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Carsten Dau with French bulldog 

Language Arts Faculty and Honors Transfer Program Committee Chair
B.A., M.A., Louisiana State University
(626) 852-8091
CI 213

My name is Carsten Dau. I began teaching English courses at Citrus College in the early 1990s; I became a full-time Citrus College Language Arts Department member in 1997.

My master's degree is in literature, earned at Louisiana State University. Although I grew up in Southern California, I spent several years in Louisiana (high school and college), mostly sticking around for the music and food. Before becoming a full-time instructor, I worked as a sports journalist in Texas, a handyman in Maine, and a copy editor in Rancho Cucamonga. (Yes, teaching at a community college is much better than all those things.)

When I teach a class in the honors transfer program, I automatically know it will be my 'fun' class for that semester. Of course, I expect more work in that class from myself and the students, but our work is more involving and (hopefully) more mind-stretching than what I expect from my other courses. In my honors-level classes, students work together as a community, and I often solicit student input to determine the direction of our semester's goals.

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Rebecca Rudd 

English Faculty
​B.A., M.A., California State University, San Bernardino
(626) 857-4056

I am Becky Rudd, and I have been teaching English at Citrus College since 2006. I have a bachelor of arts in English and a master of arts in English composition with an emphasis in TESL (teaching English as a second language), both from California State University, San Bernardino.

My passion as a teacher is helping students develop their own approach to writing and become critical readers, thinkers, and writers. In my honors program classes, I enjoy hearing from my students as they transition from viewing writing as a way to show what they know (or have read) to writing as a way to share what they think!

I am a former California community college student, having attended both Orange Coast College and Chaffey College. My husband and two children also started their college education at community colleges.

I am a native Californian and grew up in Orange County. Since 1993, I have lived in the Inland Empire, which has become home. I enjoy reading a variety of genres, including mystery, legal thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction.

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Dale Salwak 

English Faculty
B.A., M.A., Purdue University
Ph.D., University of Southern California
(626) 914-8859

Dr. Dale Salwak is a professor of English at Citrus College, where he teaches literature of the Bible, Shakespeare, English literature, and various writing courses. He earned his bachelor of arts in English, with a minor in science and mathematics, from Purdue University and his master of arts and Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California.

He is a published author of some 28 books, including Living with a Writer (2004), Teaching Life: Letters from a Life in Literature (2008), Writers and Their Mothers (2018), The Life of the Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne (2023), and studies of Kingsley Amis, John Braine, A.J. Cronin, Philip Larkin, Barbara Pym, Carl Sandburg, Anne Tyler, and John Wain, amongst others.

A Purdue University Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Dr. Salwak has also received a research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Salwak frequently contributes to the London Times Higher Education magazine and the Times Educational Supplement.

revised July 6, 2023

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