Honors Director:

Misty Krueger is Associate Professor of English at the University of Maine at Farmington, where they teach literature courses focusing on gender and sexuality, non-humans (animals and monsters), proto-science fiction, adaptations, and/or adolescent writings. Misty also teaches courses in professional writing, public writing, and editing, and they helped design UMF’s business communications minor as well as our editing and publishing minor. 
Misty has published essays on Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and 17th-century adapters of his plays, William Blake, and a range of eighteenth-century women writers, in addition to topics including performance, intertextuality, literary tourism, social media, and pedagogy. They are the editor of Transatlantic Women Travelers, 1688-1843 (Bucknell UP, 2021)–which was inspired by a course they teach for the English department called “Transatlantic 18th-Century Women,”–and the co-editor of a special issue on teaching Jane Austen and her contemporaries for the journal Persuasions On-line (2014). Misty has also written about their experience with breast cancer in essays for Maine Digital Collaborative and Persuasions On-Line, as well as a book-length memoir entitled The Rollercoaster: A Breast Cancer Story (self-published through Amazon.com’s Kindle Direct Publishing, 2019). Misty is currently writing a book called Jane Austen’s Monsters, and they teach a course of the same name for the English department. 
Misty was the 2017 Jane Austen Society of North America International Visitor and spent six weeks in Chawton, England, volunteering at the Jane Austen’s House Museum and Chawton House Library. Misty is the upcoming chair of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Women’s Caucus and served previously as its webmaster. For eleven years, Misty co-organized UMF’s Symposium Day and since 2017 has been the faculty sponsor for UMF’s chapter of the International English Honor Society (Sigma Tau Delta). Misty also served for years on UMF’s individualized studies major, which allows students to design their own degree plan from two or more disciplines. 
In Misty’s free time they enjoy traveling to see family in Texas, traveling the world for the fun of it, playing all kinds of games (mostly board and card games), watching detective shows, and doting on their cats, Kitten Nugget and Rainbow Dash.

Honors Faculty:

Stephen Grandchamp is Assistant Professor of Literature and Digital Humanities at the University of Maine at Farmington, where he teaches courses about digital humanities, British literature, video game studies, and hip hop. He serves as Director of UMF’s Digital Humanities & Video Game Studies Lab, and he helped design UMF’s new Video Game Studies minor. His recent research has been published in The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and the Journal of Ethnic American Literature. He also is the faculty advisor to UMF’s student- operated radio station, WUMF.

Dr. Rachel Hovel is an Associate Professor of Biology, and an aquatic ecologist whose research focuses on the timing of ecological events, biodiversity of species and life histories, and ecosystem responses to regional change. UMF undergraduate researchers are integral to her work, and current undergraduate opportunities include research on seasonality in high-elevation lakes in the northern Appalachian mountains. Dr. Hovel teaches on topics related to ecology, freshwater ecosystems, evolution, and climate change.

Michael Schoeppner is Associate Professor of History and a pre-law advisor at UMF, where he teaches courses on the legal, political, and social history of the United States and the Caribbean. On top of his standard courses on Colonial America, the American Revolution, and the Civil War and Reconstruction, he also leads a “walking course” that examines local history and memory. He also oversees the university’s accelerated pre-law program and is the coordinator of the history curriculum.

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