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Union University Department of English
Department of English

Faculty




David Malone

  • Acting 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. Candidate, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Office: PAC A-35, x5900
  • E-mail: cbailey@uu.edu

Bailey received her M.A. in English from Belmont University and her M.F.A. with a concentration in fiction at Murray State University. 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.


Gene Fant

  • Executive Vice President for Academic Administration and Professor of English
  • Education: B.S., James Madison University; M.A., Old Dominion University; M.Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi; post-doctoral M.Ed., University of Southern Mississippi; post-doctoral IEM certificate, Harvard University.
  • Office: PAC C-4A; x5520
  • E-mail: gfant@uu.edu

Dr. Gene Fant, who serves as the Executive Vice President for Academic Administration, received the Ph.D. in Renaissance literature from the University of Southern Mississippi. His scholarly interests include English poetry, William Faulkner, Faith & Literature (he has served on the national steering committee of the Literature of the Bible subgroup of the Evangelical Theological Society), biography (he contributed to Oxford University Press's mammoth American National Biography), and higher education (he is a contributing blogger at The Chronicle of Higher Education). His most recent books are The Liberal Arts: A Student Guide (Crossway 2012) and God as Author: A Biblical Approach to Narrative (Broadman & Holman Academic 2010), along with book chapters on C. S. Lewis, Core Curricula in Christian Higher Education, and the King James Version of the Bible. With his wife Lisa, Dr. Fant wrote a devotional memoir: Expectant Moments (Zondervan/Harper Collins) about the birth of their twin children. A contributing blogger at the Chronicle of Higher Education and First Things / First Thoughts, he has won awards for his short stories, poetry, essays (including a 2003 & 2007 Amy Foundation Awards and several others), and literary criticism (including the Daub-Mayer Prize from the Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature). Additionally, he is a curriculum consultant for IMPACT 360, a worldview academy sponsored by a Chick-fil-A foundation, and served from 2004-2006 as the Writer-in-Residence at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. He was Union's 2005 Newell Innovative Teaching award recipient and has been named several times to Who's Who Among America's Teachers and Who's Who in America.


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 Associate 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 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 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 poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Image, Shenandoah, Puerto del Sol, and numerous other magazines. His published criticism includes essay/chapters on the work of Denise Levertov and May Sarton. He won The Greensboro Review Literary Prize in Poetry for 2002 and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2009 Prof. Rogers won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems; Paper Anniversary was subsequently published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in the Pitt Poetry Series. He is faculty sponsor of The Torch, Union's award-winning literary-arts magazine.


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.

Pam Sutton

  • Professor of English
  • Education: B.A., Southern Arkansas University; M.A. & Ed.S., Arkansas State University; Ed.D., Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Office: PAC A-47, x5319
  • E-mail: psutton@uu.edu

Dr. Pam Sutton received her doctorate from Texas A&M -Commerce. Her area of expertise is Written Discourse: Theory and Practice. Paper presentations include the Conference on College Composition and Communication, South Central Modern Language Association, and Conference on Christianity and Literature. She teaches written composition, sophomore world literature, advanced composition, and literature and film. In addition to teaching in the English Department, she also assists the Education Department by teaching the methods course for English education majors and supervising student teaching experiences, and she appears in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Drawing on her years of parenting two sons, she is a regular contributor for the Parenting Column in the local Jackson Sun, as well as The Florida Baptist Witness. In May 2002, she was a English Language Institute of China Visiting Professor at Qufu Teachers University in the Shandong Province. She has also directed two study abroad trips to Italy. During the fall of 2006, she was on research leave and attended the Los Angeles Film Studies Center to study screen writing, resulting in a new course for the English Department.