Gregory Bruce, PhDDistinguished Professor, English & Honors
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies BA Degree
Unit: English, Interdisciplinary Studies and General Studies, College of Humanities and Sciences, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
“I love our humanities-based interdisciplinary program because we are able to engage and educate the whole person. We also nurture Christ-centered creativity, all the way from the wide-ranging classes students choose to the exciting career callings they receive.”
Teaching & Education
You will learn with me in upper-level literature and poetry writing courses as well as interdisciplinary and honors seminars.
- BA, Philosophy, Georgia State University
- MA, Philosophy, Georgia State University
- PhD, Literature and Religion, Emory University
My experience includes over three decades of teaching at the collegiate level. Recast and chaired the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at NGU (2004-2019). Served as Faculty Director of General Education (2012-2018) and still serve as an Honors Professor (2005-2020).
As Distinguished Professor of English, I am finally getting around to finishing that elusive poetry book (ask my students about how long this has taken!) as well as a book establishing a unique rhetoric for interdisciplinary studies, and perhaps a companion book covering the concepts and methods of Christian interdisciplinarity. Early on as a scholar, I published a few articles and book chapters on Christianity and culture, most notably through Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press) and through Critical Review of Books in Religion (Scholar’s Press). More recently, I have floated paper and book ideas at numerous academic and church-related conferences, and as a moderator and even a talk show host (for Clemson TV). The themes here have ranged from education and the “new liberal arts” to urbanism and the rethinking of Christian community.
- 2019- Named Distinguished Professor at North Greenville University.
- 2017- Recognized as NGU Campus Leader via the cover article in the NGU Magazine.
- 2014 and 2015- Joseph Weissman “Outstanding Campus Leader” recognition, News Publications International.
- 2011- “Difference Maker” recognition in the Skyliner, North Greenville University.
- 2010- “Distinguished Service Award,” North Greenville University.
- 2006- Received North Greenville Yearbook dedication for Professor of the Year.
- 1991- Received the Honor Societies at Georgia State University Teacher of the Year Award.
- 1989- Received the Graduate School Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, Emory University.
I will gladly involve you in my circle.
Since my life has been split between Greenville and Atlanta and owing to the fact that I have had a long and various career in education, our regional network is “times two,” as it were. Moreover, our large and widely dispersed graduate base gives us some substantial social capital to offer our current students.
Additionally, my professional development has continued with involvement in The Association of Interdisciplinary Studies, The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in Pasadena, California, and the Association for Core Texts and Courses.
There has to be a really BIG REASON behind why I have commuted from Atlanta for two decades to teach, lead, and mentor at NGU! By now, I am absolutely convinced that I was anointed of God, empowered by Him, to do so—precisely because NGU itself is anointed in a special way to meet the needs of students seeking a community-driven, Christ-centered education. It is relatively easy for me to do here what I do best: build tangible and inspiring spaces for people to break the bread of ideas. All of this might seem rare these days, but what can be counted on is the fact that Jesus always shows up in the lives He created. You get to witness this fact everyday at this little school with a planet-sized heart!
Favorite Course to Teach: I teach so many different classes, it’s really impossible for me to pick. BUT, any class where I can integrate things across the board—discipline and discipline, classroom and real-world, head and heart, faith and academics—that becomes in that moment my favorite class
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