Dr. Nola Stephens Appointed to Linguistics Professorship


Dr. Nola Stephens has joined Covenant’s faculty as an assistant professor of linguistics.

Stephens holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and Germanic studies from Indiana University in Bloomington and a Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford University. For two years before coming to Covenant, she taught as a visiting assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University. She also worked as a research assistant at Indiana University and Stanford.

Stephens’ doctoral work focused on language acquisition in young children. “You don’t learn language from a screen or just hearing it,” says Stephens, “you have to be interacting with another speaker. Interaction is critical. Learning about how children learn language, you see so much of how God communicates with his people, and how he set that system up for us to communicate.

“It’s the system that God has chosen, not only to communicate with us, but so that we could be like him in that we use it to communicate with others. He could’ve done anything. I think this is an exceptionally cool part of God’s creation, and a really important way that he made us image bearers.”

This fall, Dr. Stephens will teach two composition classes and one course on syntax.




Lydia Holt

"I really love the faculty in the English department. All the professors are wise and caring, and they do an excellent job of connecting the study of the English language to faith and calling. In addition, as an English major, there are so many opportunities for work and service that will open up for me because of the well-rounded and rigorous training I’m receiving in the various branches of English."
 - Lydia Holt '19

Evan Lecksell

"I’m really interested in my Introduction to Literary Studies course. It is the first class I’ve had that actually got me excited about poetry, and if you have to have class at 8 a.m., Dr. Barham is the best professor to transition you from being asleep 5 minutes ago to being energized and excited about what you study. Dr. Barham’s love for literature is contagious, and you find yourself happily engaged in types of literature you never thought you would care about."
 - Evan Lecksell '19