Alert!SWU will be operating on a 3 hour delay on Friday, February 21, 2020 due to icy road conditions.Inclement Weather Announcement 2-20-20

Christian college students interact in Blue Hill Coffee, a student-run enterprise at SWU.

The faith-filled community at SWU is comprised of students, faculty and staff who are passionate about learning and growing, both inside and outside of the classroom.

SWU alumna Kelly Tegen waves from a ferris wheel at the 2019 Homecoming celebrating alumni experiences at this Christian college.


Warriors at heart. Your campus experience may only last a few years, but your connection to Southern Wesleyan can last a lifetime. Stay connected to SWU through events, publications, and social media.

SWU provides a Christian college environment for fine arts engagement opportunities.

Whether you come for a campus visit, fine arts program, or athletic event, SWU seeks to provide educational and cultural opportunities not just to our campus community but to the greater community around us.

Office Directory

Dr. Basil "Chad" Chisholm

TITLE:Associate 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. He is the Director of the Carolina Institute for Faith and Culture at SWU, and he serves as the Publisher and Managing Editor of its digital journal, Freedom's Hill Primer.

Chisholm has published essays, poems and academic papers in journals as diverse as Mississippi Folklife, The South Carolina Review, Connecticut Review, Saint Austin Review, Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature, Mallorn: The Journal of the J.R.R. Tolkien Society, The Mississippi Encyclopedia, Classis: The Quarterly Journal of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools, and Intercollegiate Review. He has also worked on collaborative projects for Routledge and Utah State University Press. Chisholm also has published two photo essay books with Arcadia Publishing's series Images of America, and he is currently working on a collection of his essays.

In 2007, Chisholm presented his paper, "Demons, Choices, and Grace in The Lord of the Rings," at an Oxford University conference; since that time, this paper has been cited in graduate seminar papers, master's theses, and journal articles. 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 English from University of Texas at  Arlington. Dissertation: The Possibilities of Children’s Literature: A Rhetoric Oriented Approach to Juvenile Texts

- M.A. in English from Clemson University

- B.A. in English and History from University of Mississippi 

- Digital writing and publishing
- Media criticism
- Genre fiction (fantasy, science fiction, detectives, vampires, etc)
- British literature
- American literature
- Children's literature
- Film criticism
- Rhetorical theory
- Shakespeare
- Wayne C. Booth
- C.S. Lewis
- J.R.R. Tolkien


View Dr. Chisholm's Vitae