Professors

All Special Guests The Board Guest Lecturers Faculty Staff

Douglas A. Anderson

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; Curator of Computational Complexities; 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.

Erin Aust

Preceptor

Erin Aust received her BA in English and Sociology from Washington College and her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, where she completed her thesis entitled Methods of Evaluation: The Academic Struggle Over J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. She teaches English Composition at Montgomery College and has worked […]

Faith Acker

Lecturer; Preceptor

Faith Acker holds a PhD in Renaissance Literature and teaches Latin and literature.

Gabriel Schenk

Lecturer; Preceptor

Gabriel completed his D.Phil. in Arthurian literature at Pembroke College, Oxford, in 2014, and he has taught classes on science-fiction, Great War poetry, Tennyson, children’s literature, and the Inklings.

Jennifer Rogers

Institutional Planning Team Leader; Writer's Forge Tutor

Jenn leads Signum’s Institutional Planning Team, coordinating policy and compliance so the University aligns with its vision, mission, and goals. In that capacity she also serves as a member of Signum’s Strategy Team.

Jeremy Morgan

Staff-Elected Board Member; Data Manager

Jeremy Morgan is a Senior Business Development Director at CBRE and the Data Manager at Signum University. He is also the staff-elected member of the Signum Board.

Jessi Robinson

Student Support Team Lead, Signum Advisor, Keeper of Sycamore Records

Jessi came to Signum through the Tolkien Professor podcast & Mythgard Institute. With a B.A. in English and an M.S. in College Student Services, she jumped at the opportunity to join the Signum staff. She now leads the Student Support Team, helping to ensure that all Signum students attain their educational goals. Life shouldn’t be […]

John Di Bartolo

Special Guest

John Di Bartolo is a writer, musician, and multimedia designer living in Long Island, New York.

John Garth

Lecturer

Internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work on the creative development of J.R.R. Tolkien in the context of his times, John Garth is the author of the Mythopoeic Award-winning Tolkien and the Great War (2003) and the 2015-16 Fellow in Humanistic Studies at Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He lectures on Tolkien for the Mythgard Institute.