Faculty

Luci Creery

Luci L. Creery

Instructor of English

MA, English, Northern Arizona University
BA, English, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO

After earning a BA in English from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO, Luci taught Developmental Writing and Freshman Composition at her alma mater. Later, she taught high school and middle school language arts in public schools in Colorado, then in Arizona. She has also taught developmental reading and writing courses part-time while completing an MA in English.

Remembering her past professors who taught her well then encouraged and trusted her to teach, Luci pursued an instructor position at Amarillo College and now hopes to extend the same influence over her students.  When not grading essays, Luci spends time with her husband and brood of six. She likes camping, hiking, baking bread, and reading Dr. Seuss books to sleepy toddlers. She writes regularly to make sense of things and to chronicle her children’s lives. 

Office: Ordway Hall, 103B
Office Hours:  Posted on my office door
Phone: 806-371-5170
Email: luci.creery@actx.edu

TEACHING AREAS:

Basic Grammar/Writing II
Freshman Composition
Technical Writing

MEMBERSHIPS:

National Council of Teachers of English
TCCTA

 
Theresa  Jiwa

Theresa Da Costa

Instructor

BS: Double major English and Journalism- minor in education - West Texas State University
MA: English – West Texas A & M University
Currently a candidate for Ed.D degree – Walden University

Instructor Da Costa has taught Language Arts in grades 6-12. Other positions included teaching special programs such as gifted and talented, advanced placement, and yearbook/news writing, and creative writing. While in public schools, her additional responsibilities in junior and high schools included being the department chairperson, coach for literary criticism, ready writing, and adopt-a-school coordinator.  She has served as an educational advisor for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, student teacher supervisor and mentor for the STEP program at West Texas A & M University, and numerous committees both on the state and national levels to improve learning.  As an internationally certified instructor in martial arts, Ms. Da Costa implemented the first of its kind: teaching Tae Kwon Do in one of Texas public schools to decrease the dropout rate. She came to Amarillo College in 1997 as a dual credit instructor, became an adjunct in 2001, teaching both at the Washington Street and the Hereford campuses, and in 2008, she joined the full time faculty.

Office: Ordway Hall 203A
Office Hours: Office hours are posted on my door, or you may make an appointment.
Phone: 806-345-5549
Email: tdjiwa@actx.edu

TEACHING AREAS:

English 1301 Freshman Composition I
English 1302 Freshman Composition II
English 2332 Literature of the Western World

HONORS & AWARDS:

Who's Who Among America's Teachers
Outstanding Young Women of America
Nominee: John F. Mead Faculty Excellence Award
Volunteer of the Year: The Cross in Groom, Texas

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Professional learning communities
Higher education and adult learning
Program evaluation
Curriculum writing

MEMBERSHIPS:

ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
Texas Community College Teachers Association
National Council of Teachers of English
Two-year College English Association
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Oblate of St. Benedict
Legion of Mary

 
Mary Dodson

Dr. Mary Lynn Dodson

Professor

B.G.S., General Studies, West Texas A&M University
M.A., English, West Texas A&M University
Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in English, Texas Tech University

Dr. Dodson completed her doctoral work in 1997; her dissertation is titled “Twentieth Century Philosophic Expressions in Film and Literature.”  She has taught ESL courses, Comp I and Comp II, American Literature, Masterworks, Western Literature, and Non-Western Literature.  She has also taught Special Topics courses ranging from Larry McMurtry in Film and Literature to The Writings of C. S. Lewis to Islamic Thought in Literature.  She has co-sponsored The College Young Republicans and enjoys politics, philosophy, film, and, of course, literature.  She volunteers in the Sharing Hope prison ministry and in a local ESL tutoring program. She stays busy with family and church activities.

Office: Ordway Hall 100-D
Office hours: 
Email: mldodson@actx.edu
Phone: 806-371-5176

TEACHING AREAS:

Freshman Composition I and II
Masterworks of Literature
American Literature
Non-Western Literature

HONORS & AWARDS: 

Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Mattie Swayne Mack Academic Scholarship
Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
Sigma Tau Delta Certificate of Excellence
Rollins “Best Analytical Paper Award”: SW Popular Culture Association Meeting
Phi Kaap Phi
Mead Award Nominee
Apple Award Nominee

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Philosophy/Ideology/Culture/Religion
Politics
Film
History

 
Rebecca Easton

Rebecca Easton

English Chair, Assistant Professor

B.A., Culver-Stockton College
M.S., Northeastern State University

Rebecca Easton, instructor of English, graduated summa cum laude with a double major in English and in French from Culver-Stockton College. She taught high school for a short time and started work on her master’s degree at Iowa State University. Then, she became a stay-at-home wife and mother. After her children were in school, she had the opportunity to return to teaching part time, this time at the college level at McCook Community College in McCook, Nebraska. Later, she taught at Tulsa Community College and Rogers State University, part time, as she finished her master’s degree at Northeastern State University in College Teaching/Language Arts. She has taught at Amarillo College since 2001, and she is currently working on earning her Online Teaching Certificate from Eastern New Mexico University.

