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DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH FACULTY

RICH JOHNSON

Office: L203

Phone: 847-925-6429

E-Mail: rjohnson@harpercollege.edu

Web: http://www.harpercollege.edu/~rjohnson

Courses Taught:

English 100

English 101

English 102

Lit 206: World Literature to 1800

Lit 231: Early British Literature

Hum 101: Introduction to Western Civilization (to 1500)

Hum 120: Classical Mythology

Background:

PhD, English, Northwestern University, 1998

  • Examination Fields: Late Classical, Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, Middle English, and medieval continental literatures
  • Dissertation: "The Cult of Saint Michael the Archangel in Anglo-Saxon England" (Director: Professor Catharine A. Regan)

MA, English (Concentration in Poetics and Theory), New York University, 1989

  • Thesis: "It was from old men I heard it: A Comparative Study of African and Anglo-Saxon Oral Literatures" (Director: Professor Jess B. Bessinger, Jr.)

BS, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1984

Publications:

Saint Michael the Archangel in Medieval English Legend. Woodbridge, Suffolk and Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 2005.

"Feasts of Saint Michael the Archangel in the Liturgy of the Early Anglo-Saxon Church: Evidence from the Eighth and Ninth Centuries," Leeds Studies in English NS 31 (2000): 55-79.

"Archangel in the Margins: St. Michael in the Homilies of Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 41," Traditio 53 (1998): 63-91.

Short Essays and Annual Reviews:

"In Memoriam: Phillip John Pulsiano." Medieval English Studies Newsletter (MESN) NS 3 (2001): 5-7.

"General and Miscellaneous Subjects" and "Memorials, Tributes, History of the Discipline." Year's Work in Old English Studies: 2001. Eds. Daniel Donoghue and Roy Liuzza. Old English Newsletter 36.2 (Winter, 2003): 6-15.

"General and Miscellaneous Subjects." Year's Work in Old English Studies: 2000. Eds. Daniel Donoghue and Roy Liuzza. Old English Newsletter 35.2 (Winter, 2002): 3-17.

"General and Miscellaneous Subjects." Year's Work in Old English Studies: 1999. Eds. Peter Baker and Robert Fulk. Old English Newsletter 34.2 (Winter, 2001): 5-14.

"General and Miscellaneous Subjects." Year's Work in Old English Studies: 1998. Eds. Peter Baker and Robert Fulk. Old English Newsletter 33.2 (Winter, 2000): 5-15.

Electronic Publications:

The Grendel Project: A Web-Based Humanities Unit on Beowulf. 1999. With Prof. Kurt Neumann, Department of English, William Rainey Harper College, and funded by a joint Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant.

Sacred Landscapes, Digital Landscapes: Rievaulx Abbey. CD-ROM project under construction; a short QTVR panorama of the Infirmary Cloister is available at the following URL: http://www.harpercollege.edu/libarts/hum/dept/rievaulx/icmov.htm.

Recent Conference Presentations:

"Holy Healer or Soldier Saint: Hagiography of St. Michael in the East and West." Paper read at the 40th International Congress of Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May, 2005.

"Rievaulx Abbey and the 21st Century Classroom: A Digital Humanities Project." Presentation at the Teaching and Learning Excellence Conference of the Illinois Community College Faculty Association, Springfield, Illinois, November, 2004

"Sacred Landscapes, Digital Landscapes: Technological Topography of Devotional Landscapes." Multi-media presentation and paper with Prof. Kurt Neumann (Harper College) at the annual meeting of the Community College Humanities Association, Santa Fé, New Mexico, November, 2003.

"Gutenberg's Legacy: Digital Dragons and Technologic Texts." Multi-media presentation and paper with Prof. Kurt Neumann (Harper College) at the 18th annual Computers and Writing Conference, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, May, 2002.

"Ælfric and the Blickling Homilist Reconsidered." Paper presented at the 37th International Congress of Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May, 2002.

Invited Lectures and Presentations:

"WAR IN HEAVEN: Saint Michael the Archangel and Apocalyptic Spirituality." Liberal Arts Faculty Lecture Series, Harper College, November 16, 2005.

Organizer and Opening Speaker, "The Syrians: Who Are They and Are They Next?" Harper College International Affairs Symposia series, March, 2005.

"Angelic Transformer and Commander-in-Chief: A Historical Overview of the Archangel's Interventions in the West." Public lecture through Continuing Education, Harper College, November 2004.

Organizer and Opening Speaker, "Peace, Patriotism, and Dissent: Democrcay in the Balance." Harper College International Affairs Symposia series, October, 2004.

Organizer and Opening Speaker, "Immigration and Patriot Acts: Documenting the Undocumented." Harper College International Affairs Symposia series, April, 2004.

"To Speak Like Rain: the Poetry of Kofi Awoonor and Ewe Oral-Traditional Verse." Lecture for International Education Week, November 21, 2003.

Opening Speaker and Moderator, "USA PATRIOT Act in Perspective: Threat or Protection?" Harper College International Affairs Symposia series, October 2003.

Organizer and Opening Speaker, "The Middle East through Arab Eyes." Harper College International Affairs Symposia series, April 2003.

"Contemporary Critical Approaches to Medieval Studies" and "Hammer Thy Thoughts into a Unity: The Poetry of W.B. Yeats." Open Lectures for faculty and students, Department of English, Peking University, Beijing, People's Republic of China, May, 2002.

Opening Speaker and Moderator, "China in the New Millennium: Confucius vs. Bill Gates." Harper College International Affairs Symposia series, April, 2002.

"Methods in Medieval Hagiographic Research." Old English Graduate Seminar, University of Illinois-Chicago, April, 2000.

"Revolution and Devolution in West Africa: The Political Legacy of Thomas Sankara." African Lecture Series, Harper College, March, 1999.

"The Muse Learns to Read and Write: The Manuscript Culture of Anglo-Saxon England." Faculty Lecture Series, Harper College, March, 1998.

"To Speak Like Rain: The Production and Performance of Verbal Art in West Africa." African Lecture Series, Harper College, February, 1998.

Academic Positions:

Co-Chair, Department of English, William Rainey Harper College, 2005-2007.

Chair, Humanities Department, William Rainey Harper College, 2000-2005.

Associate Professor, English Department, William Rainey Harper College, 2005.

Assistant Professor, English Department, William Rainey Harper College, 1998-2005.

Adjunct Instructor, English Departments, North Central College, Naperville, IL, 1989-1996; and College of DuPage, Glen Elyn, IL, 1993-1995.

Instructor, English, University College, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1992-94.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, English Department, Northwestern University, 1990-1992.

Assistant Professor, English, DeVry Institute of Technology, Lombard, IL, 1989-1990.

Instructor, TEFL, SCS Business and Technical Institute, New York City, 1987-1989.

Teacher Trainer, U.S. Peace Corps, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Summer 1985.

Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, U.S. Peace Corps, Lycée Provinciale de Léo, Burkina Faso, West Africa, 1984-1986.

Administrative Service:

Member, National Peer Review Committee, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program, 2004-2006.

Chair, Departmental Hiring Committee, Humanities Department, Harper College, 2004.

Senator-at-Large, Faculty Senate, Harper College, 2004-2006.

Co-Coordinator, International Studies and Programs, Harper College, 2000-Present

Coordinator, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program, Harper College, 2002-Present.