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New Faculty Spotlight: Meet Christopher Lapeyre

October 31, 2017

 Meet Christopher Lapeyre, Wheaton's new visiting assistant professor of English. When he's not leading worship at his church, he's teaching Wheaton students about writing and working on a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature.

Christopher LapeyreName: Christopher Lapeyre


  • B.A. English, Wheaton College
  • M.A. English, Northern Illinois University
  • Currently working towards a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature, Northern Illinois University

Philosophy of Education:
Students learn by combining imitation, information, and experimentation to perform academic tasks, aided by a teacher's knowledge and wisdom

Before Wheaton, I was:
Before coming to Wheaton, I was a high school English teacher for twelve years. I then began teaching at the community college level and writing grants for non-profit organizations. I then returned to graduate school at NIU to begin work on my Ph.D.

A single big question I'm trying to answer:
How does reading the lyric poetry of the English Renaissance through the lens of rhetorical analysis enhance our understanding and appreciation of it?

I wish I could teach everyone:
That John Donne is The Boss.

Last book I read for fun:
I'm currently reading a biography of Mary Tudor. Before that I read the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series so that I could keep up with what my kids were interested in.

I'd love to travel to:
Athens, to visit the Acropolis.