BA University of Minnesota
MAT College of St. Thomas
MA Southern Illinois University
PhD Southern Illinois University
Professor of English Jim Grove has served on the Mount Mercy faculty since 1980. He completed his doctoral dissertation on American writer and icon Mark Twain. As a Fulbright lecturer, he also taught at Palacky University in the Czech Republic in 1989-90 and 2004.
Grove is a member of many affiliations, including PMLA - the journal of Modern Language Association, the Cedar Rapids Committee on the Holocaust, and is a reader/reviewer for College Literature. He has written, presented, and published studies on film adaptations, American literature, Czech literature, post-modernism, place as text, and the role of place in literature.
In addition to being a Fulbright lecturer, Grove was selected as Mount Mercy's Thomas Feld Chair in 2006-07. He served as a member of the core curriculum team in 2007-08 and on the College's strategic planning committee, and as Chair of the Faculty. Grove has also been the recipient of a student award for teaching, and has received three National Endowment for the Humanities grants.
Grove enjoys reading, traveling, watching baseball, and exploring film adaptations of literature. His favorite authors include Phillip Roth, Toni Morrison, Herman Melville, and Virginia Woolf.
Grove is available to talk to the media on issues or subjects involving Mark Twain, the Holocaust, film studies and literary adaptations into film, and the problem of evil in American literature.