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David J. Bradshaw

Carol Howard (Chair)

A. Michael Matin

David Mycoff

Graham Paul

Sam Scoville

Pete Turchi

Ann Turkle

David J. Bradshaw

M.A.,  M. Phil.,   Ph. D.  Yale University

A.B.    Bowdoin College

David J. Bradshaw has been working with Warren Wilson students for more than a quarter of a century, even before he joined the faculty in 1980.  Since the mid-eighties, he has served as scholar-in-residence and classics-in-context lecturer for the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, which enjoys a close and supportive relationship with our college. Twice honored for his teaching and scholarship by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Professor Bradshaw has also been selected as Outstanding Teacher in Appalachia.  In addition to teaching composition and grammar courses, and a first-year seminar called Shakespeare in Performance and Production (team-taught with the chair of the Theatre Department), Professor Bradshaw offers a range of courses that reflect his scholarly interests, including The Epic-Heroic Mode, Milton, Romanticism, the Literature and Culture of the Victorian Period, Religion in Literature, and Gender Issues in the Nineteenth Century.  Very much interested in the ethos that fostered those ideals of work and service which distinguish Warren Wilson College, he has edited for Ohio University Press an anthology of readings, The Voice of Toil, concerned with these topics, and this anthology is one of the chief texts in his course Work and Mission in the Nineteenth Century.  He also helps to sponsor the Gaudeamus Igitur Society, a student group that meets throughout the academic year for a variety of events: the fall apple tasting, some travel to theater, the making of Christmas-tree ornaments, seminars on herbs for spring planting.  Between semesters, he also sponsors The Pickwick Club, a group of students and faculty who meet at the Bradshaw home to eat desserts and to discuss common readings selected by members of the Club. back

Carol Howard

M.A., M.Phil., Ph. D. Columbia University

B.A. State University of New York, College at Purchase

Email contact: choward@warren-wilson.edu

Carol Howard chairs the English Department at Warren Wilson College and also teaches in the Theatre, Writing, and Women’s Studies programs. The 2001-2002 recipient of Warren Wilson College’s Teaching Excellence award, Professor Howard offers courses on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature, literature by women, the novel, and a multicultural composition course. In the classical and modern theatre courses she teaches through the joint Theatre/English program, Professor Howard encourages students to combine the close study of drama with an appreciation of historic stage production. She recently directed a staged reading of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women at the Warren Wilson Theatre.  Before coming to Warren Wilson in 1998, she taught at Barnard College and Columbia University for several years, while working on her doctorate. In addition to conducting research in her primary field of eighteenth-century literature, Professor Howard has published articles on contemporary African-American women’s literature. She has co-edited two books in Scribner’s British Writers eleven-volume series, which offers more than 300 in-depth articles on major and emergent writers from the Middle Ages to the present. She has also recently completed an introduction and notes for a new edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, to be published in the Barnes and Noble classics series later this year, and is presently finishing a book whose working title is Freedom and the Search for Stability: British Women’s Narratives About Empire, 1688-1805. An avid gardener, Professor Howard also enjoys hiking and international travel.  back

A. Michael Matin

M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D. Columbia University

B.A. Vassar College

Email contact: mmatin@warren-wilson.edu

A. Michael Matin, the Director of the college’s interdepartmental Great Books program, specializes in twentieth-century British literature and Anglophone postcolonial literature (that is, English-language literature from former territories of the British Empire). Along with courses within these fields, he also teaches Introduction to Poetry, Literature and Philosophy, and a composition course called Logic and Rhetoric/American Identities. Before coming to Warren Wilson College in 1998, he taught at Columbia University (where he received his doctoral degree) and City College of the City University of New York. In addition to presenting papers and chairing panels at scholarly conferences around the country, he has published articles on Rudyard Kipling in Studies in the Novel and the Norton Critical Edition of Kipling’s novel Kim; on Joseph Conrad in The Journal of Modern Literature; and on T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Anita Desai, and David Lodge in volumes for Scribners Press.  He has also written introductory essays and notes for the forthcoming Barnes and Noble Classics editions of Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction and Lord Jim, both by Joseph Conrad. He is currently at work on a book entitled Securing Britain: Invasion-Scare Literature before the Great War, a project that he spent the summer of 2001 conducting research for in London and Oxford. At Warren Wilson, he co-founded the Faculty Seminar, an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of faculty research, which meets twice a semester, and he presented his research on contemporary American white supremacist literature at its inaugural meeting. He enjoys traveling, playing piano, and spending time with his daughters.  back

