English, Reading, Speech and World Languages Department Faculty - School of Liberal Arts

Julia M. Deisler
Chair, English, Reading, Speech, and World Languages

Julia M. Deisler earned her Ph.D. in English language and literature in 1996 from Brown University and her M.A. in English literature from the University of Kansas in 1986. It was at the University of Kansas that her teaching career began and where she first began working with the role of computers and technology in the teaching of English. Her years of free-lance editing for book publishers, magazines, and individuals contributed to her interest in teaching the precise, accurate language that is emphasized in technical writing.

Along with technical writing, Julia teaches courses in literature, composition, reading, and creative writing. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies and literary magazines over the years.

Isabella Bornet
Professor, English Literature

Isabella Bornet has a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of New Mexico, and a B.A. and M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University. She has been teaching at SFCC since 1995 and previously taught at Loyola Marymount University, University of New Mexico, and Texas Tech University. She is interested in all aspects of English literature including short fiction, drama (particularly Shakespeare), and the 18th century British novel.

Isabella loves teaching and her main goal is to enable each student to reach his or her full potential within her classroom. She also loves literature, and it is her joy to see students who previously may have feared literature become inspired and develop a love of it.

Marci Eannarino
Asst. Professor, English; Lead Faculty for English, Reading, and Speech  
Marci Eannarino received her Masters of Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been working at SFCC since 2007, and she teaches English and reading courses.  Marci loves rock climbing, skiing and trail running with her dogs.

Bethany Carson Kilpatric
Assistant Professor, English

Bethany Carson Kilpatric received a B.A. in religious studies from Haverford College and a M.A. in liberal arts from St. John's College, Santa Fe. She has worked at Santa Fe Community College since 2002 and was the coordinator of SFCC’s English literacy and civics education program, an ENLACE tutor, and an academic advisor before becoming a full-time faculty member in 2006.

Bethany teaches a variety of English courses at both the developmental and college level in the English, Reading and Speech Department.

Daniel Kilpatric
Assistant Professor of English
B.A., English, Lewis and Clark College
M.F.A., Poetry Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts

Daniel Kilpatric has been tutoring and teaching English and math at SFCC since January 2000. He currently teaches in the English department throughout the composition sequence as well as technical writing and creative writing.
Daniel also oversees the Student Writing Awards, which is a campus-wide writing contest that includes a public reading by the recipients and the publication of a booklet featuring the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions.

Shuli Lamden
B.A., Creative Writing, University of California-Davis
M.A., St. John’s College
B.A., Secondary Education, University of New Mexico
M.Ed,. Learning and Teaching, Harvard University

Shuli Lamden first came to SFCC in 1986 as a Literacy Volunteer. After training new LVSF tutors and teaching English as a Second Language classes in the Adult Basic Education program, Shuli taught middle school and college courses in developmental and transfer-level composition, literature, creative writing, and technical writing. A full-time faculty member since 1993, Shuli has coordinated College Success programs, developed new reading courses, and served as a department chair and co-chair. She also has developed and conducted teacher trainings in multiple intelligences, learning differences, and educational foundations, and currently coordinates Faculty Development programming for SFCC’s new Center For Learning Excellence.

Shuli loves sharing with students the magic of reading, writing and learning. Her teaching and college service have been honored with both the Students’ Choice Award for Outstanding Teaching at SFCC and the peer-nominated SFCC Faculty Excellence Award.

Andrew Lovato
Associate Professor, Speech Communication

Andrew Lovato is an associate professor of Speech Communication at Santa Fe Community College. He received his Ph.D. in Communication with an emphasis in intercultural communication from the University of New Mexico in 2000. Lovato is the author of Santa Fe Hispanic Culture: Preserving Identity in a Tourist Town, which was published in 2004 by the University of New Mexico Press. Lovato is a contributing author for four other books related to New Mexico history and culture. He has also written several articles and given lectures for various groups and organizations.

He had a book released during the 2011 Santa Fe Fiesta titled Fiesta Remembered: The Year Zozobra Escaped. Lovato was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in 2008.

Miriam Sagan
Creative Writing

Miriam Sagan is the author of over twenty books, including the recent collection of poetry, RAG TRADE (La Alameda Press). She is the winner of the 2004 Best Memoir award from Independent Publishers Association for her memoir, Searching for a Mustard Seed: A Young Widow's Unconventional Story. She is a member the co-operative Tres Chicas Books and publishes THE SANTA FE POETRY BROADSIDE, an e-zine at

Miriam has taught at Santa Fe Community College for over ten years. She is the director of the creative writing program, teaches poetry and fiction, and is adviser for the student magazine The Santa Fe Literary Review. Visit Miriam's blog, Miriam's Well, for peotry, essays and literary commentary.

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