Faculty and Staff

Robert Griffith, Professor/Creative Writing/English

Dr. Robert Griffith

Professor/Creative Writing/English

Olmsted Hall, Room 416B

Robert Griffith, Professor of Creative Writing, has taught several Honors courses, including Irish Literature and Introduction to Creative Writing. In his Honors course, The Simpsons and Postmodern Literature, students used the popular TV show The Simpsons as a lens through which to examine and explore the possibilities of postmodern literature such as Nabokov's Pale Fire, Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, and other novels.|

"After taking one of my courses, I hope students have acquired not only a greater comprehension of the subjects we study, but also a greater love for literature itself," comments Professor Griffith.

About Honors students, Professor Griffith notes, "What I enjoy most about teaching UE Honors students is their willingness to challenge themselves and to more fully explore the topics they encounter. Likewise, I feel they more fully embody the mission of the University in that they engage themselves more completely in academic and creative endeavors which truly are transformative to their lives as students and citizens of the world."

Professor Griffith holds a BA in literature and creative writing from the University of Tennessee and a MFA in poetry from the University of Arkansas. His areas of expertise include creative writing (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction) and editing. Professor Griffith is the author of four books, including The Moon from Every Window (David Robert Books, 2011), which was nominated for the 2013 Poets' Prize and A Matinee in Plato's Cave (Water Press & Media, 2008), winner of the 2008 Best Book of Indiana Award. He has also published poems and articles in journals and magazines such as Poetry, The Oxford American, PN Review, Phi Kappa Phi Forum, The North American Review, and others. Professor Griffith received the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Outstanding Scholar Award in 2011, as well as the University of Evansville Outstanding Professor of the Year Award in 2005.
Katie Mullins, Associate Professor/Creative Writing

Mrs. Katie Mullins

Associate Professor/Creative Writing

Olmsted Hall, Room 416C

Katie Darby Mullins has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net twice. She is the associate editor of metrical poetry journal Measure, and she's been published or has work forthcoming in journals like The Rumpus, Hawaii Pacific Review, BOAAT Press, Harpur Palate, Prime Number, Big Lucks, Pithead Chapel, and she was a semifinalist in the Ropewalk Press Fiction Chapbook competition and in the Casey Shay Press poetry chapbook competition.
Lisa Nikolidakis, Associate Professor/Creative Writing

Dr. Lisa Nikolidakis

Associate Professor/Creative Writing

Olmsted Hall, Room 417A

Lisa Nikolidakis is a graduate of Rutgers University (BA and MA) and Florida State University (PhD). Her essay “Family Traditions,” which first appeared in Southern Indiana Review, was selected by Jonathan Franzen for inclusion in Best American Essays 2016. Her work has also appeared in Los Angeles Review, Brevity, Gulf Coast online, Passages North, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Nimrod, The Greensboro Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her work has been runner-up or honorable mention for numerous prizes, including the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, the Gulf Coast Prize, the Lamar York Prize for Fiction, the Robert and Adele Schiff Award for Prose, the Calvino Prize, the Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize, and she has won both A Room Of Her Own's Orlando Prize and The Briar Cliff Review's Nonfiction Prize. In 2017, she was given the Exemplary Teacher Award by the University of Evansville.
Margaret McMullan, Professor Emeritus (Retired)

Ms. Margaret McMullan

Professor Emeritus (Retired)


Margaret McMullan is the author of six award-winning novels, and the recipient of a 2010 NEA Fellowship in literature and a 2010 Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary. She was the National Author Winner of the 2011 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and she is currently the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing. Her novels include In My Mother's House, a Pen/Faulkner nominee; Cashay, a Chicago Public Library 2009 Teen Book Selection; and When I Crossed No-Bob, a 2008 Parents' Choice Silver Honor, a 2007 School Library Journal Best Book, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, a Booklist 2009 Best Book For Young Adults, and a 2011 Mississippi Center for the Book selection at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Both When I Crossed No-Bob and How I Found the Strong won the Mississippi Arts and Letters Award for Best Fiction (in 2004 and 2008), the Indiana Best Young Adult Book (in 2005 and 2008), and they are both New York Public Library A-List Books for Teens. How I Found the Strong was also named an American Library Association 2005 Notable Social Studies Book, and a Booklist's Top Ten First Novel for Youth. Margaret's latest book, Sources of Light is an American Library Association 2011 Best Book for Young Adults, a Best 2011 Book of Indiana, and a Chicago Public Library Teen Selection.|

Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Ploughshares, Southern Accents, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, StorySouth, National Geographic for Kids, and The Sun among several other journals and anthologies such as Christmas Stories from the South's Best Writers. A 2007 Eudora Welty Visiting Writer at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, Margaret has taught on the summer faculty at the Stony Brook Southampton Writers Conference in Southampton, New York, at the Eastern Kentucky University Low-Residency MFA Program, and at the University of Southern Indiana's Summer and Winter Ropewalk Writers Retreat.
Michelle Lehman, Administrative Assistant, Department of English and Creative Writing and Department of History, Politics, and Social Change

Mrs. Michelle Lehman

Administrative Assistant, Department of English and Creative Writing and Department of History, Politics, and Social Change

Olmsted Hall, Room OH 322

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