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Michelle Payne, Professor
Department Chair

Ph.D. in English, Composition and Literature, University of New Hampshire
Interests: Nonfiction writing, first-year composition, theories of rhetoric and composition, feminist literary theory, research methods in composition and rhetoric
mpayne@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-4190 | LA-228A


Official Faculty


Shauna Anderson
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, Lecturer
M.A. in English, Utah State University
Interests: User documentation, mobile learning, oral communication, Web 2.0, business communication, assessment
shaunaanderson1@boisestate.edu | EA-102D

Profile photo for Bruce BallengerBruce Ballenger, Professor
Director of Rhetoric and Composition
Ph.D. in English, University of New Hampshire
Interests: Creative nonfiction, composition theory, first-year writing
bballeng@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7609 | Hemingway 200

Profile photo for Gautam Basu ThakurGautam Basu Thakur, Associate Professor
Director, Hemingway Literary Center
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Interests: Critical theory, Victorian literature, postcolonial studies, British literature of the Empire, psychoanalysis, Thing theory
gautambasuthakur@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-4261 | LA-225

Jennifer BlackProfile photo for Jennifer Black, Lecturer
Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies, Boston University
Interests: Shakespeare, online teaching, Renaissance literature, English composition, higher education
jblack@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7022 (voicemail only) | LA-211D

Profile photo for Ann CampbellAnn Campbell, Associate Professor
Ph.D. in English, Emory University
Interests: Marriage and family in British eighteenth-century novels, development of the novel from the eighteenth century forward
anncampbell@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-1956 | LA-205A

Profile photo for Kim Carter-CramKim Carter-Cram, Lecturer
Ph.D. in French, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Interests: 20th century literature, women’s autobiography, French language, philosophy
kimberlycarter-cram@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-4808

Ralph ClareRalph Clare, Associate Professor
Ph.D. in English Literature, Stony Brook University (SUNY, Stony Brook)
Interests: 20th and 21st C. American Literature and Culture, Post-45, Film, Marxism and Post-Marxism, Economic approaches to literature, the New Materialisms
ralphclare@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-4264 | LA-209I

Profile photo for Elizabeth Marie CookElizabeth Marie Cook, Lecturer
M.A. in English, Boise State University
Interests: Medieval literature, art and fashion history
elizcook@boisestate.edu | SMTC-103B

Stephanie Cox, Lecturer
M.A. in English and American Literature with an Emphasis in Creative Writing, Kansas State University
Interests: Online pedagogy, collaborative learning, creative nonfiction
scox@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7033 | LA-256F

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Whitney Douglas, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric and Composition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Interests: Community literacy, feminist rhetorics, disability rhetorics
whitneydouglas@boisestate.edu | LA-209A

Profile photo for Julia Geist DrewJulia Geist Drew, Lecturer
Assistant Coordinator of English Language Support Programs
M.A., TESOL, School for International Training
juliadrew@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-1109 | LA-101A

Profile photo for Heidi EstremHeidi Estrem, Associate Professor
Director of the First-Year Writing Program

Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Nevada, Reno
Interests: First-year writing, writing pedagogy, writing program administration, writing and transfer
heidiestrem@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7073

Profile photo for Carly FinsethCarly Finseth, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Texas Tech University
Interests: Games and virtual worlds, documentation, instructional design, usability and interaction design, digital rhetorics
carlyfinseth@boisestate.edu | LA-234

Profile photo for Jim FredricksenJim Fredricksen, Associate Professor
Director of English Teaching
Co-Director, Boise State Writing Project
Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy, Michigan State University
jimfredricksen@boisestate.edu

Matthew C. HansenProfile photo for Matthew Hansen, Associate Professor
Director of Literature & Humanities
Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Interests: Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, Renaissance poetry and prose, performance theory, scholarship of teaching & learning, scholarship of engagement
matthewhansen@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-1215 | LA-205

Profile photo for Samantha HarveySamantha Harvey, Professor
Ph.D. in English Literature, Cambridge University
Dr. Harvey’s teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century British poetry and prose, transatlantic Romanticism, and the environmental humanities. She is the organizer and host of The Idea of Nature lecture series.
samanthaharvey@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-4234 | LA-409G

Profile photo for Jill HeneyJill Heney, Lecturer
M.A. in English, Literature and Creative Writing Emphases, Boise State University
Interests: Creative nonfiction, digital writing pedagogies, geospatial humanities, and the literature of the American West
jheney@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7055 | LA-101B

