Robby Prenkert, chair of the Department of Literature & Language Studies and The Committee on the Humanities, teaches composition, Gateway to English, and various literature and creative writing genre courses. He completed his M.A. in intercultural studies from Wheaton College (1994) and his doctorate in arts and letters from Drew University 2007.
Prenkert was Bethel’s 2007 “Professor of the Year” and was co-chair of the Multi-Ethnic Resource Team (MERT) from 2010-2014. He is an associate editor of Reflections, the journal of the Missionary Church Historical Society, and he regularly presents conference papers on topics related to teaching writing and literature as a Christian practice.
Jennifer Ochstein’s work focuses on creative nonfiction, specifically essay and memoir. She’s published work in several literary journals including Connotation Press, Hippocampus Magazine, Evening Street Review, and The Lindenwood Review; she’s published book reviews with Brevity and River Teeth blog. Her essay “Prayer Walk” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012.
Before coming to Bethel to teach writing, Ochstein was a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. She earned a master of arts in English studies, an MFA in creative writing from Ashland University and a B.S. in journalism from Ball State University.
Maralee Crandon teaches courses in Western and British literature, including Shakespearean drama. She has a B.A. degree in history from Houghton College, an M.A. in communication from Wheaton College, an M.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Andrews University. She also studied British religious drama in Canterbury, England.
Crandon has been published in Christian periodicals including Christianity Today and The Christian Teacher, in the American College Testing Workshop, and in the Journal of Research on Christian Education.
Christian Davis teaches written communication, various literature classes, standard English grammar, literary criticism and theory, and French. He received a B.A. in English and mathematics, plus Pennsylvania teacher certification, from Thiel College (1979).
He taught mathematics at Brockway (Pa.) High School before going to graduate school for an M.A. (1982) and Ph.D. (1985) in English at Penn State. Davis taught English at Liberty University (1985-90, 1991-92). During that time he also studied at Liberty Baptist Seminary and the Summer Institute of Linguistics. He served as a missionary with RBMU International in 1990-93 and studied French at Universite Laval (Quebec, 1992-93). He is the author of Reading for Redemption: Practical Christian Criticism (2011).
Nan Hussey is committed to the art of translation as a form of service, enabling, as it does, people to communicate across language barriers that would otherwise exist. She is a 1981 graduate of Hope College (Holland, Mich.) with a double major in German and business administration and a minor in English, Hussey completed her M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1999) at the University of Washington (Seattle) in Comparative Literature: Spanish and German.
She also dabbles in other languages, such as Dutch, Czech and Norwegian, as well as experimenting with ways to improve English.