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“I’m not a teacher: only a fellow-traveller of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead—ahead of myself as well as you.”

- George Bernard Shaw


Donna Alfano Bussell BussellDonna_000
Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. English, Columbia University

Phone: (217) 206-8091
Office: UHB 3072

Teaching Concentration: Chaucer, Anglo-Norman literature, medieval hagiography, medieval drama and liturgy, Women in the Middle Ages, Arthurian Literature and the Crusades, Insular politics and the rhetoric of devotion in the Middle Ages.
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Meagan Cass UIS-cass
Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D. English: The University of Louisiana

Phone: (217) 206-8358
Office: UHB 3062

Teaching Concentration: Creative Writing (with an emphasis in fiction), Contemporary American and British literature, Composition, ghost stories, Women’s Literature and Feminist Theory, sports literature.
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Sara Cordell   CordellSara
Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. English, University of Missouri

Phone: (217) 206-7213
Office: UHB 3066

Teaching Concentration: Nineteenth-Century British Literature, literary theory.
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Sarah Dennis
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. English, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Email: sdennis@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206 – 8406
Office: UHB 3071

Teaching Concentration: American Literature and Visual Culture, Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Regional American Literatures, Critical Theory and Research Methodologies, Writing Across the Curriculum, Composition and Professional Writing, Undergraduate Research.


Lan Dong   DongLan
Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Phone: (217) 206-8334
Office: UHB 3074
Teaching Concentration: Asian American literature and film, Comparative Literature, Popular Culture, Children’s Literature
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Tena Helton
HeltonTina Associate Professor of English
Chair, English Department
Director of First Year Writing Program

Ph.D. English (American Literature), Louisiana State University

Phone: (217) 206-7441
Office: UHB 3070

Teaching Concentration: American Literature and Culture, Writing, Film.
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Elizabeth L. Jones elizabethJones
Instructor, English Department
MA English, George Mason University

Phone: (217) 206-6779
Office: UHB 3050

Teaching Concentration: Freshman Composition

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Ethan Lewis   EthanLewis
Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. English, Boston College

Phone: (217) 206-7436
Office: UHB 3068

Teaching Concentration: Shakespeare, seventeenth-century literature, modern and contemporary poetry.
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James Ottery OtteryJim_000 Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. English, University of Missouri

Phone: (217) 206-7443
Office: UHB 3076

Teaching Concentration: History and theories of composition and rhetoric, literary theory, American Indian Literature.
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