Faculty and Staff
James Stubbs is Dean of Fire Science, Letters, Arts & Kinesiology (FLAK) at Lonestar College - Kingwood. Prior to becoming Dean, he also served as band director and professor of music and directed the Kingwood Big Band, Lone Star College - Kingwood Jazz Ensemble, and the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band.
Prior to his arrival at Lone Star College - Kingwood in 2004, Mr. Stubbs was the director of bands at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas for fourteen years where he directed the marching band, athletic bands, jazz ensembles, theater orchestras, wind ensembles, and community bands. His teaching duties have included courses in music theory, music appreciation, American music, jazz improvisation, and applied brass.
Prior to his career in higher education, Mr. Stubbs served as a high school band director and applied trumpet educator in high schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. He is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, the University of North Texas, and is a doctoral candidate at Baylor University.
Anne Amis, professor of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and chair of the English department, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2007. Amis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Hendrix College and a Master of Arts in Teaching ESOL from the SIT Graduate Institute.
Amis has presented two papers: "Activities to Energize Academic Writing" at the Texas of English of Other Languages (TESOL) conference in 2011. In addition, she presented "Applying Appreciative Inquiry in an ESOL Writing Class."
In 2012, she was the recipient of the Faculty International Education Grant, Vietnam. She was also honored with the 2011 LSC-Kingwood Faculty Excellence Award.
Amis is a member of the college's Intercultural Student Organization, The Academy and the Behavioral Intervention Team.
"I teach ESOL because it gives me the opportunity to work alongside immigrants and international visitors who are exploring the life-changing gifts and challenges mastering another language provides. As a second-language learner myself, I find the process extremely rich and rewarding," Amis explained. "During my time at LSC-Kingwood, I have always been offered opportunities for personal and professional growth; I love teaching and working here because I am always learning something new, be that a new course I teach a diverse and international student population or professional development activities."
Patricia Barker, professor of English, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2005. Barker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. Additionally, Barker earned a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Barker has presented a number of papers. In 2005, Barker presented, "The River of Time, History and Memory in Graham Swift's Waterland," at the 20th Century Literature Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
Additionally, Barker presented, "Selected Correspondence of Hildegard of Bingen: A Rhetorical Study of Twelfth-Century Political and Social Thought," (co-authored and co-presented with Patricia Schoch), at the Annual Conference on Political and Social Thought, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom in 2002. She presented the same paper at the 2001 CCCC Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado.
Barker was honored with the Victor Worsfold Outstanding Teacher Assistant Award from the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.
"I teach English because critical reading and writing skills are life skills that go far beyond the confines of college campus. Preparing my students to meet the future challenges in their careers and in life is extremely rewarding to me," Barker explained. "Further, I feel that a basic knowledge of literature is a necessary part of a college education. Literature isn't written in a vacuum; it always reflects its historical, artistic, and cultural context, and in doing so, it broadens students' minds, engages their imaginations, and deepens their understanding of humankind."
Lisa Darling, assistant professor of English-Developmental Studies, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2010. Darling earned a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from the University of St. Thomas. She also holds a Master in Liberal Arts in English Literature from the same institution. She is also a former student of LSC-Kingwood having earned an Associate of Liberal Arts degree. She was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
While attending the University of St. Thomas, Darling received The Father Monahan Scholarship as an undergraduate. Darling's Master's thesis was titled, "Richard Wright's novel, Black Boy: An Analysis of the Formation and Opportunities for Education in Black Boy and How They Shaped Wright as an Author."
"My teaching philosophy reflects my interest in students and student success. I focus on dynamic student-centered classroom communities where learning and retaining knowledge happens in an accepting environment. I love to teach because I want to share the love of learning with others," Darling explained.
Darling has served on LSC-Kingwood's Foundations of Excellence and Core Curriculum Committees.
Amelia Keel, professor of English, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2004. Keel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Texas Woman's University and Master of Business Administration degree from University of Phoenix. She also holds a doctoral degree from the University of Louisiana.
"I love literature and I think LSC-Kingwood is great," Keel added.
Joseph Minton, professor of English, joined LSC-Kingwood more than 27 years ago. Minton obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph-Macon College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Richmond.
Minton was inducted as a member of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" and was recognized as an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa.
