Autumn Schilleman

Associate Professor of English


Office: Brock Hall 3129

Phone: 423.236.2389

BA in English and Secondary Education, Southern
  Adventist University
MA in English, University of Central Florida


"The story–from Rumplestiltskin to War and Peace–is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind for the purpose of understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” ~Ursula K. Le Guin

I have always been enchanted by stories. My earliest memory is of sitting at a yellow table, pausing with a crayon in hand and my mouth open in wonder while listening to audio book recordings. Learning to read a few years later opened up a wider world of stories that I have never stopped exploring.As an English professor, I delight in navigating the world of story with my students and sharing with them the same wonder I discovered so long ago.  

Since graduating from Southern with a degree in English and secondary education, I have had the opportunity to teach a wide variety of English courses at multiple levels in both public and private settings.For the first six of those years, I taught at the middle and secondary levels.The courses I taught included seventh and ninth grade language arts, World Literature, tenth and eleventh grade writing, and a bit of ESL.While teaching, I completed an MA degree in English literature at the University of Central Florida.Although I hadn't intended to teach college when pursuing the degree, a few years later, I found myself teaching here at Southern.  

As an associate professor of English at Southern, I teach courses in both composition and literature.My courses include Survey of British Literature, Critical Thinking in Academic Reading and Writing I & II, and Studies in Medieval Literature.Additionally, through my Young Adult Literature and Curriculum Methods courses, I have the privilege of supporting secondary English education majors as they complete the teacher education program. When I first began teaching college, one of my old professors told me that he felt so blessed to be able to spend his days talking about books. Every year when I step into the classroom, I marvel that I too have been given the chance, through the instruction of literature and writing, to revel in story with my students once again. 

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy hiking, paddle boarding, yoga, trail running, baking, reading, writing, gardening, and spending time with my amazing husband, family, and friends. 

Certifications, Current Research, and Professional Activities

NAD and Florida State Professional Teaching Certification for 7-12 Language Arts

Shakespeare in the Classroom Teacher Training, June/July 2017 

"Grey Matters: Navigating Literature's Trendiest Genre from a Seventh-day Adventist Perspective," AEA Conference Paper and Presentation, June 2016.

"The Paradox of Suffering: Examining Chaucer's "Clerk's Tale" through the Lens of Medieval Female Mysticism," MAA 2018 Research and Presentation Proposal

Medieval Puppetry Seminar, July 2015