English and Modern Languages Faculty

 

Justin Barber

Justin Barber

Title: Associate Professor
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: E220
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4078
Email: jbarber@starkstate.edu
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justinbarber

  • College Composition
  • College Composition II: Research and Argument
  • Writing for the Web
  • Writing for Media
  • Film Appreciation
  • Bachelor of arts degree in English, Kent State University
  • Master of arts degree in composition and rhetoric, The University of Akron
  • Owner and lead content developer, Phase 2 Media, LLC
  • Copywriting, advertising department, Sterling Jewelers Inc.
  • Web copywriter, GOJO Industries, eBusiness Group
  • Foreword. The Ravenna Record: The People and Events that Shaped a Community, by Roger Di Paolo, 2010.
  • “In Defense of the Quiet Ones: A Pragmatic Approach to Silent Students in the Composition Classroom.”  North Carolina English Teacher, vol. 64 no. 1, 2008, 27-33.
  • Conference Presentations: “Beyond Marketing: What Branding Means to a Writing Center.” East Central Writing Centers Association (ECWCA) Conference. University of Mount Union. Alliance, Ohio. March 2016.
  • “The Do-ing of Writing: Students, Tutors, and MSWord.” Northeast Ohio Writing Centers Association 4th Annual Conference. Stark State College. North Canton, Ohio. October 2010.
  • “Enhanced Community for Basic Writers.” Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges. University of Akron. Akron, Ohio. October 2007.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University, Justin began a career as a professional writer, first with the eBusiness team at GOJO Industries and then at Sterling Jewelers in the advertising department. Eventually, he returned to academia and earned a master’s degree in composition and rhetoric and began teaching at Stark State College in 2005. His teaching focus is in research, rhetoric and professional writing, with a specific focus on digital texts. Justin still writes, having formed Phase 2 Media, LLC as a kind of studio through which to engage professional writing opportunities. He has developed communications for a number of community projects as well as local, national and international businesses. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, watching soccer (specifically Arsenal) and spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Robert Berens

Robert A. Berens

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: E208a
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4844
Email: rberens@starkstate.edu

  • College Composition
  • Intro to Academic Writing
  • Academic Writing
  • British Literature II
  • Master of arts degree, English – composition

Stark State College

  • Assistant professor of English, 2011-present
  • Mentor, College Composition, 2014-present
  • Mentor, Developmental Writing, 2013-2014
  • Mentor, College Writing III: 2011-2013
  • Chair/member, Stark State College Institutional Effectiveness Committee, 2011-present
  • Stark State College AQIP category 1 subcommittee member, 2011
  • Stark State College Strategic Plan revisions and publication
  • Review: Writings From Life, Tom Tyner. Teaching English in the Two-Year College. Volume:  39.2. (December 2011)

I live in Massillon with my wife and four children. I have been teaching at Stark State College for 11 years, five as a full-time faculty member. I am active in my community as a Little League baseball coach. I enjoy writing short fiction, particularly in the horror genre.

Marie Cox

Marie Cox

Title: Associate Professor
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: E252
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4315
Email: mcox@starkstate.edu

  • College Composition
  • Women’s Literature
  • British Literature: 1785 to Present
  • British Literature: Medieval to 1785
  • American Literature: 1865 to Present
  • American Literature: Colonial to 1865
  • Bachelor’s degree, John Carroll University
  • Master’s degree, John Carroll University
  • Vice president, American Tutors
  • Head of tutoring department, John Carroll University
  • Adjunct professor, Lakeland Community College
  • Business experience, State Chemical and Ohio Bureau of Unemployment
  • Archaeological Institute of America
  • OATYC
  • OACC
  • Turning Leaves [short story and poem]
  • Murder by Deed
  • The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth
  • The Darker Side: An Eclectic Melange

Born and raised in Ohio but yearns for the sunshine and deserts of Arizona.

