Faculty Advising for English Majors

A faculty advisor can talk with you about which university might be the best fit for you, sequencing your courses so you don’t get overloaded, possible careers with the English major, tips and skills coaching for succeeding in your English classes, what to expect from your course load before and after transfer, offer feedback on personal statements, information about research opportunities, talk with you about his or her own experiences with the major. And if we don’t know the answer to one of your questions, we can help connect you to who can! Click here for some tips on how to get the most out of faculty advising.

Meet the Faculty Advisors

Jan Andres Jan Andres 
jan.andres@rcc.edu | websites.rcc.edu/andres

I teach classes in composition and American literature, and most recently I've taught Modern Poetry and Children's Literature. I double majored in English and Mass Communications at UC Berkeley, and I have an MA in Literature and Film and a PhD in American Literature from Claremont Graduate University. In my PhD work, I focused on notions of secrecy and narrative strategies of concealment, looking particularly at American fiction and film of the Cold War. I have experience with international education, boutique publishing, writing centers, and teaching, and I'd love to talk to you about all of that and more. I have been teaching since 2010, and I started at RCC in 2014. I'm also an advisor for Alpha Gamma Sigma, RCC's honor society. 

Thatcher Carter

I teach classes in composition, American literature, Women’s literature, Shakespeare, and drama. I studied at Occidental College, Claremont Graduate School, and the University of California, Riverside. I am the co-coordinator of the RCC Honors Program, and part of that job involves running the RCCD Honors Program Research Conference, an event where many of our RCC students (honors and non-honors) present their papers from their classes. If you are in one of our literature classes, you have probably already written a paper that would be perfect for the conference, and it looks amazing on your transfer application. Get in touch with me by email if you’d like to participate.

James Ducat ​James Ducat

I teach English composition, creative writing (especially poetry and creative nonfiction), and American literature. I primarily write and publish poetry, although I have researched, presented and published critical considerations of cultural constructions of gender and sexuality. I am also interested in the publishing process for contemporary poetry and creative nonfiction, and in researching best practices in rhetoric and composition. When I am not doing any of that -- or taking photographs -- I love to read novels and short fiction.​​

Kelly Douglass Kelly Douglass

My PhD areas of focus were 19th and 20th century American Literature and Drama, and since my undergraduate studies, I have been interested in the multi-ethnic literature of the United States and questions of American culture and identity. I have taught all levels of English composition offered by RCC as well as courses in American literature, contemporary short story and novel, literature by women, race in American literature, and California literature. Some of my favorite books (don’t ask me to pick a single favorite!) are Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Toni Morrison’s Sula (and others), Maxine Hong Kingston’s Woman Warrior, and William Faulkner’s Light in August. I have been teaching since 1997 and teaching at RCC since Fall 2001.​
Kathleen Sell
Kathleen Sell 

I teach classes in composition, English literature, and the humanities (Arts and Ideas and Intro to World Religions) working not only with the English department but with the CAP program and Honors program. I have loved English literature since I was first given a copy of Shakespeare's collected plays at 9! My PhD work was in the 19th century novel, focusing on Dickens, Bronte, and Eliot with an emphasis on gender theory and the construction of narrative voice--but only because they made me choose--my interests in literature are widely varied and continue to grow as I learn more. I started teaching in 1991 and at RCC in 1996.