Faculty

Contact info and brief biography of our English faculty.

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Kellie Bond

Chair, Associate Professor of English

(509) 527-2825
kellie.bond@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • BA Walla Walla University, 1993
  • PhD University of Oregon, 2002

Teaching Areas

Literature, Composition and Honors Western Thought

Experience

  • Joined the Walla Walla English Department in 2004
  • Served as College Writing Coordinator from 2005-2009

Research/Interests

Modern poetry is the focus of her research, as it was at the University of Oregon—specifically the work of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Carl Sandburg, and Sterling Brown.

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, modern literature, poetry, composition

Hobbies

Basketball, cats, reading novels and reading poems

    Beverly Beem

    Professor of English, Emeritus

    (509) 527-2825
    beverly.beem@wallawalla.edu

    Education

    • MA Andrews University
    • PhD University of Nebraska; Renaissance Literature

    Teaching Areas

    Medieval Literature, Classical Literature and Biblical Literature

    Research/Interests

    Old Testament Narrative, the Book of Judges and the role of women in the early Adventist church

    Devotional poets of the seventeenth-century, particularly George Herbert

    Other

    • Came to Walla Walla University in 1976
    • Selected as the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for fall of 2005

    Kristin Fry

    Professor of English

    (509) 527-2783
    kristin.fry@wallawalla.edu

    Education

    • BA Walla Walla University, 1998; English and History

    Teaching Areas

    College Writing

      Hobbies

      Reading, knitting, chicken farming and baking

      Other

      • Lives in Milton-Freewater with husband
      • Has three children

      Susan Gardner

      College Writing Coordinator

      (509) 527-2778
      susan.gardner@wallawalla.edu

      Education

      • BA Walla Walla University, 1970
      • MA University of Utah
      • PhD University of Michigan

      Other

      • Taught for 35 years
      • Reached legendary status at Walla Walla Valley Academy
      • Joined Walla Walla university in 1987
      • Has worked at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Loma Linda University, and La Sierra University

      Dalene Johnson

      Professor of English

      (509) 527-2718
      dalene.johnson@wallawalla.edu

      Education

      • BA Walla Walla College; English
      • MA Andrews University; English

      Research/Interests

      Transcendental Utopian societies in early America

        Hobbies

        Playing violin, painting watercolor, talking to family on Amateur Radio and sponsoring "His Kids in Action"

        Other

        • Began teaching at Walla Walla University in 1985
        • Served as College Writing Coordinator from 2009-present

        Ron Jolliffe

        Professor of English

        (509) 527-2861
        ron.jolliffe@wallawalla.edu

        Education

        • BA Walla Walla University
        • MA Claremont Graduate University; literature and film
        • PhD Claremont Graduate University; textual studies

        Teaching Areas

        Literature, film and writing

        Research/Interests

        He uses film (a) as an effective way to examine narrative structure, (b) as the focus of College Writing Research papers, and (c) as a dialogue base toward understanding whole-person care for medical students. His recent publications include two research volumes on gospel sources published by Peeters Press, Leuven, Belgium.

        Other

        • Directs the campus Film Studies minor

        Sara Kakazu

        Professor of English

         

        sara.kakazu@wallawalla.edu

        Education

        • MA Western Washington University 
        • PhD University at Buffalo, SUNY 

        Teaching Areas

        Poetry and creative nonfiction, composition, early American and 19th-century American literature 

        Research/Interests

        Poetry and American narratives, particularly 19th-century travel narratives and their role in identity formation, slave/liberation narratives, and captivity narratives   

        Other 

        • Served as Chair and Professor of English at Pacific Union College  
        • PUC Educator of the Year, 2021 

          Dan Lamberton

          Assistant Professor of English

          Humanities Program Director

          (509) 527-2123
          dan.lamberton@wallawalla.edu

          Education

          • MFA University of Washington; creative writing

          Teaching Areas

          Humanities Program Director, Fulbright adviser and Oxford (CMRS) year abroad program adviser

          Other

          Sylvia Nosworthy

          Professor of English

          (509) 527-2781

          sylvia.nosworthy@wallawalla.edu

          Education

          • MA Andrews University
          • PhD University of Minnesota, 1991; Curriculum and Instruction

          Teaching Areas

          Literature for Children and Young Adults, Grammar and Linguistics, Jewish Literature, Arthurian Literature, Children’s Classics, Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults, Seminar in Classics

          Experience

          • taught for the English department at Walla Walla University since 1978

          Research/Interests

          Some of her research interest is literature about the 1893 Columbian World’s Fair in Chicago. She presented a paper on “A Comparison of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Two Little Pilgrim’s Progress with Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Richard Peck’s Fair Weather.” Her latest research concerns “The Unvarnished Opinions of Josiah Allen’s wife on the 1893 World’s Fair Art,” a reading of excerpts from Marietta Holley’s Samantha at the World’s Fair, presented with pictures of the art.

            Lauren Peterson 

            Assistant Professor of English

            (509)-527-2861

            lauren.peterson@wallawalla.edu

            Education

            • BA Walla Walla University, 2012
            • MA Western Washington University, 2015
            • PhD University of California, Davis, 2022

            Teaching Areas

            Victorian literature, medieval literature, composition, literary and critical theory, and film studies.

            Research/Interests

            In addition to her teaching areas, her research and interests include nineteenth-century transatlantic literature, empire studies, environmental humanities, medical humanities, science fiction, folklore, Middle English, and Old English. Her dissertation is titled Industrial Specters of Nineteenth-Century Literature: Mills, Ports, and Mines; selections have been published in Literary GeographiesVenti, and Gothic Nature.

              Cynthia Westerbeck

              Honors Director 

              (509) 527-2370
              cynthia.westerbeck@wallawalla.edu

              Education

              • MA Washington University in St. Louis
              • PhD Washington University in St. Louis

              Teaching Areas

              English major seminars in Restoration and Enlightenment, Romantic British Literature, Victorian Literature, Honors Western Thought, composition, Literature and the Arts and Environmental Literature

              Research/Interests

              She has a particular interest in the intersection between literature and the arts as reflected in her dissertation, "Jubal's Journey: The Musician as Exile in Victorian Literature."

              Nineteenth- century British literature

              Hobbies

              Playing viola and piano, hiking, mountaineering

              Other

              • Joined the faculty at WWU in 2017
              • Served as Chair and Professor of English at Pacific Union College and Columbia Union College