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Ellen Taylor

Title: Professor of English
Address: Jewett Hall 165

Lisa Botshon

Lisa M. Botshon

Professor Of English
Lisa Botshon is a Professor of English who teaches a wide variety of courses, including American literature, graphic storytelling, and women's and gender studies. Her research interests include women writers; issues of gender, race and ethnicity; American popular culture; and early 20th-century back-to-the-land narratives.  She has published articles in a range of collections and scholarly journals, … Read More
Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd

Lecturer III, English & Drama, Adjunct

Brian Boyd (Lecturer III, English & Drama) teaches literature, theater, creative writing, and composition at the Rockland Center, the Maine State Prison, and online. A lecturer in the University of Maine system since 2001, he earned his MA in English & American Literature (with specialization in Creative Writing) at New York University and his BA … Read More
Sarah Hentges

Sarah Hentges

Professor of Transdisciplinary Cultural Studies

Dr. Sarah Hentges teaches a variety of classes including introductory courses in American studies, women and gender studies, and interdisciplinary studies. She also teaches many upper-level courses including courses about Girls on Fire, Hip Hop America, American Fitness, cultural criticism and theory, and intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Sarah is the coordinator of … Read More
Caleb James

Caleb James

Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Caleb James teaches courses in composition and professional writing. His research interests include classical Greek rhetoric, the pedagogical development of writing teachers, and writing instruction as a community-based practice. Teaching Philosophy I view writing as a lifelong academic, professional, personal, and civic activity, and I approach teaching writing with the assumption that students bring a … Read More
Robert Kellerman

Robert M. Kellerman

Professor of English
A Michigan native, Robert Kellerman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan at Flint and a master’s and doctoral degree from Michigan State University, where he specialized in medieval and Renaissance English literature. Dr. Kellerman has worked both in and out of academic settings. He has worked a professional editor, a communications and … Read More
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Michelle B. Lisi

VAWLT Coordinator and Adjunct Writing Faculty

A UMS tutor and adjunct since 2004, Michelle Lisi is a writing center administrator and a poet with an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University and a BA in English and Communication from the University of Delaware. She teaches College Writing, Introduction to Literature, and Professional Writing, and has developed courses on critical thinking, … Read More
Jessica Ludders

Jessica Ludders

Learning Experience Designer & Adjunct English Faculty

Jessica developed a love for literature in high school, sitting barefoot in the log cabin that housed her Quaker school in North Carolina. This led to earning a degree in English with a minor in Education. As she began teaching high school English, Jessica quickly wanted to go back to school herself. She enrolled in … Read More
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Elizabeth C. Powers

Associate Professor of English & Coordinator of Augusta Writing Center

Elizabeth Powers coordinates the Augusta Writing Center and teaches courses in writing and the humanities. Her current research projects focus on access and equity in the writing classroom, multiliteracies, and multimodality. Previously, Elizabeth’s work has been published by Utah State University Press, Computers and Composition Digital Press, WLN: Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, and Praxis: … Read More
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Chelsea D. Ray

Associate Professor of French Language and Literature
Chelsea Ray received her doctorate in Comparative Literature at UCLA, where she focused on nineteenth and twentieth-century French and Russian literature. She completed her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Russian at Beloit College. Her classes at UMA range from French language and composition courses to international literature courses. Most recently, she taught “Francophone Literature,” “The … Read More
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Kay L. Retzlaff

Professor of English

Dr. Kay Retzlaff, professor of English, has taught literature, writing, and women’s studies at UMA since 1994. She regularly teaches Introduction to Literature, Introduction to Mythology, Irish-American Literature, Native American Literature, American Literature through the Civil War, American Literature since the Civil War, Myth and Fantasy, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality … Read More
Kristin Rieff

Kristin Rieff

Part-Time Faculty, English

Kristin Rieff is a part time faculty member of the University of Maine, Augusta, teaching a range of courses from Composition, Literature, and Professional Writing to Introduction to Women's Studies and Hip Hop: Art, Culture, and Politics. As an instructor with almost 20 years experience with both the Maine Community College and UMaine campuses, her … Read More
Sharon Ross

Sharon Ross

Adjunct Instructor

Sharon Ross is an adjunct lecturer for the University of Maine System and teaches College Writing, Writing for Allied Health, Professional Writing, and Grant Writing for the University of Maine Augusta. She has been teaching writing and communications at Maine’s Community College and University campuses for about 15 years and has been a professional writer … Read More
Jeffrey Sychterz

Jeffrey S. Sychterz

Assistant Professor of English, Dean of the UMA Bangor Campus

Jeff Sychterz is an Assistant Professor of English and teaches classes in composition and literature on the Bangor campus. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science in English and then served eight years as a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy. In 1999, he left the … Read More
Noel Tague

Noel Tague

Assistant Professor Of English, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Noel Thistle Tague holds a Ph.D. in Critical and Cultural Studies, with a focus on Composition and Rhetoric, from the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to Pitt, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Montana, where she taught her first college-level writing course. She has experience teaching public and professional writing, … Read More
Ellen Taylor

Ellen M. Taylor

Professor of English

Professor of English, Dr. Ellen M. Taylor received her doctorate in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at Harvard University, focusing on narrative development. She completed her BA in English at Tulane University, and her MA in poetry from the University of New Hampshire. Her signature classes at UMA include Creative Writing, which focuses on … Read More
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Jessica Winck

Associate Professor of English

Jessica Winck teaches courses in English and writing. Her research focuses on developmental writing, assessment, response, and rhetoric about student writers and their writing. Jessica is also involved in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), a movement in Writing Studies that promotes writing as a tool for learning in every class.