Michael VanDyke

Professor of English

Faculty Positions:

Traditional Undergrad Academics - Humanities

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Phone: 616-254-1650


Van Dyke is a Professor of English. He is originally from the noble burg of Bath, Michigan; and he received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University, where he was mentored by the historian David T. Bailey.

He also is an elder at Mars Hill Bible Church and he and his wife Beth have two grown children, Caleb and Emma.


Van Dyke teaches courses in American literature, writing and philosophy. He was awarded a Thayer Fellowship at UCLA in 2012.


Additional Publications

  • "Kenneth Rexroth," "The San Francisco Renaissance" and "Paul Auster" in Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context, ABC-CLIO, forthcoming in 2018.
  • "Kenneth Rexroth's Integrative Vision: Anarchism, Poetry and the Religious Experience in Post-World War II San Francisco," in Religious Anarchism: New Perspectives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
  • "Anarchist Imperatives and Fundamental Change"; The Other Journal (online), November 2008
  • LEVELER (online): "Good Baptist Boy" (poem), April, 2011
  • "What Should Make of Evolution?", March 2017. ymi.today / Daily Bread Ministries
  • "Why We May All Be Guilty of Racism", September 2016. ymi.today / Daily Bread Ministries

Campus Involvement

  • Faculty Senate
  • Tenure and Promotion Committee
  • Faculty Scholarship Coordinator


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • M.A., Michigan State University
  • B.A., Michigan State University


—Lifting weights
—Watching Michigan State basketball


—American literature and intellectual history
—Authors Kenneth Rexroth, David Foster Wallace, Paul Auster, Nathanael West and Anne Carson