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Faith Acker first joined Signum in 2011, serving as a preceptor for the inaugural course “The Great Tales: Tolkien and the Epic.” She has precepted for several additional Tolkien courses as well as Latin I and II, and is co-lecturer for “Shakespeare and the Middle Ages” and sole designer of “The Life and Times of the English Epic.” Acker designed and implemented Foundations in Critical Reading and Research, the collaboratively taught foundational required course for the M.A. degree. She has been a member of Signum’s Strategy Council since 2021, served as Signum’s Curriculum Coordinator from 2021-2023, and is currently Director of the Graduate School.

Acker received her PhD in Renaissance Literature from the University of St Andrews in 2012 and has subsequently taught at the University of Sheffield, Pellissippi State Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Montgomery College, Southeastern Louisiana University, and (of course) Signum University. Her monograph First Readers of Shakespeare’s Sonnets 1590-1790 (2020) is available from Routledge; her more recent research explores portrayals of servants and tradesmen in seventeenth-century poetical miscellanies. Faith also enjoys reading, hiking, photography, and cataloging books.

Dr. Faith Acker clearly looks at home in the depths of the forbidden region of arcane libraries, with her professional jacket and serious glasses, but that smile just invites everyone along for the adventure!