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Mark E. Willhardt

Academic Biography:
Unlike most of my colleagues, my coming to Monmouth was really a return to Monmouth. I grew up here; my father taught at the College and my mother at the local high school. Like many small town seventeen-year-olds, though, when the moment arrived I was ready to fly the coop, sure I would never return to West Central Illinois. Yet, after studying in Minnesota, Scotland, and New Jersey, then teaching in Minnesota and Ohio, when a position came open here it just seemed natural for me to apply. It was, after all, home. Monmouth College's strong sense of community and of people sharing in a common purpose -- to generate and share knowledge -- is just as attractive to me now as when I returned here ten years ago.

Research Interests:
20th-Century Scottish Literature; Modernism and Modern British Literature; Contemporary Poetry; Popular Music and Cultural Studies.

Courses Taught:
ENGL110 Composition and Argument
INTG101 Introduction to the Liberal Arts
ENGL339 20th Century Scottish Poetry

B.A. Macalester College 1987
M.A. Rutgers University 1989
Ph.D. Rutgers University 1993

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 107 Wallace Hall