Department of English
126 E. 10th St.
Holland, MI 49423
English Department Faculty
Hope College (1985); M.A., University of Chicago (1986); Ph.D., University
of Chicago (1991).
Expertise: Teaching writing (fiction, creative
nonfiction, memoir, essay and research); Popular Culture (especially graphic
novels and detective fiction); Learning and Thinking Styles; and Faculty Development.
Selected Works: Contributor, Beyond Tests
and Quizzes: Creative Assessment in the College Classroom (2007); Contributor,
Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes (2006--named a Michigan Notable
Book in 2007); Michael Crichton: Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary
Writers (1996); Co-editor, It's a Print: Detective Fiction from Page to Screen
(1994); Contributor, The Guide to U.S. Popular Culture (2001); Women Three
Times Three: Writers, Detectives, Readers (1995); Great Women Mystery Writers:
Classic to Contemporary (1994).
Distinctions: Certified Practitioner of the Herrmann Brain
Dominance Instrument, as applied to creative thinking, teaching, and learning.
Contact: Lubbers Hall 306
Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes (2006).
Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes is a collection of nonfiction
works by women writers. These works
focus on the Midwest: living with the five interconnected freshwater
seas that we know as the Great Lakes. Contributing to this collection
are renowned poets, essayists, and fiction writers, all of whom write
about their own creative streams of consciousness, the fresh waters of
the Great Lakes, and the region's many rivers: Loraine Anderson, Judith
Arcana, Rachel Azima, Mary Blocksma, Gayle Boss, Sharon Dilworth, Beth
Ann Fennelly, Linda Nemec Foster, Gail Griffin, Rasma Haidri, Aleta Karstad,
Laura Kasischke, Janet Kauffman, Jacqueline Kolosov, Susan Laidlaw, Lisa
Lenzo, Linda Loomis, Anna Mills, Stephanie Mills, Judith Minty, Anne-Marie
Oomen, Rachael Perry, Susan Power, Donna Seaman, Heather Sellers, Gail
Louise Siegel, Sue William Silverman, Claudia Skutar, Annick Smith, Leslie
Stainton, Kathleen Stocking, Judith Strasser, Alison Swan, Elizabeth
A.Trembley, Jane Urquhart, Diane Wakoski, and Leigh Allison Wilson.
Michael Crichton: A Critical Companion (1996).
book, Crichton’s many readers had nowhere to
turn for scholarly information on one of America’s most popular
novelists. This companion features clear analyses of Crichton’s
life and literary influences, as well as chapters on each of his first
ten major novels. It will help Crichton’s readers learn more about
how events in his life affected the development of his fiction and literary
style and how the heritage of popular fiction, including mystery, gothic,
adventure, and science fiction, influenced his writing. This study provides
a close textual analysis of each novel, by focusing on plot, character
development, theme and critical interpretation.
with William Reynolds, editors. Its a Print!: Detective Fiction
from Page to Screen (1994).
The essays in this volume treat true cinematic and television adaptations
of works of detective fiction as completely different products from films
based loosely on the gimmick or plot or character of a certain work. The
essays investigate the many ways in which fiction is transformed into a
new art form governed by its own rules and conventions.