Dr. Annemarie Whaley, Department Chair

B.A., East Texas Baptist University - M.A., Louisiana State University in Shreveport - Ph.D., Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge

I grew up in Calgary, Canada, and moved to Texas in 1984 to attend East Texas Baptist University. It was in a classroom not far from my office that I met my husband, George. We graduated in 1986 and married in 1987. ETBU has been a part of my life ever since. I finished my MA in 1991 and began teaching at ETBU the same year. I continued my graduate study and received my Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 2000. My areas of interest are Medieval and Renaissance literature, American Realism and Naturalism, and Textual Editing.

I teach freshman writing classes, sophomore British Literature, and upper-level classes in Western Literature, Medieval Literature, William Shakespeare, William Faulkner, and Realism and Naturalism. I am also the general editor of The Beacon, a School of Humanities journal that publishes excellence in writing and photography from all disciplines and classes. I am very active in my discipline and have presented over twenty papers at local and national conference. I have also published numerous articles in scholarly publications, literary encyclopedias, and essay collections. In November 2009 my book The Trouble with Dreiser: Harper and the Editing of Jennie Gerhardt was published by Cambria Press.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, traveling, shopping, and being out on Caddo Lake with my husband, George.


Dr. Stan Coppinger

B.A. in Biblical Studies, Biola University - M.A. in English, Tarleton State University - Ph.D. in English, with a specialization in American Literature, Baylor University
I moved to ETBU in 2010 after teaching for 22 years on the university level. I teach Rhetoric and Composition courses, as well as British and World Literature. I have a deep love for the poetry of George Herbert. I also enjoy the works of William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and Cormac McCarthy. When I’m reading to relax, I grab a novel by Frank Peretti or John Grisham. When I’m looking for Christian non-fiction, I reach for Philip Yancey, Donald Miller, and Max Lucado. Favorite book? Huckleberry Finn. Favorite movie? Forrest Gump or Chariots of Fire or Gran Torino or Monsters, Inc. (depends on what day you ask me!)
My wife and I met on a blind date and married in 1998. We worship at Alpine Church of Christ in Longview. We have two cats, and when we aren’t tending to their needs, we love to travel. We also like a little adventure in our lives, so, in our free time, we’ve been known to jump out of a perfectly good airplane at 10,000 feet, dog sled on a glacier in Alaska, soar high in the sky in a hot air balloon, raft down the Snake River in Wyoming, or even catch a subway in Manhattan!
The most adventurous thing I do on a daily basis, however, is to walk into a classroom full of students and try to instill in them an excitement for reading and writing. I want to make a difference in the lives of my students. And when teaching becomes as Arthur Holmes says, “an act of love, of worship, of stewardship, a wholehearted response to God,” then teaching can indeed make an eternal difference. And that’s, bottom line, why I teach – to glorify God and to impact the lives of my students for eternity.


Dr. David Splawn

Ph.D. in English Literature, Film and Media Studies, Texas Tech University, 2014 - M.A. Modern and Postmodern British Fiction, University of East Anglia, 2004 - M.A. Intercultural Ministry, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, 2000 - B.A. Religion and Philosophy, Wayland Baptist University, 1997

I love teaching. While I have spent the last 15 years of my life pursuing a variety of occupations–youth minister, missionary, aid worker, professor, entrepreneur, barista, and photographer–the common thread that weaves all those things together is my role as a teacher. Beyond the university, I have taught in a variety of contexts–an Islamic University in Indonesia, at private and state schools in Texas, as a barista trainer in a small coffeeshop, and as an ESL teacher in Kenya. I cannot imagine doing anything else, but teaching.

My research is dedicated to the particular way that the cinema, as literary texts, invites and assumes a religious-experience-seeking viewer who will gain spontaneous pleasure from film that is akin to a moment of worship.  I am a recent PhD graduate of Texas Tech University and I am pursuing ways to read films and write about films in order to contribute my own unique perspective to the great cinema discussion. Currently, I am working on revising my book-length dissertation for publication, and I am concocting a few article-length projects for presentation.

Most importantly, I am married to an amazing woman who has patiently lent her loving support in the many years it has taken me to complete my degrees. We have three children, a girl and two boys, under the age of five. As you can imagine, our house is rarely quiet, full of laughing or crying at all hours of the day and night.

I hope to see you in class very soon where you will kindly allow me to teach you something new.


Dr. Jeanna White

B.A. and M.A. in History, Baylor University - Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington

I began my academic career with the study of history, specializing in Twentieth Century America. However, in graduate school, my intellectual interests shifted to the study of American literature, focusing primarily on Twentieth Century American literature, African American literature, and American war narratives. I also became interested in Composition studies and the history of rhetoric.

I joined the ETBU faculty in 2005. My teaching responsibilities include Rhetoric and Composition courses, American literature, and special topics courses such as African American literature and Studies in Writing.

My academic interests include the Rhetoric and Composition studies, the slave narrative tradition, and postmodern literature. I have published in African American Review, South Central Review, and The Griot. My most recent publication examines Barbara Kingsolver’s use of disability in The Poisonwood Bible, and I am currently working on an article that explores the value of writing about belief in the freshman composition classroom. 



Dr. Troy White

B.A. in Music and English, Mississippi College - M.A. in English, University of Mississippi, Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literary Studies, Warwick University

I have written on many subjects, including Victorian literature, composition, and Gothic fiction.  Regardless of subject, I consider myself foremost a scholar who uses composition skills—writing and reading—to help me think deeply.  In both my composition and literature classes I want my students to join me in the scholarly development of thinking.  This development includes discussions on how to think and write with deliberate focus, depth, liveliness, and clarity; how to perform a layered process of thinking, reading, writing, and revising; and how to use time well in scholarly work.

I find that the best learning occurs when the teacher and student join together in learning as a shared activity.  By treating my students as fellow scholars, I encourage them to develop a sense of ownership over their reading and writing so that their scholarly development can continue after the course is over. 

One of my current research interests is Sabine Baring-Gould (1834–1924), a once-celebrated English novelist who has been unjustly neglected since his death (though occasionally remembered as the writer of “Onward Christian Soldiers”).  I am also working on an essay that re-defines composition by presenting “failure” and “time-travel” as liberating concepts for both student and teacher in the composition classroom. 

Another hobby of mine is playing music (cello, guitar, bass).  I also enjoy spending time with my wife and two children.