Languages & Literature – Faculty

Jerome Billingsley Bonnie Horton Jack Phillips Michael C. Smith
Benjamin Burgos-Aguilar Shawn Layman Edward Plough Jeff Smithpeters
Georgene Clark Noah D. Lelek Patricia Roberts Clint Tibbs
Michael Ewing Don Allan Mitchell Elizabeth Sarcone James Tomek
Susan Allen Ford Renelda L. Owen Marilyn Schultz Yvonne-Marie Bryan Tomek
Bill Hays Sally F. Paulson Dorothy Shawhan Donna Buford Watts



Jerome Billingsley
Instructor of English

Office: 244 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4551


M.S. Univesity of Illinois
M.A. University of Mississippi
B.A. Delta State University
Courses Taught:
Composition Introduction to Literature
Expository Writing

Research Interests:
          Library Science, Foreign Film



Benjamin Burgos-Aguilar
Professor of Spanish

Office: 260 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4071
Email: bburgos@deltastate.eduPh.D. University of Mexico
M.A. Michigan State University
B.S. Alma College
A.A. Warren Wilson College
Courses Taught:
Elementary Spanish The Literature of Spain
Cervantes Spanish Drama of the Golden Age
Latin American Literature Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Spanish Spanish Conversation



Georgene Clark
Assistant Professor Emerita of English

Office: 251 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4078
Email: gclark@deltastate.eduM.S. Illinois Institute of TechnologyB.A. Tougaloo College
Courses Taught:
Composition Expository Writing
Introduction to Literature African-American Literature



Michael J. Ewing

Office: Jobe 108
Office Phone: 846-4075

M.A. Columbia University
Courses Taught:
Public Speaking Interpersonal Communications
Introduction to Literature Theatre Activities
Dramatic Performance & Production
Plays Directed for Delta State University
The Liar The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? These Shining Lives
A Pleasant Evening Out The Variety Show (1-4)
Mississippi Originals Fables from Around the World
24-Hour Theatre Festival (1-2) The Bald Soprano



John R. Ford
Assistant Professor Emeritus of English

Office: 251 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4078
Email:  jford@deltastate.eduAdvanced Study University of Michigan
M.A. University of Maine
B.A. Boston College
Scholarly Interests:
Shakespeare in Performance, Milton, and other Early Modern poets and playwrights
Selected Publications:
Twelfth Night: A Guide to the Play. Greenwood Press, 2005.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Focus Edition, 2009.



Susan Allen Ford
Professor of English, Writing Center Coordinator

Office: 259 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4082

Ph.D. University of Michigan
M.A. University of Michigan
B.A. Kenyon College
Courses Taught:
Composition (including Advanced) British Literature
Jane Austen Detective Fiction
Approaches to Tutoring Writers The British Novel
The Romantic Period The Gothic Period

Scholarly Interests:
          Jane Austen and her contemporaries, Shakespeare in the 18th and 19th centuries, Detective Fiction
          Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal & Persuasions On-Line



Bill Hays
Professor of English

 hays Office: 258 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4084
Email: whays@deltastate.eduD.A. University of Mississippi
M.A. Eastern Kentucky University
B.A. Eastern Kentucky University
Courses Taught:
Creative Writing American Literature
Film Studies
Scholarly Interests:
Fiction & Poetry Writing



Bonnie Horton
Adjunct Instructor of English

Office: 250 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4076

M.A. Delta State University
B.A. Mississippi State University
Courses Taught:
Composition Expository Writing



Shawn Layman
Adjunct Instructor of English

Shawn Layman2 Office: 250 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4076
B.B.A. Delta State University
M.Ed.  Delta State University
Courses Taught:
Composition Developmental Writing
Expository Writing Introduction to Literature



Noah D. Lelek
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts
Coordinator of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts Program

Office: 240 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4090

Ph.D.      University of Missouri
M.A.       Missouri State University
B.S.E.D. Southwest Missouri State University
Courses Taught:
Introduction to Theatre Composition
Performance Studies Acting
Dramatic Performance and Production Theatre Actvities
Research Interests:
Performance Auto/Ethnography, Applied Theatre, Performative Writing, Qualitative Methods, Narrative Inquiry, Devising, Directing, Lighting Design, and Theatre Pedagogy



Don Allan Mitchell
Associate Professor of English, Interim Chair of the Division of Languages & Literature

DonAllanMitchellHeadshot Office: 202 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4091
Email: amitchell@deltastate.eduM.F.A. University of Mississippi
B.A. University of Virginia
Courses Taught:
Modern American Drama History of Literature of the Blues
Expository Writing Introduction to Literature

Research Interests:
          Blues Literature, Mississippi Literature



Renelda L. Owen
Instructor of English

Renelda Owen Office: 256 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4063

M.A. University of Mississippi
B.A. Blue Mountain College
Courses Taught:
Composition Introduction to Literature



Sally F. Paulson
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Office: 243 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4079

Ph.D. University of Memphis
J.D.  University of Kentucky
M.A. University of Illinois
B.A. University of Illinois
Courses Taught:
Public Speaking Business Communication
Persuasion Communication Theory
Gender Communication Mass Communication
Performance Studies Small Group Communications



