English and Humanities Division
Full-time Faculty in the Departments of
English, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies,
Modern Languages, and Philosophy
Bob Bennett, English and Humanities Departments
I’ve always liked a good story. Images and the stories that are tied to them have driven my studies from the days when I was a painting major at University of Iowa through my studies in literature at the University of Idaho. What a great job I have. I get to read good stories and have conversations about what makes them great and why. My interest in the study of humanities probably comes from how weird we really are. I tend to linger in the grey spaces between definite as I think nuances are beautiful and generally more truthful, which I suppose complicates things, but certainly makes life more interesting and provides for a lot of good stories.
Lucas Brown, English Department
Lucas Brown an Idaho native with a passion for literature. His passions include fairy/folk tales, Russians, Catholics, transcendentalists, and people saying they’re sorry in front of a lot of people (if you can belong to more than one category at once, it’s a huge bonus!).
He wrote his master’s thesis on the rhetoric of public apology, and is pursuing a PhD in English based on the same topic.
He’s got five kids, coaches t-ball, grows a garden, and escapes to nature with his brood every chance he gets. He also dabbles in writing poetry, and has had a few poems published in Trestle Creek Review, NIC’s literary journal.
Audrey Cameron, English Department
Audrey has been teaching composition and a range of literature courses for NIC since 2008.She received her MA in English and Scottish Literature and PhD from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Her main research interests lie in early twentieth century literature, with an emphasis in the Scottish Renaissance and Hugh MacDiarmid. Outside of the classroom, Audrey works as a taxi driver for her three rambunctious children.
Aaron Cengiz, Modern Languages Department
Aaron joined the English and Modern Languages Division at NIC in January 2012.
Aaron was raised in Glendale, Arizona where he regularly took advantage of the weather by playing lots of golf and pulling and being pulled on couches behind trucks through the desert. Later, when maturity set in, he served a religious mission for the LDS church in Santiago Chile for 2 years. This is where he would learn his Spanish, as well as eat many controversial things such as cow stomach. After being completely immersed in Spanish for two years, he returned to his university studies and decided Spanish was in his future. He started studying at Brigham Young University Idaho, where he would meet his wife, and later finished his BA at Utah State University.
After considering careers with the Border Patrol and FBI, he decided to continue his studies at the graduate level. He received his MA in Spanish Translation/Interpreting Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. It was here that he decided teaching Spanish was what he wanted to do when he grew up. So he decided to pursue a PhD. As of May 2014, he is coursework complete and working day and night (well, maybe not night) to finish his dissertation as soon as possible.His research interests include translation pedagogy, translation theory, Chilean History, Culture and Literature. He is also interested in all of Latin America, but absolutely biased towards Chile. In the mean time, he enjoys cycling, running and hanging out with his 5 kids.
Aaron Cloyd, English Department
Having grown up between the Rocky and Sierra Madre Mountains, along the North Platte River in southern Wyoming, images of and interactions with land have long informed my teaching and thinking. I began my college education at Northern Wyoming Community College and completed my undergraduate work at Multnomah University, in Portland, Oregon, before receiving my Master’s degree in English from Idaho State University, where I wrote a thesis on place and Alice Munro. I am currently finishing a Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, where I study how contemporary American literature negotiates wilderness places in eras of environmental challenges. This recent work is partially represented in my teaching of composition and literature at North Idaho College and partially in articles, which are published or forthcoming in disClosure, International Journal of Comic Art, and Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.
Carl Curtis, English and Humanities Departments
Erin Davis, English Department
Erin has taught English at NIC since 2008. She received her B.A. in English education/literature and her M.A. in English literacy studies from California State University, Long Beach. The courses she teaches include English 099, English 101, and English 175.She believes that becoming a college-level writer helps you become a better thinker, and she enjoys watching her students learn to clarify their ideas, support their positions, and consider multiple perspectives when they write. Erin’s mantra in her composition courses is “one draft is never enough” and she hopes her students learn from her that good writing comes from re-writing. She also believes that reading is one of the greatest pleasures life has to offer. Because of this, she loves teaching NIC’s Introduction to Literature course. Her English teacher heart overflows with joy when her students find themselves unexpectedly moved, challenged, inspired, or entertained by a book that they read in her class.
Lloyd Duman, English Department
Lloyd carries baby Ellie by necessity mostly; he carries the burden of the division, at times. He tried one time to prove by algebra that Hamlet was Hamlet’s father’s father; he wrote Miss Lonelyhearts for awhile. He was beholden to no one. Lloyd always reckoned to light out for the Territory because they tried to ‘sivilize’ him, and he’d been there before. He found that not time, not happiness, not fun, not children, not a house, not a clean pair of pajamas, no, none of that, would do. But a bicycle would. Lloyd learned that there is not even silence in the mountains but dry sterile thunder without rain. Will you sing London bridges falling down with me, she said. Yes, he said, yes I will yes yes. Lloyd likes books, bikes, and baseball, each in its ordered place…..
