English Department Faculty

As an English major, you’ll develop critical thinking, writing and reading skills – skills that are vital to success in any profession and to being an engaged and informed citizen.

Lee Templeton

Associate Professor
Chair, School of Humanities
Program Coordinator, English



Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2006)

Research and Teaching Interests

Medieval English literature, particularly issues of masculinity, grief, and identity; Chaucer and his contemporaries; Malory; Ancient and Medieval literatures in translation; Pre-1700 British literature; Shakespeare; Literary theory and rhetoric; Teaching of literature; Rhetoric and music; Composition.

Awards and Honors

North Carolina Wesleyan University

  • Jefferson-Pilot Professor, 2018-2019
  • Sabbatical, Fall 2016
  • ‘Fritz” James Morrison Smith, Jr. Faculty Development Award, 2013; 2016; 2017; 2018
  • Mauldin Faculty Professional Development Award, 2012
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, presented by National Society of Leadership and Success, 2012
  • Honorary Scholar Baller, 2010

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  • English Department Essay Award, 2000
  • English Department, Graduate Student Travel Award, Spring 2000
  • Excellence Fellowship, 1999

Florida Southern College

  • Robert Zimmerman Award for Excellence in the Humanities
  • Outstanding English Major Award

Current Projects

Editor, Knowing Sorrow: Grief, Gender, and Identity in the Middle Ages. Accepted by Brill for publication as part of their “Explorations in Medieval Culture” series.

Co-Editor, with Amy N. Vines, New Directions in Medieval Mystical and Devotional Literature: Essays in Honor of Denise N. Baker. Accepted for publication by Lehigh University Press.


Lee Templeton

  • School of Humanities
    North Carolina Wesleyan University
    3400 North Wesleyan Blvd.
    Rocky Mount, NC 27804

  • Office Location:
    Pearsall Classroom Building (PCB)