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Peter Pietrangelo of Sault Ste. Marie presented a research paper at the 2010 John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar held during the summer at the State University of New York in Oneonta. The conference, "Old Lessons for a New Millennium: Nature Writing and Environmentalism in the 21st Century," focused on the work of writers who contributed to the early conservation movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the work of contemporary writers who are exerting an influence on the development of early 21st century environmentalism. Read more

Peter Pietrangelo ('10)
Liberal Studies, concentrations in both English and professional communication

Department of English


Almost all full-time English faculty at LSSU hold doctorates or other terminal degrees from distinguished universities. They possess a wide and diverse range of academic specialties in addition to general knowledge in the field, and they chose LSSU specifically for its personal, engaged, flexible and innovative environment.  They enjoy what they do, which is exploring with others — namely you — the rich, fantastic, sad, and hilarious genius of literature. They just like to talk about literature, and you don’t need an appointment or an assignment for an excuse to talk about it with them.

English faculty take a special interest in English students, and are eager to provide you with academic and career advice and opportunities.

“My time at LSSU prepared me well for my graduate studies and subsequent career in the field of English.”
— Joseph Haske, B.A., English, ’99, now M.A., M.F.A., professor, novelist, poet, and contributing editor, American Book Review

“The faculty in the LSSU English program are real people, not ivory tower academics. Yet they possess the credentials, experience, and talents necessary to help you develop your potential.”
— Allan Case, B.A., English, ’05, now M.A. and Director of Admissions at Darton State College

Dr. Chad Barbour
PhD, University of Kentucky

  • Early American Literature
  • Native American Literature
  • Children’s Literature
  • Comics and the Graphic Novel

Julie Brooks Barbour
MFA, University of North Carolina

  • Composition
  • Poetry
  • 20th Century and Contemporary Literature

Dr. Mary Been
PhD, City University of New York Graduate School and University Center

  • Technical and Scientific Communication
  • Ecocritical Studies
  • British Romantic Literature
  • Women’s Literature and Feminist Studies
  • Literature of the Fantastic

Mary McMyne
MFA, New York University
MFA, Louisiana State University

  • Creative Writing
  • English Education
  • Fiction and Prose Poetry
  • Performance Writing
  • Speculative Literature

Jillena Rose
MFA, Warren Wilson College

  • Poetry of Place and Spiritual Encounter
  • Michigan Writers
  • Eastern Upper Peninsula Writers
  • Student Identity and Freshman Composition

Shirley Smart
MA, Central Michigan University

  • First Year Composition: Health and Social Issues
  • English Grammar


Jessica Hirt

"One of my favorite things about LSSU is its size. The classrooms, especially as you get to the upper levels, get smaller, so you not only have a chance to discuss your ideas in an honest, supportive manner, but you also get to know your professors and classmates. The upper level courses really allow you to focus on what you love, and the small class size allows you to have time to share and to discuss your ideas." [ more ]

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