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Dr. Dorothea Hawthorne

Department Chair

Contact Information

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

In The News

  • 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

  • Professor of English, MVNU, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 2022-present
  • Associate Professor of English, MVNU, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 2014-2022
  • Assistant Professor of English, MVNU, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 2009-2014
  • Assistant Professor of English, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 2003-2004
  • Lecturer, Great Texts, Honors Program, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 2005-2009
  • Instructor of English (Visiting), Wheaton College and Wheaton-in-England at Oxford University, 1998-99, 2000
  • ESL Instructor, Educational Services International, Sichuan Province, Peoples' Republic of China, 1992-1994

Professional Organizations

  • MVNU Campus Contact, Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education
  • Member, The Harvey Fellows Network, Mustard Seed Foundation
  • Faculty Sponsor, Alpha Mu Omega Chapter, Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honors Society

Awards and Recognitions

  • Co-author, Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) Program Development Grant ($50,000), 2022-2024
  • Recipient, Excellence in Teaching Award: 2020-2021, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2021
  • Selected Participant, “Teaching Vocational Exploration Seminar,” NetVUE, Indianapolis, IN, 2021
  • Co-leader, NetVUE Professional Development Grant ($10,000) for MVNU Faculty and Staff, 2019-2020
  • Selected Participant, Women’s Leadership Development Institute (WLDI), Cedar Springs, Washington, 2018

Published Works & Presentations

  • Invited Presenter, “To what have you been called?: Listening for Vocation in Leadership,” Nazarene Student Leadership Conference, MVNU, April 2022
  • Invited Panelist, “Science, Books, and the Arts,” Dan Rather’s What Unites Us Community Discussion Series, Public Library of Mount Vernon and the Kenyon College Office of Community Partnerships, Mount Vernon, July 2021
  • Invited Presenter, “‘Almost human’: Vocation as Humanization in Dorothy L. Sayers’ Gaudy Night,” Are Women Human Yet?: Gender and the Inklings Conference, Taylor University, IN, June 2020
  • Invited Panelist, “The Promises and Pitfalls of Object-Based Learning,” Sacred Space Pedagogy Summit, Calvin College, June 2019
  • Graduation Address, “‘The Going Itself Is the Path’: On the Open Ocean of Vocation,” School of Arts and Humanities Graduation, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, April 24, 2021
  • Keynote Speaker, “Tragic Mirrors: Thinking Christianly with Sophocles and Shakespeare,” Christian Writer’s Conference, Grove City College, March 2014
  • Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, The University of Chicago, 2005
  • M.A. in English Language and Literature, The University of Chicago, 1996
  • B.A. in Literature, Grove City College, 1992


"(MVNU professors) feel a great weight of responsibility to get it right for the students who enter our community each year."

John Ballenger - Director of the Writing Lab, Assistant Professor of English