Bradley Hall 354
Ph.D., English and American Literature, Pennsylvania State University
Professor Conley came to Bradley in 1982, from The Pennsylvania State University, where he received his Ph.D. and M.A. He is also a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Louis University's Honors Program.
Professor Conley’s special fields of interest include American Literature, American Studies, and Literary Theory. At Bradley, he has taught a range of introductory, upper-level, and graduate courses in American Literature, both survey courses and focused topics such as 18th Century Prose, Race and Gender in 19th Century Fiction, Hemingway and Faulkner, and Literature of the American South. His teaching experience in Literary Theory includes both undergraduate and graduate seminars in theory and special topics, such as Feminist Theory, Michel Foucault, and Postcolonial Theory. He has led students from Bradley, the University of Vienna, and Saarland University (Germany) on travel writing and cultural studies courses along the Mississippi River.
He has three times received the English Department's Professor of the Year Award and has been honored with Bradley's New Faculty Award for Teaching. In 2002, he received the University's highest recognition for outstanding teaching, the Putnam Award. In 2008 he was named the University’s Outstanding Academic Advisor. He also has received three Fulbright Scholar appointments in American Literature and American Studies--two to the University of Vienna and one to the University of Sarajevo.
In August 2012, Professor Conley received the Bradley "Presidential Appreciation Award."
Professor Conley also chairs the Fulbright Advisory Committee, which won the 2014 Burgess Award for Interdepartmental Collaboration.
Professor Conley has delivered professional talks nationally from Oregon to Pennsylvania and internationally in Wales, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Germany, and throughout Austria. His publications include studies of eighteenth-century American writers, several essays on Benjamin Franklin, William Bartram, Hector St. Jean de Crevecouer, nineteenth-century American publishers, William Faulkner, the disciplines of American Literature and American Studies, and the institutional history and formation of the university. He has also edited a volume entitled Race, Gender, and an American Campus, drawn from four years' experience as director of a grant to improve the campus climate for racial and ethnic minorities and a collection of essays on the occasion of Bradley's centennial, The University as Learning Community: Tradition, Innovation, Prospects. He has also delivered lectures and presented papers at international conferences on study abroad programs and international collaboration.
In 2016, Cambria Press published Professor Conley's Screening Vienna: The City of Dreams in English-Language Cinema.
During his years at Bradley, he has served as advisor to the student literary magazine; from 1986-1989 he served as the first men's varsity soccer coach, and, from 1992-1996, he served as advisor to the student environmental organization. He served four years as director of Bradley's Teaching Excellence Programs and developed and directed seminars to enable Bradley faculty to incorporate multicultural issues and topics into their courses and chaired the American Studies program for seven years. In the English department, he has served as chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee and the Undergraduate Studies Committee. He currently is director of the University’s Study Abroad Program in Vienna.