Santa Clara University


The Canterbury Program 

Canterbury ProgramThe modern city of Canterbury juxtaposes the medieval cathedral and its saint (the object of Chaucer’s pilgrimage) with contemporary buildings occupied by innovative high-tech corporations.

The English Department Canterbury Program honors this juxtaposition by offering English majors a bridge between traditional humanistic pursuits and twenty-first century technological achievements.

In the joyous spirit of Chaucer’s clerk in The Canterbury Tales, the program provides opportunities for innovative collaboration in teaching and learning, enabling our students to explore the creative convergence of literary classics and current technology, written communication and corporate culture.

Current Fellows
The Canterbury Internship

Canterbury Travel Grants
Canterbury Scholars
Past Fellowship Recipients
Sample 1 of Past Canterbury Proposal
Sample 2 of Past Canterbury Proposal
Sample 3 of Past Canterbury Proposal
Sample 4 of Past Canterbury Proposal

Canterbury Program2012-2013 Canterbury Committee Chair:
Rob Michalski
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Program Council: Professors Jill Goodman Gould, Jeffrey Zorn, Robert Michalski, Tim Myers, and Denise Krane.

The Canterbury Program was established to

  • support undergraduate research for English majors
  • provide resources for faculty-student collaboration in Literature, Creative Writing, Composition, and Business Communication
  • encourage the study of early English authors promote student learning in traditional and innovative methodologies
  • forge connections between undergraduate English majors and positions in business and industry.

Current Fellows

Hallie McKnight
Advisors: Tim Myers

Joanne Santomauro
Advisors: Jill Gould and Jeff Zorn

The Canterbury Internship

The Canterbury Program frequently sponsors an editorial and research internship. Recent Canterbury Interns have worked for Chronica, a scholarly journal published by the Medieval Association of the Pacific, and the California Legacy Series jointly sponsored by SCU and Heyday Press.


Canterbury Travel Grants

A limited number of grants are awarded to allow English majors to:

  • visit special collections
  • travel to conferences
  • attend special sessions
  • present papers

Canterbury Scholars and students awarded travel grants will share their experience and accomplishments with other students and faculty at the on-going English Department Colloquium. Student travel to a conference or for research is generously funded by the Reverend Theodore Rynes, S.J. Canterbury Fellowship.


Canterbury Scholars

Canterbury Scholars agree to write a senior thesis on a literary topic or complete a comparable advanced project in creative writing or business writing. Up to 10 units of upper-division credit within the English major may be earned during the senior year for work leading to the completion of the fellowship project (subject to the usual approval of sponsoring faculty, the department chair, and the college). Canterbury Scholars also agree to provide the Canterbury Council with a copy of their project upon its completion and to present their work to the department during a special spring colloquium or the senior awards dinner.

Application Process

English majors who have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 may apply for a Canterbury Fellowship.  In April, applicants must submit to the Canterbury Council a prospectus describing the project, including a short discussion of their background reading and preparation, along with a preliminary bibliography in MLA form (samples of successful proposals can be found below).  Applicants must also name at least one English department faculty member who has agreed to serve as the faculty sponsor.

Sample 1 of Past Canterbury Proposal
Sample 2 of Past Canterbury Proposal

The prospectus must also include a research budget that lists expenses necessary for the completion of the project. These expenses typically include travel to conferences, photocopying costs, and books. Additionally, applicants must arrange for two letters of recommendation from English department faculty, one of which must come from a faculty sponsor. The Canterbury Council will review the applications and announce the fellowship awards in May.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: project suitability - having breadth and depth significantly beyond a paper written for an existing English class; the proposal itself- significance, quality, originality, persuasiveness, focus and clarity; and the faculty recommendation letters regarding significance of the project and candidate's intellectual promise, motivation, and ability to complete the work. 


