Dale B. Billingsley
Email: dale.billingsley @ louisville.edu
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Dale B. Billingsley, professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences and university vice provost for undergraduate affairs and enrollment management at the University of Louisville, is a native of Oklahoma. He received his B.A. magna cum laude in English and history from Texas Christian University (1972), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was a Rotary International Fellow at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (1972-73), and returned to the United States for graduate study in Renaissance literature at Yale University, where he earned the M.A. (1974), M.Phil. (1975), and Ph.D. (1977). His dissertation, "Pageants and the Vision of Order in Spenser's Poetry," written under the direction of A. B. Giamatti, examines the continental pageant tradition as a model for the ecphrastic passages in The Faerie Queene and the minor poems of Edmund Spenser.
He joined the English faculty of the University of Louisville in 1978. In addition to courses in Renaissance literature, he has taught freshman composition, British literature survey and undergraduate courses on classical literature, university honors seminars on "science in literature," and senior honors English seminars; graduate courses in bibliography and research methods and on Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton and cognitive stylistics. He has published on Thomas More and his circle in Moreana and Studies in English Literature, on Plato in Georgia Review and College Literature, and on Mandeville, Gascoigne, Shakespeare, and Twain in various journals. His studies of early printed editions of Euclid's Elements have appeared in Fifteenth- Century Studies and the University of Louisville Library Review. His current projects include a study of the literary and rhetorical context of five early scientific works from the Bullitt Collection of Ekstrom Library as well as essays on academic advising and on professional development for academic administrators.
He has served as director of freshman interdisciplinary studies (1981-82), director of undergraduate studies in English (1983-86), director of the university honors program (1986-89), acting assistant provost for internal affairs (1995-97), acting associate provost for institutional effectiveness and assessment (2002-03), and associate university provost for undergraduate affairs (2003-2007). In 1988 he was elected to the Executive Committee and in 1992 to the chair of the Faculty Senate, in which role he also served as the faculty trustee on the University Board of Trustees (1992-94). He has been active in student development and student life projects throughout his career. In July 1997, he began working half-time on the Project Management Team for the University's implementation of Project ORION, an administrative software system, and in January 1999 began service as the university provost's faculty liaison, working with the faculty senate and the division of information technology.
As university vice provost for undergraduate affairs (since 2007), he serves as the provost's liaison to the undergraduate academic units and has general responsibility for Ideas to Action, the university's quality enhancement plan, for academic support services including REACH, advising, and the university's enrollment management offices including admissions, financial aid, and the registrar as well as military and veterans student services, tuition residency and commencement. He is the university's liaison to Metropolitan College, the Council on Postsecondary Education for undergraduate academics, Jefferson County Public Schools, and various related agencies.
In 1998 he received the Trustees' Award for his contributions to the student experience at the university. In 2007 he received the College of Arts and Sciences and the university Distinguished Service Awards for career of service. In 2009 he received the Harold Adams Award from the university's Office of Student Affairs.
He and his spouse Lin Blackwell Billingsley, retired in2008 as administrative assistant in the Women's Studies Program, have four children, all of whom have attended the University of Louisville, three children-in-law and four grandchildren.
M.A., MPhil, Ph.D., Yale University
Early modern literature; early history of print technology
Current projects include studies of the literary and rhetorical context of five early scientific works from the Bullitt Collection of Ekstrom Library as well as essays on academic advising and on professional development for academic administrators.