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    John Mason, PhD

    Professor of English
    Patterson Hall 211J

    American literature and English education


    University of Northern Colorado, BA
    University of Oregon, MA and PhD

    Began career as a secondary teacher of English. Over 20 years teaching experience at Youngstown State University (Ohio), Western Washington University, California State University Northridge, and University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Numerous administrative roles, including chair, associate vice president, dean, and provost at universities in the West, Northwest, and Midwest. Served as Associate director of two regional accrediting bodies: the Higher Learning Commission (NCA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
    Recent Publications

    Three essays in the Walt Whitman Encyclopedia. "Catalogues," "Oratory," "Passage to India." Ed. Donald Kummings. Greenwood Press, 1998.
    "Heeding Our Strokes: Curriculum Revision at Western Washington University." Association of Departments of English Bulletin. Fall, 1994, pp. 16-18.
    "The Poet-Reader Relationship in 'Song of Myself." Approaches to Teaching Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Ed. Donald Kummings. New York: Modern Language Association, 1990, pp. 41-48.
    "Walt Whitman's Catalogues: Rhetorical Means for Two Journeys in 'Song of Myself.'" Rpt. in On Whitman: The Best From American Literature. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1989, pp. 187-202.

    Courses Taught


    Intro to Poetry
    College Composition
    Classics in Literature


    Specialty courses in American Lit., Gay & Lesbian Lit., and English Education

    Contact Information

    Department of English
    203 Patterson Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6039
    fax: 509.359.6206

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