Faculty & Staff
Cynthia Callahan, Associate Professor of English, earned her PhD at the University of Delaware and her BA at Rutgers University (Douglass College). She teaches American and multi-ethnic American literatures. Focusing on fictional families in American literature, her book, Kin of Another Kind: Transracial Adoption in American Literature (Michigan UP, 2011), explores the role of kinship in articulating racial and national identities in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She recently guest edited the first all-bibliography and review issue of the journal Adoption & Culture (Vol. 4, 2014), of which she is also Book Review Editor. She is a national co-chair of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture. Her current work focuses on adoption in the literature of Richard Wright and Ann Petry.
Susan Delagrange, Associate Professor of English (Rhetoric and New Media), received her PhD from Ohio State in 2005. She researches, writes, and teaches in the areas of digital media, visual rhetoric, writing technologies, and feminist rhetoric, where she currently focuses on ethical visual persuasion. She has published award-winning articles in Kairos, PMLA, and elsewhere. Her digital project, Technologies of Wonder: Rhetorical Practice in a Digital World, won three national awards, including the 2013 CCCC Outstanding Book Award.
Rebecca Fast has been an instructor The Ohio State University at Mansfield since 1996. A Senior Lecturer, she received a BA in English from Ashland University and earned MA and PhD degrees from Arizona State University, specializing in rhetoric and composition. Her doctoral research involved case studies comparing the sermon-composing processes of veteran and novice preachers. She currently teaches First-Year Composition classes, as well as Intermediate Writing, Intro to Poetry, Intro to Fiction, and other classes. In 2015, she won the Excellence in Teaching Award for associate faculty and was a semi-finalist for the university-wide Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer.
Bob Gibson has a BA in Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University. In addition to teaching basic composition, creative writing, and literature classes at The Ohio State University-Mansfield, he also taught similar courses at OSU-Marion, The Columbus Campus of OSU, Columbus State University and Marion Technical College. Prior to entering the academic world, Gibson worked as a freelance writer with published works in numerous magazines. Those include Boy’s Life, Astronomy, Highlights for Children, Humpty Dumpty, Woman’s Day, Restaurant Business, Ohio Business, Nation’s Business, Ad Astra, Astronomy, Christian Science Daily, Ohio Magazine and many others. He also worked several years as a newspaper reporter and twice won Associated Press awards for his work.
Norman W. Jones, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and his BA from Yale University. He teaches courses in 20th- and 21st-century American literature, film, and the Bible. He is the author of The Bible and Literature: The Basics (Routledge, 2016) and Gay and Lesbian Historical Fiction: Sexual Mystery and Post-Secular Narrative (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He is co-editor of The King James Bible after Four Hundred Years: Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Recipient of the Mansfield campus 2010 Award for Excellence in Scholarship, his essays and reviews have been published in American Literary History Online Review, American Literature, Christianity & Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, and Studies in American Fiction.
Andrew Kinney, MA, lecturer, teaches first year writing in addition to other writing and literature courses in the English department. Andrew is interested in how readers and writers work in digital spaces, the construction of community among teachers and students, and rhetoric. He hopes students apply their rhetorical powers for virtuous ends.
Elizabeth Zeman Kolkovich, Associate Professor (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), researches and teaches Renaissance literature. She specializes in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, early modern women writers, theater history, book history, and gender studies. She is author of The Elizabethan Country House Entertainment: Print, Performance, and Gender (Cambridge, 2016) and has published essays and performance reviews in Shakespeare Quarterly, English Literary Renaissance, and Shakespeare Bulletin. She has received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Paul W. Brown Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Mansfield Campus Excellence in Teaching Award. Current projects include a book on masques in staged and printed Shakespeare (tentatively titled "Shakespeare's Revels") and a study of the letters and literary patronage of Alice Egerton, Countess of Derby (1559-1637) and her female network.
Barbara McGovern, Associate Professor, received her doctorate from The Ohio State University and her M.A. from Tulane University. Her research is in 18th century British literature and women's studies. She is author of the book Anne Finch and Her Poetry: A Critical Biography, and co-editor of The Anne Finch Wellesley Manuscript Poems: A Critical Edition, and has published articles on such women writers as George Eliot and Margaret Tyler. She received from Ohio State University the 1994 Excellence in Scholarship and the College of Humanities 2001 Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring awards, as well as the 2013 OSU Mansfield Excellence in Service award.
Victoria Muñoz’s research uncovers Anglo-Spanish relations in Tudor and Jacobean England, with particular attention to writers’ use of chivalric discourse to describe the ideological binaries of good and evil during the Anglo-Spanish War (1585-1604). This war, which was never formally declared, took the form of a series of protracted battles between England and Spain, including the infamous clash of the English navy with the Spanish Armada in 1588, which contemporary thinkers described as a new crusade for Christendom. This rhetorical emphasis on holy war between Protestant and Catholic Europe contributed to heightened nationalism and extremism in the midst of major sociopolitical and socioeconomic changes, namely the rise of trans-Atlantic trade and nascent capitalism, factors which also helped to promote the growth of the British Empire. Her research thus bridges the divide between pre- and postcolonial literary studies, wherein she tracks the symbolic and material conditions that promoted imperialist ideologies that gave rise to the Commonwealth. This competition produced a pan-European “theater of the world” which reflected the social, political, and economic changes produced by a rapidly expanding European outlook, increasingly oriented toward colonial expansion. Her pedagogy broadly emphasizes how these religious and political conflicts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries catalyzed the Age of Exploration and the emerging politics of global imperialism. She emphasizes writers’ efforts to define their native cultures in opposition to both colonial cultures and other European powers. Through combined close reading and historical study, her courses invite students to uncover the rhetoric of imperial expansion as well as the imbricated attitudes of both competition and emulation which characterized literary production during the early modern period and beyond.
Cassandra Parente earned her PhD in Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies at Texas Christian University. Having published scholarly works, poetry, and creative non-fiction and worked in the worlds of digital media and grant writing, she sees writing as a multifaceted practice, requiring numerous audience-dependent techniques and skills. She teaches courses in Professional Writing, Literacy Studies, Popular Culture, Rhetoric, Creative Non-Fiction, Research Methods, and Service Learning. Her current research focuses on the literacy practices of immigrant communities in the United States.
Joan L. Richmond, Senior Lecturer, completed her Master of Arts in English from Tarleton State University. She is currently ABD from the University of Texas at Arlington where her concentration fields were rhetoric, composition, and critical theory. Her current research interests include postmodern theory and pop culture. One project includes an exploration of non-linear dynamics as they relate to postmodern theory and teaching composition. She has taught composition, literature, and literary theory in Texas for ten years and returned to her native Ohio in 2000.
Carolyn Skinner, Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Louisville), teaches historical and contemporary rhetoric (the study of how people compose messages to persuade, inform, or inspire others) and writing center theory and practice. Her published research focuses on nineteenth-century American rhetoric, particularly women’s speech and writing and medical/scientific writing. She published Women Physicians & Professional Ethos in Nineteenth-Century America in 2014. She has also published articles in Rhetoric Review, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Technical Communication Quarterly. In 2006, she co-authored a piece in the Writing Center Journal that received an award from the International Writing Centers Association for outstanding scholarship. In 2014, she received Ohio State Mansfield’s award for Excellence in Scholarship. She is currently working on two scholarly projects: one focuses on the reception and circulation of a nineteenth-century popular medical text; the other is a study of classroom-based peer tutoring in college writing courses.
Darlene Slack, Lecturer, teaches composition and creative writing courses at OSU Mansfield and holds degrees in English Liberal Arts from West Liberty State College and an MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University.Recently, she earned an Ohio State Mansfield Student Service award and was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award for associated faculty. Prior to joining the Mansfield campus, she taught at the Columbus and Marion campuses of Ohio State and Marion Technical College, and wrote for newspapers and magazines, receiving several Associated Press and Thomson Newspaper Excellence awards for her publications on social issues. Darlene also participated in a Rotary International Group Student Exchange in Nigeria and led summer mission school studies related to her travels in other African countries, the Philippines, and Japan.
Jim Snyder, Writing Center Director, completed his undergraduate studies in English at OSU-Mansfield and received an MEd from OSU. He has been teaching in the First Year Writing Program on the Mansfield campus since 2004, and was appointed as Writing Center Director in 2009.