Faculty Biographies

Dr. Jennifer Consilio

Dr. Jennifer Consilio Kukler

Director of the Writing Center
Associate Professor

Office: Library - Writing Center
Phone: 815-836-5727
Email: consilje@lewisu.edu

Dr. Jennifer Consilio, Associate Professor and Writing Center Director, began her career at Lewis in 2005. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University in Rhetoric and Composition, with secondary areas in digitality and minority rhetorics. She has taught courses including Writing for the Professions, Document Design, The Electronic Word, Advanced Technical Writing, Writing in the Disciplines: Law Enforcement, Theories of Composing, Rhetoric for Writers, Advanced Writing, and courses in the First-Year Writing sequence. Recent scholarship presentations include "Reuse, Recycle: Constructing a (Re)New(ed) Ethos for Composition Studies," and "Playgrounds of the Mind: Online Play with Identity." She serves as the area chair in Virtual Identities and Self-Promotion for the National Popular Culture/American Culture Association and is currently working on a project examining technology and identity.

   
Dr. Serafima Gettys

Dr. Serafima Gettys

Director of Foreign Language Program
Assistant Professor

Office: MC-005
Phone: 815-836-5544
Email: gettysse@lewisu.edu

Dr. Serafima Gettys, Assistant Professor, the Director of the Foreign Language Program, joined Lewis University in June 2004. She earned her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from St. Petersburg State University of Education, Russia. Prior to teaching at Lewis University, she taught in a variety of institutions of higher education, including UC Berkley and Stanford University. At Lewis University she established an innovative Foreign Language Program, which currently offers courses in ten world languages. Dr. Gettys teaches Russian language courses and a course in Linguistics. Her current research interest is Cognitive Approaches in SLA and is a regular presenter at ACTFL, NCOLCTL, and AATSEEL conferences, as well as a number of international conferences and workshops. She is currently working on the 2nd edition of Russian for Dummies and serves as a member of the Graduate Council.

   
Dr. Catherine Hancock

Dr. Catherine Hancock

Assistant Professor

Office: DL-204-N
Phone: 815-836-5666
Email: hancocca@lewisu.edu

Dr. Catherine Hancock, Assistant Professor, has taught for Lewis University in both part-time and full-time capacities since 2005. She earned a Master's from Villanova University and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, and her teaching and scholarship focus on violence in literature, particularly domestic violence in fiction. She is the Editor for Windows Fine Arts Magazine, and teaches a variety of composition and literature courses. She has designed several courses for Lewis's English Department that emphasize women's literature.

   
Ms. Lifeng Hu

Ms. Lifeng Hu

Assistant Professor

Office: MC-006
Phone: 815-836-5319
Email: huli@lewisu.edu

Li Feng Hu, Assistant Professor, earned her Master's in Teaching English as an International Language from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an emphasis on Communicative Language Teaching and Second Language Acquisition. She started teaching at Lewis as an instructor in 2008. She was hired as the Assistant Director for the Foreign Language Program in 2009. She teaches all four levels of Chinese language courses and is responsible for conducting workshops and training programs for foreign language instructors. She has also helped organize various extracurricular activities to promote foreign language learning and global awareness at Lewis. She is currently working on program and course assessment based on evidence of student learning outcomes, using guidelines and protocol for the Oral Proficiency Interview from the American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages.

   
Ms. Therese Jones

Ms. Therese Jones

Director of Writing Placement, Windows Editor,
Assistant Professor

Office: DL-206-N
Phone: 815-836-5321
Email: jonesth@lewisu.edu

Therese Jones, Assistant Professor, began teaching part-time for the English Department in 1994, was promoted to half-time in 2000, and gained full-time status in 2011. She has a Master's in English with a concentration in Literature and Composition Studies from St. Xavier University. Assistant Professor Jones is the Director of Writing Placement, administering the placement exam and assessing its efficacy (1999-present), and she is the Assistant Editor, Designer, and Coordinator of Lewis' annual journal, Windows Fine Arts Magazine (2003 to present). She regularly teaches all levels of the First-Year Writing sequence, as well as general education literature courses, particularly Experience of Literature and Introduction to Fiction. Assistant Professor Jones serves the Department on numerous task forces, advises majors in all programs, and regularly presents papers at the ACCA Scholarship of Pedagogy.

   
Dr. Sheila Kennedy

Dr. Sheila Kennedy

Associate Professor

Office: DL-214-N
Phone: 815-836-5580
Email: kennedysh@lewisu.edu

Dr. Sheila Kennedy, Associate Professor, received her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago, in the Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric program, with specializations in the teaching of Writing, the history of Rhetoric, and Socio-linguistics. A proud graduate of Lewis University, she joined the English faculty in 1992 and teaches a variety of writing courses, including First-Year Writing, Advanced Writing, Creative Nonfiction, and the writing methods courses for English-Language Arts Secondary Education majors. Her special interests include writing pedagogy, writing for self-development, life-story writing, and literary journalism. She has previously served as Director of the Writing Center, and serves on the Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing Program Committees, and the Lasallian Vocation Council. Her current work includes developing journal-writing workshops for a variety of audiences and investigating the uses and processes of private writing.

