Dean, Assistant Provost, Assistant Professor of English

School of Arts and Sciences
B.S., Oklahoma Wesleyan University; M.A., Union Institute and University; Ph.D., University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K.

Mission & Passion

More than at any point in history, our world is in need of critical thinkers. My passion is to challenge students to enter “the great conversation,” and to do so with rigorous attention to detail and logic. As Christ-followers, we must be prepared “to give an answer” for our hope in Christ (1 Peter 3:15), and our communication should be articulate and winsome (Acts 17). English, including composition and literature, is an excellent vehicle for teaching students to be the kind of communicators our world so desperately needs. Thinking well is difficult, and rather than shying away from the process, I hope to challenge students to embrace the task with humility and determination.

Inspiring Verse/Quotation

2 Corinthians 12:9—But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 13:12—For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (KJV)

“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”—C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

Topics of Interest

  • Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • Composition Studies
  • Historical Theory, Christian Agency, and Narrative


  • Composition 1& 2
  • Intro to Literature
  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • English Literature 1 & 2
  • World Literature
  • Advanced Composition and Rhetoric
  • Lewis Fellowship


Sutton, Gentry, and Dalene Fisher. Academic Writing and the Emerging Scholar. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2018.