Assistant Professor of English Kristin Van Tassel teaches classes in writing and American literature.
Her essays and poetry have been published in Alternet, Counterpunch, Mamazine, Transitions Abroad, Relief and World Hum, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her scholarly articles have appeared in American Studies, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and The Journal of Ecocriticism. Van Tassel has presented numerous papers at national literary conferences, including several for the Popular Culture and American Culture Conference and ASLE, the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.
Van Tassel received her Ph.D. from the Department of English at the University of Kansas. She holds an M.A. from the Department of English at California State University and a B.A. from the Department of Writing and Literature at George Fox University.
Van Tassel coordinates the honors program and serves as chair on the Bethany College Curriculum Committee. She is professionally associated with the National Council of Teachers of English and Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.
Lori Brack joined the Bethany faculty in August 2012. She is a graduate of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., and of the University of Kansas.
Her poems and essays have been published online and in print journals including North American Review, Superstition Review, Packingtown Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and Mid-American Review. Her poems are included in two anthologies of Kansas poets, Begin Again (2011) and To the Stars Through Difficulties (2012). Her chapbook, A Fine Place to See the Sky, was written in collaboration with her grandfather’s 1907-1918 Kansas farming journal as a poetic script for a work of performance art by Ernesto Pujol. It was published in 2010 by The Field School, New York.
Before joining the Bethany faculty, Professor Hensel was an instructor at the University of Oregon. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, his master’s degree at Baylor University and his PhD at the University of Oregon. He was awarded the Outstanding Composition Instructor in 2010 and has interests in Beowulf; monster studies and woodworking. He is married and has a son and daughter.