All Special Guests The Board Staff Lecturers Preceptors Faculty

Larry Swain


Larry Swain used to work in IT and libraries after receiving his B.A. in Religion-Greek and Linguistics. After 15 years, he earned an M.A. in Medieval Studies at the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University and then a PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His academic work focuses on early medieval preservation and […]

Melissa Mayus

Melissa Mayus completed a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 with a dissertation on “Conceptions of Free Will in Anglo-Saxon Poetry.” Her teaching and research interests include Old English and Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature, religion and literature, and fantasy and medievalism.

Paul Peterson


Paul Peterson, a proud native of Minnesota, holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Medieval Studies from the University of Minnesota.

Laurie Frances (Sparrow) Alden

Staff Representatitve to the Board, Precepting Professor, Hestia of the Hearth, Signum Advisor

Sparrow is a preceptor and student advisor at Signum University. She also manages the Community Hearth and represents the Signum staff on the Board.

Mark Womack


Preceptor in the Deptment. of Language and Literature

David Russell Mosley

Dr. Mosley holds a Doctorate in theology from the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, England (2015). During his Doctorate, Dr. Mosley wrote a thesis on the relationship of deification or theosis to human creativity focusing particularly on the creative works of Dante, George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis. His thesis has […]

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.

Kristine Ainsworth Swank


Preceptor, Signum University, and Library Director, Pima Community College, Northwest Campus, Tucson, Arizona.

Karl Persson

Lecturer & Preceptor

Dr. Persson has a Doctorate in English from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters’ degree in English from the University of Regina. His area of scholarly interest is premodern literature, with reference to the ways it intersects with theological, philosophical, and sapiential traditions.

Brenton Dickieson


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

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