Faculty and Staff

Sharon Prince

Department Head and 
Instructor of English
Wharton County Junior College
Fort Bend Technical Center
5333 FM 1640
Richmond, TX 77469
Ph: (281) 239-1574
Email: sharonp@wcjc.edu
URL: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/sprince/

Sharon Prince has taught for over twenty years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Radford University in Radford, Virginia in 1987. After she graduated, she decided to take a year away from academic pursuits and lived in a Franciscan community dedicated to serving the poor in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. At the end of that year, Prince returned to higher education as a teaching fellow at Radford University where she began her master’s degree in English. She finished her master’s in 1990. Since her teaching fellowship at Radford University, Prince has taught at a variety of institutions, ranging from West Virginia University to Wharton County Junior College. She teaches both face-to-face and online classes. She has served as the English department head since 2004.

Marsha Anderson

Instructor of English
Wharton County Junior College
14004 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Ph: (281) 243-8534
Email: marshaa@wcjc.edu

Marsha Anderson has been a full-time English Instructor at Wharton Jr. College for five years. She holds a B.S. in Professional Writing and a M.A. in Literature from University of Houston. She has been teaching for over 18 years. Some of Anderson's writing projects include her first book How to Have a Good Day Everyday, her women's magazine that she publishes entitled, Have a Good Day Magazine and a play called Drama Queens. Ms. Anderson is also a freelance photographer and she enjoys spending time at coffee houses reading.

Pam Armentrout

Instructor of English
Wharton County Junior College
911 Boling Hwy.
Wharton, TX 77488
Ph: (979) 532-6470
Email: parmentrout@wcjc.edu

B.A., M.A., Texas A & M University

Pamela Armentrout began teaching full-time at Wharton County Junior College in 1993. Before moving to Wharton, she taught at McCullough High School, Burbank Middle School, and Texas A & M University. Her composition courses utilize computer-aided instruction and educational technology. 

Frederick (Rick) Bush

Instructor of English
Wharton County Junior College
14004 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
Ph: (281) 243 - 8523
Email: bushr@wcjc.edu

B.A., M.A. Texas Tech University

Rick Bush has taught English and German at the high school and college levels. He has published one of his poems and a journal article on teaching. Prior to coming to WCJC, Bush worked as a technical writer and a translator of documents written in German. He was recently a researcher for folk and music historian Robert "Mack" McCormick's book An Almost Savage Joy.

Cindy Diener

Instructor of English
Email: dienerc@wcjc.edu

Cindy Diener has a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Texas A & M University (Dec. 1990) and a Master’s of Interdisciplinary Studies in English and Psychology (August 1996). Her 20 years of teaching experience span the junior high, high school, and college levels. Her previous college teaching experience includes 10 years for The Victoria College and 6 years part-time for WCJC before being hired full-time by WCJC in 2011. Before joining the WCJC full-time faculty, she was teaching (2005-2011) Dual Credit and AP English and serving as the Dept. Chair (2009-2011) for Bay City High School. She also works as a consultant for Region III Education Service Center as a workshop developer and presenter. She enjoys reading, quilting, baking, and spending time with her family. Cindy’s academic interests include technology, feminist literature, and British literature. Her personal and academic motto is “Anything is possible,” and she approaches each day as though this is the rule and not the exception.

Ava Humme

Instructor of English
Wharton County Junior College
911 Boling Highway
Wharton,  TX  77488
(979) 532-6435
Email: avah@wcjc.edu

Ava King Humme received her B.A. in Journalism from Texas A & M University and M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with additional course work in English Literature from the University of Houston-Victoria. Since 1991 she has taught for WCJC in various departments, including Vocational Education, Adult Basic Education, Developmental Studies, and English and Humanities. Ms. Humme has taught at the University of Houston-Victoria and for Region IV of the Texas Education Agency and volunteered as a Special Education reading tutor for middle school students in Fort Bend ISD. She also has a strong professional background as a writer and editor for several major energy companies.

Suzan King

Online Instructor of English

Suzan King received her BA in Humanities and her MA in English from Oklahoma State University. She taught for many years at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, OK. Now she divides her time between her log cabin in the Pocono Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania and her apartment in Manhattan. Besides teaching Freshman Composition I and II online for WCJC, she travels across America performing her 11 historical characters including Eleanor Roosevelt, Abigail Adams, Georgia O'Keeffe and Dorothy Parker.

Angela Kocurek

Instructor of English
A-201 Main Campus
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, TX 77488

Angela Kocurek teaches Composition and Literature courses at the main campus. She is completing her Ph.D. in English and American Literature, with a specialization in British Literature from 1798 to 1832, from the University of Houston. Trained in nineteenth-century poetry and fiction, she also writes on philosophies of beauty and art, ethical criticism, and popular culture.

Mary Lang

Instructor of English
Wharton County Junior College
Fort Bend Technical Center
5333 FM 1640
Richmond, Texas 77469
Ph: (281) 239-1576
Email: maryl@wcjc.edu
URL: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/mlang/

Mary Lang received her B.A. in English and Spanish from East Texas State University in 1977, her M.A. in English from Texas Tech University in 1982, her ABD from Texas Tech University, and her M.A.T.-TESOL from University of Southern California in 2013.

Karen Lescure

Instructor of English
Wharton County Junior College
14004 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Ph: (281) 243-8530
Email: karenl@wcjc.edu
URL: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/KLescure/

B.A., M.A. University of Houston 

Karen Lescure graduated with her master’s degree in English in 1997 and teaches English for Wharton County Junior College at the Sugar Land campus. She has been full-time faculty member since the fall of 2004. In addition to teaching English, Karen also enjoys writing in her spare time and has published a narrative in the Houston Chronicle's Texas Magazine.

Jimidene Murphey

Instructor of English 
Email: MurpheyJ@wcjc.edu 
URL: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/JMurphey

Jimidene Murphey fell in love with teaching as a graduate assistant and has been teaching for over 20 years. She earned her B.B.A and M.B.A. in marketing and management from Tarleton State University. Wanting a second teaching field, she completed her M.A. in composition/rhetoric and technical writing at Texas Tech University. She has taught at South Plains College, Clarendon College, Victoria College, and WCJC. To keep abreast of current pedagogy, she has prepared over 32 ancillaries for English and business textbooks and was a part of a grant to bring online student services to rural colleges. Recently she participated in a collaborative writing project with Rice University composing middle school reading and writing curriculum, which has been adopted by the State of Texas. She has been teaching online classes for twelve years and dual credit for six.

Robin Nealy, Ph. D

Instructor of English
Department Head, Language Arts
Wharton County Junior College
5333 FM 1640
Richmond, TX 77469
Ph: (281) 239-1590
Email: robinn@wcjc.edu
URL: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/rnealy/

B.A., Prairie View A&M
M.A., Texas A&M University
Ph.D, Texas A&M University

In 1991, Dr. Nealy graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a B.A. in English. In the same year, she began working toward her M.A. in English at Texas A&M University. Upon completion of her M.A., she began work on her Ph.D. in education at Texas A&M. In August 1994, she became a full-time instructor in the Department of English at Prairie View A&M University. In the summer of 2000, Dr. Nealy finished the Prentice Hall TASP Writing Guide, which she co-authored with Karen Hackley, a Houston Community College instructor. Dr. Nealy completed her service at Prairie View A&M University in 2001 and began teaching English full-time at Wharton County Junior College in 2002.

Scott Stripling

Instructor of English
Richmond Campus (FBTC)
Phone: (281) 239-1570
Email: striplingd@wcjc.edu

Scott Stripling. After teaching four years as an Adjunct Instructor at WCJC, Scott transitioned to full-time status in August of 2009. In the past, he taught at UT Brownsville, International Bible College, Belhaven University, and University of Phoenix. He attended five different universities, and his degrees include: BS (English/Physical Education), MA (English), MA (Biblical Literature), and DMin (Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology). He is currently writing the dissertation for his PhD in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology on the topic of “What Happened to the Lost City of Livias?” He loves teaching literature and the writing process, and his passion is Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology (focused on Israel and Jordan).


Adjunct Instructors 

William Todd Albritton

Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy (online)
Email: AlbrittonA@wcjc.edu

William Albritton has been teaching for fifteen years, beginning as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He later taught at South Arkansas Community College and has been teaching online Philosophy for WCJC since 2009.

Candice L. Alexander

Email: alexanderc@wcjc.edu

Candice L. Alexander received her B.A. in Theatre Arts, Integrated Studies with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Denver, as well as her Master of Humanities with emphasis in Women's Studies, Religious Studies and Theatre from the University of Colorado, Denver. Candice teaches Humanities at WCJC Sugar Land, and Theatre and Public Speaking full time at the Briarwood School. She began teaching at Wharton in 2011

Bruce Autry

Adjunct Instructor of English 
Email: BruceA@wcjc.edu

Mr. Autry has been teaching for 36 years, including stints at the University of New Orleans, Lamar University in Beaumont, and ten years now at WCJC. He received his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, and his master’s degree from East Carolina University. In 2009 Mr. Autry received a grant for study at Oxford University in the English Language Seminar.

