Dean Ward


Dean Ward is a Professor Emeritus of English at Calvin University. He earned a B.S. in Biology from Wheaton College, working in a biochemistry lab before pursuing his Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Virginia. Ward wrote his dissertation on science and the novel.

Ward’s 30 years in the English department at Calvin was marked not only by empowering students in their reading and writing, but by periods of serving as an academic dean, English department chair, director of the Academic Writing Program, director of the Rhetoric Center, director of the Rhetoric Across the Curriculum (RAC) Program, and a member of the Teaching and Learning Network. He also helped with the 1996 Festival of Faith and Writing, where he moderated an academic session on the writings of Annie Dillard.

Ward enjoys gardening, woodworking, and fishkeeping. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Grand Rapids.

Festival Years: 1996, 2000, 2002, 2012, 2014