Meet the Faculty

Dr. Elizabeth Davey

Associate Professor of English Literature

PhD, University of Wales
BA, Seattle Pacific University
MA, University of Washington
MA, York University


Coming to Tyndale University College in 1976 (then, Ontario Bible College), Professor Elizabeth Davey became the instructor of a seminal English department. Over the years she introduced a variety of courses - Milton, Studies in C.S. Lewis, Canadian Literature and Culture, Key Figures in American Literature, Religious Themes in Literature - that anticipated the larger literature curriculum of a Christian liberal arts university. Her interest in gender issues was also formative in the development of Women and Men: Religion and Gender, a course taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender issues in modern Christianity.

In 1998, Elizabeth was appointed both Director of the Leading Edge program and the Department Chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department. From 2000 to 2004, she served the University College as Associate Dean.

Currently she is doing doctoral work on the Christian Canadian poet Margaret Avison.

Elizabeth is also a professional musician, organist and pianist, performing with the Kara Piano Trio.

Elizabeth is married to Alan Davey, senior minister of Weston Park Baptist Church and Adjunct Professor of Christian Worship and Spirituality. They have two married daughters.

Prof. Masson

Associate Professor of English Literature

B.A. (Hons), Huron College, U.W.O.
M.A., University of Durham, England
Ph.D., University of Durham

Dr. Masson specializes in English and European Romanticism and in Hermeneutics. He spent three years in Düsseldorf, Germany studying Classics and getting his certification as a German translator.

He previously served as an Academic Tutor at the University of Durham. He has co-edited and contributed an article to a book on Romanticism entitled Silence, Sublimity and Suppression in the Romantic Period (Edwin Mellen, 2003) and a monograph entitled Romanticism, Hermeneutics and the Crisis of the Human Sciences (Ashgate, 2004).

More recent work includes a chapter on Coleridge's Opus Maximum (Peeters, 2006) and an entry on 'Romanticism' for the Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology (Oxford, 2007).

Prof. Friesen

Assistant Professor

B.A. University of British Columbia
M.A. University of British Columbia
Ph.D. University of Toronto

Professor Friesen's teaching and research interests centre particularly upon medieval literature, though he has taught widely across the canon. He has studied at The University of British Columbia and is presently engaged in research at The University of Toronto, where he is completing his Ph.D. thesis on senses of identity in Old and Middle English spiritual writings.

In the past, Professor Friesen has taught at Douglas College, The University of British Columbia and The University of Toronto. He has also published articles in Early Medieval Europe, "Answers and their echoes: the Libellus responsionum and the hagiography of north-western European mission" (2006), and in Prolegomena, "Old School Avant-Garde, New Wave Traditionalists" (2002).

In addition to teaching, Ph.D. work, and writing another article (on the Opus geminatum genre during the early middle-ages), he also directs the Writing Centre at Tyndale.

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