Dr. Emily Heady

Professor of English

Dr. Emily Heady

(434) 592-3713


Dr. Emily Heady was born and raised in Southern Ohio.  She holds a B.A. in Spanish and English from The Ohio State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature with a concentration in Victorian Studies from Indiana University.  Dr. Heady is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

In addition to holding a faculty position in the English Department, Dr. Heady has previously directed Liberty's Writing Program.  She is now the Dean of the College of General Studies, which oversees general education for all Liberty students and has recently been promoted to the position of Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Dr. Heady is married to Chene, who is a professor at Longwood University.  The Drs. Heady have two children, Beatrice and Avery, and a long-lived Affenpinscher.


Post-Doctoral Work, Educational Studies, University of Virginia
Ph.D., English, Indiana University
M.A., English, Indiana University
B.A., Spanish and English, The Ohio State University

Courses Taught

  • English 101 - Composition and Rhetoric
  • English 102 - Literature and Composition
  • English 215 - British Literature I
  • English 216 - British Literature II
  • English 321 - Victorian Literature
  • English 438 - Women's Literature
  • English 503 - Research and Bibliography
  • English 512 - John Henry Newman
  • English 515 - Victorian/Romantic Literature
  • English 621 - The Novel


"Building a Distance Learning Program from the Ground Up." With Ron Hawkins. SACS Annual Meeting. Orlando. December 3, 2011.
"What Does Comparability Really Mean?" With Barbara Boothe. SACS Annual Meeting. Orlando. December 5, 2011.
"What Does Access Really Mean?: The Challenges of Online Education." SACS Annual Meeting. December 6, 2010.
"Adapting a QEP for a Changing Institution." With Fred Milacci. SACS Annual Meeting. Atlanta. December 7, 2009.
"Adapting a QEP for a Changing Institution." With Fred Milacci. SACS Annual Meeting. San Antonio. December 7, 2008.
"Sharing the Assessment Burden: It's Not Just the Job of the Assessment Office." With Barbara Boothe. The Assessment Institute (Banta) Annual Meeting. Indianapolis. October 27, 2008.
"Asking the Right Questions: Developing a Viable QEP." With Fred Milacci. SACS Annual Meeting. New Orleans. December 11, 2007.

"Robert Browning, Theologian: The Medium and the Message of "Fra Lippo Lippi." The Victorians Institute. Virginia Commonwealth University. October 19, 2012.
"Lost on the Map: Distant Reading in the Travel Writings of Charles Dickens and Harriet Martineau." Plenary Address. Zeta Tau Literary Conference. Liberty University. March 31, 2012.
"Safe Haven or City Hall: The Writing Center's Role in University Administration." With Allison Scoles. International Writing Centers Association Annual Meeting. Baltimore. November 4, 2010.
"Assessing Writing in the Classroom and Beyond." TRACS Annual Meeting. Atlanta. October 9, 2007.
"Imitation and the Inimitable: Mimicry and Power in Dickens's American Notes." Dickens Symposium. Montreal, Quebec. August 2007.
"A Steam-Whistle Modernist?: Representations of King Alfred in Dickens's A Child's History of England and The Battle of Life." International Conference on Medievalism. The Ohio State University. October 2006.
"Cash and Conversion: Dickens's Parables and the Economics of Heart-Change." North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) Conference. Purdue University. August 2006.
"How a Capitalist Converts: Reading Parables in Dombey and Son." Literature and Christianity Conference. Liberty University. March 2006.
"'Happiness is not a potato': Narrating Growth (Both Moral and Middle-Class) in Charlotte Brontë's Villette." M/MLA Annual Conference. Chicago. November 2003.
"'Let All Materialists Draw Nigh': Narrating Britain's Realist Conversion in Charlotte Brontë's Villette." North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) Annual Conference. Indiana University. October 2003.
"The Polis's Different Voices: Narrating England's Progress in Dickens's Inheritance Novels." Narrative Society Annual Conference. Michigan State University. April 2002.
"Sacramental Biology: Water, Blood, and Maggie's Sexual Selection in Eliot's Mill on the Floss." The Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature. The University of Illinois at Chicago. March 2001.

Public Lectures:
Sigma Tau Delta's Literary Theater Showcase: Peter Pan. With Linda Nell Cooper. Liberty University. April 17, 2012.
University Writing Programs: Challenges and Opportunities. American Association of University Women. Lynchburg, VA. November 17, 2011.
The Negative's Capability: Dickens and Victorian Visual Culture. Liberty University. December 8, 2010.
Knowledge, Belief, and the Changing Landscape of Higher Education. Liberty University. February 23, 2010.
The Aesthetics of Materialism: Oscar Wilde's Religious Conversion and the Beauty of Suffering. Liberty University. February 2007.
Dickens, Phantoms, and Photography. With Professor Joss Marsh. Indiana University. April 2001.

Selected Publications:
Victorian Conversion Narratives and Reading Communities. Ashgate P, 2013.
"Lost on the Map: Distant Reading in the Travel Writings of Harriet Martineau and Charles Dickens." Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism 32.2 (2012): 101-14. Print.
Introduction to Graduate Writing. Textbook for LU Course GRST 500. Web.
"A Steam-Whistle Modernist?: Representations of King Alfred in Dickens's A Child's History of England and The Battle of Life." Studies in Medievalism 17 (2009): 92-112. Print.
"Beyond the Tutorial: Collective Cultures and Shared Grief in the Writing Center." Praxis 5 (2007): n.p. http://projects.uwc.utexas.edu/praxis/?q=node/172. Web.
"The 12th Annual Dickens Society Symposium." Literature Compass Blog (2007): n.p. Literature Compass. Blackwell Publishing, 2007. 24 August 2007 http://literaturecompass.wordpress.com/. Web.
"'Must I Render an Account'?: Typology, Historiography, and the Ethics of Genre in Charlotte Brontë's Villette." Journal of Narrative Technique 36:3 (2006): 341-64. Print.
"The Polis's Different Voices: Narrating England's Progress in Dickens's Bleak House." Texas Studies in Literature and Language 48 (2006): 312-39. Print.
"Flutters, Feelings, and Fancies: John Wesley's Sentimental Sermons and the Spirit of the Age." Christianty and Literature 53 (2004): 141-62. Print.
Review: The Victoriana Exhibit at Indiana University's Lilly Library. The IU Libraries Newsletter, Spring 2003. Print.
"The Negative's Capability: Real Images and the Allegory of the Unseen in Dickens's Christmas Books." Dickens Studies Annual 31 (2002): 1-21. Print.

Institutional/Community/Christian Service

Institutional Service:
-Co-Coach, LU Quiz Bowl Team, which won the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Big South Championships (2005-2008)
-NCAA Self-Study Committee (2005-06), GCRE/CRS Member (2006-Present)

University Committees
-Core Competency Committee Member (2006-2009) and Chair (2011-)
-Graduate Administrative Council Member (2006-2010)
-English Department Library Acquisitions Committee Member (2006-2009) and Chairperson (2007-2008)
-Institutional Review Board (2007-)
-Faculty Review Committee (2008)
-English Department Assessment Committee Member (2008-) and Chairperson (2008-2009)
-University Assessment Committee Member (2008-09)
-LU Press Task Force Chairperson (2008)
-Conference on Christianity and Literature Task Force (2009)
-Strategic Planning Committee (2009-2010) and Academic Sub-Committee Chair (2010)
-Graduate School Core Competency Task Force (2009-2010)
-Fifth-Year Report Task Force (2010-)
-Core Competency Committee Chair (2011-)

Other Service
-Developed BWVW 101 and 102 (2012-13)
-Tobacco Commission Grant Writer - received $12 million (2011) and $8.5 million (2012)
-Planned the Provost's Faculty Forum (2010-11)
-Developed ENGL 101-Online (2010)
-Planned Seniors Give Back Day (2008-2009)
-Developed GRST 500 (2007)
-Set up Graduate Writing Center and University Writing Program (2006-10)

SACSCOC-Related Serice
-QEP Lead Evaluator, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (2012)
-QEP Lead Evaluator, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2011)
-QEP Lead Evaluator, Southern Wesleyan University (2009)
-Writer: Fifth-Year Report (successfully accepted by SACS in 2012 with no recommendations)
-Writer: Response, Substantive Change for addition of PhD in Theology & Apologetics (successfully accepted in 2010 with no recommendations)
-Writer: CS 3.5.1 Second Monitoring Report (successfully accepted in 2008 with no recommendations)
-Writer: QEP (successfully accepted in 2006 with no recommendations)

Community/Christian Service
-Worship Pianist, Lynchburg First Church of the Nazarene
-Sunday School Teacher, Lynchburg First Church of the Nazarene
-Sunday School Board, Lynchburg First Church of the Nazarene
-Nominating Committee, Lynchburg First Church of the Nazarene