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

Julie Brooks Barbour

Assistant Professor, Creative Writing

MFA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Mary Been

Mary Been

Professor, Literature

PhD, City University of New York Graduate School and University Center

George Denger

George Denger

Associate Professor, Communication

PhD, Wayne State University

Tyler Dettloff

Tyler Dettloff

Instructor, 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

Louann Disney

Associate Professor, Spanish

PhD, Texas Tech University

Mary McMyne

Mary McMyne

Associate Professor, Creative Writing

MFA, New York University.

Mary McMyne is a writer, poet, teacher, and editor from south Louisiana. She has been the recipient of the Faulkner-Wisdom Prize for a Novel-in-Progress, a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and a National Endowment for the Arts Parent Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center. Additional support for her writing has been provided by the Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction, New York University, and Louisiana State University. She edits fiction for Border Crossing and poetry for Enchanted Living.

Mary has poems, stories, and essays published or forthcoming in venues like Gulf Coast, Strange Horizons, Southern Humanities Review, Apex Magazine, and Painted Bride Quarterly. Her debut poetry chapbook, Wolf Skin (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), won the Elgin Chapbook Award.

Thomas Meacham

Thomas Meacham

Assistant Professor, Theatre; Arts Center Director

PhD, City University of New York-Graduate Center

Elizabeth Parks

Elizabeth Parks

Assistant Professor, Theatre

MFA, Texas Tech University

Shirley Smart

Shirley Smart

Assistant Professor, Composition

MA, Central Michigan University.

Shirley Smart has presented at Writing Across the UP Conference at NMU in Marquette, MI - "A Linguistic & Grammatical Look at Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms" and participated in the panel, "Peer Editing" at the Writing Across the UP Conference at LSSU.

Jason Swedene

Jason Swedene

Professor, Humanities & Philosophy; Honors Program Director

PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo