Division of Languages and Literature

We humans use language to understand others and to be understood ourselves. We write literature in order to express our loftiest goals and ideals, our deepest fears, and every aspect of life in between. So the study of language and literature, either in English or in a foreign language, is a superb pathway to understanding real people and to communicating well with them.

All the majors in the division – English, Spanish, Writing Communication, and Teaching English as a Second Language – sharpen students’ skills in interpreting and expressing ideas through carefully crafted language. In varying degrees, all nurture an awareness of culture and an understanding of differences of culture and worldview.

These majors make great preparation for careers as diverse as law, ministry, teaching, journalism, public relations, publishing, management, politics, social work, diplomacy, tourism, and labor relations. Simply put, studying in this division can prepare you well for any work involving interpreting texts, crafting the written word or interacting with people.

Research & Outcomes

Learn more about what some of our current students and recent graduates are doing! Check out the programs of study pages to see profiles, outcomes data and exemplary Senior Studies. You also can read about internship and job opportunities that students have experienced as part of our unique Maryville College Works program.

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Sam Overstreet

Professor of English, Ralph S. Collins Professor in the Humanities
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Dr. Geoff Mitchell

Associate Professor of Spanish
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Dr. Will Phillips

Chair, Division of Languages & Literature; Associate Professor of English
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Mr. Kim Trevathan

Associate Professor of Writing/Communication
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Mrs. Lynn Coning

Assistant Professor of English
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Dr. Dan Hickman

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
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Mr. Scott Steele

Assistant Professor of English
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Ms. Christina Seymour

Lecturer in English
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Ms. Jan Taylor

Lecturer in Composition
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Dr. Nathaniel Norman

Visiting Lecturer of English
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Ms. Laura Atwood

Adjunct Instructor of Spanish
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Dr. Matthew Blanshei

Adjunct Instructor of English
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Mr. Horus Corea

Adjunct Instructor of Spanish
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Mrs. Diana Curtis

Adjunct Instructor of English
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Ms. Shannon Heath

Adjunct Instructor of English
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Mr. Ted Higgs

Adjunct Instructor, English & Latin
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Ms. Teresa Hooper

Adjunct Instructor of English
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Ms. Shoko Howard

Adjunct Instructor of Japanese
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Ms. Emily Pace

Adjunct Instructor of French
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Dr. Zsuzsanna Roth

Adjunct Instructor of German
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Ms. Cynthia Spitler

Adjunct Instructor of English
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Mr. Pedro Tomas

Adjunct Instructor of Spanish
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Ms. Carolyn Potter

Administrative Assistant, Division of Languages and Literature
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