Department of English and Applied Linguistics Faculty

The HPU English department has twelve full-time faculty members, along with an MCP English curricular liaison and several adjunct (part-time) faculty. 

Full-Time Faculty 2015-2016             

Name, Rank, Graduate Degree Contact Information Scholarly Interests
Dr. Kathy Cassity

Cassity, Kathleen

Associate Professor of English and Chair

Ph.D. University of Hawai'i

MP 201-G


Dr. Cassity's scholarly interests include writing pedagogy, creative nonfiction, 20th-century British literature, and postcolonial literature, especially of South Asia. She has published in Journal of Teaching Writing, Writing on the Edge, Expanded Perspectives on Learning, and other journals, as well as chapters in several book collections. She is currently the English Department Chair.

Ms. Angela Gili

Gili, Angela

Instructor of English

Ph.D.. University of Hawai'i

MP 201-B


Dr. Gili recently completed her doctoral dissertation at the University of Hawai'i. Her research focuses on postcolonial theory, contemporary detective fiction, and South African literature. She teaches the composition studies course and coordinates the peer tutors and the writing labs.
Dr. Laurie Leach

Leach, Laurie

Professor of English

Ph.D. Louisiana State University

MP 201-E


Dr. Leach's scholarly interests include American literature, ethnic literature, and the literature of slavery. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Biography, South Central Review, Studies in Literary History and LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory. She has published a biography of Langston Hughes.

Mr. Dave Mauricio

Mauricio, David

Instructor of English

M.A. University of Hawai'i



Mr. Mauricio is a specialist in developmental writing, composition, and argument. His MA’s include Teaching English as a Second Language and Theatre of Southeast Asia.

Mr. Tyler McMahon

McMahon, Tyler

Associate Professor of English

M.F.A., Creative Writing, Boise State University, 2007

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Tyler McMahon is the author of the novels Kilometer 99 (2014) and How the Mistakes Were Made (2011). Kilometer 99 recently won the 2015 Maria Thomas Fiction Award, given for a novel about the Peace Corps experience. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Three Penny Review, Antioch Review, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, and elsewhere.   He is also the advisor and instructor for Wanderlust and the editor of Hawaii Pacific Review. More info at

Ms. Adele Ne Jame

Ne Jame, Adele

Assistant Professor of English

M.A. University of Hawai'i

MP 201-E



Ms. Ne Jame recently received the prestigious Cades Award for Literature (2015). Author of the books Field Work, Land and Spirit, and South Wind, Ms. NeJame has also received the Pablo Neruda Prize, a fellowship from the NEA, and prizes from the American Academy of Poets. 

Her poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry Kanto, American Nature Writing, The Denver Quarterly, Manoa, Ploughshares, and The Hawaii Pacific Review

Mr. Steve Robinson

Robinson, Steve

Instructor of English

MFA. California State Univ. Consortium



Mr. Robinson specializes in composition and rhetoric and is currently working on a chapbook of poems. He has taught all levels of writing at HPU as well as the student literature magazine, Wanderlust.


Ross, Deborah

Professor of English

Ph.D.,  English, University of Rochester

LB 201-F


Dr. Ross’s scholarship primarily concerns gender issues in both literary and pop culture narratives, especially Disney and Miyazaki. She has also published creative work in CT Review, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, and several on-line magazines.


Soong, Micheline

Associate Professor of English


MP 201-F


Dr. Soong’s research interests include local literature of Hawai‘i, Asian-America literature, classical and modern Japanese and Chinese literatures, identity politics, and feminist theory.

Dr. Mark Tjarks

Tjarks, Mark

Professor of English

Ph.D. University of Hawai'i

MP 201-D


Dr. Tjarks’ research interests include creative writing, particularly scriptwriting, film, narrative theory, and modern drama. He is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been performed throughout the Hawaiian Islands and in Los Angeles and Houston. He received the Po'okela Award in 2014.


Williams, Christy

Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D., University of Hawaii

MP 201-C


Dr. Williams specializes in fairy-tale studies and gender and narrative theory; she writes primarily about fairy tales in on 20th and 21st century American literature and popular culture. Her articles have appeared in The Comparatist, Marvels & Tales, and the collection Fairy Tale Film and Cinematic Folklore. She is co-editor of the book Beyond Adaptation: Essays on Radical Transformations of Original Works (2010).
Mr. Rob Wilson

Wilson, Robert

Instructor of English


Mr. Wilson's background is in second-language acquisition and computer-assisted language learning. He is the Writing Curricular Area Liaison for HPU's Military Campus Programs.


Wood, Houston

Professor of English

Ph.D. University of Hawai'i

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Dr. Wood's textbook, Invitation to Peace Studies, was published in 2015. A companion anthology, Current Debates in Peace and Conflict Studies, will appear in 2016. Wood is also the author of: The Reality of Ethnomethodology, Displacing Natives: The Rhetorical Production of Hawai'i, and Native Features: Indigenous Films from Around the World.

Adjunct Faculty  Fall 2015: TBA



Falgout, David WRI 1100, WRI 1200

Fillmore, Nicholas

Kawai, Lisa
Olivieri, Susan

Tomchak, Laurie WRI 1100, WRI 1200