Students Name Theune Professor of the Year
April 17, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan students have voted Assistant Professor of English
Michael Theune the 2008 Professor of the Year in the annual election run by Student
Since joining the faculty in 2002, Theune has served as faculty advisor of Illinois
Wesleyan’s award-winning chapter of the international English honor society Sigma
Tau Delta. The chapter organizes the annual undergraduate literature conference MUSE
and produces The Delta, a journal of undergraduate academic literary essays. He recently received the 2008
Elaine W. Hughes Outstanding Sponsor Award from Sigma Tau Delta for his contributions
to the chapter. He is also the faculty advisor of Tributaries, which produces a student
fine arts magazine by the same name and organizes the annual Tongue and Ink Undergraduate
Theune earned a bachelor of arts from Hope College and from Oxford University, a master
of fine arts from the University of Iowa, and a doctorate from the University of Houston.
He is a working poet and scholar who, in 2007, published his first book, Structure and Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in a variety of journals, including
The Iowa Review, The New Republic, Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, and Verse.
Other professors on this year’s ballot were Paul Bushnell, professor of history; Mark
Criley, assistant professor of philosophy; Kevin Sullivan, assistant professor of
religion; and Michael Young, professor of history.
Contact: Jessica Block ‘09, (309) 556-3181