Literary Studies Faculty
- B.A. Tabor College 1984
- M.A. University of Kansas 1987
- Ph.D. University of Kansas 1993
Since 2005 Brad S. Born has served as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bethel College (KS), a primarily residential, liberal arts college with distinctive emphases in undergraduate research, cross-cultural learning, and peace, justice and conflict studies. Brad earned his Ph.D. in English, and his scholarly interests have focused on antebellum American literature, in particular literature of the sea and early African American literature. His teaching has spanned a wide range of topics in both American and English literature, including war literature, detective fiction, and a January-term theatre course in London. Major achievements during his nearly ten-year tenure as chief academic officer include leading two major curriculum revisions to successful and timely completion, leading two comprehensive institutional self-study processes that have secured the maximum ten-year re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, and sustaining academic strength by recruiting excellent tenure-track teachers to replace a high number of retiring faculty.
- B.S. Bethel College 1975
- M.L.S. Emporia State University 1983
Employment/Experience history includes:
- Voluntary Service with MCC/US Ministries in Atlanta, GA
- Newton Public Library -- Youth Services
- Newton Public Schools (Newton, KS) -- Library Media Specialist
- Travel in Western Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Southeast Asia
Areas of special interest: storytelling, folklore and traditions, children's literature
- B.A. Bethel College 1985
- M.A. Kansas State University 1990
- Ph.D. University of Southern California 1995
Dr. Regier’s research and teaching inquire into cross-cultural identity and narrative formations in contemporary literatures. Her critical studies have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, American Indians and Popular Culture, Leslie Marmon Silko: A Collection of Critical Essays, and Mennonite Life.
Dr. Scarry's research and teaching interests include American literature from the 19th century to the present, with a focus on 20th-century poetry and poetics; modernism; and gender and sexuality studies. Her critical studies on 20th-century poetry have appeared in Reading Duncan Reading: Robert Duncan and the Poetics of Derivation (University of Iowa Press, 2012) and Paideuma (December 2013).
Scarry is also a creative writer. Her first book of poetry, Pilgrimly, was published by Parlor Press in January, 2014. Juliana Spahr calls the book's poems
luminous, complicated and
full of ecotonalities. Cynthia Hogue writes of the collection,
we could ruminate, luxuriate, and divinate in the language of these exquisite poems. They give the light with their own eyes. There is gold on their tongues. Her poetry and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous literary journals, including Colorado Review, jubilat, Mid-American Review, New Letters, and Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics.