Dianne Scheper, Lecturer

Dianne Scheper holds a Master’s degree in literature from the University of Maryland and a doctorate in Religious Studies from Catholic University, where she wrote her dissertation on the experience of the sacred in nature, focusing specifically on the writings of Annie Dillard. While at Montgomery College — where she made her home for many years — she also directed the Honors Program and founded the award-winning Montgomery Scholars Program. During the 1990’s, she was a regular columnist for Belles Lettres: A Review of Books by Women, and for almost a decade, she worked at Baltimore’s Center Stage as Co-moderator for the Sunday Matinee Humanities Panel Discussions, Her research interests have focused on the interplay of religious and cultural values in contemporary world literature.

In her personal life, Dr. Scheper is a huge fan of books, theater, NPR, hiking in the woods, and ‘full catastrophe living.’ But she still finds few things more stimulating than a classroom of lively, informed readers dedicating to making meaning out of a text—and she knows firsthand that there are few programs more congenial to this pursuit than Hopkins’ MLA Program. She can testify from both sides of the room, since she earned an MLA degree in the late 70’s –a degree and an intellectual experience she has long cherished. Dr. Scheper is proud to have received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Advanced Academic Programs for 2007-08.