Category Archives: Faculty

Kellie Sharp-Hoskins

Background: Kellie Sharp-Hoskins earned her undergraduate degree in English from Brigham Young University (B.A., 2003) before pursuing rhetoric and writing studies at San Diego State University (M.A., 2007). She earned her doctorate in English Studies from Illinois State University in 2012, where she completed a dissertation entitled “What Counts? Who Counts? A Methodology for Leveraging…
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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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