Bryan Herek

Associate Professor of English
Director, LitSphere

Contact Information

(252) 398-6331

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent." - John Donne

Education

  • PhD, English Language and Literature, University of Maryland, College Park
  • MA, English Language and Literature, University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA, English and Philosophy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Courses Taught

  • Shakespeare
  • Law and Literature
  • Renaissance Literature
  • History of the English Language
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Composition and Introduction to Literature
  • Composition
  • CU 101
  • CU 102

Academic & Scholarly Achievements

  • Awards
    Master Teacher, Chowan Critical Thinking Program, 2015.

    Articles
    “Reconsidering the 1599 Bishops' Ban,” Renaissance Papers. (2011): 131-140.

    “John Donne’s Satyre III,” Explicator  60.4 (2002): 193-196.

    Departmental Textbooks

    Herek, Bryan. “Narrating an Event Essay.” In Darelle M. Rollins (Gen. Ed.) First Year Writing, 139. Littleton, MA: Tapestry Press, 2014

    Herek, Bryan. “Evaluation Essay.” In Darelle M. Rollins (Gen. Ed.) First Year Writing, 149. Littleton, MA: Tapestry Press, 2014

    Herek, Bryan. “Peer Review Worksheet.” In Darelle M. Rollins (Gen. Ed.) First Year Writing, 179 - 180. Littleton, MA: Tapestry Press, 2014

    Herek, Bryan, Ed. & Darelle Rollins, Gen. Ed. First Year Writing. Tapestry Press, 2013

    Herek, Bryan, Ed. & Darelle Rollins, Gen. Ed. First Year Writing. Tapestry Press, 2012

    Herek, Bryan, Ed. & Darelle Rollins, Gen. Ed. First Year Writing. Tapestry Press, 2011

    Herek, Bryan, Assoc. Ed. & Darelle Rollins, Gen. Ed. First Year Writing. Tapestry Press, 2010

    Consulting
    Digital Advisory Board. Engaging Questions: A Guide to Writing. Carolyn Channell and Timothy Crusius. McGraw-Hill, 2012

    Conference Papers, Talks, and Panels

    “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”  Annual Faculty Interdisciplinary Symposium (Diversity), Chowan University, Murfreesboro, North Carolina, 2018

    Honors Seminar: Dangerous Ideas. Satire. 2018. Guest Lecturer

    Moderator.  11th paper session.  American Shakespeare Center Blackfriars Conference,, Staunton, Virginia, October 29, 2017

    “Racism and Prejudice in Early Modern England.”  Annual Faculty Interdisciplinary Symposium (Diversity), Chowan University, Murfreesboro, North Carolina, April 18, 2017

    Honors Seminar: End of the World. Night of the Living Dead. March 27, 29 & 31, 2017.  Guest Lecturer

    “Everything Else but Zombies: The Social Criticism Behind Zombie Movies,” Annual Faculty Interdisciplinary Symposium (Monsters and the Monstrosity), Chowan University, Murfreesboro, North Carolina, April 18, 2016

    “Reflections on the 2008 Summer Institute,” American Shakespeare Center Blackfriars Conference, Roundtable Chair, Special Session, Staunton, Virginia, October 29, 2015

    “Science Fiction and Satire.”  Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium (Futures Past and Present), Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC.  April 20, 2015

    “Robert Burns, Scottish Poet Laureate.” Chowan Study Abroad. April 16, 2015.  Guest Lecture.

    Honors Seminar: Conspiracy. Satire, Conspiracy and Dr. Strangelove. February 9, 11 & 13, 2015.  Guest Lecturer

    “Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Illustration: Identifying the Dramatic Situation.” ART 371, CT—Illustration. Dr. Anna Freeman. Creative Consciousness Project. Chowan University. Murfreesboro, NC. January 28, 2015 (Invited Talk)

    Cheating or Fair Game? Perspectives. November 14, 2014.  Panelist

    “Pedagogy and New Technology.”  Chowan Professional Development Workshop.  October 16, 2014. Panelist

