College of Letters and Sciences

DEPARTMENT OF LITERATURE, WRITING, AND FILM

Welcome to one of the most dynamic and creative departments on campus!  Whether you are interested in writing the next ‘Great American Novel,’ pursuing a career in the ever-evolving field of professional writing, or becoming a visual storyteller through the medium of film, this department offers varied and practical program opportunities that help students achieve their personal and professional goals.

UW-Whitewater has been training future English teachers since the university began as Whitewater Normal School in 1868.  Today we are proud to have one of the most vibrant English Education programs in the state. Our programs in Creative Writing and English literature allow students to develop their creative talents and hone their analytical skills.  The Professional Writing and Publishing program prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities involving writing, editing, publishing, and visual rhetoric, and our Film Studies program combines film analysis with opportunities for practical, hands-on experience.

From First-Year English to senior capstone courses and independent research projects, our esteemed faculty teach and mentor students at all stages of their academic careers at UW-Whitewater. We serve the community through a range of public outreach efforts, and publish scholarly and creative work with distinguished presses and in leading national and international journals. 

In addition, the Department of Literature, Writing, and Film supports a range of co-curricular activities, including internship opportunities, our student literary magazine The Muse, our thriving annual Creative Writing Festival that draws authors, students, and teachers from across the region to campus, and Hawk Cinema, our film club.  Come join a vibrant community where you can explore your interests, enhance your creative talents and analytical skills, and prepare to meet the challenges of a complex, culturally evolving society.

Contact us

Jonathan Ivry
Department Chair & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-5061
Location: Laurentide Hall 3207

Elizabeth Lamb
Department Assistant
Phone: 262-472-1036
Location: Laurentide Hall 3209

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Our history

 

Black and white image of Whitewater Normal School.

Old Main, an architectural focal point of the UW-Whitewater campus as it appeared in 1880. All English courses were taught here until a devastating fire destroyed the building in 1970.

 

The Department of Literature, Writing, and Film is one of the oldest departments on campus and has gone through several transformations since the founding of the University in 1868. Because the origins of UW-Whitewater are intertwined with education, first as Whitewater Normal School in 1868 and then as Whitewater State Teacher’s College in 1927, the careful instruction of English and literature, along with writing and critical thinking, has been foundational to the identity of this campus.

Black and white photo of Dr. John A. Heide.

Pictured, right: Dr. John A. "Jack" Heide. Heide Hall, where the majority of the department's classes are taught, was named for Jack Heide shortly after his death. Two departmental scholarships are named in his honor.

A key milestone for this department occurred shortly after World War II when John A. “Jack” Heide became the department chair in 1948. His leadership for the next twenty years coincided with massive enrollment increases at the university during the 1950s and 1960s, and he subsequently built the department into the largest on campus. During his tenure, requirements for the two-semester sequence of First Year English (101 and 102) were put in place. Dr. Heide was also a firm believer in small class sizes so that all students might have easy access to their professors.

Jack Heide’s vision is still a reality here at UW-Whitewater where dedicated faculty and small class sizes continue to provide an educational advantage to our students. In the 21 st century, the department has also evolved to reflect the changing nature of communication in the digital age. Our robust Professional Writing and Publishing Major provides students with a wide array of career options, while our dynamic Creative Writing Major has also seen remarkable enrollment growth, supported and enhanced by nationally prominent faculty. Finally, the most recent addition of our Film Studies Major furthers the mission of the Department of Literature, Writing and Film by equipping students with the visual language necessary to be creative, adaptable thinkers as they engage and connect with others as citizens in a global society.

The impact of our educators in the past and the present

Marilyn G Annucci

Marilyn G Annucci

Professor, Professor (Ss)

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

annuccim@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3233 |

(262) 472-5042

Daniel G Baumgardt

Daniel G Baumgardt

Associate Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

baumgard@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3214 |

(262) 472-5051

Michael Y Bennett

Michael Y Bennett

Associate Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

bennettm@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3270 |

(262) 472-5037

Maija  Birenbaum

Maija Birenbaum

Associate Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

birenbam@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3253 |

(262) 472-7398

Deborah M Fratz

Deborah M Fratz

Associate Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

fratzd@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3231 |

(262) 472-1047

Nicholas A Gulig

Nicholas A Gulig

Associate Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

gulign@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3220 |

(262) 472-1041

Anna T Hajdik

Anna T Hajdik

Lecturer 2

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

hajdika@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3221 |

(262) 472-1242

Rossitza P Ivanova

Rossitza P Ivanova

Associate Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

ivanovar@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3267 |

(262) 472-7399

Jonathan B Ivry

Jonathan B Ivry

Associate Professor, Associate Professor (Sv)

