English - Faculty


Tip Shanklin

Program Coordinator, Professor of English

Tip Shanklin

W.W. Slider Humanities Center - 306
Phone: 270-384-8085
E-mail: shanklin@lindsey.edu

Ph.D., Binghamton University
M.A., College of Saint Rose
B.A., Burlington College

Teacher of the Year award from the Student Government Association for the 2001-2002 academic year.

Dr. Shanklin is Coordinator of the English program. He began teaching at Lindsey Wilson College in 1998. He is the founder of Orpheus, the College's literary journal, and served as its faculty adviser from 1998-2006. Dr. Shanklin has presented papers at national conferences on topics such as Sophocles' Antigone, Dante's Inferno, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Wilfred Owen's war poems, and Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. A collection of his poetry, Peril & Other Poems, was published by Old Seventy Creek Press in November, 2011.


Tim McAlpine

Professor of English

Tim McAlpine

Center for Global Citizenship - 106
Phone: 270-384-8081
E-mail: mcalpine@lindsey.edu



Ph. D. English - Purdue University
M.A. English - Purdue University
B.A. English - Westmont College

Kara Mollis

Associate Professor of English

Kara Mollis

W.W. Slider Humanities Center - 302
Phone: 270-384-8233
E-mail: mollisk@lindsey.edu

Ph.D., Duquesne University
M.A., Duquesne University
B.A., Washington and Jefferson College
Women's Studies Certificate, Duquesne University

She frequently presents her research, which has been published in MELUS, at national and regional conferences, and her current scholarship focuses on narrative strategies in contemporary American rape-survivor memoir. Dr. Mollis also organizes various annual and monthly women's and gender studies events on campus, including the Lindsey Wilson College Women's & Gender Studies Conference.

Dr. Mollis specializes in twentieth-century American literature, American women's writing, and women's and gender studies, and she serves as Coordinator of the Women's & Gender Studies Program. Her teaching and research interests include American feminist writing, African American women's literature, contemporary American working-class women's writing, feminist theory, and violence against women. Some of the courses she regularly teaches are Writing I, Literary Interpretation, Women Writers, Ethnic Literature, American Literature II, Feminist Theory, Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies, Gender and Politics, and Women and Violence.


Kerry Robertson

Associate Professor of English

Kerry Robertson

W.W. Slider Humanities Center - 304
Phone: 270-384-8088
E-mail: robertso@lindsey.edu

Ph.D., English, University of Kentucky
M.A., English Language & Literature, Ohio University
B.A., English, Berea College

Dr. Robertson serves as her division representative to the Academic Affairs Council and the Library Committee. She also serves, by virtue of her position as the editor of the college's catalog, on the Graduate Committee. She has been the faculty advisor for the Student Government Association (SGA) since 2016 and to the Harry Potter Club since 2017. She is a past coordinator of the English program.

Dr. Robertson has been a member of the English faculty since 1996. In that time, she has taught a variety of both literature and writing courses for the program, including Shakespeare, British Literature I, British Literature II, History of the English Language, Major Authors, Women Writers, Studies in Narrative, The Teaching of Literature & Writing, Literary Interpretation, Intro to Writing Studies, and Writing Studies II. She is especially interested in the intersections of history and literature, using New Historicism as well as feminist and Marxist theory to inform her approach to the courses she teaches. In her spare time, she likes to garden, knit and read -- her Kindle is her newest passion -- and between April and September, she cheers the Cincinnati Reds and boos the St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds' too-early exit from the playoffs in October 2012 remains a touchy subject as does their terrible start to the 2018 season.


Allison Smith

Associate Professor of English

Allison Smith

W.W. Slider Humanities Center - 305
Phone: 270-384-8158
E-mail: smitha@lindsey.edu

Ph.D., English, University of Louisville

Dr. Smith received the Graduate Dean's Citation for her dissertation. She has also served as an Appalachian College Association Fellow and in 2016 was promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr. Allison Smith teaches in both the English and Women's & Gender Studies programs and specializes in basic writing, cultural studies, and feminist film theory. She regularly teaches courses such as Introduction to College Writing, Writing and Culture, Gender and Popular Culture, and Writing about Feminist Film. She has presented her research, primarily concerned with writing the body and narrative technique, at national and regional conferences such as the American Culture Association Conference, CCCCs, and the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture.


Karolyn Steffens

Assistant Professor of English

Karolyn Steffens

W.W. Slider Humanities Center - 303
Phone: 270-384-7461
E-mail: steffensk@lindsey.edu

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Indiana University

Dr. Steffens has been published in the Journal of Modern Literature and The Journal of Popular Culture and has essays in Trauma and Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and War and the Mind (Edinburgh University Press, 2015). Her chapter on the reception history of Ford Madox Ford's work is forthcoming in The Routledge Research Companion to Ford Madox Ford (Routledge, 2019). She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Modernist Affirmation, in which she traces trauma as one of the most prominent discourses of the 20th century alongside modernist and contemporary fiction about both World Wars, South African apartheid, and postcolonial conflicts in India.

Dr. Steffens specializes in 20th and 21st Century British and Anglophone/World Literature. Her research and teaching interests include trauma theory, modernism, postcolonial literature, film studies, and contemporary world literature. She teaches Studies in Genre (Memoir and Testimony), Literary Cultures (Modernism), Ethnic Literature (Postcolonial Literature), Transnational Literature (Immigration and Diaspora), British Literature II, Modern Critical Theory, Writing Studies I and II, Literary Interpretation, and World Literature, among others.

She has taught at Lindsey Wilson College since 2015. Dr. Steffens is the faculty sponsor for Alpha Kappa Phi, the LWC chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. She also serves as faculty editor for the Alpha Kappa Phi Review, the undergraduate scholarly journal in the Humanities.


Jared Odd

Writing Center Coordinator, Instructor of English

Jared Odd

W.W. Slider Humanities Center - 200A
Phone: 270-384-8208
E-mail: oddj@lindsey.edu



M.A., Utah State University
B.A., Brigham Young University

Erin Wais-Hennen

Assistant Professor, English

Erin Wais-Hennen

Goodhue Academic Center - 303
Phone: 270-384-8119
E-mail: waise@lindsey.edu



Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.A., University of Minnesota
B.A., Clemson University