Faculty

This listing includes the main faculty for the specific courses within the major. This does not necessarily include those who teach general education classes.

Stacey Berry
Stacey Berry
Stacey Berry

Position: Associate Professor

Department: College of Arts and Sciences

Education:
Ph.D., English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007
M.A., English, Northern Illinois University, 2002
B.A., English, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1996

Dr. Stacey Berry teaches English, new media, literature and writing classes. Her research and areas of interest include post-1945 American literature--especially marginalized voices and violence in literature and film--textual editing, computational textual analysis, and digital collections. She serves on the General Beadle Honors Program Committee, the Graduate Faculty, and advises the student group The Alliance.

Justin Blessinger
Justin Blessinger
Justin Blessinger

Position: Professor

Department: College of Arts and Sciences

Education:
Ph.D., University of South Dakota
M.A., Emporia State University
B.A., Tabor College

Justin L. Blessinger teaches creative writing, modernist lit, media studies, and literature of the British isles. Winner of the 2008 Doug Fir prize for fiction, he also publishes poetry; his work has appeared in the The Bear Deluxe Magazine, South Dakota Review, and in the anthology In Our Own Words.

Deana Hueners-Nelson
Deana Hueners-Nelson
Deana Hueners-Nelson

Position: Instructor of Academic Skills

Department: College of Arts and Sciences

Education:
M.A., South Dakota State University
B.S., Dakota State University

Deana Hueners-Nelson teaches a variety of topics at DSU, specializing in writing courses from developmental and general education composition to major-specific professional and technical writing. She also teaches literature, language arts, and mass communication courses. Hueners-Nelson serves as a DSU representative on the Community Center Governing Board.

John Nelson
John Nelson
John Nelson

Position: Professor

Department: College of Arts and Sciences

Education:
Ph.D., English, University of South Dakota, 2004
M.A., English, University of Wyoming, 1984
B.S., English Education, Black Hills State University, 1982

Dr. John Nelson teaches English, new media, literature, and writing classes. His research and areas of interest include Native American literature, J.R.R. Tolkien, and digital collections. He writes and publishes poetry in professional journals.  He serves as the coordinator for the English Department and is the advisor for the DSU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honors Society.  He also advises publication of the DSU literary magazine New Tricks.  

Scott Richardson
Scott Richardson
Scott Richardson

Position: Instructor of English

Department: College of Arts and Sciences

Education:
M.A., Emporia State University
B.S., Kentucky Christian College

William Sewell
William Sewell
William Sewell

Position: Assistant Professor of English Education

Department: College of Arts and Sciences

Education:
B.A., Drury University
M.A., Missouri State University
Ph.D., University of Kansas

William Sewell (PhD, University of Kansas) is assistant professor of English Education and Composition at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota.  His research interest includes multimodal intertextuality, content area literacy, active learning strategies, young adult literature, and middle and secondary English education.