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

ivryj@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3207 |

(262) 472-5061

Donald C Jellerson

Donald C Jellerson

Associate Professor, Associate Professor (Ss)

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

jellersd@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3217 |

(262) 472-1979

Tanya  Kam

Tanya Kam

Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

kamt@uww.edu

Mccutchan Hall 04 |

(262) 472-4976

Evelynn Elise Kersting

Evelynn Elise Kersting

Lecturer 1

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

kerstine@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3254 |

Elizabeth  Lamb

Elizabeth Lamb

Department Assistant

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

lambe@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3209 |

(262) 472-1036

Jessica  Lauer

Jessica Lauer

Assistant Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

lauerj@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3260 |

(262) 472-5054

Elena L Levy-Navarro

Elena L Levy-Navarro

Professor, Professor (Ss)

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

levye@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3227 |

(262) 472-5047

Joshua D Mabie

Joshua D Mabie

Associate Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

mabiej@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3239 |

(262) 472-1738

John  McGuigan

John McGuigan

Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

mcguigaj@uww.edu

Mccutchan Hall 218 |

(262) 472-5057

Amy L Menzel

Amy L Menzel

Lecturer 1

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

menzela@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3269 |

(262) 472-5062

James S Miller

James S Miller

Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

millerjs@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3241 |

(262) 472-5058

Patrick J Moran

Patrick J Moran

Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

moranp@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3273 |

(262) 472-5773

Erica L Moulton

Erica L Moulton

Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor (Sv)

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

moultone@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3256 |

(262) 472-1081

Jason J Nado

Jason J Nado

Lecturer 1

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

nadoj@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3252 |

(262) 472-5041

Casey  O'Ceallaigh

Casey O'Ceallaigh

Lecturer 1

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

oceallac@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3271 |

(262) 472-7392

Rick  Oehling

Rick Oehling

Lecturer 2

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

oehlingr@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3272 |

(262) 472-5046

Heather  Osborn

Heather Osborn

Lecturer 2

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

osbornh@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3250 |

(262) 472-5077

Olesya  Ostapenko

Olesya Ostapenko

Lecturer 2

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

ostapenko@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3258 |

(262) 472-5040

Dana E Prodoehl

Dana E Prodoehl

Associate Professor, Sv

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

prodoehd@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3219 |

(262) 472-7397

Asmahan  Sallah

Asmahan Sallah

Associate Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

sallaha@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3225 |

(262) 472-5052

Micah-Jade C Stanback

Micah-Jade C Stanback

Assistant Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

stanbacm@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3251 |

(262) 472-5055

Jeff A Sternstein

Jeff A Sternstein

Lecturer 1

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

sternstj@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3261 |

(262) 472-5056

Barrett E Swanson

Barrett E Swanson

Associate Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

swansobe@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3216 |

(262) 472-1033

Janine M Tobeck

Janine M Tobeck

Associate Professor, Associate Professor (Sv)

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

tobeckj@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3215 |

(262) 472-5039

Lisa  Ulevich

Lisa Ulevich

Senior Lecturer

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

ulevichl@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3255 |

(262) 472-7391

Jonathon B Walter

Jonathon B Walter

Lecturer 1

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

WalterJB05@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3259 |

(262) 472-7393

Holly J Wilson

Holly J Wilson

Associate Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

wilsonh@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3218 |

(262) 472-1040

Trudi D Witonsky

Trudi D Witonsky

Associate Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

witonskt@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3237 |

(262) 472-1045

Mark J Zunac

Mark J Zunac

Associate Professor

Department(s): Literature, Writing, & Film

zunacm@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 3213 |

(262) 472-1056

There are numerous scholarship opportunities available to students, both through the university, the College of Letters and Sciences and the Literature, Writing, and Film Department. To make life a little easier, all of the university's scholarship applications and requirement listings are available online.

