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Dr. David Wilkes

Professor of English

Contact Information

School of Arts and Humanities
740-392-6868 Ext. 3510Email Dr. Wilkes
Professional Experience:
  • Professor of English, 2000 to present, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio
  • Chair of English and Modern Languages
  • Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, 2004 to 2006, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Associate Professor of English, 1996 to 2000, Mount Vernon Nazarene College
  • Lecturer, 1990 to 1996, College of Continuing Education at University of Rhode Island, Community
  • College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University
  • Visiting Professor of English, 1991 to 1992, Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, Portugal
Professional Organizations:
  • Modern Language Association
  • Midwest MLA
Awards and Recognition:
  • Sabbaticals, MVNU, Spring 2011 and Fall 2003
  • Summer Mini-Grant, MVNU, 2008, 2003, 1999, 1998, 1997
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society inducted 1989
Published Works:
  • Arts of Language podcast with the Institute for Excellence in Writing, a homeschool organization founded by Andrew Pudewa, 2020.
  • "Putting the Bite on the Past: Travesty as Tribute in Jane Austen and Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", Midwest MLA Conference, Cincinnati, OH, November 9-11, 2012.
  • "The Mudworm's Bower and Other Metropastoral Spaces: Novelization and Clashing Chronotopes in Our Mutual Friend.Dickens Studies Annual 42 (2011): 295-330.
  • "Piecing Together George Schroeder." Review of the artist's collages. February 2010.
  • "Portrait of a Christian as a Young Man." Colleague Faith 3. Ronald Alan Knott, ed. Berrien Spring, MI: St Andrews University Press, 2006. 49-50.
  • "This Most Protean Sitter": The Factory Worker and Triangular Desire in Hard Times." Dickens Studies Annual) 36 (2005): 153-181.
Ireland, England and Scotland 2020

Travel with Dr. Wilkes to Ireland, England and Scotland in 2020!

Dive into city life as you explore three different European capitals that each have their own unique personality. Walk along the famous cobblestones at Dublin’s Temple Bar, marvel at London’s iconic Big Ben, and fall in love with Scotland’s historic Edinburgh Castle. Visit the website for more information.
  • Ph.D. in English Literature with concentrations in the British Romantics, the 19th-century novel, and the works of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island (1990)
  • M.A. in English/American Literature, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California (1985)
  • B.A. in English, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California (1981)


"(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