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Associate Professor of English
  • Ph.D., English, University of Kentucky
  • M.A., English, Texas Tech University
  • B.A., Literature and History, University of Houston at Clear Lake
Department: Honors Program
Office Hours: M-F 9:00-11:00 a.m. | TTH 2:30-4:00 p.m. Phone #: 806.720.7607 Kenneth.Hawley@LCU.EDU

Personal Info

Dr. Hawley has spent much of his academic time with medieval and renaissance literature, especially the epic poem Beowulf, vernacular translations of the Bible, Chaucer's tales and poetry, Milton's major works, and various other religious poets. His dissertation on The Boethian Vision of Eternity in Old, Middle, and Early Modern English Translations of De Consolatione Philosophiæ includes analysis of works by King Alfred the Great, Chaucer, and Queen Elizabeth I (see link below). In addition to his courses in Composition, Literature, and Technical Writing, he also enjoys studying and teaching film, particularly westerns, adaptations of novels, historical epics, and biopics--his M.A. thesis was over Scottish nationalism and Braveheart (see link below).

While at the University of Kentucky, he earned a graduate certificate in Electronic Texts, with an emphasis on Computing for Humanities, a discipline interested in addressing teaching, learning, and research in the Humanities with the tools, methods, and technologies of Computer Science. He was associated at that time with organizations and projects such as the Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities, The Digital Atheneum, ARCHway, The Electronic Boethius Project, and The Student Edition of Electronic Beowulf (see links below).

Here at LCU, he teaches Composition (ENG 1301), Writing About Literature (ENG 1302), Masterpieces of Literature (ENG 2301), Making Connections: Literature and Life (HON 2301), Classical and Contemporary Rhetoric (ENG 3307), Technical Writing (ENG 3308), Christianity and Literature (ENG 4306), Comparative Literature (4314), Major British Writers to 1800 (ENG 4315), Literature and Film (ENG 4326), and Senior Seminar (HUM 4380).

He and his wife Deborah have three children: William (Will), born in June of 2004; Bennett (Ben), born in March of 2006; and Coleman (Cole), born in April of 2009.

Latest News


  • “The Consolation of Philosophy and the Reconciliation of Boethius.” Christian Scholars’ Conference: Reconciliation. Nashville, TN: June 6-9, 2012.
  • “Awendan, Bugan, and Cyrran : The Language of Conversion in Ælfric’s Lives of Saints.” Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature. Abilene, TX: Sep. 29-Oct. 1, 2011.
  • "'One Place is as Bad as Another': the Rural and Urban Landscapes of Kavanagh and MacNeice." Christian Scholars' Conference: Beauty in the Academy. Nashville, TN: June 3-5, 2010.
  • "Henry Somerset and His Translation of Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy." 125th Annual MLA Convention. Philadelphia, CA: December 27-29, 2009.
  • Attended Sessions on Critical Thinking and Writing. 29th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking. Berkeley, CA: July 19-23, 2009.
  • Generative Leader, "Making and Being Made: the Stories of Sub-creators." Christian Scholars' Conference on "The Power of Narrative," June 25-27, 2009.
  • "'Prob'ly Needed Killin'": Spiritual Identity and Textual Authority in Films of the American West." LCU Scholars Colloquium, Apr. 2009.
  • "Milton and the Fall of Manhood." Conference of College Teachers of English. Austin, TX: Mar. 5-7, 2008.
  • Attended Sessions on the History of Critical Thinking and on the Socratic Method. 28th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking. Berkeley, CA: July 18-24, 2008.
  • "English Translations of Boethius and the Afterlife of De Consolatione Philosophiæ." 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI: May 8-11, 2008.
  • "The Boethian Vision of Eternity in De Consolatione Philosophiæ." LCU Scholars Colloquium. Apr. 2008.
  • "Doing Violence to the Text in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." Conference of College Teachers of English. San Antonio: Feb. 28-Mar. 1 2008.


  • Henry Somerset’s Translation of De Consolatione Philosophiæ: A Critical Edition. New Directions in Boethian Studies. Western Michigan University, Medieval Institute Publications. Forthcoming.
  • Henry Somerset’s Translation of De Consolatione Philosophiæ: A Critical Edition. Carmina Philosophiæ: Journal of the International Boethius Society. 20 (2011): 1-114.
  • “Henry Somerset and His Translation of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy.” Carmina Philosophiæ: Journal of the International Boethius Society. 19 (2010): 69-81.

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Last Updated: Apr 23, 2013