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Dr. Lisa Robeson

Professor of English, Chair
Department of English
Dukes Memorial 103
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
419-772-3085
Biography: 

Education:

  • Ph.D. in English, The Catholic University of America, 1997. Specializations in medieval literature, history of the English language, composition. DeFerrari Scholarship recipient.
  • M.A. in English, Georgetown University, August 1987. Writing Center Associates Program. University Scholarship recipient.
  • B.A. in English, University of Maryland, May 1980. Honors in English.

 

Professional Experience:

  • 8/10-present Professor and Chair (2011-present), Department of English
    • Division Chair, Humanities Division (2013- present)
    • Chair, Department of English (2011- present)
    • Member, University General Education Committee (2009-present)
    • Committee member, HLC Accreditation Self-Study, Criterion 3: Teaching and Learning (2014)
    • Chair, University Council (2010-11)

 

  • 7/08-7/09 Interim Dean, Getty College of Arts & Sciences, Ohio Northern University
    • Organized 17 faculty searches
    • Supervised accreditations for NASM and CCNE; follow-up report for CAATE accreditation
    • Worked with Advancement and architect to complete the Mathile Center fundraising drive and get the building online
    • Supplied staff and research support for the first gen ed revision in 16 years
    • Managed operational budget through three sets of mandated budget cuts
    • Developed a peer review process for nominating “signature programs” for the A&S College; worked with Pharmacy Dean and Chemistry department on the final selection grant
    • Supervised 149 faculty in more than 50 programs.

 

  • 8/04-8/10 Associate Professor of English, Ohio Northern University, responsible for composition and literature courses, focusing on literature before 1500 and linguistics
    • University Semester Transition Committee (2007-2008)
    • Co-Chair, Getty College of Arts & Sciences Vision Steering Committee (2006-2007)
    • University Marketing Committee (2006-2008)
    • University Ad Hoc Semester Transition Committee (2006)
    • University Council Representative (2004-2006)
    • University Honors Committee (2002-2008)
    • College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee (2007-2008)
    • Developed NCTE/NCATE program assessment for Language Arts Education

 

  • 8/02-8/04 Assistant Professor of English, Ohio Northern University, responsible for a variety of composition and literature courses.

 

  • 10/99 – 8/02 Director, Bluffton College Honors Program
    • Chaired faculty committee which (with grant writer) developed a successful MacGregor grant for an Honors Program integrating service-learning
    • Created partnership between Honors students, Lima daycare Center, and WGTE FM 91; worked with elementary students to produce radio essays that were broadcast on WGTE
    • Created and implemented program assessment plan; produced annual reports
    • Recruited honors students
    • Managed honors program curriculum and staffing
    • Managed program budget

 

  • 8/99 - 8/02 Associate Professor of English, Bluffton College

 

  • 8/94 - 8/99 Assistant Professor of English, Bluffton College, a Mennonite liberal arts college
    • Chaired the College General Education Committee during a general education core revision
    • Served on College Academic Affairs Committee during a transition from a quarter to semester calendar

 

  • 8/96 - 8/01 Director and founder of the Bluffton College Writing Center, supervising 5 undergraduate tutors.

 

  • 8/93 - 8/94 Director, Writing Center, Catholic University of America. Supervised 4 graduate tutors. Increased usage by almost 200% in first semester of management.

 

  • 8/89 - 5/94 Teaching Assistant/Instructor, Catholic University of America.
    • Had full teaching responsibilities for upper level writing and literature courses.

 

  • 8/87 - 6/89 English Teacher, Academy of Notre Dame, Washington, D.C. Taught literature, College Prep writing, and reading at inner city Catholic women's high school.

 

  • 3/82 - 6/85 Marketing Manager, Thompson Publishing Group, Washington, D.C.
    • Developed direct mail and print ad marketing campaigns for energy industry publications.

 

  • 6/80 – 3/82 Assistant Editor, National Rehabilitation Information Center, Catholic University, Washington, D.C.

