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.
I began teaching at NDSU in the fall of 1982, so I've been here since before most of my current students were planned, much less born. That sometimes makes me feel old but I also feel that teaching new people each year keeps me young.
I'm a senior lecturer, with an office in South Engineering. I regularly teach English 120, College Composition II, and English 320, Business and Professional Writing. I also teach an online section of an introductory literature class, English 220, and, occasionally, Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (English 358). I'm looking forward to a new challenge soon, teaching English 325 (Writing in the Health Professions).
I hope that my classes allow students to find what they already know, add information and skills that I can share with them, and become better, more confident communicators.
I like to spend my free time reading (what a surprise, huh?), watching movies, attending local theater productions, and cooking.
I'm the mother of three grown or almost-grown kids. My oldest, Hannah, is a musician in New York (hannahvsthemany.com); Clara is completing her student teaching in St. Paul, and Sy is a senior in high school. The empty nest looms.
Eunice Johnston, MA
Advisor for the English Major
Office: Minard 316K
Deona McEnery, MA
MA in English Literature (North Dakota State University)
Office: Minard 316J
A native of the Fargo/Moorhead area, second generation Bison, and daughter of two teachers, Deona 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.
M.A. English Literature NDSU 2001
B.A. English Writing and Spanish double major, minor Biology Concordia College 1994
A.A. English, Spanish, Biology Northland Community College, Thief River Falls, MN 1992
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.