Scott Estes, Modern Languages Department
Scott, an NIC alumnus, returned to campus in 2009 to teach Spanish and English. He teaches all levels of Spanish, Cultures of Mexico and Latin America, as well as English 099. Scott is currently taking graduate courses at Idaho State University focusing on Latin American history, culture, and literature.
When he is not teaching, Scott enjoys cooking, spending time with his ever-growing family, and traveling the world with his wife, Sara.
Every May, Scott leads an eager group of students on a two-week trip to Antigua, Guatemala. It’s rumored that this trip may be the most exciting and life-changing way to earn three credits at NIC.
Amy Flint, English Department
Amy has taught English at NIC since 2001 and currently teaches all the NIC at Sandpoint English classes. She loves working with the varied student population in outreach. She also teaches online and IVC classes.
Amy has visited numerous locations in western Europe (as well as many stateside locations), and she has an eclectic taste for both music and literature. She works with the Angels Over Sandpoint service organization, especially the Back to School Program, for which she writes grants.
She lives above Sandpoint where she enjoys a view of the Pend Oreille River from her deck (where she spends considerable time in the warmer months when she’s not traveling or kayaking).
Jonathan Frey, English Department
Jonathan Frey writes and teaches writing. He has been part of NIC’s English Department since 2010, specializing in creative writing, and he advises the college literary magazine, Trestle Creek Review.
Most of his writing these days is dedicated to an ongoing novel project, his first (unless you count that trainwreck of a thing he wrote in his twenties while bumming around Mexico pretending to Be a Writer). Nevertheless you can find some of his work online, mostly from his stint contributing to the lit blog, Bark, which he still does but not often.
Instead, as illustrated here, he spends his spare time driving a Jeep through wooded areas while eating breakfast cereal out of a camping cup. Which makes him look outdoorsy, he thinks, and adventurous, and maybe even a little dangerous.
Laura Godfrey, English Department
Laura has been teaching research writing and American literature for NIC since 2006. She received her B.A. in English from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, her Master’s degree in American literature from the University of Idaho, and then her Ph.D. in American Literature from Washington State University in 2005. Laura publishes articles on a range of 19th, 20th and 21st century American authors including Mary Hallock Foote, Ernest Hemingway, and Cormac McCarthy; her current book project, Ernest Hemingway’s Intimate Geographies, focuses on Hemingway’s early short fiction. In her NIC classes, Laura concentrates on building students’ critical reading skills to help them shape their thinking and their writing: good writers are always good readers. She also does whatever she can to foster lively, engaging and comfortable classroom environments for all her students. Laura also teaches courses, as needed, for the University of Idaho-Coeur d’Alene Bachelor’s Degree Program in English.
Joe Jacoby, Theater Department
Jamison Lee, English Department
John Jensen, Philosophy and Communications Departments
Kim Johnson, English Department
Kim has taught English at NIC since 2000. Her courses usually include English 099, Business Writing, Technical Writing, and American Indian Literature.
Kim is an Idaho native who grew up in Lewiston. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Lewis Clark State College, a master’s degree in English from the University of Idaho, and 45 credits toward a PhD in literary and cultural theory from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Kim loves what she does and hopes it shows in her enthusiasm for students and for writing. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, reading, and getting dirty in her flower beds. Kim lives on 10 acres above Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Windy Bay with her husband, Scott, and coon hound, Ellie May.
The recent accomplishment about which she is most proud: writing a 40,000-word novel in 30 days. Kim explains, “It’s a truly terrible draft about a 17-year-old girl caught in a future where an evil capitalist holds the public hostage through fear of terrorism. It’s full of holes: thinly drawn characters, implausible escapes, and too many explosions, but I’m delighted. I wrote 42,316 words in 30 days. I didn’t quit!”
Edward Kaitz, Philosophy Department
JoSann Lien, English Department
Michelle Lippert, Philosophy Department
Patrick Lippert, Philosophy Department
Jacalyn Marosi, Modern Languages Department
Jacalyn (Jacs) was born in Boise but raised in McCall, Idaho where she graduated high school. She then attended the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) for 4 years (yes, 4 years at a 2 year school). CSI is where Jacs was introduced to ASL and the Deaf World. She developed a love affair with both and pursued both aggressively thereafter. She received a double AA in General Business and Sign Language Studies.
