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Executive Committee

Shannin SchroederShannin Schroeder, PhD
Professor of English
Southern Arkansas University, AR
President

Shannin Schroeder holds a BA and MA from Truman State University, and a PhD in English from Northern Illinois University. She teaches world literature and creative writing at Southern Arkansas University, where she also directs the Writing Center. Her research areas include magical realism, Frankenstein, popular culture and the American flag, and writing center practice. She has written a young adult novel about Ernest Frankenstein, and she co-authored a young adult novel with Officer at Large Kevin Stemmler. Schroeder reactivated her university's Sigma Tau Delta chapter in 2000. She has thrice served as a convention chair, and before her tenure as Vice President/President, Schroeder served as Secretary/Treasurer from 2007-2020.


 

Lexey BartlettLexey Bartlett, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Fort Hays State University, KS
Vice-President/President-Elect

Lexey Bartlett holds a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, an MA in Humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PhD in Literature from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her specialties include British Literature, Romanticism to the present; World Literature; and Mythology. She has been named as the nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships advisor for her university, and is a member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, serves as an Area Chair for the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association for both the Disability Studies area and the Mystery/Detective Fiction area, and serves as an English Literature session chair for the South Central Modern Language Association. She states that the most rewarding part of being involved with Sigma Tau Delta is “helping to create opportunities for students to get more involved in English and its related disciplines, and to connect with likeminded people. I also value working on ways to provide support for students and alumni to achieve their goals and contribute to our mission, whether through scholarship funding or other programs like the Classroom Library Grants.”


 

Diane SteinbergDiane Steinberg, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
The College of New Jersey, NJ
Immediate Past-President

Diane Steinburg holds an AB cum laude from Radcliffe and Harvard Colleges, Secondary education certification in history and English from the MAT program at Duke University, an MA in Great Books from St. John’s College, and an MA in English with a Medieval Studies certificate from Indiana University–Bloomington. She teaches Approaches to Literature, various Language/Linguistics classes, British and world literary history courses before the Restoration, British Romanticism, and LIT 499’s exploring political theory and British authors such as William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. With Felicia Jean Steele, she created LIT 367: British Theatre, and taught in the winter term in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon. She advises TCNJ’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, and has served in many capacities at the Society level of the organization.


 

fitzpatrick3.pngCarrie Fitzpatrick, PhD
Associate Professor of Communication
Alvernia University, PA
Secretary/Treasurer

Carrie Fitzpatrick holds a BS from Penn State University in Secondary English and Communication Education, an MA in Communication Studies from Bloomsburg University, an MS in Educational Technology from Wilkes University, and a PhD in Rhetoric and Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She teaches courses involving media literacy, communication law, speech studies, composition, and film studies at Alvernia University. Her research areas include media literacy education, writing across disciplines, popular culture, online/blended pedagogy, qualitative inquiry, and open educational resources (OERs). She is currently editing a peer-reviewed OER textbook anthology Writing the Disciplines, and she is working on a blog and podcast series focused on folklore and folklife. Over the last twenty years, she has served Sigma Tau Delta in various roles (Chapter Advisor, Historian, Convention Chair, President), and she looks forward to her continued work on the Executive Board as the Society moves toward its centenary anniversary and continued vision of “transforming the world with words.”


 

kevinstemmler.pngKevin Stemmler, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Clarion University, PA
Officer at Large

Kevin Stemmler holds a BA and MA in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in English from the University of Pittsburgh. He retired as a Full Professor from Clarion University where he taught courses in Modern British Literature, Fiction Writing, Film, Gender, and Nonfiction Prose. He has published poetry and fiction in a variety of journals and anthologies. He worked with students to foster service projects in their communities, particularly with a long-running Reading for the Cure breast cancer fundraiser. He continues to foster the careers of young writers and future academics in the English profession. He has previously served on the Executive Board of Sigma Tau Delta as Eastern Regent, Vice-President/President Elect, President, and Immediate Past-President. Devoted to Sigma Tau Delta for several decades, Kevin received the Society's Delta Award in 2012.

Regents

Felicia SteeleFelicia Steele, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
The College of New Jersey, NJ
Eastern Regent

Felicia Jean Steele holds a BA in English from the University of New Mexico, an MA in English Literature and a PhD in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include the History of the English Language, American Dialects, medieval and early modern British literature, and the literature of the "Inklings," specifically J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. She has published scholarship on Beowulf, Seumas Heaney's translation of Beowulf, Shakespeare's Sonnets, and pedagogy for the History of the English Language. Steele is also the co-trustee for the Henry Roth Literary Trust.


AmiJo ComefordAmiJo Comeford, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Utah Tech University, UT
Far Western Regent

AmiJo Comeford holds a PhD from the University of Nevada, and teaches a variety of English courses, particularly courses in theory, gender, and women’s literature. A founding member of the Whedon Studies Association, her primary research and scholarly interests are currently in the field of popular culture, with an emphasis on gender and Joss Whedon’s work.  She also has served as a member of the judging committee for the Whedon Studies Association’s annual juried award for best scholarship and currently serves as past-chair on the board of Utah Humanities, a state-wide organization that promotes and provides programming in humanities. She has been involved with Sigma Tau Delta since the beginning of her academic career as the founding Advisor of the chapter at Utah Tech University in 2007.


waggoner_kassia_003-200x200.jpgKassia Krone, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Friends University, KS
High Plains Regent

