Professors

All The Board Guest Lecturers Faculty Staff

Amy H. Sturgis

Visiting Lecturer

Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University and specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy/Gothic and Indigenous American Studies. She serves as contributing staff for the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa podcast and Editor in Chief for Hocus Pocus Comics. Dr. Sturgis is the author of four books and over sixty essays; her published works have […]

Amy Troolin

Writer's Forge Administrator; Writer's Forge Tutor; Board Secretary; Signum Academy Preceptor

Amy Troolin is a writer, reader, historian, musician, genealogist, and teacher. She is administrator of the Signum Writer's Forge program.

Andrew Higgins

At-Large Board Member; Visiting Lecturer

Dr, Andrew Higgins - Inaugural Student of The Mythgard Institute, board member and new lecturer.

Brenton Dickieson

Lecturer; Preceptor

Brenton Dickieson is a lecturer and preceptor in the Language & Literature Department.

Carl Edlund Anderson

Lecturer; Preceptor

Carl Edlund Anderson holds an A.B. in Folklore & Mythology from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

Chad Andrews

Visiting Lecturer

Chad Andrews is a teacher and researcher with a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies. He is interested in conjunctures of popular culture, technology, and hegemony that emerged in postwar America, with particular attention paid to the interplay between popular fantasies and structures of power. To explore these links, his writing and teaching engage with history, focusing on […]

Corey Olsen

University President; Board Member Ex Officio; Lecturer; Coach

Corey Olsen is the founder and president of Signum University and the longtime host of The Tolkien Professor podcast.

Dimitra Fimi

Visiting Lecturer

Dimitra Fimi is a Visiting Lecturer in English Literature. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Athens, Greece and continued with postgraduate studies at Cardiff University, where she gained an MA in Early Celtic Studies (2002) and a PhD in English Literature (2005). Her doctoral thesis focused on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien […]

Douglas A. Anderson

Visiting Lecturer

Douglas A. Anderson’s first book was The Annotated Hobbit (1988; revised and enlarged 2002), and he co-founded Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, co-editing it for eight volumes from 2004 through 2011. He has edited many books, often resurrecting notable but neglected works of fantasy by authors such as E.A. Wyke-Smith, Kenneth Morris, Leonard Cline, and Evangeline Walton. With Verlyn Flieger, […]

Edward T. Powell

At-Large Board Member; Chairman, Council of the Wise

Ed owns his own defense technology consulting firm, and spends his free time listening to audio books and podcasts, and playing with his two European Burmese cats.