The Ohio State University at Mansfield

English Faculty

Cynthia Callahan, Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of the English major (PhD, University of Delaware), teaches American and multi-ethnic American literatures. Focusing on fictional adoptive families in American literature, her first 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. Her current book project examines narratives by and about African Americans in adoptive relationships in the years following World War II. Callahan’s research has been featured in or is forthcoming from MELUS, Modern Fiction Studies, Twentieth Century Literature, and Adoption & Culture. Callahan is a recipient of the Mansfield campus Excellence in Teaching Award. She also serves as the Faculty Fellow overseeing the Second-year Transformational Experience at Mansfield. 419-755-4242

Bob Gibson, Lecturer (MFA, 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, OSU-Columbus, 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, Professor and Dean (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles), teaches courses in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, the Bible, and film. He is the author of Provincializing the Bible: Faulkner and Postsecular American Literature (Routledge 2018), 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 also co-editor of The King James Bible after 400 Years: Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences (Cambridge University Press 2010). His essays and reviews have been published in American Literary History Online Review, American Literature, Christianity and Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, and Studies in American Fiction. 419-755-4222

Jamison Kantor, Assistant Professor (PhD, University of Maryland), focuses on British Romantic literature, the development of nineteenth-century political economy and the idea of technological progress in modernity. He is completing his first book on the literary culture and politics of honor in the Romantic era. He is also working on a second book, which is focused on technology, automation and the ideology of historical progress from 1750 to 1850. Kantor's articles have been featured in, and are forthcoming from, S.E.L., Nineteenth-Century Literature, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and PMLA. Before coming to Ohio State, Kantor was a visiting assistant professor at Colby College and a lecturer at Georgetown University. He is delighted to work with students at all levels on both traditional and non-traditional projects. 419-755-4017

Andrew Kinney, Lecturer (MA, the Ohio State University), 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. 419-755-4153

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 essays in Shakespeare Quarterly, English Literary Renaissance, Shakespeare Bulletin, and elsewhere. She received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Paul W. Brown Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Mansfield Campus awards for excellence in scholarship and teaching. Current projects include a book on masques in staged and printed Shakespeare (tentatively titled "Shakespeare's Revels") and essays on the reading and patronage of Elizabeth Stanley Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon (1599-1633). 419-755-4281

Michael Marberry, Lecturer (PhD, Western Michigan University). Before arriving at OSU-Mansfield, he served as Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University. A Pushcart Prize winner and two-time National Poetry Series finalist, his writing has appeared in journals like The Believer, The New Republic , Guernica, DIAGRAM, Waxwing, and elsewhere and in anthologies like Best of the Net, New Poetry from the Midwest, and The Southern Poetry Anthology. His research interests are diverse and include poetry, film, comics, and video-games. He teaches primarily first-year writing.
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Joan L. Richmond, Senior Lecturer (ABD, University of Texas at Arlington), has researched 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. 419-755-4206

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 and 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. 419-755-4039

Darlene Slack, Lecturer (MFA, The Ohio State University), teaches composition and creative writing courses at OSU Mansfield. 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. 419-755-4132

Kelly Whitney, Assistant Professor (PhD, New Mexico State University), teaches courses in technical and professional writing, rhetorical theory, and disability studies. She also coordinates the professional writing minor at the Mansfield campus. Her research focuses on textual representations of material entanglements and embodied knowledges in medical spaces. Her work has been published in Peitho, WPA Journal, and Prompt and is forthcoming from Rhetoric of Health and Medicine as well as two edited book collections.