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Dr. W. Brett Wiley

Professor of English, Director of the Honors Program, Director of Traditional General Education


School of Arts and Humanities


Professional Experience

  • Professor, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2017 – present
  • Associate Professor, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2014 – 2017
  • Adjunct Professor, Contemporary Music Center, 2006 – 2008
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia, 2005-2006
  • Honors Program Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia, 2004-2005

Professional Organizations

  • MLA
  • Conference of Christianity and Literature
  • Sigma Tau Delta

Awards and Recognition

  • Award for Excellence in Advising and Retention, 2021-2022
  • Award for Excellence in Student Recruitment, 2015-2016
  • Faculty Member of the Year, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2014-2015
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2010-2011
  • “Professing Literature.” CCCU Calvin Summer Seminar, Calvin College, Calvin, Michigan, July 2009.

Published Works & Presentations

  • “A Conversation with George Saunders.” in Conversations with George Saunders. Ed. Michael O’Connell (2022). 142-154 (originally published in Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion 88 (2016): 57-68).
  • “Invocation as Self-Change: George Saunders’s Use of Prayer,” Religion and the Arts, Vol. 24, Issue 4 (2020). Click here for an abstract.
  • “George Saunders’ 400-Pound Saint: Goodness or Ideology.” Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature. (Winter 2019)
  • “To Like the Right Things for the Right Reasons.” Journal of Faith and the Academy 11.2 (Fall 2018)
  • “Sincere People Act: George Saunders’ Religious Characters.” George
    Saunders at Loyola University Chicago, hosted by the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, 2018.
  • “Telling Ghost Stories: A Review of Lincoln in the Bardo by George
    Saunders.” The Cresset, Trinity 2017.
  • “Toni Morrison’s American Cain; Or, Sula Peace and the National Identity.”
    Toni Morrison Society Session. American Literature Association. Boston, Massachusetts, May 2009.
  • “’Restoring the Broken Connections’: Conflict Resolved in Wendell Berry’s
    Remembering.” Ed. Ben Robertson. New York: Edwin Mellon Press, 2007. 281-98.
  • “Saint Anthony, Lost Things, and Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.” Key West
    Hemingway (International Hemingway Society Conference). Key West, Florida, June 2004.
  • “Cathcart and the Magazine.” War, Literature and the Arts. Vol. 14 (2002).
    78-88. (also selected for inclusion in Gale Research, Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 151.)


  • Ph.D. in English, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • M.A. in English, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • B.A. in English, Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia

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