Past Fellowship Recipients

  • John Peiffer: Faculty Mentor:  Phyllis Brown. 1997-1998.
  • Megan Tracy: Faculty Mentor: Judith Dunbar. 1997-1998.
  • Shannon Nessier: "The Tie that Binds: An Examination of the Recreation of the Central Valley in the Work of Frank Norris and Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel." Faculty Mentor: Terry Beers. 1998-1999.
  • Mike Riese: "Early American Captivity Narratives." Faculty Mentor: Michelle Burnham. 1998-1999.
  • James Duncan: "A Modern Retelling of Cinderella." Faculty Mentor: Ron Hansen. 1999-2000.
  • Gareth Lee: "The House of Fame: A Portfolio of Poems Written in Emulation of Poets from the Classical Period to the Present." Faculty Mentor: Ed Kleinschmidt Mayes. 1999-2000.
  • Katie Colendich: "An Exploration of American Women Writers Working in the Fields of Nonfiction and Photojournalism in the Years between World War I and World War II." Faculty Mentors: Jeanne Gunner and Simone J. Billings.  2000-2001.
  • Kara Thompson: "An Exploration of the Constructs of Power, Culture, and Gender." Faculty Mentor: John Hawley. 2000-2001.
  • Jonathan Wegner: "A Study of the Contemporary American Poet John Ashbery and His Works." Faculty Mentor: Marilyn Edelstein. 2000-2001.
  • Joseph Caporale:  "The Graphic Novel: Analysis of the Dark Knight and the Watchmen." Faculty Mentors: Simone J. Billings, Phyllis Brown, and Diane Dreher. 2001-2002.
  • Carrie Dodson: "Translation and Discussion of the Poetry of Central and South American Women Writers." Faculty Mentors: Juan Velasco and Diane Dreher. 2001-2002.
  • Kat McGuire: "Feminist and Postcolonialist Readings of The Color Purple and The Poisonwood Bible." Faculty Mentor: Michelle Burnham. 2001-2002.
  • Shiaw-ling Lai: "A Comparison of Edith Wharton and Kate Chopin's Short Fiction." Faculty Mentor: Eileen Razzari Elrod. 2002-2003.
  • Adam Lowry: "Dystopias in Literature." Faculty Mentors: Theodore Rynes, S.J. and Simone J. Billings. 2002-2003.
  • Geoffrey Rocca: "The Aesthetic Theories of Japanese Writer Yukio Mishima." Faculty Mentors: John Hawley and Maryellen Mori (Modern Languages/Japanese). 2002 -2003.
  • Olga Kuskova: "Boris Pasternak's Translation of Hamlet." (2003-04). Faculty Mentor: Judith Dunbar. 2003-2004.
  • Jennifer Re: "The Business of Crossing the Border: Narratives Beyond the People Exchange Between El Salvador and the United States." Faculty Mentors: Simone J. Billings and Juan Velasco. 2003-2004.
  • Paige Chant: "Theorizing the 'Heterosexual Gaze': on Popular Magazine Print Ads and Heteronormativity." Faculty Mentor: Linda Garber. 2004-2005.
  • Neil Ferron: Faculty Mentors: Simone J. Billings and Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. (Religious Studies). 2004-2005.
  • Emily Lewis: Faculty Mentors: Bridget Cooks (Art/Art History), Marilyn Edelstein, and Eileen Razzari Elrod. 2004-2005.
  • Christie Genochio: "Postcolonial Pantomime and the Evolution of National Identity." Faculty Mentor: John Hawley. 2005-2006.
  • Matthew Meyerhofer: "Novelistic Prepresentations of Islam." Faculty Mentor: John Hawley. 2005–2006.
  • Lauren Karp: "A Crown that Seldom Kings Enjoy: Shakespeare's Exploration of Ethical and Problematic Leadership in the Midst of Political Conflict." Faculty Mentor:  Judith Dunbar. 2006-2007.
  • Mary Swift: "The Classics Revisited: A Feminist Analysis and Critique of Classic Modern American Male-Authored Novels." Faculty Mentor:  Marilyn Edelstein. 2006-2007.
  • Hilary Edwards: "Dream Imagery in Fantastic Literature."  Faculty Mentor: Theodore Rynes, S.J. 2007-2008.
  • Austin Baumgarten: "'Temporary Suicide':  Losing My Mind Without Losing Myself: Mental Illness on Campus." Faculty Mentor:  Rebecca Black. 2007-2008.
  • Stephanie Wilson: "Creating a Geography of Hope: A Literary Trail Guide for the Bay Area Ridge Trail."  Faculty Mentor: Terry Beers.  2009-2010.
  • Lindsay Mohundro: "Incorporating Multicultural Literature into High School Curriculum to Reflect Student Diversity." Faculty Mentor: Jill Goodman Gould. 2009-2010.
  • Hilary Titus: "In Search of Solidarity." Faculty Mentors: Simone J. Billings and Diane Dreher. 2010-2011.
  • Tanya Schmidt: "Shakespeare And Women's Agency: Gender Justice in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale Contrasted to the Pygmalion Story in Ovid's Metamorphoses;" and Ainsley Kelly: "Wildfire A Poetry Manuscript." Faculty Mentor: Jill Goodman Gould. 2011-2012.
  • Hallie McKnight: "Little Revelations;" and Joanne Santomauro: "Education and Equality: Tracking in English Classrooms." Faculty Mentors: Tim Meyers and Jill Goodman-Gould. 2012-2013.


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