James Lambert

  • Associate Professor of English
  • Division Chair of Humanities
  • Director of Writing Center

Education

  • Ph.D. in Early Modern British Literature, University of Iowa, 2012
  • M.A. in American Literature, University of Arizona, 2006
  • B.A. in English, minor Spanish, Brigham Young University, 2003

Students learning trumps teacher teaching. I try to consider that when I plan, execute, and evaluate my literature and writing courses. While I sincerely believe that knowledge in the subjects I teach (writing, British literature, Shakespeare, Renaissance poetry) will enrich a student’s life, I also affirm that learning how to learn about those topics is immanently more useful and important. I arrange my courses, pedagogy, and advising accordingly.


Education


  • Ph.D. in Early Modern British Literature, University of Iowa, 2012
  • M.A. in American Literature, University of Arizona, 2006
  • B.A. in English, minor Spanish, Brigham Young University, 2003

Courses


  • Teaching courses in the Core and English major including Spiritual Literature, Shakespeare, Devotional Poetry, History of the English Language, Introduction to Composition, and Classics of Western Literature

Teaching Positions & Professional Experience


  • Joined the Southern Virginia University faculty in 2016
  • Researched, taught, and served as Writing Program Administrator and Chair of the English Department at the American University of Kuwait, 2012-2016
  • Taught literature and writing courses at University of Iowa, 2006-2011
  • Taught film, rhetoric, and writing courses at University of Arizona and UA Medical School
  • Public Speaking specialist at University of Iowa, 2007-2011

Scholarship & Creative Work


  • Interests include writing pedagogy, composition, and literary pedagogy; research agenda centers itself firmly in the literature and religious culture of Early Modern England
  • Published articles in SEL, Philological Quarterly, This Rough Magic, BYU Studies, Studies in Philology, and other journals
  • Article on Edmund Spenser’s Epithalamion, republished twice in different anthologies
  • Received Mellon and NEH fellowships to study lyrical emotions of the Renaissance at Dartmouth College, the Huntington Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and Dr. Williams’s Library
  • Invited to the International Shakespeare Symposium at NYU-Abu Dhabi, 2017
  • Organized and executed the Reformation Conference, 2017
  • Gave the Shakespeare lecture at James Madison University, 2018

Awards, Leadership & Service


  • Chair, Division of Humanities, Southern Virginia University, 2018-present
  • Academic Affairs Council, Southern Virginia University, 2018-present
  • Director of Writing Center, Southern Virginia University, 2016-present
  • Helped execute University’s Quality Enhancement Program, 2016-present
  • Named Faculty Mentor of the Year, 2014-15; 2015-16