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Associate Professor of English (2004)
- B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office: Zinzendorf Hall, Room 303
Areas of Research and/or Expertise
Old and Middle English literature, language, and culture; hagiography and constructions of sanctity; medieval religiosity; and the interplay of text and image in medieval art.
At Moravian, Dr. Black teaches courses in medieval English literature and culture and in the history of the English language, as well as the department's ‘gateway’ course in English Studies for majors and minors. He has published on Old English homiletic writing, on accounts of the saints in Old English, Middle English, and medieval Latin narratives, and on the interplay of text and image in medieval hagiography. In his professional community, Dr. Black is a member of the Medieval Academy, the Modern Language Association, the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, the International Center of Medieval Art, the Early English Text Society, the Hagiography Society, the Delaware Valley Medieval Association, and the Southeastern Medieval Association. He also participates in the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges Consortial Lectures program.
At Moravian, Dr. Black participates in the shared governance of the college, where he has served or currently serves on committees such as the Faculty Executive Committee, the Committee for the Advancement of Teaching, the Friends of Reeves Library, the International Studies Committee, the Interdisciplinary Programs Committee, and the Teagle Foundation working group on intentional learning. Dr. Black is Co-Director of the Medieval Studies Minor, faculty advisor to The Medieval Society, an academic advisor for majors in the English/Education program and for first-year students, and a mentor in Honors and Independent Study projects. He is active in promoting opportunities for students to engage in undergraduate research, study abroad, and extra-mural learning.
In the summer of 2006, Dr. Black participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar for research and teaching at the University of Cambridge entitled, “Holy Men and Holy Women of Anglo-Saxon England.” At Moravian, he has received the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching (2007) and the Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008). He shared an Impact Award (2007, with Prof. Sandy Bardsley in History), presented in recognition of his work in organizing the inaugural Moravian College Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The Conference has become an annual event, attracting more than 200 participants to the College each December since 2006. In recent summers, Dr. Black has done volunteer work on the Hopi Reservation in northeastern Arizona, participated in an archeological expedition in Israel/Palestine, biked on Orkney, and taken ‘writing retreats’ in San Francisco and Vancouver.
- “Remodeling Monastic Holiness,” currently under consideration by Ashgate Publishing for inclusion in a proposed anthology, Rewriting Holiness.
- “The Flowering of the Cult of St. Æthelthryth in Anglo-Saxon England”; accepted for publication in University of Toronto Press volume on female saints; under final revision; scheduled for publication in late 2010/early 2011.
- “Formation and Transformation in the Cult of St. Mary of Egypt in Medieval England,” Medieval Perspectives 23 (for 2008; in press).
- “Tradition and Transformation in the Cult of St. Guthlac in Early Medieval England,” Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe (10; 2006).
- Interviewed, along with Prof. Sandy Bardsley (History), by Campus Events Professional (Magna Publications, January 2007) for article highlighting the purpose and organization of undergraduate conference in medieval and early modern studies.
- “Innovation and Tradition in Representations of St. Cuthbert in Medieval England,” Medieval Perspectives (17.2: 38-50; 2002).
- “Ælfric’s De Populo Israhel” in Allegorica (20:93-119; 1999).
- “Jerome’s Influence on Ælfric,” in article, “St. Jerome at UNC,” in Old English Newsletter (29.3:17-24; 1996).
- “Revisionings of St. Chad in Medieval England,” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, July 12-15, 2010
- “Models of Undergraduate Scholarship in the Humanities: A Workshop,” Council on Undergraduate Research Conference, Ogden, UT, June 19-22, 2010
- “Formation and Transformation in the Cult of St. Mary of Egypt in Medieval England,” Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Spartanburg, SC, October 4-6, 2007
- “The Flowering of the Cult of St. Æthelthryth in Anglo-Saxon England,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2007
- “Tradition and Transformation in the Cult of St. Guthlac in Early Medieval England,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 5-8, 2005
- “Invention and Integration in Saints’ Cults in Medieval England,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 3-6, 2001
- “Innovation and Tradition in Representations of St. Cuthbert in Medieval England,” Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Asheville, NC, September 28-30, 2000
- “Sainthood in Text and Image: Medieval English Representations of St. Guthlac and of St. Mary of Egypt,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 4-7, 2000
- “Jerome’s Influence in the Works of Ælfric,” International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, Stanford University, August 1995
- “Chaucer’s Development of Physical Setting in ‘The Reeve’s Tale,’” Medieval Forum, Plymouth (NH) State University, April 1994
Selected Attendance at Other Conferences
- Recent conferences and symposia: Index of Christian Art, Princeton; Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto; and Modern Languages Association Conference.