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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Keith&rsquo;s degrees come from Western Kentucky University.&nbsp; He has taught at WKU from1986 to the present in the capacity of Teaching Assistant, Adjunct, and currently an on-going Instructorship.&nbsp; Keith has also taught at Lindsey Wilson College under an emergency Instructorship where he taught core courses in general education and World Literatures. He currently serves on the Executive Committee which deals with departmental governance. Keith likes to globe trot a bit, so when he puddle jumps he visits museums, concerts, and other venues, gleaning experiences that ultimately augment classroom discussion</p>
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    [Section_Value4] => <p><span><span>To ensure students a learning environment that will advance them meaningfully toward fulfilling their potentials and obligations as citizens of a rich, complex, and rapidly changing world by nourishing a positive environment where they learn to be critical thinkers and writers who welcome the opportunity for refining their communication skills.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p>
<p><span><span>The unusual dynamic of the ever aging teacher and the always rejuvenated class requires&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>a great deal of ongoing personal reflection on the part of the teacher. In teaching, this requirement demands a balance of being approachable, tolerant, and willing to revisit the mindset of where we were in the more or less remote past.&nbsp; How else can we be trusted?</span></span></p>
<p><span><span>I approach teaching with this overarching theme/question: Does the author show us how beauty protects us?&nbsp; Students learn to explore not just texts but subtexts as well to better understand the foundations of different cultures and values that may or may not be similar&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>to their own.&nbsp; Simone Weil, in&nbsp;<em>Spiritual Autobiography</em>, insists on &ldquo;training the attention.&rdquo;&nbsp; Whether writing about or reading fiction or nonfiction, we must focus this attention toward&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>as thorough an understanding as possible of what the author means or what we mean.</span></span></p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>The years since my retirement from WKU have been very busy ones.&nbsp; My interest in education did not end&nbsp; then but simply took a different focus.&nbsp; Although I had been a member of PEO &ndash; a philanthropic&nbsp; educational &nbsp;organization &ndash; for many years, I now had more time to participate in this women&rsquo;s organization . &nbsp;P.E.O. focuses on the importance of women&rsquo;s higher &nbsp;education opportunities . It provides loans, grants and scholarships through six different programs to assist deserving women and owns and maintains Cottey College a fully accredited college for women in Missouri.&nbsp; P.E.O. has given over $264 million in financial assistance to almost 96,000 recipients to date. After serving on the KY State Board, &nbsp;I was elected to the International Executive Board of P.E.O.&nbsp; and served as International president &nbsp;in 2005-2007.&nbsp; I am pleased to say that the P.E.O. members in KY endowed the writing center at Cottey College in my honor. In fulfilling my&nbsp; responsibilities as a member of the International Executive Board, &nbsp;&nbsp;I spent about a week in each of the fifty states and also visited five of the Canadian provinces.&nbsp; There are over 250,000 active members of P.E.O.,and visiting with many members and communicating with them through articles in our publications and website has been interesting&nbsp; and rewarding. &nbsp;&nbsp;In 2013 I was appointed to the presidential search committee for Cottey College and also served on a capital campaign to finance a new fine arts building on the campus of the college.&nbsp; The ten members of the committee were asked to raise $35 million in three years.&nbsp; We actually did better than expected!&nbsp; We raised over $42 million!&nbsp; So the new building opens this year &ndash; debt free as is every other building on that campus. &nbsp;&nbsp;I have also spent time writing successful grant applications to assist women with their education and the largest being a &nbsp;$40,000 study grant from the Eli Lilly Foundation .&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>After receiving undergraduate and master&rsquo;s degrees in English from Western Kentucky University, Jim Flynn went on to Auburn University for his Ph.D. and joined the English Department at WKU in 1972 with a special interest in medieval literature, especially anything concerning Chaucer, whose works he taught to several generations of students. Jim was always looking for chances to grow--up for any new challenge. For instance, he was awarded four NEH Summer Fellowships to study his specialties at Princeton University, Indiana University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Colorado. He led many study-abroad student trips to England, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy. He also held several administrative and campus leadership roles, including head of the English Department from 1979 to 1984, interim head of the Art Department (twice), assistant to the Provost, chair of the Academic Council, interim dean of the University College, and interim chief international officer. Jim chaired the Kentucky Association of Departments of English and was awarded the University Public Service Award in 1984. He co-authored a writing handbook with his colleague Dr. Joe Glaser and presented and published articles on a range of professional topics. He also teamed with Dr. Arvin Vos, Department of Philosophy and Religion at WKU, to offer NEH summer seminars for high school teachers interested in Dante. Jim retired in 2012, closing his career as one of Western&rsquo;s most versatile and valued academic leaders.</p>
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    [Section_Value1] => <p>I came to Western from the University of Texas in 1969, just as the job market was doing one of its periodic implosions, and I always felt lucky to have landed a job at all, let alone one among such wonderful colleagues and students. I later became composition director for about twenty years&mdash;1984-2003&mdash;before teaching another five years under optional retirement and then five more as a part-timer until retiring for good in 2013. Along the way I specialized in Renaissance literature, my original emphasis, and then classical Greek and Latin literature, composition, and English language. I published a good number of deservedly forgotten articles in each of these areas, but also two textbooks on style and grammar, one with my lifelong friend Jim Flynn, along with five translations of Chaucer, Malory, the Gawain Poet, and an anthology of shorter Middle English pieces that I hope will outlive me. At my age, that&rsquo;s a fairly modest ambition.</p>
<p>It&rsquo;s hard to choose a highlight in a career as checkered as mine. Helping develop our English general education sequence, team-teaching in the Humanities Semester, three NEH summer seminars in Renaissance and classical literature, and five summer-in-England classes all clamor to be picked. But I&rsquo;m going with 1984, the Orwell year, when I single-handedly flunked some ninety percent of the students in English 101 (roughly half the freshman class) by cooking up a department-wide pass-fail test that almost none of our then freshmen could handle. Luckily for me and them, it was only a practice test, and after hearing more than I cared to from the department head, dean, and president (who proved notably eloquent-),I was careful to water down the final version so that Man of War could have passed it. Somehow we all survived the experience. But that debacle probably helped get the requirement thrown out a few years later.</p>
<p>All in all, it&rsquo;s been a terrific ride, and since I'm still taking classes on the hill, I'm happy to report it's not over yet.</p>
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<p>&ldquo;As a feminist teaching the literary classics, the canon, the old stuff, I am fascinated by how our literature has shaped Western culture, and yet, as you might imagine, my approach to canonical literature is somewhat conflicted. On the one hand, I delight in the imagery and rhetoric of Pope&rsquo;s <em>Rape of the Lock</em>; on the other, when I think of its gender, class, and imperialist implications, I want to interrogate the elitist and misogynist ideology on which his satire is based. I encourage students to search out and to question the ideological implications of all the works we study.&rdquo;</p>
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<p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">A founding member of the Rain Stick Poetry Group since 1995, she has participated in many poetry readings and has conducted two poetry workshops for elementary students. </span></p>
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Emeritus Faculty


