Dean WaltoN, Ph.D.
Professor of english
assistant deaN, school of liberal arts and scienceS
Program: liberal arts
Office Location: 108 Beacon Street, 5th Floor
- B.S., Business Administration, Northeastern University
- M.A., English, Northeastern University
- Ph.D., English, University of Delaware
Dr. Walton began teaching at Fisher College in 1981. Prior to Fisher, he taught at Temple University, the University of Delaware, and Northeastern University. At Fisher, Dr. Walton has held many positions and is currently Professor of English and Assistant Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His research interests include many areas, but his particular focuses are American literature, composition, film studies, and curriculum development.
While it is difficult to fit a discussion of my teaching philosophy on a single page, I can summarize by saying it involves an interdisciplinary approach, much classroom interaction rather than lecture, and appropriate use of audio/visual materials. The major goal of all my teaching is to help students develop their ability to form and test their ideas and to present those ideas clearly in written and oral formats. A native of the Boston area (a fact that automatically involves me in the great debate over which establishment in Massachusetts serves the best fried clams), I enjoy watching my students discover the many wonders of Boston as part of their education, such as the Freedom Trail; the Reading Room of the Boston Public Library; the collections of the African-American Museum, Gardner Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, among many others; the emerald outfield in that “lyric little bandbox” Fenway Park; the European architecture of their college’s Back Bay neighborhood; and much more. At the small college that is Fisher, I get to know my students very well, root them on to graduation, and, I hope, hear from them after they graduate about their next experiences.