Chad Engbers

Chad Engbers


Professor Engbers graduated from Calvin College in 1993 with a degree in English. He went on to earn a master of arts in English Reformation and Renaissance literature from The Catholic University of America in 1995. He returned to Calvin to teach in the English department in 2001, and two years later received his Ph.D in English literature from The Catholic University of America.


Recent Activities

Professor Engbers led the Semester in Britain program in 2018 and will do so again in 2021. He recently published an article on alchemy in John Donne's Holy Sonnets and is working on a rhetorical analysis of George Herbert's penitential poems. His other work includes a co-edited volume on dialogism and poetry and an article on integrating faith and learning in the world literature classroom in a collection of essays from Abilene Christian University Press, The Word in the English Classroom: Best Practices of Faith Integration.


  • Playing guitar and mandolin
  • Running
  • Walking and hiking

Favorite Books

  • King Lear by Shakespeare
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Additional information

Academic interests

  • Literature of the English Renaissance and Reformation
  • Russian literature
  • Mikhail Bakhtin
  • Repentance
  • C.G. Jung

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