Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing


Dr. David Michael Wilkes
(740) 392-6868 Ext. 3510
Dr. David Wilkes
  • Ph.D. University of Rhode Island, English Literature, 1990, with concentrations in the British Romantics, the 19th century novel, and the works of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens
  • M.A. University of California at Santa Barbara, English/American Literature, 1985.
  • B.A. University of California at Santa Barbara, English, 1981.
Professional Experience:
  • Professor of English, 2000 to present, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio
  • Chair of English and Modern Languages
  • Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, 2004 to 2006, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Associate Professor of English, 1996 to 2000, Mount Vernon Nazarene College
  • Lecturer, 1990 to 1996, College of Continuing Education at University of Rhode Island, Community
  • College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University
  • Visiting Professor of English, 1991 to 1992, Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, Portugal
Professional Organizations:
  • Modern Language Association
  • Midwest MLA
Awards and Recognition:
  • Sabbaticals, MVNU, Spring 2011 and Fall 2003
  • Summer Mini-Grant, MVNU, 2008, 2003, 1999, 1998, 1997
  • Presidentís Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, inducted 1989
Published Works:
  • "Putting the Bite on the Past: Travesty as Tribute in Jane Austen and Grahame-Smithís Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", Midwest MLA Conference, Cincinnati, OH, November 9-11, 2012.
  • "The Mudworm's Bower and Other Metropastoral Spaces: Novelization and Clashing Chronotopes in Our Mutual Friend." Dickens Studies Annual 42 (2011): 295-330.
  • "Piecing Together George Schroeder." Review of the artist's collages. February 2010.
  • "Portrait of a Christian as a Young Man." Colleague Faith 3. Ronald Alan Knott, ed. Berrien Spring, MI: St Andrews University Press, 2006. 49-50.
  • "This Most Protean Sitter": The Factory Worker and Triangular Desire in Hard Times." Dickens Studies Annual) 36 (2005): 153-181.
  • "Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." The Explicator 61.4 (Summer 2003): 202-204.
  • "Passing Cruikshank's Bottle: From Temperance Tract to Dickensian Satire." Dickens Quarterly 19.2 (2002): 80-88.
  • "Dickens, Bakhtin, and the Neopastoral Shepherd in Oliver Twist." Dickens Studies Annual 24 (1996): 59-79.
Favorite Subject-Related Links: Favorite Scripture Verses:
  • Acts 17: 16-33
  • Proverbs 16: 1
  • Hebrews 11:1
Past jobs and/or current hobbies unrelated to your profession:
  • Cable TV line installer, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Hobbies include house remodeling, gardening, playing my Fender Telecaster on the worship team, traveling with my family
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