"I appreciate the power and artistry of words," explained, Minton.
Suzy Page, professor of English, has been with LSC-Kingwood for more than 12 years. Page earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts degree in English from the same institution.
Page has presented a number of papers. She presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the National Association of Developmental Education. In 2006, Page received the LSC-Kingwood Teaching Excellence Award.
"I enjoy sharing my love of literature and my personal learning experiences with students, "Page explained. "I tell them what I am reading and how it changes and broadens my perspective and I share with them my learning victories and my learning obstacles. By joining students in the never-ending journey of learning, I hope to convey the importance of continuing to challenge oneself and throughout life."
Dr. David Ragsdale earned his Ph.D. in English at Texas A&M University in 1987 after having studied for 10 years at A&M and 3 years at Rice University. Dr. Ragsdale has taught at Lone Star College - Kingwood for 25 years, starting in 1989, and has made presentations at Two-Year College English Association meetings. He teaches courses in English, where his area of specialization is British literature, especially the 16th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Because of a further background in music as well, he also teaches Humanities 1301 and 1302 because he enjoys seeing the connections that English literature has with history and the arts, such as music and painting. His favorite periods in Humanities are ancient Egypt and Rome along with the Tudor monarchs and the 18th century.
Because of an interest in music, Dr. Ragsdale has played with the Kingwood Big Band for 10 years and, in the past, with the Kingwood Pops Orchestra for 15 years. He plays clarinet and alto saxophone and is learning flute. He was also the past faculty sponsor of the Baptist Student Ministry for about 20 years. In addition to reading European history and the comic novels of P.G. Wodehouse, in his spare time Dr. Ragsdale enjoys woodworking and makes pens and various nutcrackers on a wood lathe.
Joan McAninch Samuelson
Joan McAninch Samuelson, professor of English, has been with LSC-Kingwood for more than 29 years. Samuelson earned a Bachelor Arts degree from the University of Houston and a Master of Arts degree from the same institution. She earned a doctoral degree from Ohio State University.
Samuelson has presented a number of papers on literature, women's studies and teaching with technology at Lone Star and conferences from Texas to Chicago to Washington, D.C.
She was earned two teaching awards, and two study grants one to Washington D.C., and one to England. She is also involved in the LSC-Kingwood Honors Program and numerous other professional development projects.
"I enjoy teaching the combination of literature, history, psychology, and art. For me personally, I enjoy watching students engage in a field many thought they did not care for," Samuelson explained.
James Skelton, professor of composition and literature, has been with LSC-Kingwood for more than 22 years. Skelton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas-Arlington, a Master of Arts degree in English from the Texas A&M at Commerce and a doctoral degree from the same institution.
He has presented a number of papers. Some of these include: "Hemingway vs. Shakespeare: Fight for the Ages," and "The Omitted Beginning of The Sun Also Rises", and others. In addition to his presentations, he also received the LSC-Kingwood "Teacher Excellence Award."
Sherry Young, professor of English, joined LSC-Kingwood in 1984. Young holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Science degree in Business Education from Texas A&M University.
Young is the sponsor of the Fashionbook Club.
"Business has always interested me and literature is so rewarding and enriching," Young stated. "It's been great working with such great people and students at LSC-Kingwood. It's my second home."
Dr. Susan Cotton
Kari McMurray, assistant professor of developmental studies, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2012. McMurray obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Idaho in general studies with minors in American and International studies with a certificate in diversity and stratification. McMurray also earned a Master of Science degree in Education from the same institution.
McMurray has authored numerous publications and presented at conferences. In 2007, McMurray presented, "Non-traditional Students' Perceptions of Family and Married Housing: A look at its usefulness and importance when deciding to attend university" at the National Social Science Association Conference in Las Vegas.
Additionally, McMurray presented a poster, "The Effects of Pet Ownership on High School Students' Performance" at the Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu, Hawaii.
McMurray has also been instrumental acquiring various grants.
"I teach reading and writing because I believe they are essential skills that all people need to be successful in school and in life. I love working with diverse student populations. Teaching reading and writing also includes developing other skills like critical thinking and argument. Have a wide variety of perspectives in the classroom creates an exciting and engaging learning environment," stated McMurray.
Assistant Professor, Developmental Studies English
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Jamie Lynne Beavers