Stephanie Courtney

Adjunct Instructor of English 
Email: CourtneyS@wcjc.edu

Stephanie Courtney received her B.A. in English from Baylor University and her M.A. in English from Lamar University. She taught AP English at the high school level for twelve years. She teaches English at WCJC and is a school librarian full-time in Fort Bend ISD. She began teaching at Wharton in 2011.

Jennifer Field

Adjunct Instructor of English
Email: FieldJ@wcjc.edu

Jennifer Field graduated from Texas A&M University in 1999, and received her masters at Houston Baptist University in 2006. She has been teaching for 11 years at Stephen F. Austin High School and is also the English Department Head at Stephen F. Austin.

Martha Harrison

Adjunct Instructor of English
Email: HarrisonM@wcjc.edu

Martha Taylor Harrison is a graduate of Wharton County Junior College and Texas A & M University-Kingsville, with a B. A. in English/Speech and an M.A. in English/Education. Retired from forty years of public school instruction at Port Arthur ISD and Alief ISD, Ms. Harrison has taught the English composition courses at WCJC since 2007.

Samuel Huntington

Adjunct Instructor of English
Email: HuntingonS@wcjc.edu

B.A. in English, Brigham Young University
M.A. in English, University of Houston

Samuel D. Huntington taught as a graduate teaching fellow with University of Houston (UH), and upon graduating from UH, Samuel began teaching with Lone Star College-Montgomery. After a year, Samuel had a temporary full-time position with Lone Star College-CyFair. He has also taught with Houston Community College-Southwest and will begin teaching with Wharton Fall 2011. Samuel has also presented papers at literary conferences such as the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 and the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Associations conference. Courses taught: Composition 1 and 2, American Literature: Colonial Times to Civil War, American Literature: Civil War to Present, British Literature: Romantics to Present, and World Literature: Ancient Times to Mid-17th Century.

Dr. Danielle Olivier Jackson

Adjunct Instructor of English
Email: jacksond@wcjc.edu

Danielle Jackson received her BA in political science from Lamar University. She returned to Lamar University to also receive her MA in English where her thesis: Brown Eyes won the TACWT graduate fiction award. Danielle completed her PhD in Education: Curriculum and Instruction at Oklahoma State University. Danielle has taught both on the high school and college level in both Texas and Oklahoma.

Barbara James

Adjunct Instructor of English
Email: JamesB@wcjc.edu

Barbara James received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Education from Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville, and her Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Houston. After a public school teaching career in Needville, she has taught English Composition and British Literature at WCJC for more than a decade.

Patrick LeClair

Adjunct Instructor of English 
Email: LeClairP@wcjc.edu

Patrick LeClair received his B.S. from the University of Houston. Patrick also received the M.L.A, the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Liberal Arts from Houston Baptist University. Patrick LeClair teaches Humanities at WCJC and English and AP Art History full-time in Fort Bend ISD. He began teaching at Wharton in 2010.

Nancy Liscum

Adjunct Instructor of English
Email: liscumn@wcjc.edu

Nancy Liscum received her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.A.in English from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, with additional post-graduate hours in writing from the University of St. Thomas. Nancy has taught for 30 years at Clements High School, where she served as the English Department Chair from 1988-1999. In 2007-2008, she also taught photojournalism along with her dual credit English courses. Nancy has also taught English composition courses through The Art Institute of Houston.


Santiago Lopez

Adjunct Instructor of English 
Email: LopezS@wcjc.edu

Santiago Lopez earned his M.A. in English from New Mexico State University and has Bachelor's Degrees in English and psychology from the University of Houston. He has taught creative writing through Writers In The Schools in Las Cruces, NM and Houston. Lopez has poems in the premiere two issues of the New Mexico Poetry Review, and Palabra: A Magazine of Chicano and Latino Literary Art. His scholarly interests overlap his personal pursuits of poetry, music, and cinema.

