Joseph Lenz

Professor of English
Interim Provost
Office Location: 202 Old Main
271-3751
joseph.lenz@drake.edu

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.

Art Sci Events
February 21, 2018
07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
ArtSci News
June 19, 2017
Lisa West, associate professor of English, co-organized the 20th anniversary symposium of the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society, one of the first literary author societies to focus on the recovery of early American writings by prominent women writers of the 19th century.
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