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Theodore Chelis

Theodore Chelis

English Graduate Assistant

Office: 029 Burrowes Building
Mailbox: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • Fall 2018: M 11:00-12, W 1:30-2:30


  1. Ph.D. Candidate, English, The Pennsylvania State University
  2. M.A., English, The Pennsylvania State University
  3. B.A., English and Political Science, University of Rochester

Professional Bio

Theodore Chelis is a Ph.D. Candidate specializing in Middle English poetics and medieval rhetoric. His research focuses on the works of Chaucer and Gower and their reception during the Renaissance, Arthurian literature, and medieval drama.

From 2014–16, Chelis worked on the 14-volume Oxford History of Poetry in English as Research Assistant to Dr. Patrick Cheney, General Editor of the project.

During 2016, Chelis served as Coordinator of the Penn State Graduate Writing Center, where he led a team of consultants in offering one-to-one peer writing consultations and planning an interactive workshop series on writing topics for the university’s graduate student and post-doc community.

Chelis has experience teaching undergraduate courses in literature and writing including The Arthurian Legend (Comparative Literature 106), Rhetoric and Composition (English 015), Technical Writing (English 202C), and the For-Credit Writing Tutorial (English 005).

Recently, Chelis has been appointed by the Executive Council of The Medieval Academy of America to serve as Chair of the Graduate Student Committee.