Associate Professor of English
College of Arts and Sciences 225
Professor Richard Sévère joined the English department at Valparaiso University in 2016 after having previously taught at Centenary College of New Jersey where he was also the founding director of the Writing Collaboratory and Coordinator of the Presidential Scholars Program.
Professor Sévère teaches courses in Medieval Literature, Professional Writing and Writing in the Disciplines. In addition to teaching in the English department, he teaches in the first-year program (Core).
Professor Sévère’s research focuses on male friendship, spiritual friendship, masculinity, gender and sexuality in medieval romance and epic. He also has research interests in social justice in writing center theory and praxis. He is currently working on research projects that examine friendship and sodomy in Chaucer’s Troilus and spiritual friendship in Malory’s Morte D’arthur.
B.A./M.S. – Florida A&M University
Ph.D. – Purdue University