English Department


Theatre, travel, poetry writing, piano playing, and of course reading are just a few of the interests represented by Grove City College’s English department. These talented faculty members come together to create an educational setting that is challenging and inspiring to students. To learn more about a particular faculty member click on one of the faculty links below.


125th Anniversary - 1876-2001

In honor of Grove City's College's 125th anniversary the English department compiled a list of 125 Authors to Renew the Mind as a sequel to the college's 125 Books to Renew the Mind. Take a look at some of the literary greats that have inspired writers and readers throughout history.

Faculty Information

Dr. James G. Dixon III, Chair of the Department of English and Professor of English & Theatre
Education: B.A. Wheaton College; M.A. and Ph.D. Northwestern University
Academic Specialty: Shakespeare, Drama, Literary Criticism and Theory

Dr. Janice B. Brown, Professor of English
Education: B.A., M.A., B.Ed., Ph.D., Memorial University of Newfoundland
Academic Specialty: English Literature; Dorothy L. Sayers; the Inklings

Ms. Betsy J. Craig, Associate Professor of Theatre & Communication Studies
Education: B.A. Grove City College; Bretton Hall College, England; M.A., ABD., New York University.
Academic Specialty: Acting, Directing, Dramatic Literature

Dr. Diane M. Dixon, Professor of English
Education: Moody Bible Institute; B.A. Wheaton College; Northwestern University; M.A. University of Maryland; Ph.D. Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Academic Specialty: World Literature; Contemporary Literature; European Literature

Dr. Andrew J. Harvey, Associate Professor of English
Education: B.A. James Madison University; M.A., Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Academic Specialty: Medieval and Renaissance English Literature

Dr. Collin Messer, Associate Professor of English
Education: B.A. Emory University; M.A., Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Academic Specialty: American Literature; Southern Literature; William Faulkner

Dr. Eric A. Potter, Professor of English
Education: B.A. Wheaton; M.A., Ph.D. University of Virginia
Academic Specialty: American Literature, Poetry, Creative Writing

Part-Time Faculty

Dr. Kristin A. Barbour, Assistant Professor of Theatre
Education: B.A. Northwestern College; M.A. Kansas University; Ph.D. Kent State University
Academic Specialty: Stagecraft, Design, Costumes, Theatre History

Ms. Kathy S. Anderson, Guest Lecturer in Humanities
Education: B.A. Lambuth College; M.A. University of Mississippi
Academic Specialty: Civilization & Literature; American Literature