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Colette G. Tennant


Professor of English

B.A. in English from Ohio State University
M.A. in English from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia
Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University

  • Began teaching at Corban in 1995.

  • Areas of expertise: American Literature, Minority Authors, Creative Writing and Poetry (writing and reading).

  • Attends Salem Alliance Church and is the founder of Corban's poetry club Pen & Chalice and the Literary Arts Council. She is also the Vice President of Oregon State Poetry Association and a member of Peregrine Writers of Salem, Oregon, Modern Language Association, Oregon Christian Writers, and the Oxford Round Table.

  • Published Works:

    • Commotion of Wings (2010)
    • Reading the Gothic in Margaret Atwood’s Novels (2003)
    • Approximately 100 poems.
  • As a Christian, I thought it would be wonderful to teach at a Christian college since I had taught at secular universities and colleges before. Prospective students should know that they would be hard pressed to find a more caring college than Corban. We have an excellent English department with lots of outlets for creativity."

    I am married and have three children. Along with Literature, I am very much interested in music. I play the piano and write music. I have written six Christmas programs for children, including the scripts and music, and I compose the music for the Corban Theater Arts Camp.

    I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and still cheer for Ohio State’s football team. I was a pitcher for softball teams for 30+ years. I have played lots of tennis and have been a member of many USTA tennis teams.

    My favorite place to eat in Salem is China Faith, at least some days. My favorite Bible verse is, “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not ‘Yes’ and ‘No,’ but in him it has always been ‘Yes.’ For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘yes’ in Christ.” I Corinthians 1: 19-20.

    A quirky thing about me – I love rodeos. Here’s another – I got locked in a graveyard in Canterbury England when the rest of my family was 6000+ miles away, and nobody knew I was there!"