David Mycoff

M.A., Ph.D. University of Rochester

B.A. Washington and Lee University

Email contact: dmycoff@warren-wilson.edu

Professor Mycoff was born and raised in West Virginia. After teaching in the Rochester City Schools and at the University of Rochester, Monroe Community College, and West Virginia Institute of Technology, he came to Warren Wilson College in 1986. A past recipient of teaching awards at the University of Rochester and at Warren Wilson College, Professor Mycoff chairs the Humanities Major Committee and teaches in the English Department, where his primary responsibilities include expository writing, Medieval Literature, Renaissance Literature and Culture, Chaucer, and Shakespeare. He also teaches a first-year seminar on classical and modern theater called Page-to Stage (team-taught with the chair of the Theatre Department), African-American Writings, Opera as Drama (team-taught with the chair of the Music Department), and an interdisciplinary course in Medieval Islamic Culture.  Professor Mycoff has offers a Warren Wilson WorldWide course in London that focuses on theater and culture; he also offers a  WorldWide course called North Italian Renaissance and Reformation, which includes a field component in Northern Italy. When he is not in the classroom or leading courses abroad, Professor Mycoff enjoys acting on the Warren Wilson stage and leading students on community service trips. Professor Mycoff’s books in medieval studies include A Critical Edition of the Legend of Mary Magdalena from Caxton’s Golden Legende of 1483 and an annotated translation and commentary called The Life of Saint Mary Magdalene and of Her Sister Martha: A Medieval Biography. Click here for more information about David Mycoff’s courses and scholarly interestsback

Graham Paul

M.A. Tulane University

B.A.  Antioch College

Graham Paul is Chair of the Department of Theater and Director of the Theatre Program.  He directs and teaches acting, directing, and related subjects, and, with David Mycoff, teaches a Freshman Seminar called Page to Stage: Classical and Contemporary Theatre. Mr. Paul was co-founder and member for ten years of Otrabanda Theatre Company, a touring experimental theatre company creating and performing original works. Experiences with this theatre company included U.S. and European touring and a six-month residency at Universitie Sains Malaysia in Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, during which he gained exposure to Malay, Tamil, and southern Chinese opera as well as Balinese performances and rituals. During the summers for many years, Otrabanda company built and navigated a raft down the Mississippi River from St. Louis to New Orleans, performing circus-style revues in small towns, cities, prisons, and hospitals. Mr. Paul has also acted in film and television as well as on the professional stage. He has participated  in the center for Renaissance and Shakespearian Staging (CRASS), an NEH Summer Institute, where he worked with members of the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express and Shakespeare's Globe. He was a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar (in Austria) entitled "Shakespeare Around  the Globe" and was, subsequently, a fellow of the Freeman Symposium, "East Asia -- The United States: A Search for Common Values," also at the Salzburg Seminar.  He is especially interested in early modern English theater practices, traditional non-Western theatre forms, twentieth-century avant-garde theatre pioneers, contemporary experimental performance, and theatre as a means of cultural dialogue. He is always looking for new approaches to producing Shakespeare, the playwright who remains most central to Warren Wilson's Theatre Program.  back

Sam Scoville

M.A.T., Ph.D. Duke University

B.A. Yale University'


Sam Scoville has been teaching in the English Department at Warren Wilson College since 1970 and chaired the Department from 1972-1975.  He served as Dean of the College from 1975-1981. A past recipient of the College's Teaching Excellence Award, Professor Scoville teaches courses on American literature, linguistics, and the history of the English language, fiction, humanities, and writing.  Professor Scoville also offers independent studies on a variety of topics.  His recent English Honors course, The Literary Symbol, included readings of Hawthorne, Poe, Faulkner, and O'Connor.  Professor Scoville is a frequent contributor to the Warren Wilson College publication, The Well, a magazine intended to provoke thought and conversation.  back

Peter Turchi

M.F.A University of Arizona

B.A. Washington College

Peter Turchi is the author of four books: a novel, The Girls Next Door; a collection of stories, Magician; a book of non-fiction, with Barry Clifford, The Pirate Prince; and Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer, forthcoming in 2004.  He has also co-edited, with Charles Baxter, a collection of essays by MFA fiction faculty, Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life and, with Andrea Barrett, a fiction anthology by MFA faculty, The Story Behind the Story, forthcoming next year.  His short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Story, Alaska Quarterly, and The Colorado Review, among other magazines; it has been anthologized, nominated for the Pushcart prize, and cited by the editors of Best American Short Stories.  His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant, North Carolina's Sir Walter Raleigh Award, and an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award.  He has taught at the University of Arizona, Northwestern University, Columbia College, and the Breadloaf Writers conference.  He has directed and taught in Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers since 1993.  back

Ann Turkle

Ph.D. Florida State University

M.F.A. Warren Wilson College

M.S. Simmons College

B.S. Mount Union College

Ann Turkle chairs the undergraduate Creative Writing program and has been teaching in the English and Writing departments at Warren Wilson College since 1993. Her writing interests have ranged from fiction, which she studied and wrote in Warren Wilson's MFA program; to poetry, which she has published in several journals; to creative nonfiction, which is her main interest at the moment. Professor Turkle has particularly enjoyed the collaborative work she has done with the Art Department's Gwen Diehn. She and Professor Diehn have produced several artist's books using Professor Turkle's poems as a jumping off point, and she contributed a section on journal keeping, which she practices devotedly, to Professor Diehn's most recent book, The Decorated Page. The two have led WorldWide courses to Tuscany and are planning to take students to Ireland in 2004. The green mountains of Western North Carolina remind Professor Turkle of the hills of Vermont, and both places have supported her interest in writing about place as an expression of awareness, attachment, and loyalty. If she had to reduce her teaching philosophy to a single phrase it would be "Pay attention!"  back



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