Assistant Professor of English
BA, Oklahoma Baptist University; MA, Northeastern State University; PhD in English,Oklahoma State University
Will Korver is married to his wife, Kasey, whom he first met in Tulsa in 2010; they have an energetic Mini-Australian Shepherd named Ellie and an ornery (yet loving) American Snowshoe called Athena. They attend Asbury United Methodist Church. Will graduated from Broken Arrow High School. While attending Oklahoma Baptist University, Will earned his BA by double-majoring in history and English; he also minored in creative writing. At Northeastern State University (Oklahoma), Will earned his MA with a primary emphasis in literature and a secondary emphasis in composition and rhetoric. In 2010, Will penned his Thesis: The Indebtedness of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elves to the Fairies of William Shakespeare. In May 2019, Will earned his PhD by completing his dissertation: The Ecophilosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien: Rural, Urban, and Wilderness Roads to Conscientious Living and Environmental Guardianship. In addition to his previous experiences as an English teacher and as a tutor at Oklahoma State University, he has also mowed lawns for his Dad’s lawn-care company, worked as a delivery driver, salesman, and assembly-line worker at Fizz-O Water Company, penned articles for the website BroadbandCensus.com, and helped to install pharmacy shelving and cabinets with Pharmacy Design Group in the past as well.
Passion and Mission:
After learning to improve my ability to read and speak because of the mentorship of my parents and because of the efforts of two reading and speech therapists in Broken Arrow, I began to envision my current mission: to “give back” by helping students improve their reading and writing, in particular, and their ability to communicate, in general. My passion is to teach students the spiritual implications of literature, in addition to teaching them about the historical sources of, intertextual allusions within, and contemporary parallels to various works of literature.
“For it is by Grace that you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s artisanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
“Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, as they bring in the harvest.” (Psalm 126:6)
“Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
“Other evils there are that may come; for Sauron is himself but a servant or emissary. Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.” ~ from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King
“Fear both the heat and the cold of your heart, and strive for patience, if you can.” –from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Children of Húrin
Topics of Interest:
- Tolkien Studies
- Fantasy Literature
- WWI Literature
- Science Fiction
- Music and Literature
- History and Philosophy
- Marine Biology
- Composition I & II
- Intro to Literature
- Academic Center for Excellence Tutor
- Composition Workshop
- “Biblical Echoes within Tolkien’s Middle-earth Legendarium.” Beyond Bree, magazine of the J.R.R. Tolkien Special Interest Group of American Mensa, Dec. 2019, pp. 1–2. (Print and electronic publication).
- The Ecophilosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien: Rural and Urban Roads to Conscientious Living through Environmental Guardianship. Open-access electronic dissertation, 581 pages. Proquest, Sept. 2019.
- “Middle-earth Waves within Tolkien’s ‘Jonah’ Translation.” Beyond Bree, magazine of the J.R.R. Tolkien Special Interest Group of American Mensa, Jan. 2020, pp. 8–9. (Print and electronic publication).