Kassia Krone holds a BA in English Education and an MA in English from Hardin Simmons University and a PhD in English from Texas Christian University. She is the co-author of Yours in Filial Regard: The Civil War Letters of a Texas Family. Her work also appears in Mississippi Quarterly. Her research interests include Southern literature, disability studies, digital humanities, epistolary studies, film, and women and gender studies. While at Texas Christian University, she won the distinguished teacher of the year award twice; she was twice nominated for the Jean Giles-Sims Wise Woman of the Year Award; and she received the Women and Gender Studies Research Award. She teaches a wide range of English courses, including American Literature surveys, Southern Literature, Gothic Literature, Advanced Composition, Digital Humanities, and Film Theory, in addition to general education classes at Friends University.


amygates.pngAmy Gates, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
Missouri Southern State University, MO
Midwestern Regent

Amy Gates holds a BS (English, emphasis in linguistics and minor in Russian studies) and MA (English) from Truman State University and a PhD (English Studies) from University of Illinois at Chicago. She teaches courses in British Romantic and Victorian literature, Shakespeare, medicine and literature, global arts and culture, literary theory, and composition. She has presented papers at numerous conferences and has published work in the Keats-Shelley Journal and Women’s Writing. She has been the Advisor of the Lambda Xi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Missouri Southern State University (founded in 1978) since 2018.


Leigh DillardLeigh Dillard, PhD
Associate Professor of English
University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus, GA
Southern Regent

Leigh G. Dillard holds a BBA in Marketing and an MA in English from the University of Georgia and a PhD in English from the University of Missouri. Her primary research interests are eighteenth-century British studies with particular attention to illustration and the novel, book history, and visual culture. She teaches classes in British literature, technical/professional writing, and composition on her home campus, and when she’s lucky, teaches in a summer study abroad program in London. Inducted into Sigma Tau Delta in graduate school, she has been the Advisor of the Alpha Upsilon Phi chapter in Gainesville, Ga., since its chartering in 2014.


Kaine EzellKaine Ezell, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
Oklahoma Baptist University, TX
Southwestern Regent

Kaine Ezell holds a PhD and MA in English from The University of Arkansas and a BA/BSE in English/English Education from Southern Arkansas University. He teaches courses in American literature, Popular Culture, and English Teaching Methods at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK. His research fields include American Humor and Satire, the American Renaissance, and Animated Television Programs. His book, Humor and Satire on Contemporary Television, examines how contemporary animated programs follow in the footsteps of American satirists such as Mark Twain, Sinclair Lewis, Kurt Vonnegut, and others. Kaine has been involved with Sigma Tau Delta since his undergraduate career and has been proud to serve as Co-Advisor of OBU’s chapter since 2013.

Staff

Matt Hlinak, JD, MFAMatt Hlinak, JD, MFA
Sigma Tau Delta Executive Director
Northern Illinois University, IL

Matt Hlinak has served for the last eleven years as Assistant Provost for Continuing Studies & Special Initiatives at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. For the last eight years, he has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for adult learners, including a term as Society President in 2019-20. He previously managed professional development programs at Northwestern University and has taught courses in English, communications, and legal studies at Dominican, Northwestern, Ellis University, and the University of Illinois. Matt holds a JD from Illinois and an MFA in Creative Writing from Northwestern. He lives in River Forest with his wife, two daughters, and two geriatric cats.


William C. JohnsonWilliam C. Johnson, PhD
Sigma Tau Delta Executive Director Emeritus (1982-2022)
Northern Illinois University, IL
Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus

William Johnson holds a BA in English from the University of Chicago, an MA in History/English from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in English from the University of Iowa. His specialties include 16th/17th Century English Literature and the English and Continental Reformation. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, attending concerts, visiting museums, and (of course) reading. He is involved with National Council of Teachers of English, Modern Language Association, 16th Studies Conference, American Society of Association Executives, and the Association of College Honor Societies (of which he is a past president). He is proud that not only is Sigma Tau Delta one of the largest honor societies, but that it is one of the most active. He created and developed Sigma Kappa Delta (2-year English honor society) and the National English Honor Society for high school students (NEHS), and “grew” Sigma Tau Delta from 200 chapters 30+ years ago. He notes that he is “rewarded by the amazing achievements of our students, Chapter Advisors, Board of Directors, and the outstanding Central Office staff.”

dwendelin-2.jpgDavid Wendelin
Director of National English Honor Society Emeritus (2005-2022)
Jefferson County Public Schools, CO (retired)

Dave Wendelin holds a BA and MA from the University of Northern Colorado, and Principal Licensure from the University of Colorado—Denver. His specialties are Secondary Education and English Education. He serves as Parliamentarian for the National Council of Teachers of English, and states that the most rewarding part of his involvement with the National English Honor Society is “being able to support students and educators passionate about English studies at multiple levels.”

Managing Editor of Publications

Carie KingCarie S. T. King, PhD
Clinical Professor, Associate Director of Rhetoric
The University of Texas at Dallas
Managing Editor of Publications

Carie King holds a BA in English (minor journalism) from Baylor University, an MA in Technical Writing from the University of North Texas, a PhD in Technical Communication & Rhetoric from Texas Tech University, and a postdoctoral year at the Center for Spirituality & Ethics at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She teaches rhetoric, technical communication, public speaking, and ethics. She has published a monograph, The Rhetoric of Breast Cancer, as well as several peer-reviewed articles in medicine, intercultural communication, and pedagogy. She was a medical editor for 14 years before returning to school and she has served as the editorial assistant of Technical Communication Quarterly as well as a reviewer for multiple communication journals. She was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta in 1989 and is a Chapter Advisor.