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Faculty: James Vanden Bosch

James Vanden BoschJames Vanden Bosch, Professor, English


Office: CFAC 292 (directions)


Educational/Professional Background

Professor Vanden Bosch graduated with an English major and mathematics minor from Calvin College in 1970. He went on to earn a master of arts in English from Ohio University in 1972, and a master of arts in religion and literature from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1975. Before joining Calvin's English Department faculty in 1983, Professor Vanden Bosch taught at Northwestern College (Orange City, IA) and Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA).

Academic Interests/Areas of Specialization

  • English grammar and grammar for ESL teachers
  • The so-called "Ergative" verbs in English
  • Absolute phrases
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Cormac McCarthy's fiction and drama

Recent Activities

Professor Vanden Bosch recently taught a special summer session for Calvin students and Chinese honors students at Xiamen University, in Xiamen, China.  In the summer of 2013, he taught on the staff of the summer English Language Institute run by Lithuania Christian College, in Klaipeda, Lithuania.  In the summer of 2007, he taught a grammar review course for Chinese teachers of English, in Lintong, China. When he is not making the world a better place for linguists and grammarians, he serves as a columnist for the Calvin College Spark, taking on the persona of "Anonymous Bosch."


  • Competitive snow removal, driveway and sidewalk division
  • Football (as a consultant for the Faculty Fumblers football team)

Favorite books

  • The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodr Dostoevsky
  • The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
  • Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson

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