Preview Day - October 20

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Dr. Basil "Chad" Chisholm

TITLE:Assistant Professor of English
DEPARTMENT:Division of Humanities
LOCATION:Brower 200-AB
SWU P.O. BOX:1876

Dr. Chisholm is committed to the concept of a Christian liberal arts education (especially since he did not receive one as an undergraduate). Though he did not attend SWU as a student, Chisholm wishes he had graduated from here because he loves the community, the area, the people and the sense of mission. Chisholm has publications in journals such as Mississippi Folklife, The South Carolina Review, Connecticut Review, Mallorn: The Journal of the J.R.R. Tolkien Society, and The Mississippi Encyclopedia. He is a frequent contributor to Intercollegiate Review, and he has published two photo essay books with Arcadia Publishing's series Images of America. Chisholm has received awards for his teaching in the classroom, including the Exemplary Teacher Award from the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and the William Winter Scholar Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council.

He lives near SWU with his wife and two daughters.


- Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Children's Literature
  from the University of Texas at Arlington
    Dissertation: The Possibilities of Children’s Literature:
    A Rhetoric-Oriented Approach to Juvenile Texts

- M.A. in American Literature from Clemson University 
- B.A. in History and Literature from the University of Mississippi 



- Genre fiction (fantasy, science fiction, detectives, vampires, etc) 
- British literature 
- American literature  
- Children's literature 
- Film criticism 
- Rhetorical theory 
- Shakespeare  
- Wayne Booth  
- C.S. Lewis


View Dr. Chisholm's Vitae