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Executive Committee

Carrie FitzpatrickCaroline (Carrie) Fitzpatrick, PhD
Associate Professor of Communication Media & English Studies
Alvernia University, PA
President

Caroline (Carrie) Fitzpatrick holds a BS in Secondary English & Speech Education, an MA in Communication Studies, an MS in Educational Technology, and a PhD in Rhetoric and Linguistics. Her teaching and research interests explore digital humanities and communications; first amendment law and ethics; the rhetoric of advocacy; and cultural and gender studies. As a consultant, she engages in qualitative research involving interviews, focus groups, narrative and oral histories, and digital photography as research documentation. A life-long learner of foreign travel, she leads students in short-term study abroad and missionary work in Europe and the Caribbean. In addition to Sigma Tau Delta, she serves as an advisor for her campus chapter of the American Association of University Women. Currently, she is writing a textbook on the rhetoric of advocacy for social justice. Fitzpatrick has stated that she finds Sigma Tau Delta rewarding because she has been “participating in Sigma Tau Delta service and conventions since 1998. Sigma Tau Delta has its own culture, a culture characterized by student-centered philosophies, supportive camaraderie, and vibrant academic achievement. It’s a pleasure to work directly with students and faculty with similar interests and a life-long passion for language and literature in all its forms.”


Glen BrewsterGlen Brewster, PhD
Professor of English
Westfield State University, MA
Vice-President/President-Elect

Glen Brewster holds a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Tennessee, an MA in English from the University of Tennessee, and a PhD in English from Duke University. He teaches courses in British Romanticism and literary theory, as well as composition, British literature surveys, and introduction to film. He has published articles on several aspects of British Romantic literature, including the Gothic novel, cultural tourism, William Blake, and Mary Shelley, and given many presentations ranging from film to honors program administration.  He was chair of the Department of English at Westfield State University from 2004 to 2010, and has been Director of the Westfield State University Honors Program since 2011.  He is also on the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Honors Program Council, the Massachusetts statewide organization of public higher education honors programs. Brewster states that Sigma Tau Delta is “the most student-centered organization that I know of.  As a long-time Chapter Sponsor, I have also enjoyed learning from and with the students in our chapter, and I have especially enjoyed our trips together to the annual conventions.”


Gloria J. HochsteinGloria J. Hochstein, PhD
Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, WI
Immediate Past-President

Gloria Hochstein holds a BA in English from Augustana College (SD), an MA in English Literature and postsecondary teaching from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She first joined the Board in 2006 as Midwestern Regent, became President-Elect in 2012, and served as President of the Board from 2014 to 2016. In her 32 years of teaching English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, she especially enjoyed teaching (and reading) science fiction, detective fiction, and grammar and usage. She is the First Vice President of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 53, of Eau Claire, WI, and does volunteer work with veterans, the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, and dog rescue organizations.


Diane SteinbergDiane Steinberg
Assistant Professor of English
The College of New Jersey, NJ
Historian

Diane Steinburg holds an AB cum laude from Radcliffe and Harvard Colleges, Secondary education certification in history and English from the MAT program at Duke University, an MA in Great Books from St. John’s College, and an MA in English with a Medieval Studies certificate from Indiana University–Bloomington. She teaches Approaches to Literature, various Language/Linguistics classes, British and world literary history courses before the Restoration, British Romanticism, and LIT 499’s exploring political theory and British authors such as William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. With Felicia Jean Steele, she created LIT 367: British Theatre, and taught in the winter term in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon. She advises TCNJ’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, and has served in many capacities at the Society level of the organization.


Shannin SchroederShannin Schroeder, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Southern Arkansas University, AR
Secretary/Treasurer

Shannon Schroeder holds a BA and MA from Truman State University, and a PhD in English from Northern Illinois University. She teaches world literature and creative writing at Southern Arkansas University, where she also directs the Writing Center. Her research areas include magical realism, Frankenstein, popular culture and the American flag, video games, and writing center practice. She recently completed a first draft of a young adult novel about Ernest Frankenstein, and she is working on a co-authored young adult novel with former Board member Kevin Stemmler.

Regents

Kathy NixonKathy Nixon, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
American University of Kuwait
Eastern Regent

Kathy Nixon holds a PhD in English from the University of Virginia. Her interests include Victorian literature, nineteenth-century British and American literatures, the novel, African-American literature, trans-Atlantic studies, medievalism, and writing. Her article "Artful Womanhood: Thomas Love Peacock's Reinvention of St. Catherine of Alexandria as an English Bride" appeared in the Victorians Institute Journal.


AmiJo ComefordAmiJo Comeford, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Dixie State University, UT
Far Western Regent

AmiJo Comeford holds a PhD from the University of Nevada, and teaches a variety of English courses, particularly courses in theory, gender, and women’s literature. A founding member of the Whedon Studies Association, her primary research and scholarly interests are currently in the field of popular culture, with an emphasis on gender and Joss Whedon’s work.  She also has served as a member of the judging committee for the Whedon Studies Association’s annual juried award for best scholarship and currently serves as past-chair on the board of Utah Humanities, a state-wide organization that promotes and provides programming in humanities. She has been involved with Sigma Tau Delta since the beginning of her academic career as the founding Sponsor of the chapter at Dixie State in 2007.


Lexey BartlettLexey Bartlett, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Fort Hays State University, KS
High Plains Regent

Lexey Bartlett holds a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, an MA in Humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PhD in Literature from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her specialties include British Literature, Romanticism to the present; World Literature; and Mythology. She has been named as the nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships advisor for her university, and is a member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, serves as an Area Chair for the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association for both the Disability Studies area and the Mystery/Detective Fiction area, and serves as an English Literature session chair for the South Central Modern Language Association. She states that the most rewarding part of being involved with Sigma Tau Delta is “helping to create opportunities for students to get more involved in English and its related disciplines, and to connect with likeminded people. I also value working on ways to provide support for students and alumni to achieve their goals and contribute to our mission, whether through scholarship funding or other programs like the Classroom Library Grants.”


Magdelyn HelwigMagdelyn Helwig, PhD
Writing Program Director
Western Illinois University, IL
Midwestern Regent

Magdelyn Hammond Helwig holds a BA in creative writing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her specialties include transatlantic poetry, verbal-visual collaboration, and textual culture; writing program administration and graduate teaching assistant training; visual rhetoric and multimodal composition; and gender and higher education administration. She serves as the Writing Program Director at Western Illinois University and has published and presented on Walt Whitman, Frank O’Hara, C.D. Wright, and Ted Hughes. As an undergraduate, she found that Sigma Tau Delta provided important intellectual stimulation and a creative atmosphere that made studying English rewarding, and she is excited to bring the opportunities offered by Sigma Tau Delta to a new generation of students.


Kevin BrownKevin Brown, PhD
Professor of English
Lee University, TN
Southern Regent

Kevin Brown holds a BA in English from Milligan College, an MA in English from East Tennessee State University, a PhD in English from the University of Mississippi, an MFA in Poetry from Murray State University, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. His interests include Contemporary Literature, 19th Century American Literature, Writing Poetry, and Writing Creative Nonfiction. He has written a scholarly book: They Love to Tell the Story: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels (2012); three collections of poetry:  Exit Lines (2010), A Lexicon of Lost Words (2014), and Liturgical Calendar: Poems (2014); a memoir, Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again (2012); a variety of articles on Kurt Vonnegut, Doris Lessing, David Mitchell, Tony Earley, John Barth, and Ralph Ellison. He states that the most rewarding aspect of working with Sigma Tau Delta is “seeing students have opportunities I never had when I was a student.  Whether it's students hearing nationally-known authors at convention, presenting their work, seeing their writing published, interacting with students from across the world, or simply enjoying one another's company at a cookout at our house, I get joy from seeing their reactions and their enthusiasm.”


Ericka HoaglandEricka Hoagland, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Stephen F. Austin State University, TX
Southwestern Regent

Ericka Hoagland holds a BA in English and History from Eastern Washington University, and both an MA and PhD from Purdue University. Her specialties and interests include postcolonial theory, African and first nations literature, feminist theory, Travel Writing, science fiction, and fantasy. Her publications include Colonial Ambivalence and Ambiguity in Gwyneth Jones's Aleutian Trilogy, an anthology; and Science Fiction, Imperialism, and the Third World, co-edited with Reema Sarwal. She has also contributed essays to A Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction, the Native American Encyclopedia; and the Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia.

Student Advisors

Samantha MillerSamantha Miller
The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ
Senior Student Advisor

Samantha Miller, a graduate student at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), is pursuing her MA in English through an accelerated 5-year program. She has been an active member of the literary and theatrical communities on campus since freshman year, and loves to explore innovation and accessibility in entertainment and media. Though she enjoys exploring many topics in literature, Samantha is particularly interested in intertextuality, the cultural impact of texts, and classical allusions. Some of her favorite texts include The Secret History by Donna Tartt, God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


DeAndra MillerDeAndra Miller
Minot State University
Minot, ND
Junior Student Advisor

DeAndra Miller is a junior English Education Major at Minot State University who hopes to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing. When not serving as Vice President of her Phi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, DeAndra keeps busy as the Executive-At-Large of the Beta Theta sorority, where she participates in various philanthropic events and chairs the campus events committee. DeAndra is a reporter for her school’s newspaper, The Red and Green. Her favorite genres are Romantic and Victorian British Literature; her favorite books are Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde; and her favorite poem is “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. When not reading or writing, DeAndra enjoys playing video games and spending time with her husband and three boys.

Staff

William C. JohnsonWilliam C. Johnson, PhD
Sigma Tau Delta Executive Director
Northern Illinois University, IL
Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus

William Johnson holds a BA in English from the University of Chicago, an MA in History/English from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in English from the University of Iowa. His specialties include 16th/17th Century English Literature and the English and Continental Reformation. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, attending concerts, visiting museums, and (of course) reading. He is involved with National Council of Teachers of English, Modern Language Association, 16th Studies Conference, American Society of Association Executives, and the Association of College Honor Societies (of which he is a past president). He is proud that not only is Sigma Tau Delta one of the largest honor societies, but that it is one of the most active. He created and developed Sigma Kappa Delta (2-year English honor society) and the National English Honor Society for high school students (NEHS), and “grew” Sigma Tau Delta from 200 chapters 30+ years ago. He notes that he is “rewarded by the amazing achievements of our students, chapter Sponsors, Board of Directors, and the outstanding Central Office staff.”


David WendelinDavid Wendelin
Director of National English Honor Society
Jefferson County Public Schools, CO (retired)

Dave Wendelin holds a BA and MA from the University of Northern Colorado, and Principal Licensure from the University of Colorado—Denver. His specialties are Secondary Education and English Education. He serves as Parliamentarian for the National Council of Teachers of English, and states that the most rewarding part of his involvement with the National English Honor Society is “being able to support students and educators passionate about English studies at multiple levels.”

Editor of Publications

Dan ColsonDan Colson, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
Emporia State University, KS
Editor of Publications

Dan Colson holds an MA in from Missouri State University, and a PhD in English from the University of Illinois. His interests include American Literature and Culture, anarchism, and academic freedom. Notable publications include articles in American Quarterly, Radical Teacher, Studies in American Naturalism, Philip Roth Studies, and the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom, amongst other journals.