Faculty & Facilities

LETU Literature and Language Arts faculty bring a Christian worldview to the study of language, literature, speaking, and writing. Their mission is to help students master the oral and written communication skills necessary for success in college, career, and life activities. 


Randy Compton

Office: HH 125
Phone: 903-233-3386

Department Chair, Professor of English

Ph.D., University of North Texas
M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary
M.A., Angelo State University
B.A., Covenant College

Jim Watson

Office: HH 112
Phone: 903-233-3388

Professor of English

Ed.D., East Texas State University
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
B.A., University of Texas at Arlington
A.A., Alvin Community College

Martin Batts

Office: HH 128
Phone: 903-233-3383

Professor of English

Ph.D., University of Dallas
M.A., University of Dallas
S.T.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
B.A., Calvin College

Annie Olson

Office: HH 110
Phone: 903-233-3381

Writing Program Director,
Associate Professor of English

Ph.D., Texas Woman's University
M.A., University of Texas at Tyler
B.A., LeTourneau University

Karl Payton

Office: HH 121
Phone: 903-233-3385

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Ed.D.,Texas A&M University-Commerce
M.A., Western Kentucky University
B.A., Trevecca Nazarene University

Fredna Stuckey

Office: HH 111
Phone: 903-233-3387

Associate Professor of English

M.A., Texas A&M University, Commerce
B.A., University of North Texas

Zachary Beck

Office: HH 128
Phone: (903) 233-3382

Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D., Baylor University
M.A., University of Florida
B.A., University of Florida
B.A., University of Florida

Arturo Morales

Office: HH 114
Phone: 903-233-3384

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Ph.D., Mississippi State University
M.A., Mississippi State University
B.B.A., Universidad Panamerica



Heath-Hardwick Hall is the home of the Literature and Language Arts Department on campus. The offices of all Literature and Language Arts professors are conveniently located on one side of the Heath-Hardwick building, giving students easy access to professors should they require assistance.

Heath-Hardwick Hall shares a building with Longview hall, home of the Business department. The classrooms in Heath-Hardwick range from smaller, secluded classrooms that facilitate discussion in classes with fewer students, to large classrooms with theater-style seating built to comfortably accommodate classes with a higher number of students.