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Seungwon Kim
2011 Fall | PhD
Advisor: Tim Morris
Title: Korean American Matters and Identity in Korean American Novels
Current Status: Adjunct Professor in Koonkuk University at Glocal Campus, Republic of Korea
Email: kimsw1990@hotmail.com

Kandice McCloud
2010 | BA
Current Status: Currently enrolled in the M.A. program at UTA for English Lit, focusing on environmental theory, film theory, and animal studies.
Email: kandice.mccloud@gmail.com

Christa Barreras
2009 Summer II | BA 
Current: I am a Graduate Admissions Counselor for UTA and currently in the Master's program for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with emphasis in Higher Administration.
Email: christab@uta.edu

Janice Johnson
2009 | BA
Current Status: Regular freelance writer for NOW Magazines, a group of local-interest publications serving eight communities in and around Ellis County Texas.
Email:janjohnson77@gmail.com

Susan Christensen
2008 | PhD
Advisor: Laurin Porter
Title: Selected Correspondence from the Horton Foote Collection, 1912-1991
Email: susan.christensen@uta.edu

Elizabeth Murray Stockstill
2008 Spring | BA
Current Status: I am currently working on my PhD in English at Georgia State University.
Email: ellen.justine@gmail.com

Teriann Blaisdell
2007 Fall | PhD

Tracey Clough
2007 Spring | MA

Barbara Coots
2007 Spring | MA
Current Status: Now a freelance editor and writer, retired early from American Airlines proper, then worked at AAP Custom (custom publishing arm of AA Publishing) and for the American College of Education in curriculum development.

Alisha Feitosa
2007 Spring | MA

Courtney Henderson
2007 Spring | MA

Robert Leston
2007 Spring | PhD
Current Status: Assistant Professor of Writing at St. John’s University, Queens, NY. He has also been appointed to run the writing program at the University’s Staten Island campus.
Email: robert.leston@gmail.com

Rachael Mariboho
2007 Fall | MA

Tiffani Milton-Bell
2007 | MA
Current Status: Currently a 6th grade Language Arts teacher at DISD
Email: tiffanimilton@gmail.com

Kristin Rozzell
2007 Fall | PhD

Michelle Sanders
2007 Spring | PhD

Gail Tunnell
2007 Spring | MA

Amber Bean
2006 Fall | MA

Michael Brittain
2006 Spring | MA

Joseph Brown
2006 | BA
Current Status: Now in the Grad School of Social Work at UTA. Also is a Material Manager at Trinity Rail (a builder of railcars), and travels regularly to India.
Email: joe.brown@trin.net

Jeremy Johnson
2006 Fall | MA

April Kinkead
2006 Summer | MA

Lindsey Lanzisero
2006 Fall | MA

Misty Mallory
2006 Fall | MA

Jacob Moreno
2006 | BA
Current Status: Studying for his JD at Texas Wesleyan School of Law in Fort Worth, looking forward to finishing in 2010 and practicing law in the DFW area.
Email: spot9981@yahoo.com

 

Chris Murray
2006 | PhD
>Current Status: Director of the Writing Center at the New York Institute of Technology campus in Bahrain.
  Email: cmurray88@yahoo.com

Barbara Noyes
2006 Spring | MA

Michelle Sanders
2007 Spring | PhD

Raheela Shaikh
2006 | BA
Current Status: Teaches Advanced Placement English Literature at Lancaster High School, has written two short stories, and is writing a novel on honor killings in the Sindh area of Pakistan.
Email: rallyali@yahoo.com

Stephanie Taitano 
2006 Spring | MA
Advisor: Wendy Faris 
Title: Ethnic Provincialism and Other Ironic Targets of the Humorous Mind
Current Status: Associate Professor of English at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA, is working with an agent on her “first attempt at a novel,” Abhorrent Love Syndrome, researching a second novel, gardening, and learning to maintain an old home.
Email: staitano@saddleback.edu

Heidi Tesch
2006 Fall | MA

Melissa Trujillo 
2006 | BA
Current Status: Performing Internal Communications for a Fortune 500, financial services company. 
Email: Trujillo_m_a@yahoo.com

Kifah Al Umari
2006 Fall | PhD
Advisor: Neill Matheson
Title: Intertextuality, Language, and Rationality in the Detective Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe and Paul Auster

Terri Vaughn
2006 | MA
Current Status: Performing community service in Austin in 2007, and will be adjuncting in 2007-2008, while writing her dissertation.

