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Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

 

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Lewisberry, PA 17339
 
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EDUCATION

B. A.  Westmont College, 1973 Summa cum laude, Valedictorian 
M. A.  University of California at Los Angeles, 1975 (English)
Ph.D.  University of California at Los Angeles, 1977 (English)
 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
1974-1977          Teaching Fellow, Freshman Composition, UCLA
1977-1983          Assistant Professor of English, Westmont College
1983-1989          Associate Professor of English, Westmont College
1989-1994          Professor of English, Westmont College
1994-1997         Visiting Asst. Professor of English, Elizabethtown College
1997-2001         Associate Professor of English, Elizabethtown College
2001-2003         R. W. Schlosser Associate Professor of English

2003-                 R. W. Schlosser Professor of English

 Courses taught:

Writing:  First-year Composition (all levels), Intro to Creative Writing, Newswriting, Technical Writing, Writing about Film, Writing for Publication, Writing for the Health Professions, Creative Writing, Writing in the Social Sciences, Advanced Composition and Editing

Literature: Introduction, American Literature (all periods), Modern Novel, Modern Poetry, The Short Story, Arthurian Literature, Classic Russian Fiction, Christian Fantasy Literature, Introduction to Drama, Introduction to Fiction, Forms of the Quest, American Symbolists, History of Hollywood 
 

PUBLICATIONS  AND  PRESENTATIONS

Plenary speaker: “Journey to Joy: C. S. Lewis and The Pilgrim’s Regress.” F. W. Ewbank Colloquium, Taylor University, June 2012.

 

Book chapter: “Dantean Echoes in A Grief Observed,” in The Inklings: Questions of Identity (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012).

 

Article: “C. S. Lewis’s Easley Fragment and his Unfinished Journey,” Seven: An Anglo-American Review, October 2011.

 

Presentation: “A Grief Obscured: Understanding C. S. Lewis’s

         Experiences of Bereavement and Hope.”

         University of Lille, France. June 2011.

 

Seminar leader: “C. S. Lewis as Fiction Writer.” Weeklong seminar. Regent College, Vancouver, B. C. July 2011.

 

Book: Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel (San Francisco: Ignatius

          Press, November 2010).

 

            Sample chapter: “Tuesday morning at the ‘Bird & Baby’”

 

Booksigning: A South Divided: Portraits of Dissent in the Confederacy.

          Gettysburg National Park Battlefield Museum, June 27, 2009.

      

Stories: “A Feast of Reason and a Flow of Soul: A Cycle of Inklings 

Stories.’ CSL: The Bulletin of the C. S. Lewis Society (March 2009-December 2009).

 

Blog: C. S. Lewis.com, a Website sponsored by Harper Collins.

 

Invited speaker and book-signing: "Dissidents in the Confederacy”

  • High Library, Elizabethtown College, October 17, 2007
  • The National Civil War Museum, January 16, 2008
  • Elizabethtown Masonic Lodge, March 15, 2008
  • Harrisburg Civil War Round Table, April 25, 2008
  • Phi Alpha Theta Annual Banquet, May 2, 2008
  • Gettysburg Battlefield Museum, June 27, 2009

 

Book: A South Divided: Portraits of Dissent in the Confederacy (Nashville:

            Cumberland House, 2007).

·         Nominated for the Lincoln Prize, sponsored by the Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College

·         “A fascinating and long-overdue book.” Tyler Tichelaar (Civil War novelist) in Reader Views

·         “A thoroughly engrossing ‘must-read’ contribution to Civil War history shelves.” Midwest Book Review

 

Book chapters: “Rehabilitating H. G. Wells: Out of the Silent Planet”; “Perelandra: A Tale of Paradise Retained”; “That Hideous Strength: Spiritual Wickedness in High Places.”  In C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy. Ed. by Bruce L. Edwards. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishing, 2007.

 

Essay: “Bedtime Stories and Lifetime Stories.” In The Lion and the Land of Narnia. Ed. by Robert Cording (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2008).

 

Article: “C. S. Lewis and the Region of Awe,” Conversations: A Forum for Authentic Transformation. Vol. 6:1 (Summer 2008), 64-68.

 

Invited speaker and booksigning: "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Book and the Film,"

  • “2007 Wildwood Writers Festival,” Harrisburg, PA, April 13, 2007.
  • “Conference on Faith and Imagination,” Vancouver, B. C., October 12, 2007
  • “C. S. Lewis in the 21st Century,” University of Wisconsin, Madison, January 26, 2008.

