Rebecca Sammel
Rebecca Sammel

Associate Professor
Office: ASC 3046
Phone: (231) 591-3073
E-mail Address: sammelr@ferris.edu

Dr. Rebecca Sammel teaches Composition, World Folk Literature, Native American Literature, Post-Colonial World Literature, Early British Literature, Advanced Business Writing, Shakespeare, and other courses.

EDUCATION
Ph.D. in English, specializing in Comparative Medieval Literature, the University of California at Davis.
M.A. in English Literature, the University of California at Davis
M.A. in Medieval Studies, the University of Toronto
B.A. in English Literature, the University of California at Santa Barbara

TEACHING RANGE AND EXPERIENCE
Dr. Sammel has a wide range and many years of teaching experience. Courses she has taught include:

From Myth to Faith: Literature of the Ancient World (Dr. Sammel's favorite)
From Faith to Reason: Literature from the Medieval period through the Enlightenment
"The Modern Crisis:" European Literature & Film at the Turn of the 19th Century
Post-World War II Literature and Film: the European Malaise
Contemporary World Literature: Africa, India, South America, and the Caribbean
Masterpieces of English Literature
Shakespeare's Plays and Sonnets
The Art of the Narrative Tale: Ovid, Chaucer, Boccaccio, The Arabian Nights
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
British Literature from the Earliest Times to the 18th Century
Senior Seminar: The Dream-Vision in Literature of Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Medieval English Literature
The Struggle for Freedom: Contemporary World Literature
Post-Colonial World Literature
World Folk Literature
English as a Second Language
Beginning Composition
Advanced Business Writing
Advanced Composition

Dr. Sammel's dissertation research explored medieval parody in Middle English, Medieval Latin, Middle Welsh, and Old French.

Following a year of research in Medieval and Renaissance Culture at Keble College, Oxford University, in England, Dr. Sammel was awarded a year-long Fulbright Teaching Fellowship teaching English Language and Literature at the Université de Bordeaux, France.

She's had many adventures traveling and says that the best adventures befall you when you travel with an open mind, try to learn the language, and get to know the inhabitants. She has lived in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Canada, England, and France, and she has visited Nepal, Kashmir, Turkey, Greece (including sailing the Ionian Sea), Europe, Papua New Guinea, Australia, the Fiji Islands, Scandinavia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Ghana, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and other countries. An avid traveler, Dr. Sammel sojourns abroad when possible and loves to explore different cultures. She encourages her students to travel to other continents with an open mind and positive attitude, whenever and wherever possible. One of her favorite benefits of teaching is reading the travel blogs of her students abroad. She dislikes shopping and most TV; she enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, skiing, touch football, snowshoe-backpacking, tubing, and playing any sport except basketball (she's 5'3").

Dr. Sammel is on the Steering Committee for Globalization Initiative, an interdisciplinary group of Ferris faculty, staff and students working to raise awareness of globalization here on campus. She is Project Leader of "Critical Encounters with Globalization," bringing experts from industry and academia here for presentations and dialogue with the Ferris community. To suggest a speaker or discussion topic, email Dr. Sammel at sammelr@ferris.edu.