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.
Knox's Team X-Ray places second among 15 liberal arts colleges that competed in an intense regional contest involving programming teams from colleges and universities in five states.
Finals and term projects can be more than tests and papers, as Knox College faculty make engaging assignments and exams -- including design your own superhero -- to evaluate student academic achievements.
A Knox College graduate and vice president of development at the Greater Peoria Business Alliance, Jim Lynch is among the young leaders recognized by InterBusiness Issues magazine.