ENGLISH FULL TIME FACULTY
Anita Leverich—Coordinator and Faculty
Office: ST 308-B
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.
Office: ST 310-C
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
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
Craig serves on several district and campus committees, and has
been a PV representative on the Faculty Senate.
Office: ST 310-B
Office: ST 308-C
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.
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.
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).
Lane Van Ham
Office: ST 308-B
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.
Division Chair: Vicki Raine
Office: ST 302-A
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