English Department Faculty

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The English Faculty

The Department of English is one of the largest at North Carolina Wesleyan University. Our faculty are experts in many areas of English literary and writing studies, including American and British literature, critical theory, cultural studies, digital rhetoric, journalism, professional, technical and creative writing, as well as English as Second Language.

We are an active and engaged department. Our faculty believe that teaching and advising are at the core of our professional identities. Moreover, as scholars and authors, we also publish books and scholarly articles, present our work at conferences, conduct research and continue to learn as part of a community of like-minded colleagues and students. The close professional ties that are forged between students and faculty crucially enhance the study of English at North Carolina Wesleyan.

Department Chair

Lee Templeton

Associate Professor of English
Chair, School of Humanities
English Program Coordinator

Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

I specialize in Medieval British literature, with emphasis on romance and Chaucer. My teaching interests further include Old-Norse/Icelandic literature, ancient literatures in translation, the history of the English language, gender studies, critical theory and Shakespeare. Read More

Full-Time Faculty


James Bowers

Associate Professor of English

Ph.D., Florida State University

I specialize in 20th- and 21st-century American literature. My research and teaching interests include African-American literature, the literature of social movements, the literature of peace, the history of the novel and creative writing. Read More


Bill Grattan

Professor of English
Faculty Adviser to The Decree

Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

A generalist, I teach first-year composition, news and sports writing, copy editing, and introductory literature courses, with particular interest in the American novella, fiction of the American South, and modern American drama. I’m the author of a novella, Ghost Runners (Pinyon Press), and a novel, The Bully of Brantley, Pa. (Black Rose Writing). My current fiction manuscript is titled “N’at.”

Dr. Margaret Love

Margaret Love

Assistant Professor of English
Faculty Adviser to Sigma Tau Delta

Ph.D., Tufts University

I teach courses in world literature and composition, with a particular interest in exploring the power dynamics present in these fields. My literature courses explore how cultural representations shape our lived experience. Read More


Doreen Thierauf

Assistant Professor
General Education Program Coordinator
Assistant Director of the Zipf Teaching and Learning Center

Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I specialize in 19th-century British literature, particularly in Romantic and Victorian women writers. My teaching interests also include contemporary literature and popular culture, gender studies, critical theory and undergraduate research methods. Read More

Visiting Full-Time Faculty

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Katie Beeman

Visiting Instructor of English

A.B.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

I concentrate in medieval literature with a focus on non-normative maternity and Middle English romances. My forthcoming dissertation is titled “A Mother’s Movement: Exploring the Effects of Exogamy on Maternal Performance in Medieval Romances.”
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Jesse Gay

Visiting Instructor of English

Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

My concentration is in 20th-century British literature with research interests in psychoanalytic theory and feminist theory. I have presented at conferences on representations of gender and sexuality in 20th-century British texts. In terms of teaching, I like to incorporate paideia-like seminars and rhetorical listening to build a sense of community within the classroom space.

Jamie Hathaway-Pollard

Visiting Instructor of English

M.A. Ed., East Carolina University

My concentration is in English education, and I teach first-year composition courses. I also serve in the Education Department and train middle- and high- school English teachers.

Part-Time Faculty


Lamont Cannon

Adjunct Instructor


Joanne Dunn

Adjunct Instructor


Sophronia Knott

Adjunct Instructor

M.A., East Carolina University

I studied creative writing and literature, with a research interest in non-fiction literature on mental illnesses written by female authors. My teaching interests include writing and composition. Read More


Christopher McPhatter

Adjunct Instructor


George Yarusinsky

Adjunct Instructor