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Full-Time Faculty

Amy Smith, Ph.D.
Division Chair of Arts and Sciences
Professor of English
161 Paczesny Hall
649-7900, ext. 354

I have been teaching at Hilbert for close to 20 years and currently serve as the chairperson of the Arts and Sciences division.  I teach a wide variety of classes, including courses in American literature, autobiography, and Holocaust literature.  A strong proponent of educational travel, I’ve led several trips abroad to places such as Kenya, Italy, and Costa Rica.  I’ve presented at numerous conferences and participated in an NEH Faculty Institute in Ireland and a faculty institute at the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum.


Michael Degnan, Ph.D.
Professor of English
105B Bogel Hall
649-7900, ext. 242

I have been teaching at Hilbert College for over thirty years, with a special focus on American literature, and have presented papers on Nathaniel Hawthorne at Oxford University, England, and the American University at Rome, Italy. I have also taught courses in basic and advanced writing, public speaking, Shakespeare, the novel as genre, world mythology, and Irish literature. Over the years, I have received a Hilbert Teacher of the Year award and a New York State English Council Teacher of Excellence award. I am also coordinator for Hilbert’s study abroad program and have served in academic administration as department chair, division chair, as academic dean of the College, and as dean/director of the faculty development program. More...


 Taylor Doherty
Associate Professor of Theatre and Digital Media
162 Paczesny Hall
649-7900, ext. 423

I have been teaching at Hilbert College since 2001. My areas of specialty include theatre, scriptwriting, public speaking, communications and film.  I also teach current events in Junior Symposium (PS 402).   I have been fortunate enough to work with numerous theatres around the world, as an actor, director and playwright.  Since 2007, I’ve been the Executive Artistic Director of the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre – an award-winning professional theatre ensemble that has been called “one of the best in Western New York” by the Buffalo News.  The Buffalo Laboratory Theatre produces shows in the Swan Auditorium on the campus of Hilbert College and in collaboration with Shea’s Performing Arts Center at 710 Main Theatre in downtown Buffalo.


Charles Ernst, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Excellence in Learning
Professor of English
152 Paczesny Hall
649-7900, ext. 315

I have been teaching for several decades, concentrating in literatures both early and recent, along with courses in writing, speech, and general studies. I have held faculty positions at Canisius College and Hilbert College, with short stints earlier in my career with Empire State College, Buffalo State College, and the teaching program at Attica State Prison. More...


Marne Griffin
Chair, Engaging Educational Practices
Associate Professor of English
108 Bogel Hall
649-7900, ext. 268

I have been teaching at Hilbert College for over 15 years.  I am currently the Chairperson of Engaging Educational Practices.  In that capacity, I assist in coordinating many components of the first year experience, including the Foundations Seminar, the peer leader team and the Hilbert Reads program. I specialize in freshmen courses such as the Freshman Foundations Seminar, College Writing, and Public Speaking, but I teach a variety of other courses, including World Literature and Rhetoric.  I have received the Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Service Awards. 


Anthony Hughes, Ph.D.
Professor of English
111 Bogel Hall
649-7900, ext. 226

I teach courses in film studies, creative writing, poetry, and literature. I also oversee the college’s Creative Studies concentrations in creative writing and film studies. For the past 25 years, I have given numerous presentations on education, writing, and film, at local, regional, and national conferences and have published scholarly essays and poems in a wide variety of book anthologies, poetry journals, and magazines. I won runner-up in the Bridport Poetry Prize in England for my poem, Ephemeral, and an Honorable mention for my poem, Bliss, from the New Millennium poetry contest. My last book, A Handbook for Simple Living, which I co-authored with Ms. Sepideh Yeoh, MS, and CC., was published by Linus Publications in 2012. My previous book, Modern and Postmodern Cutting Edge Films, was published by the Cambridge Scholars Press in 2008. I am currently working on my first poetry chapbook. 


Herb Kauderer
Associate Professor of English
137 Bogel Hall
649-7900, ext. 389

I have been teaching writing and literature at Hilbert College since the fall of 2000 with a focus on popular literature including Detective Fiction and The Literature of Horror.  I am an active creative writer having had approximately 800 poems published.  I have also written short fiction, drama, and screenplays.


Emily Ryan Radder
Writing Coordinator
117 Bogel Hall
649-7900, ext. 415

I am thrilled to join the Hilbert English Faculty as  Writing Coordinator.  My position includes instructing Composition Courses and labs, as well as consulting individually with students through Academic Services. I specialize in the areas of Developmental Reading and Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, and Modern American Poetry.  In the past, I have instructed Developmental Reading and Writing, Basic and Advanced Composition, and Literature at several area schools, including Erie Community College, Trocaire College, and Medaille College.


Megan Burke Witzleben, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Bogel 115
649-7900, ext. 387

I specialize in material aspects of Victorian literature with a focus on the role of architecture in character formation. My research examines domestic environments as tools depicting interiority in the works of Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and E.M. Forster. In addition to teaching introductory writing and literature courses, I also teach British and World Literature, Victorian Literature, The Brontës, The City in Literature, The Novel, and Critical Theory. I have delivered papers on such topics as homelessness in the Victorian novel and women’s voices in architectural discourse. Current projects include a book in development on the British home during the age of Empire and a review forthcoming in Modern Philology.