Associate Professor of English and Literature

lisa riggsSchool of Arts & Science
B.A.; Oklahoma Wesleyan University; M.A.; University of Tulsa; Ph.D.; University of Tulsa.

Mission & Passion

As a writing and literature teacher, my primary task is to lead students into a dynamic engagement with words. Considering that God used words to call the universe into being and that he himself is identified as the quintessential Word lends significance to our own acts of making meaning. Therefore, I regard composing essays and analyzing literature as important lessons in realizing and celebrating our God-given gift of self-expression. Studying the literary arts in a Christian context—balancing the worldliness of literature with the stability of biblical truths—allows students to learn about human culture and experience, increasing their moral understanding not only of life’s many complexities but also of the Christian qualities required to deal with such challenges.

Favorite Verses/Quotations

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk on mine high places.” – Habakkuk 3: 17-19

I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I shan’t be gone long.—You come too.
– Robert Frost


  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Creative Writing: Fiction
  • Christian Classics
  • Introduction to Critical Theory
  • Honors English Composition
  • American Literature I and II
  • Major American Novel