Department of the Humanities

Opportunities in Humanities: Degrees, Scholarships & More

English | French | German | International Studies | Philosophy | Spanish

Faculty & Staff

Cynthia Appl

Cynthia Appl

Professor of German, Chair of the Department of the Humanities
B.A., M.A. University of Kansas; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Expertise: German literature of the 18th and 20th century, second-language pedagogy
Office: Case 105E

Michelle Babcock - 4523

Instructor of French
Office: Case Hall 101
Barbara Coffey

Barbara Coffey - 8439

Humanities Department Assistant
Office: Case 105
Ryan Gibb

Ryan Gibb

Assistant Professor of International Studies, Political Science
B.A., M.A. Marquette; Ph.D. University of Kansas
Office: Case 107
Donald Hatcher

Donald Hatcher - 8486

Professor of Philosophy, Director of Liberal Arts & Critical Thinking Program
B.G.S., M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D. University of Kansas
Expertise: critical thinking, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science
Office: Case 102

Rob Howard - 8356

Instructor of English, Quest
B.A., M.A. University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale
Expertise: Medieval literature, English language, Shakespeare, classical languages and literature
Office: Case 305C
Erin Joyce

Erin Joyce - 8413

Professor of French
B.A. University of Richmond; M.A., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Expertise: second-language acquisition, written expression, French language and culture
Office: Case Hall 105C

Marti Mihalyi - 4503

Assistant Professor of English, Writer-in-Residence
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, M.F.A. Bowling Green State University
Expertise: poetry, creative nonfiction, contemporary American poetry, teacher education (K-university) for sites of the National Writing Project
Office: Case 308
Joanne Nystrom Janssen

Joanne Nystrom Janssen - 8394

Assistant Professor of English
B.A. Bethel University, M.A. Ball State University, Ph.D. University of Iowa
Expertise: British literature, 19th century literature and culture, periodical culture, postcolonial and world literature
Office: Case 305B

Sandra Schumm - 4524

Professor of Spanish
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Kansas
Expertise: 20th- and 21st-century Spanish narrative, Hispanic civilization and culture, Hispanic narrative by women, Distinguished Scholarship Award recipient, 2005
Office: Case Hall 105B

Chris Seidler - 4531

Instructor of German
M.A. Kansas State University
Office: Case Hall 105E
Tamara  Slankard

Tamara Slankard - 8433

Assistant Professor of English
B.A. Belmont University, M.A. University of Tulsa, Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook
Expertise: American literature, modernism, women's and gender studies, cultural studies
Office: Case Hall 305E

Katya Soll - 4573

Visiting Instructor of Spanish
B.A. University of Evansville, M.A. Syracuse University, Ph.D. candidate University of Kansas
Expertise: 19th- and 21st-century theater; Southern Cone literature and cultural studies; 20th-century Latin American narrative, film and poetry
Office: Case Hall 105F