Staff

Dr. Audrey Becker

Becker, Audrey

Assistant Professor of English

Audrey Becker, Associate Professor of English, joined the faculty of Marygrove College in 2008 after teaching in the Great Books Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and at Bowling Green State University. Her teaching specialties include medieval and Renaissance literature, the history of the English language, Shakespeare, women writers in pre-modern Europe, and museum studies. Her research includes a focus on theories of adaptation of medieval and early modern texts, specifically adaptations the Mabinogi, a medieval Welsh text. Her co-edited book Welsh Mythology and Folklore in Popular Culture: Essays on Adaptations in Literature, Film, Television, and Digital Media was published by McFarland in 2011. Dr. Becker is actively involved in student travel and has led two Marygrove College study abroad programs in England.

 

Darcy L. Brandel

Brandel, Darcy L.

Associate Professor of English

Darcy Lee Brandel received her B.A. in English from Allegheny College in 1999, her M.A. in English from Syracuse University in 2001, and her Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University in 2006. She is currently chair of the English and Modern Languages Department. In 2007, she led the charge to establish the first Women’s Center on campus and now serves on its advisory board. She also served as coordinator of the English graduate program from 2011-2013 and secretary of the Faculty Assembly from 2008-2012. Her fields of interest include literature by women, multi-ethnic literature, comparative women’s studies, critical theory, aesthetic theory, creative writing, Buddhism, and translation. She has published work on Gertrude Stein, Grace Paley, and other experimental women writers and, along with Chae-Pyong Song, translations of Korean Buddhist poetry. She is currently working on her first manuscript of poetry.

 

Engel, Steven

Engel, Steven

Assistant Professor

Steven Engel received his B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1991, his M.A. in English at the State University of New York at Brockport in 1999, and his Ph.D. in English and Education from the University of Michigan in 2014. His research interests include ideological dilemmas in teachers’ talk about plagiarism and the issues of authorship, community, and ownership in the writing classroom. He taught high school English and drama for 14 years at Brighton High School in Rochester, New York. He was named a White House Commission on Presidential Scholars Distinguished Teacher, a New York State English Council Educator of Excellence, and a winner of the David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition.

 

Gupta, Nikhil

Gupta, Nikhil

Assistant Professor of English

Nikhil Gupta received his Ph.D. from Boston College and his M.A. and B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. His fields of interest include nationalism and empire in modern literature, narrative representations of geography and landscape, intertextuality, and the gothic. He has taught English courses on modern Irish writers, the modern British novel, transatlantic modernism, professionals in modern literature, the concealing and withholding of secrets through narrative, and representations of youth in literature. His current book project, “Rough Crossings: Transatlantic Revisions to Imperial Narratives,” looks at Irish and American authors who rewrite scenes of imperial domination from the other side of the Atlantic. He has contributed articles and reviews to Éire-IrelandWomen’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, New Hibernia Review, and Religion and the Arts

 

Kopack, Laurie LePain

Kopack, Laurie LePain

Administrative Assistant

Laurie LePain Kopack received her B.A. in English in 2005 and her M.A. in English in 2010 from Marygrove College. She is currently the administrative assistant for the English and Modern Languages Department, as well as the dean of professional studies and the departments of business, computer information systems, and human resource management. She is also adjunct instructor of English, teaching composition courses. She serves on the Marygrove Alumni Board of Directors as secretary, and on the Staff Advisory Committe as chair of the Employee Recognition Committee. Her research interests include Native American literature.

 

Pichurski, Patricia

Pichurski, Patricia

Assistant Professor of English

Patricia Pichurski received her B.A. in English and Humanities from Marygrove College in 1973 and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1982. She is co-director of the Nancy McDonough Geschke Writing Center. Her research interests are rhetoric and composition, writing across the curriculum, writing center operations, and children's and adolescents' literature. She is a member of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Council of Writing Program Administrators, Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and Children's Book Council.

 

Frank D. Rashid

Rashid, Frank D.

Professor of English

Frank D. Rashid began teaching at Marygrove College in 1980 and served as chair of the English and Modern Languages Department from 1998 until 2007 and as president of the Marygrove Faculty Assembly from 2008 until 2012. He is a founding member of Marygrove's Institute for Detroit Studies (IDS) and, with history professor Thomas Klug, teaches an interdisciplinary course, Detroit and the Contemporary Urban Crisis. Rashid is editor of the Literary Map of Detroit on the IDS website. Among his publications are essays on the poetry of Robert Hayden, Lawrence Joseph, and Emily Dickinson; he also writes about Detroit history, politics, and culture. Rashid received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Detroit.

 

Song, Chae-Pyong

Song, Chae-Pyong

Associate Professor of English
"b. 1960 - d. 2013"

Chae-Pyong Song received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, concentrating on postcolonial Anglophone literature. He has been at Marygrove since 2001. He was coordinator of the master of arts in English program from 2007 through 2011. His research interests include 20th-century English literature, postcolonial literature, translation studies, and the globalization of culture. In addition to publications on postcolonial literature and theory, his recent translations of Korean literature have appeared on The Korea Times, New Writing from Korea, Metamorphoses: Journal of Literary Translation, WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, and Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature and Culture. Recently he won the 40th Korean Literature Translation Awards for translating Kim Hye-soon's poems. Professor Song’s literary translations can be found at: http://jaypsong.wordpress.com/

 

Torres, Lourdes M.

Torres, Lourdes M.

Assistant Professor Of Modern Languages (Spanish & French)

Professor Torres received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages (Spanish and French), from Wayne State University, MI (2005); her M.A. in French from Bowling Green State University, OH (1993); a B.E.F. (Brevet d’Études Françaises) Institut de Touraine, Tours, France (1991-92) and B.A. in French and Japanese from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1986).

 

Woodard, Loretta G.

Woodard, Loretta G.

Associate professor of English, Director of the Honors Program

B.A. Saint Augustine’s College (1971); M.S. North Carolina A & T State University (1974); Ph.D. Bowling Green State University (1983), where she was a graduate assistant to James Baldwin. Professor Woodard came to Marygrove in 1985 from Saint Augustine’s College. She teaches an advance graduate seminar on the Harlem Renaissance, Introduction to African American Literature, Studies in African American Literature, Selected Writers, Advanced Written and Oral Communications, Fundamentals of Speech, and Interdisciplinary Seminars.

 

English Overview

English Overview

Marygrove's English program is designed to help students better examine and engage with the world through the development of high-level writing, reading, and critical thinking skills.

Contemporary American Author Lecture Series (CAALS)

Contemporary American Author Lecture Series (CAALS)

The CAALS brings a nationally-known author to Marygrove College each year for a public lecture and a seminar with students.

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