Joseph Lenz

Professor of English
Interim Provost
Office Location: 202 Old Main

I started out as a forestry major, but, through some alchemical reaction (trees > pulp >paper > books), ended up in English. After a transfer or two and my B.A., I received an M.A. (Arizona State) and Ph.D. (Illinois), and taught at the University of Michigan until Drake kindly invited me here. That was in the dark backward and abysm of time. Until I became Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, I taught and wrote about Shakespeare, early modern writers, the romance, law and literature, and literary criticism. Now, as dean, I don’t get much opportunity to teach and I write primarily reports, proposals, recommendations, and evaluations. But, to clear the air (and my brain) and to atone for paper consumption, I still plant a tree now and again.

ArtSci News
October 25, 2016
A high-profile lecture by one of the world’s leading journalists on the topic of faith and religion will be preceded by an interfaith event designed to introduce visitors to the diversity of religious and faith communities in central Iowa.