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Lisa Wilde, Ph.D.

Chair of the Humanities; Associate Professor

Dooling Hall 264

Dr. Wilde is originally from Bath, PA. Her research focuses on the changing rhetoric of quantity in Renaissance England, examining the way numerical logic works both in early mathematical texts and in literature, particularly drama. Recent articles have appeared in Journal of the Northern RenaissancePapers on Language and Literature, and Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, as well as the collection A Material History of Medieval and Early Modern Ciphers (Routledge, 2017). She is currently working on a book project tentatively titled English Numeracy and the Writing of New Worlds

In her spare time, Dr. Wilde enjoys calligraphy, sewing and tinkering, and is working on upgrading her coding skills. She lives in the Lehigh Valley with her husband and two daughters, Ada and Celia.  

Dr. Wilde on studying English at DeSales:
The strength of our program lies in its versatility. Most real-world career paths don't tie directly to a specific undergraduate major, and most graduates today will find themselves moving through several careers in their lifetime.

In surveys of employers across today's job marketplace, the skills that are most consistently in demand are those that students learn by studying English: strong written and verbal communication, analytical and problem-solving ability, and the emotional intelligence to relate to other people and present ideas persuasively. 

The best education isn't about checking off a box; it's about taking the time to become the kind of person — smart, literate and flexible, perceptive and articulate — that employers will want to hire, not just for the first job, but for the next one above that, and the next.  

DeSales English students learn from actively publishing creative writers, literary scholars, and journalists, working together in a close-knit environment where each individual student is supported in finding their individual path to success. Students not only develop skills, but through our student publications and internship opportunities, get the practical experience that's needed to translate those skills flexibly to an extensive variety of working contexts. And the University's wider humanist focus on integrating study with the care of the whole person means, in my experience, that students emerge with an exceptionally mature sense of how they can use the abilities they've gained to make a positive difference in the world.