Office of Writing Programs
Dr. Ryan Brooks joined the Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages in 2015. He received his B.A. in English and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. At the University of Illinois at Chicago, he completed his M.A. in English in 2006 and his Ph.D. in English in 2014. In 2014-2015, Dr. Brooks was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis.
Mr. Richard Dillingham joined the WTAMU faculty in 2008 as a part-time instructor of English. He holds a B.A. degree in English and a M.A. degree in English both from the University of Georgia. He also completed graduate work beyond the Master of Arts degree at the University of Georgia. Before coming to WTAMU, he was Associate Professor of English at Wayland Baptist University. He also taught English and technical writing courses and worked as a technical writer/research associate at Texas Tech University. While at Texas Tech University, he edited over 85 papers that were published in scholarly journals and conference proceedings. He received an outstanding professor award while employed at Texas Tech University and was elected to membership in the Sachems Society at Texas Tech University.
Ms. RayLene Dysert received her B.A. in English from University of Northern Colorado and her M.A. in English from WTAMU. She joined the faculty at WTAMU in 2006.
Dr. Monica Smith Hart joined the WTAMU faculty in 2006. She holds a B.F.A. in theatrical performance from Auburn University and a M.A. in English from the University of Georgia. In Fall 2013, she was named Director of the Office of Writing Programs.
Dr. Alex Hunt Dr. Hunt earned his B.A. and M.A. in English from Colorado State University, and his PhD in English from the University of Oregon. He has worked at WTAMU since 2002.
Ms. Shirley Ibach earned her M.A. in English at the State University of New York Fredonia in 2014, and she joined the WTAMU faculty in 2015. Her published work includes "Beauties and Beasts and Carmilla, Strange Case, and Dracula," The Journal of Dracula Studies (2014).
Mr. Daniel Klaehn joined WTAMU as a part-time instructor in 2010. He holds a B.A. in English (2000) and a M.A. in English (2010) from West Texas A&M University. In Fall of 2012, he was hired as a full-time instructor. Mr. Klaehn teaches Technical Writing courses as well as freshman writing. Mr. Klaehn’s research interests include education reform, curriculum design and pedagogy, American Literature, and Comic Book literature. He is also a member of Sigma Tau Delta. He serves as the Director of the WTAMU Writing Center.
Dr. Bonney MacDonald joined WTAMU in 2008 as head of the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages and as a professor of English. She received a B.A. in English and a B.A. in psychology from California State University in Sacramento in 1978 and an M.A. in American studies from the University of Nottingham, England in 1979. She received an M.A. (1983) and Ph.D. (1988) in American literature from Yale University.
Dr. Eric Meljac joined the Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages in 2014. He received a B.A. in English in 2000 and an M.A. in English in 2002, both at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2013, Dr. Meljac earned a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Denise Moore joined the WTAMU faculty in 2015. She holds an M.A. in English, and she worked as a professional technical writer for much of her career.
Ms. Shannon Nolen (MA West Texas A&M University, 2011) joined the WTAMU faculty in 2011 and serves as the Director of the ENGL NCBO Programs. She holds a BAAS in English Education from WTAMU. Ms. Nolen teaches courses in Integrated Reading and Writing and English Composition. Her research interests include Arthurian legend and mythology across genre, literary time periods, and movements, focusing on contemporary renderings of Arthur maintaining ancient literary and mythological strucutres. Ms. Nolen ia a member of Gamma Beta Phi and the National Society of Leaders at WTAMU.
Ms. Casey Pleming joined the Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages in 2008. She received a B.A. in English/Language Arts from West Texas A&M University in 2006 with her Secondary Teaching Certification, completing an M.A. in English Literature from West Texas A&M University in 2008. While working on her Master’s, she served in the department as a research and teaching assistant. She was hired as full-time faculty shortly after completing her degree. She has taught composition courses in the department ever since.
Mr. Greg Rohloff joined WTAMU as a part-time instructor in 2011. He holds a B.A. from Wichita State University in journalism, and a Master of Liberal Studies with a concentration in English composition and literature from Fort Hays (Kansas) State University (2010). Mr. Rohloff teaches freshman composition. His research interests include contemporary literature, electronic platforms for self-publishing, and creative writing.
Dr. Bonnie Roos comes to WTAMU with B.A.s in Fine Arts and Comparative Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz (Phi Beta Kappa), M.A.s in Art History and Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon. Her research and publications are linked by her focus on 20th- and 21st-century nationalism and gender issues.
Ms. Lisa Rutledge (M.A., West Texas A&M University, 2008) joined the faculty in 2008 after serving for two years as a teaching assistant for the University’s freshman writing courses. During her graduate studies, she also served on the editorial staff of WTAMU’s creative arts Journal, The Legacy. Prior to completing her Masters, Ms. Rutledge completed a B.A. in mass communications with an emphasis in print media and a minor in English. She was inducted into the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, as an undergraduate. She sees creative writing as both a result of the circumstances in which a writer lives and a reflection of the circumstances in which the writer would like to live. In accordance with this philosophy about the nature of writing, Ms. Rutledge enjoys teaching freshman writing most when her students discover topics in which they have a personal stake. When students discover topics that matter to them, they can use the research and argumentation skills practiced in WT’s freshman writing courses to communicate effectively their unique perspectives for the benefit of the communities in which they find themselves.
Dr. Stephen Severn serves as the Department Head for English, Philosophy, and Modern Language. He joined the department as an assistant professor in the fall of 2005 after earning his Doctorate of Philosophy in English language and literature from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2004. Dr. Severn also has a bachelor of science in engineering (cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania. He served for five years as an officer in the United States Navy Nuclear Power Program, during which time he completed a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf aboard the USS ARKANSAS.
Mrs. Theresa Trela joined the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities in 2001. She received a M.A. in English from West Texas A&M University in 2001. She received a B.A. in English (summa cum laude) from West Texas A&M University in 1999.
Dr. Pat Tyrer joined the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages in 2002. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from California State University, Fullerton in 1991 and 1993 respectively and her Ph.D. in American literature from Texas Tech University in 1998.
Dr. Nicole Walls