Areas of expertise/Research interests: British literature and history before 1800, Medieval and Renaissance drama, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Middle English, Old English, history of the English language, representations of linguistic difference, the intersection of sociolinguistics and cultural historicism
What do you like most about Penn State Fayette? The close interaction of faculty from different disciplines with students and staff from all walks of life. The variety of experiences and expertise creates a unique academic community.
What do you like most about Penn State Fayette students? Their enthusiasm for and dedication to learning. Students at Penn State Fayette seem to understand the importance of their education and to value the knowledge and experience they gain here.
What inspires students the most in your classes and/or your academic area? I believe students are inspired by the ways that literature can both reflect and inflect the human experience. Students are encouraged to see the changes that have been made in society over time and are inspired to act on those that haven’t.
What is your favorite class to teach, and why? My favorite class to teach is the History of the Language. I enjoy helping students explore the changes that have taken place (and are still taking place) in our language over time.
What kinds of unique opportunities are available to students in your classes or department? Students from all majors are encouraged to take part in The Lion Players. Each spring, the group presents a Shakespearian play. The show is directed, cast, and run by students at Penn State Fayette.
What is your favorite quote? “The lyf so short, the craft so longe to lerne.”—Geoffrey Chaucer
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