The Harlaxton Faculty
With a mix of British and visiting American faculty, the faculty at Harlaxton offer students the chance to learn from the best teachers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Harlaxton College is—to state it simply and directly—one of the finest study-abroad campuses anywhere in the world producing a strong academic programme supported by a dedicated team of permanent and visiting faculty.
Please find below profiles of the Harlaxton Faculty for Spring 2017.
The British Studies Faculty
Sophie Baldock, PhD (University of Sheffield)
Teaching Fellow in British Studies
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Sophie Baldock is a graduate of the universities of Exeter (BA and MA) and Sheffield (PhD). As part of her BA, Sophie spent a year studying abroad at the University of Toronto in Canada. Her research and teaching interests span both sides of the Atlantic, and include modern and contemporary British and American literature, particularly poetry and archival research. Sophie’s PhD thesis explored the work of American poets Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Duncan and Amy Clampitt, focusing on the close and complex connections between their poetry and letters. As part of her doctoral research, Sophie spent time working with poets’ archives held at the British Library, Yale University and the New York Public Library. She has a chapter on Elizabeth Bishop’s letters and poems forthcoming in Reading Elizabeth Bishop: An Edinburgh Companion (Edinburgh University Press 2018) and is working on articles and a monograph based on her doctoral thesis.
Nicola Boyle, PhD (De Montfort University)
Teaching Fellow in British Studies
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Nicola’s original career was as a Chartered Accountant, having graduated from City of Birmingham Polytechnic with a BA in finance. Following a career break Nicola changed direction and returned to university where she studied English literature at Loughborough University, graduating with BA and MA. She completed her PhD at De Montfort University. Her PhD thesis on the History and Repertory of the Lady Elizabeth’s Men: 1611 – 1925 reflects her research interest in how early-modern playing companies were able to forge an identity for themselves through their repertories. She continues to be a member of De Montfort’s Centre for Textual Studies, and is also a member of the Malone Society and the British Shakespeare Association. Currently she is preparing her PhD thesis for publication.
Nicola taught Literary Theory at Loughborough University, and Shakespeare at Harlaxton before joining Harlaxton College as a British Studies teaching fellow in January 2017.
Edward Bujak chairs the British Studies program. A graduate of the University of East Anglia (BA, MA, PhD), he joined Harlaxton College in 2001. As well as teaching on the British Studies course, he teaches courses on the First and Second World Wars. In 2006, Edward received the Outstanding Teacher Award of the University of Evansville. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy. He is the author of England’s Rural Realms. Landownership and the Agricultural Revolution (I. B. Tauris, 2007) and Reckless Fellows: The Gentlemen of the Royal Flying Corps (I. B. Tauris, 2015) which explores the British Empire fighter and reconnaissance pilot training program at RAF Harlaxton in the First World War. His next book, English Landed Society in the Great War: Defending the Realm is due to be published by Bloomsbury in 2018.
David Green is a graduate of the universities of Exeter (BA) and Nottingham (MA, PhD). Before coming to Harlaxton in 2007, he lived and worked in England, Scotland, and Ireland, teaching at the universities of Sheffield, St Andrews, and Trinity College, Dublin. Between 2009 and 2016 he chaired the British Studies program and is now the chair of Harlaxton’s Faculty Council.
A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society with interests in late medieval Britain, Ireland, and France, his research deals with themes central to the British Studies course such as kingship, colonialism, and concepts of national identity. His most recent monograph is The Hundred Years War: A People’s History (Yale University Press, 2014; pbk edn 2015), and he is the co-editor of a new interdisciplinary collection which discusses The Plantagenet Empire, 1259-1453 (Shaun Tyas, 2016).
Georginga Lock, PhD (Nottingham Trent University)
Teaching Fellow in British Studies
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Georgina graduated from the University of Manchester (BA Joint Hons), The Northern School of Film and Television (MA) and Nottingham Trent University (PhD). She is a Fellow of Advance Higher Education and has taught at Bournemouth Media School, Birkbeck, University of London and Goldsmiths, University of London and was external examiner at Goldsmiths and La Salle College of Arts, Singapore.
Georgina's research is into eighteenth-century theatre, which reflects her first career as an actor, director and scriptwriter. She has made four short films, including The Unicyclist (Channel 4, 1995) and Short, White, Pleated (2002), which has enjoyed a long life at international film festivals. She has also written the award-winning radio play Heroines (LBC, 1996) - about Thomas Carlyle's maid - and published a number of short stories. Georgina's most recent academic publication is ‘Petticoat Sailor to She Crossing; a Writer’s Reflections on Novelizing a Screenplay,’ ed. Deborah Cartmell, Adaptations, Oxford University Press 10 (2017) pp.114-126.
Gerald Seaman, PhD (Stanford University)
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A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Jerry attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison and spent his junior year at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Aix-en- Provence. This study and travel experience – including his first visits to London, Florence, and Paris - set the direction for Jerry’s academic and professional life. While writing his dissertation at Stanford, he lived in Paris for a year as a pensionnaire étranger at the École Normale Supérieure. In Paris, Jerry spent inspiring days in the manuscript room of the Bibliothèque Nationale researching the works of Chrétien de Troyes, the great twelfth- century author of the first vernacular romances of King Arthur and his knights.