 

Publications:

  • “Malory’s Secular Ideologies.” Invited chapter for A New Companion to Malory, forthcoming from Boydell & Brewer’s Arthurian Studies Series.
  • “’Warre and worshyppe’: Depictions of Battle in Malory’s Morte Darthur.” Arthurian Literature 32 (2015): 75-103.
  • “Malory’s Arthur and the Politics of Chivalry.” Enarratio 17.1 (2010): 107-133.
  • “Malory.” Medieval Warfare and Military Technology: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Clifford J. Rogers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. Print.
  • “Malory and the Death of Kings: The Politics of Regicide at Salisbury Plain.” The Arthurian Way of Death: The English Tradition. Eds. Karen Cherewatuk and Kevin Whetter. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer, 2009. 136-150. Arthurian Studies. Print.
  • “Women’s Worship: Female Versions of Chivalric Honour.” Re-viewing Le Morte Darthur: New Issues in Malory Studies. Eds. Kevin Whetter and Raluca Radulescu. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer, 2005.107-118. Arthurian Studies. Print.
  • “Leaves That Are Part of the Tree: Teaching the Past through the Present in a Humanities I Course." Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART) 10:1 (2003): 19-41. Print.
  • “Noble Knights and ‘Mischievous War’: The Rhetoric of War in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur.Arthuriana 13:3 (2003): 10-35. Print.
  • “Writing as Relic: The Use of Oral Discourse to Interpret Written Texts in La Queste del Saint Graal.” Oral Tradition 14:2 (January 1999): 431-446. Print.
  • “Pawns, Predators or Parasites: Teaching Women Characters in an Arthurian Literature Course." Medieval Feminist Newsletter 25 (1998). 32-36. Print.

 

Review Articles:

  • Joseph Glaser, trans. and adapt., Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur: Condensed and Modernized. Arthuriana 26.2 (2016): 145-46.

 

Selected Conference Papers and Presentations:

  • “Merlin the Inventor: Textual Production and the Creation of Arthur’s Camelot.” 25 th Congress of the International Arthurian Society, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany.
  • “Hope from Despair: Malory’s Political Optimism in Le Morte Darthur.” International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-14, 2017.
  • Co-author (with PI Alex Coman), poster on “Writing Interactive Fiction: Developing an Interdisciplinary Creative Writing/Computer Science Course,” Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education, Seattle, November 12, 2015.
  • “Literary Genre and Perceptions of War: Two Arthurian Case Studies.” Peace, War and Literature: Ten Years of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Oct. 29-31, 2015.
  • “’Fayre speche’: Political Propaganda and the War of Words in Malory’s ‘Tale of Sir Tristram.’” 24 th Congress of the International Arthurian Society, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, July 20-26.
  • “’Wroth out of mesure’: Righteous and Unrighteous Anger in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur.” International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, May 8-12, 2014.
  • “’Warre and worshyp’: Chivalric Battle in Malory’s “Tale of King Arthur and the Emperor Lucius,” Medieval Association of the Midwest, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, September 28-30, 2012.
  • “Political Propaganda and the Morte Darthur: Mordred and the ‘comyn voyce’,” 23 rd Congress of the International Arthurian Society, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, July 24-30, 2011.
  • “Political Propaganda and the Authorial Voice: A Case Study in Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur.” 18 th Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Interdisciplinary Symposium, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, February 2010.
  • “Case Study #2: The Case of Chairman Friend-of- the-Board.” Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences National Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 11-15 November 2009.
  • “Intersections of Politics and Literature: Propaganda in the Wars of the Roses and Malory’s Le Morte Darthur.” Ohio Medieval Colloquium, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, October 2009.
  • “Malory’s Arthur and the Politics of Chivalry.” Medieval Association of the Midwest Annual Conference. Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, 19-20 October 2007.
  • “Fortune, Fault, and Catastrophe in the Last Tale of Malory’s Le Morte Darthur.” 42th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University. 11 May 2007.
  • “Malory and the Death of Kings: The Politics of Murder at Salisbury Plain.” 41 st International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2006.
  • “Critical Approaches to Sin in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur.” 21 st Congress of the International Arthurian Society, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 2005.
  • “Editorial Morality and Malory’s Morte Darthur.” 35 th Annual Interdisciplinary CAES Conference (Committee for the Advancement of Early Studies), Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, October 2004.
  • "Women's Worship: Female Versions of Chivalric Honor." 20 th International Congress of the International Arthurian Society, Bangor, Wales, July 2002.
  • "Two Views of Warfare in Malory's Morte Darthur." 37 th International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2002.
  • "Chivalric Community in Le Morte Darthur." 36 th International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2001.
  • "The Rhetoric of War in Malory's Le Morte Darthur." 35 th International Medieval Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2000.
  • “Writing, Time and Memory in the Queste del Saint Graal and Malory’s Le Morte Darthur.” XIXe Congrés International de la Société Arthurienne, Toulouse, France, July 1999.
  • “Love, God, and Violence: The Rise and Fall of King Arthur’s Round Table.” Western Civilization Lecture Series, Ohio Northern University, October 27, 1998.
  • “Seeing, Believing and Reading: Empowering Holy Inscription in the Middle English St. Erkenwald.” Medieval Association of the Midwest Annual Meeting, September 1998.
  • "Negotiating Peace and 'Mischievous War' in Malory's Le Morte Darthur." Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Annual Conference, Feb 1998.
  • "Writing as Relic: The Use of Oral Discourse to Interpret Written Texts in La Queste del Saint Graal." National Modern Language Association Meeting, Toronto, Canada, December 1997.
  • "Malory's Stonehenge: Tomb Inscription and Failed History in Le Morte Darthur." International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, May 1997.
  • "Textual Meltdown: The Physics of the Sign in Chaucer's House of Fame." Medieval Association of the Midwest, Marquette, MI, September 1995.
  • "The Story of the Letter (Littera) in the Middle Ages." International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, May 1995.
  • "What May Ever Laste: Hazards of Textual Transmission in Chaucer's House of Fame." Medieval Forum, Plymouth, NH, April 1995.
  • "Inscribed by the Finger of God: Writing and Authority in the Chester Cycle," Southeastern Medieval Association, New Orleans, LA, September 1993.
  • "Writing and Time in the Queste del Saint Graal." Southeastern Medieval Association, Williamsburg, VA, September 1992.


