English, Writing, and Professional Communications
Chris Buczinsky, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of English
Office: Room 177
Phone: (219) 473-4250
Chris Buczinsky earned his Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University. A children’s poet, illustrator, and performer, Dr. Buczinsky wrote, illustrated, and self-published Pied Poetry, a collection of poems and pictures for children. As a co-founder of A Child’s Voice, he has performed and taught poetry and illustrator workshops to elementary students throughout the Chicagoland area. He has been assistant editor of The Wholesaler and The Plumbing and Heating Contractor News, two national trade magazines as well as a columnist for The Arlington Post in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He teaches American Literature, 20th Century Poetry, Literary Criticism and Theory. He is currently at work on a variety of children’s picture and poetry books. Dr. Buczinsky keeps a children’s poetry and illustration blog at www.chrisbuczinsky.com.
Kirk Robinson, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of English
Office: Room 176
Phone: (219) 473-5308
Kirk Robinson received his MFA in creative writing from The Ohio State University in 1998 and his B.A. from Webster University in 1993. He taught for seven years at the University of Illinois at Chicago and served as an assistant director of their First Year Writing Program. His poems have been published in several nationally distributed literary magazines, including Poetry Northwest, The American Literary Review, Third Coast, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. His poem "The Design of To-Morrow" has been selected and republished by Poetry Daily and his poem "A Motif" has been selected by Educational Testing Services for use on the reading comprehension section of their standardized tests. He teaches Rhetoric and Composition, 20th Century Poetry, Creative Writing, and a variety of liberal arts courses.
Mark Cassello, M.A.
Assistant Professor of English
Office: Room 180
Phone: (219) 473-4322
Mark Cassello received his MA in American Literature and American Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington where he is currently completing his Ph.D. His research explores the rise of Chicago's social realist fiction that gains prominence between 1935 and 1950. He examines how late nineteenth century literature depicting the struggle between labor and capital informs the emergence of radical fiction within an extant local, literary tradition. He is a contributor to The Huffington Post a regular guest on the nationally syndicated political radio show Beyond the Beltway with Bruce DuMont, and is active in the historic preservation of the Pullman National Monument. He currently oversees the Communications Concentration within the English program and teaches a variety of courses in English, Rhetoric and Composition, and Communications.
Program Director: Chris Buczinsky
Faculty: Christopher Buczinsky, Ph.D.; Mark Cassello, M.A.; Richard Damashek, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus); Kirk Robinson, M.F.A.; Ginger Rodriguez, Ph.D.; Jennifer Young, M.A.
Adjunct Instructors: Neil Backus, M.A.; Ben Creech, M.A.; Carlye Frank, M.F.A.; Nita Meola, M.A.; Alexander Erik Larsen, M.A.; Anna Larsen, M.A.; Tony Lindsay, M.F.A.; Michael McGehee, M.A.; Linda Oldenburg, M.A.; Michael Ossman, M.A.; Michael Rutherglen, M.F.A.;
Program Director: Christopher Buczinsky
Telephone: (219) 473-4250
FAX: (219) 473-4259