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Dr. Mark Harris

Director, M.A. in English
Associate Professor of English

Mark Harris


Harris began teaching full-time in 1992 at Virginia Intermont College, and in 2003 the Lord called him to work at Liberty.  He chaired Liberty's Department of English and Modern Languages from 2003 to 2008 and has directed the Master of Arts in English program at Liberty since 2007.  He holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in English from Lehigh University.  Harris teaches composition, all periods of American literature, Shakespeare, and modern and postmodern literature, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and he has developed several courses for the graduate program as well.  In addition, he serves on a number of university bodies, at the department, school, graduate, and university levels.


  • Ph.D., English, Lehigh University
  • M.A., English, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., English, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught

  • English 100: Basic Composition
  • English 101: Grammar and Composition
  • English 102: Composition and Literature
  • English 201 and 202: American Literature I and II
  • English 322: Shakespeare
  • English 339: Early American Literature
  • English 350: Advanced Expository Writing
  • English 400: Faulkner
  • English 433: Literary Criticism
  • English 523: Shakespeare *
  • English 529: American Poetry *
  • English 529: American Modernism *
  • English 529: American Romanticism *
  • English 532: Hawthorne and Twain *
  • English 532: Henry James *
  • English 532: Faulkner *
  • English 613: Modernism and Postmodernism in Literature *
  • LING 213: Intro to Linguistics
  • American Realism and Naturalism
  • Business Writing
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Internship in Freshman Composition
  • Women and Minority American Writers

* Developed course


"These Kids Today." School of Communication, 2011
"Nothing New." Poem, Euphony, University of Chicago, January 2011
Guest speaker, Creative Writing Poetry course, 2010
Poetry reading, "After Hours," 2009
"Christian Worldview." Department of English and Modern Languages, 2008
“An American Literary Christmas.” Poem, Nantahala Review, 2003
“Drive-Thru Life.” Poem, Nantahala Review, 2003
"Be's Are Good." Virginia Intermont College, 2001
“Morning, Sickling.” Poem, Nantahala Review, 2001
“A New Version of Borges’ ‘Three’,” Article, Contra Mundum, 1998
“The Failed Dream: A New Reading of ‘Ethan Brand,’” Article, Studies in Short Fiction, Winter 1993-94
“The Wives of the Living? Absence of Dreams in Hawthorne’s ‘The Wives of the Dead,’” Article, Studies in Short Fiction, 1992
“Theodor’s Imperfect Creation: The Mysterious Stranger,” Article, Cithara, 1992


Nominated for Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award, 2002
Outstanding Faculty Award, 2002
Nominated for Outstanding Faculty Award, 2001, 2002
Who’s Who, 1997, 2001
Faculty of the Year Award, 1996-1997

Institutional/Community/Christian Service

Director, Master of Arts in English, 2007-present
Chair, Graduate Senate, 2013-2014
Vice-Chair, Graduate Senate, 2012-2013
Advisory Board, English 102, Spring 2012
Secretary, Graduate Senate, 2011-2012
Member, Graduate Senate, 2010-present
Member, Graduate Administrative Council, 2007-present
Member, Reaffirmation Committee, 2012-2013
Coordinator, Graduate Poster Session, 2009-present
Co-Sponsor, English Alumni Lecture Series, 2009-present
Question reader, Liberty University Quiz Bowl, 2008-present
Captain, Faculty Quiz Bowl Team, 2009-present
Chair and reader for undergraduate honors theses, 2004-present
Chair, Department of English and Modern Languages, 2003-2008
Bible Correspondence Course worker, Calvary Chapel Lynchburg
Usher, Calvary Chapel Lynchburg
Head of Benevolence ministry, Calvary Chapel Lynchburg
Offering Collection, Calvary Chapel Lynchburg
Missionary Supporter, Gospel for Asia
Missionary Supporter, Far-Reaching Ministries
Participant, Under the Son Academy (Home-schooling co-op)


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