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English & Writing Faculty

Charles L Avinger
Phone: 734-973-3324
Office: LA 300

Charles Avinger has taught courses in writing, literature, film, advanced grammar, and education, working with students ranging from eighth grade to eighty. He has published articles about literature, teaching, and film in a number of reference books, scholarly journals, and other publications. In addition to teaching composition and literature courses, Charles teaches specialized classes in horror/science fiction literature and the horror film. Charles received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Alabama, and taught four years full time at the university level before coming to WCC.

Maryam Barrie
Phone: 734-973-3737
Office: LA 300
E-mail: mbarrie@wccnet.org

Maryam Barrie attended school at WCC in the early 1980’s, and was able to “apprentice” with Full time English Instructors (at the time) Hal Weidner, Lorene Erickson and Dan Minock. She began working as a tutor in the Writing Center in 1982. In 1985, she earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and began teaching here part-time. In 2002, she became full-time and continues to feel like working at WCC is the best of all possible worlds.

Maxine M Gibson
Phone: 734-973-3448
Office: LA 200

Maxine (Max) Gibson is an Ann Arbor native. She received her bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University with a major in English and a minor in art. She went on to the University of Michigan, where she earned her Master of Arts in Adult and Continuing Education. Max began teaching part-time at WCC in 1980 and has been on the staff full time since 1990. She teaches English Fundamentals, Introduction to Literature, and Creative Writing. Max believes in interactive learning where teacher and students are on a joint search for meaning. She views writing, reading, observation and analysis as essential problem-solving tools that enable students to gain more control over their lives, make better choices and achieve success.

Margaret Givens Green
Phone: 734-973-3310
Office: LA 300

Susan K Glowski
Phone: 734-973-3425
Office: LA 330

Susan Glowski teaches all levels within the ESL program Washtenaw Community College, as well as writing classes for native speakers of English. She earned her Master of Arts at San Francisco State University and taught in the Adult Education Program in Berkeley, CA, before coming to WCC in 1980. She has written two texts, which have been used at Washtenaw, and is working on a third. She is married and has one grown daughter and a dog. She loves traveling, spending time on the Huron River and walking in the woods.

Julie M. Kissel
Phone: 734-973-3561
Office: LA 300

Julie Kissel received both her Bachelor of Science in English and Special Education: Hearing Impaired and Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities degrees from Eastern Michigan University. She continues her post-graduate work at EMU and plans to complete a doctorate someday. Julie taught in the juvenile justice system for four years before moving to public schools, spending three years teaching special education in Wayne-Westland. She joined the English department in August 2004 where she focuses on the developmental writing courses. Having attending community college before transferring to EMU, Julie is devoted to the community college and the access to education.

Carrie L Krantz
Phone: 734-677-5104
Office: LA 300

Carrie Krantz received her Bachelor of Science degree in English Education and Journalism from Edinboro University, Pennsylvania, and her Master of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Composition from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. She was an English instructor at Bowling Green and spent a year as the assistant director of Bowling Green's freshman composition program before coming to WCC in 1992. Besides teaching composition at WCC, Carrie also teaches sections of the COD version of the short story and novel class, as well as serves as Chair of the English department. Carrie firmly believes in WCC’s mission and works towards delivering quality, affordable education for everyone.

Hava Levitt-Phillips
Phone: 734-677-5332
Office: LA 200J

Hava Levitt-Phillips began her journey in higher education as a non-traditional student at WCC. Subsequently, she earned a Bachelor of Science in English Language, Literature, & Writing, as well as an MA in English Literature from Eastern Michigan University. She also completed coursework in the College of Education and the Teaching of Writing graduate program. Hava loves teaching writing and literature and supporting students in achieving their goals.

Jean K Miller
Phone: 734-973-3598
Office: LA 230

Jean Miller received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a humanities minor, from Marygrove College in Detroit in 1970. She then went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in rhetoric and writing from the University of Tulsa in 1977. For four years, from 1983-1987, she studied at Purdue University in the rhetoric and composition doctoral program. Before coming to WCC in 1989, Jean taught at many places, including the University of Tulsa, Tulsa Junior College, Purdue University, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Toledo Community and Technical College. Jean loves teaching at WCC, and she likes her class atmosphere to be relaxed and positive.

Mary Mullalond
Phone: 734-477-8968
Office: LA 330G

Mary Mullalond earned a Bachelors of Art degree in English from the University of Portland, in Oregon, a Masters of Arts in Gender & Cultural Studies from Simmons College, in Boston, and a Masters of Arts in English Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before coming to WCC Mary worked in alternative education at the high school level. Mary has been at WCC since 2005 teaching Composition 1, Composition II, Introduction to Technical & Workplace Writing, Technical Writing 1, and Children’s Literature. She’s developed two online courses for the college, and enjoys making her courses fun and engaging learning environments for students. She lives in Ann Arbor with her wife and two cats.

Kimberly Shepherd
Phone: 734-477-8588
Office: LA 300R

Kimberly (Kim) Shepherd attended Michigan State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in English, with minors in Education and Theater. She then went on to Oakland University where she received a master’s degree in Reading and Language Arts with an emphasis on teaching. Currently, she is a candidate for a Ph.d. in Educational Leadership (emphasis in Higher Education) at Oakland University. Kim worked in K-12 education (both public and private) and nonprofit organizations for years before joining the WCC family.

Kim has been teaching at WCC since 2002. She taught for three years in the Academic Skills department before moving into the English department where she currently teaches a range of courses including: developmental writing, composition, African American literature, American literature, introduction to literature: poetry and drama, and multicultural children’s literature. She believes in the ability of every student to be successful and strives to provide those opportunities in every class.

Lisa K Veasey
Phone: 734-677-5265
Office: LA 300

Lisa Veasey joined the WCC English faculty in 1995 as a part-time technical writing instructor, and became a full-time faculty member in 1999. Prior to 1999, Lisa worked in the software computer industry as a technical writer, project coordinator, technical trainer, and publications manager. As the Technical Writing Program advisor and instructor, Lisa brings the real world of technical writing to the classroom. She holds two degrees from Eastern Michigan University: a Bachelor or Arts degree in English/Written Communication and a Master of Liberal Studies degree in interdisciplinary technology.

Dave Waskin
Phone: 734-973-3346
Office: LA 300P

Dave Waskin received a bachelor of arts in English and education from the University of Michigan and a master of arts in journalism from the University of Miami. He worked as a copy editor for The Miami Herald and a freelance journalist before joining the WCC English department full-time in 2005. He teaches composition and journalism, and serves as the academic advisor to the journalism program. He remains divided as to which of his alma maters should be regarded as “the real UM.”

Tom Zimmerman
Office: LA 300
Tom Zimmerman has served as director of the Writing Center since 2004. He teaches Shakespeare, Composition I, and other literature and writing courses. He also serves as editor of The Huron River Review and faculty adviser of Blood Orange and the WCC Poetry Club.


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