Dr. David Wood is the Director of the NMU Honors Program. Dr. Wood came to NMU in 2007 to serve as a sixteenth-century literary scholar in the English Department, where he continues to teach classes as an Associate Professor of English. He was appointed Interim Director of Northern’s Honors program in 2010.
“I accepted this position because it seems clear to me that the NMU Honors Program is uniquely situated to enhance the educational experience of those talented NMU students who want to be especially challenged academically; it is a thrill to play a role in doing so,” he observed.
Dr. Wood’s academic record involves experience teaching a range of literature courses from the early modern back through to the classical periods. His scholarly achievements include the co-editing of a recent collection of essays in the journal Disability Studies Quarterly, entitled “Disabled Shakespeares” (Fall 2009); as well as the authorship of a recent book of literary criticism entitled Time, Narrative, and Emotion in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2009) and numerous essays in academic journals such as Prose Studies, Renaissance Drama, and Shakespeare Yearbook.
In addition, he has a passion for travel and has lived and taught in the People’s Republic of China; Fairbanks, Alaska; and West Lafayette, Indiana— at Purdue University, where he received his doctorate in 2004.
Dr. Wood’s teaching and research interests focus on the complexities involved in literary representations of the self in the drama, prose, and lyric poetry of the English sixteenth century; most recently he has narrowed his focus to explore the representations of disabled selves in the period. This interest will soon culminate in a series of essays to be published by Blackwell and Continuum Presses, as well as a major edition of literary criticism he is currently co-editing with Allison P. Hobgood of Willamette University, entitled Disabling the Renaissance: Recovering Early Modern Disability. Outside the classroom, his interests involve spending time with his wife, Vicki, their three young children, Maddie, Henry, and Nate, and their shaggy, black dog Shep, generally engaged in long walks and chilling swims along the glorious shores and bracing surf of Lake Superior.
Assistant Program Director
After a year of serving as Interim Director of the NMU Honors Program while Dr. Wood was on sabbatical for the 2013-2014 academic year, Dr. Michael Joy, Associate Professor of Spanish, accepted the position of Assistant Director of the Honors Program.
Joy taught for four years at Carleton College and three years at Presbyterian College before his arrival at NMU in 2006. He holds a BA in Spanish from Carleton as well as an MA and PhD in Hispanic Literatures and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. His area of research is the literature of the Spanish Golden Age (the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries). His most recent journal publication is entitled "Wrestling Miguel de Cervantes: (Golden-)Aged Heroes in Don Quijote and The Wrestler." Current projects include an essay about the role of the arts in the work of the 17th-century Spanish playwright Andrés de Claramonte.
Joy teaches all levels of Spanish language, literature, and culture, as well as courses in the Honors Program and in NMU's First Year Experience program. In the fall of 2012 he was recognized with NMU's Excellence in Teaching award. He has also organized faculty-led study abroad programs in Guatemala and Mexico.