Department Chair

Gail Nash, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Associate Professor of English

  • B.A., Oklahoma Christian University - English (TEFL)
  • M.A., Oklahoma State University - English (Technical Writing)
  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University - English (TEFL)

Dr. Nash is a professor of language who teaches courses such as TEFL Methods, Intercultural Communication, Structure of the English Language, and various composition courses.  She specializes in second language writing, writing center pedagogy, and case study research.  Her favorite course is TEFL Methods because she “can show students tools of language teaching and also tie those techniques to theories of language teaching and learning”. Dr. Nash is the advisor for TEFL students, the director of the Writing Center, and coordinator for the community literacy program. 

Dr. Nash has presented her work at venues such as the International Writing Center Association Conference, the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, and the International Writing across the Curriculum Conference. Her publishing accomplishments include “Conference Simulation in an English Composition Course” and “Politeness in the Writing Center: An Analysis of NS Tutor and NNS Student Discourse."  

“My colleagues in the department are what I most appreciate and love about our department.  Each one, including our adjunct instructors, is an effective, dedicated professor—worthy of respect and admiration.  Our department includes brilliant, strong-willed faculty who also manage to be quite loyal and supportive of each other.  We enjoy a high level of solidarity despite different areas of focus and even different opinions.” 

Outside of her academic work, Dr. Nash loves to travel, hike, ride bikes, participate in mission-related activities, and keep up with family, friends and former students. She enjoys reading “classic” authors like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, and Mark Twain as well as more contemporary “fun” reading like Amy Tan, Isaac Singer, Alexander McCall Smith, and historical fiction. 

Professor of Language and Literature

Cami Agan, Ph.D.

Professor of Language and Literature

  • B.A., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.A., Boston College
  • Ph.D., Duquesne University

Dr. Cami Agan teaches courses in British Literature, Film Studies, Composition and Honors Humanities and specializes in Medieval, British 18th century, and Utopian studies.  She is the sponsor for OC’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society. Her favorite courses to teach are her upper-level courses such as Shakespeare, Chaucer and Jane Austen.  Recently, Dr. Agan published a chapter on the 18th century dramatist Frances Sheridan in Approaches to Teaching Restoration and 18th Century Women Playwrights; an article entitled “Song as Mythic Conduit in Fellowship of the Ring”, and has a forthcoming chapter in Approaches to Teaching J.R.R Tolkien.  Dr. Agan is a member of MLA (Modern Language Association), ASECS (American Society for the Eighteenth Century Studies), the Medieval Academy of America, and the Society for Utopian Studies. 

When asked what she likes most about the Language and Literature Department, she said: “I love the community spirit and the exchange of ideas.  Students and faculty create wonderful relationships in the department.”

Outside of her academic work, Dr. Agan is interested in mid-century architecture, art and art history, cooking, and antiquing. She loves to read Louise Erdrich, Philip Roth, Margaret Atwood, and Ursula K. LeGuin.  “I try to read people who are living because I teach so many authors of the distant past.”

Associate Professor of English

Travis Montgomery, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

  • B.A., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.A., University of Mississippi
  • Ph.D., University of Mississppi

An American literature specialist, Dr. Montgomery regularly teaches Perspectives in Literature, an offering for non-majors. Literary Criticism and Introduction to Writing about Literature are other courses in his pedagogical repertoire. He advises English Education majors, and he is a faculty sponsor for the Oklahoma Epsilon chapter of the honor society Alpha Chi. Active within the profession, Dr. Montgomery is Secretary of the Poe Studies Association, and his publications include a chapter in The Cambridge Companion to American Gothic and essays in periodicals such as Gothic Studies and The Southern Literary Journal.

Dr. Montgomery appreciates his department’s commitment to keeping class sizes as small as possible so that students have plenty of opportunities to work directly with each other and with instructors. Such an environment is, he believes, ideal for helping OC students reach their personal academic goals.

During off-campus hours, Dr. Montgomery visits used bookstores and watches movies with his wife Janna.

Professor of Spanish

Tina Ware, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish

  • B.A., Baylor University - Spanish
  • M.A., Baylor University - Communications
  • Ph.D., Texas Tech University - Spanish

Dr. Tina Ware teaches a variety of Spanish courses from Beginning Spanish to Spanish Linguistics.  She is the sponsor for OC’s Spanish Club, created the Spanish Immersion Lab, and, along with her husband, sponsored the Costa Rica Spring Break Program.  Dr. Ware says that she loves the Language and Literature Department because “it’s such a tight-knit group of fun, interesting personalities”.  

Dr. Ware co-edited the text Recipes for Success in Foreign Language Teaching: Ready-Made Activities for the L2 Classroom and also contributed a chapter to the volume. She presents and chairs panels regularly with the Northeastern Modern Language Association.

In her spare time, Dr. Ware likes to read, do yoga, watch movies, cook, and travel.  When asked what she like to read for pleasure, she said that in addition to J. Jance and Sandra Cisneros, Dr. Ware “can’t get enough of Tess Gerritsen’s murder mystery medical dramas”.

Assistant Professor of English

Nathan Shank, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Director of Composition/Rhetoric

  • B.A., Harding University
  • M.A., University of Oklahoma
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Dr. Shank teaches core and upper-level writing courses, including Advanced Writing and Technical Writing. He advises the writing majors and has recently published on both technical communication and cognitive approaches to literature.

Dr. Shank directs the Writer’s Block, OC’s writing center, and is the faculty sponsor for Soundings, OC’s student-produced creative and visual arts journal. He co-leads the Summer Shakespeare Experience study abroad program to Canada with Professor Bingham Brunner. He regularly presents for Oklahoma Humanities’ “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma!” service program. Dr. Shank cares about engaged and lived pedagogies. His favorite recent quote from V. Jo Hsu states “Only by rendering our beliefs legible—by fixing them temporarily, imperfectly, and vulnerably in some form—can we create the conditions for discussion, negotiation, and change.”

Dr. Shank and his wife Manda have two children, Hannah and Amos. When Manda and Nathan aren’t reading books or cooking together, they are gardening or participating in local cultural events.