English Achievements

Lorraine Bach serves as the Director of the Writing Center, which serves over 4,000 students campus-wide each semester.

  • Recipient of the Most Supportive Professor Spark of Hope 2015 Award for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NW Arkansas.
  • Leads 39 free student workshops per semester

Jeremy Billingsley's first novel, Samhain, is out now through Double Dragon Publishing; his second novel, Eyes Only, from Smoking Gun Publishing, is scheduled for release February, 2018.

Dr. Johnna Burns became the Academic Literacy and English Department Chair in 2017, the Academic Literacy Writing and Reading Coordinator in 2016, and Writing Coordinator in 2015-- departments of more than 3,500 students and 200 classes per semester, and providing support for more than 70 faculty.  

  • Awarded a Harvard Graduate School of Education Post-Doctoral Fellowship to continue her work with at-risk students at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in the "Leading Change in Systems: Effective Policy and Practice for Improving Outcomes" program.
  • Served on and/or led nine different committees and task force initiatives in the last two years
  • With Dr. Megan Bolinder, presented innovations and best practices in developmental education at the ArkAde annual conference
  • Presented professional development for working with at-risk students to intra-institutional groups such as the 2017 NWACC Board of Trustees, the 2016 and 2017 College Cabinet, the Student Services and Washington County All-Staff in 2017, the 2016 and 2017 New Faculty Workshops, and Successful First Year Student faculty
  • Co-Presented at Celebrate Learning Fall 2017 --  "Inviting Students to the Conversation: Strategies for Better Student Papers and Text Comprehension"
  • Keynote Speaker at Bentonville Public Schools 7-12th Grade All Faculty Professional Development Day in October 2016
  • Co-Presented at Celebrate Learning Fall 2015— "The Overwhelmed Majority: The Mysterious and Misunderstood 75%"
  • Co-presented at Celebrate Learning Spring 2015: "Supplemental Instruction and Prescriptive Intervention Strategies"
  • Selected to present at the Harvard Summer Education Symposium
  • Featured in both the annual and 50-Year Anniversary North Central Association for Teaching Excellence Educators' Showcase Exhibitions
  • Keynote speaker at the ORU Alumni and Graduate Homecoming Ceremonies
  • Session Presenter at the NWA Momentum Conference for 400 high school and college-age girls
  • With Dr. Megan Bolinder, co-founded and co-facilitated AcademicWorks, a professional development on-boarding and certification program for developmental faculty

Sabrina Chesne, Honors Program Director and English Faculty

  • The Honors Program has had significant increases in student support and programmatic advances since Ms. Chesne was promoted to the directorship in January 2015.
    • Honors Program increased from 19 to 50 students in one year.
    • Course offerings have gone from 9 to 15 courses per semester.
    • Emily Eichenlaub, an Honors student, will present her essay at the 2016 Great Plain Honors Council Conference at JBU, April 9. She'll also be attending the Honors Program at JBU in the fall.
    • An articulation agreement is now in place with MSSU.
    • An Honors student was chosen to represent NWACC at Governor Hutchinson's Scholastic Honors Day in Little Rock, 2015.
    • 117 students are now taking honors courses.
    • Honors students have attended 5-10 fieldtrips to theatres and museums this year.
  • Ms. Chesne has also been featured at several scholarly venues:
    • Invited to attend the NEH Summer Institute, "What Is Gained in Translation?" at Kent State, OH, June 7-27, 2015.
    • Moderated at the Great Plains Honors Council Conference, in S. Padre, TX, Spring 2015.
    • Panelist for the "Roundtable: Finding Home: Teaching in the Two-Year College" at the Sigma Tau Delta 2016 International Convention in Minneapolis, MN, March 2-5, 2016.

Carl Collier

  • Carl is the Coordinator for Composition II and the Vice President of the Faculty Senate.
  • With Megan Looney, he is developing an index of open educational resources for Composition instructors.

