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Dr Pamela L Troyer


Courses Taught


Current Semester Schedule

53040 ENG-2000-001 Intro to Textual Studies MW 1400-1515
54831 ENG-2110-001 World Lit: Beginnings to 1600 TR 1100-1215
54914 LING-2011-001 Origins of English Words TR 1400-1515

King Center - 456
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Office Hours

Monday - [11:00 to 1:45]
Tuesday - [12:30 to 01:45]
Wednesday - [12:30 to 1:45]
Thursday - [12:30 to 1:45]

Personal Biography

I am a Denver native but attended Pomona College in Los Angeles, lived for two years in Washington, D.C., and then moved to Boston for six more years, where I worked in Press Relations for Harvard Business School. My husband's career brought us to Denver where I pursued a PhD and raised our two children. Since we are dedicated to Denver, it was serendipity that Metro hired me to teach in my field and to stretch my expertise into related courses. I appreciate the dedication of my colleagues, the ambitions of our students, and the mission of the College. Many of my prior teaching and volunteer experiences have integrated smoothly and usefully into my position here.

Teaching Philosophy

I teach a variety of courses that include ancient and medieval literature and the critical writing and analysis skills for textual studies. My goal is to help the students acquire cultural knowledge and perspective that they can carry forth into an intellectually lively future. I work to provide a dignified education in a professional and competent atmosphere.


My research involves medieval English literature, specifically this literature as recorded and transmitted in manuscripts and early printed texts. One of my on-going projects is transcribing and digitally coding a 15th-century manuscript of a work of English literature called -Piers Plowman- for an international digital library. This project has twice taken me to Oxford University where the manuscript is housed, and where I have met with leading manuscript scholars in my field. My research is always useful to my teaching. I often include information about the material transmission of texts in order to help students imagine such cultural concepts as the scarcity of recorded information over most of human history and the privilege of access to knowledge and education. It is useful for them to track the advances in the technology of information from texts written on vellum (prepared animal hides) through the printing press to the digital age. Also, my research in Middle English linguistics is essential to such courses as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, History of the English Language, and Origins of English Words.

Current/Selected Projects

I am working on a textbook/companion text for a world history or world literature course that covers the centuries between 500 and 1500 CE. I recently published an article in -The Once and Future Classroom," the journal of the Consortium for Teaching Medieval Studies (TEAMS). Entitled "Canterbury Trails: On the Road with Refugees, Pilgrims, and the Man of Law, the article recounts my experiences introducing Chaucer's "Man of Law's Tale" to readers outside of a traditional medieval literature classroom: recent immigrants, refugees, a federal prosecutor, a doctor from Bolivia, and more. It's a project that proves the contemporary relevance of a "medieval" story.

I'm studying a manuscript recently acquired by the Getty Foundation, -The Romance of Gillion de Trazegnies- and editing a digital edition of an early 15th-century -Piers Plowman-, University College 45, Bodleian Library, Oxford University for the The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive.

Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, "X-treme Sports: Crusades and Courtship in the Getty -Romance of Gillion de Trazegnies-, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (June 2016).

International Piers Plowman Society Congress, "Workshop on Changes to the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive," International Piers Plowman Society, University of Washington. (July 2015).

Higher Education Diversity Summit (HEDS), "Other People's Children/Other People's English: Teaching Toward Inclusive Excellence," MSU: Office of Institutional Diversity, MSU. (April 10, 2015).

New Chaucer Society Biannual Congress, "Tabloid Tales: Chaucer Extorts Pious Princesses," New Chaucer Society, Reykjavik, Iceland/University of Iceland. (July 17, 2014).

Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association Annual Conference, "Custance, Coyotes, and the Language of the Pilgrim/Refugee," Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, Denver. (April 12, 2013).

International Congress on Medieval Studies, "Mixed Materials: a Lollard Source Text?," Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. (May 2012).

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