Metropolitan Community College - 
Blue River, Business & Technology, Longview, Maple Woods, Penn 
Valley

 

 

3201 Southwest Trafficway, 
Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2764
Art Dept


ENGLISH FULL TIME FACULTY


Lane Van HamAnita Leverich—Coordinator and Faculty

Office: ST 308-B
Phone: 816.604.4427
E-mail: anita.leverich@mcckc.edu

Anita Leverich earned a BA English Literature and an MA in creative writing and literature from Kansas State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana in Missoula. In between earning degrees, she spent two wonderful years as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1991-93) in Rwanda where she taught at the National University of Rwanda. Before coming home to Kansas City and joining the MCC-PV faculty in 2008, she taught at the University of Houston.

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Craig BartholomausCraig Bartholomaus

Office: ST 310-C
Phone: 816.604.4447
E-mail: craig.bartholomaus@mcckc.edu

Craig joined the faculty of Penn Valley in August 1997. Prior to coming to Penn Valley, Craig taught American and African American literature at UMKC. He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Colorado and an M.A. from the Ohio State University. He is from Chicago originally.

In addition to composition courses, Craig teaches courses in American literature, African American literature, and fiction (reading it, not writing it). People often find it odd, or frightening, that Moby-Dick is Craig's favorite book, but he likes to challenge those people to take American Lit 1 with him in order to discover the white whale for themselves. A psychic once told him that he was Herman Melville in a past life, and he thinks it is probably true.

In addition to literature and composition courses, Craig also teaches the journalism courses and is faculty advisor for Spectrum, Penn Valley's online student newspaper (follow the links to Spectrum from this site to check it out for yourself). Since Spectrum is online only, it is an exciting opportunity for students to create a unique student newspaper. Craig invites any student interested in writing, digital photography, or web design to sign up for English 104 (Newswriting and Reporting) or to contact him for more information.

Craig also teaches English 102 and some literature courses via the internet.

Craig serves on several district and campus committees, and has been a PV representative on the Faculty Senate.

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Christine Howell

Christine Howell

Office: ST 310-B
Phone: 816.604.4307
E-mail: christine.howell@mcckc.edu

 

 

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Lisa SpauldingLisa Spaulding

Office: ST 308-C
Phone: 816.604.4446
E-mail: lisa.spaulding@mcckc.edu

Lisa joined the PV English faculty in the fall of 2001. Prior to her arrival at Penn Valley, Lisa taught English, specifically the thesis writing course for M.S.N. students, at Mountain State University in West Virginia. She has a Ph.D. in English from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (where the big N on Memorial Stadium stands for Knowledge, Go Huskers!); her M.A. is also from Nebraska and her B.A. is from Westminster College in Fulton, MO although she is originally a Nebraskan (go Huskers!). It is important for Dr. McCloud to note that in his time with the Cyclones, the football team spent its time watching the clouds while my team generated basketball-style points.

Lisa teaches Basic Writing I, Composition and Reading I and II, Creative Writing, Women's Lit., Women's Lives and Autobiography, World Lit II, Humanities Past and Present, and the Bible as Literature; her courses are delivered traditionally, online, and on TV.

She sits on a bunch of committees but is most interested in Global Education and Assessment. Overall, she hopes that her students are reasonably groovy and learn a great deal in her classes. On a personal note, she hopes that students become active in the world around them and develop an appreciation for Hammer films (esp. Brides of Dracula) the works of Roger Corman (the first Little Shop of Horrors, The Raven with Vincent Price), and a general love for monsters of all types (Mothra, Godzilla, the giant squid in 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea).

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Lane Van HamLane Van Ham

Office: ST 308-B
Phone: 816.604.4426
E-mail: lane.vanham@mcckc.edu

Lane Van Ham has been teaching at Penn Valley since 2008. Prior to coming to Kansas City, he lived in Tucson, Arizona, where he taught for the University of Arizona and Pima Community College Adult Education. He has also worked as a dishwasher, a library page, and a homeless shelter coordinator.

 

 

 

 

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Division Chair: Vicki Raine
Office: ST 302-A
Phone: 816.604.4757
E-mail: vicki.raine@mcckc.edu

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