Sparrow F. Alden

Sparrow is a euro-looking woman with dark eyes and salt-and-pepper hair. She's smiling, looking directly at you, and sitting in front of a poster which is a graphic depiction of the Julia Set, which is a numerical concept related to fractals. Her shawl is hand-knit in the shape of a maple leaf, and if you'd like a link to the pattern, I'd be happy to give it to you.

Sparrow F. Alden

Host of WriterSpace & Community Hearth; Signum Advisor; Preceptor for Signum Academy, SPACE, and the Graduate School of Arts

Sparrow is a preceptor and student advisor at Signum University; maintainer of Google Classroom and the Community Hearth; and scheduler of preceptor sessions.

Sparrow graduated from Bowdoin College in 1986 with a BA in English Literature and Psychology and from Signum University in 2015 with an MA in Language and Literature.  She is co-owner/builder of a straw bale cabin in the New Hampshire woods with her wife Grace; they are grateful for the technology which keeps them in touch with their adult children.  She is an adjunct professor of English at the River Valley Community College.

As an independent scholar, Sparrow presents her digital humanities perspective on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien through her blog, Words That You Were Saying, and through papers at the Mythmoot and Tolkien in Vermont conferences. As an amateur writer, she delves into poetic meditations and prose fantasy narratives. As a retired professional religious educator, she is the author of a good handful of children’s curricula on Earth-Centered spirituality.

Upcoming Courses

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
LITZ 5302 Foundations in Critical Reading and Research 12 weeks August 29, 2022

Other Courses

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
LITA 5314 Tolkien in Context 12 weeks May 2, 2022
LITA 5306 Tolkien’s World of Middle-earth 12 Weeks January 10, 2022
LITA 5308 Celtic Myth in Children’s Fantasy 12 Weeks May 4, 2020
LITA 5313 Modern Fantasy II 12 Weeks January 13, 2020
LITA 5304 Modern Fantasy 12 Weeks August 26, 2019
LITA 5303 The Potter Saga 12 Weeks January 15, 2018

Other Events

ID Event Name Duration Start Date
Summer Courses 2022 Preview 1 Hours April 22, 2022
Spring Courses 2022 Preview 15 Weeks January 4, 2022
Hugo Award 2021: Best Novel Roundtable 1 Hours December 18, 2021
Summer Courses 2021 Preview 1 Hours April 16, 2021
2020 Fall Fiction Contest Results 1 Hours October 17, 2020
Hugo Award 2020: Best Novel Roundtable 1 Hours July 31, 2020
Signum Symposium: Roundtable on Summer 2020 Courses 1 Hours April 21, 2020
Signum Symposium: Roundtable on Spring 2020 Courses 1 Hours January 12, 2020
What is Signum Culture? 1 Hours December 12, 2019
Mythmoot VI: Dragons 3 Days June 27, 2019
Signum Symposium: Spring 2019 Faculty Roundtable (Take 2) 1 Hours January 8, 2019
Signum Symposium: Spring 2019 Faculty Roundtable 1 Hours December 11, 2018
Signum Symposium: Mental Health in the Academy 1 Hours September 27, 2018
MMC001-04 Mythgard Movie Club: A Wrinkle in Time 2 Hours March 29, 2018
Faculty Chat with Dimitra Fimi 1 Hours October 16, 2017