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Scott Kaukonen

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Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2006

Creative Writing; Contemporary Fiction; 20th and 21st Century American Literature; Religious Culture and Literature

Office: Evans 412

Phone: (936) 294-1407


Dr. Scott Kaukonen teaches graduate courses in fiction writing, publishing, and twentieth- and twenty-first century literature. His debut collection of stories, Ordination, won the Ohio State Prize for Short Fiction, and was published by the Ohio State University Press. The collection includes the story, “Punnett’s Squares,” winner of the Nelson Algren Prize from the Chicago Tribune. He’s a past recipient of a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he’s also received an AWP/Prague Summer Fellowship. His fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, Barrelhouse, Normal School, Third Coast, and elsewhere. His novel-in-progress, The Martyrdom of Katie Deeds, explores the relationship between American fundamentalism and American consumer culture. He is co-fiction editor of the Texas Review.

Major Accomplishments

Ordination (Ohio State University Press, 2006)

Pet Shop Girls, by Anja Snellman, co-translator with Helena Halmari (Ice Cold Crime 2012)

Associate Editor, Journal of Finnish Studies

Director, MFA Program

Nick Lantz


Associate Professor

M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005

Creative Writing, Publishing, Poetic Theory

Office: Evans 314A

Phone: (936) 294-1990


Nick Lantz teaches graduate courses in poetry, poetic theory, and publishing. His fourth collection of poetry, You, Beast, is was published in 2017. His previous books are We Don’t Know We Don’t Know (2010), The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors’ House (2010), and How to Dance as the Roof Caves In (2014). His books have won the Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, the Council for Wisconsin Writers Posner Award, the Larry Levis Reading Prize, the Felix Pollack Prize, and the Brittingham Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His work has appeared in journals such as New England Review, Gulf Coast, FIELD, and Pleiades. Lantz is also a playwright, having written an opera, a musical, and a variety of short and full-length plays, including an adaption of Georg Büchner's Woyzeck, performed at SHSU in 2016. Lantz co-curates the poetry website, The Cloudy House, which is dedicate to the poetry "project book." In 2016, he became the editor of Texas Review.

Major Accomplishments

We Don't Know We Don't Know (Graywolf Press, 2010)

The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors' House (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010)

How to Dance as the Roof Caves In (Graywolf Press 2014)

You, Beast (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017)

Editor, Texas Review Magazine

Edward Morin

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Associate Professor

M.F.A. Syracuse University

Office: Art Building D, 100

Phone: 936.294.1320


Teaching Area: Computer Animation

Edward Morin has been working in digital and electronic formats since the late 90's, including animation, interactive multimedia, physical computing, rapid prototyping, sound and video. His films have been screened at festivals and galleries in over 70 events in 12 countries.


Kandi Tayebi

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Assistant Professor

PhD University of Denver

Office: Evans 413

Phone: 409-294-1439


Kandi Tayebi (PhD University of Denver) is a Professor of English who teaches classes in literary theory and 19th-century British literature. An authority on the Romantic poet Charlotte Smith, Professor Tayebi has published articles on an array of literary and pedagogical topics, including Smith, Margaret Atwood, environmental literature, computers in the classroom, mentoring, and assessment methods for students with disabilities; she has also published creative non-fiction in The Georgia Review. Additionally, she has received over $5,000,000 in federal grants. Professor Tayebi, whose research interests include not only her teaching fields but also women’s and ecological literature, was the feature editor for a volume of the Academic Exchange Quarterly on teaching environmental literature. She formerly directed the Graduate Studies Program in English and was Chair of the Sam Houston State University Faculty Senate. Dr. Tayebi served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Sam Houston State University from 2009 to 2015 before returning to the classroom.

Major Accomplishments

Tayebi, Kandi. “Charlotte Smith and the Quest for the Romantic Prophetic Voice.” Women’s Writing. 11(2004):421-438.

Tayebi, Kandi. “Undermining the Eighteenth-Century Pastoral: Rewriting the Poet’s Relationship to Nature in Charlotte Smith’s Poetry.” European Romantic Review. 15(2004): 131-150.

Tayebi, Kandi. "Warring Memories." The Georgia Review. Fall 2001.

