I’m an SAU alumnus and am very happy to be teaching at my alma mater. I’m from Kansas originally, and after Spring Arbor I became a temporary Texan while I took my Ph.D. in English at Baylor University. I live out in the country a few miles from Spring Arbor with my wife and three children. Inspired by the great pastoral tradition in literature, we keep a few sheep and some bees.
I teach a wide range of courses from Freshman Composition to Twentieth Century British Literature to World Literature; regardless of the particular course, my teaching is animated by my love for the text at hand. I take joy in reading the great works of literature, and I invite my students to join me on expeditions deep into Homer, Dante, Waugh, and Heaney. Much of my work centers around the formative power of beauty; I gave a Chapel talk in 2019 that offers a window into the kinds of questions that motivate my reading and my teaching.
I also direct the G.K. Chesterton Society on campus. Chesterton is my great literary love, and it is quite enjoyable to welcome students into his brilliant and cheerful work. The Society meets once a month to read Chesterton, laugh together, and consider his piercing wisdom. He says for instance that “thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
- Ph.D.: (English) Baylor University