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Holly Barbaccia • Associate Professor and Chair of English

Office Location: Pawling Hall, Room 116 (502) 863-8126


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A. in English and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., College of William and Mary


  • English Composition I and II
  • British Literature Survey I and II
  • Chaucer
  • Medieval Literature
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Epic Poetry
  • Women and Writing
  • Comparative Literature
  • World Literature to 1650
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Senior Seminar in Women’s Studies

Research Interests:

  • Medieval and renaissance literature
  • Lyric poetry
  • Women and writing
  • Popular culture

Service and Involvement:

  • Sigma Tau Delta Faculty Advisor
  • Student Women and Gender Society Faculty Advisor
  • Faculty Committee

Awards and Information:

Dr. Barbaccia joined the faculty in 2005. Since 2007, she has directed the interdisciplinary minor program in Women’s Studies; she also directs the new program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She has published papers on early modern English-women’s lyric poetry, on John Gower’s Anglo-French erotic balade sequence, and on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She gave the McCandless lecture at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, in 2011. Her book — an introduction to the writings of the poet, prince, and prisoner of war, Charles d’Orleans — is forthcoming with the series New Perspectives on Medieval Literature (University Press of Florida).

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Rosemary Allen • Professor of English, Provost/Dean of the College

Office Location: Giddings Hall, 2nd Floor, Provost’s Office
Phone: Provost’s Office, (502) 863-8146


  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University
  • B.A., Hillsdale College


  • Shakespeare
  • Milton
  • Neo-Classical Literature
  • Honors Seminar: Hamlet

Awards and Information:

Dr. Allen joined the faculty in 1984. She chaired the English Department for eight years. The first faculty member to win all three of the College’s teaching awards, she is the recipient of the 1997 Rollie Graves “Technology Excellence” Award, the 1998 John Walker Manning “Distinguished Mentor and Teacher” Award, and the 2002 Cawthorne “Excellence in Teaching” Award. Since 2004, Dr. Allen has acted as Provost/Dean of the College, and is the first woman in Georgetown’s history to hold the position of chief academic officer.



Barbara Burch • Professor of English, Director of Honors Program

Office Location: Pawling Hall, Room 112
Phone: (502) 863-8130


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • B.A., M.A., University of Kentucky


  • Writing in the Disciplines
  • Foundations 111 and 112
  • British Literature Survey I and II
  • Romantic Literature
  • Victorian Literature
  • Irish Literature and Folklore

Teaching and Research Areas:

  • Robert Browning
  • James Joyce
  • William Butler Yeats
  • Contemporary Irish Poetry
  • Liberal Arts Pedagogy
  • Irish Myth and Folklore

Service and Involvement:

  • Honors Committee (Program Director)
  • College Planning Council Member

Awards and Information:

Dr. Burch joined the faculty in 1994. In 1994 and 2001, she was named “Favorite Professor” by the Alpha Lambda Delta honorary. She received the John Walker Manning “Distinguished Mentor and Teacher “Award in 1999, was recognized as Outstanding Academic Adviser in 2005, and awarded the Cawthorne “Excellence in Teaching” Award in 2006. At the 2011 Senior Banquet, she presented with the Lindsey Apple Student Life Award.

She directs the Honors Program.

Dr. Burch is happy to hear from former students.

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Steve Carter • Professor of English, Editor of Georgetown Review

Office Location: Pawling Hall, Room 109Phone: (502) 863-8308


  • Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.A., University of Southern Mississippi
  • B.A., Tusculum College
  • A.A., Hiwassee Junior College


  • Composition I and II
  • English Literature Survey I and II
  • Modern Fiction
  • Topics courses
  • Creative Writing

Awards and Information:

Dr. Carter joined the faculty in 1990. He is a widely published writer of short fiction, having placed his work in literary magazines like Antioch ReviewTin HouseNorthwest Review, and Mississippi Review. His first novel, I Was Howard Hughes, was published by Bloomsbury Press in September 2003. His second novel, Famous Writers School, was published by Counterpoint Press in October 2006.

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Todd Coke • Professor of English, Director of American Studies

Office Location: Pawling Hall, Room 114
Phone: (502) 863-8127


  • Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
  • B.A., M.A., Austin Peay State University


Awards and Information:

Dr. Coke joined the faculty in 1989. He is the Director of the American Studies program.


Carrie Cook • Associate Professor of English, Writing Program Coordinator

Office Location: Pawling Hall, Room 113
Phone: (502) 863-7979


  • Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Eastern Kentucky University
  • B.A., Kentucky State University


  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Advanced Composition
  • English Literature Survey I
  • Media Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • History of the English Language

Awards and Information:

Dr. Cook joined the faculty in 2006. She directs the Writing Program. She is the Past-President of Kentucky Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.


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Kristin Czarnecki • Associate Professor of English

Office Location: Pawling Hall, Room 110
Phone: (502) 863-8132


  • Ph.D. University of Cincinnati
  • M.A. Northwestern University
  • B.A. University of Notre Dame


  • English Composition I and II
  • Accelerated Composition
  • Foundations 111 and 112
  • English Literature Survey I and II
  • Survey of African-American Literature 1745-Present
  • Twentieth-Century Drama
  • Modern British Literature
  • Native American Literature
  • Honors Seminar: Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group
  • Topics in Women and Literature: Multiethnic American Women’s Literature
  • Topics in Multiethnic American Literature: The Harlem Renaissance
  • Oxford Tutorial in Modern British Literature


Dr. Czarnecki joined the faculty in 2007. Her teaching and research interests include modern British literature, multiethnic American literature (namely women’s literature, Native American literature, and literature of the Harlem Renaissance), and literary theory and criticism.  In addition, she is always interested in innovative and interesting ways to teach composition. She has published papers on Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, and Samuel Beckett and has also published comparative essays on Woolf and Native American women writers. Dr. Czarnecki is President of the International Virginia Woolf Society, an editorial board member of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany, and an editorial board member of Woolf Studies Annual. In addition to the IVWS, she is a member of the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures and the Modern Language Association.

In June 2010, she hosted the 20th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf at Georgetown College.


John Sadlon • Professor of English, Director of Writing Center

Office Location: Pawling Hall, Room 111



  • M.Ed., Ph.D. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh

Teaches (Undergraduate):

  • Composition I and II
  • Linguistics
  • Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Schools

Teaches (Graduate):

  • Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum (ENG 526)
  • Teachers Writing Their Own Portfolio Pieces to Increase CATS (State Test Scores) Results (ENG 570)

Awards and Information:

Dr. Sadlon joined the faculty in 1979. He directs the Writing Center.


Mary Brady • Associate Professor of English (deceased)



  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • B.A., M.A., University of Kentucky

Awards and Information:

For twenty-two years, Dr. Mary Brady taught English classes at every level of the curriculum, advised students, and served the College in a wide range of capacities. She won the John Walker Manning “Distinguished Mentor and Teacher” Award in 2005. Since Dr. Brady’s death on January 8, 2007, some of her students and colleagues have sought to preserve her memory online at the Brady Experience and the Mary Brady Project. A scholarship in her name to be given to a junior English major is also being developed: read more about the “Pawling 110 Club,” and go here to make your first contribution.