English Language & Literature

Faculty & Staff

Jon Singleton

Jon Singleton, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Office: American Studies 301
Phone: 501-279-4306
Syracuse University
at Harding since 2011

About Dr. Singleton

Dr. Singleton's special interests are Victorian literature and theology. He also teaches general writing courses.

Paulette Guerin Bane

Paulette Guerin Bane, M.F.A.

Office: American Studies 319
Phone: 501-279-4431
Florida University
at Harding since 2016

About Mrs. Bane

Paulette Bane teaches variety of writing and literature courses. Special areas of interest include poetry, drama, and poetry writing, as well as Italian, Irish, Native American, and Latinx literature. Her poetry has appeared in epiphanyConcho River ReviewThe Tishman Review, Contemporary Verse 2, and others (under the name Paulette Guerin). She also has a chapbook, Polishing Silver.

Nick Boone

Nick Boone, Ph.D.

Office: American Studies 310
Phone: 501-279-4474
Auburn University
at Harding since 2007

About Dr. Boone

Dr. Boone teaches general education and American literature courses. His specialty is American poetry. His publications include articles on Poe, Hawthorne,Twain, Rita Dove, and Mark Strand. Dr. Boone is a co-sponsor of Souvenirs.

Heath Carpenter

Heath Carpenter, Ph.D.

Office: American Studies 304
Phone: 501-279-5274
Arkansas State University
at Harding since 2008

About Dr. Carpenter

Dr. Carpenter's Ph.D. work focuses on contemporary Southern identity and culture.  He teaches courses in Southern Literature and Culture, Film as Literature, and William Faulkner, along with World Lit and composition and critical thinking.  

Dr. Carpenter has co-authored a book on mentorship and community activism with former Super Bowl Champion Keith Jackson. More recently, his monograph The Philosopher King: T Bone Burnett and the Ethic of a Southern Cultural Renaissance was published by the University of Georgia Press as part of its Music of the American South Series. Dr. Carpenter is the faculty sponsor of the Harding chapter of the Roosevelt Institute and also serves as a consultant with Governor Asa Hutchinson's Restore Hope Arkansas program. 
Michael Claxton

Michael Claxton, Ph.D.

Office: American Studies 303
Phone: 501-279-4618
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
at Harding since 2003

About Dr. Claxton

Dr. Claxton specializes in Victorian literature. He teaches composition, world literature, and British literature courses. He also co-sponsors Souvenirs and Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.

Dr. Claxton contributes a regular column, "Just the Clax," for The Bison, the campus newspaper. In addition, Dr. Claxton has recently published a biography on Dell O'Dell, entitled Don't Fool Yourself: The Magical Life of Dell O'Dell, which was published by Squash Publishing in 2014.

Kathy Dillion

Kathy Dillion, Ph.D.

Office: American Studies 320
Phone: 501-279-5122
Arkansas State University
at Harding since 1995

About Dr. Dillion

Dr. Dillion teaches all levels of the general education English curriculum and supervises English teacher-education students. Her interests are cultural studies, particularly ethnic and post-colonial literature. Dr. Dillion also co-sponsors Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.

Terry Engel

Terry Engel, Ph.D.

Office: American Studies 315
Phone: 501-279-4622
Univ. of Southern Mississippi
at Harding since 2001

About Dr. Engel

Dr. Engel's special interests are creative writing, business and professional writing, and Southwestern literature. He also teaches general education courses and sponsors The Scribblers, our creative writing club.

Larry Hunt

Larry Hunt, Ph.D.

Office: American Studies 317
Phone: 501-279-4168
University of Georgia
at Harding since 2000

About Dr. Hunt

Dr. Hunt 's specialty is medieval literature, and his current teaching assignment includes courses in the Liberal Arts core as well as the Honors College, the nature and history of language, Old and Middle English Literature, and C. S. Lewis. He is a sponsor of the student organization Kolbitar (Coal-biters), a club inspired by the writings of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien that meets biweekly to discuss mythological and Germanic literature.

Russell L. Keck

Russell L. Keck, Ph.D.

Office: American Studies 321
Phone: 501-279-4613
Purdue University
at Harding since 2014

About Dr. Keck

Dr. Keck specializes in early modern English literature and culture. He is particularly interested in the English Renaissance, Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama, Arthurian Literature, and the History of the Book. He teaches composition, world literature, and Renaissance literature.

Greg Laing

Greg Laing, Ph.D.

Office: American Studies 305
Phone: 501-279-4215
Western Michigan University
at Harding since 2010

About Dr. Laing

Dr. Laing teaches general education courses in composition and grammar, and specializes in medieval literature and languages. His areas of interest include Old and Middle English, Scandinavian literature, and Latin.

Darlene Stewart

Darlene Stewart, M.Ed.

Office: American Studies 308
Phone: 501-279-4271
Harding University
at Harding since 2021

About Dr. Stewart

Darlene Stewart teaches a variety of writing and literature courses. She has an interest in British Romantic literature, poetry, contemporary American literature, and mentoring and training English licensure students.

Amy Qualls

Amy Qualls, Ph.D.

Office: American Studies 309
Phone: 501-279-4422
Auburn University
at Harding since 2011

About Dr. Qualls

Dr. Qualls's special interests are early American literature and women's literature. She also teaches general writing courses.