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Theodore Chelis, Ph.D.

Theodore Chelis, Ph.D.

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

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Theodore Chelis

Fall 2022 Office Hours

M 11:30-1:00, W 3:00-4:30


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), Writing in the Social Sciences (English 202A), Technical Writing (English 202C), and the For-Credit Writing Tutorial (English 005).

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

From 2022-25, Chelis will serve as a member of the Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly, the elected governing body of the principal professional organization for scholars of languages and literatures.