Department of Language and Literature

The Department of Language and Literature offers majors and minors in English, French, Spanish, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). English majors may choose from three emphases— literature, writing, and education—while our other majors offer teacher certification as well. A Christian world view is foundational to each discipline. Students have multiple opportunities to explore their calling through cross-cultural travel, publishing and presenting, attending conferences, teaching, and serving the local and global communities.

Our Language and Literature faculty bring depth and breadth of specialization to each of their disciplines, along with an impressive background of scholarly and creative publications and presentations. In addition to the pedagogical expertise and disciplinary knowledge they bring to their classrooms, faculty mentor students toward careers, graduate school, and teaching. Our professors strive to develop students academically, socially, and spiritually. They engage with students outside of the classroom, accompanying them to conferences, providing feedback on their critical and creative works, and guiding students toward their vocation.

Christopher Blake

Christopher Blake, PhD

Associate Professor of TESOL and Linguistics
Specialty: TESOL Program Coordinator, Center for English Language, & Literacy Director
Language and Literature | Location: VST 106D
Phone: (423) 614-8223
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David Broersma

David Broersma, PhD

Associate Professor of TESOL and Linguistics
Specialty: TESOL, Russian Language, & Culture
Language and Literature | Location: VST 106B
Phone: (423) 614-8217
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Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown, PhD

Professor of English
Specialty: American Literature & Creative Writing
Language and Literature | Location: VST 106C
Phone: (423) 614-8232
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Chris Coulter

Christopher Coulter, PhD

Associate Professor of English
Specialty: British Literature
Language and Literature | Location: VST 104B
Phone: (423) 614-8220
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Carmen Guerrero

Carmen Guerrero, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish
Specialty: Spanish Language and Culture, Language Proficiency & Assessment
Language and Literature | Location: VST 202C
Phone: (423) 614-8670
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Stacey Isom

Stacey Isom Campbell, MFA

Professor of Creative Writing
Specialty: Playwriting & Scriptwriting
Language and Literature | Location: VST 104F
Phone: (423) 614-8219
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Arden Jensen

Arden Jensen, PhD

Professor of English
Specialty: Japanese Language and Culture & Asian Studies Program Director
Language and Literature | Location: VST 204F
Phone: (423) 614-8207
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Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee, PhD

Professor of English
Specialty: American Literature
Language and Literature | Location: VST 104D
Phone: (423) 614-8214
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Jose Minay

Jose Minay, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish
Specialty: Spanish Language Instruction & Tutoring Program
Language and Literature | Location: VST 204E
Phone: (423) 614-8033 Ext. 8033
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Ashley Mulligan

Ashley Mulligan, MA

Assistant Professor of English
Specialty: British Literature
Language and Literature | Location: VST 104E
Phone: (423) 614-8215 Ext. 8215
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Sara Ortega

Sara Ortega-Higgs, PhD

Professor of Spanish and French
Specialty: Spanish Literature and Romance Languages Studies
Language and Literature | Location: VST 202A
Phone: (423) 614-8034
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Betsy Poole

Betsy Poole, PhD

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Specialty: Coordinator for French and Spanish, TESOL and Spanish Instruction
Language and Literature | Location: VST 106A
Phone: (423) 473-1172
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Rachel Reneslacis

Rachel Reneslacis, PhD

Professor of English
Specialty: Rhetoric and Composition & Writing Program Coordinator
Language and Literature | Location: VST 106E
Phone: (423) 614-8218
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Chad Schrock

Chad Schrock, PhD

Associate Professor of English
Specialty: British Literature
Language and Literature | Location: VST 104C
Phone: (423) 614-8231
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Alexander Steffanell

Alexander Steffanell, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish
Specialty: Spanish Language Instruction
Language and Literature | Location: VST 104A
Phone: (423) 614-8216
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Donna Summerlin

Donna Summerlin, PhD

Chair, Department of Language and Literature
Professor of English
Specialty: American Literature, Young Adult Literature, & Women's Studies
Department of Language and Literature | Location: VST204B/C
Phone: (423) 614-8210 Ext. 8210
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James Wilkins

James Wilkins, PhD

Professor of French
Specialty: French Language Instruction
Language and Literature | Location: VST 204A
Phone: (423) 614-8213
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William Woolfitt

William Woolfitt, PhD

Associate Professor of Creative Writing
Specialty: Fiction, Poetry, Writer's Series Director
Language and Literature | Location: VST 106F
Phone: (423) 614-8230
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Language and Literature

Current Student, Kylie Renee Sommer

Kylie Sommer is a junior English writing major with a deaf studies minor from Centreville, Maryland. She is currently part of the McNair Scholars Program, is a Writing Center tutor, and a student worker in the Language and Literature Department. According to Kylie, the best part about her Lee experience so far has been “working with the McNair Scholars Program and completing a summer research project, “'Deaf Biblical Literacy and Habits.’” After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for a masters in deaf studies or sign language linguistics.
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