Dr. Jennifer Rohrer-Walsh
Co-Director, Honors Program; Professor of English
B.A., University of Illinois; M.Ed., Indiana University; M.A., North Carolina State University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
P. Jennifer Rohrer-Walsh is a Professor of English and the Co-director of the Honors Program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Education from North Carolina State University, a Masters of English from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. from Greensboro University. Her dissertation focused on rejecting the Cinderella romance in favor of what she terms “self-actualization novels” in order to empower not only females to coming of age but also flourish throughout their mature lives. Her current scholarly interests are Buddhism as a philosophy and lifestyle, neuroplasticity, the brain-body healing connection, compassion meditation, and the Great Books. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and taking online Coursera courses. She has published in the areas of film and Biblical criticism, comparing contemporary texts to the Great Books. She attends the national and international SBL conferences. She is the faculty advisor for the Lector Club, affiliated with the Honors Program, and co-advisor for the Methodist University chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, a national freshman honors society. She serves as the university’s faculty representative for the Rhodes Scholar Program, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Fulbright Scholars Program, and the Udall Foundation. Her professional memberships include Sigma Tau Delta, Kappa Delta Pi, and Alpha Chi. She has held an accreditation with the NC Department of Public Instruction. Dr. Rohrer-Walsh writes blogs about female self-actualization, hospitality, and cooking.