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William Tate Professor of English and Dean of Arts and Letters
By Appointment

William Tate

Dean of Arts and Letters

Professor of English


Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A. in Bible, Bob Jones University
  • M.A. in Bible, Bob Jones University
  • M.A. in English, Duke University
  • Ph.D. in English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests / Specialization

  • English Renaissance Literature
  • Twentieth-Century American Poetry
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Reformed Theology

Selected Professional Work

  • "The Incompletable Openness of Language: Richard Wilbur's 'Fabrications,'" Humanitas (2024)
  • "Bell Speech in John Donne, Richard Wilbur, and Connie Willis's Doomsday Book," in Carissa Turner Smith, ed., Doomsday Every Day: Connie Willis's Science Fiction (Taylor & Francis, 2023)
  • "Richard Wilbur's Right Listening, Pro Rege 50.3 (march 2022)
  • "A Rite of Finitude: Richard Wilbur's Hermeneutic Ontology," Texas Studies in Literature and Language 64.1 (Spring 2022)
  • "Converting the Gaze: From Gazing to Seeing in Richard Wilbur's 'The Eye,'" Christian Scholar's Review 51.2 (Winter 2022).

Get to know your professor

Q. Favorite movie?
A. The Princess Bride

Q. Favorite local restaurant?
A. FoodWorks

Q. What is one thing that instantly makes your day better?
A.Seeing my wife.

Q. If you could teach any other major, what would it be?
A.Philosophy (Continental)

Q. Personal Interests/Hobbies
A.Hiking/walking and collecting pottery