Beulah Baker

Dr. Beulah Baker

Beulah Baker

Professor of English

Office Location: Reade Center 201
Phone: (765) 998-5329

Specialties: Global literature, African literature, Irish literature, critical theory, American literature, dramatic literature


Vitae PDF: Dr. Beulah Baker's Printable Vitae

Beulah P. Baker

Department of English
Taylor University
236 W. Reade Avenue
Upland, IN 46989-1001
Office Phone: 765 998-5329


Ph.D., English
Michigan State University, 1976

M. A., English
Michigan State University, 1969

B. A., English
Spring Arbor College (Michigan), 1967 (secondary teaching certification)

Dissertation: Energy and Event as Motive, Motif, and Design in the Poetry of William Carlos Williams (correlating with concepts of Alfred North Whitehead)


Taylor University, Upland, IN--1979-present: Professor of English
--Russian-American Christian University, Moscow, Russia—summers 2005, 2006, 2007
--Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya—spring term 2000 (teaching sabbatical)
--Taylor University in Singapore (TUIS)--spring term 1988
-- Indiana University, Kokomo (adjunct faculty)--l986
-- English Language Institute, teaching English in the People's Republic of China--summer, l985

John Wesley College, Owosso, MI--l969-l979: Professor of English
--Jackson Prison Program--l978: taught Modern Fiction

Various Michigan public schools, before first teaching contract began: substitute teaching


Literatures of Cultural Diversity (three times as African Literature), Ethnic Voices, Asian Voices

Drama; Modern Drama; Shakespeare

Literary London (travel); Irish Literature (ISP and Blackboard)

Critical Approaches, Literary Criticism, Comparative Literature

English Senior Capstone; Senior Seminar

American Literature (survey), Modern American Literature, Romanticism and Realism (American)

Modern Fiction; Contemporary Literature

Expository Writing; Imaginative Writing; Honors Writing Seminar

Christian Mythic Writer; Heaven and Hell in Literature

Literary Visions and Nightmares; Search for Self in Literature

Honor's Film Seminar, Humanities, Ways of Knowing


“Memory and Magic Realism as Roads Out of Conflict: Reflections on Ben Okri’s The Famished Road. Society of Research on African Cultures. Montclair State University, New Jersey 7-10 October 2010.

“Revisiting Design and Desire in William Carlos Williams’ Spring and All.” CCL, New Orleans, LA , 16-17 April 2010.

"The Unpeaceful Self in Seamus Heaney's 'District and Circle' and Ian McEwan's Amsterdam. CCL, Regis College, Weston, MA, 26-28 October 2007.

"Dismantling False Selves in Athol Fugard and Nadine Gordimer." CCL, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 10-12 March 2006.

"Embracing the Other: Reading Bessie Head's 'The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses' Through the Hermeneutics of Love." CCL, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA 25-28 March 2004.

"The Lightness of Reconciliation Contrasts the Darkness of Concealment in J.M. Synge and Seamus Deane." CCL, Seattle University, WA 24-26 April 2003.

"Hope Finds a Voice in Zimbabwe as Flame Opposes Repression and Suppression." CCL, Azusa Pacific University, CA 13-15 March 2002.

"Rereading Power and Union in the New South Africa: Nadine Gordimer's None to Accompany Me."ICEA, Taylor University, IN 22 October 1999.

"Establishing Community and Healing Through Words in Chenjerai Hove's Bones." CCL, Taylor University, IN April 1998. Response to "Difference vs. Opposition: The War Between the Sex-Gender Systems in Shakespeare." MMLA 1996, Minneapolis, MN

"Pronouns Marking Borders of Power and Identity: A Reading of Orlanda Amarillis's "Disillusion." CCL 1996, Santa Barbara (Westmont College), CA

"Beyond Consumerism and Tourism: Receptive Readings of Other Cultures--Chinjerai Hove's Bones." CEA 1996, New Orleans, LA

"White Culture': The Transparency of Ethnicity in Majority Cultures." ICEA 1995, Anderson University, IN

"Three Versions of War in Zimbabwe." ICEA 1994, Ball State University, IN

"Sacred Cows and Sacrificial Lambs: Reconstructing the Canon." ICEA 1992, Ball State University, IN

"Insights Into Compromise Through An International Canon." CEA 1991, San Antonio, TX

"Applying Deconstruction to the Classroom." ICEA 1987, Butler University, IN

"Ceremony and The Literature of Oppression." CCL, 1986, Bethel College, MN

"Using Drama in Teaching Composition." ICEA 1985, Ball State University, IN


Review of Todd C. Ream and Perry L. Glanzer’s Christian Faith and Scholarship: An Exploration of Contemporary Developments. ASHE Higher Education Report: vol. 33, no. 2. Wiley Periodicals, Inc., 2007. In Christian Scholar’s Review xxxix.1 (Fall 2009):141-44. With Matt DeLong, Emily Hunt, Heidi Johnston, William Ringenberg, and Derek Rosenberger.

Baker, Beulah. “Embracing the Other as Solution to Unpeaceful Selves: Ian McEwan’s Amsterdam and Seamus Heaney’s “District and Circle.” In Making Peace in Our Time. Ed. Joan F. Hallisey and Mary-Anne Vetterling. Peace Press at Regis College, 2008. 21-29.

