations at academic conferences, he has published two books on Arthurian literature, the most recent, Malory’s Anatomy of Chivalry, in 2015, and articles in such journals as Arthuriana, Mythlore, Milton Quarterly, Mystics Quarterly, Fifteenth-Century Studies, and The Explicator.
He appears in Who’s Who in America and is a longstanding member of the International Arthurian Society. He has participated in two National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes on medieval-studies topics, one at Oxford University in England, both supported by NEH grant awards.
Outside of teaching and scholarship he enjoys spending time with his family, walking his dogs, and reading good books. Other favorite activities include travel, running, skiing, backpacking, watersports, birdwatching and gardening.
Dr. Jeremy Sideris joined the Edinboro faculty in 2004 after attending New Mexico State University (Ph.D., Rhetoric and Professional Communication), Angelo State University (M.A., English, and Buffalo State College (B.A., English; B.A. Theatre). At Edinboro he developed the University’s Writing Center and led it for almost a decade. Moreover, he has taught all levels of composition classes Edinboro has to offer, and he has been nominated for faculty member of the year twice. Dr. Sideris has also been nominated for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice award.
His professional career outside of Edinboro finds him as the director Medaille College’s International Summer program.
Praised by the New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist as “a masterful storyteller,” Randall Silvis is the author of fourteen critically acclaimed books of fiction and nonfiction. He is also a prize-winning playwright, a produced screenwriter, a prolific essayist, and an occasional poet. As a multi-genre author, his books have appeared on Best of the Year lists from The New York Times, the Toronto Globe & Mail, SfSite.com, and the International Association of Crime Writers. He also co-hosts the popular bi-weekly podcast The Writers Hangout (www.thewritershangout.com).
The first Pennsylvanian to win the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize, Silvis has also received two Literature Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Grant, six writing fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for his fiction, drama, and screenwriting, and a Doctor of Letters degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania for “distinguished literary achievement.” In the words of William Allen, former director of the Ohio State University Creative Writing Program, “No matter which genre he tackles, Randall Silvis is consistently innovative, daring, and visionary. Book after book after book, he proves that he is not only this country’s most pitch-perfect stylist, but also one of our most original and most important writers.”
Roger L. Solberg came to Edinboro University in 1989. His career in higher education began in 1978 at Wagner College, where he worked in student activities. He has taught at the University of Iowa and the University of Texas-San Antonio.
Since joining Edinboro’s faculty he has created multiple new courses, including Advanced Creative Nonfiction and The Literature of Baseball. A three-time champion on the television game show “Jeopardy!,” he serves on the organizing committee for the annual College Bowl quiz tournament and is the coach of EU’s intercollegiate academic quiz team. In addition, he is an advisor to the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.
His essays have been published in The New York Times, Traditional Home, Family Money, Lake Erie Lifestyle, The Harrisburg Patriot-News, and his hometown newspaper The Staten Island Advance. A number of his publications are about baseball, including a chapter of the book Babe Ruth at 100, a collection of scholarly pieces about the legendary New York Yankees star. He has also presented papers at numerous national conferences, including the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English. Another of his research interests is science fiction and horror films; he has given more than a dozen campus lectures on the topic.
He lives in Edinboro with his wife and three sons. A first generation Norwegian-American, he is a descendant of King Harald Bluetooth, who ruled Norway and Denmark from 940-986 A.D.
Stephen J. Sullivan received his Ph.D. in philosophy at Cornell University in 1990. From 1988 to 1996 he held temporary teaching positions at Rice University, Virginia Tech, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Seton Hall University. From 1996 to 2004 he taught at the University of Southern Indiana, earning both tenure and promotion. Dr. Sullivan arrived at Edinboro University in 2004 to teach in the department of philosophy (since merged with English), and was tenured after several years. Since then he has taught a wide variety of philosophy courses, his favorites being courses in ethics, philosophy of religion, and feminist philosophy. In 2014 he began teaching sections of English 102/research writing, so he is truly a professor of English and philosophy.
Dr. Sullivan’s primary research interests lie in ethics and philosophy of religion, and especially in their intersection in the issue of the relationship between morality and religion—a topic on which he hopes to publish a book eventually called Goodness and Godliness. He has over twenty professional publications and over seventy scholarly presentations under his belt. He has served on dozens of department, university, and faculty-union committees (chairing several of them), and enjoys organizing on-campus educational events (talks, panels, and debates) for the EU Philosophy Club, the Women’s History Month subcommittee of the Women’s Studies Committee, the Diversity Council, and Porreco College. He has been actively involved in community activities and civic groups in Evansville, Ind., Henderson, Ky. and Erie, Pa. He also enjoys fatherhood and grandfatherhood immensely.