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Grady Ballenger

Grady Ballenger

Professor of English

After serving as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1998 to 2012, Grady Ballenger returned to teaching English with renewed devotion to the kinds of reading, writing, and informed conversation, in and out of class, that make college so enjoyable and so valuable. His teaching centers on American literature, modern literature, and film. He also teaches seminars in the University's program of general education, both to first-years and to juniors.  He is actively involved in the University's Honors Program and provides leadership to its chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Before coming to Stetson, Ballenger served as a VISTA volunteer in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he edited a public housing newsletter and developed inner-city tutoring programs.  He helped to establish Louisiana's state residential honors high school and directed the state's new liberal arts honors college for undergraduates. 


  • PhD, American Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA, English (American, Modern), Columbia University
  • A.B., English and Creative Writing, U. North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

The enduring value of liberal arts education; American Indian literature and film; literary and film responses to Vietnam; the literature of doctors and patients;

Courses (13-14)

FSEM 100: The First Americans, an exploration through literature and film of selected Native American peoples and cultures, from first European contact into the present; ENGL 101, an introduction to writing effectively at the college level; ENGL 499, the required Senior Project for English majors; HON 201, a workshop to guide students in developing an honors credo, tutorial proposal, and research grant; HON 401 Best Books Club: a "capstone" course designed by and for seniors in the Honors Program;

Professional Achievements

Prof. Ballenger has published essays on Southern literature and twentieth-century American humor. He has also written and directed several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and helped to develop a number of Stetson initiatives, including new buildings (the Science Center, Hand Art Gallery, and Rinker Environmental Learning Center), new professorships (the Brown Faculty Fellow in Natural Sciences, the Marchman Professor of Social Justice, and the Hollis Prof. of Health and Wellness); and new programs to support undergraduate scholarship (the unit course curriculum, the annual day of student presentations, and the publication of Senior Project titles in Thinking Matters).

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