Jennifer Cook

  • Serves as the Divisional Faculty Advisor for 250+ students
  • Has engaged international students extensively with club work and SRC support initiatives

Bethany Fitzpatrick

  • Has published a poem and an essay in online literary journals: Apeiron Review and Mothers Always Write.
  • Has two poems forthcoming in All We Can Hold: A Collection of Poetry on Motherhood. She has also had some recent success publishing on mama-centric sites like Mamalode and The Good Mother Project.
    • Apeiron Review: "In Winter." January, 2015
    • Mothers Always Write: "Zombie Mommy." September, 2015
    • Yellow Chair Review: "Bride."   October, 2015
    • Mothers Always Write: "Tonight" and "The Kindergarten Class Tours the Art Museum" January, 2016.
    • "Perseids in August" and "The Mark" forthcoming in All We Can Hold: A Collection of Poetry on Motherhood, April 2016.
    • First Runner-up, 2nd Annual Blast Furnace Poetry Chapbook Contest, 2016 for her poetry collection "Then and Now."
    • She has also had some recent success publishing personal essays on mama-centric sites like Mamalode and The Good Mother Project.
  • Has also successfully written a grant for her daughter's school garden!


Curtis Harrell published "Insurance Trilogy" in The Low Valley Review. The poem was originally published in riprap journal, a publication of the MFA writing program at the University of California, Long Beach, and it was nominated for inclusion in the Pushcart Anthology 2015.

  • "History," "Whippoorwill," and "Equinox," were three poems published in the Cave Region Review.
  • The Corner of Victory and Van Nuys, a play, was published in the Cave Region Review.
  • Speaking engagements and performances:
    • Guest writer and led the journaling sessions at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for sessions in March (Automatic Writing), April (Beat poets), and May (Nature writing) of 2015
    • With NWACC students and staff, performed at NWACC Night Out at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for the tribute to the Beat Poets
    • Guest speaker for the Village on the Lakes Writers and Poets Group for March, 2016 and Featured Writer for their October, 2016 meeting

Dr. Mary Hubbard

  • Applied for faculty rank and as a result was awarded the title of Full Professor.
  • Wrote two country-western songs but have not had them published yet
  • Participated in a "giving" Christmas for foster children and staff at New Beginnings
  • Served as editor and sponsor of a student anthology, Reflections

Dr. Lindsay Hutton

  • ECE liaison for 11 high school instructors and approximately 500 students annually
  • Chair of the Spring Arts Festival
  • Participated in Leadership NWACC and spear-heading the Safety Ambassador project in collaboration with Dale Montgomery
  • Published the non-fiction piece "Soldier" in the Low Valley Review
  • Advisor for Creative Writing Club
  • Hosted the Flipping the Script Contest and Be the Baron

Jacqueline Jones became the Humanities, English, and Languages Chair in 2017 and coordinator of the composition program in fall 2014-- departments of more than 3,500 students and 200 classes per semester, providing administrative support for more than 70 faculty.

  • Serves as Success Planner Faculty Liaison, where she hosts training, supports development, defines processes, provides faculty perspective, and troubleshoots faculty issues.
  • Received a recognition for her outstanding service from the national office of The National Society of Leadership and Success.
  • Established a faculty-led monthly professional development program called Composition Chit-Chat;
  • Produces a detailed monthly newsletter for the department that includes announcements of important policy changes and upcoming events, includes professional development opportunities and faculty profiles, and includes innovative teaching techniques and ideas;
  • With Dr. Linda Lovell, revised and updated the online faculty resource center on Blackboard, which provides 24/7 access to sample syllabi, rubrics, supplemental materials, and topic assignments to full-time and adjunct faculty
  • Created a clear and simple procedure for selecting and ordering textbooks in a department that includes more than a dozen textbooks offerings for its 150 sections
  • Selected as outstanding faculty member by the Honors students in the spring of 2014
  • Within the last year, Jacqueline Jones has hosted 4 Lunch and Learns and 2 Celebrate Learning sessions
  • Served as chair of these student judges and then final's judges for Regional History Day
  • Helped to pilot the Co-curricular transcript
  • Hosted a leadership symposium with ALPHA where 47 student attended and hosts 3 community service projects each semester

