All The Board Staff Lecturers Preceptors Faculty

Afton Woodward


Afton Woodward received her B.A. in English and creative writing from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and her M.A. in English from Villanova University in Philadelphia. She is currently a developer of verbal and writing skills tests at the Educational Testing Service. She has also been an editor and a freelance entertainment writer for NPR […]

Alyssa House-Thomas

Assistant Dean

Alyssa House-Thomas is an Assistant Dean in the Teaching Division of Signum University. Her support staff position also encompasses various subsidiary roles within the Teaching and Stewardship Divisions.

Amy H. Sturgis

Faculty: Literature and Language Lecturer

Amy H. Sturgis is an author, speaker, and scholar of science fiction/fantasy studies and Native American studies.  She has a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Vanderbilt University, serves on the scholarly board of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research and the advisory board of Mythopoeic Press, and contributes to the Hugo Award winning StarShipSofa podcast. She […]

Andrew Higgins

Board Member; Lecturer

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

Brenton Dickieson


Brenton Dickieson (BA, MCS, PhD Cand.), writer and educator, Preceptor at SignumU

Carl Edlund Anderson


Carl Edlund Anderson holds an A.B. in Folklore & Mythology from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, & Celtic) at the University of Cambridge. His academic publications have treated Germanic philology, Colombian minority languages and cultures, and content and language integrated learning (CLIL).

Carol Leibiger


Carol Leibiger received her BA and MA in German from the University of Connecticut. Her Ph.D. in Germanic linguistics and older Germanic literatures and her MS in library and information science were awarded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught German language and literature, English literature, Women’s studies, and fantasy literature, including […]

Christopher T. Vaccaro

Christopher Vaccaro joined Signum University over the Summer of 2016. He has taught courses on Beowulf, Old English, and Tolkien for many years and is excited to work alongside the great scholars in his field here at Signum University.

Corey Olsen

University President; Board Member: President; Lecturer

Corey Olsen is president of Signum University. He brings his scholarship on Tolkien to the public, seeking to engage a wide and diverse audience in serious intellectual and literary conversation though his podcast, The Tolkien Professor.

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