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Dr. Kimberly V. Adams
Kimberly AdamsAssociate Professor of English | 717-361-1230

Kimberly V. Adams is an associate professor of English and a member of the Women and Gender Studies faculty. She teaches courses in Victorian and twentieth-century British literature, American women's writing, literary theory, and feminist and gender theory. Her publications include Our Lady of Victorian Feminism: The Madonna in the Work of Anna Jameson, Margaret Fuller, and George Eliot, and articles on Harriet Beecher Stowe and nineteenth-century female literary critics. She has also co-written the endnotes to the Modern Library edition of George Eliot's Romola.  Professor Adams received her Ph.D from Harvard University.

Dr. David C. Downing
David C DowningRalph W. Schlosser Professor of English; Department Chair | 717-361-1381 | Personal Website

David C. Downing is the director of the Professional Writing program. He teaches creative and professional writing, as well as a first-year seminar on quest narratives. Downing grew up in Colorado and earned his Ph.D. at UCLA. He has written four award-winning books on C. S. Lewis, and recently published a historical novel which features Lewis, Tolkien, and their friends as characters. The website for his novel is

Dr. Mark Harman
Mark HarmanProfessor of English and Modern Languages | 717-361-1992

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Mark Harman, professor of English and German, is a prize-winning translator of modern classics such as Franz Kafka's Castle, Kafka's first novel Amerika; and Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet (Harvard). Among the English courses he most enjoys teaching are "Gaelic and Anglo-Irish Ireland," "Irony, Humor, and Despair in Modern Literature" and "What is World Literature?"  Professor Harman received his Ph.D from Yale University.

Dr. Louis Martin
Louis MartinProfessor of English | 717-361-1236

Louis Martin received honors in English and psychology at the University of the South, along with the Guerry Award in Literature. An M.A.T in English Education preceded his UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received the Dougald Macmillan Prize for the Best Dissertation. Currently researching evolutionary psychology and literature, he has published articles on Shakespeare and on George Herbert, as well as on various other topics. His greatest academic pleasure, though, comes from being in the classroom.

Dr. Dana Mead
Dana MeadAssociate Professor of English; Director of the Honors Program | 717-361-1359

Dr. Dana Gulling Mead earned her doctorate at Texas Christian University. She teaches professional writing, with special interests in Rhetorical Theory and Writing for Children. Dr. Mead has published articles on rhetoric and composition theory in Writing on the Edge, Journal of Advanced Composition and Brethren Life and Thought. In addition she directs the Elizabethtown College Honors Program, for which she teaches "Leadership Theory and Practice" and "Thesis Preparation."

Dr. Rebecca Olson
Becky OlsonLecturer in English | 717-361-1250

Rebecca Olson received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1995 and has been a member of the English Department at Elizabethtown since 1999. She currently teaches Writing and Language, Multicultural Literature and Writing and Analyzing the Short Story. Dr. Olson has also served the College as Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and is now serving as Director of First-Year Writing.

Dr. John Rohrkemper
John RohrkemperAssociate Professor of English | 717-361-1229

John Rohrkemper teaches American and modern literature and writing with particular interest in the writing of Mark Twain, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Toni Morrison He also teaches playwriting, has written and produced several plays, and often acts in local theatre productions. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Dr. Carmine Sarracino
Carmine SarracinoProfessor of English | 717-361-1237 Personal Website

Carmine Sarracino's main teaching interests are creative writing and nineteenth century American Literature. His poetry and scholarly articles have been widely published in magazines and journals, and he has published three collections of poetry, The Idea of the Ordinary, The Heart of War, and The Battlefield Photographer. His interest in popular culture led to his co-authoring a book, The Porning of America, a cultural study of the influences of pornography on life in America. He has traveled and lived in South Asia on research grants, including two appointments as a Fulbright Scholar. He is the director of the creative writing minor. Professor Sarracino received his Ph.D from University of Michigan.  He lives in Hershey with his wife Tamara and their two children, Dante and Carina. 

Dr. Matt Skillen
Matt SkillenAssistant Professor of English | 717-361-1232

Matt Skillen is an assistant professor of English and the director of the Secondary English Education Program. Previously, Matt has taught seventh and eighth grade language arts students in traditional, inclusion, gifted and remedial settings. Matt is a recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award for exemplary service in the first year of teaching and he is a Teacher Consultant for the Capital Area Writing Project. Matt's research interests include narrative inquiry, personal learning networks, and Young Adult literature.  Professor Skillen received his Ph.D from Kansas State University.

Dr. Suzanne E. Webster
Associate Professor of English | 717-361-1235Suzanne Webster

Suzanne E. Webster teaches British Romanticism and other courses in post-1660 British literature. She gained her MPhil in English Romantic Studies and her DPhil in English Literature from the University of Oxford, UK, both degrees being funded by a British Academy Postgraduate Studentship. Her book, Body and Soul in Coleridge's Notebooks, 1827-1834: "What is Life?" was published in January 2010, by Palgrave Macmillan press. Dr Webster is also very interested in environmental issues, protection, and activism. As well as teaching courses and texts on the environment and natural world, she is a founding member of, and co-Faculty Advisor to, Elizabethtown College Environmental Group (ECEG).

Jesse Waters
jesse watersVisiting Assistant Professor of English | 717-361-3762

Jesse Waters has been runner-up for the Iowa Review Fiction Prize, finalist in the Glimmer Train 2003 Poetry Open and The Davoren Hanna International Poetry Contest, and a winner of the 2001 River Styx International Poetry Contest, and is author of the poetry collection, Human Resources. Jesse's fiction, poetry and non-fiction work has appeared in such journals as 88: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry, The Adirondack Review, Coal Hill Review, The Cortland Review, Cimarron Review, Iowa Review, and Southeast Review among others. Jesse was granted the MFA in Poetry from University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2001, and teaches both Technical and Creative Writing classes. He is the director of the Bowers Writers House.

Dr. Matt Willen
Matt WillenAssociate Professor of English | 717-361-1231

Matt Willen received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995, and has taught at Elizabethtown College since 2001. He has written two recreational guidebooks to the Pennsylvania outdoors, and has been working since 2008 on a documentary photography project about on the Westfjords region of Iceland entitled Focus Westfjords. He currently teaches courses in the Professional Writing and Creative Writing concentrations that focus on non-fiction writing, graphic design, the relationship between word and image. Dr. Willen is the coordinator of the English Department's Internship Program.

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