Faculty Profile

D. Michael Owens, Professor

College of Arts and Sciences 216
(219) 464-5273


Professor Owens joined the Valparaiso University faculty in 2000 and the English faculty in 2001.

He enjoys the size of the school and the fact that it is primarily an undergraduate institution because he believes those basic qualities can make for a very effective undergraduate education.

Professor Owens feels his role as a professor is to set a good scholarly as well as personal example and serve as a role model for his students. He believes that the model of responsible intellectual inquiry set by a teacher for his or her students makes an enormous impact.

His academic interests include American literature between the Civil War and World War II, literary modernism, African American literature, business writing, and composition. More specifically, he enjoys studying Civil War writings and American short stories. His book, The Devil's Topographer: Ambrose Bierce and the American War Story, has been published by the University of Tennessee Press.  He is currently working with Professor Buinicki on a major research project concerning Civil War literature in the periodical press during the late 1800s.  Together, they have assembled an edited collection that is under publication consideration.  He has published articles on Gertrude Stein, Ambrose Bierce, the Land Grant College act, and has an article forthcoming on Stephen Vincent Benet.

In addition to teaching English classes, Professor Owens is a member of the university's General Education Committee.   He also enjoys biking, running, staying involved at his church, and learning to play the banjo.


Ph.D. - Purdue, M.A.--University of Georgia, B.S.--United States Military Academy (West Point)