Departments: SPACE Preceptor

  • Carol Oliver's piercing blue eyes tempt the unsuspecting reader to enter a complex web of plots and characters and possible future worlds. Her smile reassures her students that they're going to have fun joining her in unraveling the craft of mystery-writing. She's a woman of European descent rocking a textured blue jacket.

    Carol Oliver

    Carol writes fiction (mostly science fiction and fantasy with strong mystery elements) and selected non-fiction. As a Computer Scientist (BS, Stanford University; PhD, Florida Institute of Technology), she honed skills in analysis and attention to detail necessary to understand complex, interconnected systems and to explain specific, emergent software behaviors. She applies these same skills to…

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  • Patrick Malloy, a man of apparent European descent, visiting the beautiful city of Touba in Senegal. He smiles at us through white-bearded visage ad is walking with a friend through a beautiful outdoors with marvelous towers and a palm tree in the distance.

    Patrick Malloy

    Patrick Malloy holds a Ph.D. in African History from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently a professor in the Humanities Department at Hawkeye Community College, where he teaches introductory courses in Africa, the Middle East, cultural anthropology, and history. His current research interests include the colonial history of medicine, the spread and…


  • Hamish Williams is standing outdoors surrounded by an archaeological dig and a partial stone structure with strong columns in a lovely red. He appears to be a man of northern European ancestry with red hair and we hope very much that he has applied sunblock on this gorgeous sunny day. He's squinting a little bit because of the sun as he gives the camera a direct look of inquiry and invitation. He is dressed casually in a blue shirt which matches the sky.

    Hamish Williams

    Hamish Williams holds a PhD in Classical Literature from the University of Cape Town (2017) and is currently a guest researcher at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He has previously held a Junior Fellowship at the Polish Institute of Advanced Studies in Warsaw (2021-2022) and a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute of English…


  • Will Sherwood is a cleanshaven square jawed kind of guy, but seriously let's talk about this purple necktie! It's swirly tones of purple paisley and thoroughly sets a tone like, "don't let the short haircut fool you." Also, bonus points for the Windsor knot. We also must remark upon the fabulous left lapel pin emblem. Bronze looking compass rose belies his steampunk heart while the blue suit and shine black shoes try to hide it. He has an eager smile and seems to have European ancestry

    Will Sherwood

    Will Sherwood is currently writing his PhD thesis ‘I sit beside the fire and think’: J.R.R. Tolkien, British Romanticism, and their Cultural Legacies at the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Professor Dimitra Fimi and Professor Matthew Sangster. Previously, his MbyRes thesis The Romantic Faëry: Keats, Tolkien, and the Perilous Realm was supervised by…


  • Will Estes lives his life in sepia tone. He's wearing shades indoors, as one does. He's smiling gently with an eager expression as though welcoming the rather large cryptid just behind your left shoulder.

    Will Estes

    Will Estes inhabits the liminal space between country music and Greek tragedy. When he is not chronicling the Nova Roman revival, he applies his Masters of Mathematics to speculative travel: He acts as captain of a galactic space ship with his wife and children, focusing on increasing understanding between inhabitants of gas giants, especially if…

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  • Knewbetta's warm smile invites us into the world of story. He's a man of African ancestry wearing a bright red cozy sweatshirt and a jaunty black baseball cap. He's standing in his kitchen with a gentle tilt of his head like he's welcoming us to sit down, kick up our feet, and listen to a great story.

    KnewbettaDobetta

    Knewbetta is a walker-between-worlds like Glorfindel. He was raised in a lower income African-American neighborhood of wealthy eastern Long Island. He’s a man from the hood and a Tolkien lore expert. He was a kid taking detention in the library… where a friend handed him a copy of The Hobbit. He fell in love with…


  • Praise Moyer's infectious smile crinkles up her eyes against the sun in this photo. She is a woman of European descent whose side-swept dark hair and kind eyes give the impression of informal professionalism. We will be in good hands in her classroom!

    Praise Moyer

    Praise Moyer holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Visual Art from Point Loma Nazarene University, where she honed her love of working with her hands. Since her days as a fine art student, she has freelanced as an artist and craftsperson, including teaching private art classes, illustration, concept art, graphic design, and…


  • Anni is on a mountain somewhere with wooded landscape below in the distance. Squinting in the sunlight enhances her dimpled smile. She's a woman of European descent who wears spectacles and has tied her hair back for this adventure. She is being hugged by someone off camera and we're delighted that they go hiking together!

    Anni Foasberg

    Nancy “Anni” Foasberg is a scholarly communication librarian at Queens College, CUNY, where she previously served as a humanities librarian with subject responsibility for English and a few other departments. She received her MA in English and her BA in English and Spanish from California State University, Chico, and her MLS from Drexel University. Before…


  • Cate is outdoors where she's happiest— and I have honestly never seen a bigger smile, ear-to-ear and apple-cheeked. Whitewater right behind her suggests that this photo was taken when she was in a kayak. She's a young woman of European descent with brown hair probably in a ponytail wearing a hoodie and a ball cap to prevent sunburn on this gorgeous, sunny day. Her face is turned upward toward the canopy of nearby trees as though she is greeting all of her squirrel friends.

    Catherine Conners

    Catherine graduated from Central Michigan University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education, as a double major in English and History. She earned her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University in 2022. She spent four years working in university writing centers, has taught students ranging from preschool to college, and currently…


  • Julian Barr's bespectacled smile reveals a dimple or two in his neatly-trimmed red-blond goatee. He wears a crisp blue shirt and grey jacket and stands partly turned toward his collection of books—young paperbacks and venerable old hardbacks—which are punctuated by a wee replica statue of Lupa suckling Romulus and Remus and a replica bronze helm which looks like the one on the cover of the Chickering Beowulf,but given Dr. Barr's interest in rem Romanorum, it might be Roman, so I'll have to ask him about that.

    Julian Barr

    After completing his PhD in Classical Studies at the University of Queensland and Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education at the Queensland University of Technology, Julian published the academic monograph Tertullian and the Unborn Child through Routledge, as well as several articles on classical mythology and rhetoric. A life-long devotee of fantasy, Julian also published the…