Sandra Deel

Sandra Deel

Title: Associate Professor, Department Coordinator Developmental Writing and ELL Lab
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: E231
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4149
Email: sdeel@starkstate.edu

  • Introduction to Academic Writing
  • College Composition
  • Master of arts degree in English, University of Toledo
  • Bachelor of arts degree in English education and American Literature, Urbana University
  • Professor, Marion Technical College, 1999 – 2005
  • Instructor, Kent State University – Tuscarawas, 1991-1999
  • Graduate instructor, State University of New York, 1988-1991
  • Instructor, University of North Carolina, 1984-1987
  • National Association of Developmental Education
  • Ohio Association of Developmental Education
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Two-Year College English Association
  • Ohio Teachers of English Speakers of Other Languages

When I am not teaching, I spend my time collecting backyard and community observational data for Nature’s Notebook, sponsored by the National Phenology Network; participating in a summer adult reading program at my local library; and playing with my two dogs, Honey and Max, who have taught me the power of persistence and patience.

Duane Dodson

Duane Dodson

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: E226
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4180
Email: ddodson@starkstate.edu

  • English 10 – Introduction to Academic Writing
  • Bachelor of arts degree, English
  • Bachelor of arts degree, Spanish
  • Master of arts degree, English composition
  • Certificate, English language teaching to adults
  • Assistant professor, Stark State College, 2004-present
  • Substitute teacher (HS), Washington State, 2001-2002
  • Technical editor, Earth Tech, Colton, CA, 1998-2000
  • Technical editor, Converse Consultants, Redlands, CA, 1995-1998
  • WVIZ (PBS)
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • “All Lives Matter!” (poem, Canton Repository)
  • Abandon the Shadows (poem in anthology)
  • AIM (America’s Intercultural Magazine) (poem)
  • The Lyric (poem)
  • Poetry Guild (poem)

Celebrating 10 plus years as assistant professor of English at Stark State College, I specialize in teaching developmental English courses, and additional areas of expertise include grammar and poetry. I am the College’s primary contact and instructional resource for ESL/ELL (English as a Second Language/English Language Learners), and I also provide specialized tutoring for ELL students throughout the year. I sing in a faculty chorale, which performs for graduation, Veteran’s Day and on other special occasions. On the community front, I am on the yearly special music schedule as a soloist for three Massillon/Canton-area churches, and I recently performed in a dramatic walking tour production focusing on the Underground Railroad, which provided sanctuary for slaves in Massillon. I also judge poetry contests at Stark State and in the community.

Steve Edgehouse

Steve Edgehouse

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: K203
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 5329
Email: sedgehouse@starkstate.edu

  • Introduction to Academic Writing
  • College Composition
  • College Composition II
  • Bachelor of arts degree, writing, Mount Union
  • Master of arts degree, English Studies, Bowling Green State University
  • Associate professor, English, North Central State College
  • Instructor, general studies writing, Bowling Green State University
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • College English Association
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Modern Language Association
  • OATYC
  • “Pay More Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: Creating Social Presence and Interaction in Online Writing Classes,” Conference of the College English Association
  • “TEDucate: Sparking Student Engagement Using TED Talks in the College Classroom,” Conference of the Ohio Association of Two Year Colleges
  • “Opening the Ivory Gates: How to Work Within and Around LMS’s to Bring Life Back to Learning,” Conference of College Composition and Communication
  • “Class Hacker: Reconfiguring Academic Work through Reflective Practice and Digital Sabbaths,” eMerge Blended Learning Conference
  • “The Risks and Rewards of Moving Teaching, Writing, and Research from Academic Places to Wide Open (Digital) Spaces,” National Conference of the Teaching of English

Steve, a Mount Union alum from Dun Glen, Ohio, taught his first college writing class in 1999, having served on the faculties of Bowling Green State University and North Central State College before joining Stark State in 2012. As an assistant professor of English and modern languages, he loves what he does: teaching writing, research and rhetoric mostly to students downtown and online. He frequently presents papers and facilitates workshops at departmental, college, local, state and national conferences on subjects related to educational technology and the teaching of writing. A Boston Marathon qualifier and humorless Browns fan, Steve lives nearby with his wife and kids.

