Carroll College, Helena Montana


Dr. Debra Bernardi

Dr. Debra BernardiAssociate Professor of English

Education: Phd, U of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996; MA, U of Wisconsin-Madison; AB, Franklin and Marshall College. Areas of research or interests include: American literature (with a specialty in nineteenth-century American literature, especially women writers and feminist theory), contemporary popular culture, especially television, horror, and westerns. Dr. Bernardi is also working on a book on American women writers in Italy and has co-edited a book titled Our Sisters' Keepers: Nineteenth-Century Benevolence Literature by American Women. She has also published numerous essays, and writes movie and television reviews and columns for a local Helena paper.

"Because Carroll is small, I get to work with our students over a number of years, seeing them in several classes. This way I really get to see my students grow and develop intellectually.

"Our students read their work, along with other students and professional writers, at the Carroll Literary Festival ; they also can have their work published in our literary magazine Colors (there is usually a reading in town to celebrate the publication). I also encourage students to present their work more widely: this year a recent graduate and I are both reading our essays at a popular culture conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico."

Dr. Jeff Morris

Associate Professor of English

Dr Jeff MorrisEducation: Ph.D. English, Penn State University, 1994; M.A. English, Penn State University, 1989; B.A. English, Boise State University, 1986. Areas of research or interests include: The English renaissance-specifically authors like John Milton and William Shakespeare.  He has recently published an online edition of Macbeth for Gleeditions and is currently working on editions of The Merchant of Venice and King Lear.  Other accomplishments include: Fulbright Scholarship to Egypt, 2005; Writer for Montana Magazine; Participant in International Milton Symposium in Grenoble, France.

"I feel blessed every day to have a place in this college. The students care about their studies and have a good time as well. The city of Helena is humble and right-sized for raising my family. There are trails that crisscross the hills south of town, so running, hiking, and mountain biking with my wife is an almost daily joy."

Loren Graham

Associate Professor of English

Loren GrahamEducation: M.A. in English and American Literature, Baylor University, 1986; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Virginia, 1988 Areas of research or interests:Creative writing, translation, and modern poetry.. Mr. Graham has written several pieces of published work, including Mose (Wesleyan University Press, 1994), The Ring Scar (Word Press, 2010), Places I Was Dreaming (CavanKerry Press 2015), and over 100 poems, stories, and essays published in literary magazines. He also manages the campus literary magazine, Colors, and has won numerous fellowships, including Writer's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, 2009, numerous fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, mostly recently Summer 2010, John Ciardi Fellowship, 1996, and DuPont Fellowship, 1987.

I truly like every class I teach, and I try hard to make each one both fun and challenging for me and for the students. But my favorite class is Advanced Creative Writing because it's the one closest to my calling in this world: to be a serious writer.

The students are the reason I show up every day: talking with them about the various subjects that matter to us both is about is about the best job I can imagine.

Dr. Soumitree Gupta

Dr. Soumitree GuptaAssistant Professor of English

Education: Ph.D., Syracuse University. Areas of research or interests include: postcolonial studies, transnational cultural studies, diaspora studies, comparative race and ethnic studies, and transnational gender studies.

"As a feminist scholar committed to social justice, I seek to foster a collective learning environment where my students are able to make critical connections among power, ideology, representation and students’ own embodied social identities along the intersecting axes of gender, race, class, nation, (dis)ability, and so on. To this end, I use a wide variety of approaches and mediums (including sociological and historical texts, mainstream and alternative media texts, graphic narratives, performance texts etc.) in my classes. I’m really excited about the World Literature and Composition courses that I’m teaching this semester. The students are very motivated, smart, self-reflexive, and engaged. I’m also teaching an Introduction to Literature course, which is sub-titled Literature, Media, and Identity."