She then transferred to Western Oregon University and earned her BA in ASL/English Interpretation. Upon graduation, she did some freelance interpreting briefly, then was hired as the one full-time staff interpreter in Coeur d Alene, Idaho at North Idaho College. During a slow semester, she set up ASL 101 and 102 with no intention of teaching the courses. When she was asked to teach the courses, she reluctantly accepted the job after seeking trusted advice. She taught ASL 101 and 102 and realized that teaching ASL was what she was always meant to do.
The classes grew substantially, so higher levels of ASL courses were added as well as a related lecture course. Jacs earned her M.Ed in December 2012 through the University of Idaho to learn more about education which helped implement the ASL Studies program at NIC. Fall 2013 was the first semester that the program began in full force; Spring 2014 the first student earned an AS degree with emphasis in ASL Studies at NIC.
For Jacs, her work is a significant part of her life and the majority of her time is dedicated to it. Her passion and enthusiasm for ASL and the Deaf Community have often been called infectious, which thrills Jacs to no end.
Gerard Mathes, Music Department
Molly Michaud, English Department
Molly teaches writing, literature, and literary analysis. She imagines her students are all friends who hang out at a secret student warehouse/lounge where they occasionally throw darts at her picture but mostly study and write together. She loves music, plays it often in her classes, and sometimes sings. When she’s not teaching, she travels the world in search of good times and nice people.
Laurie Olson-Horswill, English, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Studies Departments
Laurie has been teaching traditional and online classes at NIC in writing, literature, and the humanities since 1996.
She considers herself to be a professional student: always learning, reading, and experiencing deeper layers of meaning in the creative fields of the humanities, especially literature, philosophy, visual art, music, and their connections. The more we know, the more doors open to inspire curiosity. Laurie learns alongside her students, who teach her continuously about their life experiences and their views of the world.
Her educational journey taught her that it takes hard work, persistence, patience, and a love for learning to jump through the college hoops, but the experience is worth it, Along the way, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and history, a master’s in English, and a doctorate in education, emphasizing English, the humanities, and service-learning. To achieve these degrees, she attended the University of Washington, Montana State University, Seattle University, Gonzaga University, and the University of Idaho.
Laurie is active in the arts community, partnering with her husband, Michael Horswill, who is a sculptor and teaches art at NIC. She is an active gardener and beekeeper, counting her furry honey bees as pets alongside her four chickens and two dogs.
Laura Templeman, Philosophy Department
John Trombold, English and Interdisciplinary Studies Departments
John Trombold currently teaches English Composition, Multicultural Literature, Literature of Western Civilization, and Interdisciplinary Studies. He has also proposed a course, "Regionalism and Globalism: Literature of the Americas," for the University of Idaho branch campus in Coeur d'Alene.
His interests include the ways that history is made slippery by forms of writing, particularly in the example of Idaho, which seems to confound two hundred years of written attempts to define it. He is married to Brent Davies and has two boys, Charlie and Ben, who keep him busy with ski team and soccer, which he coaches.
Faith Valente, English and Communications Departments
Lynn Wahl, English Department
Lynn has taught at NIC since 2009. She mainly teaches English 102 and 202 (technical writing). Before moving to Idaho for her husband's job at Fish and Game as a Fisheries Biologist, she attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale for her bachelor's and master's degree in English. Although her focus in graduate school was literature, she loves composition and teaching writing. She also loves teaching online classes and is always trying to improve as an online instructor. In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading, gardening, cooking, craft projects, fishing, camping, wild edible hunting, hiking, and graphic design. Lynn is on the elearning Advisory Board at NIC to develop and discuss online teaching standards, and is also the Communications Chair for the Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership, a local non-profit organization.
Liza Wilcox, English Department
I began my “adult” journey not in academia but in a lawyer’s office. From a fairly young age, I wanted to be Della Street, Perry Mason’s highly efficient, much-depended-upon secretary (we would now call her his paralegal). She was, for me, the epitome of professionalism. While certainly not to Della’s degree (but few truly achieve this as she set the bar so high), I accomplished my goal and loved the work. Fast forward many years. I’m living on a military base in Japan, with a husband, three young daughters, and a part-time job, and I make the decision to return to school to achieve a new goal: to become a teacher. While initially my heart was drawn to early childhood education, holding my first literature anthology (yes, I kissed my first canon—is this weird?) sealed the deal for me: my heart was in teaching English! I have always loved to read; I’ve always loved English (even that yucky grammar stuff), so my realization came as a “well, duh.” Flash forward more years. I completed a bachelor’s degree in education, with an emphasis in English and history, and kept going to complete a master’s degree in English, with an emphasis in literature and composition. I’ve been teaching since 2002 and began teaching at North Idaho College in 2009. I have loved every minute! I love creating a fun and supportive environment for my students, I love helping them improve their thinking and writing skills, I love helping them understand the value of education, but I especially love helping students become more confident in themselves as students and human beings.