Nicole Herrera

Nicole Herrera

Title: Associate Professor
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: E244
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 5209
Email: nherrera@starkstate.edu

  • Academic Writing
  • College Composition
  • College Composition II
  • Bachelor’s degree, political science, Bowling Green State University
  • Master’s degree, English composition, The University of Akron
  • Ohio Association of Community Colleges
  • Ohio Association of Two Year Colleges
  • National Association of Developmental Education
  • Leadership Stark County

Nicole has been teaching writing for more than a decade and creates academic rigor by promoting critical thinking, accountability and high expectations. She challenges her students to move beyond the obvious, explore nuanced perspectives and use their writing to contribute to their communities. She has a lifelong connection to Stark County and passionately believes in the mission of Stark State College to increase and enhance opportunities for our students and surrounding community. In addition to teaching, Nicole is a mother, wife, runner, gardener, volunteer and coach.

Nicholas Kincaid

Nicholas Kincaid

Title: Instructor
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: K105
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4419
Email: nkincaid@starkstate.edu

  • Academic Writing
  • College Composition
  • College Composition II
  • Bachelor of arts degree, philosophy, The University of Akron
  • Master of arts degree, composition, The University of Akron

My years as a philosophy student instilled in me a passion for critically engaging ideas and issues. I enjoy working with the students of Stark State, encouraging them to see writing as more than producing a text, but rather as a way to find their voice, better understand themselves and to engage the world in which they live. In my spare time I enjoy reading philosophy and history, working with my hands, training martial arts and spending time with my family.

Tricia Kincaid

Tricia Kincaid

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: E208j
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 5227
Email: pkincaid@starkstate.edu

  • Academic Writing
  • College Composition
  • College Composition II
  • Technical Report Writing
  • Business Communication
  • Bachelor of arts degree in English, Kent State University
  • Master of arts degree in composition, The University of Akron
  • Coordinator, English Stark PASS
  • Mentor for College Composition, Composition II and Academic Writing

I enjoy the opportunity to teach writing to a diverse population because it requires me to be creative in my teaching methods. This means creating a learning environment that allows students from all walks of life an opportunity to be successful. Additionally, through my work on student success initiatives at Stark State College, I have gained insight into the responsibility of working at a community college beyond teaching writing. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and our two cats.

Elizabeth Modarelli

Elizabeth Modarelli

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: E244
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4928
Email: emodarelli@starkstate.edu

  • Intro to Academic Writing
  • College Composition
  • Technical Communications Internship
  • Master of arts degree, English composition, The University of Akron
  • Master of science degree, integrated language arts education, The University of Akron
  • Bachelor of arts degree, English, The University of Akron
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Two-Year College English Association
  • Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges
  • Ohio Association of Community Colleges
  • Council on Basic Writing

In addition to teaching writing, Elizabeth is co-adviser for Stark Voices, the online SSC student journal.

Tom O'Brien

Tom O’Brien

Title: Associate Professor
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: E255
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4895
Email: tobrien@starkstate.edu

  • Major Modern Writers, British Literature:  1785-present
  • Introduction to Academic Writing
  • Intro to Shakespeare
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Technical Report Writing
  • Business Communication
  • British Literature:  Medieval to 1785
  • Bachelor of arts degree, English, Hiram College
  • Master of arts degree, English, Kent State University
  • Communications manager, Automated Tracking Systems
  • Communications consultant
  • Guest editor, Hiram Poetry Review

Tom O’Brien has taught literature, technical writing, composition and developmental writing at Stark State College. He is a former department chair of the English Department, current Faculty Association president (2016-present), and chair of the Honors Program Oversight Committee. Tom is also the founder of the Stark State College Creative Writing Contest (2011-present).

