Kevin Roberts

Lecturer, English

Rm 208 Mellinger Learning Center 309-457-2154


For more than 15 years, I have been a member the Monmouth English Department faculty. I direct the composition and argument program while advising students and teaching a range of classes from composition to literature to grammar.

Because of my background in public education, I teach the methodology seminar for student teachers preparing to teach high school English.

I am also active in various aspects of public schooling, including work as a committee member of the Illinois Teacher Certification Review Program. I retain and maintain my Illinois public schools teaching certificate, as well. During my career, I have taught in public schools, community colleges and universities. Can you tell that I really like to teach?

My expertise in the field of English includes cinema studies and the detective fiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, specifically the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve developed an ongoing literature class about Sherlock Holmes. My interest in Holmes started more than 30 years ago, and it led to involvement in various Holmes literary societies and groups.

Not only am I the campus Sherlockian expert, but I am also the campus grammarian. My grammar course introduces students to all aspects of grammar, from parts of speech to diagramming.

Of course, my main emphasis on campus is writing. During my teaching career, I have always taught some form of writing, whether argumentative, expository or creative.

I enjoy volunteering my time with non-profit groups and spending time with my nieces and nephews.


B.S. – University of Illinois, 1987

M.Ed. – University of Illinois, 1988

Courses Taught

English 110: Argument and Composition

English 180: Introduction to Literature

English 201: Grammar

ILA: Introduction to Liberal Arts

Citizenship 401: Volunteerism the Main Street Way

Selected Work

National and Illinois Main Street Programs

Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research Faculty Advisor

Henry County Tourism Bureau President