Maristela Verastegui
2006 | BA
Current Status: Working toward her MA in the Liberal Studies Program at CUNY, with a concentration in Translation Studies and a goal of becoming a literary translator. 
Email: marisverastegui@hotmail.com

Anne Wicks 
2006 | BA
Current Status: Teaches sophomore English at Arlington High School.
Email: Wanne2001@hotmail.com

Kristi Wilson
2006 Summer | MA
Current Status: Has received a teaching assistantship at Purdue and is working there on her English PhD, emphasizing Theory and Cultural Studies. 
Email: kristiw73@hotmail.com

Christian Witte
2006 | BA
Current Status: Took a tour of the Southeastern US after graduation, married, and looks forward to returning to academe. 
Email: Christian.witte@gmail.com

Sharmistha Basu
2005 Summer | MA

Lexey Bartlett
2005 Spring | PhD
Advisor: Tim Morris
Title: The Double Redux: Multiplying Identity in Postmodernist Fiction

Jacquelyn Bolton
2005 | BA
Current Status: is an adjunct at Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC; received her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the U of Phoenix Online; is married, and has "a darling little girl."
Email: jshereice@yahoo.com

Laura Campbell
2005 | BA
Current Status: 7th grade English at de Zavala Middle School in the Irving ISD.
Email: lola1678@hotmail.com

Tonya Cambridge
2005 Spring | MA

Tara Donalson
2005 Summer | MA

Irshad Ali Gopang
2005
Current Status: Computer Instructor in Vocational Training Center Nasirabad
Email: aliiag@yahoo.com

Kuo-Wei Hsu
2005 Summer | MA

Julie Jones
2005 Fall | MA
Advisor: Wendy Faris
Title: Polynesian Women in Herman Melville's Typee and Paul Gauguin's Noa Noa: Re-Imagining an Active Muse

 

 

 

Matthew Levy
2005 Spring | PhD
Advisor: Victor J. Vitanza
Title: Comp and Circumstance: Cynicism and the Rhetorical Situation of College Composition
Current Status: Assistant Professor of English at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington; edits rhetcomp.com.
Email: levy.matt@gmail.com

Melissa McGaughey
2005 | BA
Current Status: Is a Spanish linguist, and serves with the Utah Air National Guard. With a year left in Utah, is working for an online MA in Humanities from AMU and looks forward to doing an MFA.

Julie McManis
2005 Spring | MA

Christine Murray
2005 Summer | PhD
Advisor: Tim Morris 
Title: "I Mustn't Speak for Two": Rhetorics of Address in Poetry by Women

Amy Riordan
2005 Fall | MA
Current Status: Copywriter for First Command Financial Planning’s Marketing Deparment
Email: amyriordan@hotmail.com

Thomas Tutt
2005 Spring | MA
Advisor: Jacqueline Stodnick 
Title: The Hall of Elegies: The Old English Elegiac Genre as Museum and Ruin

Steven Watkins 
2005 Fall | PhD

Lydia Wilmeth
2005 | MA
Current Status: Pursuing a PhD in English at UT Austin.
Email: lyver2002@yahoo.com

Troy Yarbrough
2005 | MA
Current Status: Started Fish Man Aquarium Service, Inc., which installs and services aquariums in the Fort Worth-Arlington area; has designed and updated related websites, including fishmangifts.com, fishmanservice.com and wedgwoodacademy.org.

Rebekah Clinkscale
2004 Fall | MA
Advisor: Laurin Porter
Title: Music of a Kind: The Songs of The Orphans' Home Cycle

Dianne Cumins (Clower)
2004 | BA
Current Status: Her and her husband own and operate a full-service restaurant at Lake Whitney, TX and just celebrated their first year in business.

