Donovan Tann, English major

Since graduating from Eastern Mennonite University with English major in 2008, I have been enrolled in an English Literature graduate program at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate and am writing my dissertation about literary representations of religious spaces in seventeenth-century England and early America.

The literature courses that I took at EMU provided much of the groundwork that I needed for my graduate education, and the relationships that I had with my professors played an important role in my decision to continue my education after graduating. Studying Spanish as an undergraduate also gave me a significant head start on the foreign language reading/translation exams that were required for my degree. As a part of my graduate program, I have also been asked to teach a variety of courses ranging from first-year composition to English literature survey courses within the English major. My time at EMU gave me the opportunity to watch many excellent educators in action, and I continue to consciously model my teaching practices after the kind of instruction that I received as an undergraduate. Although enrolling in a larger research-oriented institution was a significant transition from my college experience, my mentorships within the department fostered the intellectual curiosity and character that I needed to succeed in my graduate work. Finally, EMU’s involvement as a member of the Lilly Graduate Fellows network has provided me with significant resources to learn more about faith-based colleges and universities and the intellectual foundations of Christian institutions of higher learning.