Julie S. Brannon

Professor and Chair

Raymond H. Clines


Sandra Coyle


Chris Dew

Instructor of English

Janet Morgan Haavisto

Professor & Director of the Honors Degree Program

Edward McCourt

Associate Professor, Writing Center Coordinator

Patrick G. McLeod


Sarah Murphy

Associate Professor

Sarah E. Parker

Associate Professor

Wenying Xu


Recent Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Julie Brannon earned a Ph.D. in literature with a specialization in British Modernism and the works of James Joyce. Her dissertation, Who Reads Ulysses? The Rhetoric of the Joyce Wars and the Common Reader, was published by Routledge in 2003. More recently, Dr. Brannon's research has turned to film studies, popular culture and television studies, and film adaptation. Her current book project examines the processes of adaptation from an interdisciplinary perspective, and maps out new ways of understanding how adaptation functions in culture. She has published in Studies in Popular Culture, Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies, and The South Carolina Review, and regularly presents at the Popular Culture Association and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, along with other regional and national conferences. Dr. Brannon directs the Certificate in Editing program and co-directs the Women's and Gender Studies Program. She has served as Chair of the English department since 2016.

Dr. Ray Clines will be publishing the ninth edition of his book, Research Writing Simplified. It has been adopted at over 200 colleges and has been in print for over two decades. He also made a recent presentation titled "Peter Elbow's Vernacular Eloquence: Talk That Makes Writing Right" at the Pacific Northwest Writing Conference and "Kenneth Burke and the Consubstantiality of Graphic Novels" at the Southwest Popular Culture Association Conference.

Chris Dew is a practicing songwriter and poet originally from Latta, South Carolina. He has been teaching at Jacksonville University since 2009. His interests include serving as co-adviser of Aquarian. Jacksonville University's Arts and Literary magazine, service learning partnered with the St. Johns Riverkeeper and Coordinator of the English Department's exit exam.

Prof. Ed McCourt has had his experimental nonfiction appear recently in Gravel and his essay "Raising Snakes" appeared in Biostories. He has also published recent reviews on the books Bending Genre and Lunch with a Bigot in Choice magazine.

Dr. Sarah Murphy has had her poems published recently in both Pleiades and the prestigious New England Review.

Dr. Sarah Parker specializes in early modern English and continental literature with a focus on the history of medicine and the history of the book. Her current research considers the medical genre of popular errors literature in France, Italy, Spain, and England. She has published with Pickering and Chatto, Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Reforme, Penn State University Press, and Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature. Most recently she co-edited with Sara Miglietti a special edition of History of European Ideas on "Reading Publics in Renaissance Europe, 1450-1650." As a teacher, she brings a genuine enthusiasm for literature to the classroom. She also enjoys directing undergraduate research projects.

Dr. Wenying Xu specializes in literary theories, 19th C. American Literature, Asian American Literature, and 20th C. World Literature. Her recent and current research centers on interdisciplinary approaches to food, identities, and literature. In addition to numerous peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and fiction, she is the author of three books: Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), Eating Identities: Reading Food in Asian American Literature (University of Hawaii Press, 2008), and Ethics and Aesthetics of Freedom in American and Chinese Realism (The Mellen Press, 2003). She also co-edited and contributed to Food and Ethnic Literatures: A MELUS Special Issue (Winter 2007). She serves on the Editorial Board of MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (Oxford Academic). A member of Phi Kappa Phi, she has also received honors such as Fulbright Lectureship, MELUS Award for Lifetime Achievement, Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship for Aspen Ideas Festival, etc. As a teacher, she challenges students with enthusiasm and compassion while she mentors them in and outside the classroom in the areas of research, career goals, and post graduate studies. She enjoys the hobbies of tennis, yoga, gardening, and singing.