James Stubbs is Dean of Arts and English (A&E) at Lonestar College - Kingwood. Prior to becoming Dean, he also served as band director and professor of music and directed the Kingwood Big Band, Lone Star College - Kingwood Jazz Ensemble, and the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band.
Prior to his arrival at Lone Star College - Kingwood in 2004, Mr. Stubbs was the director of bands at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas for fourteen years where he directed the marching band, athletic bands, jazz ensembles, theater orchestras, wind ensembles, and community bands. His teaching duties have included courses in music theory, music appreciation, American music, jazz improvisation, and applied brass.
Prior to his career in higher education, Mr. Stubbs served as a high school band director and applied trumpet educator in high schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. He is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, the University of North Texas, and is a doctoral candidate at Baylor University.
Dr. Darlene Beaman is the English department chair for Lone Star College Kingwood. She has a Bachelor of Art’s degree from Baylor University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was awarded the Charles B. Smith award for academic excellence and noble character. She graduated from Rice University with a Masters and PhD degree with a concentration in 19th C British and American Literature and wrote her dissertation on Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti.
Dr. Beaman is the founding faculty member and club advisor for the Poetry and Songwriting club.
Currently, Dr. Beaman serves on the Executive Council for CCTE, Conference of College Teachers of English. She has had articles published on Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf and on Theodore Roethke. She has presented papers at conferences on a variety of topics including teaching with visual grammar, teaching generational issues with Chitra Divakaruni’s novel One Amazing Thing, and on representations of monsters and evil in popular culture and how those representations reflect spirituality in a post Christian world.
Lisa Darling, assistant professor of English-Developmental Studies, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2010. Darling earned a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from the University of St. Thomas. She also holds a Master in Liberal Arts in English Literature from the same institution. She is also a former student of LSC-Kingwood having earned an Associate of Liberal Arts degree. She was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
While attending the University of St. Thomas, Darling received The Father Monahan Scholarship as an undergraduate. Darling's Master's thesis was titled, "Richard Wright's novel, Black Boy: An Analysis of the Formation and Opportunities for Education in Black Boy and How They Shaped Wright as an Author."
"My teaching philosophy reflects my interest in students and student success. I focus on dynamic student-centered classroom communities where learning and retaining knowledge happens in an accepting environment. I love to teach because I want to share the love of learning with others," Darling explained.
Darling has served on LSC-Kingwood's Foundations of Excellence, Core Curriculum Committees and is winner of The Faculty Excellence Award.
Amelia Keel, professor of English, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2004. Keel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Texas Woman's University and Master of Business Administration degree from University of Phoenix. She also holds a doctoral degree from the University of Louisiana.
"I love literature, and I think LSC-Kingwood is great," Keel added.
Suzy Page, professor of English, has been with LSC-Kingwood for more than 12 years. Page earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts degree in English from the same institution.
Page has presented a number of papers. She presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the National Association of Developmental Education. In 2006, Page received the LSC-Kingwood Teaching Excellence Award.
"I enjoy sharing my love of literature and my personal learning experiences with students, "Page explained. "I tell them what I am reading and how it changes and broadens my perspective and I share with them my learning victories and my learning obstacles. By joining students in the never-ending journey of learning, I hope to convey the importance of continuing to challenge oneself and throughout life."
Dr. David Ragsdale earned his Ph.D. in English at Texas A&M University in 1987 after having studied for 10 years at A&M and 3 years at Rice University. Dr. Ragsdale has taught at Lone Star College - Kingwood for 25 years, starting in 1989, and has made presentations at Two-Year College English Association meetings. He teaches courses in English, where his area of specialization is British literature, especially the 16th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Because of a further background in music as well, he also teaches Humanities 1301 and 1302 because he enjoys seeing the connections that English literature has with history and the arts, such as music and painting. His favorite periods in Humanities are ancient Egypt and Rome along with the Tudor monarchs and the 18th century.
Because of an interest in music, Dr. Ragsdale has played with the Kingwood Big Band for 10 years and, in the past, with the Kingwood Pops Orchestra for 15 years. He plays clarinet and alto saxophone and is learning flute. He was also the past faculty sponsor of the Baptist Student Ministry for about 20 years. In addition to reading European history and the comic novels of P.G. Wodehouse, in his spare time Dr. Ragsdale enjoys woodworking and makes pens and various nutcrackers on a wood lathe.
Joan McAninch Samuelson, professor of English, is one of the founders of the college in 1984 and has remained on the faculty from the beginning. Samuelson earned a Bachelor Arts degree from the University of Houston and a Master of Arts degree from the same institution. She earned a doctoral degree from Ohio State University.
Samuelson has presented a number of papers on literature, women's studies and teaching with technology at Lone Star and conferences from Texas to Chicago to Washington, D.C.
She was earned two teaching awards, and two study grants one to Washington D.C., and one to England. She is also involved in the LSC-Kingwood Honors Program and numerous other professional development projects.
"I enjoy teaching the combination of literature, history, psychology, and art. For me personally, I enjoy watching students engage in a field many thought they did not care for," Samuelson explained.
Cindy Ross, associate professor of English, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2015. Ross holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Secondary Education from the State University of New York at Potsdam. She also obtained a Master of Arts in English Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy degree from the same institution. Ross has also taken courses toward a doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Prior to joining LSC-Kingwood, Ross was an instructor at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She was also an English teacher for Cache Public Schools, and served as an assistant professor at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus and Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York.
Ross is active in several professional organizations including the Conference on College Composition and Communication, The National Council of Teachers of English and The National Association for Developmental Education.
"LSC-Kingwood is a great campus with excellent students. I've found the learning atmosphere to be enriching for both faculty and students."
Professor Cindy Baker's goal is to help prepare her students for their future careers. She started at Lone Star College-Kingwood in 1994 as an English adjunct faculty and is currently a full-time professor teaching all levels of developmental and credit English courses.
"I love to teach reading and writing at all levels - and I consider the skills of comprehension, interpretation, and research to be absolutely necessary in the modern world," Baker said.
During her tenure at LSC-Kingwood, Baker was chair of the English Department from 2003-2013. She was selected for three National Endowment for the Humanities national workshops and was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award in 2006.
"I want my students to enjoy my classes and I want them to be successful, both at LSC-Kingwood and in their upcoming educational activities," she said.
Prior to LSC-Kingwood, Baker was an adjunct professor at Richland College in Dallas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Texas Tech University and a Master's Degree in English from the University of North Texas. Baker is a member of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).
Dr. Sampada Chavan Dalvi, an associate professor of English, started at LSC-Kingwood in 2017. Previously, Dr. Dalvi taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Houston and Houston Community College.
Born and raised in Mumbai, India, she earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English from the University of Mumbai. Afterward, she moved to America to further her studies. Dr. Dalvi earned a doctoral degree in English from the University of Houston. In her final years as a doctoral student, she won a dissertation completion fellowship. Dr. Dalvi’s Ph.D. dissertation is called “Strength in Solitude: A Comparative Study of Single Mothers in African American and Postcolonial Indian Literatures.”
During her career, Dr. Dalvi published “Natural Woman, Unnatural Mother: The Convergence of Motherhood and the ‘Natural’ World of Alice Walker’s Meridian” in the Journal of International Women’s Studies.