Dr. Roger Jones

Dr. Roger Walton Jones received a bachelor's degree from Kenyon College, a master's degree from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University, with a specialty in modern American literature. He routinely presents papers at the Popular Culture Association annual conference and serves on textbook editorial boards.

An expert on Texas writer Larry McMurtry, Dr. Jones is the author of Larry McMurtry and the Victorian Novel, as well as numerous short stories, articles, and book reviews. His Curriculum Vitae is available.

Lance Hawvermale

A published novelist, Professor Hawvermale's prose and poetry have won numerous awards, including the Oklahoma Writers' Federation "Poetry Book of the Year." His poems have appeared in Mid-America Review, ByLine, Crosstimbers, and The Same, among others. He holds a master's degree from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. His novel, The Discretionist, was published in July 2014. In 2016, St. Martin's Press will release his fifth novel, Face Blind.

In addition to English classes, Professor Hawvermale also teaches the college's Honors courses. He serves as Chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. You may download Professor Hawvermale's Curriculum Vitae and visit his website.

Amanda Nelson

Amanda M. Nelson joined Ranger College as an adjunct faculty member in 2011 and as a full-time instructor in 2015. She began her college teaching career in 2006, while completing her master’s in English at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. In her academic studies, Ms. Nelson specialized in the study of Flannery O’Connor and James Joyce. In 2012, she presented a paper on the Lacanian approach to writing in the classroom on a Conference on College Composition and Communication panel, sponsored by the National Council for Teachers of English, of which she continues to be a member.

When she is not teaching, Professor Nelson works on technical writing projects, edits books, presents papers, and adjudicates for the National Gallery of Writing. You may find her Curriculum Vitae here for more information.

Matt Cardin

Matt Cardin teaches composition and literature courses. He is the author and editor of several horror collections, including Divinations of the Deep (Ash-Tree Press, 2002), Mummies around the World: An Encyclopedia of Mummies in History, Religion, and Popular Culture (ABC-CLIO, 2014), Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti (Subterranean Press, 2014), and many more. He holds a master's degree in religious studies from Missouri State University and a bachelor’s in communication from the University of Missouri.

Mr. Cardin was nominated for the prestigious World Fantasy Award in 2015. He has appeared as a panelist at the World Horror Convention and Baylor University’s Faith and Film Symposium. He has been a special guest on multiple radio shows and podcasts to talk about religion, horror, and the paranormal. You may download his Curriculum Vitae and visit his website.