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.
As the first Coordinator of English Education, Professor Conley supervised the development of the English Education curriculum and the first national accreditation of the program. As the first Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in the English Department, Professor Conley directed the revision of the English major and instituted the English Student Research Colloquium. As the first director of the Vienna Study Abroad Program, Professor Conley instituted the first seminar prior to overseas program and the first travel program integrating students and faculty from Bradley, Austria, and Germany. As the first director of Teaching Excellence Programs, Professor Conley supervised programs and publications on cultural diversity across the curriculum and all-University teaching seminars. As the first chair of the Fulbright Advisory Committee (winner of the Burgess Award for inter-departmental coordination), Professor Conley instituted the first seminars to develop successful student Fulbright Award applications. As the first coach of the Bradley University men’s varsity soccer team, Professor Conley began the athletic program which has since developed national recognition.