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Faculty: Nancy Hull

Nnacy HullNancy Hull, Assistant Professor, English

Office: CFAC 272 (directions)


Educational/Professional Background

Professor Hull completed her bachelor of arts in English secondary education at Huntington College in 1974. She taught high school and worked in the professional writing world for many years before receiving her master of arts in community college teaching of writing from Michigan State University in 1985. She started working as an adjunct in the English department at Calvin in 1985 and in 1999 was appointed assistant professor of English.

Academic Interests

  • Children's literature
  • young adult literature
  • business writing
  • writing for non-profit organizations
  • writing historical fiction

Recent Activities

Professor Hull recently published her first novel, On Rough Seas, a young adult historical fiction novel about the evacuation of Dunkirk during WWII. She is currently working to complete two more novels for young adults. Professor Hull is actively involved in the Youth Writing Festival and the Festival of Faith Writing at Calvin. At the Festival of Faith and Writing in 2008, she spoke on panels about writing for children and writing historical fiction.

Favorite Books/Interesting Recent Reads

  • The Underneath by Katherine Applegate (YA fiction)
  • When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin (fiction)
  • The Sultana Tragedy by Jerry Potter (nonfiction)


  • Biking—especially from Grand Rapids to Holland or Grand Haven
  • running—still fun after 25 years of pounding the pavement
  • writing
  • reading
  • traveling with family/friends

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