Dr. Chris Willerton

Alt Text

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Nineteenth-century British literature
  • Twentieth-century British literature
  • Poetry
  • Detective fiction


Courses typically taught:

  • ENGL 112 (Composition and Literature)
  • ENGL 231-232 (World Literature)
  • ENGL 370 (Literature and Belief)
  • ENGL 496 (Nineteenth-Century English Literature)
  • ENGL 497 (Twentieth-Century English Literature)

Selected publications:


  • Christianity and Literature
  • The National Honors Report
  • Hypertext 2000
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • The Waltz He Was Born For: An Introduction to the Poetry of Walt McDonald
  • The Word in the English Classroom


  • Texas in Poetry
  • Christianity and Literature
  • Kansas Quarterly

Originally from:  Borger, Texas

Work of literature, art or music you would recommend: Ralph Vaughn Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Person who influenced your life: Professor Lorraine Sherley of the TCU English department. She had enormous gusto for literature and the arts, would not accept a second-rate effort, and was patient with a self-conscious kid from the prairie.

Why you do what you do: I teach college English and direct the Honors Program as a way to pass on the blessings I had at TCU and the University of North Carolina.

What you want to give your students: The same excitement and rigor and confidence my professors gave me.

What you expect from your students: From General Education students (non-English majors), I expect responsibility, attention to instructions, good humor, and openness to new ideas and analytical thinking. From English majors, I expect enthusiasm for literature, willingness to read a lot of material, and a determination to do high quality work.

Why you are at ACU: I’m here providentially. And glad to be here.

Outside interests: Travel in Scotland.

Personal: My wife Sharon is a family nurse practitioner. We have three grown children and one grandchild. We attend the University Church of Christ.




  • Explore Majors
    Explore Majors

    ACU's mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

    View all majors

  • Visit Campus
    Visit Campus

    Satisfy your curiosity about what it means to live and learn at ACU!

    Schedule a visit

  • Apply to ACU
    Apply to ACU

    Apply Online

    Learn more about our application and admissions process.

Helpful Links
Connect Online