Faculty

Dr. Boyd Creasman
Dr. Boyd Creasman
Director and Professor of English
(304) 473-8805
Boyd Creasman teaches Appalachian literature, British literature, humanities, and composition. He has published scholarly articles on Anton Chekhov, Graham Greene, Irene McKinney, and Jayne Anne Phillips. He is Director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities.
Mr. R.J. Gibson
Assistant Professor of English
(304) 473-8086
A former Lambda Literary Foundation Poetry Fellow, Wesleyan graduate R.J. Gibson holds an MFA in Poetry from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is the author of the chapbooks Scavenge (co-winner of the 2009 Robin Becker Prize) and You Could Learn a Lot (winner of the 2012 Editor’s Series), both from Seven Kitchens Press. His writing has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. Earlier this year, he was a semifinalist for the prestigious Discovery/Boston Review prize.
Ms. Ashley Lawson
Ms. Ashley Lawson
Assistant Professor of English
Ashley Lawson teaches gender studies, literature, and composition. She is currently completing a doctorate from the University of Nebraska. Her research interests include women's modernism, twentieth century American literature, and women's studies.
Dr. Devon McNamara
Dr. William Mallory
Professor of English
(304) 473-8067
William Mallory teaches African literature, Asian literature, and Russian literature in translation. He co-edited a book entitled Literature and Geography: A Meeting of the Disciplines and has participated in NEH summer institutes. He coordinates the Humanities Program.
Dr. Devon McNamara
Dr. Devon McNamara
Professor of English
(304) 473-8243
Devon McNamara teaches Shakespeare, Irish literature, creative writing, and humanities. Her poems, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in a number of publications, including The Christian Science Monitor. She leads cultural tours of Ireland and East Central Europe for Wesleyan students.
Mr. Richard Schmitt
Mr. Richard Schmitt
Associate Professor of Creative Writing & English
(304) 473-8853
Richard Schmitt teaches creative writing, short fiction, and composition. Author of the acclaimed novel The Aerialist, he has published stories in a number of literary magazines. His work was included in New Stories from the South: The Year?s Best. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
Ms. Jessie van Eerden
Ms. Jessie van Eerden
Assistant Professor of English
(304) 473-8329
Jessie van Eerden teaches creative writing and composition. She is the author of the novel Glorybound(WordFarm, 2012). Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The Oxford American, River Teeth, Bellingham Review and other publications, and her prose has been included in Best American Spiritual Writing and Red Holler: An Anthology of Contemporary Appalachian Literature. Van Eerden is also the director of Wesleyan’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. Read some of her work at jessievaneerden.com.
Mr. Douglas Van Gundy
Mr. Douglas Van Gundy
Assistant Professor of English
(304) 473-8523
Doug Van Gundy teaches creative writing, Appalachian literature, and humanities. His first book of poetry, A Life Above Water, was published in 2007, and his poems and essays have appeared in The Oxford American, Ecotone, and The Fretboard Journal. He is currently Director of the Honors Program.
Dr. Eric Waggoner
Dr. Eric Waggoner
Associate Professor of English
(304) 473-8240
Eric Waggoner teaches American literature, literary theory, and composition. As Departmental Coordinator, he directs the senior thesis program. He has written scholarly articles and film and music journalism for a variety of publications, including The Village Voice. His music criticism appeared in Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Considers the Classics.