Name: Darren J. N. Middleton
Position: John F. Weatherly Professor of Religion and Director, MLA Program
Favorite Authors: George Eliot; Shusaku Endo; Graham Greene; Cormac McCarthy; Ian McEwan; Flannery O'Conner; Carol Shields; R. S. Thomas; William Trevor; and, Charles Wright
Favorite Quote: "And gladly would he learn, and gladly teach." - Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
Favorite Newspaper: The Guardian
Favorite Vacation Spot: Negril, Jamaica
Personal Motto: "Sometimes the quality of the questions we ask is more important than the answers we furnish."
Born and raised in Nottingham, England, I earned a B.A. (Honours) degree in Philosophical Theology from The University of Manchester, 1989. I then moved south and attended The University of Oxford. I graduated with an M.Phil in Modern Christian Doctrine in 1991. I pursued doctoral studies in literature and theology at The University of Glasgow, specializing in Eastern Orthodox Christianity as well as Protestant theology in the selected novels of Nikos Kazantzakis. I received my Ph.D. in 1996.
For five years, 1993-1998, I was an instructor (after 1996, Assistant Professor) of Religion at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee. In the Fall of 1998, however, I took up my current position teaching religion at Texas Christian University, which is located in Fort Worth, Texas.
American Academy of Religion; Conference on Christianity and Literature; Religion and Literature; Southwest Commission on Religious Studies
I have secured several academic honors at TCU, including:
2015 Deans' Award for Research and Creative Activity
2011 AddRan College of Liberal Arts, Division of the Humanities Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar
2007 AddRan College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Division of the Humanities Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar
2006 Deans' Award for Teaching
2005 Mortar Board Preferred Professor o the Year (in 2004, 2002, and 2001 also)
2001 Honors Program Faculty Recognition Award
I received the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Junior Scholar Award in 2000.
I served as President of the American Academy of Religion (Southwest Region) in 2010-2011, 2004-2005
Besides the lectureships noted below, I have given invited talks to The Library of Congress, as well as a host of universities in Sweden, Belgium, Canada, the United Kingdom, Greece, France, Denmark, Germany, Jamaica, and the United States.
I delivered the Pearl Blizek Lecture in Religion and the Arts at The University of Nebraska Omaha, September 20, 2017.
I presented the 6th Fay and Alfred Grosse Seminar on Religion and the Literary Arts for the Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity, Dallas, Texas, on November 12, 2011.
I was the 2011 Lecturer in TCU's AddRan College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, Fort Worth, Texas, on March 24, 2011.
I presented the 3rd Fay and Alfred Grosse Seminar on Religion and the Literary Arts for the Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity, Dallas, Texas, on April 19, 2008.
I presented the Nellie Gordon Blasius Lectures in Christian Theology, Bayview Association of the United Methodist Church, Bayview, Michigan, June 13-16, 200