James Grove receives professor emeritus status

After 36 years as a member of the English faculty at Mount Mercy University, Jim Grove was awarded professor emeritus status at the 2016 commencement ceremony.

Grove served as a professor at Mount Mercy since 1980 after completing his doctoral dissertation at Southern Illinois University on American writer and icon Mark Twain. As a Fulbright lecturer in 1989-90 and 2004, Grove taught at Palacky University in the Czech Republic.

His extensive work on faculty committees helped improve academic life at Mount Mercy. Grove was selected as Mount Mercy's Thomas Feld Chair in 2006-07 and served as a member of the core curriculum team in 2007-08. In addition, he served on the college's strategic planning committee and as chair of faculty.

Grove also contributed to student committees, served as advisor for the student publication Perceptions, worked closely with students on scholarship activities, and was always willing to provide thoughtful mentorship. He was the recipient of a student award for teaching and received three National Endowment for the Humanities grants.

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 and 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.

Congratulations, Jim!

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