Profile photo for Tom J. HillardTom J. Hillard, Associate Professor
Director of M.A. in English
Ph.D. in English, University of Arizona
Interests: Early American and 19th-century American literature, ecocriticism/literature and the environment, Gothic literature
thomashillard@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-2991 | LA-233

Cheryl HindrichsProfile photo for Cheryl Hindrichs, Associate Professor
Ph.D. in English, The Ohio State University
Interests: Twentieth-century British literature; literary criticism and theory; modernist, gender, film, and disability studies; World War One and the Influenza Pandemic
cherylhindrichs@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7072 | LA-232

Profile photo for Tiffany HitesmanTiffany Hitesman, Lecturer
Undergraduate Advising Coordinator

M.A. in English with an Emphasis in Literature, Boise State University
Interests: ePortfolios, identity politics, developmental writing, narrative nonfiction
tiffanyhitesman@boisestate.edu | LA-211A

Kenya Jenkins Fletcher, Lecturer
M.A. in English, Boise State University
Interests: First-year writing, creative nonfiction, poetry
kjenkins@boisestate.edu | EA-202D

Profile photo for Casey KeckCasey Keck, Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, Northern Arizona University
Interests: Computer-based methods of discourse analysis, communicative strategies in academic writing, second language acquisition and pedagogy
caseykeck@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-4268 | LA-209H

Profile photo for Melissa KeithMelissa Keith, Lecturer
Assistant Director of the Writing Center
M.A. in English, Rhetoric and Composition, Boise State University
Interests: Basic writing, digital rhetoric, online writing instruction, writing across the curriculum
melissakeith@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7028 | LA-220A

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Lana Kuchta, Lecturer
M.A. in English, Rhetoric and Composition, Boise State University
Interests: First-year writing
lanakuchta@boisestate.edu | EA-101D

Profile photo for Elizabeth Lester BarnesElizabeth Lester Barnes, Lecturer
M.F.A., Creative Writing, Boise State University
Interests: Community building, social justice, the pursuit of creativity, experiential and active learning
elizabethbarnes@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-2784 | EA-201C

Profile photo for Jenn MalletteJenn Mallette, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in English with Emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Arkansas
Interests: Gendered experience on writing and professional identities in engineering disciplines, rhetoric of science, feminist science and feminist composition, public science
jennifermallette@boisestate.edu | LA-209B

Profile photo for Michael MarkleyMichael Markley, Lecturer
Faculty Hiring Coordinator
M.A. in Technical Communication, Boise State University
Interests: Managing technical communication teams and projects, writing for nonprofit organizations, and emerging platforms for delivering technical content
michaelmarkley@boisestate.edu | EA-101C

Profile photo for Clyde MoneyhunClyde Moneyhun, Associate Professor
Director of the Writing Center

Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, University of Arizona
clydemoneyhun@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-3585 | LA-221

Profile photo for Reshmi MukherjeeReshmi Mukherjee, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in Comparative and World Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Interests: Global Anglophone and Francophone literature of South Asia and Africa, gender studies, postcolonial theory, biopolitics, refugee studies
reshmimukherjee@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-1145 | LA-226

Profile photo for Roger MungerRoger Munger, Professor
Associate Chair; Director of Technical Communication; Faculty Athletics Representative

Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Interests: Writing for not-for-profits, Web 2.0, intercollegiate athletics, publications management, service learning
rmunger@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-4211 | LA-227

Kelly MyersProfile photo for Kelly Myers, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, University of Arizona
Interests: Argument, nonfiction and creative nonfiction writing, rhetorical theories, kairos and metanoia
kellymyers@boisestate.edu | LA-106B

Profile photo for Heidi NaylorHeidi Naylor, Lecturer
M.F.A. in Fiction Writing, Boise State University
Interests: Technical writing, fiction and features writing, editing, advocacy
heidinaylor@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7015 | UNX1-110

Profile photo for Jacqueline O'ConnorJacqueline O’Connor, Professor
Co-Director, Arts and Humanities Institute
Ph.D. in English, University of California at Davis
Interests: American drama, Tennessee Williams, 20th/21st-century American literature, law and humanities
joconnor@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7090 | LA-209C

Profile photo for Steven Olsen-SmithSteven Olsen-Smith, Professor
Ph.D. in English, University of Delaware
Interests: Melville and Whitman, early and 19th-Century American literature, digital applications and approaches in literary studies
sosmith@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7085 | LA-223

