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Associate Professor Dean Bethea established a solid foundation for his career at Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude. Two years later, Mr. Bethea garnered a Master of Arts in English Literature before becoming a Fulbright Scholar and Graduate Fellow with the Georg-August-Universität in Germany. Subsequently, Dean Bethea received a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His dissertation was entitled “Visionary Warfare: Blake, Hamann, Boehme and Ideology.” Excelling in his field, Dean Bethea has earned a number of recognitions, including The College of Idaho/NEH Grant for summer research in 1990 and 1991. He also garnered the John C. Hodges Dissertation Fellowship, the Award for Exceptional Scholarship, and English Scholar standing. Additionally, he received the Elenor B. North Fellowship for Outstanding English Scholarship. He was elected to Chair of the American Culture Association Convention “Regions and Cultures” session in 1992 as well as the Western Literature Association Conference session “Other Wests” in 1998. Dean Bethea has worked as an Associate Professor of English at Centenary College since 2004. Prior to assuming that role, he served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of English at Western Oregon University and an Instructor of English at Oregon State University. Mr. Bethea has also acted as an Adjunct Instructor of Developmental Writing at Mt. Hood Community College, Assistant Professor of English at The College of Idaho, and Instructor of English at The University of Tennessee. Today Dean Bethea lives in East Harlem.

Work experience

Sep 2004Present

Associate Professor of Literature

Centenary College


Bachelor of Arts

Berry College
Jan 1984Jan 1988


University of Tennessee-Knoxville