Doctor of Philosophy in Literature

Master of Arts in English

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Lorna Wheeler
Lorna Raven Wheeler, PhD
College of Liberal Arts


Dr. Lorna Raven Wheeler is the English Program Chair in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. She joined Ashford University in November 2012 after working both on traditional campuses and online in teaching and administration for more than ten years. Her online experience includes serving as Program Director for South University online and teaching at Kaplan University online. Additionally, she taught at Penn State University, Metro State University of Denver, and University of Colorado. Dr. Wheeler earned a PhD in Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder, focusing on African American women writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. She also holds an MA and a BA, both in English, from the same institution. Publishing and presenting extensively in the fields of Queer Literature and Theory and Ethnic Studies, Dr. Wheeler recently presented on the work of Francis E.W. Harper, a pioneer among black women writers in the 19th century. Recently, she presented and published a collaborative paper on dismantling the assumption of anonymity in the online college classroom. She plans to continue her study of how markers of race, sexuality, ethnicity, age, class, and physical ability/disability present themselves in the virtual educational terrain. This spring, Dr. Wheeler will publish two chapters in Salem Press’s Critical Insights: Gay and Lesbian Literature collection. Additionally, she will present her work on little-known Harlem Renaissance poet Mae V. Cowdery at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association this fall. Wheeler also serves as a reviewer for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers organization. Dr. Wheeler lives in Salida, CO with her wife, Lara, and their two children, Elena and Tobin. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, any water-related activity, gardening, and restoring vintage travel trailers.