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Dr. Robert Scott

Professor of English
Department of English
Dukes Memorial 114
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
Professional Experience: 
  • Professor, Department of English, Ohio Northern University, 1994-present
    • Teach courses in contemporary British and American literature, 18th-century British literature, non-Western literature, multi-cultural literature, Great Works, editing and composition
  • Teaching Assistant and Grader, Department of English, Michigan State University, 1987-90
    • Taught literature, composition and science writing courses and assisted professor in an upper-level film and literature course
  • Tutor, Writing Center, Marygrove College, 1986-87
    • Worked with minority and returning students in remedial composition courses
  • Ph.D., English Literature, Michigan State University, 1994
    • Dissertation: "The Reinvention of the Eighteenth-Century Novel in Contemporary British and American Fiction"
    • Director: James McClintock
  • M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, 1986
    • Thesis: "Swift and Stella"
    • Supervisor: Gwin Kolb
  • B.A., English and French, University of Michigan, 1984
Teaching Interests: 
  • Contemporary British literature, contemporary American literature, 18th-century British literature and the novel.
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Arts & Sciences, Ohio Northern University, 1995 and 1998
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Ohio Northern University, 2005
  • Faculty Development Grant, College of Arts & Sciences, Ohio Northern University, Summers 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005
  • Sabbatical Leave, College of Arts & Sciences, Ohio Northern University, Spring 2002 and Spring 2009
  • Sara A. Ridenour Endowed Chair, College of Arts & Sciences, Ohio Northern University, 2002-03
  • Outstanding Sponsor Award, Sigma Tau Delta, 2006
Research Interests: 
  • The Academic Novel and Faculty Mentoring
Selected Publications: 
  • "'Dizzy With the Beauty of the Possible': The Sot-Weed Factor and the Narrative Exhaustion of the Eighteenth-Century Novel," On Second Thought: Updating the 18th-Century Text, eds. Debra Taylor Bourdeau and Elizabeth Kraft, University of Delaware Press, 2007
  • "'But hey, this is Africa, man': Water Music and the Postmodernization of the Eighteenth-Century Novel," LaRevue LISA/LISA E-Journal, Spring 2004
  • "It’s A Small World After All: Assessing the Contemporary Campus Novel," The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Spring 2004
  • "Sassy Spoof or Sorry Spectacle?: Teaching Bridget Jones’s Diary," Modern Language Studies, Spring/Fall 2003
  • "'Sweets and Bitters': Fanny and the Feminization of the 18th-Century Novel," The Midwest Quarterly, Autumn 2001