Selected Institutes:

  • Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM Education (TIDES), AAC&U Institute, Georgetown University, July 2016.
  • Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM Education (TIDES), AAC&U Institute, Georgetown University, July 2015.
  • Association of Department Chairs (ADE) MLA Summer Seminar for Department Chairs, June 2015.
  • Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM Education (TIDES), AAC&U Institute, Georgetown University, July 2014.
  • Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) Seminar for Department Chairs, Ohio Northern University, August 2013.
  • Ohio Northern University Team Member, AAC&U Institute on General Education and Assessment, Turf Valley Resort, Ellicott City, MD, June 3-7, 2012.
  • Deans and Development, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg, FL, March 2009.
  • Deans and Budgeting, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg, FL, March 2009.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute on Medieval Women Authors, Rice University, Houston, Texas, June 9-July 18, 1997.
  • Collegium Summer Institute on the Integration of Faith and the Intellectual Life, Collegium, St. John’s College, Collegeville, MN, July 1994.

 

Selected Grants:

  • Co-Investigator, “Using Interactive Storytelling to Improve Retention and Interest in Computer Science by Female Students,” Helmsley Foundation/AAC&U TIDES Grant, Honorable Mention, May 2014 (Alexandra Coman, PI, and Eric Baumgartner).
  • “Transition Experience Course: Medieval Warrior—Past and Present,” Curriculum Development Grant, Ohio Northern University, 2010.
  • 1999-2000 C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureship. “Selling ‘Mischievous War’ at the Price of Peace: Lessons from King Arthur and His Knights.”

 

Professional Activity:

  • Referee, Enarratio, journal of the Medieval Association of the Midwest.
  • Outside Reader, Master’s Essay, “Which Witch?: Morgan le Fay as Shape-Shifter and English Perceptions of Magic Reflected in Arthurian Legend,” Cheyenne Oliver, Florida Atlantic University.

 

Professional Memberships:

  • Associate Member, American Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Modern Language Association
  • International Arthurian Society – North American Branch
  • Society of Medieval Feminist Literature
  • Medieval Association of the Midwest

 

Reading Languages:

  • French
  • Old French
  • Latin
  • Old English
  • Old Norse
  • Middle English

 

Department of English

Paulene Callahan

419-772-2100
p-callahan.1@onu.edu
Dukes Memorial 100
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed