Bethel University’s Dr. James Scruton, will be the speaker for the school’s Fall 2017 Opening Convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Opening Convocation is the official beginning of the new school year for traditional students at Bethel University. Fall semester classes for traditional students actually began Monday, Aug. 21.
A graduate of Eastern Illinois University and the University of Tennessee, Dr. James Scruton began teaching in the English Department at Bethel in 1990. Since then he has taught thirty different undergraduate and graduate courses, served on dozens of faculty committees, and advised student organizations such as SGA, the student newspaper, and the creative writing club. In 1994 he was named Mary B. Holmes Professor of Literature.
The Chair of the Humanities Division for twelve years and Moderator of the Faculty for six years, Dr. Scruton has twice been honored by his faculty colleagues with the Roy and Mary Shelton Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership.
Dr. Scruton is the author or editor of six books; his poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared in scholarly journals and literary magazines across the United States and abroad. He has been awarded the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry magazine, the Goodwin Poetry Award, and annual poetry prizes from Finishing Line Press and Grayson Books, among other honors.
For the past year he has been Associate Academic Dean of Bethel’s College of Arts and Sciences while continuing to teach in the English Department.
Opening Convocation will be held at 11 a.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena.