Welcoming our new English, Writing, and Creative Writing faculty

Professor Kendra AndrewsKendra L.  Andrews, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Writing Program, joined Wake Forest from Fairfield University in Connecticut where she worked as a Professor of the Practice in Writing and as a Writing Across the Curriculum Consultant. She earned her PhD in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program at North Carolina State University, and she has worked in North Carolina classrooms for over twenty years. Kendra is highly invested in critical pedagogy, teacher development, and twenty-first century literacies, and she teaches courses in Rhetoric and Composition, Writing Processes in the 21st Century, STEM Communication, and Composition Research Methodologies. In addition to her teaching and scholarship at Fairfield University, Kendra has served as the Graduate Assistant Director of the First-Year Writing Program and as a Graduate WAC Consultant for the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at North Carolina State University. When she’s not teaching or writing about teaching, Kendra enjoys spending time with her large family, seeing live music and comedy, or training for her next race.

A headshot of writing professor LaKela AtkinsonLaKela Atkinson, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Writing Program, received her BA in English (2007) and MA in English (2010) from North Carolina Central University. She received her PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication (2021) from East Carolina University. She specializes in work on writing centers, mentoring, and racial minority learners. 


Professor Rachel Ernst

Rachel Ernst, Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature, received her PhD in English Language and Literature from Boston College. She has taught previously at Boston College, Emmanuel College, New England Conservatory, and Lesley University, and is a 2011 graduate of our MA program in English. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century literature, material culture, new materialisms, and speculative fiction. When not in the classroom or enjoying a good book, Rachel likes to browse at local bookstores, knit, and practice yoga. 

Dr. Hannah HarrisonHannah Harrison, Assistant Teaching Professor of Writing, has been a visiting ATP in the Writing Program since 2019. We are thrilled to welcome her as a permanent member of the faculty. She received her PhD in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of Texas at Austin, and previously taught at UT Austin and the University of Louisville.


Writing professor Leah HaynesLeah Haynes, Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing, holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Communication (Wake Forest University, 2016) and a master’s degree in Communication (Wake Forest University, 2017). She is currently working on a dissertation in Rhetoric and Composition at UNC Greensboro. As a teacher, she works to build and foster reciprocal trust through student involvement in course design and through labor-based contract grading and ungrading practices. She uses rhetorical ethnography and genre approaches to help students practice writing and explore the relationships between communities and language, especially place-based communities. As a researcher, she specializes in cultural rhetoric and the rhetoric of place-based identities, particularly in the contemporary U.S. South.

Author Marream KrollosMarream Krollos, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program, was born and raised in Egypt. She has since lived in many parts of the world, including Denver, where she earned her PhD; Jeddah, where she taught a college creative writing class for women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and Lezha, Albania, where she taught literature. She is the author of the collection Big City (FC2, 2018), the poetry volume Sermons (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2019), and the novella Stan (Meekling Press, 2020).

Professor Laura MullenLaura Mullen, William R. Kenan Chair in the Humanities, joined Wake Forest from Louisiana State University, where she has been expanding the minds of her creative writing students for 17 years, and where she also served as the director of creative writing. Poetry has always been central in her esteemed career, including her selection as Brown University’s Poet-in-Residence twice, first in 2001 and then again in 2017, and as a visiting poet at Columbia College in 2003. Other higher education institutions where she has worked include Colorado State, the University of Miami, and Colby College.

Professor Siddharth SrikanthSiddharth Srikanth, Assistant Teaching Professor of Literature, received his PhD in English from The Ohio State University in 2021. His dissertation was titled Marginal Affinities: The Rhetoric and Geopolitics of Character in the Anglophone Novel 1958-2016. His research interests include global Anglophone literature, postcolonial studies, and novel and narrative theory. He’s a fan of basketball and the Great British Baking Show, and if you like any of these topics, please feel free to stop by his office for a chat!

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