- Chair, Department of Modern Languages
B.A., Trinity University in San Antonio
M.A., St. John’s College at Santa Fe
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Prof. Stanley is particularly interested in ways in which literature can be used to help people examine their lives and talk about values. For that reason, she has served for ten years as a book discussion leader for the Kansas Humanities Council. For KHC, she has used stories to teach hospice values, to lead book discussions in a state prison, and to conduct a project teaching imprisoned fathers to read to their children. She was lead scholar for a Vietnam War project: “The Big Read” (funded by the NEA). After her travel seminar to Turkey, sponsored by the Institute for Interfaith Dialogue, she re-designed a course to use literature to teach students about world faiths through literature. At McPherson College, she teaches composition, poetry, and British and world literature.
“I love helping people tell their stories and understand other people’s stories. You can’t hate people if you know their stories, and so I think a mind well-furnished with stories is a pleasant place to live. That’s why I teach writing and literature.”