Department of English is located in Morton Hall, Room 135

2008-2009 New Faculty Profiles

Department of English

Janis K. ChalkarsDr.Janis K. Chakars, Assistant Professor, earned his PhD in mass communications from Indiana University in 2008 with a dissertation about media and Latvia’s “Singing Revolution.” His research and teaching interests are in journalism, international communications, and media history. He has an MA in Russian and East European studies from Indiana University and a BA in political science from Hunter College, CUNY.

Katie R. PeelDr. Katie R. Peel, Assistant Professor, earned her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She also holds a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from UConn. Her teaching and research interests include children’s and young adult literatures, Victorian literature, Holocaust literature, and queer theory and literature. Her dissertation, “‘Unsuitable for Narrative,’” examined working women in the Victorian novel. At UConn Katie hosted a lecture series for UConn’s Rainbow Center, and taught an interdisciplinary course in queer theory. She was awarded the Aetna Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Kristen J. SeasDr. Kristen J. Seas, Assistant Professor, earned her PhD (2008) in Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University, and her BA (2000) and MA (2003) in English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her research focuses on rhetorical theory, primarily the intersection of classical rhetorical concepts and postmodern theories of subjectivity, ideology, and complex systems. Her dissertation, Of a Certain Persuasion: Rhetoric, Complexity, and the Emergence of Subjectivity, offers a rhetorical theory of subject formation through a revision of the concept of enthymeme from the perspective of complexity theory. She has been published in Rhetoric Review and won the Janice Lauer Distinguished Dissertation Award at Purdue. She teaches courses in the Professional Writing program in rhetorical theory and writing, as well as lower-division composition courses.

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