Jim Laughton, English Professor

  • Participated in inaugural class of Leadership NWACC in 2014-2015 academic year, and with project team created and managed the NWACC T.H.A.N.K.S. program. Presented project to the board and sent over 200+  T.H.A.N.K.S. emails to faculty and staff.
  • Received Outstanding Faculty award from the NWACC student chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
  • Served on the AQIP Each Voice Matters Project Committee, the Academic Standards Committee, the Honors Committee, and the Investigative Review Board.
  • Served on hiring committees for Communication and Arts Division Dean, Coordinator of Academic Literacy, Sociology instructor, C & A Administrative assistant, and Disability Resource Center staff.
  • Served as English department liaison and project team member for the Assessment in Action project with NWACC Library; project presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) national conference.
  • Served as internal copy editor and liaison with the publisher Hayden McNeil for both the Expressions and Reflections anthologies. 
  • Served as Co-facilitator for the Why do I have to take that?  Articulating the value of the university core Celebrate Learning presentation.
  • Hosted two NWACC Book club meetings, Orphan Train and The Yellow Birds.
  • Nominated Veronica Garcia-Carvajal, Golden Eagle of the Year award recipient and introduced her at the NWACC Board of Trustees meeting.
  • Student Kayla McClanahan's essay, "Dharma Days," written for English Composition I, was published in The Low Valley Review.
  • Awarded rank of Full Professor.

Megan Looney collaborated across disciplines with history professor Dr. Jami Forrester to involve Honors Composition 2 students in the regional National History Day contest.

  • Serves as the coordinator for Composition I
  • NWACC Honors English Composition 2 students served as judges for junior high and high school websites as well as junior high papers, providing constructive comments on the websites and papers.
  •  On Saturday, March 12, NWACC Honors English Composition 2 students collaborated with area with area faculty, librarians, museum employees, and more to interview and interact with the junior high and high school students. These junior high and high school students came from 29 different Northwest Arkansas schools.
  • The NWACC students who participated as National History Day judges each devoted between 15 and 20 hours to the judging process over the last two weeks. Following the project, Megan's students have commented on how it taught them a great deal about critical thinking, critical reading, writing, and communicating with others in real-world settings.
  • Megan Looney and Dr. Jami Forrester will be presenting at the international NISOD conference in May —their presentation proposal for the session "Taking the Plunge: Committing to a More Creative Classroom" was accepted.

Dr. Linda Lovell has been instrumental in policy and procedure improvement in C&A and campus-wide.

  • Chaired the Academic Standards committee for 5 years (2010-2015) during which time the policies proposed and passed were NWACC Academic Progress, FP, and Administrative Drop for Non-Attendance policies
  • Revised and updated the online faculty resource center on Blackboard, which provides 24/7 access to sample syllabi, rubrics, supplemental materials, and topic assignments to full-time and adjunct faculty
  • Served as webmaster of the Writing and Reading Center websites
  • Served as a general scholarship judge for NWACC
  • Won 1st place in college "Flip the Script" contest for poetry
  • Hosted a college Lunch and Learn on Embedded Librarians in Online Courses
  • Served as English Department reviewer of English online courses
  • Taught the first NWACC online Honors course
  • Served on the Learning Management System review/selection team
  • Hosted a departmental Chit Chat session on peer review methods


Stacy Pendergrast Recently won the Nan Snow Emerging Writer Award from the University of Central Arkansas in honor of the CD Wright Conference, where she also participated in a panel on white women writers and their responsibility to write about racism. Her poems were recently published in Fourth River: Tributaries, Still: A Journal, and Cave Region Review. She has also served as a guest poetry reader for Carve Magazine.

Stacy was selected to deliver a presentation at NISOD's first inaugural vertical conference, where she presented her model for enhancing collaboration between adjunct and full-time instructors.