Brady Bergeson, MFA
MFA in Creative Writing (Hamline University, 2006)
Office: Minard 316A
Brady Bergeson received an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University in 2006, and has been teaching creative writing and composition at NDSU since 2007. His primary work is in scriptwriting, fiction, and the creative process, with an interest in making collage art.
He was a writer and performer for an episodic stage show called The Electric Arc Radio Show, sometimes described as Arrested Development meets My Fair Lady,about four dysfunctional writers living together in Minneapolis. The show ran for 36 episodes over six seasons in Minneapolis at the Ritz Theater and the Theatre at the Woman’s Club. It was also staged in New York at the Galapagos Art Space, the Tank Gallery, and the Bowery Poetry Club. Staged like a radio play with a band, voice actors and sound effects, each episode featured a musical guest written into the story. Several episodes were aired on the Current, a Minnesota Public Radio station.
His writing has appeared in a variety of print publications, and in different forms, including on stickers in vending machines and on art gallery walls. He has also written for 24-hour play festivals, and performances at art festivals like Northern Spark in Minneapolis.
Natalie Smith Carlson, PhD Student
MA in English (North Dakota State University)
Office: Minard 316G
Education: I received my Master's degree in composition rhetoric with an emphasis on women’s studies, and completed my B.A. at Minnesota State University with a degree in English, emphasis in multi-ethnic literature, a theatre minor and a Certificate in Publishing from New Rivers Press.
Academic Interests: I am interested in the representation of women, not only in composition, but societally, and I completed my thesis after studying the way first year students “read” the images of women in our culture. I’m also actively involved in working to challenge current medical and social rhetorics around breastfeeding and childbirth.
I press my students to become aware of and involved in social issues in our country. There are so many people who don't get the opportunity for the education that we are currently pursuing and I want my students to understand how we, collectively and individually, arrive at our prejudices, so we can be motivated to create change.
Experience: I have held several jobs in English and Theatre instruction over the past 15 years, as well as worked as a composition tutor at MSUM, NDSU, and privately. I’m elated to be working full time as a lecturer in this interesting and supportive department. I also teach in the Women and Gender Studies department, and altogether, have a wide range of classes this year, from English 120 to Writing in the Health Professions, and from Writing in the Technical Professions to Introduction to Masculinities. I’m always working to translate my interest in race, class and gender issues to my students.
Other: I am married and have three kids. We love to travel, make music, and be photographers.
Dr. Kelly Cameron
PhD in Rhetoric and Composition (Texas Christian University)
Office: Minard 316G
My career began in journalism. After working for two years at a small newspaper in northern Minnesota, I came to NDSU to get an M.A. in English. It was here where I discovered I very much enjoyed teaching and that I wanted to learn a lot more about rhetoric. So I got my Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition with a graduate certificate in Women's Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. I came back to serve as a lecturer here about five years ago. I have also served as Interim Director of First-Year Writing.
I teach mostly ENGL 110/100, but I have also begun to teach intro courses in the Women and Gender Studies Program.
My research interests include feminist approaches to rhetoric and cultural rhetorics.
Currently, I'm working on projects about Frances Power Cobbe, an Anglo-Irish Victorian journalist and activist, and female online advice columnists. I live in Fargo with my husband, Ben, and our cat, Salem.
I have been teaching at NDSU since 1982. I primarily teach Business and Professional Writing and Writing in the Health Professions, with occasional turns at Introduction to Literature.
I love reading, going to movies and plays, and watching baseball. Go Twins!
I have three adult children: Hannah Fairchild (a musician and marketing agent in New York), Clara Cavins-Wolford (a dresser and wig assistant at the Guthrie in Minneapolis), and Sy Cavins-Wolford (a broadcast director at WDAY News in Fargo).
