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Faculty (11)

Staff (1)

Dr. Audrey Becker

Becker, Audrey

Assistant Professor of English

Audrey Becker received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in English at Barnard College of Columbia University, with a junior year abroad at University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her research interests include medieval and early modern literature and culture, history of the English language, drama and performance, Shakespeare, Renaissance poetry, Celtic literatures, the history of song from medieval to modern, and literature by and about women from classical antiquity through the early modern period. She co-edited Welsh Mythology and Folklore in Popular Culture: Essays on Adaptations in Literature, Film, Television and Digital Media (McFarland 2011), and has published on Sting and John Dowland. She has been at Marygrove since 2008. She has a background as a freelance writer and as a performing songwriter; her songs have been heard on a number of national television shows including Dr. 90210, Guiding Light, and The E! True Hollywood Story: Drew Barrymore.

Darcy L. Brandel

Brandel, Darcy L.

Associate Professor of English

Darcy Lee Brandel received her B.A. in English from Allegheny College in 1999, her M.A. in English from Syracuse University in 2001, and her Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University in 2006. She is currently chair of the English and Modern Languages Department. In 2007, she led the charge to establish the first Women’s Center on campus and now serves on its advisory board. She also served as coordinator of the English graduate program from 2011-2013 and secretary of the Faculty Assembly from 2008-2012. Her fields of interest include literature by women, multi-ethnic literature, comparative women’s studies, critical theory, aesthetic theory, creative writing, Buddhism, and translation. She has published work on Gertrude Stein, Grace Paley, and other experimental women writers and, along with Chae-Pyong Song, translations of Korean Buddhist poetry. She is currently working on her first manuscript of poetry.

Engel, Steven

Engel, Steven

Assistant Professor

Steven Engel received his B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1991, his M.A. in English at the State University of New York at Brockport in 1999, and his Ph.D. in English and Education from the University of Michigan in 2014. His research interests include ideological dilemmas in teachers’ talk about plagiarism and the issues of authorship, community, and ownership in the writing classroom. He taught high school English and drama for 14 years at Brighton High School in Rochester, New York. He was named a White House Commission on Presidential Scholars Distinguished Teacher, a New York State English Council Educator of Excellence, and a winner of the David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition.

Gupta, Nikhil

Gupta, Nikhil

Assistant Professor of English

Nikhil Gupta received his Ph.D. from Boston College and his M.A. and B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. His fields of interest include nationalism and empire in modern literature, narrative representations of geography and landscape, intertextuality, and the gothic. He has taught English courses on modern Irish writers, the modern British novel, transatlantic modernism, professionals in modern literature, the concealing and withholding of secrets through narrative, and representations of youth in literature. His current book project, “Rough Crossings: Transatlantic Revisions to Imperial Narratives,” looks at Irish and American authors who rewrite scenes of imperial domination from the other side of the Atlantic. He has contributed articles and reviews to Éire-IrelandWomen’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, New Hibernia Review, and Religion and the Arts

Kopack, Laurie LePain

Kopack, Laurie LePain

Administrative Assistant

Laurie LePain Kopack received her B.A. in English in 2005 and her M.A. in English in 2010 from Marygrove College. She is currently the administrative assistant for the English and Modern Languages Department, as well as the dean of professional studies and the departments of business, computer information systems, and human resource management. She is also adjunct instructor of English, teaching composition courses. She serves on the Marygrove Alumni Board of Directors as secretary, and on the Staff Advisory Committe as chair of the Employee Recognition Committee. Her research interests include Native American literature.

Donald E. Levin

Levin, Donald E.

Professor of English, Dean of the Faculty

Donald E. Levin received his B.A. in English from Oakland University in 1971, his M.A. in English from the University of Detroit in 1974, and his Ph.D. in English education from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1996. He served as chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages from 2007 through 2013, and was the first director of the Marygrove Honors Program and the first coordinator of the master of arts in English program. He was co-director and principal writer of the 2007 Higher Learning Commission accreditation project. He has published on film and rhetoric and composition.

