Master of Liberal Arts


Study with Henderson State Faculty

Faculty who teach for the MLA Program include:

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Mark Beggs

Marck Beggs

Poet / Professor of English

Dr. Beggs is the author of four collections of poetry: Godworm, Libido Café, Catastrophic Chords, and Blind Verse. Beggs earned his Ph.D. from the University of Denver and his M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College. He lives in Little Rock, where he performs with his folk-rock band, dog gods. In 2009, he was selected as one of the top 10 sexiest vegetarians by PETA.

Andrew Burt

Andrew Burt

Instructor of English

Dr. Burt's research interests focus on the crosspollinations of film, television, and literature. He specializes in adaptation studies, masculinity studies, rock and roll studies, and composition. His recent publications consist of chapters in the edited collections, Critical Essays on Twin Peaks: The Return and Music in Twin Peaks: Listen to the Sounds, plus an article for a special blaxploitation issue of The Journal of Popular Culture. Burt received his Ph.D. at Northern Illinois University in Film and Literature.


Randy Duncan

Randy Duncan

Distinguished Professor of Communication, Director of the Center for Comics Studies

Dr. Duncan offers expertise in how comic book artists use their art to tell their story—what Duncan calls the language of comics. Duncan co-authored the textbook: The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture. He co-created Marvel: A Universe of Super Heroes, a traveling exhibition which debuted in 2018 at the Museum of Popular Culture in Seattle. He has an M.A. in Communication and Rhetoric and a Ph.D. in Communication, both from Louisiana State University.

Maryjane Dunn

Maryjane Dunn

Associate Professor of Foreign Languages, Dept. of English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy

Dr. Dunn has followed the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela both physically, walking the 600-mile Camino Francés as an undergraduate, and intellectually in her scholarly work. Her research has followed many paths: compiling an annotated bibliography of pilgrimage studies, comparing the differences between “real” medieval and modern pilgrims, examining literary depictions of pilgrimage by nineteenth-century women writers, and studying the intangible cultural heritage of the Camino de Santiago.

Most recently, she published the first English translations of the Sermons and Liturgy of Saint James and the Miracles and Translation of Saint James, Books I, II, and II of the twelfth-century Codex Calixtinus. Professor Dunn teaches all levels of Spanish courses, and is a member of the Honors College faculty. She organizes two very different summer educational experiences: “Henderson on the Camino” pilgrimage trips in even years and “Henderson’s Summer Study Adventures in Costa Rica” in odd years.


Paul Glover

Paul Glover

Professor of Communication/Broadcast Advisor
Department of Communication, Theatre Arts and Innovative Media

Professor Glover’s broadcasting experience includes NPR, ABC, FOX and CBS affiliates. He advises the award-winning stations, Henderson Television and KSWH-LP 102.5 FM The Pulse. He has produced three documentaries: Good Luck, Ray, and An Extraordinary Chance, which were selected for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. He co-directed The Man From Boggy Creek, which can be found on IMDB. His thesis film, On My Trail, is a narrative based on the early life of blues musician Robert Johnson.

Glover received his M.F.A. in Digital Filmmaking from the University of Central Arkansas and an M.A. in Communications Systems Management from Angelo State University. He is a member of Associated Collegiate Press, College Media Association, College Broadcasters Inc., and the Arkansas College Media Association. He was named 4-year distinguished adviser by CMA in 2018. 


William Henshaw as Santa Claus

William Henshaw

Professor of Theater Arts/Resident Costume Designer, Department of Communication, Theatre Arts and Innovative Media

Professor Henshaw is a member of the USITT Costume Commission, and his designs have been recognized by Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Henshaw has designed costumes for Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, Houston Children’s Theatre Festival, and San Diego University Opera. He has been a costume technician at Utah Shakespearean Festival, The Old Globe Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Santa Fe Opera & Glimmerglass Opera, and run the costume shop for Trinity Shakespeare Festival in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has designed make-up for Fort Worth’s Circle Theatre & Houston Children’s Theatre Festival. 

Henshaw contributed to the books, Developing and Maintaining a Design & Technology Portfolio and Showcase by Raphael Jaen. Other areas of interest are Gender Impersonation as an artform and Women, Gender and Race in the modern theatre as well as World Theatre. He received his M.F.A. in Drama from San Diego State University in 1996.


Megan Hickerson as Anne Boleyn with Henry VIII

Megan Hickerson

Professor of History, Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program

Dr. Hickerson is a specialist in early modern European history, especially the period of the Reformation in England. Her first book, Making Women Martyrs in Tudor England (2005), examines Tudor discourses of religious martyrdom through the lens of gender. In addition to her book, she has published several articles on both intersections between religion and gender in Tudor England, and Henry VIII in modern popular culture (novels and film).

