Faculty in Arts & Letters

Chad Barbour

Chad Barbour

Associate Professor, Literature; Chair, Arts & Letters

PhD, University of Kentucky.

Chad Barbour specializes in American culture and literature, teaching courses in American literature, Native American literature, comics and graphic novels, and children’s/young adult literature.

He is the author of From Daniel Boone to Captain America: Playing Indian in American Popular Culture (University Press of Mississippi). He has published articles on Native appropriation and representation in comics and underground comix.

Recent work includes a book chapter in Inventing Destiny (University Press of Kansas), "Revising Hannah Duston: Domesticity and the Frontier in Nineteenth-Century Retellings of the Duston Captivity." Another book chapter--"Jack Jackson, Native Representation, and Underground Comix"--is forthcoming in Graphic Indigeneity (University Press of Mississippi).

Julie Brooks Barbour

Assistant Professor, Creative Writing

MFA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Tyler Dettloff

Assistant Professor, Literature/Pedagogy

MA, Northern Michigan University.

Tyler Dettloff is an Anishinaabe Métis, Italian, and Irish writer, professor, musician, gardener, and water protector raised on the edge of the Delirium Wilderness. He currently lives in Gnoozhekaaning (Bay Mills, Michigan) and teaches College Composition at Lake Superior State University. Mostly, he enjoys walking along rivers with his wife Daraka and daughter Meadow and through swamps his dogs Banjo and Fiddle.

He is the author of Belly-up Rosehip: a Tongue Blue with Mud Songs, a book of poems, from Swimming with Elephants Publications, 2019.

Louann Disney

Associate Professor, Spanish and English

PhD, Texas Tech University

Thomas Meacham

Assistant Professor, Theatre; Arts Center Director

PhD, City University of New York-Graduate Center

Adam St. John

Assistant Professor, Theatre

Adam St. John is an educator, actor, director, & podcaster and is thrilled to be teaching theatre here at LSSU. Prior to coming to the Soo, Adam was teaching Acting & Movement at Western Washington University, where he got his BA in Theatre. In 2014, Adam received his MFA in Acting from Indiana University, performing & directing in many productions and teaching various Acting & Movement classes. In the Seattle area, Adam was performing in commercials and various theatres in the area, including ACT Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare, and Secondstory Rep. He’s performed across the country and abroad and has taken masterclasses with Meryl Streep & Glenn Close.

Jason Swedene

Professor, Humanities & Philosophy; Honors Program Director

PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo