Dr. Jonathan Himes
Director, Writing Center
Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
M.A., Texas A&M University
B.A., Harding University
Prior to his M.A. and Ph.D. studies, Himes lived for over a year in Hungary, where he taught ESL classes as a missions outreach and took a Hungarian university course to obtain a Magyar language certificate. With this interest in languages, Himes has taught Introduction to Linguistics (at Texas A&M), Advanced Grammar, Anglo-Saxon (Old English) as a language lab, and Latin independent studies at JBU.
Due to a ground-breaking article he wrote on Tolkien's adaptation of The Kalevala (Mythlore, 2000), Himes was a featured speaker at conferences in Finland three times. Based on his award-winning dissertation research, Himes published a critical edition of an epic fragment called *Waldere* (Cambridge Scholars, 2009), and has also edited book on C. S. Lewis and the Oxford Inklings (2008). For eight years, Himes has been the Secretary of the C. S. Lewis & Inklings Society, producing the annual newsletter and helping to organize regional conferences.
Himes has led summer study abroad teams to Northern Ireland (2005, 2006), to the Alsace, France (2008), and to England & Scandinavia (2009). On the latter trip, Himes conducted research at the Bodleian Library on C. S. Lewis's controversial *Dark Tower* manuscript while students explored the city of Oxford and visited The Kilns, Lewis's home in the suburbs. He then led students to Tolkien's old haunts near Birmingham before boarding a viking ship replica in Copenhagen, Denmark.
One of Himes's most beloved courses is Honors Composition, in which freshmen take field trips to perform ethnographic research on the Ozarks involving exploration of the Buffalo River Wilderness. With such student research, Himes has been working on publications like a 2010 article in *501 Life* magazine. Himes also plans to publish a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure anthology culled from student projects created in his Great Books "Beowulf" seminar. His other courses for English majors include Medieval Literature, World Lit 1 (Antiquity to Renaissance), and a C. S. Lewis & Inklings course.
As Director of the JBU Writing Center, Himes enjoys supervising English majors who, as part of a departmental practicum, tutor other undergrads, lead workshops and have even presented papers alongside Himes at regional conferences. Recently, the Writing Center has added tutoring for online degree students and online appointment scheduling.
In his spare time, Himes enjoys racquetball, archery, hunting, and hiking with his lovely wife Amanda. He became a father in 2007 when his son Logan was born. Audrey came soon after in 2008, and Elinor in 2010. Logan's severe autism has been an avenue of tremendous grace and a demonstration of God's power in the lives of this special needs family. It has re-oriented Himes's teaching approach with a special compassion for those who have yet to acquire the voice of academic discourse, or any voice at all.