Dr. Hoyt Bowen, In Memoriam 1920 - 2011

Dr. Hoyt Bowen, In Memoriam 1920 - 2011
- Professor of English, Emeritus

Dr. Lou-Ann Crouther

Dr. Lou-Ann Crouther
- Associate Professor

Dr. Nancy Davis, In Memoriam 1934 - 2008

Dr. Nancy Davis, In Memoriam 1934 - 2008
- Professor of English, Emerita

Dr. Ronald Eckard

Dr. Ronald Eckard
- Professor of English, Emeritus

Keith Epley

Keith Epley
- Instructor

Ann Fields

Ann Fields
- Assistant Professor of English, Emerita

Dr. James S. Flynn, In Memoriam 1944 - 2014

Dr. James S. Flynn, In Memoriam 1944 - 2014
- Professor of English, Emeritus

Dr. Joe Glaser

Dr. Joe Glaser
- Professor of English, Emeritus

Dr. Katherine Green

Dr. Katherine Green
- Professor and Advisor

Dr. John Hagaman

Dr. John Hagaman
- Professor/Transitional Retirement

Dr. James Heldman, In Memoriam 1930 - 2015

Dr. James Heldman, In Memoriam 1930 - 2015
- Professor of English, Emeritus

Dr. Ward Hellstrom, In Memoriam 1930 - 2012

Dr. Ward Hellstrom, In Memoriam 1930 - 2012
- Professor of English, Emeritus

Dr. Wanella Huddleston

Dr. Wanella Huddleston
- Professor of English, Emerita

Anna-Jo Johnson

Anna-Jo Johnson
- Professor of English, Emerita

Pauline Jones, In Memoriam 1938 - 2013

Pauline Jones, In Memoriam 1938 - 2013
- Assistant Professor of English, Emerita

Edna Laman

Edna Laman
- Assistant Professor of English, Emerita

Dr. Lee Little

Dr. Lee Little
- Professor of English, Emeritus

Dr. Brenda S. Martin

Dr. Brenda S. Martin
- Associate Professor of English, Emerita

Mary Ellen Miller, In Memoriam 1935 - 2018

Mary Ellen Miller, In Memoriam 1935 - 2018
- Professor/Transitional Retirement and WKU Poet Laureate

Dr. Joseph Millichap

Dr. Joseph Millichap
- Professor of English, Emeritus

Russell Moore

Russell Moore
- Assistant Professor of English, Emeritus

Dr. Charmaine Mosby, In Memoriam 1940 - 2014

Dr. Charmaine Mosby, In Memoriam 1940 - 2014
- Professor of English, Emerita

Dr. Loretta Murrey

Dr. Loretta Murrey
- Professor/Transitional Retirement

Gretchen Niva

Gretchen Niva
- Associate Professor of English, Emerita

John Reiss

John Reiss
- Assistant Professor of English, Emeritus

Dr. Nancy Roberts

Dr. Nancy Roberts
- Associate Professor of English, Emerita

Dr. Karen Schneider

Dr. Karen Schneider
- Professor of English, Emerita

Janet Schwarzkopf

Janet Schwarzkopf
- Professor of English, Emerita

Dr. John Spurlock

Dr. John Spurlock
- Professor of English, Emeritus

Dr. Frank Steele

Dr. Frank Steele
- Professor of English, Emeritus

Dr. Joe Survant

Dr. Joe Survant
- Professor of English, Emeritus

Dr. Catherine Ward

Dr. Catherine Ward
- Professor of English, Emerita

Dr. Robert Ward, In Memoriam 1927 - 2016

Dr. Robert Ward, In Memoriam 1927 - 2016
- Professor of English, Emeritus

Dr. Willson Wood, In Memoriam 1908 - 2006

Dr. Willson Wood, In Memoriam 1908 - 2006
- Professor of English, Emeritus

 


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