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Associate Professors

Gordon A. Grant III
Phone: (704) 637-4203

  • Associate Professor of English
  • B.A., Dickinson College
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Gordon Grant grew up in eastern Pennsylvania, spent a long time in Texas, lived for a short time in West Virginia, and came to the Carolina Piedmont to teach at Catawba in 2003. His main scholarly work is in rhetoric and composition, and he also studies and teaches literary theory and 20th Century British literature. He is particularly interested in the philosophy of art as it crosses paths with rhetoric, politics, and economics. He is an avid student of popular culture as well.


Forrest AndersonForestAnderson.jpg
Office: ADM 216
Phone: (704) 637-4279

  • Associate Provost for Student Academic Success
  • Associate Professor of English
  • B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill
  • M.F.A., University of South Carolina
  • Ph.D., Florida State University

Dr. Anderson joined the English faculty at Catawba in 2010. He earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University, where he worked for two years as an archivist and assistant for Robert Olen Butler. He is a creative writer specializing in prose fiction and has a keen interest in teaching first-year composition as well. His fiction has been thrice-nominated for Best New American Voices, has been a winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project, the James Dickey Award for Fiction, and the Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Open, and has appeared in Blackbird, The South Carolina Review, The North Carolina Literary Review, The Louisville Review, and elsewhere. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, The Fiction Writer's Review, The Southeast Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and Yemassee. He's recently started writing about books for The Salisbury Post in a blog called Read Salisbury.

Assistant Professors

taragilstrap.jpgTara M. Gilstrap
Office: ADM 213
Phone: (704) 637-4433

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of English
  • B.A., Millsaps College
  • M.A., University of Iowa

Gilstrap joined Catawba in 2014 as visiting assistant professor of English.

jamiehenthorn.jpgDr. Jamie Lynn Henthorn

  • Assistant Professor of English
  • Director of the Writing Center 

Henthorn joined the English Department at Catawba College in 2017 as Assistant Professor of English. She also is the Director of the Writing Center.

kerstinrudolph.jpgDr. Kerstin Rudolph

  • Assistant Professor of English
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A., M.A., Universität zu Köln, Germany

Rudolph hails from Germany but has lived and taught over the last decade in Illinois, upstate New York, and Mississippi before joining Catawba in August 2016.  She is an Americanist by training, and here at Catawba, she teaches composition and introductory fiction classes as well as early and nineteenth-century American literature and African American literature.  In her scholarly work, Dr. Rudolph explores nineteenth-century race and gender relations, especially in the context of sentimentalism.  Her work on Charles W. Chesnutt and Victoria Earle Matthews has appeared in American Literary Realism and Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers.


David A. Schroeder davidschroeder.jpg
Phone: (704) 645-4504

  • Assistant Professor of English
  • B.A. with English Honors, Oberlin College
  • M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

Dr. David Schroeder earned his BA in English at Oberlin College, and his MA and PhD at Indiana University in Bloomington. His courses center on Romantic and Victorian British literature, science fiction, and gothic fiction; his theoretical interests include gender criticism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, and the interplay between literature and science. Some of his favorite texts include William Blake's "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell," Matthew Lewis's The Monk, Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Joe Haldeman's The Forever War. Dr. Schroeder also lectures occasionally on science fiction for a reading program sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council.

patrickswaney.jpgDr. Patrick Swaney
Office: ADM 213
Phone: (704) 637-4433

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of English


ErinWedehase.jpgErin H. Wedehase
Office: ADM 214
Phone: (704) 637-4452

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of English
  • B.A., Guilford College
  • M.A., Ph.D., University fo North Carolina at Greensboro

Wedehase joined Catawba in 2014 as visiting assistant professor of English.


School of Evening and Graduate Studies

Aaron B. ButlerAaronButler.jpg
Phone: (704) 637-4390

  • Assistant Professor of English
  • B.A., Wayne State College
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Butler received his Ph.D. in English in 2000 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Teaching Fellow for five years in the English Department and a tutor for the UNC-CH Writing Center for two years. After receiving his doctorate, he served as a Lecturer in the UNC-CH English Department in 2000-2001. He began teaching at Catawba College in the fall semester of 2001 and directed the Writing Center from 2002 to 2008. Dr. Butler's main research interests concern Shakespeare's works on stage and screen, connections between literature, science, and art in the Early Modern period, and the influence of 21st century popular culture on public opinion.


Professors Emeriti

Laurel B. EasonLaurelEason.jpg

  • Professor Emerita of English
  • Leona Fleming Herman Professor of English
  • B.A., Emory and Henry College
  • M.A., University of Arkansas
  • M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Dr. Eason joined the faculty at Catawba College in 1991 and retired after 21 years of service at Catawba in May 2012, but her career as a teacher spanned a total of 47 years. She taught at other institutions including Montgomery Bell Academy, the Universities of Tennessee and Arkansas, Battle Ground Academy, Vanderbilt University and The University of Tubingen in Germany.

JaniceFuller.jpgJanice M. Fuller 

  • Professor Emerita of English
  • Writer-in-Residence
  • B.A., Duke University
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Janice Fuller's academic interests are creative writing and twentieth-century American and British literature with specialties in contemporary poetry, Welsh literature, and Native American literature. In addition to teaching creative writing, first-year composition, and literature classes, she has designed and taught numerous interdisciplinary honors courses at Catawba, including Southern Women Writers on Film, Native American Religions and Literature, the Beat Generation, Travel and Travel Writing, the Biogeography and Literature of Islands, and Birds in Evolution and the Imagination. In conjunction with these courses, she has traveled with students to Ireland, Jamaica, and the Galápagos islands.

Julia G. Hayes JuliaHayes.jpg

  • Assistant Professor Emerita of English
  • B.A., Catawba College
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Professor Hayes, a Catawba alumna, joined the English faculty in 1985. During her time at Catawba, she helped create the Writing Center and was the recipient of the 2014 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. She retired from Catawba College after 29 years.

Bethany S. SinnottBethanySinnott.jpg

  • Professor Emerita of English
  • B.A., Duke University
  • M.A., Northwestern University
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Sinnott's major passion is Shakespeare. She studied and taught Shakespeare and related topics throughout her many years at Catawba and regularly lectures at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. Sinnott retired in May 2011 after 42 years at Catawba.