  • Corinne E. Forster Scholarship
  • Edie Thornton Memorial Scholarship
  • Joe and Becky Hogan Scholarship
  • Kristine Grimsrud Memorial Scholarship
  • Ray Griffith Memorial Scholarship
  • Silver/Savage Literature, Writing and Science Scholarship
  • Jack Heide Creative Writing Award
  • Jack Heide Outstanding Major Award
  • The Burrows Award

One of the easiest ways to get involved at UW-Whitewater is to join a student organization. Our campus offers more than 200 organizations, including Professional Writing Core.

For more information visit the Involve Student Portal.

The Muse, our annual literary magazine, features art, poetry, essays, short stories and more.

For more information, visit The Muse, Literary and Arts Magazine.

The Film Analysis Guide is a beginner's guide to the terms used by filmmakers and analysts alike to describe how films are made. In this guide, you'll find terms for describing such things as:

  • Camera positions, movements, composition and focal length (cinematography)
  • Set, lighting and costume design (mise-en-scene)
  • Cuts, dissolves, fades and eyeline matches (editing)
  • Sound design

The Creative Writing Festival workshops cover a wide range of topics including poetry, novels, creative nonfiction, and juvenile fiction. Students can learn new writing techniques, explore different genres, and gain insights from published authors. The festival also provides a space for networking and building connections with fellow writers and professionals in the industry.

Students are strongly encouraged to gain practical experience in writing, editing and publishing through internships, which are available in public and private organizations. Organizations that have worked with English interns in recent years include:

  • Winkhaus Corporation, Whitewater
    Write, edit and prepare press release for an international corporation
  • University of Wisconsin Press, Madison
    Proofread and copyedit longer literary projects
  • Motorcycle Product News, Madison
    Edit, proofread and write articles about motorcycles and accessories
  • Cygnus Publishing, Fort Atkinson
    Copyedit, write, and proofread article for trade publications
  • Nasco, Fort Atkinson
    Write and prepare documents for education material
  • News and Public Affairs, UW-Whitewater
    Write press releases, stories for The Reporter; do research and conduct interviews.
  • The Week, Walworth County, Delavan
    Copy editing, feature stories, interviews.
  • WHAD, Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee
    Work on talk show production, news reporting, community outreach.
  • Milwaukee Public Museum
    Writing public service announcements, news releases, feature stories.
  • Celebrate Midwest, Milwaukee
    Handle reader correspondence, photo copying, filing, editing, fact checking.
  • City of Milwaukee
    Various positions. Work approx. 20 hours per week. Must pass a medical exam and an oral exam.
  • Shepherd Express, Milwaukee
    Possible freelance story assignments.
  • Feminist Voices, Madison
    Write stories, reviews, etc.
  • Johnson Hill Press, Fort Atkinson
    Copy editing, product descriptions, press releases, possible feature articles.
  • Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
    Editing, report writing, research.
  • a/b: Auto/Biography, UW-Whitewater English Department
    Copy editing, journal production.
  • Whitewater Chamber of Commerce

For more information, contact the Languages and Literatures Department, in Laurentide 3112, at x1036 or english@uww.edu.

 

Possible Internship Opportunities:

The UW-Whitewater Creative Writing faculty are a distinguished group of writers who actively publish in their chosen genres.

Marilyn Annucci (MFA, University of Pittsburgh) is the author of two chapbooks: Waiting Room, which won the 2012 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, selected by Tony Hoagland (Hill-Stead Museum, 2012), and Luck (Parallel Press, 2000). Her work has appeared in various journals online and in print, including Verse Wisconsin, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, North American Review, Wisconsin People & Ideas, Poetry Daily, and Indiana Review. 

Patrick Moran (MFA, Iowa Writer's Workshop) is the author of four books of poetry: The Book of Lost Things (Augury Books, 2012), Tell a Pitiful Story (MWPH, 2011), Doppelgangster (Main Street Rag Press, 2012), and Rumors of Organized Crime, Poems & Plays' 2013 Tennessee Chapbook Prize winner. He is also the author of "The Ampersand: Casual Vortex or Engraver's Shortcut," which appeared in the 2013 September issue of The Writer's Chronicle. His poems and translations have appeared in many journals, including the New Republic, The Antioch Review, The Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review and The Boston Review.

