Category Archives: Faculty

Elizabeth Schirmer

Biographical Statement:  I received my Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2001, and my AB in English and French Literatures from Stanford University in 1993. I joined the NMSU English department in 2001. I enjoy teaching in the Honors College and the Women’s Studies Program as well as in the English…
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Brian Rourke

Education:  Ph.D. in English (1999), Stanford University B.A. in English (1988), University of California-Los Angeles Current Project: Dr. Rourke’s current project is a study of the films of David Lynch. Professional Statement: I joined the faculty in 2000 as an Assistant Professor of Twentieth-Century British and Post-Colonial Literature. As a teacher I am primarily to…
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Cindy Murrell

Education: M.A., English Literature, 1988, NMSU B.A., English Literature, 1986, NMSU Biographical Statement: I have been teaching in the English Department at NMSU since 1988. That year I completed my M.A. in Literature with emphases in Middle English literature and the Victorian novel from NMSU. I have served in the Faculty Senate as one of the…
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Michael LaTorra

Education: M.A. in Technical and Professional Communication, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM B.A. in General Studies, with a concentration in Russian language and history, New College, Sarasota, FL Biographical Statement:  After receiving his Master’s degree, Michael LaTorra worked for 16 years as a technical writer for a variety of companies in California and Texas. These companies ranged…
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R. Joyce Zamora Lausch Garay

Education:  Ph.D. in English, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2003Biographical Statement:  Dr. Garay received her Ph.D. in English from Arizona State University in May 2003 where she specialized in American ethnic literatures, primarily Latina/o and African American literary traditions. Working interdepartmentally as instructor and scholar in both the English department and Department of Chicana/o Studies…
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Ryan Cull

Education: Ph.D. (2007), University of Illinois B.A. (1997), M.A. (2000), University of Alabama Teaching/Research Interests: modern and contemporary American poetry American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present lyric theory critical and cultural theory Selected Publications: “‘Inexhaustible Splendor’: Thylias Moss, Praise Poetry, and Racial Politics.” Forthcoming in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States….
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Rose Conley

Education: M.A., 2005 B.A. in English, New Mexico State University, 2003 Courses Taught and Teaching Interests: The courses Rose Conley normally teaches include Women Writers, Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Women across Media, Principles of Literature, Principles of Film, and Business and Professional Communication. Her teaching and scholarly interests…
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Christopher Burnham

Education: Ph.D. English Literature and Language, University of Rhode Island, 1980; Dissertation: “An Examination and Description of Walt Whitman’s Composing Process” NEH Postgraduate Seminars in linguistics and rhetoric: Rutgers University Graduate School of Education and University of Nevada, Reno M.A. in English, University of Rhode Island, 1974 B.A. in English with Honors in American Studies,…
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Marieka Brown

Professional Statement: Marieka Brown is a College Associate Professor who has worked with multilingual students from around the world since 1997. She has taught all areas of English acquisition and has worked with a variety of international and regional programs that serve undergraduate, graduate and adult English language learners. Professor Brown comes to the English…
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Patricia Wojahn

 Biographical Statement: Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University  Specializations in computer-mediated communications, research methodologies, peer review and collaborative writing, and assessing technologies for writing and reading M.A. in English, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale B.A. in English, St. Cloud State University Specializations in composition and rhetoric Teaching Emphases and Research Interests: technical, scientific, and professional communication technology…
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