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Dr. Eileen Jankowski

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English
Office Location: Wilkinson Hall 214
Office Hours: T/TH 1-3 p.m.
Phone: (714) 744-7661


Eileen Jankowski earned her Ph.D. in 1993 from the University of California, Irvine, and holds a B.A. in History from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Dr. Jankowski's area of study is Medieval Literature, particularly the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. She has published articles in The Chaucer Review on the topic of Chaucer's "Second Nun's Tale," focusing on its apocalyptic narrative techniques, as well as a study of Chaucer's influence in the 15th century on Osbern Bokenham. She has also contributed to The Encyclopedia of Medieval England, and is currently researching the Gawain-Poet in terms of moral and metaphysical monsters in this unique body of 14th-century alliterative poetry.

Dr. Jankowski was awarded Chapman faculty's highest honor, the Valerie Scudder Award, in 2004, and received an Excellence Award for Service in 2003. She has served the English Department as the Director of Composition, represented the School of Communication Arts as a Senator, and was elected by the faculty to the position of Secretary of Communication and Records for the 2004-2005 academic year.

Since teaching remains Dr. Jankowski's first love, she is fortunate to have been able to teach a variety of courses in her 11 years at Chapman. In addition to courses in medieval and world literature, she also teaches and coordinates a humanities course, "Cities and Civilization," that was developed through a grant from the Irvine Foundation.

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