Eunice Johnston, MA
Advisor for the English Major
Office: Minard 316K
Deona McEnery, MA
MA English Literature (NDSU, 2001)
BA English Writing and Spanish, with a minor Biology (Concordia College, 1994)
AA English, Spanish, Biology (Northland Community College, 1992)
Office: Minard 316J
A native of the Fargo/Moorhead area, second generation Bison, and daughter of two teachers, Deona McEnery finds her passion in books of all kinds (romance, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, monster stories (vampires, shape shifters), cooking, biology, and psychology, among others). She loves reading and writing and teaching students about how to become a part of the world conversation. She collects seashells and other ocean life artifacts, rocks and minerals, and rubber stamps.
Her teaching career has included the following classes: English 110 (First-Year Writing), English 120 (First-Year Writing), English 220 (Introduction to Literature), English 320 (Business and Professional Writing), English 321 (Writing in the Technical Professions), English 324 (Writing in the Sciences), and University Studies 189 (Introduction to the University).
Benjamin Melby, MA
MA, English Language and Literature (Indiana University, 2005)
ABD, English Language and Literature (Indiana University, 2007)
Office: Minard 316C
Benjamin Melby teaches a variety of first-year and upper-division writing courses at NDSU. His teaching focuses on topics such as the environment and our sense of place, the effects of technology, and racial justice.
Cindy Nichols, MFA
MFA in Creative Writing (Iowa Writer's Workshop)
Office: Minard 316F
I've been at NDSU for many, many years. If you want to be my friend, don't ask.
I grew up in Ojai, California, a small town just south and inland of Santa Barbara. I hold a BA in English Lit. from Humboldt State University and an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. My teachers included Jorie Graham, Stanley Plumly, James Galvin, Marvin Bell, Donald Justice, and others. Graham, who was my primary mentor, is currently Boylston Professor at Harvard University. Reflected glory.
I'm something of an academic mutt, since I have education and teaching experience in Literature, many years in the Composition/Rhetoric trenches, and a main degree (and primary interest) in Creative Writing. I'm something of a theory-head as well, which is why I've been teaching several semesters of our 271 (Literary Analysis) course. I actually really love lit. crit., I'm mad for ideas, and (now that I'm past the jargon barrier) interested in writing some of it—or, at least, writing a sort of hybrid "creative theory." (Creative Theory? Plug it in to Google and you'll get "Dynamic Theory, Inc.," "A Creative Conspiracy Theory," and "Toward a Theory of Creative Inklings." I'm not sure what any of that is, but I sort of like it. ) ("Creative Inklings"?)
Teaching philosophy: respect students, aim for as much active learning as possible, and (here comes my California DNA), "be real." What that means for me is that I try to be a "person" in my classes and not just a talking head. I'm uncomfortable in positions of authority and so my "teacher's persona" isn't very different from my everyday-out-on-the-street doofus persona. I respect hands-off, student-centered teaching, but find that I enjoy being a student in my own classes too much to stand back very much! I like to engage students just as people like myself trying to figure out what's what.
None of which means I don't take teaching seriously. Years of insomnia prove that I do! And don't think for one minute that I can't be a hardass. Insomnia can make a person REALLY cranky.
I write poetry, new media, and a lot of mixed-genre stuff. I'm definitely a person who thinks outside the box—so much so that I sometimes lose the box altogether. It's a problem.
Favorite contemporary writers include—well, all of my former teachers…Also Dean Young, Lyn Hejinian, Frank O'Hara, Fanny Howe, Annie Proulx, Elizabeth Bishop, Lucie Brock-Broido, and, well, it goes on for miles. I've been researching what these days is called "Creative Writing Studies," a relatively new field that explores Creative Writing pedagogy and craft criticism.
My creative as well as scholarly work has appeared in a variety of national print and electronic journals. You can view my badly-in-need-of-updating homepage at: http://www.ndsu.edu/instruct/cinichol/
I live in Moorhead where I am happily married to John.
I hate every photo ever taken of me, so see pics of my office and cat Mojo.
Good inklings to you.
Mary Pull, MA
English Education Advisor/Associate Director of the Center for Writers
Office: Library 16G
I am a bona-fide product of North Dakota: I was born and raised in Bismarck, and I earned my B.A. in English Education and M.A. in English at NDSU.
