Ben Waller

Phone: 402.461.7353

Dr. Benjamin Waller

Professor of English, Chair of the Languages & Literatures Department

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

Research and Teaching 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
  • Theories of Space

Teaching Experience    

  • Hastings College, Professor of English, 2020-
  • Hastings College, Associate Professor of English, 2015-2020
  • Hastings College, Assistant Professor of English, 2008-2015
  • Hastings College, Visiting Instructor of English, 2007-2008
    • English 100: Composition
    • English 110: Introduction to Literature
    • English 111: Science Fiction
    • English 117: Sports Literature: Baseball (including one online section)
    • English 118: Diversity and Representation in Comics
    • English 200/201: Literature of the Western World
    • English 203/301: Survey of British Literature, 731-1700
    • English 212: Medieval/Renaissance Literature: Romance
    • English 217: SuperPsychology: Heroes, Villains and Their Fans
    • English 221: J. R. R. Tolkien
    • English 301: Survey of British Literature, 731-1700
    • English 246/356: Comics and the Graphic Novel
    • English 252: Literature and Film: Alan Moore
    • English 344: Writing Literary Criticism
    • English 345: Harry Potter 24/7
    • English 356: Comics and the Graphic Novel
    • English 360: The English Language
    • English 361: English Grammar
    • English 366: Introduction to Old English
    • English 370: Directed Study in the Graphic Novel
    • English 400: Senior Seminar: Arthurian Literature
  • 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

  • Chair: Curriculum Committee, Hastings College Faculty Senate, January 2020-
  • Chair: Department of Languages and Literatures, Hastings College, Fall 2015-
  • Chair: Search Committee: Department of Languages and Literatures, Hastings College, Fall 2016-Spring 2017; Fall 2017-Spring 2018
  • Chair: Humanities Division, Hastings College, Fall 2014-Spring 2015
  • Secretary: Department of Languages and Literatures, Hastings College, Fall 2010-Spring 2015
  • Division Secretary: Humanities Division, Hastings College, Fall 2009-Spring 2014
  • Department Secretary: English Department, Hastings College, Fall 2009-Spring 2010
  • Committee Secretary: Committee for Human Subjects Research, Hastings College, Fall 2009-Spring 2012
  • Student Group Sponsor: Roleplaying Club, Hastings College, Spring 2017-
  • Student Group Sponsor: Geek Club, Hastings College, January 2013-Spring 2014
  • Student Group Co-Sponsor: Sigma Tau Delta, Hastings College, Fall 2009-Spring 2016
  • Committee Member: Curriculum Committee, Hastings College Faculty Senate, May 2019-
  • Committee Member: Teacher Education Policies Committee and Graduate Council, August 2018-
  • Committee Member: Faculty Search, Department of Languages and Literatures, Hastings College, Spring 2012, Spring 2019
  • Committee Member: Pathways Pilot Program Committee, Hastings College, Fall 2011
  • Committee Member: Walter Scott Scholarship Selection Committee, Hastings College, Spring 2010
  • Committee Member: Faculty Search, Department of Languages and Literatures, Hastings College, Fall 2009
  • Committee Member: Faculty Search, Department of English, Hastings College, Fall 2007
  • Student Advisor: Department of Languages and Literatures, Hastings College, Fall 2010-
  • Student Advisor: First-Year Student Experience, Hastings College, Fall 2010-Spring 2011, Fall 2013-Spring 2014
  • Mentor: Katy Gerwig, Langvardt lecture, Hastings College, Fall 2011
  • Beth Hartman, Langvardt lecture, Hastings College, Fall 2010
  • Mentor: Victor Short, Langvardt lecture, Hastings College, Fall 2009
  • Mentor: Katrina Larsen, Langvardt lecture, Hastings College, Spring 2008
  • Directed Study Instructor: English Grammar, Hastings College, Spring 2018
  • Directed Study Instructor: Science Fiction, Hastings College, Spring 2018
  • Directed Study Instructor: The Graphic Novel, Hastings College, Fall 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Modern Language Association
  • American Association of University Professors
  • Sigma Tau Delta English Honorary Society

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

  • Invited Faculty Lecture, Hastings College, Spring 2012
  • SAA Polished Apple Award, Hastings College, 2010
  • 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