William Silverman is an assistant professor of English at Southern Virginia University.
William Silverman loves to teach and mentor students. At Southern Virginia, he has found a greater passion for teaching through what the university calls “The Genius of Small.” The smaller class sizes at Southern Virginia give him the opportunity to get to know students individually, tailoring courses to specific needs. Professor Silverman uses technology as a learning tool in the classroom. One can often find him playing YouTube videos of advertisements in the composition and the literature classroom as a way to discuss rhetorical strategies. Such strategies are no different from those employed by writers, even poets, to present a message.
Professor Silverman loves to learn. One can often find him in his office reading and researching in his literary area of expertise, early-modern British literature, as well as the Classics and later British literature. Professor Silverman has published and presented extensively on Shakespeare, Milton, disability studies, history of the book, early-modern poetics and natural philosophy, and, most recently, Mormon Studies. He is currently focused on a book-length study: Disability, Theories of Vision, and Embodiment in the Poetry of John Milton, which analyzes the effects of Milton’s own disability and understanding of natural philosophy on his poetics, especially in Milton’s later works.
Professor Silverman loves to serve. At Southern Virginia, he has served on the Curriculum and Academic Policy Committees. Outside of Southern Virginia, he has served as a reviewer for Latch: A Journal for the Study of the Literary Artifact in Theory, Culture, or History, as an editor for the Idaho Review, as a mentor for Florida State University’s First-Year Composition Program as well as a member of their First-Year Composition Committee. He also currently serves as the Vice President of Mormon Scholars in the Humanities (2012-15).
Professor Silverman loves health and fitness. Beyond the academic setting, he is an avid trail runner. You can often find him taking long runs in the Blue Ridge Mountains, including the Appalachian Trail.
B.A., Brigham Young University, 2002; M.A., Boise State University, 2006; Ph.D., Florida State University, 2011
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