Dr. Jonathan Evans is a recent graduate of Texas Woman’s University with a PhD in Rhetoric. Dissertation focused on Comic Book Superheroes as rhetorical models, particularly Superman, while his Master’s Thesis at Northwestern State University examined the role of semiotics generated through both images and literature. His ongoing research is examining the impact and practicality of visual rhetoric in the FYC classroom.
Thea Furby has an M.A. In English from Mississippi College. She has also done doctoral work at Texas Woman’s University before returning home to teach in the trenches at the community college where her grandfather, the first member of her family to attend college, began his college education on an athletic scholarship over sixty years ago. Currently she spends her days teaching a broad range of classes from developmental to composition and American literature, working as department liaison for the Writing Center, and harassing her student athletes to continue their education. Other areas of interest include popular culture, the rhetoric of war, modern adaptations of Shakespeare, and zombies.
Katt Starnes (“SmartyKatt”) holds a PhD in Rhetoric, and an MA in English which lend themselves to an interesting intersection of research from Virginia Woolf to Information Literacy, from digital literacies to the rhetoric of biography. I teach a wide range of courses from First-Year Writing and Sophomore Literature to Introduction to the Profession and Studies in Rhetoric. I am currently working on several information literacy studies, a book on literary biographies, and directing a thesis on visual rhetoric and Calvin Klein.
Steven Zani holds a PhD in Comparative Lit, MA in Philosophy, fairly broad-based range of research interests. (Critical Theory, Romanticism, Popular Culture…). I’ve been teaching for about 16 years, not counting grad-school, both English and Philosophy classes. I was a department chair for four years, and have been a Director of Faculty Development for the past two (which still allows me some teaching assignments thankfully). I have a lot of interdisciplinary work in my background (I’ve taught with Art faculty, History faculty, I’ve co-written an article with a Librarian, currently I’m writing something with a faculty member in Construction Management, etc.), and my publication history is somewhat eclectic, including one freshman-comp textbook. Lately I’ve been somewhat focused on Horror narratives (H.P. Lovecraft), studies in Faith/Atheism and Ethics.