Department of English - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Student-Centered Mentors: Meet Your Faculty

Our faculty pride themselves on developing close mentoring relationships with their students. Small, seminar-style courses with hands-on activities related to real-world issues encourage faculty and students to work together to solve today’s problems. From your first day in the program to your last, our faculty will be there to guide your research, constructively respond to your writing, and help you develop projects meaningful to your goals.

We’re invested in the culturally-relevant approaches to English Studies that matter most to you.

We believe in the Hispanic Serving Institution mission, and many of our courses engage in locally- and geographically-relevant inquiry. Where you are and where you’re from, what languages you speak, how your body signifies to others, and how the architectures of our material and digital worlds shape us are questions deeply interwoven into our courses of study. We see politically urgent issues at the heart of our examination of academic disciplines such as Applied Linguistics, American Literature, British Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Writing, and Technical and Professional Writing. Train in these disciplines with us and get so much more!

Through our unique courses, you will hone a number of key skills:

  • How to conduct literary, discursive, rhetorical, and corpus analyses
  • How to employ diverse academic methodologies
  • How to plan and execute a personal research project
  • How to plan and execute a collaborative research project
  • How to enhance public presentations
  • How to enhance your teaching and pedagogical program
  • How to write, compose, design various kinds of content
  • How to build and evolve your professional identity
  • How to craft public and professional genres

Spring 2019 Graduate Faculty

lee,-sinae.jpg Dr. Sinae Lee's research interests lie in the areas of sociolinguistics and applied linguistics, addressing the complex relations between language and society. She is mainly interested in examining the speech patterns of different groups, and how such patterns reflect and shape the social constructs. Her current projects include a) vowel variation in the Southeast Ohio, b) vowel variation in South Texas, and c) the use of creaky voice among non-native speakers of English. 
Hinojosa, Yndalecio.jpg Dr. Yndalecio Isaac Hinojosa’s research centers on intersections between Chicana Third Space Feminist Theory and Rhetoric and Composition. He is an active member in the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa, publishing two book chapters in two separate editions of El Mundo Zurdo. Most of his publications extend Anzaldúan approaches or theories to rhetoric and composition studies. His most recent work is a co-edited collection titled Bordered Writers: Latinx Identities and Literacy Practices at Hispanic-Serving Institutionsto be published by SUNY Press in 2019. This book addresses how writing program administrators and practitioners are changing the teaching of writing at Hispanic-Serving Institutions to be more inclusive and welcoming. 
salter-sarah.jpg Dr. Sarah Salter studies 19th-Century US literature with a focus on multiethnic histories and non-normative communities. Specifically, Dr. Salter is interested in how literary and cultural texts of the 19th century imagined and presented the possibilities for diverse and often endangered collectives like migrant, African American, or queer-identified communities. Although the histories and contexts of such groups were distinctly different, they shared common elements and strategies for collective imagination and association in the face of Anglo-American nationalism and heteronormativity. Dr. Salter explores these strategies as expressed through the forms and structures of language in literary texts, historical periodicals, and archival records. 
carstensen.robin.jpg Dr. Robin Carstensen's current research and poetry explore Karankawan and other indigenous, migratory histories of the Texas Gulf Coastal region. She is co-founding senior editor of the Switchgrass Review: a Journal of Women's Health, History, and Empowerment, curating a literary space for the necessary voices among women and the LGBTQ community. Her community partnerships extend to her work as senior editor for The Windward Review, a Literary Journal of the South Texas Coastal Bend, showcasing emerging and internationally recognized writers. Her recent chapbook from Iron Horse Literary Press, In the Temple of Shining Mercy,  among her other publications, explores our intercultural border histories.


To learn more about specific faculty members’ pedagogies, courses, research interests, and recent projects, check out their profiles here.