About English programs

English Faculty

Department of English 

Location: Building 8, Room 2601
Phone: (904) 620-2273
Web Address:

Dr. Brian J. Striar, Chair




The Department's mission is grounded in the conviction that a knowledge of literature and language and a mastery of interpretive skills are absolutely integral to a liberal education. Based on that conviction, and consonant with the goals and mission of the University of North Florida and the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English strives to offer instruction of the highest quality in all areas of the curriculum within its purview. The Department's goal is to make a significant and indeed life-long contribution to the intellectual growth of each of its students. Further, the Department offers students the opportunity to acquire specific professional skills and to become generally proficient in the use and analysis of language. Such training is solid preparation for virtually any profession that involves communication.

Undergraduate Program


The Department of English at the University of North Florida offers courses in American, British, and world literatures, creative and professional writing, drama, film, and documentary production. The department offers the B.A. in English with the option of a concentration in Theater/Drama. The department also offers the following minors: African-American / African Diaspora Studies, Creative Writing, Drama, Film Studies, Literature, and Writing Studies. In addition, the department is responsible for supervising students who elect to major or minor in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Graduate Program


The Department of English offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in English in addition to a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition. Graduate students can enjoy reading from a range of British, American, and world traditions, honing their critical reading and writing skills, and enjoying the pleasures of sophisticated literary discussion. In addition, students can take courses that ground them philosophically and pedagogically in the history of rhetoric, a sure way to deepen one’s understanding of the practice of writing. Finally, students can enroll in graduate teaching practica, gaining experience by teaching others under the tutelage of an experienced professor. The M.A. in English offers a number of routes for preparing students for a diverse number of career fields. The program entails eleven courses (33 credit hours).

Department of English Faculty  


Brian J. Striar, Associate Professor & Chair

Linda A. Howell, Senior Instructor & Director of Writing and Assessment

Mark Ari, Senior Instructor

Mary K. Baron, Professor

James P. Beasley, Associate Professor

Mikayla L. Beaudrie, Instructor & Writing Center Consultant

Stephan A. Boka, Instructor

Keith A. Cartwright, Professor

John M. Chapman, Instructor

Fredrick F. Dale, Senior Instructor

Nicholas A. de Villiers, Associate Professor

Timothy J. Donovan, Associate Professor

Ashley M. Faulkner, Instructor & Writing Center Consultant

Joseph W. Flowers, Senior Instructor

Dwight C. Gabbard, Associate Professor

Laura Heffernan, Associate Professor

Marnie C. Jones, Professor

Tara A. Kelley, Instructor and Writing Center Consultant

Arthur S. Kimball, Professor

Kadesh Lauridsen, Instructor and Writing Center Consultant

Shane W. Leverette, Associate Professor

Jennifer L. Lieberman, Assistant Professor

Clark D. Lunberry, Professor

David A. Mackinnon, Instructor & Writing Center Coordinator

Jason I. Mauro, Associate Professor

Brenda L. Maxey-Billings, Instructor

Alexander Menocal, Instructor

Pamela A. Monteleone, Associate Professor

Betsy L. Nies, Associate Professor

Marcus R. Pactor, Instructor

Jillian L. Smith, Associate Professor

Russell D. Turney, Senior Instructor

Bart H. Welling, Associate Professor

Michael G. Wiley, Professor

Jennie B. Ziegler, Instructor & Writing Center Consultant