Barbara Dinneen, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Dr. Barbara Dinneen received her undergraduate degree in History and English from Oberlin College, and she holds her masters and PhD in literature from Washington University in St. Louis, where she wrote her dissertation on the novels of Willa Cather. She has been teaching English and interdisciplinary humanities classes at Ottawa University for almost twenty-two years now, and has served in various administrative capacities during her tenure at the university, including director of liberal arts studies, academic dean, interim provost, and, most recently, lead faculty for the general education program at the Ottawa campus. Since returning full-time to the faculty after her foray into academic administration, Barb has had the opportunity to pursue writing and scholarly interests, presenting at the Baseball in Literature and Culture conference for the last three years, at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment in 2017, and, upcoming in June 2018, at the Sports in Literature Association conference. Her nonfiction essay, "Daughters Watching Fathers Playing Catch with Sons" was published in the December 2016 issue of Aethlon;
she has presented papers on topics as disparate as Jane Eyre's
tragic abandonment of her natural self,
Charley Pride's unique baseball and country music careers, and the merits of using writing-across-the-curriculum techniques to defuse students' fear of poetry. Ongoing projects include two novels: one, a satire on the vagaries of college life; the other, an exploration of the relationship between a woman professional wrestler and a young girl recovering from near-brainwashing by the Opus Dei
in 1970s Spain and France.
In her spare time, Barbara plants potatoes, harvests blackberries, sighs heavily, and goes canoe-camping when she can get to real water (Quetico and the Boundary Waters, for example). She has a messy office, but a big chair that she keeps clear for students who need a place to sit and drink tea.
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