Department of English Literature, Writing, and Teaching

When you study English at Wheaton College, you’ll join a community of Christian authors, scholars, poets, playwrights, journalists, and publishing professionals who love the written word as much as you do—and learn from passionate teachers who are fully invested in your success. As part of the English Department, you'll cultivate lifelong and life-changing friendships.

English Department Event
Wheaton College Arena Theater students and alumni perform Shakespeare in the Park

Activities and Opportunities

  • Internships
  • Writing Contests
  • Student Publications
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • TA Roles and Research with Faculty
  • Marion E. Wade Center
  • Wheaton in England
  • Beatrice Batson Shakespeare Society
Students Walking in a Town on Wheaton in England

Wheaton in England

"Wheaton in England gave me countless new memories and treasured friendships. From riding public transit all over London to hiking on the cliffs of Dover to writing a paper in an Oxford library, every day of the 8-week trip is full of something new, transformative, and breathtaking."

- Jared Hackworth ’22

Wheaton in England is designed to allow you to study English literature while being immersed in British culture. This eight-week summer program offers eight to ten hours of English credit and is led and taught by full-time Wheaton College English Department professors.

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Meet Our Faculty English Faculty

The English Department faculty has a wide range of teaching, research, and publishing interests, including fantasy, satire, memoir, magical realism, literary journalism, Renaissance drama, literatures of witness, Caribbean literature, community-based writing, and much more.

James Beitler, Ph.D. Headshot

James Beitler, Ph.D.

Professor of English; Director of First-Year Writing
Andrew B. Bratcher, M.F.A. Headshot

Andrew B. Bratcher, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of English
Christine Colón, Ph.D. Headshot

Christine Colón, Ph.D.

Professor of English, Department Chair
Jeffry C. Davis, Ph.D. Headshot

Jeffry C. Davis, Ph.D.

Professor of English; Director of Interdisciplinary Studies
Crystal Downing, Ph.D. Headshot

Crystal Downing, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the Wade Center, Marion E. Wade Chair of Christian Thought, and Professor of English
David Downing, Ph.D. Headshot

David Downing, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the Wade Center, Marion E. Wade Chair of Christian Thought, and Professor of English
Susan Dunn-Hensley, Ph.D. Headshot

Susan Dunn-Hensley, Ph.D.

Associate Lecturer of English
Jeffrey Galbraith, Ph.D. Headshot

Jeffrey Galbraith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Alison Caviness Gibson, Ph.D. Headshot

Alison Caviness Gibson, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer of English, Director of the Writing Center
Richard Hughes Gibson, Ph.D. Headshot

Richard Hughes Gibson, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Tiffany Eberle Kriner, Ph.D. Headshot

Tiffany Eberle Kriner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Christina Bieber Lake, Ph.D. Headshot

Christina Bieber Lake, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Karen An-hwei Lee, Ph.D. Headshot

Karen An-hwei Lee, Ph.D.

Provost and Professor of English
Dyanne Martin, Ph.D. Headshot

Dyanne Martin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English and Education
Thomas Martin, Ph.D.  Headshot

Thomas Martin, Ph.D.

Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English
Nicole Mazzarella, M.F.A. Headshot

Nicole Mazzarella, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of English
Miho Nonaka, Ph.D. Headshot

Miho Nonaka, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Kimberly Sasser, Ph.D. Headshot

Kimberly Sasser, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Benjamin Weber, Ph.D. Headshot

Benjamin Weber, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Roger Lundin Memorial Scholarship

Roger LundinThrough the generous donation of the Lundin family, the Wheaton English Department now offers the Roger Lundin Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $5,000. Learn more

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Information for Prospective Students

Interested in studying with the English Department at Wheaton? Request more information or start your application today.