Jerry began his career as a faculty member at the University of Evansville, where he taught French and World Cultures and chaired the Department of Foreign Languages (1997-2000). He also taught three summers at Harlaxton. Before becoming Harlaxton’s seventh Principal, Jerry was Associate Dean of Faculty at Lawrence University (2000-2006) and Vice President and Dean of Faculty at Ripon College (2006-14), serving as interim President in 2011-12. At Ripon, Jerry was Professor of Romance and Classical Languages and occasionally taught French and a popular seminar on J.R.R. Tolkien.
Jerry resides in the Principal’s Lodge with his wife Patricia Vilches and their boys Mario and Riccardo.
Discipline-Specific British Faculty
Festus Asaaga, PhD (University of Oxford)
Adjunct Lecturer in Environmental Science
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Festus Asaaga is a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (BSc) and University of Oxford (MSc, DPhil). Before coming to Harlaxton, he taught at University of Reading, University of Oxford (Graduate Teaching Assistant) and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. As an environmental social scientist, he is interested in addressing the interlinked social and environmental challenges through interdisciplinary research. Broadly, his research focuses on human- environment relations and resource governance from perspectives of political ecology. At Harlaxton, he teaches the Fundamentals of Environmental Science course.
Cliff Pettifor, PhD (Nottingham Trent University)
Lecturer in Politics
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After twenty enjoyable years, Dr. Pettifor relinquished a successful business career to become a mature student at Nottingham Trent University where he graduated and gained his PhD in the Economics of Higher Education. He joined Harlaxton College in a part-time capacity in January 1982 and has since taught a range of social science courses, combining those duties with teaching similar courses for the Open University and until 2008 continuing his management role as Director of the Performance Indicator Project researching employers' views of graduate employability.
He now focuses his teaching on the single course in Modern British Politics and, at an age when most have taken retirement, he is reflecting Harlaxton's value of lifetime learning by recently completing another degree through the Open University.
Phil Sutton, PhD (Loughborough University)
Adjunct Lecturer in Astronomy
Phil Sutton is a graduate of Loughborough University (PhD) and Nottingham Trent University (BSc) and recently joined the University of Lincoln as Lecturer in Astrophysics. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and holds a visiting fellowship at Loughborough University. His thesis was on Saturn’s F ring, a narrow ring at the edge of the rings that closely interacts with two nearby moons. Computer models written in conjunction with spacecraft observations helped link one of Saturn’s moons the formation of smaller moons within the rings. Previous teaching involved practical astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, experimental physics laboratories and running a small observatory.
Current research interests are quite diverse and include computer simulations of Saturn’s rings, rings and moons around distant exoplanets, gravitational waves and long-term cycles in Earth’s climate due to orbital changes.
Ian Welsh, MBA (Nottingham Business School)
Vice Principal for Business and Technology, Lecturer in Marketing
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With an MBA from the Nottingham Business School, Professor Welsh has taught a popular introductory course in marketing for the last 14 years. His academic interests include the development and affects of consumerism in higher education and service marketing in general. In addition, he serves as the College's Vice Principal for Business and Technology, a varied and interesting role which keeps him busy!
Professor Welsh served as Chairman (2012-2015) of the Association of American Study Abroad Programmes in the United Kingdom (http://www.aasapuk.org/) and remains on its Executive Committee. AASAP/UK was established in 1991 to represent the 120 or so American study abroad programmes in the UK. It provides a forum for programme directors and administrative staff to discuss and respond to common issues, in order to meet the needs of the present and anticipate the demands of the future for US study abroad in the UK.
Before Harlaxton College, Professor Welsh began his career in data processing management at a large London based group of Builders Merchants, at a time when computers were only just being introduced into the mainstream business arena. This was an exciting time to be 'in computing' and he has maintained a passion for technology ever since. He continued to develop his career and, via sojourns in operational and financial management, progressed to the financial directorship of a Midlands based retail group.
Tim Williams, MA, MPhil, PhD (University of Cambridge), FRCO (DipCHD)
Dr. Tim Williams is a renowned choral director, church musician, music educator, performer, and musicologist. Since moving to Grantham on completion of his doctorate in historical musicology at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Williams has served for over six years as Organist and Director of Music at St Wulfram’s Parish Church, the major town centre civic church in Grantham. During that space of time, he has strived to build a sustainable choral foundation at St. Wulfram’s providing training and opportunity in sacred choral music to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Some of the notable results of this have been a seven-fold increase in the number of members of the church’s children’s choir and significantly raised standards across the board that have enabled the choristers successfully to perform complex works from Allegri’s Miserere to Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Under Dr. Williams’s direction, the choristers have sung in major British landmarks such as York Minster, Windsor Castle, Salisbury Cathedral, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
With experience of a lectureship and temporarily directing the studies of undergraduates in music at Trinity College in the University of Cambridge, Dr. Williams is a respected teacher of music and holds posts in Grantham schools in addition to maintaining his own music teaching practice. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO), holds its Choral Conducting diploma (DipCHD), and was a prize winner both in the RCO's Associateship and Choral Conducting exams.
Under the directorship of Dr. Williams, Harlaxton Collegiate Choir follows the British Studies Course, introducing students to the sounds of significant moments in British cultural history from the Anglo-Saxon period onwards to the present day. It is hoped and expected that, through immersion in the music, students will leave Harlaxton with a passion for the choral and musical traditions of the British Isles.