Professors

All Special Guests The Board Guest Lecturers Faculty Staff

Amy H. Sturgis

Visiting Lecturer

Dr. Amy Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University and specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy/Gothic and Indigenous American Studies

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.

Ashley Thomas

Social Mediator, Copywriter

Ashley Thomas, AKA The Nerdy Blogger, is a Signum University graduate and volunteer, where she completed her MA in literature and language, concentrating in Imaginative Literature. During her time at Signum, Ashley wrote her thesis on the ways medieval storytelling and intertextuality have influenced the mainstreaming of geek culture, using Stranger Things as a case study in […]

Brenton Dickieson

Coach; Lecturer; Preceptor

Brenton Dickieson is a lecturer and preceptor in the Language and Literature Department. His PhD, from the University of Chester, focuses on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings.

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.

Courtney Petrucci

Signum Academy Preceptor

Courtney Petrucci is a high school English teacher in Hartford, CT. She earned her BAS in Secondary Education and English from Salve Regina University, and received her MA in Language and Literature from Signum University in 2017 with a concentration in Imaginative Literature. When she’s not teaching or raising her family, she loves to read […]

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 […]