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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. 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


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