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Theodore Chelis, Ph.D.

Theodore Chelis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Preferred Pronouns: he/him
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Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Theodore Chelis

Summer 2022 Office Hours

Not teaching


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

Professional Bio

Theodore Chelis is a postdoctoral fellow who specializes in Middle English poetics and medieval rhetoric. His research focuses on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower, 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, and Dr. Robert R. Edwards, Coordinating Editor of the three medieval volumes. 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 postdoc community.

Chelis has taught undergraduate courses in literature and writing that include 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).

From 2022-25, Chelis will serve as a member of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Delegate Assembly, the elected governing body of the principal professional organization for scholars of languages and literatures. He is a past Chair of the Graduate Student Committee of The Medieval Academy of America (MAA), in which capacity he acted as the chief advocate and representative to the organization for medieval studies graduate students worldwide.

Chelis has presented research papers at the MLA Annual Convention, MAA Annual Meeting, New Chaucer Society Congress, and John Gower Society Congress.