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Arts, Communication, Media, and English

About the Department

The Department of Arts, Communication, Media, and English (also known as ACME), one of the largest departments at A&M-Texarkana, houses several undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as undergraduate minors and a graduate certificate. Our undergraduate majors, English (including teacher certification for grades 4-8 and 7-12) and Mass Communication develop graduates who are critical thinkers, readers, viewers, users, and communicators as well as prolific and skilled composers and creators, in and beyond the written medium. Our undergraduate minors make for excellent accompaniments to any major in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education – from psychology to History.

Our Programs

Each of our programs has been updated and curated to meet the needs of today’s learner for tomorrow’s practitioner. More information about our programs, faculty, and degree requirements are available below. 

Undergraduate Majors

Undergraduate Minors

Graduate Degrees

Engaging beyond the Classroom

ACME prides itself on providing opportunities for our majors, minors, and graduate students to pursue opportunities that allow them to connect their academic knowledge with practical skills, research with faculty or independently on areas of their own interests, acquire experiences with local partners, engage with other students and community members, and showcase their own work through publications and presentations. The department is especially proud to highlight our literary journal, Aquila Review, our digital newspaper, Eagle Eye, the East Texas Writing Project, the Red River Innovation Lab for the Humanities, and our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.   

Our Faculty

Our faculty are award winning scholars and educators! Our seven full-time faculty in ACME include a Fulbright Scholar, published book authors, scholars whose work appear in competitive peer-reviewed journals and book collections, creative writers and playwright, and institutionally and nationally recognized teachers. Faculty in our programs have won teaching awards including the A&M-Texarkana Honors Program Undergraduate Teaching Excellence awards (in teaching and in student mentorship), A&M-Texarkana’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success teaching excellence awards, induction into the A&M System Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators, and Experiential Learning Faculty of the Year.  

Dr. Brian C. Billings as a creative writer in musical writing (book, lyrics, and music), playwriting, and poetry writing; as a scholar, he specializes in contemporary children's literature and young-adult literature, twentieth-century and twenty-first-century American musical theatre, nineteenth-century British operetta, and eighteenth-century British novels. Brian C. Billings is an associate professor of drama and English at Texas A&M University-Texarkana and the general editor for Aquila Review, the university’s literary journal.  In addition to managing TAMU-T’s drama program, he teaches courses in drama (appreciation, history, and musical theatre), creative writing, children’s literature, and young-adult literature.  His work has appeared in such journals as Antietam ReviewAncient PathsArgestesBackstreet QuarterlyConfrontationMutata Re, and Poems and Plays.  Publishers for his scripts include Eldridge Publishing and Heuer Publishing.  His recently performed plays are the radio musical Curses: A Midsummer Night’s Peeve and the radio drama Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad.


Dr. Joe Burzynski is an Assistant Professor of English in Arts, Communication, Media, and English at A&M-Texarkana, where he teaches courses in writing and rhetoric application, history, and theory. He earned his Ph.D. in English from Miami University (2016). Prof. Burzynski is the author of essays appearing in Open Words: Access and English Studies and Spark: A 4C4Equality Journal. His research and publications investigate access issues, organized labor rhetoric, and the intersection of sustainability and composition studies. His current project is a book chapter on Texarkana native Dorothea Towles Church.


Dr. Jaime Cantrell is an Assistant Professor of English in Arts, Communication, Media, and English at TAMUT, where she teaches courses including Advanced American Literature, Genre Studies: Poetry, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, and the South and Sexuality. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University (2014) and her M.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Alabama (2009). She’s been awarded library and research grants from Cornell University, Duke University and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prof. Cantrell is the author of essays and reviews appearing in Feminist FormationsThe Journal of Lesbian StudiesStudy the SouthNotchesThis Book is An Action: Feminist Print Culture and Activist Aesthetics (UIP Press, 2015), The Bohemian South: Creating Countercultures, from Poe to Punk (UNC Press, 2017), and The Journal Homosexuality. She co-edited Out of the Closet, Into the Archive: Researching Sexual Histories (SUNY Press, Queer Politics and Cultures series, 2015). Out of the Closet, Into the Archives is a 2016 Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best LGBT Anthology.


Dr. Kevin Ells is Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Texas A&M University – Texarkana. A 2015 Fulbright Scholar in Communication to Azerbaijan, and former debate coach and basic course director, he is certified by the national Experiential Education Academy, and developed the university's MA program in Communication. His recent research focuses on environmental rhetoric, semiotics, and communication theory. A participant in a National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Environmental Ethics, his articles have appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly, Environmental Communication, Journal of Enterprising Communities, Explorations in Media Ecology, Texas Speech Communication Journal, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, and the Routledge Companion to Environmental Studies.


Dr. Corrine Hinton in an Associate Professor of English in the department of Arts, Communication, Media, and English at A&M-Texarkana where she teaches courses in first-year composition, the teaching of writing, rhetoric, composition, and qualitative methods. She earned her Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in rhetoric and composition from Saint Louis University (2012) and her M.A. in English with an emphasis in American Literature from the University of Missouri – St. Louis (2007). A veterans studies scholar, Corrine’s primary research area explores the transferability of veterans’ military writing practices to college writing contexts. She has presented her research at several national conferences (including Conference on College Composition and Communication, National Council of Teachers of English, and Veterans in Society) and published her work in the collection, Generation Vet: Composition, Student-Veterans, and the Post-9/11 University (Utah State University Press) and in Composition Forum (Fall 2013). Also invested in engaging pedagogies in K12 and higher education, Corrine has co-authored articles in Currents in Teaching and Learning and a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Faculty Development. A not-so-secret television aficionado, Corrine also dabbles in television studies and has chapters forthcoming in edited collections on American Horror Story and Wentworth.   


Dr. Douglas Eli Julien is an Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M--Texarkana and currently the department chair of the Department of Arts, Communication, Media, and English. He received his doctoral degree for the Department of Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society in 2005 from the University of Minnesota.  Prior to his PhD, he earned a master’s degree from Western Illinois University in Literature and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University.  His areas of expertise include: world literature (especially post-colonial literature and theory, literary theory (especially continental philosophy and critical theory), and the study of popular music.  Guiding his research in all three of these areas is the study of race.


Dr. Drew Morton is an Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Texas A&M University-Texarkana where he teaches Media Studies and Media Production courses. He earned his M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.  His publications have appeared in the journals Animation: An Interdisciplinary JournalCinema Journal[in]TransitionJournal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and Studies in Comics. He is the co-founder and co-editor of [in]Transition, the award-winning journal devoted to videographic criticism, and the author of the monograph Panel to the Screen: Style, American Film, and Comic Books during the Blockbuster Era (University Press of Mississippi, 2016). He recently published chapters in the edited anthologies Star Wars and the History of Transmedia (Amsterdam University Press, 2017) and Perspectives in Digital Comics (McFarland, 2019).  His video work has been exhibited around the world from the University of South Australia and the Universidad Católica de Pereira to Towson University, the Independent Film Festival of Boston, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

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