Writing Minor Instrutors

Andrew W. Ade

Associate Professor of English
Ph.D.University of North Carolina

Dr. Andrew Ade joined the Westminster College faculty in 2003. His teaching and research interests include Drama History and Criticism, Playwriting, World Fiction, and Film Studies. He coordinates the college First-Year Writing Program, runs the Playwriting Workshop, and is the Alpha Psi Omega advisor. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Andrew received his B.A. in English at Northwestern University before serving as a Peace Corps high school teacher in the Republic of Zaïre (today, Democratic Republic of Congo). He subsequently earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Between graduate degrees, he worked in Paris as the American Lecturer at Groupe HEC, the national business school of France. He received a 2006 NEH Summer Seminar grant to study Modernism in Paris. He has been active in committee and respondent work for the KCACT Festival network (Region 2) since 2003, and more recently for the National Playwriting Program (NPP). An award-winning and published playwright, he has written full-length, one-act, and short plays, as well as the book and lyrics for a musical. He is a recipient of the 2009 Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Grant for playwriting and has had creative-writing Residency Fellowships at Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation.

Evann Garrison

Lecturer of English and Public Relations
MFA, Goddard College

Mrs. Garrison is a 1975 Westminster alumna and 1980 Duke University alumna. She earned her degrees in English, History, and Creative Writing. She is a lecturer in History of U.S. Popular Culture, the First Year and writing minor programs. She has written articles and features for local publications and had a short story published in the SNReview. She currently serves as advisor to the Westminster College Equestrian Team and has a manuscript under consideration for publication.



Deborah Mitchell

Professor of English - Department Chair
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Mitchell completed her doctoral work in film studies at Case Western Reserve University under the direction of Dr. Louis Giannetti, author of Understanding Movies, Flashback, and Masters of the American Cinema. Mitchell's book publications include Diane Keaton: Artist and Icon (2001) and The Makeover in Movies: Before and After in Hollywood Films, 1941-2002 (2004), and Royal Portraits in Hollywood: Filming the Lives of Queens (2009), both co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth A. Ford. Mitchell's articles have appeared in Literature and Film Quarterly, and she has presented papers at national and international film and literature conferences. She has also led groups of students to England, Scotland, Wales, France, and Italy.


Brittany Rowe-Cernevicius

Assistant Professor of Public Relations
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Brittany Rowe-Cernevicius worked as a public relations practitioner at several non-profit organizations before returning to graduate school to pursue her Ph.D. Her research interests include brand placement, advertising campaigns, and children's interaction with media. She has presented papers at various conferences, including the National Communication Association's annual convention and the Critical Studies in Media conference. Rowe-Cernevicius currently teaches Principles and Practices in Public Relations, Public Relations Research, Public Relation Writing and First-year writing and Inquiry courses.

David G. Swerdlow

Professor of English
Ph.D., Ohio University

With extensive publications in poetry, comparative and contemporary literature, and cultural studies, Dr. Swerdlow received the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry for 1996 and 2000. He has been a Fulbright Professor of American Literature in Peru, an NEH Fellow, and a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His publications include a chapbook of poetry entitled The Last Hill and the Wild Trees which appeared in the Ohio Review. Dr. Swerdlow is the author of two books of poetry, Bodies on Earth (2010) and Small Holes in the Universe (2003). He sailed with Semester at Sea as a faculty member in Summer 2009 and Summer 2005.