Jennifer Demas
2004 | BA
Current Status: Received a MSLS from UNT in 2007. Currently a Children/Teen Librarian at Forth Worth Library

Ricardo Garza
2004 Spring | BA
Current Status: MA, Higher Education Policy and Administration, Columbia University. JD, Albany Law School. Currently, I am on staff with the Office of Legal Counsel at SMU, and also advise SMU's honors students.
Email: ricklgarza@gmail.com

Ronnie Hall
2004 | MA
Current Status: completed his juris doctor (JD) at Texas Wesleyan U School of Law in May 2007 and took the Texas Bar Exam in July 2007.
Email: rhall825@sbcglobal.net

Sandi Hubnik
2003 Spring | MA

Dorian Johnson
2004 Spring | MA

Kevin Pajak
2004 Spring | MA
Current Status: Teaching as an adjunct in English at UT Arlington.
Email: pajak@uta.edu

Meaghan Rand
2004 Spring | MA
Advisor: Kenneth Roemer
Title: Body Messengers: A Discussion of the Body and Clothing in Woman on the Edge of Time and The Dispossessed

Jason Roberts
2004 Fall | MA

Faith Stencel
2004 | BA
Current Status: Works with a theatre ensemble, MoMentuM ProDucTioNs, that, on the basis of interviews with parents of the victims wrote, and in 2007 staged a performance piece about, the serial murders of the women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Email: faith@momentumdfw.com

Emily Thomas
2004 | BA
Current Status: After a year of teaching Developmental Reading and Writing at Navarro College, now teaches 11th-grade English at Corsicana High, and plans on Grad School at UTA.

Prisna Virasin
2004 Spring | MA
Advisor: Martin A. Danahay
Title: Between Bruce Lee and the Houseboy: The Creation of Chinese American Masculinities Through Literature

 

 

Consuelo Wallace
2004 Summer | PhD
Advisor: Carolyn A. Barros
Title: A Poet Too Long Neglected: A Critical Biography on Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Melissa Ware (Patton)
2004 | BA
Current Status: Teaches developmental writing at Cedar Valley College.
Email: melissajazz@yahoo.com

Vahid Yamartino
2004 | BA
Current Status: Aftering attaining a Masters of Education in Teaching from UTA and certification to teach Secondary English and ESL in Texas , is currently employed at the Baha’i World Centre.
Email: vahidyamartino@yahoo.com

Sarah Arroyo
2003 Spring | PhD
Advisor: Victor J. Vitanza
Title: Whole Writing: Moving Toward a Post-Critical Composition

Amy Durham (Anderson)
2003 | BA
Current Status: Writes fulltime (freelance) for magazines such as Luxe Texas, AirTran Go Magazine, and Cowboys & Indians; is an associate editor for Texas Family Magazine; has written two novels (seeking an agent), and is starting her third.

Sherry Hill
2003 Spring | MA

Sandi Hubnik
2003 Spring | MA

Tonita Lang
2003 | MA
Current Status: English Department Chair at South Grand Prairie High School.
Email: tonita.lang@sbcglobal.net

Elizabeth Self
2003 Fall | MA
Advisor: Kenneth Roemer
Title: Altered Perception: Sherman Alexie's Manipulation of Native American Stereotypes

Christy Tidwell
2003 Summer | MA

Christine Ebersbach
2002 | BA
Current Status: Teaches high-school English and creative writing, confounds, challenges, and inspires her students with Freud and feminism, writes humorous vignettes at home; hopes to enter UT El Paso’s distance learning MFA program in Creative Writing.

Mary Fickel
2002 Fall | MA

Joshua Kretchmar
2002 Fall | PhD
Advisor: Robert J. Reddick
Title: Professional Mapping: Epistemic Modes and Ideologies of Critique

Toni Manning
2002 Fall | MA
Advisor: Tim Morris
Title: The Middle Voice: A Doubling of Agency Within the Poetics of Larkin and Eliot

Libia Velasquez
2002 Fall | PhD
Advisor: Martin A. Danahay
Title: Tracking the Sephardic Identity of the Converso-Antioquian Community in Colombia

Jeanna White
2002 Fall | PhD
Advisor: Stacy Alaimo
Title: Imagining the Past: The Construction of History in the Narratives of American Slavery and the Vietnam War

Roger Ornelas
2001 | BA
Current Status: Teaches English and/or English as a Second Language; is currently at Turning Point High School, Arlington; currently serving on the UTA’s Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
Email: rogeruta@yahoo.com

Sterling Robertson
2001 | BA
Current Status: Editor of the NeighborsGO sections of the Dallas Morning News.
Email: docspaceman@yahoo.com

Diane Carroll
2000 | PhD
Current Status: Painting fulltime; exhibits and sells her work at galleries in Arlington (J. T. Martin’s Upstairs Gallery) and Ft. Worth (TAC Galleries).
Email: dmtcarroll@sbcglobal.net