    “Teaching with the Digital Humanities.” Chowan Professional Development Series.  October 6, 2014. Guest Lecturer

    “A Brief History of Satire.” Salon Lecture Series. Chowan University. Murfreesboro, NC. September 26, 2014

    “’That's what She Said.’ Satire and Gender.” Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium (Thinking Gender), Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC. April 21, 2014

    “British Language and Literature: An Overview.” England Study Abroad Trip. Chowan University. Murfreesboro, NC. March 27, 2014 (Invited Talk)

    “So Who Wrote Shakespeare.” Salon Lecture Series. Chowan University. Murfreesboro, NC. March 21, 2014

    “Effective Employment of SafeAssign.” Professional Development Workshop. Chowan University. Murfreesboro, NC. November 4, 2013 (Invited Talk)

    “Staging Comedy of Errors in the Classroom.” Pedagogy and Staging Colloquy. Biennial Blackfriars Conference. American Shakespeare Center. Staunton, VA. October 23, 2013

    “Andrew Marvell: Satirist.” South-Central Renaissance Conference. Omaha, Nebraska, March 22, 2013

    “Teaching Shakespeare with the Digital Humanities,” American Shakespeare Center Blackfriars Conference, Pedagogy Special Session, Staunton, Virginia, October 29, 2011

    "Reconsidering the 1599 Bishops' Ban,” Southeastern Renaissance Conference, NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, October 21, 2011

    “The Digital Humanities and Writing About Literature,” Old Dominion University Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing, Norfolk, Virginia, March 24, 2011

    “John Donne and Ben Jonson: 'To live by his labour'd sceanes,” American Shakespeare Center Blackfriars Conference, Roundtable Leader, Staunton, Virginia, October 22, 2009

    “John Donne and the Intelligent Agent,” John Donne Society Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 20, 2009

    “What can be Donne: Interpretive Tagging and the Semantic Web,” Canadian Symposium on Text Analysis, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada, October 18, 2008

    “Shakespeare and the Semantic Web,” National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Symposium, Staunton, Virginia, July 28, 2008

    “Historical Revisionism, the Internet, and the Anti-Stratfordians,” Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, March 4, 2007

    “‘Can railing then cure these worn maladies?’: John Donne and the Efficacy of Satire,” John Donne Society Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 16, 2006

    “History, Satire, and the 1599 Bishops’ Order,” Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, March 4, 2006

    “John Donne and Thomas Drant: Satirists,” School of Foreign Language, Literature and Culture, University of Maryland College Park, Maryland, April 16, 2003

    “Satire Before and After the 1599 Bishops’ Order,” Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies, College Park, Maryland, March 13, 2003

    “Using Technology in the Classroom at the 200 Level,” University of Maryland Center for Teaching Excellence, College Park, Maryland, October 30, 2002 (Invited Talk)

    “The Rationale of Religious Tolerance in John Donne’s Satyre III,” Graduate Research Interactive Day, College Park, Maryland, April 25, 2000

    “How would you like that Donne? Publishing Research on the Web,” Cyber Culture Working Group, College Park, Maryland, April 12, 1999

    Conference Attendance

    9th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA. February 14-66, 2017

    7th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA. February 3-6, 2015

    Southeastern Renaissance Conference.  UNC-Greensboro. October 3-4 2014

    Reviewer

    Explorations, Journal of the National Conference of Undergraduate Research, 2016

    “Hearing Daisy’s Voice in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby: A Powerful ‘Beautiful Little Fool’”
    “Tolkien's Linguistics: The Artificial Languages of Quenya and Sindarin”
    “Welcome to the Arena: Deconstructing the Female Character in Dystopian Literature”
    “Yet, to their senses, are women made slaves”: The Embodied Politics of Slavery in The History of Mary Prince (1831)

    Grants/Funding for Scholarships

    National Humanities Center Summer Institute, “Andrew Marvell: Lyric and Public Poems.” National Humanities Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2012

    International Association of Writing Centers Summer Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2009

    National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Playhouse: The Study, the Stage, and the Classroom,” American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, Virginia, 2008