Faculty and Staff Directory

Oren M. Abeles

  • Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Composition


  • Rhetoric of Science
  • Science Studies
  • Composition

Dieter Wolfgang Adolphs

  • Associate Professor of German Language and Literature, Humanities

Leyre Alegre-Figuero

  • Senior Lecturer, Spanish Modern Language Program

Carlos Amador

  • Associate Professor of Spanish and Culture Studies
  • Modern Language Program Director

Sarah Bell

  • Assistant Professor of Digital Media

Links of Interest

Maria Bergstrom

Maria Bergstrom

  • Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Humanities
  • Modern Language Program Advisor
  • Instructor, Humanities

Victoria L. Bergvall

  • Associate Professor of Linguistics, Humanities

Links of Interest

Michael Bowler

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Associate Chair, Humanities Department
  • Graduate Programs Liaison, College of Sciences and Arts

Stephanie Carpenter

  • Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing and Literature, Humanities

Sue Collins

  • Associate Professor of Communication, Culture, & Media, Humanities

Links of Interest

Janice E. Cox-Adolphs

  • Instructor, Humanities

William De Herder

  • Assistant Director of the Multiliteracies Center
Jacqueline Ellenich

Jacqueline Ellenich

  • Budget/Scheduling Coordinator

Andrew Fiss

  • Assistant Professor of Technical & Professional Communication


  • Science Communication
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
  • Rhetorics of Science and Technology
  • History of Engineering and Mathematics Education
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Education

Laura Kasson Fiss

  • Research Assistant Professor, Pavlis Honors College
  • Affiliated Research Assistant Professor of English Literature, Humanities


  • Victorian media
  • Interdisciplinarity in teaching, research, and programming

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Ramon A. Fonkoue

  • Associate Professor of French and Cultural Studies, Humanities
  • Director of RTC Graduate Program

Areas of Interest

  • Literature and Philosophy
  • French Cultural Studies
  • Trauma and Memory Studies
  • Postcolonial Theory and Criticism
  • African History and Politics
  • Globalization Studies
Stefka Hristova
"The true picture of the past whizzes by. Only as a picture, which flashes its final farewell in the moment of its recognizability, is the past to be held fast."
—Walter Benjamin “On the Concept of History”

Stefka Hristova

  • Associate Professor of Digital Media, Humanities


  • Visual Studies
  • Digital Media Studies
  • Critical Theory
Dany Jacob
"Being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which psychoanalysis is powerless to bestow."
—Sebastian Horsley

Dany Jacob

  • Lecturer, French Language Program


  • Dandyism
  • European fin-de-siècle
  • Modern and postmodern masculinites
  • Performance of sociocultural identities
  • Fetishization and Affectation

Evelyn Vidal Johnson

  • Senior Lecturer, Humanities
  • Coordinator of English Secondary Education

Robert R. Johnson

  • Professor of Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication, Humanities

Links of Interest


  • Writing historical nonfiction and cultural histories
  • Developing technical communication theory
  • Teaching usability theory and methods
  • Rhetorical criticism
  • Technical writing
Scott Marratto
"I do not believe that what one gives to the sciences is taken from philosophy."
—Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Scott Marratto

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, Humanities

Research Areas

  • Continental Philosophy (especially phenomenology)
  • Political Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Science and Technology

Alexandra Morrison

  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Humanities

Research Areas

  • Continental Philosophy (especially Phenomenology and Existential Thought)
  • Social and Political Philosophy (including Feminist Philosophy)
  • Philosophy and Art (including Literature)
  • Ethical Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Engineering Ethics
Alex Renshaw

Alex Renshaw

  • Administrative Aide VII

Abraham Romney

  • Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
  • Director, Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center

Karla Saari Kitalong

  • Professor, Humanities
  • Director of the Program in Scientific and Technical Communication
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Karin B. Schlenker

  • Senior Lecturer in German Languages, Humanities
M. Seigel
"All coiled spring and iron will, our words tin typed on our tongues, we clasp arms and dive in together, electric and beautiful."
—"Beach Glass," Michigan Quarterly Review, Volume L, Issue 3: The Great Lakes: Love Song and Lament

M. Bartley Seigel

  • Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Diverse Literatures, Humanities


  • Poetry
  • Editing
  • Composition

Marika Seigel

  • Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Humanities
  • Director of Composition

Research Areas

  • Rhetoric of health and medicine
  • Feminist theory
  • Women's rhetorics
  • Rhetoric of science and technology
  • Technical communication
  • Usability
  • Writing program administration

Diane L. Shoos

  • Associate Professor of Visual Studies and French, Humanities

Jennifer Daryl Slack

  • Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies, Humanities

Links of Interest

Research Areas

  • Cultural Studies Theory and Practice
  • Technology and Culture
  • Environment and Culture
  • Creativity and Culture
  • Communication Theory

Beatrice Quarshie Smith

  • Professor of Literacy Studies, Humanities


  • Literacy Studies
  • English as a Second Language
Erin Smith
"Also, you'll find a pair of safety glasses and some earplugs under your seats. Please feel free to use them."
—Max Fischer, Rushmore

Erin Smith

  • Director, Humanities Digital Media Zone
  • Principal Lecturer in Digital Media and Cinema, Humanities
  • Faculty Advisor, Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise


  • Digital Media Production
  • Documentary Production and Theory
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Academic Technology Administration
  • British Literature

Patty Sotirin

  • Director of CCM (Communication, Culture, & Media), Humanities
  • Professor of Communication, Humanities

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Feminist theories
  • Humanistic qualitative methods
  • Gender and communication in the workplace
  • Family communication
  • Communication and civic life

Ronald Strickland

  • Department Chair, Humanities
  • Professor of Literature, Humanities

Kette Thomas

  • Associate Professor of Diverse Literature, Humanities

Dana Van Kooy

  • Director of English and Liberal Arts, Humanities
  • Associate Professor, English in Transnational Literature, Literary Theory and Culture

Research Interests

  • Transnational and Global Perspectives of 18th- and 19th-century Anglophone Literatures
  • Visual and Performance Culture; Drama; Theatre
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • The Black Atlantic, Transnational and Circum-Atlantic Studies; Decolonization
  • Space, Place, Environmental Landscapes and Ecology

Marcelino Viera-Ramos

  • Assistant Professor of Spanish and Culture Studies

Craig Waddell

  • Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Humanities