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Dr. Benjamin Waller

Assistant Professor of English
Phone: 
402.461.7353
Office: 
McCormick 02C

Education

  • Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Medieval Literature, University of Oregon, 2013
  • M.A. in English, California State University at Sacramento, 2004
  • B.A. in Linguistics, University of California at Davis, 2000

Areas of Interests

  • Medieval Literature and Culture
  • Anglo-Saxon Language and Literature
  • Church History
  • Monasticism
  • Myth
  • Genre
  • Parody & Satire
  • Apocalypticism
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Comics & Graphic Novels, Superheroes
  • Metaphor
  • Space

Teaching Experience    

  • Hastings College, Assistant Professor of English, 2008-2011
    • English 100: Composition
    • English 110: Introduction to Literature
    • English 200: Literature of the Western World
    • English 217: SuperPsychology: Heroes, Villains and Their Fans
    • English 301: Survey of British Literature, 731-1700
    • English 344: Writing Literary Criticism
    • English 400: Senior Seminar: Arthurian Literature
  • Hastings College, Visiting Instructor of English, 2007-2008
    • English 100: Composition
    • English 110: Introduction to Literature
    • English 301: Survey of British Literature, 731-1700
    • English 356: Comics and the Graphic Novel
    • English 370: Directed Study in the Graphic Novel
  • University of Oregon, Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2005-2007
    • Writing 121: College Composition I
    • Writing 122: College Composition II
    • English 221: Introduction to the English Major II: Sixteenth through Eighteenth Centuries (discussion leader)

College Service

  • Division Secretary: Humanities Division, Hastings College, Fall 2009-
  • Department Secretary: English Department, Hastings College, Fall 2009-
  • Committee Secretary: Committee for Human Subjects Research, Hastings College, Fall 2009-
  • Co-Sponsor: Sigma Tau Delta, Hastings College, Fall 2009-
  • Search Committee Member: Department of Languages and Literatures, Hastings College, Fall 2009
  • Mentor: Victor Short, Langvardt lecture, Hastings College, Fall 2009
  • Mentor: Katrina Larsen, Langvardt lecture, Hastings College, Spring 2008
  • Search Committee Member: Department of English, Hastings College, Fall 2007
  • Directed Study Instructor: The Graphic Novel, Hastings College, Fall 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Modern Language Association

Professional Activities

  • Guest Instructor: Nebraska Young Scholars, July 2009
  • Invited Lecture: “Wandering the Self: Personal Spaces in the Old English Wanderer,” English Forum, Hastings College, April 2009
  • Assistant Editor: Free Speech: A Casebook for Writers, University of Oregon, 2008
  • Paper Presentation: “Parody and the Apocalypse: A Generic Analysis of the Apocalypsis Goliae,” 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2007
  • Panel Speaker: “Student Conferences,” Fall 2006 Composition Conference, University of Oregon
  • Research Assistant: University Archives at the University of Oregon Special Collections Library, 2004-05

Grants and Awards

  • Graduate School Research Award, University of Oregon, 2006
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon, 2005-07
  • Dominic J. Bazzanella Literary Awards, CSUS, 2003, second place in critical analysis: “In Possession of Ashes: Byatt’s Romance and the Ygdrassil Myth”

Languages

  • Old English
  • Middle English
  • French
  • Latin
  • Ancient Greek

 

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