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Belmont College Features Outstanding English Faculty

St. Clairsville, OH (August 28, 2012) - Faculty at Belmont College are very active in their respective fields and work hard to continually build the reputation of the College; they take their mentoring roles very seriously as they work on a daily basis to help motivate students and provide them with a successful start. Some of these faculty members are highly experienced veterans with senior positions while others are newly-minted Ph.D.s. The range of these professors’ activities is broad and includes publishing their research in academic journals, publishing textbooks and professional books, speaking at academic conferences, and engaging in important public service work.

Belmont College’s highly-educated English professors are a good example of the expertise of Belmont College’s faculty, serving as active instructors and scholars with a variety of research interests in the field and in related disciplines. Leading the department is Dr. May Charles, Assistant Dean, Arts and Sciences, while the following professors complete the department: Jesse Gipko, Dr. Carter Kaplan, Dr. Jon Stansell, and Cynthia Yanez.

Dr. May Charles earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta in Western Canada. This international study of literature promotes awareness of intercultural relations that cross national boundaries. Her work in literature has always been focused on the concerns of the humanities within a global social context. Dr. Charles also holds a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts in French and German Literature from Concordia University. She speaks French, German, and Spanish.

Dr. Charles has over twenty years of experience developing and teaching a variety of liberal arts courses, and writing curricula for general education across a variety of learning environments. She puts to work her international background in the humanities to develop a global perspective within the pre-baccalaureate programs at Belmont College. Dr. Charles has been instructing at Belmont College for over eight years and has published articles on narrative theory in prominent literary journals such as Style and the Journal of Literary Semantics. In addition, she has presented many conference papers throughout North America, the Netherlands, and South Africa.

Jesse Gipko, Associate Professor of English, is currently completing his doctoral degree in English through Duquesne University. His dissertation is titled "The American Road Narrative as Social and Cultural Critique." His Ph.D. will be awarded in the Fall of 2012. Additionally, Mr. Gipko earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Arts in English/History from Kent State University.

He has read a paper at PCA/ACA National Conference in April 2012 titled, "Joyous alleys full of promise: The Critique of American Idealism in On the Road." Mr. Gipko has published many short stories in various literary magazines and was awarded a grant in fiction writing by the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts.

Dr. Carter Kaplan, Professor of English, has a Ph.D. in literature from the University of North Dakota as well as a Master of Arts degree in creative writing and a Bachelor of Arts in history, both from the University of Toledo. In addition to teaching at Belmont for over seven years, Dr. Kaplan has published a number of academic articles and book reviews as well as a novel titled Tally-Ho, Cornelius! which was published in 2008.

Dr. Kaplan is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Williamsburg International Circle of Arts and Letters and is the editor of the anthology Emanations (International Authors, 2011), and the International Authors edition of The Scarlet Letter, which includes his afterword, “‘A’ is for Antinomian: Theology and Politics in The Scarlet Letter,” prepared exclusively for this new critical edition. Additionally he is the Editorial Director for the International Authors Publishing Consortium.

Dr. Jon Stansell, Associate Professor of English, recently received his doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois. Dr. Stansell’s Ph.D. dissertation is titled "Writing the True Self," a project exploring first-year composition students’ personal growth and change as they discover voice in their English 101 writing assignments.

Dr. Stansell holds a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Masters equivalency in Russian Literature, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Cultural Studies and Linguistics from the University of Oklahoma. He has experience teaching both two-year and four-year college courses in English, with topics including ESL and developmental writing, public speaking, fiction writing, business communication, research methods, and literary analysis.

Cynthia Yanez, Professor of English, holds a Master of Arts degree in English with a concentration in writing from William Paterson University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in Marketing from Pace University. She has taught at Belmont for nearly eight years.

Ms. Yanez has written a novel entitled Buried Past Hidden Secrets that was published in 2010 using the pen name Cindi H. Clarke. She is currently working on her second novel. Ms. Yanez is active in the local community as a volunteer at the Belmont County Animal Shelter and has served on the Board of Directors of the Belmont County Animal Rescue League for five years as Secretary. Ms. Yanez also serves as Editor in Chief of Rescue Me Ohio, a clearinghouse of information for animal shelters, rescues, and prospective adopters in the state of Ohio.

At Belmont College, the English department has taken a leadership role in the development of curriculum for the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. Their interdisciplinary expertise has made possible the global focus for the pre-baccalaureate programs that allow students to complete the first two years of their bachelor’s degrees close to home at Belmont College.

Belmont College English Faculty - from left to right - front to back: Cynthia Yanez, Professor of English; Dr. May Charles, Assistant Dean, Arts and Sciences; Dr. Carter Kaplan, Professor of English; Jesse Gipko, Associate Professor of English; Dr. Jon Stansell, Associate Professor of English.

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