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English Faculty

Department Chair
Sandra Coyle
(Associate Professor & Department Chair)
B.A., Augusta College; M.A. & Ph.D., University of South Carolina – Council 124
Julie S. Brannon (Associate Professor)
B.A., Rollins College; M.A. & Ph.D., Florida State University – Council 112
Raymond H. Clines (Professor)
B.A., University of Washington; M.A., Central Washington University; Ph.D., University of Rhode Island – Council 126
Janet Morgan Haavisto (Professor & Director of the Honors Degree Program)
B.S. & M.A., Middle Tennessee State; Ph.D., University of Florida – Gooding 108
Edward McCourt (Assistant Professor & Director of the Writing Center/WAC Program)
B.A., Assumption College; M.A., Salem State University; MFA, Stonecoast MFA, USM. – Council 143
Patrick G. McLeod (Professor)
B.A., Loyola University – New Orleans; M.A. & Ph.D., Rice University – Council 125
Sarah Murphy (Associate Professor)
B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz; M.F.A., University of Oregon; Ph.D., Indiana University – Council 110
Sarah E. Parker (Visiting Assistant Professor)
B.A., M.A., UNC; M.A., Middlebury College & Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle; Ph.D., University of North Carolina. – Council 107
Chris Dew (Visiting Instructor)​
M.A., University of North Florida
rdew@​ – Council 109
Richard J. Gibson (Professor (Emeritus))
B.A., Stetson University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina
Recent Faculty Accomplishments
Dr. Julie Brannon led a group of English majors in a panel presentation at the 2012 National PCA/ACA (Popular Culture Association) Conference in Boston MA.  Dr. Brannon also presented her own recent work titled “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein? Kenneth Branagh and Keeping Promises” at the conference.

Prof. Ed McCourt’s poem, “Ode to FL” appeared in the Summer 2012 edition of the Little Patuxent Review and his poem “Porterhouse Words” appeared in Vol 7. Iss. 1 of the Red Booth Review.
Dr. Ray Clines published the new 7th Edition of his book, Research Writing Simplified for the Fall of 2011.  The edition includes the most recent updates to both the APA and MLA guidelines and is available through the bookstore, on, or through Pearson directly.
Prof. Ed McCourt’s essay “Watching Rocco” was published in the 2011 Bacopa Literary Review and received honorable mention in its nonfiction contests.  His poem “Salt Life” also appeared in the magazine.

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Murphy, assistant professor of English, whose poem, "Letter to the Past After Long Silence," was given the honor of being included in the 2010 edition of The Best American Poetry. For more information, visit

Dr. Julie Brannon, associate professor of English, has forthcoming entries in the Encyclopedia of Popular Culture—a biography of J. K. Rowling; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; and an entry on Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons.  These entries were accepted and will be published this year. This spring, Dr. Brannon served as a jurist for the Rollins College McKean Grant, which awards $15,000 to Rollins faculty for significant research in a field of study.  Rollins alumni who have achieved academic distinction are chosen to serve on the jury each year.