Holly Wilson (MFA, Wichita State University and PhD, Florida State) has published fiction in Narrative Magazine, Redivider, Northwest Review, Opium Magazine, Short Story, The Portland Review, and Eye-Rhyme: Journal of New Literature. Her story "Night Glow" won Third Place in Narrative's First-Person Story Contest and was anthologized in 2009's New Stories from the South. An excerpt from her first novel, The Lonely, was published by Narrative Magazine in 2014. She was a 2009 Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University and a 2009 Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee Writers' Conference.

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English Major/Emphasis, Minor
English

Storytelling has been a key form of human communication, commentary, and creative expression since the beginning of recorded history, and an understanding of its nuances and creation is essential to fully understand the human experience. Analyze texts of many different cultures, backgrounds, and styles, as well as learn to create and refine your own works. This well-rounded study of the English language will prepare you for many sucessful career paths.

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English (Creative Writing) Major/Emphasis, Minor, Certificate (Undergraduate)
English (Creative Writing)

Are you passionate about creatively expressing yourself through the art of writing? With an emphasis in Creative Writing, you will be given an outlet to fully immerse yourself in your craft with courses focused on writing fiction and poetry, screenwriting, multicultural literature and drama, and putting pen to paper to workshop the hundreds of ideas bouncing around in your mind.

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English (Literature) Major/Emphasis, Minor
English (Literature)

Unlock the world of the written word through an emphasis in Literature, exploring the common themes and detrimental differences of vast array of works and genres. Learn how to engage with literature critically and thoughtfully through courses on subjects such as African-American, Asian, British, Middle-Eastern, African, and American literature, as well as the study of biblical and Shakespearean influence on English texts.

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Film Studies Major/Emphasis, Minor, Certificate (Undergraduate)
Film Studies

Discover new worlds and perspectives as you analyze movies and cinematic visual styles and assess the historical development of film and related types of media as evolving art forms. You'll also delve into the ways in which history and representations of culture reflect or respond to questions of ethics and social justice.

A person sits on a bench and writes with the sun shining and a large yellow tree in the background.
Professional Writing and Editing Certificate (Undergraduate)
Professional Writing and Editing

The undergraduate Professional Writing and Editing certificate helps students in all majors and with all career goals advance their abilities to write clearly and effectively.

Students and a faculty member sit in a circle and discuss Scottish poetry.
Professional Writing and Publishing Major/Emphasis, Minor, Certificate (Undergraduate)
Professional Writing and Publishing

Every industry — from business, to government, to education, to the arts and beyond — is in need of writers who can develop, create, edit and publish clear and compelling written content and communications.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

Storytelling has been a key form of human communication, commentary, and creative expression since the beginning of recorded history, and an understanding of its nuances and creation is essential to fully understand the human experience. Analyze texts of many different cultures, backgrounds, and styles, as well as learn to create and refine your own works. This well-rounded study of the English language will prepare you for many sucessful career paths.

Major/Emphasis, Minor, Certificate (Undergraduate)

Are you passionate about creatively expressing yourself through the art of writing? With an emphasis in Creative Writing, you will be given an outlet to fully immerse yourself in your craft with courses focused on writing fiction and poetry, screenwriting, multicultural literature and drama, and putting pen to paper to workshop the hundreds of ideas bouncing around in your mind.

Major/Emphasis, Minor

Unlock the world of the written word through an emphasis in Literature, exploring the common themes and detrimental differences of vast array of works and genres. Learn how to engage with literature critically and thoughtfully through courses on subjects such as African-American, Asian, British, Middle-Eastern, African, and American literature, as well as the study of biblical and Shakespearean influence on English texts.

Major/Emphasis, Minor, Certificate (Undergraduate)

Discover new worlds and perspectives as you analyze movies and cinematic visual styles and assess the historical development of film and related types of media as evolving art forms. You'll also delve into the ways in which history and representations of culture reflect or respond to questions of ethics and social justice.

Certificate (Undergraduate)

The undergraduate Professional Writing and Editing certificate helps students in all majors and with all career goals advance their abilities to write clearly and effectively.

Major/Emphasis, Minor, Certificate (Undergraduate)

Every industry — from business, to government, to education, to the arts and beyond — is in need of writers who can develop, create, edit and publish clear and compelling written content and communications.