After teaching secondary language arts for a short time, I became a graduate instructor in the NDSU English department and, eventually, a lecturer and assistant to the director of the Center for Writers. Currently, I serve in three capacities: Associate Director of the Center for Writers, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, and Academic Advisor for English Education.
Over the years, I have taught a variety of courses at NDSU: College Composition I and II, Methods of Teaching English I and II, American Literature I and II, Peer Tutoring and Writing in the Disciplines, Writing in the Health Professions, Grammatical Structures, and World Literature. My academic interests include the history of writing instruction, writing across the curriculum (WAC), writing in the disciplines (WID), writing center theory and practice, and early American and British literature.
My free time is spent with my husband, four grown children, their spouses, and nineteen grandchildren. In addition to traveling to warm climates, I enjoy volunteering and teaching at my church.
Julie Sandland has been with the Department of English since 1985, when she began work on her MA in English. In 1991 she was hired as a lecturer, and has taught first-year composition, introduction to literature, business and professional writing, and technical writing. In recent years, she has taught business and professional writing online. In addition to teaching, she has worked as a copy editor for the anthropology journal Shamanism, an editor of graduate thesis papers, and a freelance writer. More recently, she has studied and written in the area of women's Civil War history.
She is currently completing a bachelors degree in Mass Communication, and seeks to integrate communication theories in her teaching of composition.
Enrico Sassi, MFA
MFA in Creative Writing (University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 1999)
Director of the Center for Writers
Office: Library 16H
Enrico Sassi has over 20 years of experience teaching writing and communication, including at the University of Michigan’s School of Business. He has taught technical writing, business writing, composition, creative writing, and, most recently, graduate academic writing. He has developed several graduate writing courses for students across the disciplines; you can find them HERE. Enrico also directs the Center for Writers (CFW), which serves students, faculty, and staff at NDSU. For more information about the CFW and its initiatives, click HERE.
Enrico has a BA in Political Science from Stanford University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He also studied a year at the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil. His professional background includes representing the Soviet space organization in the U.K. and launching the project that brought a sponsorship-funded British astronaut aboard the MIR space station. He worked in sports television, where he won an Emmy Award for winter Olympic Games coverage. Enrico has published several articles about winter sports in Microsoft’s Encarta encyclopedia and worked as managing editor of Mushing Magazine in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Enrico has also been a grant writer, program evaluator, international medical research coordinator, and translator. More importantly, he was a stay-at-home dad for several years. He speaks five languages and is raising bilingual children. He misses his native Italy’s good food, wine, and Alps, but he is fascinated by the wide open spaces of the US and the creative tensions that grow from a national spirit that values both individualism and community.
I came to NDSU in August 1997, so I missed the horrible winter and flood of 1996-97. I grew up in southwestern North Dakota, in a little town called Killdeer. I received my B.A. in English and in Anthropology from UND, and then took off to the big cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul to work in various companies until I got a job at the Science Museum where I worked for 5+ years in a variety of areas. I decided to return to my roots of North Dakota and went back to school in Dickinson for a year to get my B.S. in Secondary Education in English. After doing my student teaching working with 120 8th graders I decided to continue onward and get my M.A. in English with an emphasis on British Literature. This was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
I began teaching at NDSU in August 1998, and have taught a variety of writing courses, including Composition 110 and 120, Business Writing 215 and Business and Tech. comm., and English 320. I enjoy seeing the progress of the students as they improve their writing skills, especially the first-year students. In the business classes, I try to emphasize skill areas that I found lacking when I worked in business for 10 years. Hopefully my students will be much better prepared no matter where they find employment after NDSU.
My hobbies, whenever I have time, include reading of course, especially British mysteries. My partner and I enjoy traveling to both Mexico and Canada, where we like to explore the less traveled areas and practice our other languages; he is fluent in Spanish and is learning Italian, but I still need to practice. I also like to quilt, both by hand and by machine, doing a wide variety of styles and patterns. It is a nice way to keep my hands busy while also keeping warm during the winter.