Department Chair & Associate Professor
Bradley Hall 385
Education. Ph.D., British Romantic Literature, University of Illinois
M.A. English, University of Illinois
B.S. Biochemistry, University of Illinois
Rob Prescott completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and then went on to do a master’s and Ph.D. in English, with a dissertation on the influence of the physical sciences on British Romantic Poetry. Before coming to Bradley, he taught at the University of Maine at Farmington and at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. His wife, Tracy, teaches English in Peoria School District 150, and they have two children, one a sophomore at Bradley.
Dr. Prescott teaches Technical Writing, Western Civilization, British Literature Survey, and graduate and undergraduate courses in Romantic Literature. In the Honors Program, he has also taught seminars in Songwriting for Beginners, Opera for Opera Haters, and Literature of Skepticism and Belief.
Dr. Prescott published a book in 2010 titled, Why to Major in English if You’re NOT Going to Teach (Kendall Hunt Press). His book explains how all the various divisions of English Studies prepare students for careers in business and public service. It also shows English majors how to identify career opportunities and how to apply for jobs in those areas. The concluding chapter lists 200 very famous people, in all walks of life, who hold undergraduate degrees in English—Fortune 100 CEO’s, Nobel laureates in Medicine, five Supreme Court Justices, Hollywood actors, and many of America’s most famous journalists.
He has also published articles on British Romantic writers, and he is currently collaborating with a retired Caterpillar vice-president on an article examining the relationship between English classroom practice and that of the corporate board room.
Dr. Prescott has recently been elected for a second three-year term as department chair. Before that he served as associate department chair from 1999-2008, and he was the M.A. program coordinator from 1996-2008. From 2000-2006 he was the coordinator of the BU Writing Center.
Off campus, he serves on the Board of Trustees for Nazareth Academic Institute, in Nazareth, Israel. NAI is an inter-faith college dedicated to building peace on desktops. The college offers degrees in communications and chemistry, with a required curriculum in Peace Studies. What began as a branch campus of the University if Indianapolis is now a free-standing, Israeli-accredited college. To learn more, please visit http://www.nazareth.ac.il/