Meet Our Advisors

Whether you are interested in learning more about Writing, Literature, and Film studies here at OSU, exploring one of our majors, taking a class, or seeking academic and other resources to support your learning experience, we welcome you to contact us. We will help you discover meaningful connections between your intellectual passions and a plan of study with depth, breadth, and challenge.

Steve Kunert, Academic Advisor

   English major
   English minor
   Writing minor
   Film minor
   Applied Journalism minor
   Scientific, Technical, & Professional Communication Certificate
Phone: (541) 737-1643
Steven Kunert has served as Undergraduate Academic Advisor since 2005, as a Senior Instructor in writing from 1998 to 2016, and as editor of the English Letter from 1999 to 2015. He has published his works for 40 years, including “William Stafford Once Told Me” in the creative nonfiction anthology Six Sentences: Volume 3. Other creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry have appeared in Word Riot, Rio Grande Review,  Fogged Clarity, decomP, Apeiron Review, Word River, Poetry Super Highway and many other publications. His articles and opinion pieces have appeared in The Oregonian, El Paso Times, and Corvallis Gazette-Times. He also served as an editor of his father’s autobiography, The Other Side of the Coin by Hans J. Kunert (Heritage Books, 2002), deemed “the most memorable book of the year” by The Bradenton (FL) Herald; his article, “Autobiographical Writing: Therapeutic for Aged Individuals, Meaningful for Gerontologists,” appeared in the Journal of Aging and Identity in 1997.

Liddy Detar, Academic Advisor

   Creative Writing major
Phone: (541) 737-1643


Liddy Detar is the Academic Advisor for the undergraduate Creative Writing major. Her teaching and areas of interest include memoir writing, Caribbean literary studies, feminist and queer theories, and story-based strategies for social change. Dr. Detar has also taught and advised for years in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She coordinates the MFA Graduate Internship Program and directs “Social Action Works,” a professional development initiative that supports undergraduate students to explore careers that enact social commitments. Dr. Detar trains horses and riders in natural horsemanship, rock climbs, enjoys digital media, quilting, and spending time with her teenage kids.