Ken Hada
2000 | PhD
Current Status: Associate Professor at East Central University in Ada, OK. He teaches American and ethnic literatures; directs the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival
Email: khada@mailclerk.ecok.edu

Byron Hawk
2000 | PhD
Current Status: Associate Professor of English at George Mason University; author of A Counter-History of Composition: Toward Methodologies of Complexity and numerous scholarly articles; and editor of the electronic journal Enculturation, of a book series for Parlor Press (New Media Theory).
Email: bhawk@gmu.edu

Robb Pocklington
2000 | PhD
Current Status: Associate Dean for Student Advising: Dedman College, Southern Methodist University.
Email: rpocklin@mail.smu.edu

Thomas Rickert
2000 | PhD
Current Status: Associate Professor at Purdue; author of Acts of Enjoyment: Rhetoric, Zizek, and the Return of the Subject.
Email: trickert@purdue.edu

Sandra Sprott
2000 Spring | BA
Current Status: A practicing attorney with Suggs Law Firm, P.C. in Irving, Texas.
Email: sspr0tt@yahoo.com

Beth Brunk-Chavez
1999 | PhD
Current Status: Assistant Professor of English and Associate Director of Rhetoric and Writing at UT El Paso.
Email: blbrunk@utep.edu

Melody Graves
1999 | MA
Current Status: Recently published a gothic short story entitled “The Looking Glass” in the current issue of Coach’s Midnight Diner (available at Amazon).
Email: melody_graves ~at ~ yahoo.com

Kim Hochmeister
1999 – PhD
Current Status: Associate Professor of English at San Antonio College.
Email: khochmeister@gvtc.com

Andrew  Lloyd
1999 | BA
Current Status: Serves the DFW and Denton regions in two offices, practicing family and criminal law and doing credit collection defense.
Email: andrewmlloyd@msn.com

Todd Reimer
1999 | PhD
Current Status: Teaches Math and Physics at Joshua High School; is an adjunct in English at Dallas Baptist University.
Email: tdreimer@juno.com

Beth Fehlbaum
1998 | BA
Current Status: Teaches 5th grade English as a Second Language in Athens, Texas.
Email: mrsfehlbaum@yahoo.com

Lisa Coleman
1997 | PhD
Current Status: Professsor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Email: lcoleman@sosu.edu

Ramona Holmes
1997 | BA
Current Status: Coordinator of Information Organization & Preparation (i.e. cataloging). Also has 24 hrs towards a Ph.D. in Information Science at UNT.
Email: holmes@uta.edu

Phil Doss
1996 | PhD
Current Status: Assistant Director of the Office of Education Accountability with the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.
Email: Phillip.Doss@state.tn.us

Diane Davis
1995 | PhD
Current Status: Associate Professor at UT Austin (English/Rhetoric), has done a second PhD at the European Graduate School, where she has the Kenneth Burke Chair of Rhetoric.
Email: ddd@mail.utexas.edu

Raquel Perry
1995 | BA
Current Status: A labor and employment attorney for the U. S. Postal Service.
Email: raquelvperry@justice.com

Michelle Ballif
1994 | PhD
Current Status: Associate Professor of English at U of Georgia; is founder/director of its Writing-in-the-Disciplines program.
Email: mballif@uga.edu

Cynthia Haynes
1994 – PhD
Current Status: Director of First-Year Composition/Associate Professorat Clemson University.  Her “Writing Offshore: The Disappearing Coastline of Composition Theory” won the 2003 James Kinneavy award from JAC journal.
Email: texcyn@clemson.edu

Rebecca Sabounchi
1994 | MA Current Status: Lives in Paris and is involved in theatre and documentary film-production since 2001; she has translated four French dramas by the French playwright Sylvaine Hinglais into English: Babel, Upside Down; Traveling Naked; Pure Madness; and Being There Or Not.
Email: rebeccasabounchi ~at ~ yahoo.com

Peregrina Ramos
1993 | MA
Current Status: Published a bilingual children’s book entitled The Little Clay Jar/La vasijita de barro.
Email: peregrina ~at ~ juno.com

Bruce Terry
1993 | PhD
Current Status:  Professor of Bible and Humanities Studies at Ohio Valley University, Vienna, WVA; Was selected Professor of the Year in 2003-2004 and 2006-2007.
Email: bruce.terryu@ovu.edu

Tim Westmoreland
1992 | BA
Current Status: Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Indiana University. A prolific writer, his collection of short stories, Good As Any, was selected by Amazon.com as one of the top books of the year in 2002.

