740-392-6868 Ext. 3515
Dr. W. Brett Wiley
Professor of English, Director of the Honors Program, Director of Traditional General Education
School of Arts and Humanities
- 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
- 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