Review of Luke Ferretter's Towards A Christian Literary Theory in Christian Scholar's Review xxxiv:2 (Winter 2005): 259-62.

Review of D. Bruce Lockerbie's Dismissing God: Modern Writers' Struggle Against Religion. In Christian Scholar's Review xxviii:4 (Summer 1999): 615-16.

Review of William Bevis, Mind of Winter: Wallace Stevens, Meditation, and Literature (Winter 1991, Christianity and Literature): 190-91.

Review of John Bennett, The Holy Unicorn (Summer 1987, Christianity and Literature)

Insights Into Compromise Through an International Canon. ERIC ED 337 787


Technology presentation with others on use of WIKI in Critical Approaches class (10 December 2009)

Panel member for Alzheimer's Awareness discussion, sponsored by Alpha Psi Omega, Mitchell Theatre, Taylor University, 15 March 2008.

"Grading Papers," with English department peers for campus faculty enrichment lunch through TU Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. 14 February 2008.

Feminist Readings of The Great Laboski. Pod cast with Liz and Ben Ranfeld. Fall 2007.

"Women Breaking Molds," in "Celebrating Women: A Reader's Theater" (set up by women students March 26 2007).

"Using Blackboard Online Discussions to Process and Apply Course Materials." 2nd Annual Technology for Teaching Conference, Taylor University 23-24 August 2004.

"Discussing Irish Literature through Blackboard: A lecture-demonstration." ICI Academic Technology Summit, University of Indianapolis, IN 8 August 2003.

"Team Teaching African Literature from Two Cultures." ICIP, Brown County, IN 21 March 2003. With Dr. Mary Muchiri.

A Case for Economic Reform: The Christian, Consumerism, and Social Justice. Faculty Forum, Taylor University, IN November 24, 1997.

Commentator for Art Song Recital with Timothy W. Sharp, Taylor University, IN 1986—texts by Roethke, Whitman, and Stein


2009. Summer mini grant to develop voiced Power point Presentation of Critical Approaches.

2006 Air fare provided to teach at Russian-American Christian University, and complete short research survey on interpreting reconciliation and justice in Fugard's play

1995 Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, Taylor University

1992 (spring) Minority Awareness grant to revise American literature course

1983 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer fellowship: The Long Poem in America--University of California, San Diego (with Roy Harvey Pearce)

1981 Young Leader of the Year, Spring Arbor College

Various listings in Outstanding Educators, Outstanding Young Women in America


2004 May 24-26. Participated in "Scripture and the Disciplines Conference," Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

2003 Participated 2 June - 7 July with 12 CCCU professors in Exploring Russian Literature and Culture in Moscow and Nishni Novgorod

2001 Participated June 25-29 in CCCU English Workshop at Seattle Pacific University, led by Susan Gallagher and Roger Lundin. Presented on postcolonial theory with Deborah Bowen, Redeemer College.

2000 Sabbatical (winter semester): Teaching at Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya; research in African literature

Two weeks in Ireland investigating a semester abroad program / researching literary sites (August 1999)

Consistent attendance at drama productions correlated with drama classes: London and Stratford, England; Stratford and Ontario-on-the-Lake, Canada; Chicago; Indianapolis; Oregon . . .

Edited video recordings of Literary London (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999)

Summer 1993 The Urbanization of Africa: Zimbabwe and Malawi, A Case Study (with additional time in South Africa)-- member of a 6-week travel project with the Indiana Consortium for International Programs (ICIP)

1991 Sabbatical (spring): Researching contemporary literary criticism

1986 Summer NCTE seminar on contemporary literary criticism (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

1984 Lilly Endowment Workshop on the Liberal Arts, Colorado Springs, CO
--Participated in session on Women's Studies
--Helped write proposal for senior seminar

Participated in various Christian College Coalition seminars on Faith and Learning, Internationalizing the Curriculum, Literary Studies

1980, 1981 workshops, Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.)

1979 Belief and Imagination: Religious Traditions in Literature (Notre Dame)

1978 University of Mississippi summer conference on Faulkner

1977 Seminar on Aesthetics, Institute of Christian Studies, Toronto, Ontario


Taylor representative, editorial board, Christian Scholar's Review (1992- )

Taylor liaison, Scholars' Semester in Oxford (2000- )

Steering Committee, Global Awareness (2006-07)

Vice-Moderator for Faculty (2005-06)

Conducted (along with Dr. Mark Haas, Geneva College) English Department Review for Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN (fall 2002)

Irish Studies Program, Planning Committees and teaching (since 1999)

English department chair (spring 1997-2001)

Academic Policies Committee (1995-98; chair 1997-98)

North Central Self-Study Steering Committee (1996-97)

Video Projects Advisory Committee (1992-94)

Search and Screen Committee, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean (1992-93)

President's Council for Assessment and Planning (1991-93)

President's Task Force on Minority Awareness (1990-93)

International Studies Committee (chair two years)

Nominating Committee (chair one year)

University Cabinet (two years)

Educational Policies Committee (subcommittee chair)

Faculty Development Team (chair two years)

Faculty Marshall (five years)

Led twelve TU Literary London travel-study trips

Academic leader for four, participated in two additional college travel-study trips to Europe and England, John Wesley College

Helped create interdisciplinary curriculum, John Wesley College


Modern Language Association (MLA)

Conference on Christianity and Literature (CCL)