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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:

  • Spring 2021: Not teaching


  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 Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower and their reception during the Renaissance, Arthurian literature, and medieval drama.

At Penn State, Chelis has worked on the 14-volume Oxford History of Poetry in English as Research Assistant to Dr. Patrick Cheney, General Editor of the project. He has also 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 a 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), The Hero in World Literature (Comparative Literature 011), The Development of Literary Humor (Comparative Literature 105), Myths and Mythologies (Comparative Literature 108), Banned Books (Comparative Literature 130), The Psychology of World Literature (Comparative Literature 142), Rhetoric and Composition (English 015), Technical Writing (English 202C), and the For-Credit Writing Tutorial (English 005).

Recently, Chelis completed a term as Chair of the Graduate Student Committee of The Medieval Academy of America in which capacity he acted as the chief advocate and representative to the organization for medieval studies graduate students worldwide.

Chelis has presented his research at meetings of the Modern Language Association, Medieval Academy of America, New Chaucer Society, and John Gower Society.