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Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Contact Information


The following is a list of the English department's full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty. Each of these faculty members serves as an English faculty advisor and can be contacted for information about English major or minor requirements.

Additionally, some faculty serve as coordinators for one or more department programs. These coordinators can be contacted for information about their programs.

The department chair oversees the opperations of the entire English department with the assistance of the two vice chairs. If you have a question that you feel can't be addressed by the department staff, the faculty advisors, or one of the program coordinators, you can contact the chair or one of the vice chairs for assistance.

Please note: Office hours are current for Spring 2014. CLV refers to Calaveras hall, DH refers to Douglass Hall, and LSN refers to Lassen Hall. All phone numbers should be prefaced with "916-278-".


Name Email Office Phone Office Hours Coordinators
  Title Degree, University - Areas of Interest
BUCHANAN, Brad CLV 117 6492 MW 11AM-12PM, R 2-2:30PM  
  Professor Ph.D., Stanford - British and Postcolonial literature
CHING, Robby CLV 163 6404 by appointment  
  Professor M.A., UC Berkeley - TESOL, internships
CLARK, John DH 202 6560 TR 3-4:15PM  
  Assoc. Professor Ph.D., Georgetown - linguistics, TESOL
DUNSTAN, Angus CLV 145A 5269 teaches Fall semester only  
  Professor Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara - English education
FANETTI, Susan CLV 153 5734 MW 12:30-1:30PM Vice Chair, Pre-Credential Advisor
  Assoc. Professor Ph.D., St. Louis University - English education
GIEGER, Jason DH 204 7284 M 3-4PM, MW 5-5:50PM, T 5-6:10PM  
  Professor Ph.D., Rutgers - British literature
HEATHER, Julian CLV 138 5394 MW 1:30-2:30PM, T 3-4PM  
  Assoc. Professor Ph.D., University of Arizona - TESOL, applied linguistics
HECKATHORN, Amy CLV 107 5729   Writing Programs Coordinator
  Professor Ph.D., Texas Christian University - composition
KOMIYAMA, Reiko CLV 162 5727 TWR 1:30-2:30PM TESOL Coordinator
  Asst. Professor Ph.D., Northern Arizona University - applied linguistics, ESL/EFL
LEE, Hellen CLV 113 6371 W 3:15-4PM, R 7:30-8:15PM Vice Chair
  Assoc. Professor Ph.D., UC San Diego - late 19th/early 20th c. US literature, multi-ethnic US literature, cultural studies
MADDEN, David CLV 156 5623 teaches Fall semester only  
  Professor Ph.D., UC Davis - American and Irish literature
McKINNEY, Joshua DH 201 6386 on sabbatical Spring 2014 Creative Writing Coordinator
  Professor Ph.D., University of Denver - creative writing, literature
MELZER, Dan CLV 151 6925 R 1:30-3PM Writing Center Coordinator
  Assoc. Professor Ph.D., Florida State University - composition
RICE, Doug DH 218 5435 MW 2:30-4:15PM  
  Professor M.A., Duquesne University - creative writing
RIDLEY, Chauncey DH 216 6128    
  Professor Ph.D., Michigan State University - American and ethnic literature
SEO, Mi-Suk CLV 158 5735 TR 4:30-6PM  
  Asst. Professor Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - TESOL
SWEET, Nancy DH 217 7704    
  Assoc. Professor Ph.D., Columbia - 19th c. American literature, American women's writing, American Gothic
TOISE, David CLV 106 6576   Department Chair, Graduate Coordinator
  Professor Ph.D., Rutgers - British literature
WANLASS, Susan CLV 155 5732 T 12-12:30PM, 3:10-3:50PM; R 12:45-1:15PM, 3:40-4:15PM  
  Professor Ph.D., North Carolina, Chapel Hill - American literature, composition
YEN, Julie CLV 160 6176 MTWR 1:25-2PM  
  Professor Ph.D., Brown - British literature, critical theory, Asian American literature, composition
ZARINS, Kim CLV 159 6431 TR 1:20-2:20PM Sigma Tau Delta Advisor, Internships Coordinator
  Asst. Professor Ph.D., Cornell University - Medieval and children's literature