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Union University Department of English
Department of English


David Malone

  • Department Chair and Associate Professor of English
  • Education: B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; Ph.D., Northern Illinois University.
  • Office: PAC A-45, x5104
  • E-mail: dmalone@uu.edu

Dr. David Malone has written poetry, short stories, literary criticism, news and feature articles, creative nonfiction, and a novel. He has worked as a reporter for a daily paper in DeKalb, Illinois, and a staff writer for Mission to the Americas in Wheaton, Illinois; he has also worked as a ghostwriter, a writing tutor, and a writing teacher. His most recent publication is the essay "Updike 2020: Fantasy, Mythology, and Faith in Toward the End of Time," which appeared in the collection John Updike and Religion. He holds a master's degree in creative writing from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he studied with novelists Larry Woiwode and John Vernon. He recently presented "The 'Predictable Employment of Racially Informed and Determined Chains': Morrison, O'Connor, and the Question of Race" at "Flannery O'Connor in the Age of Terrorism: An Academic Conference on Violence and Grace," Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids.

Christine Bailey

  • Director of Composition Support
  • Education: B.A., Tennessee Technological University; M.A., Belmont University; M.F.A., Murray State University; Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  • Office: PAC A-35, x5900
  • E-mail: cbailey@uu.edu

Dr. Bailey writes young adult fiction and has finished her first novel, Girl in the Middle (October 2013). Her doctoral research/dissertation in Composition Studies explores creative writing research and pedagogy within the composition classroom and is titled “The Role of Aesthetic Artifacts in Creative Writing Research: Casting Student Identity Narratives as Cultural Data.” Before coming to Union University, Bailey worked as a journalist, a marketing/PR writer, and a book editor. She currently serves as Director of Composition Support for Union's Keystone program. Bailey’s areas of interest include composition and rhetoric, creative writing, professional writing, editing, and publishing. She is the editor of the Journal of the Union Faculty Forum—a journal comprised of faculty-written submissions, encompassing a wide range of academic and creative topics. 

Janna Smartt Chance

  • Assistant Professor of English
  • Education: B.A. (English & French), Texas A&M University; M.A., Rice University; Ph.D., Rice University.
  • Office: PAC A-46, x5469
  • E-mail: jchance@uu.edu

Prof. Chance completed her Ph.D. from Rice University in Spring 2008. Her dissertation, "Obeying God Rather than Men: Protestant Individualism and the Empowerment of the Victorian Heroine," won this year's Chair's Dissertation Prize, the Rice University English department's annual award for the most outstanding dissertation.

Jason Crawford

  • Assistant Professor of English
  • Education: B.A., Louisiana State University; A.M. and Ph.D., Harvard University.
  • Office: PAC A-40, x5901
  • E-mail: jmcrawford@uu.edu

Jason Crawford teaches and writes about medieval and early modern poetry. His interests include allegory, tragedy, magic, romance, reformation, secularization. Crawford's scholarship asks how the religious culture of late medieval Europe gave way to, and produced, a modern and secular age. He is at work on a book that explores the secularization of literary form by tracking the decay of allegory in English poetry from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries.


Patricia Hamilton

  • Professor of English
  • Education: B.A., Biola University; M.A., California State University at Fullerton; Ph.D., University of Georgia.
  • Office: PAC A-44, x5313
  • E-mail: phamilto@uu.edu

Dr. Patricia Hamilton earned her Ph. D. from the University of Georgia. Her teaching specialties include Restoration and 18th-century British literature, contemporary American ethnic writers, and creative writing. In 2012 and 2006 she won Union’s Newell Innovative Teaching Award and received Honorable Mention in 2003 and 2004. Her most recent critical essays are “Arabella Unbound: Wit, Judgment, and the Cure of Charlotte Lennox’s Female Quixote” in Masters of the Marketplace: British Women Novelists of the 1750s (Lehigh University Press, 2011) and “‘The Only Excellence of Falsehood’: Rethinking Samuel Johnson’s Role in Charlotte Lennox’s The Female Quixote.” She has also published on Amy Tan, LeAnne Howe, Bathsua Makin, Daniel Defoe, and Frances Burney. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, most recently Plainsongs, Common Ground Review, Ibbetson Street, Cumberland River Review, Poetry South, and Iodine Poetry Journal.  She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2007 and 2011and has a volume of poetry forthcoming.  

Scott Huelin

  • Director of the Honors Community and Professor of English
  • Education: B.A., University of North Carolina; M.A., University of North Carolina; Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Office: PAC B-17, x5390
  • E-mail: shuelin@uu.edu

Dr. Scott Huelin has taught literature and theology at the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. His research interests include philosophical hermeneutics; literary theory; the history and sociology of reading; biblical hermeneutics; the history of Christian theology, ethics, and spirituality; classical, medieval, and Renaissance literature; and the 20th century Catholic writers Simone Weil and Flannery O'Connor. His published essays and book reviews have appeared in Literature and Theology, Religion & Literature, Christian Scholar's Review, Christianity & Literature, Christian Reflection, the Journal of Religion, the Cresset, and the Journal of the National Council of Honors Colleges. Lately he has been revising a book manuscript on the ethics of reading entitled The Reader's Odyssey and researching an article on the relationship of philology and wisdom in the thought and practice of the medieval theologian Hugh of St. Victor.

