Associate Professor, Women’s Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, English
Ph.D. American Studies, University of Minnesota
Phone: (217) 206-7420
Office: UHB 3025
Teaching Interests: multicultural American women’s literatures; Native American literature and women’s spirituality; African-American, Asian-American, Latina, and lesbian literatures.
Accomplishments: Dr. Van Dyke is widely published in the area of Native American literary criticism on such authors as Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Paula Gunn Allen. She is the author of The Search for a Woman-Centered Spirituality, which manages to combine most of her interests in one book. For fun, she has also written a feminist murder mystery, Hooded Murder. Her 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.