Catherine Rock

Catherine Rock

Title: Professor
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: E224
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4797
Email: crock@starkstate.edu

  • ENG 233 British Literature: Medieval to 1785
  • ENG 234 British Literature: 1785 to Modern
  • ENG 235 Intro to Shakespeare
  • ENG 010 Intro to Academic Writing
  • ENG 011 Academic Writing
  • ENG 224 College Composition
  • Doctorate degree, English literature, Kent State University
  • Master of arts degree, English literature, Kent State University
  • Master of arts degree, French literature, Kent State University
  • Master of arts degree, business administration, International Business, University of South Carolina
  • Diplôme Supérieure de Français des Affaires, Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris
  • Bachelor of music degree, music History and Literature, University of Akron
  • Bachelor of arts degree, music, University of Akron
  • Bachelor of arts degree, French, University of Akron
  • Assistant editor, Bi Women Quarterly
  • Senior writer, columnist, West Side Leader
  • Auxiliary lecturer II, Department of Modern Languages (French), The University of Akron
  • Auxiliary lecturer II, Department of Finance
  • Reimbursement analyst, University Hospitals Health System, Cleveland
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Early Book Society
  • Medieval Association of the Midwest
  • Ohio Medieval Colloquium
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • “Forsworn and Fordone: Arcite as Oath-Breaker in the Knight’s Tale.” Chaucer Review, vol. 40, no. 4, 2006, pp. 417-33.
  • Fouke le Fitz Waryn and King John: Rebellion and Reconciliation.” British Outlaws of Literature and History: Essays on Medieval and Early Modern Figures from Robin Hood to Twm Shon Catty.  Edited by Alexander Kaufman, McFarland, 2011.
  • Purgatorio Primo: The Tractatus de Purgatorio Sancti Patricii.”  History Research, vol. 3, no. 2, Feb. 2013, pp. 120-29.
  • “The Romance of Fouke le Fitz Waryn: The Ludlow Connection.”  [Festschrift in Memory of Dr. David Lloyd, MBE] The Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society, vol. 86, 2011, pp. 37-42.
  • “The Werewolf of Paris as a Novel of Social Criticism.” Studies in Weird Fiction, vol. 27, Spring 2005, pp. 16-22.

Catherine Rock is professor of English and is a member of the Honors Program faculty. With a PhD from Kent State University, Professor Rock’s research focuses on Anglo-Norman and Medieval English literature, particularly romances. She has presented conference papers in the United States and England, most notably an invited presentation in Ludlow, Shropshire, where she spoke about the anonymous Ludlow Scribe and his most famous work, the romance of the real-life outlaw Fouke le Fitz Waryn.  Professor Rock has served as co-chair of the Ohio Medieval Colloquium and as councilor of the Medieval Association of the Midwest. She is passionate about the literature of the Middle Ages and Shakespeare, and enjoys the study of human nature as revealed in these works.

Leah Schell-Barber

Leah Schell-Barber

Title: Writing Center Coordinator; Assistant Professor of English
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: G200a
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4863
Email: lschell@starkstate.edu
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/leah-schell-barber-71999679/

  • Business Communications
  • Technical Report Writing
  • Master of arts degree in English with composition studies concentration, The University of Akron
  • Bachelor of arts degree in English with literature concentration, magna cum laude, The University of Akron
  • Bachelor of arts degree in secondary education with language arts concentration, magna cum laude, The University of Akron
  • Stark State College Writing Center coordinator, January 2007 – present
  • International Writing Centers Association
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Faculty Association of Stark State College
  • Philosophy of Education Society

Articles

  • Schell-Barber, L.A. (Winter 2011) Call for conversation. East Central Writing Centers Association, 1, 6.

Conference Presentations

  • “Beyond Marketing: What Rebranding Means to a Writing Center” East Central Writing Centers Association Annual Conference. Alliance, OH, April 2016. With Justin Barber
  • “Reframing The Idea of A Writing Center” (WIP Session). International Writing Centers Association Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. October 2015.
  • “Doubting Monopoly: Affecting Change through Practitioner Participation in Policy Creation.” Northeast Ohio Writing Centers Association 8th Annual Conference. Warren, Ohio. February 2015.
  • “This Session Won’t Proofread Your Paper: Using Positive Language to Develop Writing Center Policies.” East Central Writing Centers Association Annual Conference. Clarion, PA. April 2013.