   
Dr. Bonnie Lenore Kyburz

Dr. Bonnie Lenore Kyburz

Assistant Professor

Office: DL-211-N
Phone: 815-836-5565
Email:kyburzbl@lewisu.edu  

Dr. Bonnie Lenore Kyburz teaches writing and rhetoric at Lewis University. Dr. Kyburz makes short digital films, documentaries and experimental pieces that hope to resonate as entertaining, provocative arguments for academic audiences. She recently shared her first video installation, screencube, at The 2012 Modern Language Association Convention, and the piece appears in the gallery’s publication for Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Dr. Kyburz has been teaching writing since 1992. She was recently elected to serve on the Modern Language Association's Executive Committee, the Division of the Teaching of Writing. Her work also appears in Composition Studies, College English, and other NCTE publications. She is currently working on her book, Moving Arguments: Film-Composition's "Invisible Galleries."

   
Dr. Pramod Mishra

Dr. Pramod Mishra

Assistant Professor

Office: DL-213-N
Phone: 815-836-5016
Email: mishrapr@lewisu.edu

Dr. Pramod Mishra, Assistant Professor, joined the Department in the fall of 2010. Dr. Mishra earned his Ph.D. from Duke University in English with an emphasis on Postcolonial literature and theory. He teaches courses in the First-Year Writing sequence, in the general education literature curriculum, Non-Western and Postcolonialmajors' courses, and American literature when needed. He is also available to teach literary theory and courses in Third-World film. He has published articles on international and postcolonial issues in Ariel: A Journal of International English Literature and CR: The New Centennial Review. He has presented papers at the MLA and other places both in the US and overseas. An appointed member of the Faculty Affairs Committee, he is assisting the Department in preparations for study abroad.

   
Dr. Simone Muench

Dr. Simone Muench

Director of Creative Writing
Associate Professor

Office: DL-216-N
Phone: 815-836-5554
Email: muenchsi@lewisu.edu

Dr. Simone Muench, Associate Professor and Director of Track Three, began at Lewis in 2003, and regularly teaches Introduction to Poetry, Creative Writing and Film courses. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is the author of four full-length poetry collections, as well as several chapbooks and collaborative projects. Currently, she is working on a manuscript investigating the cento form titled Wolf Centos. A former editor of ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), she is now an editor for Sharkforum and faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review; additionally, she serves on the advisory boards of Switchback Books and UniVerse: A United Nations of Poetry. She is a recipient of a 2000 and 2009 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, a VSC Fellowship, the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, the PSA's Fine Lines Contest, the Charles Goodnow Award, the PSA's Bright Lights/Big Verse Contest, and others.

   
Dr. Jamil Mustafa

Dr. Jamil Mustafa

Chair of English Department
Professor

Office: DL-221-N
Phone: 815-836-5691
Email: mustafja@lewisu.edu



Dr. Jamil Mustafa, Professor, serves as Chair of the Department. He joined Lewis University in 2000 after completing his Ph.D. in English at the University of Chicago. He specializes in Victorian literature, film studies, and Gothic fiction. He teaches Introduction to English Studies, surveys in British literature, and upper-division courses in Romantic and Victorian literature. His publications include "'A good horror has its place in art': Hardy's Gothic Strategy in Tess of the d'Urbervilles," and "'The Lady of the House of Love': Angela Carter's Vampiric Sleeping Beauty." In 2012 he participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, “Oscar Wilde and His Circle,” held at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. He is currently studying psychology, cartography, and the Gothic novel in the late-Victorian period.

   
Br. Lawrence Oelschlegel

Br. Lawrence Oelschlegel

Assistant Dean

Office: AS-113-S
Phone: 815-836-5506
Email: oelschla@lewisu.edu

Brother Lawrence Oelschlegel, F.S.C., Ph.D., Professor of English, is serving in his 6th year as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. After a decade of teaching high school on the East Coast, Br. Lawrence arrived at Lewis in 1980-81 to teach English. After teaching elsewhere for another decade, Br. Lawrence returned to Lewis in 1992 to direct the Writing Center and has remained here ever since. Although schooled in late nineteenth and early twentieth century American and British literature at the University of Maryland and Villanova, he has equal interest in Medieval and Early Modern British Literature (especially Gawain, William Langland, ballads and lyrics, Second Shepherd's Play, Marlowe, and Donne). He is also keen on contemporary Biblical literary scholarship. Brother's linguistic interests are focused on "eccentric" writers such as Gertrude Stein, e .e. cummings, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Wallace Stevens, among others. Currently he is preparing/revising courses for advanced literature studies. He is returning to the Department in a half-time capacity in Fall semester 2011. Having been a copy-editor for numerous Lasallian publications, his current work involves extensive writing and copy-editing of College and University documents primarily related to curricular matters. He continues to serve the Department by offering "Book Talk" and writing workshops, as well as providing consultation on key Departmental issues.

