Faculty and Staff

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Position: Instr, ENG/Writing Cntr Dir
Department: English
Phone: (218) 723-6657
E-Mail: SBackus@css.edu

Steve, an English Instructor, is the Director of the Rose Frenzel Warner Writing/Critical Thinking Center, which he developed beginning in 2003.  He also teaches writing and Dignitas.  Steve earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and his M.A. in English at UMD.  He has taught at a variety of institutions including De La Salle High School and the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Position: Asst Professor, ENG
Department: English
Phone: 625-4482
E-Mail: HBastian@css.edu

Heather is an Assistant Professor of English. She graduated from Lafayette College with a B.A. in English and from the University of Kansas with a M.A. in Language, Literature, and Composition and with a Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric. Her academic interests include rhetorical genre theory, composition pedagogy, and writing programs.  She has published in these areas with her most recent article "The Genre Effect: Exploring the Unfamliar" appearing in Composition Studies.  Her current project examines and advances the role of innovation within the composition classroom.

She has taught and teaches a wide variety of writing courses, including first-year composition, management writing, and advanced writing, as well as introductory literature courses.     

Position: Assoc Professor, ENG, Chair
Department: English
Phone: (218) 723-5950
E-Mail: JCrane@css.edu

James Crane is an Associate Professor of English. He has a B.A. from Grinnell College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where he specialized in 18th and 19th century literature, gender studies, and theories of genre. Before arriving at CSS, James taught at the University of Michigan, Albion College, and Loyola University Chicago. His research interests include early American literature, nineteenth-century literature, and transatlantic studies. At CSS, he teaches courses in literature and writing.  James writes about early American literature and transatlantic Romanticism.

Position: Prof, ENG/Dignitas Director
Department: SAL Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6617
E-Mail: Phagen@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Hagen has taught at the University of Kansas, Iowa State University, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, University of Wisconsin-Superior, and University of Minnesota-Duluth. She has been at The College of St. Scholastica since 1990. She teaches a variety of courses, such as Introduction to Art, graduate level management writing courses, Management Communications, Irish literature, honors courses, and Computer Graphic Design.

Pat has served the College in a variety of roles. Currently she directs the College's first year program, Dignitas. In 1995, Pat published Metaphor's Way of Knowing: The Poetry of D.H. Lawrence (Peter Lang), and in 2003, she published with co-author Tom Zelman Eavan Boland and the History of the Ordinary (Mannsel).

Position: Professor, ENG
Department: English
Phone: (218) 723-5947
E-Mail: Whodapp@css.edu

William Hodapp is a Professor of English. He holds a Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in English from Mankato State University, and a B.A. in Humanities from St. Mary's College. He has worked at The College of St. Scholastica since 1994, teaching a range of writing, literature, and honors courses. He has also taught in the College's Irish Studies Program in Louisburgh, Ireland, three times (2000, 2006, 2011). In 2001 the Student Senate awarded him the Tassie McNamara Award for service to students; in 2001-2002 he was a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge; and in 2012 he was a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar, participating in a seminar on the early printed book held in Antwerp, London, and Oxford. From January through May, 2015, he was a US Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom, working at Durham University, Durham, England. He received the CSS Excellence Award in Scholarly and Creative Activity in 2015.

Bill's research and writing center largely on medieval and early modern literature and culture and on cinematic medievalism, that is, twentieth- and twenty-first-century depictions of medieval subjects in film. Since 1990, he has presented more than seventy scholarly papers and lectures at academic conferences and universities in the United States and in Europe and has published twenty-nine journal articles and book chapters and eleven reviews. Currently, he is working on two projects: the first dealing with the appearance of classical figures in medieval and early modern poetry; the second, with connections between liturgy and medieval drama. In addtion to his own research and writing, he serves as referee for several academic journals and has guest-edited issues for three: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, Enarratio: Publications of the Medieval Association of the Midwest, and Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture. Bill coordinates the College's minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Position: Assoc Professor, ENG
Department: English
Phone: 625-4488
E-Mail: SJohnson2@css.edu

Stephanie Johnson is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program. She holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College, an M.A. from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Before joining the faculty in 2010, she taught at the University of Puget Sound and Valparaiso University. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, literature by women, and poetry. Stephanie has published articles on Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti and is currently completing an article on Rossetti's ghost poems. Her other projects include a study of Virginia Woolf’s poetic influences and a book manuscript examining Rossetti's theology of the body as shaped by her poetry and prose.

Position: Professor, ENG
Department: English
Phone: (218) 723-6163
E-Mail: GKilloug@css.edu

Dr. George Killough is a Professor of English. He has a BA in English from the College of Wooster in Ohio and an MA and PhD from Ohio University. He teaches courses in poetry, British literature, English language and linguistics, and composition.

Trained as a medievalist, he has written on Chaucer and Middle English manuscripts. Since arriving in Minnesota in 1980 to teach at the College, George acquired an interest in local writer Sinclair Lewis that led to an edition of a Lewis diary, Minnesota Diary, 1942-46 (University of Idaho Press, 2000). George’s most recent article is on “German Catholicism, Sauk Centre, and Sinclair Lewis,” to be published in American Literary Realism.

Position: Assoc Professor, ENG
Department: English
Phone: (218) 723-6606
E-Mail: RVine@css.edu
Website: View

Ryan Vine's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland, Ploughshares, Verse DailyThe Minneapolis Star Tribune and on National Public Radio. His chapbook, Distant Engines (Backwaters Press, 2006), won a Weldon Kees Award and spent time on the Poetry Foundation's contemporary best-seller list. 

Additional honors include The Greensboro Review's Robert Watson Poetry Prize, a McKnight/ARAC Career Development Grant, a 2015 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and he has been a finalist or nominee for numerous others: the Pushcart Prize, the Black Warrior Review Poetry Prize, the J. Erskine Poetry Prize from Smartish Pace, the Gold Line Press chapbook prize, the Fool for Poetry International chapbook competition and the May Swenson Poetry Award for a book-length manuscript from Utah State University Press. 

Ryan received his M.F.A. from Emerson College, is associate professor of English, a member of the Honors faculty and the Rose Warner Professor at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN.

Position: Assoc Professor, ENG
Department: English
Phone: (218) 723-6655
E-Mail: Syunis@css.edu
Position: Professor, ENG
Department: English
Phone: (218) 723-6183
E-Mail: Tzelman@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Thomas Zelman is a Professor of English. He received his B.A. from Rutgers University, his M.A. from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. from Indiana University. Tom was a Fulbright Scholar at the Karelian State Pedagogical University in 1996. He was nominated for the Burlington Northern Award in 1992. He served as Editorial assistant for The Faulkner Journal from 1984-1987. He has published works on Robert Frost, Irish literature and American culture. From 1998-2003, Tom served the College as Director of General Education. In 2003, he published Eavan Boland and the History of the Ordinary (Mannsel) with co-author Pat Hagen. Having worked at the College since1988, Tom teaches courses in Italian film, Irish Drama, American literature, modern fiction, composition, and management writing.