English Faculty and Staff

Dr. Kimberly V. Adams

Associate Professor of English
adamsk@etown.edu | 717-361-1230

Kimberly V. Adams is an associate professor of English and a member of the Women and Gender Studies faculty. She teaches courses in Victorian and twentieth-century British literature, American women's writing, literary theory, and feminist and gender theory. Her publications include Our Lady of Victorian Feminism: The Madonna in the Work of Anna Jameson, Margaret Fuller, and George Eliot, and articles on Harriet Beecher Stowe and nineteenth-century female literary critics. She has also co-written the endnotes to the Modern Library edition of George Eliot's Romola.  Professor Adams received her Ph.D from Harvard University.

Dr. Kimberly V. Adams

Erica M. Dolson

Lecturer in English
dolsone@etown.edu | 717-361-1231

Ms. Erica M. Dolson joined the faculty at Elizabethtown College in 2016 and teaches courses in the First-Year Writing Program. She is a graduate of Villanova University (B.A. Communication) and George Mason University (M.F.A. Creative Writing). Her nonfiction has appeared on the website Culinate.com and in Full Stop.

Erica Dolson

Dr. David C. Downing

Ralph W. Schlosser Professor of English
downindc@etown.edu | 717-361-1381 | Personal Website

David C. Downing is the director of the Professional Writing program. He teaches creative and professional writing, as well as a first-year seminar on quest narratives. Downing grew up in Colorado and earned his Ph.D. at UCLA. He has written four award-winning books on C. S. Lewis, and recently published a historical novel which features Lewis, Tolkien, and their friends as characters. The website for his novel is www.lookingfortheking.com. Dr. Downing is also the coordinator of the English Department's Internship Program.

Dr. David C. Downing

Dr. Mark Harman

Professor of English and Modern Languages
harmanm@etown.edu | 717-361-1992

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Mark Harman, professor of English and German, is a prize-winning translator of modern classics such as Franz Kafka's Castle, Kafka's first novel Amerika; and Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet (Harvard). Among the English courses he most enjoys teaching are "Gaelic and Anglo-Irish Ireland," "Irony, Humor, and Despair in Modern Literature" and "What is World Literature?"  Professor Harman received his Ph.D from Yale University.

Dr. Mark Harman

Dr. Louis Martin

Professor of English
martinlf@etown.edu | 717-361-1236

Louis Martin received honors in English and psychology at the University of the South, along with the Guerry Award in Literature. An M.A.T in English Education preceded his Ph.D.at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received the Dougald Macmillan Prize for the Best Dissertation. Currently researching evolutionary psychology and literature, he has published articles on Shakespeare and on George Herbert, as well as on various other topics. His greatest academic pleasure, though, comes from being in the classroom. Dr. Martin is also the director of the English Department's First-Year Writing Program.

Dr. Louis Martin

Dr. Tara Moore

Visiting Assistant Professor of English
mooret@etown.edu | 717-361-3758

Tara Moore teaches technical and web writing as well as Young Adult literature. Her research interests currently include lifelong learning and dystopian young adult novels. She has published two books about the culture of Christmas, both past and present. Dr. Moore received her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Tara Moore

Dr. John Rohrkemper

Associate Professor of English
rohrkemj@etown.edu | 717-361-1229

John Rohrkemper teaches American and modern literature and writing with particular interest in the writing of Mark Twain, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Toni Morrison He also teaches playwriting, has written and produced several plays, and often acts in local theatre productions. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Dr. John Rohrkemper

Dr. Carmine Sarracino

Professor of English
sarracct@etown.edu | 717-361-1237 Personal Website

Carmine Sarracino's main teaching interests are creative writing and nineteenth century American Literature. His poetry and scholarly articles have been widely published in magazines and journals, and he has published three collections of poetry, The Idea of the Ordinary, The Heart of War, and The Battlefield Photographer. His interest in popular culture led to his co-authoring a book, The Porning of America, a cultural study of the influences of pornography on life in America. He has traveled and lived in South Asia on research grants, including two appointments as a Fulbright Scholar. He is the director of the creative writing minor. Professor Sarracino received his Ph.D from University of Michigan.  He lives in Hershey with his wife Tamara and their two children, Dante and Carina. 

Dr. Carmine Sarracino

Dr. Matt Skillen

Associate Professor of English; Department Chair
skillenm@etown.edu | 717-361-1232

Matt Skillen is  the director of the Secondary English Education Program. Previously, Matt has taught seventh and eighth grade language arts students in traditional, inclusion, gifted and remedial settings. Matt is a recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award for exemplary service in the first year of teaching and he is a co-founder of the Life Writes Project, an education nonprofit in Harrisburg, PA. Matt's research interests include narrative inquiry, teacher education and Young Adult literature. Dr. Skillen received his Ph.D from Kansas State University.

Dr. Matt Skillen

Dr. Suzanne E. Webster

Associate Professor of English
websterse@etown.edu | 717-361-1235

Suzanne E. Webster teaches British Romanticism and other courses in post-1660 British literature. She gained her MPhil in English Romantic Studies and her DPhil in English Literature from the University of Oxford, UK, both degrees being funded by a British Academy Postgraduate Studentship. Her book, Body and Soul in Coleridge's Notebooks, 1827-1834: "What is Life?" was published in January 2010, by Palgrave Macmillan press. Dr Webster is also very interested in environmental issues, protection, and activism. As well as teaching courses and texts on the environment and natural world, she is a founding member of, and co-Faculty Advisor to, Elizabethtown College Environmental Group (ECEG).

Dr. Suzanne E. Webster

Jesse Waters

Director of the Bowers Writers House
watersj@etown.edu | 717-361-3762

Jesse Waters has been runner-up for the Iowa Review Fiction Prize, finalist in the Glimmer Train 2003 Poetry Open and The Davoren Hanna International Poetry Contest, and a winner of the 2001 River Styx International Poetry Contest, and is author of the poetry collection, Human Resources. Jesse's fiction, poetry and non-fiction work has appeared in such journals as 88: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry, The Adirondack Review, Coal Hill Review, The Cortland Review, Cimarron Review, Iowa Review, and Southeast Review among others. Jesse was granted the MFA in Poetry from University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2001, and teaches both Technical and Creative Writing classes. He is the director of the Bowers Writers House.

Jesse Waters