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I am currently a part-time PhD student in the School of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University. My PhD research focuses on the reception of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings by young readers. You can view my profile on their Research Students page.

In addition to my role at Cardiff Metropolitan University, I am an adjunct professor in the Department of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University (ETSU).

I also currently serve as the Assistant to the Technical Editor for Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies.

I received my Master of Arts (M.A.) from ETSU in 2017, also receiving ETSU’s John D. Allen Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in English at that time. During my time in the M.A. program, I served as a Graduate Assistant and taught several sections of composition. 

As an M.A. student, I completed a thesis entitled “Celtic Water Hags, Violent Children, and Wild Men: Reexamining the Syncretic Nature of Beowulf” under the direction of Thomas H. Crofts. In addition to completing the M.A. requirements with distinction, I also presented research at eight conferences, and organized several campus activities.

Before attending ETSU for graduate studies, I worked as a high school English teacher for two years. I taught classes on American Literature, World Literature, and Communication. In this capacity, I learned much more than the content for the courses. I became an effective communicator to students between fourteen and eighteen years old by learning how to manage a classroom and create engaging lessons that encourage students to be responsible for their own learning beyond school walls.

If you would like to see a copy of my most recent CV, you can download a copy here: Luke Shelton CV