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.

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June 26, 2017
Eric Saylor, professor of music history at Drake University, has published a new book that seeks to redeem a style of music that he says is gravely misunderstood and sorely underrated.
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