 

Interview/podcasts: "The Spiritual Journey of C. S. Lewis" and "C. S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles."

Two half-hour radio interview/podcasts with Brent Siddall of Trans World Radio in London. April 2007.

Book: Into the Wardrobe: C. S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005.

  • Recommended as one of the Top Ten Books of the Year on C. S. Lewis in Christianity Today.
  • Reviews or author interviews in U. S. News & World Report, Christian Century, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, San Antonio Express-News, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Calgary Herald, Toronto Globe & Mail, and dozens of local and regional newspapers and journals.
  • Interviewed on National Public Radio (Philadelphia), as well as radio stations in Chicago, Seattle, Phoenix, Omaha, Detroit, Orlando, Milwaukee, Washington D. C., and St. Louis.
  • Lectures and book signings at conferences or bookstores in Oxford, England; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Harrisburg, York, Camp Hill, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
  • Translated into Korean, Japanese, Polish.

Book: Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C. S. Lewis. Chicago, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005.

  • Recommended as one of the Top Ten Books of the Year on C. S. Lewis in Christianity Today.
  • Reviews or author interviews in Books & Culture, Mythprint, Reformation Journal, Library Journal, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Modesto Bee, and many other regional newspapers and journals.
  • Interviewed on radio stations in Washington D. C., Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Detroit.
  • Released as an audiobook by Blackstone Audio and an mp3 on Audiobooks.

Book: The Most Reluctant Convert: C. S. Lewis's Journey to Faith.
Chicago, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

  • Awarded a Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant, Wade Special Collections Center, Wheaton, Illinois.        
  • Named one of the Top Ten Books of the 2002 in the category of  Religion by the American Library Association.
  • 2002 Gold Medal Finalist, Christian Publishers Association.
  • Featured author at book-signing party at the Christian Booksellers Association, Indianapolis, January 31, 2002.
  • Television interview in Indianapolis; radio interviews with stations KFUO (Kansas), WWJC (Minnesota), KNEO (Missouri), KIXL (Texas), KSIV (St. Louis),  WWIB (Wisconsin), WPTT (Pittsburgh), Uninews (syndicated), WDEO (Detroit), KDOV (Oregon), and TWR (London)
  • Included in Amazon.com’s Top 50 Bestsellers, April 2002.
  • Translated into Italian, Korean, and Portuguese.
  • Released as an audiobook by Blackstone Audio.

Book chapter: "Science Fiction," C. S. Lewis as Reader, ed. by Thomas L. Martin. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book, 2000.

Article: "From Ogre to Buffoon: Uncle Andrew in Magician's Nephew
    as a Portrait of Robert Capron," CSL: The Bulletin of the New York      C. S. Lewis Society. December 2000, 1-7.

Article: "'The Torch of Civilization': C. S. Lewis on War and Peace." 
    The Canadian C. S. Lewis Journal,  Spring 1999, 18-26.

Article: "'The Dungeon of His Soul': Lewis's Unfinished 'Quest of Bleheris,'" Seven: An Anglo-American Review, Volume 17 (1998).

Article: "The Discarded Mage: Lewis the Scholar-Novelist on Merlin's Moral Taint." Christian Scholars Review. 27:4 (Summer 1998), 406-415.

Article: "From Pillar to Post-modernism: C. S. Lewis and Current Critical Discourse," Christianity and Literature Vol 46 (Winter 1997), 169-178. Rpt. Books and Culture, November 1998 

Article: "Salem Revisited: Demons, Deceit, or Disorder?" Books and Culture, January 1997, pp. 17-20. Broadcast in part on "Breakpoint" (Charles Colson's radio program), October 31, 1997.

Essays: "The Way We Word."  (Column on curious names and word origins in Elizabethtown magazine). Rpt. in The Harrisburg Patriot-News, Lancaster Intelligencer and the  Mifflinburg County Register.

Article: "Subcreation or Smuggled Theology?: Tolkien contra Lewis on Writing Fantasy," The Canadian C. S. Lewis Journal, Spring 1996, pp. 24-34.

Book:  Planets in Peril:  A Critical Study of C. S. Lewis's Ransom Trilogy.  The University of Massachusetts Press, September 1992.

 •Named one of the Academic Books of the Year, American Library Association

•Selected as 1993 Scholarly Book of the Year Award, The Mythopoeic Society

•Honored by Science Fiction Studies as "a major contribution to Lewis studies which should be the standard work on the trilogy for many years."

