Michael Jordan, 63, was a professor of English at St. Thomas who served as associate vice provost for undergraduate studies from 2005 to late 2015. He will be remembered for his steadfast belief in the lasting power of a liberal arts education and his passion for providing every St. Thomas student with an intellectually rigorous, soul-shaping core curriculum.
Though he looked the part of the stereotypical English professor – he rarely was seen on campus not donning his trademark uniform: a tidy sport coat and a tie – he was anything but. Mikolajczak was one of a kind.
Dr. Lucia Pawlowski, Assistant Professor of English, describes her own efforts in piloting a service-learning course, and offers some tips for faculty new to service learning to try it in one of their own upcoming courses.
Alexis Easley, Professor of English and graduate English program director, explores her fascination with the women who risked everything to pursue the literary life during the Victorian era.
A self-described “hunter of happiness, community and what makes humans thrive,” Margret Aldrich has added “author” to her list of adventures; she spent the past year tracing the history, impact and stories of the Little Free Library movement. Her research culminated in the aptly titled THE LITTLE FREE LIBRARY BOOK, published by Coffee House Press this month.
Junior Melanie Kraemer received a Young Scholars Research grant from St. Thomas, which will allow her to spend ten weeks this summer researching early ecofeminist theory in New Woman novels of the Victorian period in Britain.
Michael Lackey '86, author of TRUTHFUL FICTIONS: CONVERSATIONS WITH AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICAL NOVELISTS, recently spent some time with the Newsroom discussing the rise of the biographical novel and his experience conversing with 16 authors of note.
In its Winter 2014 issue, St. Thomas magazine spoke with four emerging, though undoubtedly accomplished writers: Mark Ehling, Lisa Brimmer, David Doody and Dustin Nelson. Collectively, these four young alumni illustrate the diversity and reality of emerging writers today. Ehling, Doody, and Nelson are English with Writing Emphasis Major alumni and Brimmer is an English minor alumna.