Profile photo for Tara PenryTara Penry, Professor
Ph.D. in English, Fordham University
Interests: Nineteenth-century literary periodicals of the U.S.; literary history of affect in the West; literature of the California Gold Rush; sentimentalism, gender, and popular culture
tpenry@boisestate.edu | LA-209E

Profile photo for Debra PurdyDebra Purdy, Lecturer
M.A. in Technical Communication, Boise State University
Interests: Writing
debrapurdy@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7060 | LA-211H

Profile photo for Dora RamirezDora Ramirez, Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Ethnic Literature, New Mexico State University
Interests: Chicana/o literature and rhetoric, 19th Century and contemporary ethnic literature, women’s studies, film studies
doraramirez@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7081 | LA-209D

Profile photo for Jana RoserJan Roser, Lecturer
M.A. in English, Rhetoric and Composition, Boise State University
Interests: Genre, transfer, rhetorical adaptation, educational theory
janroser@boisestate.edu | EA-201D

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Dawn Shepherd, Associate Professor
Associate Director of First-Year Writing Program
Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, North Carolina State University
Interests: Rhetoric, new media, and media studies; digital rhetoric; writing program administration; teaching with technology
dawnshepherd@boisestate.edu | LA-256C

Profile photo for Gail ShuckGail Shuck, Associate Professor
ESL Coordinator; Director of Linguistics

Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona
gshuck@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-1189 | LA-209F

Profile photo for Samantha SturmanSamantha Sturman, Lecturer
Placement and Assessment Program Manager
M.A. in English, Rhetoric and Composition, Boise State University
samanthasturman@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-3420 | LA-256B

Profile photo for Michal Temkin MartinezMichal Temkin Martinez, Associate Professor
Director, The Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab
Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Southern California
Interests: Phonetics and phonology, psycholinguistics, language documentation, laboratory phonology
michaltmartinez@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-4236 | SMASH-218B

Profile photo for Edward "Mac" TestEdward “Mac” Test, Associate Professor
Ph.D. in English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara
Mac spent 13 years on the high seas as a fisherman, and is known for regaling his students with great sea tales. Now in his second career, Mac is an enthusiastic Renaissance scholar and translator of Spanish.
edwardtest@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-2138 | LA-222

Marian Thomas, Lecturer
M.A. in English, Boise State University
Interests: First-year writing, nonfiction writing
mthomas@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7046 | EA-202C

Profile photo for Tim ThornesTim Thornes, Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Oregon
Interests: Language typology, language documentation, and Native American languages
timthornes@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-4267 | SMASH-218A

Profile photo for Karen UehlingKaren Uehling, Professor
M.A. in English, University of California, Davis
Interests: Basic writing, creative nonfiction
kuehling@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-7088 | LA-211E

Chris VanderStouweProfile photo for Chris VanderStouwe, Lecturer
Advisory Board, Gender Studies Program
Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Sociocultural linguistics; language, gender, and sexuality; language and identity; language and politics; language in interaction; linguistic activism
cvanderstouwe@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-3422 | Riverfront Hall 213M

Profile photo for Amber WarringtonAmber Warrington, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas at Austin
Interests: Writing teacher education; writing assessment; critical literacy; teacher inquiry
amberwarrington@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-4233 | GW-103A

Jeff WestoverProfile photo for Jeff Westover, Associate Professor
Internships Coordinator
Ph.D. in English, Boston College
Jeff Westover teaches modern and contemporary American literature, film, graphic novels, and even old-fashioned written texts. Etymology is a subject near to his heart.
jeffreywestover@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-1232 | LA-211C

Profile photo for Jeffrey WilhelmJeffrey Wilhelm, Distinguished Professor
Director, Boise State Writing Project
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin
Interests: Developing inquiry curriculum, motivation, interventions to assist struggling readers and writers
jwilhelm@boisestate.edu | (208) 426-1199 | GW-103B

Profile photo for Russell WillertonRussell Willerton, Professor
Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Texas Tech University
Interests: Technical editing, plain language, document design, dialogic ethics
russellwillerton@boisestate.edu | LA-211B

Profile photo for Linda Marie ZaerrLinda Marie Zaerr, Professor
Ph.D. in English, University of Washington
Linda Marie Zaerr teaches medieval adventure stories, and games in medieval literature. She plays the medieval vielle as a way of exploring and demonstrating medieval entertainment.
lzaerr@boisestate.edu | LA-211G


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