Thomas Zelman Ph.D.
What is your field of expertise, and what makes you interested in this field?
My graduate school work was in the field of modern American fiction, and that interest has broadened at CSS to include English and Irish fiction as well. I've always been amazed and delighted at the magic that occurs when a good storyteller transports me from the lazy comfort of my couch to imaginary (but convincing) far-off locale. I've also enjoyed the beguiling, even sneaky, way that fiction offers ethical instruction. As a professor of literature, I get to discuss what I've noticed with groups of readers, fellow travelers on fictional journeys.
What do you like best about St. Scholastica?
Working with intelligent students in a beautiful campus setting. And watching them get jobs.
What's your most interesting teaching or research experience at St. Scholastica?
In 2004 I co-authored Eavan Boland and the History of the Ordinary
, a critical study of the work of a contemporary Irish poet. My co-author was my wife, Professor Patricia Hagen. Working on a large project with Pat was challenging, exciting, and ultimately, very fulfilling.
What's your advice for prospective students?
Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. There's a lot of experiences waiting for you.
Anything we’ve missed? Add it here…
St. Scholastica offers a wide variety of international study opportunities. I've been fortunate to be able to participate in three of them. Study abroad will impact your life in ways you can't foresee.