Senior Lecturers

britton James Britton
Senior Lecturer
zacheryhickman Zachery Hickman, M.F.A. (University of Miami, 2003)
Senior Lecturer

Zachery Hickman was raised in the Appalachian Mountains where he received a BA in English from West Virginia University. He received an M.F.A. from the University of Miami in 2003 where he was a James A. Michener Fellow, and editor of Mangrove 2003. His poetry attempts to forge the gap between idealism and reality, between the lyrical and the narrative. He is currently working on his first full length collection of poetry.

judyhood Judy G. Hood, M.F.A. (University of Miami, 2004)
Senior Lecturer

Areas of Interest: American Literature, Visual Rhetoric

Judy Hood studied at Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany, graduated from Stetson University, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. Her work ranges from non-fiction to poetry and has been published in The Southern Quarterly, Mangrove Literary Magazine, and the Miami Herald. She contributed to the college text Composing Inquiry and presently teaches Visual Rhetoric and Advanced Academic Writing at UM.

  Danielle K. Houck, M.F.A. (University of Miami, 2000)
Senior Lecturer

Areas of Interest: Art, Composition, Creative Writing, Organizational Communication, Popular Culture

Danielle K. Houck majored in creative writing at Miami University. She studied fiction writing at Georgetown University and earned her M.F.A. from the University of Miami in 2000. Ms. Houck taught writing at the University of Miami, Miami University, and Miami-Dade College before joining Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida, as Chair of the Creative Writing Department from 2003-2005. She currently teaches composition and business writing courses as a full-time lecturer at UM.

She served as editor-in-chief of Miami University's literary magazine, Inklings

johnson Joanna Johnson, M.A. (University of Miami, 2002)
Director of English Composition and Senior Lecturer

Joanna Johnson's interests include postcolonial writing and theory, in particular relating to the Caribbean. In addition to teaching, she is also at work on her Ph.D, in which she examines representations of the English rural landscape in Caribbean texts. She is a member of the Caribbean Literary Studies and Atlantic Studies groups at UM. She has taught ENG 105, 106, 107, 208, 330, and333 .

komis Katherine Komis
Senior Lecturer

Katherine Komis earned a BA in English Literature from UCLA and an MA with a focus in African American Literature from California State University at Northridge. Currently, her courses explore contemporary American issues examining the relationship between health, wellness, and the environment.

mann April Mann, M.A. (University of Miami, 1993)
Senior Lecturer and Writing Center Director

April Mann teaches in the English Composition Program and directs the Writing Center. She is currently involved in several projects related to writing, writing centers, and disability, specifically the autism-related disability known as Asperger’s Syndrome. She was a contributor to and reader for Composing Inquiry: Methods and Readings for Investigation and Writing.

In 2004, April received an Excellence-in-Teaching Award.

maranto Gina Maranto, M.A. (Johns Hopkins, 1980)
Senior Lecturer; Co-Director, Ecosystem Science and Policy; Graduate Program Coordinator, Environmental Science and Policy

Gina Maranto received her M.A. in fiction from The Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University in 1980. She is a prize-winning science writer who has covered biomedicine, the environment, and Earth sciences at the national level since 1982. Her articles, opinion pieces, and reviews have appeared in Discover,The Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, The New York Times, and other publications. She is author of Quest for Perfection (1996), a history of attempts to alter birth outcomes and a critique of new reproductive technologies.

Since 1998, she has taught courses in the English department, including ENG 105 and 107 (Writing about Science), 209, 290, 306, and 591. She has also taught a graduate scientific writing course at the Miller School of Medicine, IBS 602, as well as courses in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS 350) and Ecosystem Science and Policy (ECS 113 and 302). Between 2009 and Fall 2011, she was director of the graduate program in Environmental Science and Policy, and currently serves as its coordinator. She is co-director of the undergraduate program in Ecosystem Science and Policy in the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. She directed the English Composition program from 2007 to 2011.

In 2006, she received the Dean's Award in Special Recognition for Contributions to Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts & Sciences. She has also received a Vice President's Award for Service (2004), a Provost's Grant for Innovative Teaching (2004), and an Excellence-in-Teaching Award (2003).

 martha otis sm Martha Otis, M.F.A. (University of Florida, 2000), M.A. (Stanford, 1993)
Senior Lecturer

Areas of Interest: Composition, Fiction Writing

Martha Otis has an MFA from the University of Florida, an MA from Stanford University, and a BA from the University of Chicago. Her interests include poetry and all genres of narrative storytelling. She teaches composition 105, 106 and 107, and moonlights in creative writing 209 and 406.

sanchez-garcia Adina Sanchez-Garcia
Associate Director of English Composition and Senior Lecturer
Roxane Pickens, Ph.D. (College of William and Mary, 2014)
Assistant Director of English Composition and Senior Lecturer

Areas of Interest: American Studies, African/American literature and culture (particularly twentieth century); representations of racial/ethnic identity; theories of play and festivity; cultural studies; U.S. cultural literacy studies

Roxane Pickens earned her doctorate in American Studies (with emphasis on African American literature and expressive culture) from the College of William and Mary in May, 2014.  She has taught seminars in American Studies and Black Studies at W&M, and introductory courses in the UM American Studies program.  Her first-year writing courses at UM focus on identity, community, play theory, and cultural literacy.  She also serves as a writing tutor at the UM Writing Center.

Peter Schmitt, M.F.A. (Iowa, 1983)
Senior Lecturer

Fields: Creative writing (poetry and fiction), American literature, British literature.

Peter Schmitt is the author of three full-length collections of poems: Renewing the Vows (David Robert Books), Hazard Duty, and Country Airport (Copper Beech Press).  He has also published two chapbooks: Incident in an Apartment Complex: A Suite of Voices, and To Disappear, both from Pudding House.  Schmitt has received The Julia Peterkin Award in Poetry from Converse College; The Lavan Award from The Academy of American Poets; The “Discovery”/The Nation Prize; is a two-time recipient of grants from The Florida Arts Council; and was awarded a Fellowship from The Ingram Merrill Foundation.  His poems have been featured several times on NPR’s Writers Almanac, and his poem, “Packing Plant,” won The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival (CT) open competition.  His work has appeared in many leading publications, including The Hopkins Review, The Hudson Review, The Nation, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review, and has been widely anthologized.  A native Miamian, Schmitt has taught at The University of Miami since 1986.