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Stephen Severn Bio
Dr. Stephen E. Severn

Stephen E. Severn, Ph.D.

Professor of English; Department Head, English, Philosophy and Modern Languages

Office: Classroom Center, 324A
Email: ssevern@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2475

Professional Profile

Dr. Stephen Severn joined the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages as an assistant professor in the fall of 2005 after earning his Doctorate of Philosophy in English language and literature from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2004.

Dr. Severn also has a bachelor of science in engineering (cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania. He served for five years as an officer in the United States Navy Nuclear Power Program, during which time he completed a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf aboard the USS ARKANSAS.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Severn teaches classes in technical communication, composition and literature. 

From 2007 to 2013, Dr. Severn served as the department's director of writing programs and now oversaw all composition and developmental writing courses in the WTAMU CORE curriculum.

In 2013, he assumed duties as Department Head.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Severn's research focuses primarily on late-19th and early 20th century British narrative fiction and the poetry of W.H. Auden.  He has published pieces on Thomas Hardy, Ford Madox Ford, Elizabeth Gaskell, Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bishop and the films of Martin Scorsese.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Severn lives in Amarillo with his wife, Susan, and son, Will.  A native of Baltimore, Md., he remains an avid fan of the Orioles and University of Maryland basketball.  He plays guitar badly and has over 500 CDs in his collection.