Tayebi, Kandi, Bernice Strauss, Tama Hamrick, and Lydia Fox (2018). “Demystifying Academic Writing: Mentoring Graduate Writing Skills.” The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching, vol. 2, 2018, Special Issue 1, pp. 798-804.

Tayebi, Kandi, Tama Hamrick and Lydia Fox. “Transforming Lives: Mentoring First Generation, Minority College Students.” The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching. 2(2017): 120-126.

​Johnson, Judy A., Achilles N. Bardos, and Kandi A. Tayebi. “Relationships Between the Cognitive Assessment System and Writing Achievement in Students with and without Writing Disabilities.” American Journal of Psychological Research. 1(2005):32-44.

​Tayebi, Kandi and Judy A. Johnson. “Feminism’s Final Frontier: Cyberspace.” Academic Exchange Quarterly 8(2004): 190-195.

Tayebi, Kandi (Co-Principal Investigator), Lydia Fox, Bernice Strauss. McNair Scholars Grant. TRIO Federal Grants. Sam Houston State University. $1,219,390. Funded 2017-2022.

Katie Jean Shinkle

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Assistant Professor

Ph.D, University of Denver

Creative Writing; Contemporary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction; 21st Century American Literature; Novella; Hybrid/Cross-genre writing; Experimental/Innovative writing; Narrative Theory

Office: Evans 414

Phone: (936) 294-1436


Dr. Katie Jean Shinkle is the author of three books of prose, Our Prayers After the Fire (2014), Ruination (2018), and The Arson People (re-released 2019), and five chapbooks of both poetry and prose, which includes Rat Queen, forthcoming in 2020, and There Are So Many Things That Beg You For Love (2017). Other prose, poetry, and criticisms can be found in Flaunt Magazine, The Georgia Review, Denver Quarterly, Harpur Palate, New South, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. She is co-poetry editor of DIAGRAM, and a contributing editor for New Michigan Press.

Major Accomplishments

Our Prayers After the Fire (Blue Square Press, 2014)

Ruination (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018)

The Arson People (Dzanc Books rEprint Series, 2019)

Terry M. Thibodeaux

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Professor/Chair, Department of Communication Studies

Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi, 1986

Office: CHSS 410R

Phone: (936) 294-1356


Dr. Terry Thibodeaux (Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi) teaches courses in Interpersonal Communication, Classroom Communication, Visual Communication, Culture and Intercultural Communication. He previously was the program coordinator for what was then called Speech Communication before he became an associate dean in the former College of Arts and Sciences, then served as Interim Dean at the inception of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, before moving to an Associate Dean position in the college. He returned to the classroom full-time in 2008 while also serving as an academic advisor in the Sam (Student Advising and Mentoring) Center. He assumed the chair position in Communication Studies in January of 2016.

Major Accomplishments

"Communication / Education: Effective Communication for the Teacher,” Kendall-Hunt Publishing, 1991.

"Oral Reports", a chapter in English 165 text: TR5: An Introduction to Research Writing, by D. Dowdey, B Jones, & K. Pannell, Simon & Schuster, 1998.

"Is there a Need for More Speech Teachers? A Survey of Texas Secondary Schools," Texas Speech Communication Journal, 26, 38-42.

Audrey Murfin

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PhD. State University of New York at Binghamton

Assistant Professor

Office: EV 304

Phone: (936) 294-1434


researches and teaches in the areas of Victorian literature, the history of the novel, Gothic literature, and 18th-century literature.

She is particularly interested in realism and its challengers and the intersections between literary and popular culture. These interests have informed publications and conference papers on Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Charlotte Brontë.

Major Accomplishments

Robert Louis Stevenson and the Art of Collaboration (Edinburgh University Press, 2019)

“The Gothic Challenge to Victorian Realism: Buried Narratives in Villette, Aurora Leigh, and Lady Audley’s Secret.” The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies 10 (2011)

‘Part Alive, Part Putrescent’: Coral, Culture, and Contagion in the Island Writings of Robert Louis Stevenson.” Victorians Institute Journal 40 (2012)

“Arthur Morrison, Mimesis and Social Justice: Following Dickens’s Dark Legacy through the Late-Victorian Slums.” The Literary London Journal 11 (2014)

Dr. Murfin was awarded a generous 2014-2015 Enhancement Research Grant for work with Stevenson.