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Faculty: Jennifer Holberg

Jennifer HolbergJennifer Holberg, Professor, English


Office: CFAC 289 (directions)


Educational Background

Professor Holberg was granted a bachelor of arts in English and history from New Mexico State University in 1990; she graduated with the highest honors as the university's valedictorian. At the University of Washington, she completed her master of arts and PhD in English in 1991 and 1997. She joined the English department faculty at Calvin in 1998.

Academic Interests

  • The scholarship of teaching
  • 18th-, 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century British literature
  • The intersections of faith and literature
  • Gender and literature, including "middlebrow" women novelists

Recent Activities

Professor Holberg is the founding co-editor of Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture. Published by Duke University Press, the journal was selected as Best New Journal by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) in 2001. Pedagogy, which appears three times a year, is currently in its 15th year of production. With Ken Bratt, she guest edited a special issue of The Journal of Education and Christian Belief on honors education. Her book,Shouts and Whispers: 21 Writers Speak About Their Writing and Their Faith, was published by Eerdmans in 2006 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. More recently, she has published work on Marilynne Robinson in Christianity and Literature and Image
Holberg currently is in her second term as the vice-chair of the Faculty Senate. She has held a variety of other administrative jobs at Calvin, including head Teaching Fellow (training and mentoring new Calvin College faculty and assisting with faculty development across the campus) and associate director of the honors program.  Since 2007, she has served as the chair of the National Advisory Board of the Buechner Institute, located in Bristol, TN.

Favorite Books

  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield
  • The short stories and essays of Flannery O’Connor
  • The work of Marilynne Robinson
  • Dante’s Divine Comedy
  • The poetry of Christian Wiman, Jane Kenyon, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Christina Rossetti, Alfred Tennyson

Additional Information

  • Professor Holberg was the recipient of the Professor of the Year award in 2002.
  • Watch Professor Holberg’s 2011 Calvin College commencement address, “One Thing Needful” (
  • She blogs with The Twelve: Reformed.Done.Daily:
  • Saving Private MemoriesSpark, Lynn Rosendale
  • Download a curriculum vitae