University’s success in inviting her friend Maya
Angelou to join the Wake Forest faculty. She held
the rank of Lecturer in English. (See page 139.)
Two new Assistant Professors, both of whom
were to continue their careers at Wake Forest
for years to come, arrived in 1977: andrew V.
ettin (B.A., Rutgers; M.A., Ph.D., Washington,
St. Louis) and nancy J. cotton (B.A., Texas;
M.A., Wisconsin; Ph.D., Columbia). Both of
them were promoted to Associate Professor in
1979. Ettin’s scholarly interests were centered
around Spenser and Milton and the pastoral
tradition in English literature. Cotton, who
taught seventeenth-century English literature,
was the author of Women Playwrights in Eng-
land c. 1363–1750.
Between 1979 and 1983 three additional faculty
members with promise for the future of the Depart-
ment came to Wake Forest: Overing in 1979, Maine
in 1981, Hans in 1982. gillianroseovering(B.A.,
Lancaster, England; M.A., Ph.D., SUNY, Buffalo), a
medievalist who studied diction and language in
Old English poetry, was also interested in femi-
nist movements and in the Women’s Studies pro-
gram at Wake Forest. barry g. maine (B.A.,
Virginia; M.A., Ph.D., North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
taught American literature and had written a
dissertation on John Dos Passos. James s.hans
(B.A., M.A., Southern Illinois; Ph.D., Washington,
St. Louis) taught modern and contemporary
literature and literary theory and had already
written one book, The Play of the World.
blanchec.“dickie”speer(B.A., Howard Payne;
M.A., Ph.D., Columbia) joined the Department
in 1972 as Lecturer in Linguistics, received the
title of Assistant Professor in 1975 and Associ-
ate Professor in 1980, and retired in 1983. She
taught courses in linguistics and also in Chinese.
patricia adams Johansson (B.A., Winston-
Salem State; M.A., Wake Forest) was Instructor
in English from 1969 to 1982 and then was given
the title of Lecturer. She was named Academic
Counselor in the Office of the Dean of the College
in 1974 and then Assistant to the Dean of the
College in 1980. In 1974 she received the Univer-
sity’s annual award for excellence in teaching.
(See page 150.)
bynum g. shaw (B.A.,
M. A., Wake Forest),
had, since 1965, been
Lecturer in Journalism
and director of the
journalism program
in the Department of
English. He was also
adviser to student
publications and to the student Publications Board.
In 1982 he was named Professor of Journalism.
Shaw was the author of The Nazi Hunter (his
second novel; earlier, he had written The Sound
of Small Hammers); Divided We Stand: The
Baptists in American Life; a third novel, Days of
Power, Nights of Fear; and, with Edgar E. Folk,
W.W. Holden: A Political Biography. He also
contributed articles to such national magazines
as Esquire. The Nazi Hunter received, from the
North Carolina Literary and Historical Associa-
tion, the 1969 Sir Walter Raleigh Award in fic-
tion. In 1972 he was asked by President Scales
to write the fourth volume of the History of
Wake Forest College.
Also in the Department of English during the Scales
year were Judson b.allen(1962–1969), thomas
a. gray (1966–1969), clarence Walhout
(1964–1969), francis a. berces (1967–1968),
William m. hagen (1966–1968), ida m. hol-
lowell (1965–1969), Judy Jo Worley small
(1966–1970), david h. tilley (1967–1968)
bernice lanell Wilson (1967–1968), gail
Walker howard (1967–1969), John William
mcdonough (1968–1970), William d. faul-
haber (1969–1971), nancy Jane mccaskey
(1969–1975), Joseph o. milner (1969–1975)1,
Joyce e.potter(1969–1973), John c.richowsky
Milner’s career at Wake Forest is discussed in the section on the Department of Education.
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