 

Daisy al’Ahmad
1991 | BA
Current Status: Lives in Springfield, MO, has published short stories in Lynx EyePsychic Radio, and elsewhere; had two three-act plays produced(The Vaquero and the Dove and The Parable of the Lost Sheep).
Email: daisy.alahmad@gmail.com

Lynn Bauman
1990 | PhD
Current Status: Has published a new translation of the “Gospel of Thomas” from the Nag Hammadi Library and is working on an extensive commentary on it.
Email: bauman@netexas.net

Margaret Hamlin
1990 – PhD
Current Status: English Department Chair at the Episcopal School of Dallas until she retired in 2003 after forty years of teaching, received one of the ten Texas Excellence Awards for High School Teachers, given by the University of Texas Exes in 1990.
Email: marghamlin@sbcglobal.net

Patricia Munro
1990 | PhD
Current Status: Chair of the English Department at MacArthur High School, Irving TX, sponsor of the National Honor Society, and UIL Literary Criticism coach.
Email: PMUNRO@irvingisd.net

Rhonda Swanson-Hays
1990 | MA
Current Status: Lives in Lake Worth, TX. Working in Demand Supply Planning for the global planning team for Nokia.
Email: rhondalhays@gmail.com

Eric Trapp
1990 | BA 
Current Status: Is Secretary of and writes for the 2 Million Dogs Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to comparative oncology and discovering the similarities between and causes of cancers in companion animals and people. He also does extensive freelance writing and editing.
Email: erich@2dogs2000miles.org

Ray Clendenen
1989 | PhD
Current Status: Director of Academic Publishing at B & H Publishing Group and series editor for NAC Studies in Bible and Theology.
Email: Ray.Clendenen@bhpublishinggroup.com

Elpidia Macfawn
1986 | BA
Current Status: Completed an English MA in 1993 and a Spanish MA in 2004, both at UNLV.
Email: navafawn@embarqmail.com

Catherine Crutchfield
1985 | BA
Current Status: Teaches first grade at Grace Lutheran School, Arlington.
Email: davidtaylor16@tx.rr.com

 

Jane Beitler
1981 | MA
Current Status: Manages science communications for the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder; edits and writes for an annual NASA collection of science feature articles.
Email: janebeitler@cs.com

O. J. Kemp
1980 | BA
Current Status: Assistant Athletic Director at Arlington Independent School District (AISD).

Nancy Smith
1979 | BA Current Status: Manages technical documentation projects with Nortel Networks and helps drive the modification of technical documentation suites to reflect new technologies and software.

Thomas Tucker
1979 | BA
Current Status: A MD in Austin whose emphasis at UTA was comparative literature.
Email: TTucker@swrcc.com

Jim Rose
1977 | BA
Current Status: Executive director of Camp Thurman in Arlington - administering programs for 7500 campers annually.
Email: jimrosetyc@email.com

Cooper Renner
1974 | BA Current Status: Retired in 2006 after three decades as a school teacher and librarian. Currently edits the online literary magazine Elimae, and is associate editor of Ravenna Press.
Email: Coop.renner@juno.com

Donna Darovich
1971 | BA
Current Status: Currently Acting Director of Public Relations and Marketing. DONNA.
Email: DAROVICH@tccd.edu

Charlyne Dodge
1971 | MA
Current Status: Volunteered at the Petroleum Museum, Midland Needs to Read, two community theaters, the Permian Basin Geological Geophysical Auxiliary, and the Maverick Players - a small group dedicated to producing comedies.  Charlie died in May 2001.

Linda Denson
1967 | BA
Current Status: Lecturer at the UTA College of Education. 
Email: ldenson@uta.edu

Billie Fields
1967 | BA
Current Status: Retired after 25 years as a high school English/Spanish teacher, served 15 years as Literacy Missions Consultant for the IL State Baptist Assn.; Taught English in Guangzhou, China.
Email: thefieldsofprinceton@juno.com

 

Eric Manor
1967 | MA
Current Status: Retired as a school principal in Grand Prairie. He has coached tennis for twenty-five years; Consults in writing and teaching methods, and publishes travel writing and poetry.
Email: ericbearmanor@charter.net

Brian Eberstein
1965 | BA
Current Status: Attorney with Eberstein & Witherite, LLP in Dallas, TX.
Email: beberstein@ewlawyers.com