Mark J. DelMaramo, Ph.D.
Professor of English, Department Chair
The 2013-2014 academic year marks my 25th year as a faculty member of the English Department here at Thiel College. My teaching responsibilities include all levels of composition, from OWE I and II to Business and Technical Writing and Advanced Composition and Research. I get to dabble in creative writing every other year, and for the past 15 years I have taught outside the department in the Western Humanities program, which has been great fun for me. Finally, I do get to teach some literature every so often via an English Department Senior Seminar; for that, I offer Detective Fiction, which is a personal passion of mine. Of all the classes I teach, I think I get the most joy out of the History of the Western Humanities class, a required class of all Thiel students in which we study the art, music, religion, philosophy, and history of the West from prehistoric times until the present day.
My Bachelor’s degree is from what was Clarion State College, now Clarion University of Pennsylvania, my Master’s degree is from Gannon University in Erie, my hometown, and my Doctorate is from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, near where my wife grew up. Brenda and I will be married 25 years in May 2014, and we have four children: Daniel, Nathan, Sarah, and Noah.
In my free time I love to read detective stories and the works of English humorist P.G. Wodehouse. I enjoy cooking and baking (and eating my own cooking) and listening to music, especially the blues. Most of all, I enjoy baseball—the lore of the game, the literature of the game, and the intricacies of the game—take me out to the ballgame anytime!