Office: Ordway Hall 103D
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: 806-371-5177
Email: rreaston@actx.edu or rreaston@amarillocollege.com

TEACHING AREAS:

ENGL 1301
ENGL 1302

HONORS & AWARDS:

Alpha Chi Honor Society (secretary), George A. Mahan Prizes in Creative Writing, Sophomore Scholarship Cup, Honor-Service Fellowship, Founder’s Scholarship, Beulah E. Litle Scholarship in Literature, Karen Sue Yates Memorial Scholarship

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

“Shoeless Joe as Allegory: A Framework for the Writing of Fiction.” Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature 17.1 (1999): 121-27.

MEMBERSHIPS:

Texas Community College Teachers Association
National Council of Teachers of English
Two-Year College English Association

 

 

 

 

 


Bryant Manning joined Amarillo College's English department in the Fall of 2016 where he teaches composition, literature, and developmental English. Outside of the classroom, he coordinates the Dual Credit English program, co-sponsors SKD, and co-chairs the Freelancer, Amarillo College's annual publication that showcases student and faculty writing and artwork.

 
 
Margaret Waguespack

Margie Netherton

Professor of English

B.A. English, Spring Hill College
B.S. Education, University of South Alabama
M.A. English, Clemson University
A.B.D. English, Auburn University

Professor Netherton's background includes publishing and technical editing, as well as gifted education. She was an Assistant Marketing Director and Editorial Assistant for Pelican Publishing Company and was a technical editor with Fluor Daniel and Fina Oil and Chemical.  She taught in one of the country's first gifted English programs at a Louisiana high school. Her graduate work focused on rhetorical analysis, eighteenth and nineteenth-century British novels by women, and novel theory. She has frequently presented papers at SCMLA Conferences, including "A Remarkable Authority: Hannah More, Jane West, and Sarah Trimmer," "Jane Barker and the Quest for Self-Expression," and "Women at War: The French Revolution and Women's Writing." She is a co-author of Rhetoric Handbook for English 1301 and 1302 and is currently working on a book, Rewrite Your Life: How Fiction Can Help You Write Your Own Best Story.  Professor Netherton has served on the AC Presidents Council, as a Faculty Senate officer, and founded AC's literary magazine, Freelancer.  She also serves as the English Dept. advisor for English majors and as co-sponsor of the English Honor Society, Sigma Kappa Delta.

She enjoys spending time with her husband, three grown children, calico cat, and Jack Russell terrier, as well as reading, remodeling her 1925 house, yoga, hiking, and mental health advocacy

Office: Ordway Hall 100B
Office Hours: They are posted on my office door, or you may make an appointment.
Phone: 806-371-5185
Email: mcwaguespack@actx.edu

TEACHING AREAS:

Freshman Composition I and II
Masterworks of English Literature
Literature of the Western World
Selected Studies in Literature

HONORS & AWARDS:

Best Graduate Paper, Auburn University
Mead Award Nominee
Title V Grant Winner, 2010

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Eighteenth and nineteenth-century British women writers

MEMBERSHIPS:

Mensa
TCCTA

 
Bill Netherton

Dr. William D. Netherton

Professor

BA, English and Philosophy, West Texas University
MA, English, West Texas University
PhD, English, Texas Tech University

Dr. Netherton teaches Comp I, Comp II, Masterworks of British Lit I, and Non-Western Lit. He has taught at AC since 1986.  He wrote his Masters thesis on the poetry of T.S. Eliot and his dissertation on a relatively unknown 14th-Century English mystic named Richard Rolle. Netherton has served on several committees on campus, including the Commencement Committee, Academic Affairs, and the Faculty Senate.  In the past, he sponsored the AC Film Club and the AC Anime Club.  He currently is a co-sponsor of the English Honor Society, Sigma Kappa Delta.  He likes music, remodeling his old house, visiting his three children, chilling and playing with his dog Buster and the cat Maddie, and spending time with his wife and best friend Margie.   He does not like bureaucracy and BS. (This photo of Dr. Netherton was taken in 1975, when he was a freshman at Amarillo College.)

Office: Ordway Hall100C
Office Hours:
Phone: 806-371-5196
Email:  wdnetherton@actx.edu

TEACHING AREAS:

English Comp I, Comp II
Masterworks of British Literature I
Non-Western Literature

HONORS & AWARDS:

Curmudgeon of the Year, 2012 and 2015

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Art
Church history
Home remodeling
Classic and contemporary film
Music
Beagle breeding
The construction and preservation of really cool snowmen