Professor of English
Ph.D., Comparative Literature/Medieval Studies, University of Southern California, 1992
M.A., Medieval Studies, California State University, Long Beach, 1986
Visiting Scholar, Balliol College, Oxford University, 1985-86
Teaching Credential, Multiple-Subject K-12, California State University, Long Beach, 1980
B.A., Liberal Studies/Comparative Literature, California State University, Long Beach, 1979
Scholarly proficiency in French (Old and Modern), Italian, Latin, and Spanish
Frequently Taught Courses:
Gateway: Arthur: The Once and Future King?
Humanities 102: The Art of Seeing: The World in Perspective(s), 450-1600
English 170: Travellers and Travel Liars
English 170: “I Anxious”: Circumnavigating the Self
English 241: Such a Knyght: Medieval Chivalry
English 258: On the Bus: The Beats, Buddha, and Beyond
English 341: Medieval Literature
English 366: Romance: Loosely Defined, Mostly Medieval
English 391: Chaucer: His Life, the Times, and the Tales
English 480: Senior Seminar, Brilliant Failures: Word, Image, and Imagination
English 485: Research Honors; studies recently supervised include “Raiding the Archive: A Study in the Veneration and Visibility of the Lindisfarne Gospels” and “An Eternal Castaway: Pedophilia in J. M. Barrie’s The Boy Castaways of Black Lake Island.”
2011 Illinois Wesleyan University Award for Teaching Excellence (Kemp Foundation Award)
2008 Recipient of a J.B. Harley Fellowship in the History of Cartography
2008 Recipient of a British Academy/Newberry Library fellowship
2007 Elected to the Council of the Society for the History of Discovery
2006 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Multiple-Year Honoree
2000-06 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
2005 Inducted into Phi Beta Delta
1999-2001 Teacher of the Year Nominee
1998 Inducted as Fellow into Royal Geographical Society, London
1998 Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi
Work in Progress:
Articles: “The Duchy of Cornwall and Hereford Maps: Heritage, Patronage, and Commemoration”; “Seeking Patronage, Beguiling Pilgrims: Ekphrastic Expressions of the Bayeux Tapestry and the Adelae Comitissae”
Michael J. Lewis and Gale R. Owen-Crocker, and Dan Terkla, eds. New Research on the Bayeux Tapestry: The Proceedings of a Conference at the British Museum. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2011.
Martin Foys and Karen Eileen Overbey, and Dan Terkla, eds. The Bayeux Tapestry: New
Interpretations. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: The Boydell Press, 2009 (out in 2010).
“Informal Catechesis and the Hereford Mappa Mundi.” The Art, Science, and Technology of Medieval Travel. Ed. Robert Bork and Andrea Kann. AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science and Art: 6. Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2008. 127-42.
"Speaking the Map: Teaching with the Hereford Map." Geotema: Organo Ufficiale dell'Associazione Geografi Italiani 27. Itineraria, Carte, Mappe: dal reale al virtuale. Dai viaggi del passato la conoscenza dell’oggi. (2007): 199-214.
Selected Recent Presentations:
“From Hastingus to Hastings and Beyond: Inexorable Inevitability on the Bayeux Tapestry.” The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations. Ed. Martin K. Foys, Karen Overbey and Dan Terkla. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: The Boydell Press, 2009. 141-57.
“The Bayeux Tapestry: A Selective Bibliography.” The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations. Ed. Martin K. Foys, Karen Overbey and Dan Terkla. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Boydell Press, 2009. 176-210.
“The Duchy of Cornwall and Hereford Mappaemundi: Heritage, Patronage, and Commemoration,”
50th Anniversary Meeting of The Society for the History of Discoveries. Raleigh, NC (October 2009).
“From Hastingus to Hastings and Beyond: Inexorable Inevitablity on the Bayeux Tapestry.” The BT @ the BM: New Research on the Bayeux Tapestry, An International Conference at the British Museum, London (July 2008).
“Those not Present: Speaking the Hereford Mappa Mundi.” The Ides Lecture and Performance Series. Illinois Wesleyan University (March 2007).
Professor of English, Humanites Coordinator; at IWU since 1995; next sabbatical 2015-16