Michael Martin

Martin, Michael

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and English

Michael Martin received his B.A. in English from Marygrove College, his M.A. from the University of Detroit Mercy, and his Ph.D. in English from Wayne State University. His research interests include 16th and 17th century English literature, phenomenology, Continental philosophy, literary theory, creative writing, poetics, and Romanticism. (See his complete profile here https://marygrove.academia.edu/MichaelMartin)  His recent publications include:

The Incarnation of the Poetic Word: Theological Essays on Poetry and Philosophy/Philosophical Essays on Philosophy and Poetry (Angelico, 2016)

The Book of Splendor: A Sophiology Casebook, editor (Angelico, 2016)

The Submerged Reality: Sophiology and the Turn to a Poetic Metaphysics (Angelico, 2015)

Meditations in Times of Wonder (Angelico, 2014)
Literature and the Encounter with God in Post-Reformation England (Ashgate, 2014)

See his author page (hyperlink to http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Martin/e/B00MQY011G/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 )
Pichurski, Patricia

Pichurski, Patricia

Assistant Professor of English

Patricia Pichurski received her B.A. in English and Humanities from Marygrove College in 1973 and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1982. She is co-director of the Nancy McDonough Geschke Writing Center. Her research interests are rhetoric and composition, writing across the curriculum, writing center operations, and children's and adolescents' literature. She is a member of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Council of Writing Program Administrators, Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and Children's Book Council.

Frank D. Rashid

Rashid, Frank D.

Professor of English

Frank D. Rashid began teaching at Marygrove College in 1980 and served as chair of the English and Modern Languages Department from 1998 until 2007 and as president of the Marygrove Faculty Assembly from 2008 until 2012. He is a founding member of Marygrove's Institute for Detroit Studies (IDS) and, with history professor Thomas Klug, teaches an interdisciplinary course, Detroit and the Contemporary Urban Crisis. Rashid is editor of the Literary Map of Detroit on the IDS website. Among his publications are essays on the poetry of Robert Hayden, Lawrence Joseph, and Emily Dickinson; he also writes about Detroit history, politics, and culture. Rashid received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Detroit.

Song, Chae-Pyong

Song, Chae-Pyong

Associate Professor of English
"b. 1960 - d. 2013"

Chae-Pyong Song received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, concentrating on postcolonial Anglophone literature. He has been at Marygrove since 2001. He was coordinator of the master of arts in English program from 2007 through 2011. His research interests include 20th-century English literature, postcolonial literature, translation studies, and the globalization of culture. In addition to publications on postcolonial literature and theory, his recent translations of Korean literature have appeared on The Korea Times, New Writing from Korea, Metamorphoses: Journal of Literary Translation, WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, and Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature and Culture. Recently he won the 40th Korean Literature Translation Awards for translating Kim Hye-soon's poems. Professor Song’s literary translations can be found at: http://jaypsong.wordpress.com/

Torres, Lourdes M.

Torres, Lourdes M.

Assistant Professor Of Modern Languages (Spanish & French)

Professor Torres received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages (Spanish and French), from Wayne State University, MI (2005); her M.A. in French from Bowling Green State University, OH (1993); a B.E.F. (Brevet d’Études Françaises) Institut de Touraine, Tours, France (1991-92) and B.A. in French and Japanese from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1986).

Woodard, Loretta G.

Woodard, Loretta G.

Associate professor of English, Director of the Honors Program

B.A. Saint Augustine’s College (1971); M.S. North Carolina A & T State University (1974); Ph.D. Bowling Green State University (1983), where she was a graduate assistant to James Baldwin. Professor Woodard came to Marygrove in 1985 from Saint Augustine’s College. She teaches an advance graduate seminar on the Harlem Renaissance, Introduction to African American Literature, Studies in African American Literature, Selected Writers, Advanced Written and Oral Communications, Fundamentals of Speech, and Interdisciplinary Seminars.

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Darcy L. Brandel, Ph.D.
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