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John T. Netland

  • Dean, College of Arts & Sciences and Associate Professor of English
  • Education: B.A., Biola University; M.A., California State Polytechnic University; Ph.D, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Office: PAC A-15, x5312
  • E-mail: jnetland@uu.edu

Professor John T. Netland earned his M.A. from the California State Polytechnic University and his Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles. A Victorianist, Dr. Netland has recently published "Of Philistines and Puritans: Matthew Arnold's Construction of Puritanism" in Puritanism and its Discontents (University of Delaware Press, 2003). Dr. Netland has also presented and published on twentieth-century Japanese author Endō Shūsaku. His essay, "From Resistance to Kenosis: Reconciling Cultural Difference in the Fiction of Endō Shūsaku" appeared in a special issue of Christianity & Literature devoted to the author. His essay "Who Is My Neighbor? Reading World Literature Through the Hermeneutics of Love" was published in the Journal of Education and Christian Belief, Autumn 2007. Dr. Netland recently received the 2010 Lionel Basney Award for Best Refereed Article from the Conference on Christianity and Literature. His article, "From Cultural Alterity to the Habitations of Grace: The Evolving Moral Topography of Endo's Mudswamp Trope," was published in Christianity and Literature in 2009.

Gavin T. Richardson

  • Professor of English
  • Education: B.A., Vanderbilt University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Office: PAC A-17, x5317
  • Personal Website
  • E-mail: grichard@uu.edu

Dr. Gavin Richardson received his B.A. in English and Classics from Vanderbilt University and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. At Union he has taught seminars on Beowulf, Dante, Arthurian Literature, and Literary Theory, among other courses. Dr. Richardson has presented papers at conferences sponsored by the International Congress of Medieval Studies, the Illinois Medieval Association, the Medieval Association of the Midwest, and the Southeastern Medievalist Association. He has contributed essays to multiple journals and book projects. An article documenting the production of "medieval" manuscripts in the undergraduate classroom appeared in 2011 ("Practical Paleography in the Chaucer Classroom," Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 18.1 (Spring 2011): 79-96). His most recent article examines Anglo-Saxon precedents for Early Modern vernacular Bible translation: "‘No New Reformation’: Anglo-Saxon Vernacular Scripture in the Minds of the Reformers.” KJV400. Ed. Ray Van Neste. Mountain Home, AR: Borderstone Press, 2012. 57-73. His current research explores male revenge fantasy in medieval narrative. Dr. Richardson has twice won the Newell Innovative Teaching Award, and in 2012 he was named Union University Faculty of the Year.

Bobby C. Rogers

  • Professor of English
  • Education: B.A., University of Tennessee at Knoxville; M.F.A., University of Virginia
  • Office: PAC A-18, x5107
  • E-mail: brogers@uu.edu

Bobby C. Rogers studied creative writing as a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, where he worked with Charles Wright, Greg Orr, George Garrett, and John Casey.  His book Paper Anniversary won the 2009 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in fall 2010; it was nominated for the 2012 Poets’ Prize and received the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts’ 2012 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing.  He has been three times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and he won the Greensboro Review Literary Prize in Poetry for 2002.  His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Image, Epoch, Puerto del Sol, The Iron Horse Literary Review, Southwest Review, Sou’wester, Nimrod, Cimarron Review, Southern Humanities Review, Washington Square, Meridian, Grist, and many other magazines.  His prose has been anthologized in two recent collections:  From Line Break to Fast Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball (Michigan State, 2012) and Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010).  His critical writing includes essay/chapters published in casebooks on the poetry of Denise Levertov and May Sarton, and the Denise Levertov entry in the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts.  In February 2012 he was featured as artist of the month on the Image magazine website.  Poems were recently anthologized in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. VI:  Tennessee (Texas Review Press, 2013), Meet Me on the Plaza:  Twenty-Five Years of the Southern Festival of Books (Humanities Tennessee, 2013), and The Everyman’s Library Poems of the American South (Knopf, 2014). 

Roger S. Stanley

  • Assistant Professor of English
  • Education: B.A., Appalachian State University; M.A., East Tennessee State University; M.F.A., Murray State University
  • Office: PAC A-16, x5318
  • E-mail: rstanley@uu.edu

Roger Stanley teaches American literature and creative writing, with specialties in 20th century Southern prose and creative nonfiction respectively.  Assistant nonfiction editor for the Kentucky-based journal New Madrid, his forthcoming publications include a chapter from his book-manuscript-in-progress Questing Lucinda, slated to appear in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry in the second quarter of 2013.  Other work on the singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams has appeared in the Journal of the Union Faculty Forum (Fall 2012) and the Spanish music monthly Popular I (November 2010, translated by Victor Subirana).  A 2007 recipient of an National Endowment for the Humanities Institute grant to study Flannery O’Connor, Prof. Stanley has presented and published widely on her fiction, including JUFF and Literature & Belief.  During spring break of his 2012 special topics course Travel Writing, he presented a paper in Lithuania on the poet Czeslaw Milosz, which will appear in LCC Liberal Arts Studies in April 2013.