•Described in Christian Scholars Review as "the best critical overview of C. S Lewis published to date." 

Book:  What You Know Might Not Be So:  220 Misinterpretations of Bible Texts Explained. Grand Rapids:  Baker Book, 1987.  Spanish translation:  Tal Vez No Sea Como Usted Piensa. Deerfield, FL:  Vida Press, 1990.  Portuguese translation:  O Que Você Sabe Pode Não Estar CertoDeerfield, FL:  Vida Press, 1990.

Book:  Picture Yourself a Perfect SpellerChicago:  National Textbook Company, 1989.  

Article:  "Waiting for Godoz: Deconstructing The Wizard of Oz". Christianity and Literature, Winter 1984, pp. 28-30.

Article:  "Theology in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings." Radix, Nov 1981.

Article:  "'Streams of Scripture Comfort': Typology in Mary Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative."  Early American Literature, 15 (1981), 252-59.

Story:  "His Father's Business."  Eternity, August 1980, pp. 17-18.

Story:  "Good News Gardens."  La Paz, February 1980, pp. 10-11; rpt. Buzz (British), August 1980, pp. 30-33; presented as BBC radio play, September 1980; rpt. On Being (Australian), February 1981, pp. 18-20; rpt. Southwest Lutheran Quarterly, Summer 1981; rpt.  One, April 1982, pp. 12-13.

Story:  "Pilgrim's Digress."  Eternity, August 1978, pp. 26-27; rpt. Svenska Journalen (Swedish), May 1979, pp. 34-35, 42.

Story:  "Life After Life."  Wittenburg Door, September 1977, pp. 16-17.

Book reviews in Christianity and Literature, Books and Culture, The Anglo-American Review, and Christianity Today
 

PRESENTATIONS

Invited Speaker, "C. S. Lewis's Unpublished Juvenilia," Conference on the Fantastic Imagination, Wheaton College, September 24, 1998

Invited Session Chair, "C. S. Lewis as Science Fiction Writer," Annual Conference of the Mythopoeic Society, Chicago, July 18, 1998.

Invited Speaker: "On Writing a Book: From Idea to ISBN Number":  Annual Conference of the Mythopoeic Society, Chicago, July 19, 1998.

Paper: "'Otherworlds of the Spirit': Symbolic Landscapes in the Ransom Trilogy," Annual Conference of the Mythopoeic Society, University of Colorado at Boulder, July 22, 1997

Invited Speaker: "C. S. Lewis and Current Critical Discourse," Modern Language Association, Chicago, Dec 30, 1995. 

Invited Speaker: "Learning in Wartime," World War II: Crusade and Legacy, Marshall College, Huntingdon, W. Va., May 24, 1995. 

Invited Speaker: "Logos and Logres in Arthurian Literature," Conference on the Fantastic Imagination, Wheaton College, September 1994.

Invited Seminar Leader: "Chance or the Dance?" Queens' College, Cambridge, England, July 9-23, 1994.

Paper:  "The 'Poor' Perplex: 13 Ways of Looking at a Beatitude."  Conference on Christianity and Literature, Calvin College, October 15, 1987.

Paper:  "Hawthorne's Unpardonable Sinners,"  Conference on Christianity and Literature, Point Loma College, April 1983.
 

HONORS AND AWARDS

See Planets in Peril in PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS 
Teacher of the Year, Westmont College, 1990
Teacher of the Year, Westmont College, 1980
Chancellor's Fellow, UCLA, 1973-1977 (full 4-year scholarship)
Semi-Finalist, Danforth Fellowship, 1973
Valedictorian, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, 1973

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

President, Deer Run Homeowners Association, 1996- 
Chair, Faculty Committee for Centennial Celebration, Elizabethtown College, 1998-
Advisor, Fine Print (campus literary magazine), Elizabethtown College, 1996-
Advisor, Elizabethtown College Pre-Law Club, 1995-96
Faculty Mentor, Elizabethtown College Writing Center, 1995-
Chair, Department of English, Westmont College, 1986-1991
Member, Faculty Senate, Westmont College, 1984-88
Advisor, campus film series, Westmont College,1985-1988
Advisor to student newspaper, Westmont College, 1985-1993
Advisor to campus literary magazine, Westmont College, 1979-1985
Director, Britain Study Tour, Fall 1980, Fall 1982

 

 


 

 

 

 

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