   
Dr. Valerie Perry Rendel

Dr. Valerie Perry Rendel

Assistant Professor
Director of First-Year Writing

Office: SB-209-S
Phone: 815-836-5601
Email: rendelva@lewisu.edu

Dr. Valerie Perry Rendel, Assistant Professor, began teaching at Lewis in 2008 and serves as Director of First-Year Writing, which includes responsibilities for student assessment and the professional development of lecturers. Her Ph.D. is in Rhetoric and Composition from Illinois State University. In addition to courses in the First-Year Writing sequence, she teaches Technical Writing, Rhetoric for Writers, and Theories of Composing. Her most recent publications include articles in LORE: An E-Journal for Teachers of Writing and The Bedford Bibliography of Basic Writing, and she presents regularly at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, usually about political and/or satiric rhetoric.

   
Dr. Wallace Ross

Dr. Wallace Ross

Assistant Professor

Office: DL-209-N
Phone: 815-836-5122
Email: rosswa@lewisu.edu

Dr. Wallace Ross, Assistant Professor, earned his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Rhetoric from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1993. Dr. Ross has served Lewis University since 1997 in a wide range of capacities. Beginning in the SPCE program, working with non-traditional adult learners, Dr. Ross now teaches regularly in the First- Year Writing sequence and offers a number of Topics in Literature, Introduction to Poetry, and Experience of Literature courses for the Department. Outside of the academy, Dr. Ross has done professional writing seminars for executives and trained writers in business settings. He has made several presentations at the ACCA symposium, and his novel, The Last of the Red Hot Humanists, is in the editing stage and should be published soon.

   
Dr. Dawn Walts

Dr. Dawn Simmons Walts

Assistant Professor

Office: DL-212-N
Phone: 815-836-5287
Email: waltsda@lewisu.edu

Dr. Dawn Simmons Walts, Assistant Professor, began her career at Lewis University in Fall 2008 after a one-year postdoc at Indiana University Bloomington. Her Ph.D. in English, with an emphasis on Medieval and Renaissance Literatures, is from The Ohio State University. She teaches our core Shakespeare courses for majors and the general education course, as well as the majors' survey in early British literature, Chaucer, and Linguistics. Dr. Walts has published in The Chaucer Review and is currently working on her book Time's Reckoning: Time, Status, and Culture in Late Medieval England. Her service to the university includes Graduate Council, Educational Policies Committee, and the Library Advisory Committee. She currently advises the English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta.

   
Dr. Jackie White

Dr. Jackie White

Associate Professor

Office: DL-217-N
Phone: 815-836-5492
Email: whiteja@lewisu.edu

Dr. Jackie K. White, Associate Professor, began at Lewis in 2005, and regularly teaches Introduction to Poetry, Early U.S., Latino, Latin American, Native American, and Young Adult Literature courses. Dr. White holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she specialized in Creative Writing (Poetry) and Hemispheric-American Studies. A former editor of the literary journal RHINO, Dr. White also has published numerous poems and translations and two chapbooks of poetry: Bestiary Charming and Petal-Tearing & Variations. She is the co-translator of César Miguel Rondon's History of Salsa and is currently working on a translation of Sherezada Vicioso's Algo que decir: Essays on Feminist Caribbean Literature.

   
Dr. Christopher Wielgos

Dr. Christopher Wielgos

Professor

Office: DL-218-N
Phone: 815-836-5873
Email: wielgoch@lewisu.edu

Dr. Christopher Wielgos, Professor, a member of the faculty since 1997, serves as both the Director of Film Studies and the Department's Director of Technology and Tech- Supported Pedagogies. He received his Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University and teaches courses in modern and postmodern US and British Literatures, Film Studies, and First-Year Writing. He also has extensive experience in teaching online courses and the short story. He is a regular presenter for the University's Arts and Ideas program, and recently presented a series of ten films and lectures on Postmodern Film. Dr. Wielgos is an award-winning web site author, and recently published an article published in the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Fiction on the work of Mark Costello. He currently chairs the Teaching and Learning with Technology Roundtable and has chaired the Technology Taskforce for the College of Arts and Sciences for nine years.

   
Dr. Nancy Workman

Dr. Nancy Workman

Professor

Office: DL-219-N
Phone: 815-836-5386
Email: workmana@lewisu.edu

Dr. Nancy V. Workman, Professor, began teaching at Lewis in 1991. She received her doctorate from Loyola University/Chicago in 1989, with a specialty in Victorian Literature. Her publications include articles on Margaret Atwood, Charlotte Brönte, Sara Maitland, and Gertrude Bell, Her current research interests include the Holocaust poems of Wislawa Symborska. She has served as chair of the English Department for two terms, 2005-2009 and 1994-1999. In addition, she has held other administrative roles at Lewis University, having been Director of Women's Studies and Director of Faculty Development. Currently the Faculty Representative for Athletics, she is also a member of the Professional Status Committee.