I am currently working on my PhD in cultural foundations where I am focusing on student success and writing center identity. I am also a part-time spinning and group exercise instructor. I have two dogs and three cats and, in my free time, I volunteer with PAWSibilities, The Humane Society of Greater Akron.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: E248
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4861
Email: jsmith@starkstate.edu

  • ENG124 College Composition
  • ENG231 College Composition II
  • ENG236 American Literature: Colonial to 1865
  • ENG237 American Literature 1865 to Present
  • ENG233 British Literature Medieval to 1785
  • Master of arts degree in literature, Kent State University
  • Bachelor of arts degree in English, Kent State University
  • Assistant professor of English, Stark State College, 2005-present
  • Adjunct instructor of English, Kent State University, 2003-2005
  • Adjunct instructor of English, University of Akron, 2003-2005
  • “You’re Under Arrest! Deputizing Students into the Grammar Police” (Presentation, Annual Conference of the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges, 2011)
  • “Authentic Research in College Composition” (Presentation, Annual Conference of the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges, 2015; with Nicole Herrera and Elizabeth Modarelli)

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English at Kent State University, Jen Smith was drawn to teaching as a graduate assistant while earning her master’s degree in literature. She has been teaching at Stark State College since 2003, first as an adjunct instructor and then as a full-time faculty member since 2005. She has created online and face-to-face courses in literature, notably in Colonial American literature, her greatest area of interest. She serves on several department committees to redesign courses and improve department procedures, and has chaired and served on college committees ranging from the Curriculum Committee to the Advancement in Rank Committee. Currently, Professor Smith is involved in the implementation of Stark State’s new Honors Program and teaches honors courses in American literature and college composition. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her husband, three children and two dogs.

Marie Stokes

Marie Stokes

Title: Assistant Professor, Writing Coordinator
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: E237
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4910
Email: mstokes@starkstate.edu

  • ENG 124  College Comp
  • ENG 231  College Comp II
  • Bachelor’s and master’s degrees; English, social studies and American history
  • PAARC college advisor
  • Canton’s Early College High School
  • College Credit Plus, Stark State College
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication (Two-Year College Association)

Stark State has been home to me for a number of years, so I am pleased to say that I very much enjoy working with Stark State students. Both my experience with SSC students and my joy in raising two children to adulthood prepared me to address students’ academic goals as well as their personal needs. In my free time, I love connecting with movies (especially the classics and silent film), crochet, the Cleveland Art Museum and my cat. Travel takes me, when possible, to NYC, and half my heart, of course, is in Australia.

Beth Williams

Beth Williams

Title: Associate Professor
Department: English and Modern Languages
Office: E227
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4148
Email: bwilliams@starkstate.edu

  • ENG125 Technical Editing and Layout
  • ENG126 Technical Grammar and Style
  • ENG221 Technical Report Writing
  • ENG227 Writing for Media
  • ENG229 Grant Writing
  • ENG230 Business Communication
  • Master of arts degree, English, Montana State University – Bozeman
  • Bachelor of arts degree, English, Kent State University at Stark
  • Department chair of English and modern languages, Stark State College, 2010- present
  • Associate professor of English, Stark State College, 2004-present
  • Higher Learning Commission Peer Corps, 2015-present
  • Systems Portfolio AQIP coordinator for Stark State College, 2014-present
  • Technical communications coordinator, 2006-2010

Connections and how they relate to the bigger picture of life fascinate me, and seeking knowledge and wisdom motivates each aspect of my life. As an avid reader (manic may be a better word choice), I am drawn to the field of English and concepts of rhetoric, linking the overarching theories to their applications. As the Systems Portfolio AQIP coordinator, my English background enables me to organize the portfolio category committees and help weave our College’s story of evidence. I enjoy each aspect of my position at the College – from teaching to managing the department to composing Stark State’s accreditation document. In my personal life, my husband and I are raising a critical thinker in the local area in the midst of six beautiful cats.