Dr. Kay Satre

Associate Professor of English, Chairperson for Department of Languages and Literature

Kay SatreEducation: Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst; M.A., Boston College; B.A. Carroll College. Areas of research or interests include: Victorian Literature (especially big fat novels by writers like the Brontes, Dickens, and Eliot), The Family in Literature, Literary Theory and, especially, feminist theories. Dr. Satre also enjoys teaching Expository Writing because "it's so rewarding to work with students as they develop their writing muscle (through drafting and revising) and gain power to create pieces that are meaningful for themselves and their readers." She also find that working closely with motivated students and supportive, talented colleagues is very rewarding at Carroll.

"When I first came to Carroll as an undergraduate, I thought I'd maybe be here for a year, tops. Now, more than 30 years later, recalling this makes me laugh. I've come "back" to Carroll three separate times, in between other life experiences and stints at graduate school; this last time back, I've stayed for nearly 20 years. I can't fully explain Carroll's attraction, but I have found my life here, working with students and colleagues, seeking knowledge and understanding, enjoying this beautiful and humble spot."

Kevin Stewart

Assistant Professor of English

Education: M.F.A. Creative Writing (Fiction), 1996 University of Arkansas; M.A. English, Radford University; B.A. English, Concord University, 1991; B.S. Civil Engineering, Bluefield State College, 1987. Areas of interest and research include: Creative writing (especially fiction), composition, the contemporary American short story, American literature after the Civil War, and Bruce Springsteen. Favorite class to teach: “Creative writing. It's always reaffirming to see a writer's work take a important step forward when he or she grasps a simple literary device: for example, the power of enjambment in a line of poetry or of a jump cut between scenes in a story. We can't teach them their subject matter or stories, but we can show them better ways to emphasize the significance of that subject matter or stories.”Check out Professor Stewart’s publications:  The Way Things Always Happen Here, "Magicicada: Spring 2012" and Green Light.” His recently-finished novel Pax, 1960 is currently making the rounds among publishers, agents, and national novel contests.

“Nearing a half decade at Carroll, I remain impressed with my students' diligence, intelligence and enthusiasm, and continue to find that my colleagues are accomplished, helpful, accommodating and fun. Seems like just yesterday that I started. Last spring, many of the first-year students who came in with me in 2010 have now graduated. I’ve enjoyed having some of them over and over, watching them grow creatively and intellectually. And more are on their way. Onward!”


Dr. Ron Stottlemyer

Professor Emeritus of English

Ron StottlemyerEducation: Ph.D. , University of Arizona, 1983. Areas of research or interests: Medieval English Literature, especially Middle-English mystical writers; ancient Greek and Latin writers, particularly Homer, Virgil, and Ovid; Tolkien; English Grammar; world mythology; and linguistics. 

Retired May 2014.

One Man's Retirement

"A while ago I was asked to write a short piece about being named Professor Emeritus for the Department of Languages and Literature and about making the transition into retirement. Since it's impossible to sum up with a few words the richness of these experiences in the way I would like to,I will have to settle for a few comments about what I think and feel about my new life.

"Being given the title "Professor Emeritus" by my colleagues was an unexpected and great honor, one that continues to touch me with its generosity, its affection. I can imagine no greater satisfaction from the years we had together than to remain in my friends' kind regard now that I am no longer with them in the same way. Also the walls of books that surround me in the study at home remind me of the opportunity, the responsibility, I have to engage more fully in the life of reading, thinking, and writing I have always done.

"Perhaps, retirement for me is just that—an opportunity, a liberation, from the distractions that have interrupted the enormous fun of learning and sharing what I have learned and felt in literature with like-minded students and colleagues. It's also many other things.  It's having the leisure to sip my coffee in the morning rather than gulping it.  It's the freedom to decide with Joan what we'll be doing with the day before us.  It's taking my old friend Teddy on a slow walk through a familiar neighborhood, reading a new book for a book review, preparing to teach Old English to interested friends, working on a poem whenever I choose.  In short, it's the joy of a quietly abundant life, a fine summation to a long career in teaching."