Meet our Faculty: Annette Van Dyke
Annette Van Dyke
Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, English
Ph.D. American Studies, University of Minnesota
Phone: (217) 206-7420
Office: UHB 3025
Teaching Concentration: multicultural American women’s literatures; Native American literature and women’s spirituality; African-American, Asian-American, Latina, and lesbian literatures.
Courses: Images of Women in Literature; Multicultural American Women’s Literature; Native American Women’s Literature and Culture; Woman-Centered Literature; and Women’s Spirituality.
- Native American literary criticism on such authors as Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Paula Gunn Allen.
- The Search for a Woman-Centered Spirituality, New York University Press, 1992, which manages to combine most of her interests in one book
- Hooded Murder, a feminist murder mystery
Philosophy of teaching: “In my classes I try to form learning communities in which teacher and students work together to learn from each other. To that end, I expect students to attend regularly, to read and to be prepared to write about and to discuss the class materials. Students take responsibility for their own learning by facilitating class discussion in as creative a manner as possible.”
Dr Van Dyke’s recent accomplishments include serving as President of the National Women’s Studies Association from 2000-2001 and receiving the Naomi B. Lynn Award in 2003.