Director, Writing Center
Professor of English
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
M.A., Texas A&M University
B.A., Harding University
Prior to his graduate studies, Dr. Himes lived for over a year in Hungary, where he taught ESL classes as a missions outreach and studied the Magyar language. With his philological interests, Dr. Himes has taught Intro to Linguistics, Advanced Grammar, Anglo-Saxon, and Latin (independent studies) at JBU.
Due to his article on Tolkien's adaptation of The Kalevala (Mythlore, 2000), Dr. Himes was a conference speaker in Finland three times. He has led summer study trips to Northern Ireland (2005, 2006), to the Alsace, France (2008), and to England & Scandinavia (2009). On the latter trip, he did research on C. S. Lewis's Dark Tower manuscript while students explored Oxford and Lewis's home in the suburbs. One of his most beloved courses is Honors Composition, in which freshmen take field trips to the Buffalo River Wilderness for research on Ozarks culture. His courses for English majors include Medieval Literature, World Literature 1 (Antiquity to Renaissance), and a C. S. Lewis & Inklings course.
As Director of the JBU Writing Center, Dr. Himes enjoys supervising the tutoring practicum for English majors. In his spare time, he plays racquetball, goes hunting, and enjoys family hikes with his wife Amanda (the other Dr. Himes) and their children Logan, Audrey, and Elinor. Logan's severe autism has been an avenue of tremendous grace, re-orienting Himes's teaching with a compassion for students’ efforts to acquire a voice.