Dr. Hickerson teaches courses in Medieval, Renaissance & Reformation, Early Modern, Tudor/Stuart, and European Women’s History, in all of which she emphasizes cultural history and the history of ideas. She also teaches a course on the Tudors in Literature and Film, as well as the core sequence of the MLA program, Truth Order and Beauty I and II.  She completed her Ph.D. at Syracuse University and has taught at several institutions of higher learning in both the US and the UK.


Suzanne T. Kordsmeier

Suzanne T. Kordsmeier

Associate Professor of English

Dr. Kordsmeier specializes in Renaissance and eighteenth-century literature. She is the author of Rethinking Shakespeare’s Skepticism: The Aesthetics of Doubt in the Sonnets and Plays (Duquesne UP, 2014), as well as articles appearing in English Literary Renaissance, Studies in Philology, Renaissance Drama, and Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World (Nebraska UP, 2019).

Dr. Kordsmeier is currently at work on two projects: one on silent women on the Renaissance stage and another on Christian self-identity and the aesthetics of alienation in Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton. Dr. Kordsmeier earned her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Kelsey Malone

Kelsey Malone

Assistant Professor of Art History

Dr. Malone's research focuses on American women artists and their collaborative approaches to art production in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries, with a particular interest in photography, sculpture, and popular illustration.

A member of the Honors College faculty, Malone teaches classes in Art History and Women's and Gender Studies. Malone earned her her M.A. in Art History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Missouri.


Malcolm Rigsby

Malcolm Rigsby

Professor of Criminal Justice and Coordinator of Criminal Justice Programs

Dr. Rigsby’s research interests focus on criminality and reform. He specializes in identity, criminal types, and shifts in sociality. He has presented at several annual conferences and served on discussion panels at the Dallas Arab Film Festival, the American Criminological Society, and Religion & Spirituality in Society. He has published in trade magazines, academic journals, news periodicals, and a contributing author in Finding Freedom in Confinement: the Role of Religion in Prison Life. Dr. Rigsby is active in film review and spreading culture through film.


Drew Smith

C. Drew Smith

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Director of the Honors College

Dr. Smith teaches courses in philosophy, ethics, and religion. Smith is a member of the MLA Advisory Council and has been involved with the MLA program for several years. He earned his Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

David Stoddard

David Stoddard

Professor of Media and Graphic Design, Director of the Innovative Media Program

Professor Stoddard's research focuses on media design, including virtual reality experiences. He has presented papers and participated in panels at Comic-Con San Diego; Gesellschaft für Comicforschung (ComFor) in Passau, Germany; and The College Media Association in New York. His artwork has appeared in exhibitions from coast to coast, including the prestigious Fl3cth3r Exhibition on social awareness in 2016. Stoddard received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, and an M.F.A. in Digital Art from Memphis Art College.

Peggy Sturba

Peggy Sturba

Professor of English

Dr. Sturba is a literary omnivore, but her primary areas of specialization are the British Romantic and Victorian Periods and the Gothic—in all its sublime forms, but with special emphasis on its haunting presence in contemporary literature and culture and its intersections with women’s and gender studies.

In 2019, Dr. Sturba was an invited speaker at an interdisciplinary conference, "Persisting Souls in Literature, Art, History, Politics, and Philosophy," held at the Catholic University of Paris. A representative publication is her essay titled "Talismans of Shadows and Mantles of Light:  Contemporary Forms of the Southern Female Gothic," which appears in Handbook of Southern Gothic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).


Michael Ray Taylor

Michael Ray Taylor

Professor and Chair; Department of Communication, Theatre Arts and Innovative Media

Professor Taylor is the author of Hidden Nature and other nonfiction books. He has written about science and exploration for The New York Times, Sports IllustratedHouston ChronicleWiredChapter 16, and many other print and digital publications. He is currently working on a novel.


Paul Williamson

Paul Williamson

Professor of Psychology

Dr. Williamson’s research area is psychology of religion, with expertise in religious fundamentalism, spiritual transformation, and Christian serpent handling. He is author/coauthor of four books on these topics, several book chapters, and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. He has given presentations throughout the U.S. and in several European countries, and has provided interviews to CNN, NPR, and various other media outlets on psychology of religion issues. Williamson holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology and an M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Tennessee. He teaches cross-cultural psychology, tests and measurements, counseling, and psychology of religion during the academic year.