Barbara Duffey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Barbara Duffey joined the Dakota Wesleyan English staff fall 2012 and will supervise the publication of the student literary magazine, “Prairie Winds.”
Duffey received her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City; a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. Duffey also served as a grant writer for the University of Houston’s College of Education; a writer in residence for the Writers in the Schools, Houston; and a reading instructor at the Institute of Reading Development.
She has one published chapbook, “The Circus of Forgetting." She was also the recipient of a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2014 and her newest completed work, “Simple Machines”, won the Washington Prize from the D.C.-based literary nonprofit The Word Works in summer 2015. The award includes publication and a $1,500 cash prize. "Simple Machines" will be released in late March 2016.
Duffey grew up in Los Angeles and Albuquerque, N.M., and now lives in Mitchell with her husband and infant son.
Vince Redder, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and Languages
Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities
English Department Chair
A Texan by birth, Dr. Vince Redder grew up as the eldest of seven brothers. Although his parents were extremely busy, they instilled in him and his brothers a love of reading and a curiosity about the world. This has been the foundation of Dr. Redder’s several careers and the biggest advantage he brings to his students at Dakota Wesleyan University.
Dr. Redder graduated from the University of Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in German and a liberal arts education that would benefit him for the rest of his life. He was in the seminary studying for the priesthood, and, after finishing in Dallas, he was sent by his bishop to Rome where he spent the next four years studying theology. The Gregorian University where he studied had five official languages, of which a student was expected to speak, read, and write three and read the other two. He learned quickly the importance of languages in a European education: besides the five official languages, seminarians were expected to have at least a passing knowledge of the ancient biblical languages as well.
Dr. Redder left the priesthood and went back to school to earn his teaching certification. When the chair of the education department told him he would never teach history in Texas unless he was a coach, he settled on English as a poor second choice. To his surprise, he found that he liked literature and looked forward to teaching it. The economy at the time, however, did not allow room for one more English teacher, so Dr. Redder found a position as a probation officer. He spent eight years supervising offenders and then writing pre-sentence investigations for the district court judges. He also served as a trainer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, training new officers all over the state.
Despite his blossoming criminal justice career, Dr. Redder decided to go back to school and work on his master’sdegree at Midwestern State University. When he completed his master’s degree, he and his patient family moved to South Carolina, where he worked on his Ph.D. When the time came to choose a specialty, there was only one choice—he remembered Rome and the splendor of the Renaissance that surrounded him daily as a seminarian, and decided to major in Renaissance literature.
After graduation from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Redder began his fourth career, this time as a professor. He passed up a better paying job offer so that he could teach at Dakota Wesleyan University because he felt at home both at the university and in Mitchell. He also felt he could make a positive impact on the students at DWU. The impact is important, because there is still a bit of the priest and probation officer in him. At Dakota Wesleyan, he teaches German, Italian, and the occasional Latin and Greek course, besides all of the British literature courses. He is also open to teaching Old English, but so far no one has taken him up on it.
Dr. Redder has been published in the Proceedings of the 11th and 14th Annual North Central Plains Pre-1750 British Literature Conference. His current project is a study of the poet Ben Jonson’s Catholic years. Since becoming dean of the College of Arts and Humanities in 2008, his spare time has diminished somewhat, but in what remains, Dr. Redder likes to tinker with his collection of old pocket watches and spend time with his wife and children.
The reliques and ragges of popish superstition by Dr. Redder
Sigma Tau Delta Adviser
Student Diversity Council Co-adviser
Derric Ludens grew up on a dairy farm near Geddes, S.D., and is a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history. Ludens then attended the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, for a master’s degree in literary criticism. While pursuing this degree, he worked as the technical editor for the University of South Dakota’s Government Research Bureau and taught courses in composition and literature. Upon completing his master’s degree, Ludens began teaching at USD and instructed courses ranging from honors English to scientific and technical writing.
Ludens has presented at numerous literary conferences, such as the American Literature Association, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, and the Modern Language Association. Ludens also co-authored an entry for the Encyclopedia of United States-Latin American Relations on France’s 19th-century interests in Latin America.