Jack Phillips
Instructor of English

Office: 254 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4068
Email: jphilips@deltastate.eduAdvanced Study University of Mississippi
M.Ed. in English Delta State University
B.S.E. in English Delta State University
Courses Taught:
Composition Introduction to Literature
Expository Writing American Literature
British Literature



Edward Plough
Assistant Professor of English, Composition Program Coordinator

Office: 257 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4059
Email: eplough@deltastate.eduPh.D. Purdue University
M.A. Royal Holloway, University of London
B.A. Bradley University
Courses Taught:
Shakespeare World Mythology
History of the Theatre Introduction to Literature
World Literature (MALS) Composition
Research Interests:
Shakespeare, Donne, Spenser, Milton, Marlowe, Modern American Drama and Film, Adaptation Studies, Musical Theatre
“The Antioch Within: Pericles Adapted to Musical Theatre.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory. Spring 2015
Titus Andronicus Underwater,” in News From the Raven: Essays from Sam Houston University on Medieval and Renaissance Thought. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.
Review of Mark Thornton Burnett, Filming Shakespeare in the Global Marketplace. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, reprint 2012. This Rough Magic (December 2012) (LINK)



Patricia Roberts
Associate Professor of Journalism, Coordinator of the Journalism Program,
Advisor to the Delta Statement

Office: 245 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4468
Email: proberts@deltastate.eduM.S. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
B.A. Douglass College of Rutgers University
Courses Taught:
Writing for the Mass Media News Reporting
Editing for Print Media Print Layout and Design
Investigative Reporting History of Journalism
Feature Writing Newspaper Workshop
Internship in Journalism Special Topics in Journalism



Elizabeth Sarcone
Professor of English

Office: 258 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4070

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
M.A. Mississippi University for Women
B.S. Mississippi University for Women
Courses Taught:
History of the English Language British Literature
Introduction to Literature American Literature I
Composition Developmental English
Chaucer World Mythology



Marilyn Schultz
Associate Professor of English, Coordinator of Teacher Education,
Sponsor of NCTE Student Group

Marilyn Shultz Office: 243 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4061

Ph.D. University of Missouri
M.Ed. Lincoln University
B.S.E. University of Central Missouri
Courses Taught:
Problems of Teaching English Young Adult Literature
Methods of Teaching Secondary Language Arts Composition
Language Development and Writing Grammar for Teachers



Dorothy Shawhan
Chair of the Division of Languages & Literature Emerita, Professor Emerita of English

Office: 250 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4076
Email: dshawhan@deltastate.eduM.F.A. George Mason University
M.A. Louisiana State University
B.A. Mississippi University for Women
Courses Taught:
Fiction Writing Workshop Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Women Writers



Michael C. Smith
Assistant Professor of English, Editor of Tapestry

Office:152 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4089
Email: mcsmith@deltastate.eduM.F.A. University of Notre Dame
M.A. Hollins College
B.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Courses Taught:
Advanced Poetry Writing Introduction to Literature
Poetry Writing Workshop American Literature II
Literary Magazine Workshop Contemporary Literature
“Deals with the Devil:” Faustian Literature Composition

Please visit “Mike Smith’s Multiverse” for information on published books and upcoming readings.



Jeff Smithpeters
Associate Professor of English
Faculty Senator
Secretary of the Delta State Chapter of American Association of University Professors

Office: 246 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4062

Ph.D. Louisiana State University
M.A.  University of Arkansas
B.A.  Ouachita Baptist University
Courses Taught:
American Literature I & II Expository Writing
Southern Literature Toni Morrison
Novels of the U.S. Civil War Writers of the Mississippi Delta



Clint Tibbs
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Office: 224 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4085

Ph.D. The Catholic University of America
M.A. The Catholic University of America
B.A. Delta State University, History
Courses Taught:
The History of Western Philosophy I Western Relligions
The History of Western Philosophy II Eastern Religions
Introduction to Philosophy Ethics
Philosophy of Religion Biomedical Ethics
Logic A History of Women Philosophers
Research Interests:
Biblical studies, early church history, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution, the history of science, theories of consciousness, and the interface between science, religion, philosophy, and the paranormal



James Tomek
Professor of French

Office: 233 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4077

Web Page: 

Ph.D. Duke University
M.T.S. Spring Hill College
M.A Duke University
A.B. St. Peters College

Courses Taught:
French Language, Literature, and Film – all levels Introduction to Literature (English)
Interdisciplinary courses (Film, Poetry, and Painting)



Yvonne-Marie Bryan Tomek
Instructor of English, Chair of the Sophomore Literature Committee

Office: 255 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4064

M.A. Delta State University
B.A. Delta State University
Courses Taught:
Introduction to Literature French Grammar
Expository Writing French Women Writers
French Conversation French Culture, Civilization, and Literature



Donna Buford Watts
Adjunct Instructor of English

Office: 250 Kethley Hall
Office Phone: 846-4076

Advanced Study Oxford University & Vanderbilt University
M.A. University of Alabama
B.A. University of Mississippi
Courses Taught:
Composition Introduction to Literature
Developmental Writing



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