Ross Vander Meulen taught Latin and German at Knox from 1968 through 2000, and served as Associate Dean of the College from 1979 to 1983. He has written scholarly articles on topics from Erasmus and Luther to semiotics, as well as several short stories.
Among his writings, his 1972 essay, "The College's Role in Revolution," should be of special interest to those who attended Knox in the late 1960s. In 1992, Vander Meulen coordinated the installation of a new computerized language learning center at Knox, a project that received support from the Booth-Ferris Foundation.
Ph.D., German, 1972, University of Michigan.
M.A., English, M.A., German, 1962, University of Michigan.
B.A., English, 1958, Northwestern University.
Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Award, 1971.
Outstanding Educator of America, 1974.
"The College's Role in Revolution." An essay reflecting on turmoil and the academy, in light of European history and the protests of the late 60s. Delivered at Knox College's Opening Convocation, 1972.
"Using Venn Diagrams to Represent Meaning." Unterrichtsspraxis, 1990.
"Goethe's Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten and the German Novelle." Presented to the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1989.
"The Theological Texture of Schiller's Wilhelm Tell." Germanic Review, 1978.
"Luther's 'betriegen zur Wahrheit; and the Fables of Eramus Alberus." Germanic Review, 1977.
Campus & Community Involvement
Member, Phi Beta Kappa.
Through his music capstone project, Nate Beck -- who has a minor in business and management -- finds that the processes of brand management and music composition have more in common than you'd probably expect.
Baby talk is serious business for senior Megan Beney, a double major in music and anthropology and sociology. Her Honors research focuses on the musical qualities of the ways that people talk to infants.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder is selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."