Major in English

Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

English Major


John D. Cormican, Ph.D.

Dr. John D. Cormican

, Ph.D.
Professor of English

Phone: (315) 792-3185
Office: 174 Gordon Science Center

B.A., M.A. Ball State University
Ph.D. University of Michigan
M.S.W. Syracuse University

Areas of Interest:

English language

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Daniel Cruz

Dr. Daniel S. Cruz

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Phone: (315) 792-3780
Office: 110 DePerno Hall

B.A., Goshen College
M.A., Northern Illinois University
Ph.D. Northern Illinois University

Areas of Interest:

Ethnic minority literature
Intersections between ethnic minority literatures (including Mennonite literature) and LGBT literatures
Role of geographical space in American literature.

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Jason Denman, Ph.D.

Dr. Jason R. Denman

, Ph.D.
Professor of English

Phone: (315) 792-3265
Office: C129 Library Concourse

Associate Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences

B.A. in English, Summa Cum Laude, University of California, Davis
M.A. in English, University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. in English, University of California, Irvine

Areas of Interest:

Early British literature
Seventeenth-century drama and lyric poetry
Shakespeare, Beaumont and Fletcher, Milton, Dryden

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Gary Leising, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Gary F. Leising

, Ph.D.
Professor of English

Phone: (315) 223-2381
Office: 310 Romano Hall

Chair, English

B.A. University of Dayton, Ohio
M.F.A. University of South Carolina
Ph.D. University of Cincinnati

Areas of Interest:

Creative writing (primarily poetry)
Poetry in English since 1900
Creative writing pedagogy

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Dorothy Obernesser

Mrs. Dorothy H. Obernesser

, M.A.
Assistant Professor of English

Phone: (315) 792-3721
Office: 115 DePerno Hall

B.A. English, Utica College
M.A. Writing and Publishing, Emerson College

Areas of Interest:

Japanese-American literature
Third culture literature

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Lisa Orr, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa M. Orr

, Ph.D.
Professor of English

Phone: (315) 792-3058
Office: 116 DePerno Hall

B.A. Syracuse University
M.A. State University of New York at Binghamton
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Interest:

Early twentieth century American literature
Working-class literature
Literature of the supernatural
Creative writing

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Suzanne Richardson

Ms. Suzanne R. Richardson

, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Creative Non-Fiction

Phone: (315) 223-2464
Office: 115 DePerno Hall

B.A. Creative Writing and Literature, Bard College
M.F.A Fiction/Nonfiction, University of New Mexico

Areas of interest

Creative Writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry)
Nonfiction (memoir, reportage, experimental, lyric)
Creative Writing Pedagogy
19th Century American Lit
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Dr. James M. Scannell

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Phone: (315) 792-3113
Office: R307 Romano Hall

B.A. Middlebury College
M.A. University of Virginia
Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook

Areas of Interest:

British nineteenth and twentieth century literature
Aesthetic theory

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Elizabeth J. Threadgill, Ph.D.

Dr. Elizabeth J. Threadgill

, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English

Phone: (315) 792-4525
Office: 109 DePerno Hall

B.A., English, Texas State University
M.F.A., Creative Writing-Poetry, Texas State University
Ph.D., Developmental Education-Literacy, Texas State University

Areas of interest:

Composition Pedagogy
Developmental Writing
Media Literacy
Emerging Literacies
Rhetorical Strategies for Reading, Writing, and Learning
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Professor Barbara Witucki

Dr. Barbara L. Witucki

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Phone: (315) 792-3829
Office: 201 ECJS Building

Barbara Witucki is an associate professor of English and also teaches first-year Latin at Utica College. She completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in classical languages and literature at New York University where she specialized in Greek epic. Barbara also has an M.A. in English from Villanova University. Her current research interests include the ancient Greek novel and the influence of classical literature, art, and archeology on the British romantic authors. She has taught ancient Greek and Latin as well as literature courses and writing at the college, high school, and middle school levels.

Chair of Liberal Studies

B.A. Music Theory, Hunter College, CUNY
M.A. English, Villanova University
M.A. and Ph.D. Classical Languages and Literature, New York University

Areas of Interest:

Greco-Roman epic
Reception of classical literature in the long eighteenth century
Development of the novel

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