David V. Mason

Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy 
Email: DavidM@wcjc.edu

David V. Mason received his B. A. in philosophy and literature in 1976 from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. His master's degree was earned at Columbia University/Union Theo. Seminary in New York City in 1979. His doctoral degree was conferred in San Francisco, SFTS, in 1985. In the summer of 2010 he was a guest lecturer at Jesus College, Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. He is also the author of four novels for young adults and often speaks at local schools in the Houston area. He has taught literature, philosophy and composition at the university level for 28 years at several colleges.   (His website is www.davidvmason.com)

Jennifer Mooney

Adjunct Instructor of English

Jennifer Mooney graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2003 with an M.A. in English literature, with an emphasis in Literary Criticism and British Literature. She obtained her B.A. from Robert Morris University in 2002, where she later returned to begin her teaching career in 2004. In subsequent years, she has also taught at Point Park University (Pittsburgh, PA) and Jefferson County Community College (Steubenville, OH). She joined WCJC’s faculty in the Fall of 2008.

Melissa Morse

Adjunct Instructor of English 
Email: MorseM@wcjc.edu

Melissa Morse earned her A.A. degree from WCJC in 1989 and graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education in 1991. She taught high school English for South San Antonio ISD and Needville ISD and later took time off to stay home with her children. She received her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on English and Education from the University of Houston Victoria in 2006 and returned to teaching English for Lamar Consolidated ISD at Foster High School. She has been teaching Dual Credit English for WCJC since 2007 and enjoys preparing high school seniors for college.

Angelique Sakry

Adjunct Instructor of English
Email SakryA@wcjc.edu

Angelique Sakry received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Houston – Victoria. Prior to her coming to WCJC in 2009 to teach composition classes, Ms. Sakry taught Business English at Texas School of Business, and received an honorable mention award for her poetry contribution to Atlantic Monthly Magazine.

David Glen Smith

Adjunct Instructor of English 

David Glen Smith earned his B.A. in Graphic Design from Drake University, his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College-Norwich University, and his M.A. in English Literature from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His writings and paintings have been published in various literary journals. Prior to teaching, he held diverse jobs in the publishing industry, developing both print and on-line publications as editor, designer, and illustrator. During the last six years he has taught both design-related courses and English composition.

James W. Stanley

Adjunct Instructor of English 
Email: JamesSt@wcjc.edu

Jim Stanley teaches English and humanities as an adjunct instructor. He was born and raised in California, but he has spent the last forty years in Texas. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, including a year in Viet Nam with the 101st Infantry Division, he enrolled at Texas A & I University (now Texas A & M Kingsville) where he received his B.A. in English and Drama, summa cum laude, in 1973. He returned to A & I for an M.A. in English in 1990. He has taught high school English and theatre arts since 1990. A lifelong musician, Jim sings and plays lead guitar with a classic rock/country cover band and occasionally performs as a solo acoustic artist. He is a member of Mensa, where he met his wife Pam.

Dr. Vilma A. Vavrusa

Adjunct Instructor of English
Email: vavrusav@wcjc.edu

B.A - Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville)
M.Ed. – University of Houston-Victoria
Ed.D. – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Dr. Vilma Vavrusa received her B.A. in Spanish and French, her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, English and ESL, and her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership - Administration.  She joined the WCJC faculty as an ESL instructor in Adult Basic Education in 2006. She currently teaches face-to-face dual-credit English 1301 and 1302 for WCJC on the Rice CISD high school campus, where she also teaches Spanish II, III, IV, ESOL, and AP English.

Debra Watkins

Adjunct Instructor of English
Email WatkinsD@wcjc.edu

Debra Watkins received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from the University of Houston-Victoria. She then completed her M.Ed. and PhD in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A & M University where she also completed a graduate concentration in English. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles. She has also been a guest presenter for a doctoral seminar and presented an academic paper for a master's seminar at a four-year university.

Janice Whitehead

Adjunct Instructor of English
Email WhiteheadJ@wcjc.edu

Janice Whitehead has taught English at the junior high, high school and college levels. She has written several articles for Texas Fisherman and Bassin' magazines and worked extensively on the website and newsletter for the Texas Joint Hurricane Task Force. Her degrees include an AA in Computer Science from Blinn College, a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston Downtown (UHD), and a MS in Professional Writing and Technical Communications also from UHD.


Ginger Stone

Adjunct Instructor of English
Email stoneg@wcjc.edu

Ginger Stone received a B.B.A from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.A. from Rice University, and studied at Oxford University as an IBO Fellow.  Before joining the faculty at Clements High School in 2007, she taught at Rice University, at both public and private high schools, and consulted at the University of Chicago.

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