English Faculty

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Wendy Barnes

English Faculty

B.A., Sarah Lawrence College
M.F.A., Mills College

N320 775-1283 barnesw@gcc.mass.edu

Wendy Barnes is Korean. Her Korean name is Hyung-Soon Lee, but she goes by her adopted American name, Wendy Lee Barnes. She earned a Baccalaureate from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Mills College. Wendy teaches developmental, composition, literature, and women’s studies courses at GCC; she is also the faculty co-adviser for the Queer Straight Alliance and coordinates the Ben Drabeck Composition Award.

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Scott Herstad

B.A., The College of Saint Scholastica
M.A., Illinois State University

N322 775-1250 herstads@gcc.mass.edu

Scott comes from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow. He attended a college staffed by beer-drinking nuns. Almost by chance he ended up in a town called Normal surrounded by the humid corn and soybean fields of central Illinois. One day he drove a twenty-four foot U-Haul truck seventeen hours straight until he ended up in New Hampshire. Scott loves teaching and working at GCC. He especially likes his English 090 and 101 classes. He’s also involved in the College Orientation series of classes, and has helped create two new literature classes, ENG 212: Graphic Novel and ENG 210: Creative Nonfiction. Stop by his office sometime and talk with him about his love of country blues and The Price Is Right and his fascination with Lyndon Johnson and Kathy Lee Gifford. All of this is true.

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Trevor Kearns

B.A., University of Wisconsin
M.F.A., Cornell University

N317 775-1264 kearnst@gcc.mass.edu

An Air Force brat, Trevor Conan Kearns has lived on four continents, swum in two oceans and a handful of seas, hiked scads of mountains, and met a number of largely well-mannered bears. He holds a B.A. in English and Japanese from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and an M.F.A. from Cornell University. His teaching interests include poetry and poetics, environmental literature, ecocriticism, film, and science fiction. He lives with his wife Robin and son Cirdan, along with sundry companion species, in Wendell.

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Mary Ellen Kelly

Professor Emerita

A.A., Asnuntuck Community College
B.A., M.A.T., University of Massachusetts
M.F.A., Simmons College

Mary Ellen taught English courses in women’s literature, developmental writing and reading, composition, children’s literature, and creative writing. Mary Ellen was instrumental in promoting the annual Virginia Low Women’s Studies Scholarship Award.

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Joanne McNeil Hayes

Professor, English/Gender and Women’s Studies

B.S., University of Wisconsin
M.A., Johns Hopkins University

N316 775-1230 hayes@gcc.mass.edu

Ms. Hayes designed and taught in 1992 an Honor’s Seminar in Women of the Medieval Era. In 1993, Joanne designed and taught Women in American History. She also teaches courses in pre and post 20th century Women in Literature and Introduction to Women’s Studies. Her undergraduate degree in English is from the University of Wisconsin and her Masters is from Johns Hopkins University, where she studied women in classical antiquity.

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Christine Jones Monahan

English/Gender and Women’s Studies

B.A., Salem State University
M.A., University of Massachusetts

N319 775-1273 monahan@gcc.mass.edu

Christine Jones Monahan stepped foot in GCC’s Main Building in 2003, found her people, discovered her calling, and decided that she never wanted to leave. She holds degrees in English Literature from Salem State College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. You can bend her ear about Renaissance and Restoration poetry and drama, feminist, gender, and queer studies in general, contemporary memoir, the art of narrative, developmental reading and composition, and teaching and technology. Christine lives in Hatfield with her wife, Aileen, their sons, Adam and Andrew, and their little fuzzball, Izzy

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Phyllis Nahman

Professor Emerita

B.A., M.Ed., University of Massachusetts

Ms. Nahman grew up in Turners Falls and taught at GCC from 1971 to 2006. She was involved in both the Women’s Studies Liberal Arts option and developmental education at GCC since their inception. Phyllis taught (with great pleasure) writing, literature, developmental reading, and women’s studies courses. In May 2013, the GCC library was named Nahman-Watson Library after Phyllis Nahman and Gretchen Watson.

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Steve Poulin

English Department Chair

HSM Certificate, University of Washington
B.A., University of Massachusetts
M.A., Western Washington University

N326 775-1233 poulins@gcc.mass.edu

Steve Poulin has been an Instructor of English at GCC since 2005. He received his Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his Master’s degree in English from Western Washington University, in Bellingham, Washington. Before returning to the Pioneer Valley, Steve taught at Bellingham Technical College and at City College of San Francisco, California. Steve has worked extensively with disenfranchised populations and has developed English curriculum for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents and incarcerated adults. Steve enjoys hiking and biking and lives with his son, Zachary, and wife, Kim, in Amherst, MA.

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Lillian Ruiz

B.A., University of Rochester
M.A., University of California at Los Angeles

N315 775-1236 ruiz@gcc.mass.edu

Lillian Ruiz, Professor of English, began teaching at GCC in 1993, during which time she served as chair of the English Department from 1999 - 2005, and co-chair from 2008-2010. In addition, she is the founder of and advisor for the Liberal Arts English degree option. She holds a B.A. in English with a minor in psychology from the University of Rochester, where she graduated magna cum laude; an M.A. in English from UCLA; and completed 30 graduate units in education from UCLA. Her areas of academic interest are composition and literature, most particularly, Gothic literature and Shakespearean drama. She also teaches public speaking and humanities courses. In her spare time she enjoys watching horror films, and is an avid dog lover. Originally from New York City, she now resides in Greenfield, MA, with her husband Dane and their pug Davenport. Sample course syllabi and links:

Portrait by Leona Herzig Hosack '73