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Dr. Dorothea Hawthorne

Department Chair

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School of Arts and HumanitiesAssociate Professor of English
740-392-6868 Ext. 3502Email Dr. Hawthorne

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  • MVNU to deepen vocational exploration with NetVUE grant

    MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (Feb. 3, 2022) – Mount Vernon Nazarene University has received a nearly $48,000 Program Development Grant award from NetVUE to fund the expansion of vocational exploration in the student experience at MVNU. The grant will be used May 1 through April 30, 2024.

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Professional Experience:
  • Associate Professor of English, MVNU
  • Assistant Professor of English, Wheaton College
  • Lecturer, Honors Program, Baylor University
  • ESL Instructor, Educational Services International (P.R. China)
Professional Organizations:
  • Harvey Fellows
  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • Association of Literary Scholars and Critics
  • Conference on Christianity and Literature
  • Christians for Biblical Equality
Awards and Recognition:
  • Harvey Fellowship, Mustard Seed Foundation
  • Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, Humanities Division, The University of Chicago
  • Erasmus Institute Dissertation Fellowship, University of Notre Dame
  • Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow, The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
  • Pew Younger Scholars Graduate Summer Seminar, University of Notre Dame
Published Works & Presentations:
  • “Rain Gardens and Runoff: Becoming Psalm 1 People,” First Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon, Ohio, August 2016
  • “Spiritual Disciplines: Practicing the Presence of God,” MVNU Chapel Series, April 2015
  • “Shakespeare’s Tragic Mirror: Why Christians Need Tragedy,” Christian Writer’s Conference, Grove City College, March 2014
  • “Imaging God in Literature: or, Does the truth need fiction?,” January Faculty Lecture Series, MVNU, January 2014
  • “‘I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word’: Christian Debts to Jewish Identity in The Merchant of Venice,” Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Cincinnati, OH, November 2012
  • Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • M.A. in English Language and Literature, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • B.A. in Literature, Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania