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Dr. Paul Müller

Associate Professor of English

Paul Muller

(434) 582-2084
DeMoss 4062 E


  • Ph.D. in English, Louisiana State University
    • Linguistics 
    • Medieval Language & Literature
  • M.A. in Linguistics,  University  of Texas at Arlington
    • TESOL Specialization
  • B.A. in Linguistics Cum Laude, University of Tennessee
    • Honors Society - Eta Sigma Phi


Having spent four of his adolescent years in Dutch schooling as a missionary kid, the young Dr. Müller’s course in life seemed destined to center on the study of language. Following a tour of duty in the Navy after high school, he took a B.A. in linguistics at the University of Tennessee, studying Greek and Hebrew, and then an M.A. in linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington, studying with the Summer Institute in Linguistics, the academic arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators. After teaching English as a second language for several years, Dr. Müller began his program for a Ph.D. in English at Louisiana State University, studying medieval English language and literature, linguistics, and the philosophy of language, and writing his dissertation on the oral performative voice in Beowulf.

Dr. Müller has served as department chair for English and Modern Languages, as program director for the B.A. in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, and as program director for the minor in Linguistics. Dr. Müller has been married for over 30 years and has one daughter.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Phonetics & Phonemics
  • Morphology & Syntax
  • World Languages
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Issues and Practices in TES/FL
  • Modern Grammar
  • History of the English Language
  • Etymology of English
  • Chaucer
  • Arthurian Legends
  • Old English Language & Literature
  • ESL


  • Theology
  • The unity of knowledge
  • The reason that God created the world: the Bride of Christ.
  • The fathomless wonder of the human experience, that man can appreciate goodness, truth, beauty
  • The complexities of language acquisition

Community & Christian Service

  • Communion supply and preparation at Rivermont EPC

Scholarly Publications/Presentations

  • “Cyberliteracy," Liberty University. Center for Teaching Excellence, Fall ‘05
  • “Toward a Pedagogically Motivated Rubric for Describing World Languages,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington. Kentucky, Spring ‘04
  • “Why We Tell Stories: Myth, Fairy Tale, Folktale, History, Short Story, Film,” New Covenant Schools, Annual Faculty Retreat, Spring ‘03
  • “Story Telling and Speaker Meaning in Beowulf,” Shenandoah Language and Linguistics Symposium, Spring ‘99
  • Moderator (Substitute), Special Session “Preformations of the Book in the Middle Ages,” MLA, Washington, D.C., Fall ‘89
  • Chair, Audio-Visual Committee,  LATESOL, Baton Rouge, LA, Spring ‘88
  • “The Introduction to the Argumentative Essay,”  LATESOL, New Orleans, LA, Spring ‘87
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